Wednesday, January 21, 2009

No rings, but there are Corps SHIRTS, by golly!

I always KNEW there was a reason why I liked Steve (Baal) at My Evil Master Plan. ;-) Thanks to him, I know that Graphitti Designs and other sellers are now offering a whole SLEW of new Green Lantern shirts -- including shirts of ALL of the Corps of Light! Not all of them are available yet, but there are photos of 'em all. Just take a gander! There are plenty of regular Green Lantern shirts, of course ...

... BUT check with your favorite comic book suppliers for THESE:

So, even though those nifty sterling silver rings aren't available, I can STILL add to my ridiculously huge Green Lantern shirt collection. Always a worthy endeavor!

On another note: I do feel bad that I don't pay a lot of attention to the ORIGINAL Green Lantern, Alan Scott. So, just for him, here's a Golden Age Green Lantern shirt:

There. I feel better now.

(I wonder if there's a Red Lantern shirt that's small enough to fit my mother-in-law's CAT?)

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Green Lantern foreshadowing from Alex Ross & Co.?

When they created the mini-series Justice a couple of years ago, Alex Ross, Jim Krueger, and Doug Braithwaite were accused by some of using the story as a platform to "undo" a lot of things they didn't like about the DC Universe -- such as the death of Aquaman's son, and Hal Jordan's transformation into Parallax.

However, in looking back at the series, one has to wonder if it was also used to provide some clues into what would happen in the future. Take, for example, a detail from the following painting, depicting the Green Lantern Corps:

Here's the detail in question:

Fear and hope, hmm? Coincidence, or a clue, in relation to The Blackest Night? One has to wonder.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Mystery rings! (REAL Corps of Light rings?!)

Someone emailed me this image showing sterling silver rings representing ALL of the Corps from Green Lantern comics. Unfortunately, the person who sent the image to me had no idea who is making and/or selling these rings, or how to get one. Does anyone know anything about these?

I hate to say it, but I think the Black/Death Lantern ring, in particular, is QUITE cool. I rather like the Star Sapphire one, too.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Yay, new computer!

Woo hoo! Back in business with a new machine!

NOW, first order of business: Let's mix up Sally's rules a bit!

#1.......Find a picture of Hal Jordan that makes him look silly or foolish.

#2.......Find a picture of Batman being hit in the head.

(Hey, it happens more often than you think!)

#3........Find two heroes having a conversation that could VERY EASILY be misinterpreted.

Hee, hee, hee!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Saying good-bye to YET ANOTHER computer

I swear this happens at least once a year, unfortunately. Mr. Sea and I had to reluctantly bid farewell to YET ANOTHER computer today! Grrrrrrrr ...!

Well, with any luck, we'll be able to get a replacement early next week. Here's hoping!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The GLBF How-To Blogger Manual!

By golly, Sally is a genius! Sally has hit upon a VERY promising method -- The GLBF (Green Lantern Butts Forever) How-To Manual for Aspiring Bloggers -- to help bloggers with ideas for posts. Well, I'm here to state that, as a Sally protege (hey, it's because of her that I'm a blogger in the first place. That's right, folks -- It's ALL HER FAULT), I have complete confidence that this method will revolutionize comic book blogging.

I'm gonna give it a whirl and follow Sally's instructions:

#1.......Find a picture of Batman that makes him look silly or foolish.

No sweat. It's almost TOO easy!

There. It's a precious, precious thing to be able to humiliate Bats AND Hal Jordan in only one comic book panel.


#2.......Find a picture of Hal Jordan being hit in the head.

Hmmmm ... Decisions, decisions. Oooooh, I know--!

Yeah, that's a favorite of mine.

Okay, last of all:

#3........Find a picture of a Green Lantern Butt.

Well, I think Hal has already been picked on enough in this post. Soooo ...

TA DA! Instant blog post!

Hooray, it works -- it WORKS!

(Hey, is it just me, or do these three comic book panels together seem to depict a Justice League dating service night gone horribly, horribly wrong ...?)

Monday, January 12, 2009

Ten things to love about Green Lantern: Secret Origin

Last year’s multi-issue retelling of Hal Jordan’s origin story in Green Lantern comics is now republished in hardcover trade form, and it’s a very nice book indeed. Not only does it appear to lack the comics-to-trade inconsistencies that have plagued other super-hero trade books, it’s the first Green Lantern trade collection to feature the artwork of Ivan Reis from cover to cover -- and Ivan Reis’s artwork ONLY. No guest artists, no filler artists -- just Reis in all of his glory, along with Oclair Albert’s marvelous inks. Reis once again proves that he’s one of the best artists Green Lantern has ever had, if not one of the best artists in comics period.

I still miss Moose Bauman’s colors. However, Randy Mayor does a good job with coloring this series -- a series in which color is now more important than ever, from the conspicuously golden glow of the Oan buildings, to the suspiciously orange hues of Hector Hammond’s images.

This retelling of Hal Jordan’s origin (which effectively replaces Emerald Dawn as the definitive Hal Jordan origin story) IS a bit of a literary conceit on the part of writer Geoff Johns. He basically uses it as a platform for tying Hal’s story more closely to the upcoming Blackest Night storyline. However, considering that Johns’ epic trilogy, as it were (Rebirth, Sinestro Corps War, and Blackest Night), forms perhaps the greatest Green Lantern yarn of all time, I’m certainly not complaining about his revamping of Hal’s story!

As with most retellings of a hero’s origins, Secret Origin isn’t perfect. Without going into detail, the depiction of Hal’s military experiences certainly isn't accurate. (The DC Universe IS supposed to be separate and different from our own, though, so who’s to say Johns can’t bend the rules a little?) Also, there’s a reveal at the very, very end that I personally don’t like because it completely undoes one of the best running gags in Green Lantern history. Really, though, these are minor quibbles in a very interesting and entertaining interpretation of how Hal became a Green Lantern.

Ten things to love about Secret Origin (though there are certainly more!):

1. Hal Jordan and Carol Ferris as little kids. (Awwww, aren't they cute?):

2. Jim Jordan. (STILL the nicest and most likable Jordan brother.):

3. Hal Jordan, meet John Stewart -- John Stewart, meet Hal Jordan. (And they've felt nothing but love for each other ever since -- ha!):

4. "Holy #?$%! Holy #?$%! Holy #?$%!"


6. Hal Jordan vs. Big Yellow Frisbee (thereby earning his first whack in the head as a Green Lantern):

7. Sinestro makes Yoda look like a total pansy. (Really, all Yoda did was lift the stupid thing out of the swamp!):

8. Hal beats yellow (and is completely clueless as to how he does it):

9. Hal isn't afraid of the Guardians, but they're sure as hell afraid of HIM:

10. Hey, Hal actually knows how to WRITE! Who knew?

Oh, and one more thing ... Just what the hell WAS Hal doing to his power battery?

Maybe we're better off not knowing.