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As someone who went through the unpleasant ‘Kyle vs Hal’ wars of the early 2000s on the DC message boards, I take particular joy in seeing Kyle putting the moves on Hal Jordan’s ex-girlfriend.

Every year, I devote the month of November to science-fiction. After the horror-heavy month of October, I spend four weeks reading and watching sci-fi. This year the timing worked out especially well, with the DVD release of Man of Steel (a science fiction movie that just happens to star Superman) and the 50th anniversary “Doctor Who” special both landing in November.

In addition, I’m reading “Solaris” and re-reading “The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy”. I’m spending my lunch breaks watching episodes from the various “Star Trek” shows. I’m also re-reading some of the Kyle Rayner “Green Lantern” comics that are set in space. I might even give “The Legion of Super-Heroes” another try.

All in all, it’s looking like it will be a fun month of science-fiction entertainment.


JLA Earth 2 - Grant Morrison / Frank Quitely

Man, a Grant Morrison/Frank Quitely “Green Lantern” starring Kyle Rayner would have been amazing.


JLA Earth 2 - Grant Morrison / Frank Quitely

Man, a Grant Morrison/Frank Quitely “Green Lantern” starring Kyle Rayner would have been amazing.

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You know, if Warner Brothers wants to try again with Green Lantern, instead of doing a reboot like The Incredible Hulk or The Amazing Spider-man they should just do the Parallax story.

Bring back Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan, but have him go crazy when Coast City gets destroyed at the start of the movie. Then introduce Kyle Rayner as The Last Green Lantern and have him face off against Hal Jordan/Parallax. Then he’s ready for their Justice League movie.

Seeing Ryan Reynolds go evil (and sport the grey-at-the-temples look) would almost make up for having to sit through the first film. Almost.

Green Lantern: The New Guardians #20

I’m cool with Kyle’s new status as White Lantern. He always worked best when he was unique (the ‘Last Green Lantern’ rather than one of four Earth-based GLC members) and past stories where he had godlike powers (the “Hand of God” storyline in his solo series and the Ion mini) have always been enjoyable because (as a down to earth character) it never seems like he’s going to let the power go to his head.

I do wish they’d find a way to return him to Earth because I’ve never been a fan of space-based comic books, but since Hal and Simon Baz both operate on teams on Earth I suppose he’s better used elsewhere.

Geoff Johns’ “Green Lantern” run came to an end this week. After close to ten years writing the title (and really creating an entire franchise for DC that didn’t exist before), his story concludes with the final chapter of “Wrath of the First Lantern.”

I’ve always been a fan of Geoff Johns, but I was never as high on his “Green Lantern” as earlier work like “The Flash” and “JSA”. That’s because his “Green Lantern” has always focused on Hal Jordan, a character I just don’t like. The other problem I’ve had with his run is the fact that it’s been one huge crossover event after another pretty much nonstop for ten years.

That said, I acknowledge the huge accomplishment he’s achieved with “Green Lantern”. The title was not in great shape in 2003, and his miniseries “Rebirth” successfully relaunched it (with Hal Jordan back as the star) and gave us the spin-off “Green Lantern Corps” (a home for the other GL characters). By the time the New 52 started, Green Lantern was as big in the DCU as Batman or Superman, and four separate titles were devoted to the franchise (“Green Lantern”, “Green Lantern Corps”, “Red Lanterns”, and “New Guardians”). In addition, there are Green Lantern characters in three other titles (“Justice League”, “Justice League of America”, and “Earth 2”).

Because I don’t care about Hal Jordan I’ve always viewed Geoff Johns’ run through the filter of Kyle Rayner, and my enjoyment of the various story arcs has depended a lot on Kyle’s role. These last couple of stories (“Wrath of the First Lantern”, “Rise of the Third Army”) used him well and differentiated him from the rest of the Green Lantern Corps. I’ve also enjoyed the recently introduced character Simon Baz, a replacement for Hal who will continue as the Green Lantern of the JLA. And of course, Geoff Johns has spent the last ten years turning Sinestro from a pretty one-note villain into a well defined foil for Hal Jordan. These are the characters that kept me reading the various “Green Lantern” titles, and they are the ones I’m interested in following going forward.

As for Hal, I wish I could say he’d grown and changed enough in the last decade that I now find him interesting, but I don’t. When I got back into comics Hal was dead, having gone evil and destroyed the Green Lantern Corps after his home city was wiped out by a super villain. To me, Hal will never be more interesting alive than he was dead, a dark shadow hanging over Kyle Rayner and the surviving members of the Corps. But Hal is clearly here to stay. Now that Geoff Johns is leaving “Green Lantern”, my hope is that there will be fewer crossovers and the separate titles will be less connected. That way I can continue to read “New Guardians” and not worry about the main title or “Green Lantern Corps” (I gave up trying to read “Red Lanterns” a long time ago).

I’d like to congratulate Geoff Johns on his remarkable “Green Lantern” run. He revitalized a character, launched a franchise, and told a story that spanned nearly a decade.


This month in DC History

Superboy gets a villain in shape of the fiery red head known as Knockout in 1994. She was trained on Apokolips to be one of the Female Furies, but was inspired by Big Barda’s escape to become her own person and escape to Earth herself. When she got there, she flirted and fought with Superboy just for the fun of it until she landed in jail for killing a cop.

What else happened in 1994?

  • In the Emerald Twilight saga, Hal Jordan went crazy trying to resurrect Coast City (which was decimated from the “Reign of the Supermen”) this ultimately turned him into Parallax and introduced the new Green Lantern, Kyle Rayner.
  • Aquaman got a third ongoing series. His hair became long accompanied by a beard to give him a Arthurian look. In the 2nd issue his hand got chewed off by piranhas and was replaced by a harpoon in 3rd issue. This Aquaman series lasted for 75 issues ending in 2001.
  • After the “Knightfall” crossover, Bruce took back the mantle of Batman from Jean-Paul Valley and gave it to Dick Grayson became Batman in the 12 part crossover called Prodigal. This story ran Dick through the gauntlet of old Batman foes. Bruce would be back the following year.

People make jokes about DC Comics in the 90s, but this honestly is my favourite time period for the publisher. A close second is the early 2000s.


Green Lantern - New Guardians #17

Okay, now I’m really confused. The latest “New Guardians” has Kyle switching between various alternate realities as the First Lantern tries to break him. There’s the obvious one where Alex is still alive because Kyle gave up the ring, and one where he grew up with his father instead of his mother. But there’s also a reality where Hal Jordan died reigniting the sun, which happened in the pre-reboot era. So does that mean Hal’s fall from grace and transformation into Parallax (followed by him sacrificing his life to save the Earth) still happened? Or is the First Lantern just able to draw on events from the previous reality?

I have no idea how much of Kyle’s history counts anymore. We know he was never the only Green Lantern since we’ve seen him as a rookie (in the standard issue costume) surrounded by Corps members, and he couldn’t have dated Donna Troy or Jade since neither one exists anymore, But this issue confirms that he was Ion (twice).

We’re a year and a half into the reboot and still have no idea which stories still happened or how they fit into the new DCU.



The Crumbler is moronic, but this cover is great.


Why has DC never resurrected “Green Lantern/Green Arrow” as an on-going series? It would have been a perfect way to utilize Kyle Rayner and Connor Hawke in the 2000s after Hal and Ollie were brought back.

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From the most recent “Green Lantern: New Guardians”.

I’m glad DC has figured out that Kyle Rayner works best when he’s something other than a run-of-the-mill Green Lantern, but I wonder how long this latest change will last. He’s had godlike powers before (as Ion, which probably doesn’t even count anymore) and that was undone after about six issues. And the title “New Guardians” doesn’t really work for a solo book.

Either way, I’m enjoying this “New Guardians” story.

In this single page, DC Comics has completely erased Kyle Rayner’s origin.

I guess it was silly to expect Kyle to survive the reboot unscathed. After all, most of his contemporaries (Connor Hawke, Wally West, etc.) no longer exist. Neither do most of his ex-girlfriends (Donna Troi, Jade). With the new compressed timeline, Kyle shouldn’t even be a Green Lantern. But the fact that he is one, and that he was given his own title (one he shares with representatives from the other Lantern Corps, but still) made it seem like maybe his history was for the most part intact. This page changes everything.

Kyle used to be the “Last Green Lantern”, the lone person entrusted with a power ring after Hal Jordan went mad and wiped out the entire Green Lantern Corps (or, post-“Rebirth” retcon, was possessed by Parallax and forced to destroy the Corps). Kyle was the Torch Bearer, the one who kept the fire burning until the Corp could be restored. He was the one who used the power of Ion to resurrect the Guardians of the Universe. He helped bring back Hal Jordan to life.

But in this flashback to Kyle’s early days in the uniform the Guardians seem to be alive and well (and some of them are female, something that originally didn’t happen until Kyle brought them back to life). Kilowog is training rookies, which means there is still a whole Corps of Green Lanterns. But if Kyle is just another recruit, and the Guardians and the Corps are still around, does that mean Hal Jordan never went evil? Is that entire part of DCU history just gone?

I don’t know who Kyle Rayner is anymore. I don’t know how or why he was chosen to join the Green Lantern Corps. I don’t know what his early career was like (except that his girlfriend Alex was still murdered and stuffed in a refrigerator; surely DC could have retconned that particular story element). This is no small thing, as Kyle has been my favourite character since I started reading comics. Now that character is just… gone.

The most frustrating part of this development is I’ve really been enjoying “New Guardians”. For the first time in nearly a decade, Kyle has a purpose. In the early issues it was to unite members of the different Corps. Now, with the ‘Rise of the Third Army’ storyline that’s crossing through the Green Lantern titles, he’s trying to harness the power of all the spectrums.

I guess in time we’ll learn more about how Kyle came to be the fourth Green Lantern from Earth. I don’t mind so much that his past as been re-written (the same has happened to Ronnie Raymond and Jason Rusch in “Firestorm”, which is one of my favourite New 52 titles), it’s the way it was handled — a year into the reboot, in a one page flashback. The zero issues DC did a few months ago would have been a perfect opportunity to revise Kyle’s origin. The way it’s handled here, it feels more like the writer just wasn’t aware of Kyle’s backstory.



Hal Jordan, ladies and gentlemen.


Earth-2 Green Lantern by Nicola Scott

I’m a bit torn on DC’s new series “Earth 2”. On the one hand it’s a genuine attempt to reboot established characters with new origins and costumes, something I wanted to see in the New 52. And the characters of the Justice Society make sense for relocation to an alternate Earth since that’s where their adventures took place pre-Crisis.

That said, I’m not a fan of the new look for Jay Garrick (who has had the single best superhero costume for over 70 years), I’m disappointed they revealed Alan was gay only to immediately kill off his partner, and I’m worried that removing the JSA from their WWII setting will be too much of a departure for the characters.

Speaking of Alan Scott, I think it’s interesting they they’re using Kyle Rayner’s second logo in his new costume (in fact, the cover for the issue uses the same Green Lantern logo and font that appeared on Kyle’s later issues).

Despite some problems with the first three issues, I still think “Earth 2” has the most potential of all the New 52 titles and I’m looking forward to seeing the rest of the heroes be introduced (especially the Spectre). I’m also intrigued by the possibility of having Terry Sloane, the original Mister Terrific, as a villain (at least that’s where things seem to be going).

I just wish they’d left Jay’s costume alone.


From Peter David’s Supergirl #54. Art by Leonard Kirk. ;)

My two favourite DC Comics characters, Kyle Rayner and Linda Danvers (aka Green Lantern and Supergirl).

With the exception of Batman, film adaptions of DC Comics heroes are pretty much a mess right now. Green Lantern bombed, Superman is in the hands of the guy that directed Sucker Punch, and Wonder Woman couldn’t even get picked up as a series on NBC (which is barely a network anymore).

Marvel, in contrast, clearly has its act together. But that wasn’t always the case. Sure, the Spider-man and X-Men movies were pretty successful, but during that time period they also put out the two Fantastic Four movies, Daredevil, Ghost Rider, and X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

It’s so easy to imagine a world where Warner Brothers isn’t completely brainless and a slew of successful DC projects culminated this summer with a Justice League movie.

Here’s how I imagine that timeline going:


After the success of a film version of third tier hero Black Lightning (starring Wesley Snipes), Warner Brothers turns a little known DC Comics property called Doom Patrol into a movie. This story of super powered misfits led by a man in a wheelchair strikes a chord with the millennial moviegoing public and sets the stage for Warner Brothers’ future success.

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