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Green Lantern: A Celebration Of 75 Years

 

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“In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight, let those who worship evil’s might beware my power… Green Lantern’s light”

Green Lantern first appeared in All American Comics #16 in July 1940, created by artists Martin Nodell and Batman co-creator Bill Finger. Though casual comic readers may associate the emerald crusader with the more famous version of the character Hal Jordan, the original Lantern was actually very different to his later variants. Alan Scott was created by Nodell after seeing the opera cycle Ring Of The Nibelung, where he first noticed a trainman’s green railway lantern, which became his initial inspiration for the creation of a Superhero who wielded a magic ring that granted him a wide variety of supernatural powers.

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Alan Scott proved popular amongst comic fans and initially joined super-team Justice Society Of America as a regular member, before being granted his own comic series in Winter of 1940. After the cessation of World War 2, the popularity of Superheroes was in decline and Green Lantern was subsequently cancelled after just 38 issues. In 1959, DC Comics editor of the time Julius Schwartz, revived the character under a new guise. This new Lantern was named Hal Jordan and was empowered by the Guardians of the Universe, the Oans, as an interstellar law enforcement officer.

Hal was created by John Broome and Gil Kane and made his first appearance in Showcase #22. A member of the intergalactic police force known as the Green Lantern Corps whose task is to bring peace and stability to the universe through the use of a power ring that enables its user to create absolutely anything they can visualise, constructs such as weapons and vehicles are all possible, ultimately only limited by the imagination of the ring wielder themselves.

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Green Lantern #2 – Hal Jordan

In October DC Comics will celebrate seventy five years in the company of the green guardian of space sector 2814, by releasing a hardcover anthology that features stories taken from throughout GL’s long reign as the ultimate space cop. 400 pages in length, this epic tome features some of the greatest talent the world of comics has ever seen including the likes of – Neal Adams, Geoff Johns, Denny O’Neil, Jim Lee, Gil Kane and John Broome. 

Green Lantern: A Celebration Of 75 Years will be available at your local comic book emporium and all stockists of emerald clad, universe spanning adventurers, from October 14.

Green Lantern is copyright: DC Comics.

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DC Comics Roll Out The Big Guns…

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The scene is set for DC Comics’ biggest ever Comic-Con next month in San Diego, with their arch rival Marvel strangely sitting out of the world’s largest and most popular comic book convention, DC will be making the most of their absence with a massive showing of their upcoming cinematic universe. DC will have the convention floor to itself and will, if rumours are to be believed, roll out all their big guns including sneak peeks at their two big movies for 2016, Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice and David Ayer’s Suicide Squad.

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Trinity of AWESOME!!

DC stole the spotlight at this years CineEurope Film convention and trade show, by showing exclusive footage from both Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad,though the footage has at this point, unfortunately not been made available to the public at large, it is expected to be shown in its entirety at this years SDCC. There are also rumours that news or maybe even pre-production footage may appear for both the planned Wonder Woman and Aquaman movies (starring Gal Gadot and Jason Momoa respectively.)

Margot Robbie as everyone's favourite mischievous misfit "Harley Quinn"

Margot Robbie as everyone’s favourite mischievous misfit “Harley Quinn”

It is also surmised that we may be hearing more news on Ben Affleck’s solo outing as the Caped Crusader in the planned 2018 movie tentatively titled “The Batman”. The film itself will be directed by Affleck, and it is also possible that Chris Terrio, the writer of one of Affleck’s previously directed movies “Argo” will be taking the writing reins for the Dark Knight’s new film.

Green Lantern's John Stewart and Hal Jordan may take the stage at SDCC 2015!

Green Lanterns John Stewart and Hal Jordan may take the stage at SDCC 2015!

Also expected at SDCC 2015 will be news about the reboot of the Green Lantern movie, after the poor performance of the 2011 Ryan Reynolds helmed film. And in a surprising move, it looks like Warner Bros and DC have already picked the actor who will be playing Hal Jordan, Captain of the Enterprise himself, actor Chris Pine. It is strongly believed that Pine has been offered the role of the titular green space cop, even though it was previously thought he would be inheriting the role of Steve Trevor in the upcoming Wonder Woman movie.

Little has been mentioned about the new GL film, though it looks increasingly likely that this time we shall be getting two Green Lanterns for the price of one, as Hal Jordan, it is presumed, will be be sharing Space Sector 2814 alongside fellow Lantern John Stewart, with Warner Bros expected to confirm the name of the actor who will portraying Pine’s co-star at SDCC. 

So, exciting times ahead  fellow DC fanatics. The San Diego Comic-Con runs from July 9 through the twelfth.

Comic Cover Of The Week: Green Lantern #41

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(Copyright-DC Comics)

This weeks outstanding comic cover depicts Green Lantern of space sector 2814, Hal Jordan in his newly redesigned costume. This revamp falls in line with the recently unveiled visual tweaks and overhauls in outfits for DC’s other best selling characters that include, Wonder Woman, Batman, Green Arrow and the Flash. In his new look Hal forgoes his traditional figure hugging spandex styling for a hooded jacket, but still retains his classic mask. Also of note is the replacement of his iconic power ring with a power glove, this gauntlet was first witnessed in the Geoff Johns penned “War Of The Green Lanterns” published in 2011.

Green Lantern #41 marks a new chapter in the life of Hal Jordan as he becomes ‘the universe’s most wanted outlaw!’. Written by: Robert Venditti. Cover and interior art by: Billy Tan and Mark Irwin. Variant cover by: Ben Oliver. 

New Comics Spotlight: Green Lantern #40 – Movie Variant Cover

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Welcome friends to another new comics wednesday, and the spotlight this week falls on: Green Lantern #40 – movie variant cover. Now I’ll be completely honest and say that I haven’t had the chance to read the issue as of yet, but was I was so impressed with its alternate cover, that even without experiencing its interstellar tales of the Green Lantern Corps, as of yet… the cover alone qualifies it for the spotlight.

Green Lantern/2001 A Space Odyssey comparison.

Green Lantern/2001 A Space Odyssey comparison.

As I mentioned earlier this week, DC comics is celebrating 100 years of Warner Brothers Film, with special movie variant covers across 22 of it’s monthly titles, depicting a classic WB film poster redone using DC’s biggest characters. Green Lantern’s take on Stanley Kubrick’s breathtaking classic, 2001 A Space Odyssey is a gorgeous recreation, pencilled by Tony Harris.

Plot Synopsis:

Green Lantern, Hal Jordan strangely betrays the Corps, turning on the Templar Guardians and his actions will have consequences that will carry throughout all of the Green Lantern titles. 

Green Lantern is available at your local comic-book emporium right now. Cover Art: Mark Irwin, Billy Tan. Movie Variant: Tony Harris. Written by: Robert Venditti.

Super-Villain Sunday: Star Sapphire

Welcome once more comic-fans to Super-Villain Sunday, today’s classic villain is: Star Sapphire…

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Star Sapphire was created by Robert Kanigher and Lee Elias in 1947, and made her first appearance in All-Flash Comics#32, the original of the many Sapphires that would appear over the years was the Queen of the 7th dimension. It was later revealed she had been chosen to be the Queen by a race of female warriors known as the Zamarons.

The Zamaron were originally the females members of the Maltusians, after a renegade scientist performed a forbidden experiment that unleashed evil into their universe the Maltusians split as a race, the male Maltusians (now known as Green Lantern originators Oans), settled on the planet OA. Another group split off and became the Guardians of the universe, the females however were known as the Zamarons and became a warlike warrior race akin to the Amazons back on Earth. They would choose a Queen from a mortal race (Zamarons and Oans are immortal), and would gift her a psionic purple crystal thus transforming her into Star Sapphire.

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The second and most well known of the Star Sapphires was Carol Ferris, whilst working at her father’s Ferris aircraft she met her on/off love interest Green Lantern – Hal Jordan, her first appearance as the new Sapphire was in the 1962 issue of Green Lantern #16. Chosen to be the new Sapphire by the Zamarons, Carol would go on to battle Hal for many years until the power was finally removed from her when Hal briefly became the entity known as the Spectre.

The third Sapphire was Dela Pharon, chosen to be the new Queen of the Zamarons, she would go on to battle Carol Ferris for the honour of being the superior of the Star Sapphires.  There were two other significant versions of Sapphire over the years, Debbie Darnell is the adopted Earth name of Remoni Notra of the planet Pandina, who eventually moved to Earth and joined the Secret Society of Super-Villains. Next was Jillian Perlman, daughter of a Texas rancher who became a pilot in the US airforce, saved by Green Lantern after an engine on her jet malfunctioned, she would later be possessed by the purple Sapphire crystal becoming the new Sapphire.

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After the events of 2009’s Blackest night saga, the Star Sapphires became one of the seven Corps that gain their powers from an emotional spectrum, with the Sapphire Corp becoming the Violet Lanterns, the violet colour denoting the emotion of love. The powers of  Star Sapphire are similar to that of the Green Lanterns, the ability to make violet hued hard-light constructs of whatever they can think of, they also have the ability of flight and can form protective shields and auras.

Villainous Rating: 5 purple hearts out of 5

Precinct1313's  very own Star Sapphire from deep inside the Comic-Crypt

Precinct1313’s very own Star Sapphire from deep within the Comic-Crypt

Precinct1313 recommends – Green Arrow..Deluxe Edition by Kevin Smith.

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Welcome comic fans to a new spotlight feature we call Precinct1313 recommends, here we will be focusing on particular Graphic Novels or Comics that have been highly praised by critics or well received by fans. Our first spotlight segment is devoted to the Emerald Archer – Green Arrow. In 2001, film director and writer Kevin Smith wrote a comic maxi-series about Oliver Queen’s resurrection from the dead by Hal Jordan the former Green Lantern who at this point in the DC universe had become the entity known as Parallax. Newly resurrected, Ollie goes back to his former role as Green Arrow taking on a new ward…Mia Dearden as his sidekick Speedy, he launches an investigation into his death as he seems to be missing several important key memories. 

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With the help of the world’s greatest detective – Batman, and a massive cast of supporting Superheroes including Black Canary, Wonder Woman and former Speedy Roy Harper, Ollie uncovers a web of intrigue, mystery and deceit that will drive him on to a literal soul searching conclusion! This deluxe hardcover of the original Quiver series will be released on August 13th, art duties are handled excellently by Phil Hester and Ande Parks and Kevin Smith shows his love and knowledge of the classic Superhero with a fantastically well written and emotionally involving tale of resurrection and redemption.

Back from the dead and smooching with Wonder Woman..life is great for Oliver Queen!

Back from the dead and smooching with Wonder Woman..life is great for Oliver Queen!

Precinct1313 Rating: 5 nocked arrows out of 5