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Thursday, January 31, 2013

5.2 Reasons We Love Ethan Van Sciver

From DC

1. Green Lantern: Rebirth
There are a lot of reasons to praise the Geoff Johns-penned six-issue limited series GREEN LANTERN: REBIRTH. Not the least of which is that it reinstated veteran Lantern Hal Jordan into the Corps and kicked off Johns’ near decade-long tenure with the character. However, one of the coolest moments came in this spread, which illustrated the various ways each Lantern uses his ring, intricately detailed every step of the way by Van Sciver.

2. Batman/Catwoman: Trail of the Gun
Those looking for an early taste of Van Sciver’s Dark Knight should look no further than this two-issue limited series written by Ann Nocenti (currently of Catwoman and soon Katana fame). From the cover of the first issue alone, you see what makes Van Sciver such a great artist: he not only draws an incredible Selina Kyle and Dark Knight but also takes the time to add details that really bring the image to life. Van Sciver not only rendered the individual strands of Catwoman’s hair and the grip of the gun but also made sure to detail every dead body. That’s the type of meticulous detail even Batman would give a respectful nod toward.

3. Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps Special #1
Everything. Everything about this opening shot (literally) to the Sinestro Corps War that ran through the Green Lantern titles was amazing. Like this aforementioned moment:

Or this chilling scene:

And especially that geekily giddy moment at the end that we don’t want to spoil for you!

4. Flash: Rebirth
The dream-team of Johns and Van Sciver reunited once more to momentarily slip off their Lantern Corps rings and go for a run in the Speed Force for the six-issue FLASH: REBIRTH. The series featured every member of the Flash family and Van Sciver even got to redesign a number of their costumes.

5. Green Lantern Annual #1
Johns and Van Sciver previously heralded big changes to the Green Lantern Universe with both Green Lantern: Rebirth and with the Sinestro Corps Special. That tradition continued most recently with the GREEN LANTERN ANNUAL #1, which saw the Guardians of the Universe going completely cuckoo for cocoa puffs insane, the shocking death of both Hal Jordan and Sinestro, and the Rise of the Third Army.

5.1 This Double Page Spread

5.2 His First Arc Ventures into the Mad World of the Mad Hatter

We’re all of a sudden craving seafood, but while we’re out, be sure to let us know which Ethan Van Sciver comics are your favorites. And what did you think of his debut on Batman: The Dark Knight?

Ethan has done a lot of cool Green Lantern art so he certainly makes our list.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

CLASSIC COMICS : Green Lantern Vol 2 #134 "Mind Over Magnetism"

Green Lantern Vol 2 #134
November, 1980
Executive Editor: Joe Orlando
Cover Artists: Dick Giordano

"Mind Over Magnetism"
Writers: Marv Wolfman
Pencilers: Alex Saviuk
Inkers: Dave Hunt
Colourists: Adrienne Roy
Letterers: Ben Oda
Editors: Jack C. Harris

Writers: Laurie S. Sutton
Pencilers: Rodin Rodriguez
Inkers: Tex Blaisdell
Colourists: Jerry Serpe
Editors: Jack C. Harris

Appearing in "Mind Over Magnetism"
Featured Characters: Green Lantern (Hal Jordan)
Supporting Characters: Carol Ferris
Tegra Kalmaku
Tom Kalmaku
Villains: Doctor Polaris
Other Characters: Abin Sur (flashback only)
Unnamed National Geographic Scientists
Various unnamed Los Angeles residents
Locations: California
Coast City
Los Angeles
New York City
North Pole
Washington, D.C.
Items: Green Lantern Ring

Synopsis for "Mind Over Magnetism"
Doctor Polaris has trapped Green Lantern at the North Pole, stolen his power ring and traveled to Los Angeles where he combines the ring's power and his own magentic powers into enthralling the population into mindless zombies. With each person he affects, he grows stronger and manages to fight off an attack by several military vehicles. At the North Pole, Green Lantern manages to free himself from the restraining device he had been trapped in and begins a long journey towards civilization. He manages to catch a fish, fend off a polar bear (during which he falls into the freezing waters) and a wolf, become snow blind and still stumble upon a scientific expedition which takes him to safety. In New York City, Carol Ferris is kidnapped. The government cancels their contract with Ferris Aircraft which will put it out of business. Shortly afterwards Ferris Aircraft's location is bombed. Tom Kalmaku contemplates suicide when he is found by a still-blind Hal Jordan who needs his help.

Appearing in "Earth-Ground"
Featured Characters: Adam Strange
Villains: Kaskor
Alva Xar
Other Characters: Various unnamed Rannians
Locations: Rann
Items: Adam Strange's Ray Gun
Molecular Disruptor
Rannian Jet Pack

Synopsis for "Earth-Ground"
Last issue Adam Strange managed to sneak into Kaskor's secret headquarters and overheard his invasion plans. Kaskor tortures Adam with his Molecular Disruptor but Adam refuses to talk. Kaskor realizes he needs to leave to start the invasion and leaves Adam in the hands of Alva Xar to continue the torture. Alva reveals that the Disruptor was jury-rigged from Adam's Zeta-transmitter. Adam realizes the way to escape is to goad Alva into accelerating the machine so it overloads the circuitry. As the machinery starts to break down, Adam convinces Alva that the machine will explode and kill them both if he doesn't shut down the power. Alva does so freeing Adam who defeats Alva and storms the awaiting guards screaming like a madman which scares them off. Adam heads into some catacombs which lead him to a secret compartment where he keeps his extra equipment. He finds his Jet Pack just as the places begins to explode. Adam discovers that every exit has been sealed but, just as the base is about to explode, Adam's Zeta radiation wears off and he transports unconcious to Earth.


Green Lantern: The Animated Series – “Cold Fury”
Airs Saturday, February 2nd
10:00 a.m. ET/PT on Cartoon Network
Synopsis: A horde of Manhunters gives chase as our heroes’ hope runs thin. Their will is truly tested as they prepare for an inevitable face-off against the unstoppable Anti-Monitor – a battle for the lives of everyone in the galaxy.

WTF In April

The DC promotional folks have come up with a new angle to market April's comics. They're calling it "WTF Certified," announcing that all their New 52 issues in that month will "leave readers in a state of shock."

The "teaser" line below seems to be Green Lantern related, hmmm.
• Some heroes change their colors and other change allegiances

Possible spoilers - (From Newsarama) The color reference is probably Green Lantern related. Readers of Green Lantern: New Guardians know that Kyle Raynor (spoilers) just became the new White Lantern, but the cover to issue #19 shows that he's no longer "white." That means he changed color. And the cover of Green Lantern indicates there's trouble with the different colored Lanterns.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Green Lantern: The Animated Series Episodes For February 2013

All-new episodes of Green Lantern: The Animated Series will air for the month of February 2013. Green Lantern: The Animated Series airs Saturdays at 10am (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network, with encores the following Sunday at 10am (ET/PT), as part of the DC Nation programming block on Cartoon Network. The episode breakdowns below are spoiler-free and provided by Green Lantern: The Animated Series producer Giancarlo Volpe.

Green Lantern: The Animated Series
Saturday, February 2nd, 2013 at 10:00am (ET/PT) – “Cold Fury”
Manhunters give chase as our heroes’ hope runs thin. Their will is truly tested as they prepare for an inevitable face-off against the unstoppable Anti-Monitor.

Green Lantern: The Animated Series
Saturday, February 9th, 2013 at 10:00am (ET/PT) – “Babel”
Hal, Kilowog, and Razer crash land on a planet with a poisonous atmosphere. With their power rings nearly depleted, their only hope is to seek refuge in a nearby domed city, completely overrun by thieves and hooligans.

Green Lantern: The Animated Series
Saturday, February 16th, 2013 at 10:00am (ET/PT) – “Love is a Battlefield”
When Zamaron is invaded by Manhunters, the unsuspecting Carol Ferris is summoned to represent love in a battle against hate’s champion, Atrocitus of the Red Lantern Corps.

Green Lantern: The Animated Series
Saturday, February 23rd, 2013 at 10:00am (ET/PT) – “Larfleeze”
Hal searches the planet Okaara for the mythical orange lantern battery as a way to combat the Manhunters. The problem is, it’s guarded under the watchful, and very greedy, eyes of Larfleeze, the one and only Orange Lantern.

Monday, January 28, 2013


YOUNG JUSTICE, GLTAS Officially Canceled, CLONE WARS Moves


Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series will both end when their current seasons, which were interrupted more than once in their runs, end later this spring. Announced through their exclusion on Cartoon Network's "new and returning shows" press release for fall 2013, the series both suffered from broken-up seasons, including a sudden and unexplained pause in the fall of 2012 after only a few episodes of each. A representative from Warner Brothers Animation confirmed to Newsarama the cancelation. Cartoon Network's only official stance is that the new episodes already produced will continue to air.

In their place in the "DC Nation" hour-long block on Cartoon Network will be previously announced series Beware the Batman, which like GL: TAS uses computer-generated animation, and Teen Titans Go, a comedically-bent rehash of the successful Teen Titans animated series, which aired from 2003-2006 (more on both of those below).

Also excluded from the "returning" list, it seems Star Wars: The Clone Wars will be moving to a Disney-owned TV channel, as was expected after their purchase of Lucasfilm. Disney XD seems likely, but no word from their camp yet. Supervising Director Dave Filoni and multiple cast members have confirmed work on a 6th Season of the series. Interestingly, there will be a new LEGO Star Wars special centered on Yoda on Cartoon Network. However, Warner Bros does hold the LEGO license, so this could be a work-around to Lucasfilm's new home (similar to Warner Interactive publishing the upcoming LEGO Marvel Superheroes despite owning DC Comics).

The full Press Release, announced specials featuring Adventure Time, Regular Show, and a CGI revival special of Powerpuff Girls.

Update: GL: TAS showrunner Giancarlo Volpe has also confirmed the end of the series via twitter, stating that luckily they didn't find out via press release. "This time we knew. They just didn't want us to announce it publicly until they did." No comment from YJ's Brandon Vietti yet, though in foreshadowing he announced his and Greg Weisman's work on season 2 was completed way back on October 24, 2012, and he has been working on a Scooby Doo/WWE special for the last six weeks or so, according to his twitter account.

Sunday, January 27, 2013




With a title like "Loss," it was a safe bet that this week's Green Lantern episode was going to be marked by tragedy and hardship for our heroes. And it certainly didn't disappoint in that regard. Anyone who felt the conflict with the Anti-Monitor and his Manhunters was progressing too slowly should be satisfied with the way "Loss" amped up the pacing and brought real consequences to Season 1.5.

Click here to read the full review over at IGN.

Saturday, January 26, 2013


A towering alien with a brutish cross of porcine and bull-doggish appearance, Kilowog is renowned throughout the Green Lantern Corps as the primary trainer of the Corps' newest recruits. The Guardians of the Universe recruited Kilowog, a gifted genetic scientist, from the planet Bolovax Vik, located in Space Sector 674. Kilowog was trained by Lantern Ermey (reference to Gunnery Sergeant R. Lee Ermey), who would often use the word "poozer", which means "useless rookie" (a word Kilowog would later adopt, albeit in a friendlier way). In the middle of a particularly arduous training session, Ermey had Kilowog and his fellow rookies help stop an attack on a group of Lanterns, one of whom was the future renegade Sinestro. Ermey, fatally wounded in battle, commended Kilowog on his abilities, telling him that he had the makings of a great leader. In addition to serving with distinction as the Green Lantern of that sector, Kilowog also began to spend extensive periods of time on the Green Lantern Corps' home planet of Oa instructing new recruits on how to handle and best utilize their power rings. In this capacity, Kilowog acted as the first trainer to a young Hal Jordan, the ring-recruited successor to the slain Abin Sur of Ungara, the Green Lantern of Space Sector 2814. Kilowog and his new recruit helped the Guardians confront Abin Sur's murderer, the hive mind interstellar malefactor known as Legion.

During the Crisis on Infinite Earths (referred to as a "great crisis"), Bolovax Vik was destroyed. This was a powerful blow to the giant Green Lantern, as his race lived a highly communal lifestyle, and to be alone was one of the worst things imaginable. Owing somehow to this genetic similarity to and affinity for each other that all Bolovax Vikians possessed, Kilowog was able to rescue the entire population of his homeworld (billions of beings) by storing their collective life essences within his ring upon that world's annihilation.
The Crisis saw the immortal Guardians ethically divided (a faction of six Guardians broke away from the majority, deciding to follow the example of their estranged brethren The Controllers and create their own Green Lanterns to directly combat the Anti-Monitor, but five of them were killed shortly after they chose their first and only recruit, Guy Gardner of Earth) and their ranks depleted for the first time in millions of years (only 22 of the 36 Guardians survived). The Corps as well suffered hundreds of casualties. The Guardians then decided to end their direct leadership of the Corps, and left for another dimension with their former mates, the Zamarons.

Earth years
Before leaving, the Guardians informed the remaining GLs that the Corps was now theirs to administer; they were no longer bound by their former assignment to one particular Space Sector and could deploy themselves as they saw fit. Adrift following the destruction of his Sector and the end of his role training new GLs for the Guardians, Kilowog relocated to Earth with his former pupil Jordan and the group of GLs that had decided to make their base there. They ultimately became the Green Lantern Corps of Earth. While his appearance at first frightened most humans, Kilowog briefly became a celebrity following his defeat of the villain Black Hand on live television in a battle over Anaheim Stadium.
This goodwill was soon squandered, though, when he was approached by a KGB agent and invited to live in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, as the society of Bolovax Vik was somewhat similar to a communist system. During his time in the USSR, Kilowog was instrumental in the creation of the Soviet Union's first super-powered force, the Rocket Red Brigade. Kilowog ultimately became disenchanted with the U.S.S.R. and the flawed communist nations of Earth.
While adventuring with the GLC of Earth, Kilowog found a world in Space Sector 872 which would make a suitable "Bolovax Vik II". Moved to action, he tapped into his ring and reconstituted the entire population of his world, some 16 billion beings. No sooner had he done this, though, than the world was obliterated by the renegade Green Lantern Sinestro, and all 16 billion Bolovax Vikians were permanently killed. The trauma of this drove Kilowog temporarily insane, but he was helped back to his senses by fellow GL Arisia, to whom he confessed his love. He was also supported by other Green Lanterns, who made an effort to be near him, as they knew Kilowog's race enjoyed being in crowds.
Shortly after this adventure, the Corps was finally and completely destroyed when they voted as a body to execute the captured Sinestro for crimes against the universe; this set in motion a chain of events that led to the dissolution of almost all power rings. Around this time, Kilowog is allowed to be one of the honor guard at Superman's funeral.

Emerald Twilight
When the Corps began to expand again, Kilowog returned to Oa to train the new generation of Green Lanterns. During the Emerald Twilight arc, numerous Green Lanterns were sent to stop the supposedly insane Hal Jordan. The very last Green Lantern to oppose Jordan was Kilowog himself, on Oa. He attempted to prevent his old pupil from entering and absorbing the power of the Great Battery itself, which destroyed the Corps. Kilowog was disintegrated with a blast by Jordan's ring, leaving nothing but a seared skull and ashes, and a shaken but undeterred Jordan stole the energies of the Great Battery. The remaining guardians sacrificed themselves by merging their life forces into the final green lantern ring. The only Guardian left to bestow the ring was Ganthet.

Dark Lantern
The enigmatic being known as Dark Lantern seemed strangely familiar to those closely acquainted with the legacy of the Green Lantern Corps when he first made his presence known on Earth.
He was created by some of the remaining Green Lanterns who had lost their rings when Hal Jordan went mad. Based on Xudar, they called themselves the "Brotherhood of the Cold Flame". Boodikka was one of their number. They tapped into arcane forces and based on the unusual nature of the Bolovax Vik afterlife, they converted the soul of Kilowog into the Dark Lantern in order to send him after Jordan.
When Jordan became the Spectre, he convinced his old friend Tom Kalmaku to help correct his sins against the Green Lantern Corps. Kalmaku used Hal's old power ring to rebuild Oa and the Great Battery as shown in Green Lantern Legacy: The Last Will and Testament of Hal Jordan. This allowed the vengeful spirit of Kilowog to rest. Soon after this, though, his spirit was recalled to life by Kyle Rayner and Ganthet.

The New Corps
Recently the Guardians were reconstituted, and reformed the Corps in the wake of Hal Jordan's rebirth. Kilowog retakes the role of Green Lantern drill sergeant, training new recruits (or "poozers" as he often refers to them) for the newest incarnation of the Green Lantern Corps, once again in the service of the Guardians of the Universe. In the Infinite Crisis storyline, Kilowog (along with fellow Green Lantern Kyle Rayner, later Ion) played a key role in the Rann-Thanagar War and its aftermath.
In Superman/Batman #30 (2007) Kilowog is deeply affected by a force that has turned most of the super-powered aliens allied with Earth hostile against all humans. He, or the force controlling him, attempts to violently sway Superman into hating all humans, but a very confused Man of Steel does not fall for it. It is later revealed that Kilowog and other alien heroes are being affected by Despero and an alien armada. The threat is swiftly neutralized by Superman and Batman.
Once again, in Green Lantern Corps #11 (2007) Kilowog is pushed, apparently from a Despotellis-infected Mogo, into a xenophobic hate against the Guardians and the Corps, acting with imagery of his dead people. Kilowog fell victim to the deception.
During the Sinestro Corps War, Kilowog was on the front line during the battle of Mogo. When the conflict moved to Earth, Kilowog battled his Sinestro Corps counterpart, Arkillo. Kilowog defeated the villain and removed his ring. After the war's climax, Kilowog was seen on Mogo, eating dinner with energy constructs of his family members.

Blackest Night
During the Blackest Night event, Oa is invaded by a swarm of black power rings, that turn all the deceased Lanterns in the Oan crypt into Black Lanterns, who promptly attack the living Lanterns. Kilowog is attacked by the reanimated Ermey, who mercilessy berates him for not preventing his death, and for saving the life of Sinestro, citing the deaths Sinestro had caused as being Kilowog's fault. He also torments Kilowog over the death of the current class of Green Lantern rookies, whom Ermey himself had just slain. Gaining the upper hand, Ermey attempts to rip out Kilowog's heart, but is interrupted by the announcement that Black Lanterns' rings have reached one hundred percent power. Subsequently, the Black Lanterns are given new instructions: to devour the Central Power Battery. Ermey departs for his new objective, joined by the rookie Lanterns he had just killed. Kilowog then joined his fellow Green Lanterns in their attempt to protect the Central Power Battery. After the Black Lantern threat is defeated Kilowog decides he does not want to be the drill instructor anymore, just a regular Green Lantern. Kilowog arranges for the robotic Lantern Stel to take over his duties.

War of the Green Lanterns
Kilowog and Arissa accompany Guy Gardner on a mission to the 'unexplored sectors'. The three defeat a powerful telepath. They also avenge the death of several Lanterns, a concept Kilowog is becoming increasingly unable to process.
When Krona launches his attack on the Green Lantern Corps by infecting the power battery with Parallax, Kilowog is the only alien Lantern not to fall under Krona's influence due to his past experience with the entity. However, Krona quickly deduces the reasons for his greater resistance, forcibly placing a new ring on Kilowog's finger to bring him under his control.
Following the war, Kilowog briefly attempts to resign from the Corps after the Guardians discharge Hal Jordan and allow Sinestro to at least provisionally remain a Lantern, but is convinced to rethink his decision by Salaak due to the obvious upheaval the Corps will have to undergo in future due to the destruction of Mogo.

New 52
Kilowog is back to being drill instructor of the Green Lantern Corps, and is part of the team that breaks John Stewart out of prison when the Alpha Lanterns sentence him to death. He and Salaak have also uncovered the Guardians' plans regarding the Third Army.

Powers and abilities
As a Green Lantern, Kilowog possesses the same power ring and power battery used by all GLs. The Great Power Battery, located on Oa, is the repository for billions of years' worth of willpower in energy form. This energy has been harnessed and focused by the Guardians and is tapped by each GL's power battery. This in turns feeds it to their individual power rings. By applying willpower and concentration, the ring is literally able to accomplish anything of which the wielder can conceive, and is therefore as limited or limitless in abilities as the wielder. In Kilowog's case, he has shown an affinity for creating astoundingly complex machinery using the ring. In terms of combat, Kilowog tends to eschew the "giant boxing glove" fighting style of Hal Jordan and mainly uses his ring to fly and to absorb any enemy's attacks long enough for him to get close enough to batter them into unconsciousness.
According to the 2005 miniseries Green Lantern: Rebirth, Kilowog's ring is the only one that Hal Jordan knows of that makes a sound when being used. (Hal Jordan is apparently unaware of the blind Green Lantern, Rot Lop Fan, who can only make sounds with his powers).
In addition to his power ring, Kilowog possesses the natural super strength and durability of his species, as well as a powerful intellect that surpasses many of his fellow corpsmen. Under Mind Control, Kilowog even managed to combine all of these abilities to hold his own against Superman easily.

In other media
Kilowog has appeared in a few episodes of Justice League, voiced by Dennis Haysbert. This portrayal of Kilowog casts him in a more jovial light, although at no loss of his significant competence as a Lantern. The first appearance by Kilowog was "In Blackest Night", where Kilowog was one of several Green Lanterns attending the trial of John Stewart for the crime of destroying an entire planet. The Lanterns, unfortunately, were not there to support John, but rather join in the crowd's vocal abuse of Stewart. This was a wrinkle of his teammates' behavior that Kilowog believed to be wrong, but he didn't have the courage to say so until Hawkgirl confronted the Lanterns for abandoning John. Kilowog then realized that John deserved his trust and support, and went to the trial to speak in John's defense. His next - and to date, most substantial - appearance was in the episode "Hearts and Minds". After a battle with Despero's forces on Kalanor, Kilowog arrived at Earth badly injured, and when John found him, his mention of Katma Tui sent John off to find Katma. J'onn J'onzz brought Kilowog back to health, and he and Flash went to go find John's lantern battery so Kilowog could recharge (it is here that Kilowog expresses an ability - and willingness - to eat almost anything, be it ice cream still in the container or a VHS copy of Old Yeller, declaring them both "delicious!"). Kilowog brings Flash, J'onn, and Hawkgirl to Kalanor to join the fight against Despero that Katma and John have already been participating in. In determining how to fight Despero and his Flame of Py'tar, Kilowog suggests a carbon bomb, a complex explosive that he himself ends up constructing to exact perfection (leading to Flash's new title for him: Kilowog, the man of a thousand talents). The bomb ends up not being used, as the Py'tar is alive and suffering under Despero's reign, but Kilowog's actions in the episode still prove quite impressive. In this episode he and The Flash are shown to be very friendly with each other. Also, he, along with Kyle Rayner, Katma, and a few other GL's, is among the grievers at Superman's funeral in the episode "Hereafter". He has no lines. His only appearance in Justice League Unlimited has been as one of the many angry Green Lanterns in "The Return", who are enraged at Amazo for seemingly destroying Oa. He has no lines here (nor do most of the Lanterns), but he does show up to take place in the large line-up of willing executioners once the Lanterns find Amazo.
Kilowog appeared in the Duck Dodgers episode "The Green Loontern" voiced by John DiMaggio.
Kilowog appeared in the Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "Day of the Dark Knight" voiced by Diedrich Bader. He was taking in a prisoner when Guy Gardner's antics caused that prisoner to go into rage. Thanks to him and Batman, he was caught. In "The Eyes of Despero," he was in Hal Jordan's army when he was brainwashed by Despero. He was later revealed to be alive and was in Hal's Power Ring. In "Revenge of the Reach," Kilowog was present when the Reach invade Oa.
Kilowog is a main character in Green Lantern: The Animated Series voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson, reprising his role from Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters. He travels through Frontier Space on the Interceptor with Hal Jordan and is one of the strongest agents in the fight against the Red Lantern Corps.

Michael Madsen voices Kilowog on Warner Premiere animated feature Green Lantern: First Flight. Kilowog is initially distrustful of Hal Jordan, even demanding that he return Abin Sur's ring to him, despite being given it. Kilowog is later shown to be upset that the Guardians assigned Sinestro to train Jordan, since the job usually went to Kilowog. Later Jordan saved Kilowog while chasing Kanjar Ro and starts to trust him, when they discover that Sinestro framed Jordan for Kanjar Ro's murder. After Sinestro uses the yellow battery to destroy the green battery, the now powerless Green Lanterns are ordered to give up their rings. Kilowog refuses and Sinestro holds Kilowog in front of the yellow battery saying that Kilowog "wasn't going to survive this anyway". However, Jordan saves Kilowog from Sinestro. After Jordan knocks Sinestro back to the surface, Kilowog crushes his hand and ring. Kilowog discovers that his ring still has some power left, saves Jordan from a free-fall.
In the anthology film Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, Henry Rollins provides the voice for Kilowog. His segment of the film involves his training and how he gained his current position.
Kilowog appeared in the Green Lantern live-action movie directed by Martin Campbell and released June 17, 2011. He was featured in the third trailer for the film, and his voice was performed by the late Michael Clarke Duncan. As before, Kilowog puts Hal through his training course in ring-slinging, saying he has never seen a human before and stating that Hal "smells funny". However, when Jordan defeats Parallax single-handedly, Kilowog is pleased at how well he trained the new recruit.

Thursday, January 24, 2013



When it comes to the Green Lantern corner of the DC Comics Universe, few know it better than writers Tony Bedard and Peter J. Tomasi.

The men behind two of DC's ongoing monthly comic book series, "Green Lantern New Guardians" and "Green Lantern Corps", respectively, the two have been writing Lanterns and their intergalactic enemies for years. But as the current "Rise Of The Third Army" crossover transitions into a new story, Bedard and Tomasi will have to tackle a whole different sort of foe in "Wrath Of The First Lantern."

Begun in October of last year, the "Rise Of The Third Army" crossover saw the Guardians of Oa unilaterally deciding the best way to guard against evil was to remove free will. Creating the monstrous Third Army to achieve this end, the fight for free will has played out over the past six months across Geoff Johns and Doug Mahnke's "Green Lantern," "Green Lantern Corps" by Tomasi and artist Fernando Pasarin, "Green Lantern: New Guardians" by Bedard and artist Aaron Kuder and "Red Lanterns" by Peter Milligan and Miguel Sepulveda. But while the "Third Army" storyline concludes this month, the crossover continues when the Guardians' secret failure and power source, the First Lantern, breaks out of his prison and enacts his revenge on the corps.

Working together on the crossover, the two writers joined forces again to speak with Comic Book Resources about the impact of "Third Army" and "First Lantern" on their individual books, the horrors the First Lantern plans to unleash on the entire emotional spectrum and the many, many mistakes of the Guardians of Oa.

CBR News: "Wrath of the First Lantern" begins right out of the "Third Army" crossover. At this point the latter crossover has been going on for nearly half a year -- how do you guys on the Green Lantern side of the DCU actually plan for an event that goes on as long as this one?

Peter J. Tomasi: It's mostly phone calls; it's been a lot of, "Let's make these specific dates available for all of us to get on the phone" -- me, Tony, Geoff [Johns], Pete Milligan, Matt Idelson and Wil Moss the editorial guys. Basically every call we lay out what we need to discuss, we sort of hit everything on each of those calls and we've probably had, what Tony, I guess maybe two a month on average?

Tony Bedard: Yeah, that sounds right.

Tomasi: Just really making sure we're on the same page and really trying to figure out how to interject a lot of "oomph" and a lot of energy into all the different stories that are going on. Because there are so many different characters, we want to make sure everybody's getting their just due.

You two have known each other for a long time, meeting while you both were working in the DC offices, and you've both traded off writing on "Green Lantern Corps." What is it like working together on the Green Lantern side of the DCU?

Tomasi: It's been great, I've known Tony for many years -- Tony's definitely an old, comfortable shoe.

Bedard: You're still breaking me in, though! [Laughter]

Tomasi: It was a lot of fun, actually, getting Tony into the GL stuff and just having him kind of dive in and do all the cool stuff he's done in his book and back when he took over "Corps" from me and then obviously with all the "New Guardians" stuff. Honestly, it hasn't been one of those, "Oh, it's been a tough puzzle to fit into the GL universe." Tony fit in really smoothly and grappled with the engine that is Geoff Johns like we all do and took the ride! [Laughs]

Bedard: Yeah, it really helps that we like what Geoff does so much! I mean, he's already on a wavelength that matches with ours pretty well, so it's never been a chore to try and follow his storylines or anything like that. He sets the bar pretty high in terms of quality, but that's kind of cool. I've been a part of events and storylines where I haven't particularly agreed with the creative direction but I just tried my best to get along. Green Lantern hasn't been that way at all. I really like how [Geoff] just breathes new life in [Hal], who had always been one of my favorites, but I remember when I was an editor, Green Lantern couldn't get arrested, he wasn't seen as a viable character. Now it's one of the strongest franchises.

How does the First Lantern, as a foe, differ from what's been going on with the Third Army, or the various individual aliens and Lanterns and Guardians your books' protagonists have been facing up to this point?

Tomasi: Well, it boils down to the First Lantern was set up in Geoff's "Green Lantern Annual" #1 where we've seen this First Lantern locked away by the Guardians. Now the door is going to be kicked open and it's one of those things that's like a weed -- it's slowly been working its way through all our books in tangible and intangible ways. Now we'll see, after the "GL Corps Annual," the result of the Third Army and everything they've been putting together against the Corps and the universe itself. And then we'll see where the First Lantern steps up to the plate and kicks it into high gear, and all the pain and suffering he's going to put on the Guardians -- it's definitely going to be pouring out. It's the title; it says pretty clearly "Wrath of the First Lantern." He's not a happy camper and it's going to be a lot of pain that's going to get taken out in a very big way on these characters and in very personal ways.

Bedard: Yeah, that actually gets at what I think is the coolest thing about it, which is the last few crossovers have been these giant wars between two armies or more than two armies sometimes, and there are two hundred characters on a page. The way that this thing has been set up it's a lot more personal. They really delve into the characters. It's not about the scope of it in terms of spectacle. It's really more about what's at the core of the characters and who they are emotionally. It's an interesting place for a crossover.

Tomasi: Yeah, it is. I mean, when you look at even all the stories now in "Rise Of The Third Army" it's been touched upon that all this stuff is happening the universe: the Third Army is spreading and creating chaos and assimilating countless beings around the universe, but the main spotlight stayed on the characters themselves, the GL characters themselves and really laser-beamed it and just focused in on them rather than going too broad in this crossover.

With that more personal approach in mind, what is the unique threat that the First Lantern poses to your individual characters -- to Kyle and the New Guardians, or to Guy and John?

Tomasi: That's a good question. Tony? [Laughs]

Bedard: That's the tough part, the not giving away too much! But let's just say the First Lantern has a way of taking a look at you and seeing everything that led to who you are today. But he can kind of mess around with that, he can find key moments that shaped who these characters are and then twist them around so that you can see how they might have turned out differently. What that does, I think, is really ask the question "Who is this person?" They are very character defining stories in this arc.

Tomasi: Yeah, we peel back a lot of layers, the First Lantern peels back a lot of layers with the very distinct power that he has, and as we're saying it really goes to the core of these characters and what makes them tick and what makes them happy, what makes them sad, all the different emotions. All the ranges of emotion is something the First Lantern is going to play off of.

Bedard: Right, the emotional spectrum has been part of the Green Lantern universe in the past few years and exploring what that means, and this is a villain that can manipulate that, the emotional core of things, in a way that we have not seen before.

Talking about your individual books, in "Third Army" Guy's really been getting the screws put to him, getting kicked out and made an example of to demoralize the Corps, etc. While he's dealing with Mogo, will we see more emphasis and stress on John in "First Lantern?"

Tomasi: Yeah, it's a pretty good balance actually. We're going to be putting the screws to both of them big time. I've been taking great pains, especially with Guy, to build a foundation back on Earth for him too, making sure I'm introducing the characters of his sister and his brother and his father. And some questions that I actually posed in the #0 issue will be answered in the "First Lantern" story. So it's going to be pretty cool for the people who have been reading the New 52 launch, they'll see some stuff I've seeded over the past year; the chickens are going to come home to roost now, we're going to see some answers to some of the things that have been alluded to with Guy, and with John himself the same thing. There are things that have been planted along the way in John's history and we'll see the First Lantern is going to expose that and really just create raw nerves that will hopefully resonate with the readers as we pick apart Guy and John.

In "New Guardians" Kyle has mastered the entire emotional spectrum. With the potential for that unique power in "First Lantern," how does having someone who can control the whole spectrum affect the balance of power in the Green Lantern universe?

Bedard: Well, the thing I always liked about Kyle was how emotionally open he was. He's a little different character than most of the other folks you see getting a power ring who are really heroic or not like us, not like normal people. Kyle was just an average guy. But his emotional openness as an artist was, I think, the key to him being a good Green Lantern and to mastering these other emotions. So by the time we get into the First Lantern storyline he's got all seven powers under his belt, and that makes him a unique threat to the First Lantern, and also makes him, in a weird way, more vulnerable to the First Lantern and the type of power he has. Also, we've gotten Carol Ferris in the book in the past two months as sort of a co-lead and so we'll examine her character a little more. Especially with the way the First Lantern operates, he's going to look at what makes her tick. She's always been kind of defined by her relationship with Hal Jordan, but she's a formidable character in her own right and that's something we want to get into as well. She's not just about how she plays off of Hal. Without getting into specifics, those are the two big points in the "First Lantern" story.

With the "Third Lantern" crossover we've basically seen the Guardians go off the rails, but even before this their first idea for order in the universe was the Manhunters, which didn't work, and then the recently revealed First Lantern which also didn't work, and then we've got the Third Army which they think is a great idea but the rest of the universe obviously disagrees. As Green Lantern writers, do you feel the Corps is the only good idea the Guardians have had? Or are the Corps also a flawed plan?

Tomasi: Well that's funny, that's a good way to put it really because even though they don't see it that way, the GL Corps is the best child they've produced, so to speak. It's the one that's done the most good and hasn't caused the most grief and is just a humanistic face of the Guardians themselves. It's a shame they haven't been able to see just what good the Corps has been to them in their own perception of what the universe looks at the Guardians as and the Corps itself. It's one of those things where they don't see that one of their creations has just been an amazing force for good, and now they're trying to get rid of it and implement something that's going to once again be something that brings a lot of problems and terror and horror to the rest of the universe.

Bedard: It's funny, too, that over the years it seems that the biggest threat to the universe has turned out to be the Guardians even though they're the ones supposed to be safeguarding it. I think that this storyline here really addresses that and brings it to its logical conclusion. It seems like everything has been leading up to this over time and it'll be a real surprise for people how it all pays off. But yeah, for being billions of years old and all knowing, the Guardians sure seem to mess up a whole lot!

Tomasi: I think that even as a title itself, for the readers who have been with us for a while it's a really great payoff and for readers who jumped on with the New 52 relaunch there will be a real sense of forward movement and moment in such a shot period of time. I think it'll be really exciting and an exciting storyline that is going to set the table for so many new Green Lantern adventures coming up.

Then wrap things up, "Wrath of the First Lantern" tackles both those personal character stories and the larger problem of emotional perception the Guardians have. With "Third Army" ending and "First Lantern" beginning, at this point do the Guardians have any redeeming qualities?

Tomasi: My opinion is they are sort of a lost cause at this point. If they can't see the forest for the trees after, like Tony just said, thousands and thousands of years, it seems like they're never going to! [Laughs] There's a cool line Guy says in the Annual, he just sums it up in a nutshell, that by closing off their hearts they've destroyed themselves. It's just one of those things that's going to come back and bite them in the ass.

Bedard: On the other hand, Ganthet has been almost a father figure to Kyle and regardless of how bad things have gotten he can't completely give up hope on these guys. There's got to be some shred, some little nugget of humanity or goodness in them that they can reach. That's a big central question in this, actually, whether or not they can get the Guardians can redeem themselves.

The "Wrath Of The First Lantern" crossover begins in "Green Lantern Corps" #17 on February 13 and "Green Lantern: New Guardians" #17 on February 20.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

CLASSIC COMICS : Tales Of The Green Lantern Corps Vol 1 #1 - 3

"Men of Oa - you who now call yourselves Guardians of the Universe - I know you are watching me, so heed my words well. I am coming for you, Guardians - coming to destroy you and your precious universe - and there is nothing you or your simpering Green Lanterns can do to stop me!!!"  
- Krona

Tales of the Green Lantern Corps Vol 1 #1
May, 1981
Executive Editor: Joe Orlando
Cover Artists: Brian Bolland
Writers: Mike W. Barr, Len Wein
Pencilers: Joe Staton
Inkers: Frank McLaughlin
Colourists: Anthony Tollin
Letterers: John Costanza
Editors: Dick Giordano

Appearing in "Challenge!"
Featured Characters: Green Lantern Corps
Abin Sur (flashback only)
Arisia (First appearance)
Arkkis Chummuck
Brokk (First appearance)
Charlie Vicker
Gk'd (First appearance)
 Hal Jordan  (flashback and main story)
Katma Tui
Malet Dasim
Skryd (First appearance)
Spak-Drom (Only appearance; dies)
Supporting Characters:
Guardians of the Universe
Villains: Krona  (flashback and main story)
Tylot (First appearance)
Other Characters:
Alan Scott (flashback only) (Cameo)
Carol Ferris (flashback only) (Cameo)
Green Arrow (flashback only) (Cameo)
Hector Hammond (flashback only) (Cameo)
Rori Dag (flashback only)
Shark (flashback only) (Cameo)
Sinestro (flashback only) (Cameo)
Tom Kalmaku (flashback only) (Cameo)
Locations: Oa
Oan Citadel
Central Power Battery of Oa (Destroyed in this issue)
Items: Green Lantern Rings
Green Lantern Power Battery
Vehicles: Flight simulator (flashback only)

Synopsis for "Challenge!"
The Guardians of the Universe call together all 3,600 members of the Green Lantern Corps for a special emergency meeting on Oa. They warn the GL Corps of the coming of one of their oldest, most dangerous enemies -- Krona. Krona interferes with the assembly, causing the Central Power Battery to explode. Several Green Lanterns are killed in the explosion, and the others scramble to put out the fires caused by the ensuing green energy inferno.

Tales of the Green Lantern Corps Vol 1 #2
June, 1981
Executive Editor: Joe Orlando
Cover Artists: Brian Bolland
Writers: Mike W. Barr, Len Wein
Pencilers: Joe Staton
Inkers: Frank McLaughlin
Colourists: Anthony Tollin
Letterers: Ben Oda
Editors: Dick Giordano

Appearing in "Defeat!"
Featured Characters: Green Lantern Corps
Arkkis Chummuck
Galius Zed (First appearance)
Hal Jordan
Katma Tui
M'Dahna (First appearance)
Stel (Destroyed in this issue)
Supporting Characters: Guardians of the Universe
Villains: Nekron  (First appearance)
Other Characters: Tylot
Locations: Oa
Land of the Unliving
Items: Green Lantern Rings
Green Lantern Power Battery

Synopsis for "Defeat!"
The Green Lanterns deduce that Krona intends to revert the universe to its Primal Atom state, destroying Oa, and have to fight Krona’s army to try to get to him. 

"Do you hear me - I'm a Green Lantern!! I swore an oath to protect this woebegone universe, and I won't turn my back on it now! So go on - go back to your home worlds if you must. Meet death on your knees if that's the way you want it. But I remember a saying we used to have in the Corps - "Once a Green Lantern, always a Green Lantern." So I'm going to use what little time my Power Ring has left, and I'm going to finish Krona - even if I have to do it alone!"  
- Hal Jordan 

Tales of the Green Lantern Corps Vol 1 #3
July, 1981
Executive Editor: Joe Orlando
Cover Artists: Brian Bolland
Writers: Mike W. Barr, Len Wein
Pencilers: Joe Staton
Inkers: Frank McLaughlin
Colourists: Anthony Tollin
Letterers: Ben Oda
Editors: Dick Giordano

Appearing in "Triumph!"
Featured Characters: Green Lantern Corps
Arkkis Chummuck
Galius Zed
Hal Jordan 
Katma Tui
Tylot (Joins Team) (Dies in this issue)
Supporting Characters: Guardians of the Universe
Villains: Krona 
Other Characters: Abin Sur (as an illusion only)
Carol Ferris
Eve Doremus (as an illusion only)
Guy Gardner 
Jack Jordan (as an illusion only)
Jim Jordan (as an illusion only)
John Stewart 
Tom Kalmaku
Locations: California
Los Angeles
Ferris Aircraft
Oan Citadel
Land of the Unliving
Items: Green Lantern Rings
Green Lantern Power Battery

Synopsis for "Triumph!"
Green Lantern of Earth leads his fellow Corps members in a last-ditch battle against Krona, to keep him from allowing Nekron passage into Earth’s dimension. 

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