Quick GL Fact #4: The Villains

I don’t know very much about GL’s villains so I’m just gonna highlight some of my favourites in this post. Hold on to your seats as we come to Green Lantern villain #1!

Sinestro

Sinestro

Sinestro

The Yin to Hal Jordan’s Yang. Sinestro is probably Green Lantern’s number #1 foe. Wielder of the Yellow Light of Fear; this ex-Lantern even has his own Corps named after him. Sinestro is a pretty complex villain and weird as it may sound despite his actions he still somehow believes very much in what the Green Lantern Corps stands for.

Parallax

Parallax

Parallax

The entity of Fear was introduced a couple of years ago and was the reason for Hal Jordan’s fall from grace. In the comic books he looks a whole lot more fearsome and a lot more dangerous. Hal Jordan would never have been able to defeat him the way he did in the movies.

The Manhunters

The Manhunters

The Manhunters

Originally created by the Guardians, the Manhunters hate their replacements with a vengeance. In the DCU, these guys somehow are led by the Cyborg Superman; Hank Henshaw… I don’t even know how that happened. Heh… that must mean I’d need to look up a Wiki somewhere on the subject.

Atrocitus

Atrocitus

Atrocitus

The head honcho of the Red Lanterns is one to watch out for. Filled with rage; this fearsome alien had a hand in bringing about the death of Abin Sur (I think) and is the founder of the Red Lantern Corps based on the planet Ysmault.

These four are worth a mention. Like I said I don’t know much about Green Lantern’s other villains as I only just recently started following him especially the earth-bound ones. Heh. But of course an intergalactic cop should have intergalactic foes so nuff’ said.

If you’re really keen to find what other villains that the Corps has; you can find a full list here.

Quick GL Fact #3: The Guardians of the Universe

Guardians of the Universe

Guardians of the Universe

The blue-skinned dwarfs known as The Guardians of the Universe are the founders of the Green Lantern Corps. Immortal; these aliens created the Corps to combat evil and to bring order to the universe. Strange as it may sound, these god-like beings have chosen to reject all emotion in order to be better in their self-appointed role as Guardians (boy, am I thankful that God isn’t like that).

Based on the Planet Oa, the Guardians guide the Corps through the writings of the Book of Oa which is sorta like a Bible or rulebook that they follow. Unfortunately, unlike the Bible, the Book of Oa is subject to change; as demonstrated by the Guardians rewriting or taking out bits that they disagree with at critical points. Heh… for immortals these guys are pretty fickle.

These guys have god-like powers to match but still they do have some weaknesses; one of them being the very rejection of emotions that causes them to make choices that even members of the Corps would disagree with. The Guardians can be very cold & calculating which is pretty much their biggest flaw as immortals. Anyways, I’m not gonna go into too much detail about the Guardians so for those of you who’d like to know more about them there’s a great Wikia entry here.

One of the more prominent members of The Guardians would be Ganthet (I don’t think I spotted him in the movie); so it’d be great to see something done with him in the sequel that’s sure to come.

I’m glad that they are taking things slow with the movie as there’s a lot of richness contained within the comic books. They’ve set enough up in the movie to allow for more exposition in a future film.

So there you go, the Guardians of the Universe; the founders and leaders of the Green Lantern Corps.

Quick GL Fact #2: The Power Ring

Power Ring

Power Ring

Today we’re gonna be talking about the source of a Green Lantern’s power; the Power Ring. All Green Lanterns harness the Green Light of Will through their Power Rings. A Green Lantern’s Power Ring gives them the following abilities:

  • The power of flight
  • Go on the offensive by firing blasts of concussive force
  • Create a force field of sorts that allows them to breathe in space & protects them
  • And this is the kicker, a Power Ring lets Green Lanterns create physical constructs of anything they can imagine
Power Battery

Power Battery

Power Rings needs to be charged on a daily basis by a Power Battery that draws its power from the Central Power Battery that is housed on the Planet OA. The Central Power Battery draws and collects willpower from sentient beings throughout the universe. Willpower is the source of a Green Lantern’s power and a Power Ring allows them to channel that power through their own willpower. Power Rings get discharged through use hence the need to constantly recharge them through a Lantern’s Power Battery.

If you read enough Green Lantern books you’ll discover that there are other rings out there that harness power from an emotional spectrum with the Green Light of Willpower being the most powerful (apparently).

You can read more about the emotional spectrum that’s becoming central to the Green Lantern universe here.

Quick GL Fact #1: The Green Lantern Corps

The Green Lantern Corps

The Green Lantern Corps

As a precursor to the movie, I’m launching a series on background information to the Green Lantern movie that just opened here in Malaysian shores last night.

Fact #1: There’s more than one Green Lantern in the universe; in fact there are 3,600 Green Lanterns who originate from thousands of worlds. 1 Green Lantern protects a sector of space containing a host of planets. For e.g. Earth sits in Sector 2814 and Hal Jordan would be responsible for all the planets in our system. That’s a lot of worlds to protect…

The movie bases this fact on the original Corps structure from the 80’s and 90’s I believe. The current incarnation of the Green Lantern Corps in the DCU features 2 Green Lanterns who partner each other to protect & defend their sectors. I guess it’d have been crazy to design 7,200 different aliens for the movie so it’s quite an amazing sight to see the Corps in all its glory on celluloid.

Think of the Green Lantern Corps as an intergalactic peace-keeping & police force and that pretty much sums up the organisation. So yep… look out for lots of interesting & diverse aliens if you get the chance to catch Green Lantern on the big-screen.

Of special note would be these iconic characters whom play a huge part in making the comic books rich:

  • Abin Sur: Even though he’s dead his legacy shapes Hal Jordan in many ways
  • Sinestro: This guy here is an essential character in the Green Lantern mythos
  • Kilowog: This huge alien trains every Green Lantern recruit
  • Tomar-Re: If I’m not wrong, this bird/fish-like alien was one of the first few Corps members to welcome Hal Jordan into their ranks; sadly he’s dead now in the DCU

Stay tuned for more Quick GL Facts in the coming days. I’ll try to put up one fact a day so as not to overload ya’ll!

Green Lantern (Movie Review)

Green Lantern

Green Lantern

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.

And with that we begin the grand adventure that is Green Lantern’s debut on the silver screen. I had my doubts about Ryan Reynold’s being able to play Hal Jordan but I’m glad that I’ve been proven wrong.

Martin Campbell has done the Green Lantern pantheon justice and it’s a way better watch compared to Thor or X-Men: First Class. We have all the hallmarks that make the Green Lantern comic books what it is today:

  1. Abin Sur
  2. Sinestro
  3. Hector Hammond
  4. Parallax
  5. Kilowog
  6. Tomar-Re

I give Green Lantern a shining 5 out of 5 for its attention to Hal Jordan as a character. The costume’s not too great though… but it could’ve been worse. 😉

From Blackest Night to Brightest Day

Blackest Night #8

Blackest Night #8

DC’s latest mega-event has just concluded with the release of Blackest Night #8 and what a thrill-ride it’s been. Ivan Reis has done a bang-up job at delivering some of the best artwork I’ve seen in recent years. He pencils every DC hero imaginable in both their Black Lantern and traditional forms well!

I’m not one for spoilers so I’m just gonna say that Blackest Night actually does a great job at resetting the DC Universe after all the recent deaths that have occurred over the course of DC’s CRISIS-labelled tie-ups. My only regret is that I hadn’t realised just how closely tied the story would be to the other Green Lantern books; namely Green Lantern & Green Lantern Corps. Looks like I’ll have to pick-up those issues when the tradepaperbacks are released.

It’s been a great 8 months and I can’t wait for the next 12 months as we jump directly into Brightest Day. Geoff Johns’ definitely has got loads planned for the DCU as more is revealed about the White Lantern rings and the return of various characters to the DCU.

On another note, Mark Millar & Steve McNiven’s Nemesis was somewhat of a disappointment. McNiven’s artwork is absolutely the pits compared to some of his stuff that made me fall in love with his artwork. Maybe McNiven’s trying to experiment with his artwork but it’s absolutely horrible in my opinion.  What a shame, I was so looking forward to new stuff by McNiven but have this instead… oh well, the premise & concept is somewhat interesting so I’m willing to see where Mark Millar is headed with this new creator-owned series. Hopefully Steve McNiven will buck up in future issues.

For a full-review of Nemesis check out CBR’s review here.

Comic Book Madness

Comics!

Comics!

I love comic books. You might think it childish but I beg to differ. I think comic books are great because:

  • Of the art! I love art and comic books give you that cinematic experience without the need to switch on the TV or to go to the movies.
  • The writers are brilliant. They keep you coming back each month for more much like a Chinese soap.
  • Comic book stories are rich with influences from a variety of sources. Comic book creators draw from history, science, folklore and all kinds of literary sources to make their stories interesting. Let’s not forget the human element.
  • Superhero comics especially inspire me to be more than I can be. Don’t we all want to be heroes and do the right thing each and every single day in our lives? Sacrifice. Honour. These are lessons that comic books can teach us.

I used to read a lot as a child and I am trying little by little to get back to reading but I find that I’d much prefer to read books that teach me something about myself and life rather than fiction. I don’t do that as much these days cos’ I have to read & write as a living and I can’t stand reading pages that are made up of walls of text. I guess that’s why I prefer comic books to books these days which is a lil’ sad I suppose. I read so much less now compared to my growing up years. The only book that I go back to constantly is the Bible though so at least I’m getting some reading done daily from the good book. 🙂

Here are some good books I would suggest to anyone who wants to get into comic books as a start:. You might recognise some of them as they’ve become Hollywood properties in recent years.

  • The Hellboy series written & drawn by Mike Mignola (Seed of Destruction, Wake the Devil, The Chained Coffin and Others, The Right Hand of Doom. Conqueror Worm, Strange Places)

    Hellboy

    Hellboy

  • The Green Lantern books written by Geoff Johns with either Ivan Reis or Ethan Van Sciver on pencilling duties (The Sinestro Corps War Vol. 1 & 2, Green Lantern: Rebirth, Green Lantern: Wanted)

    Green Lantern

    Green Lantern

  • 1602 by Neil Gaiman with art by Andy Kubert & Richard Isanove

    1602

    1602

Interior art from the pages of 1602

Interior art from the pages of 1602

Green Lantern is currently one of the most exciting titles I’ve read in recent years. I’ve written posts about the Emerald Gladiator before and if you’re a long-time comic book fan I can’t help but marvel at what Geoff Johns has done with the character. It’s amazing stuff cos’ he’s taken the Green Lantern mythos further. I’m in the middle of the Blackest Night saga and all I can say is wow.

Blackest Night - a Green Lantern epic

Blackest Night - a Green Lantern epic

Before you write comic books off as childish give one a spin. You’ll find that there’s a lot more than meets the eye within its colourful pages. Nuff’ said!