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James Knows…DVDs: Green Lantern: Emerald Knights

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Thanks to Geoff Johns, Green Lantern has become one of my favorite super heroes. Unfortunately, my love for the character doesn’t get past the comics. The live action movie last year was pretty lackluster to say the least and the first animated film left something to be desired. I held out hope for the next one though, titled Green Lantern: Emerald Knights. This time the rest of the Green Lantern Corps would get some time in the spotlight as the movie focuses on a few different members of the Corps, none of them being Hal Jordan.

Although I didn’t think it was as good as the main book, the Green Lantern Corps comic was still pretty decent with some interesting stories and more importantly, some characters that I grew to love. That was nowhere to be found in Emerald Knights as each chapter focused on mostly no-name Lanterns aside from Mogo and Kilowag, although the latter wasn’t really the main focus of that segment. The film should have just been called “Story Time with the Green Lanterns.”

The whole thing centers on new Lantern Arisia. Instead of going through normal new recruit stuff like training or learning how to use this immensely powerful weapon that she’s been given, she’s thrown right into an epic battle that has the Guardians so afraid that they’ve moved out of their fortress on Oa. Sounds reasonable. Hal Jordan (who goes on to bang Arisia in the comic, despite the fact that she’s really only like 13) spins a few yarns about past Lanterns to kill time or get into her pants until the big fight against Krona. This guy has a pretty cool story in the comics where he goes back in time to watch the Big Bang only to inadvertently create the Multiverse and the Anti-Matter universe. The filmmakers decided to skip all that interesting back story and just made him a power mad super villain who throws around Anti-Matter. The Green Lanterns fight him by shooting green beams at him. Hooray!

Outside of All-Star Superman, I’ve been incredibly disappointed by all of the DC animated movies. Each one seems to at least try to be a decent film but just misses the mark entirely. They go after name actors instead of professional voice actors and throw together a hodge-podge of a storyline that sort of resembles a popular arc in the comics. I thought this might be my inner fanboy struggling to be free, but it’s not that. I can accept the idea that some specifics need to change in the transition of the story from the comic to the film, but this is more than that. These movies are just bad. There are huge plot holes in most of them and they’re just uninteresting.

My Comic Book Storage Solution…For Now

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With my comic book habit reaching critical mass, I’ve realized that I just can’t keep collecting single issues, especially when trades are just so easy. I made this decision about two months ago and I’m working on canceling all of my regular issues. Now what to do with all the books I’ve already got? They’re all collecting dust in a bunch of long boxes in a corner of my apartment, never to be read again. I could try and sell them and then buy the trades of the ones I’d like to read again, but that seems illogical, especially since I literally just bought some of them.

I think a main reason that I don’t re-read the single issues is accessibility. They’re in their boxes and it’s a pain in the ass to rifle through them, lifting up box after box to get to a story buried in the back. Once it gets filed away, it’s basically out of sight, out of mind. So I set out to find a way for me to make the comics I had readily available like a regular book. I think I found a rather affordable way to do it too. (more…)

Comics Corner – Threepeat – DC Edition (Part 2 of 3)

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Part 2 of 3 in my gigantic pile of comics this week. (Part 1, the Marvel Edition can be found here.) I was surprised to find that this was all I had in the ways of DC comics. I’ve been consistently dropping books from the company as of late. I’m just not really digging what they’re putting out aside from the Green Lantern stuff. Oh well, it’ll all end soon for me anyway.

  • Action Comics #869 – This issue really got some things moving while seemingly not doing all that much. The real Brainiac dukes it out with Superman in deep space while his droids terrorize the people in Metropolis and Supergirl loses it. The end of the issue is actually pretty depressing because of where things end up. What a downer! Recent solicitations for the big upcoming arc sort of give away what’s going to happen though so that sucks. I’m probably going to be dropping the book after this arc wraps up though. I’m not interested in Supergirl or the other Superman book. I might take a look at the trade though. Speaking of Supergirl, I usually dig Gary Frank’s art, but this issue had some of the funkiest and distorted images of Kara Zor-El ever.
    Rating: ★★★½☆
  • All Star Superman #12 – This issue wrapped up this series by Grant Morrison and drawn by Frank Quitely. Apparently every single person in the entire world that read it loved it. While I dug the story, I can’t really remember the events that led up to this. The book’s spotty delivery schedule has caused me to forget a lot of it. I got the jist I think and the end of the book was actually really good. I’m going to have to go back and re-read them all now. The one thing that I didn’t like, about this issue and the series in general, was the art. I’ve never been a fan of Quitely’s art and I honestly don’t see how anyone can be. Everyone looks like they either just smelled shit or they’re about to drop a big deuce. Not to mention the fact that everyone looks all wiggly like the very ground they’re standing on is constantly vibrating. Aside from the art, which wasn’t nearly as bad as that X-Factor fiasco, it was really good.
    Rating: ★★★★½
  • Booster Gold #12 – This book has just lost it’s shine since Geoff Johns left. Granted, it’s only been two issues, but these have just felt entirely too silly and uneventful. The previous arcs felt like they meant something or at the very least mattered. This arc has just felt like a filler throwaway story and totally not what interested me about the first 10 / 12 issues. It seems like they’re trying to get Booster Gold back to the ridiculous and stupid stories that he used to be involved in years ago. No thanks. Sorry Booster, but you’re among the first to go from my pull list in the great Comics Removal of 2008.
    Rating: ★★☆☆☆
  • Green Lantern #34 – Just when I thought this arc was over, it continues! In what is turning into the longest origin re-telling ever, Geoff Johns continues his story of Hal Jordan’s first days as a Green Lantern. Ok, Sinestro and Hal take care of that big red alien thing. Hal gets some closure and the guy that will eventually become Black Hand disappears. Now they’re called to Oa for some nonsense? C’mon! Get on with it so we can see some more Red Lanterns and get to Blackest Night!
    Rating: ★★★½☆
  • Green Lantern Corps #28 – I think I’m about ready to let this book go. I clung on to it because I love the whole Green Lantern mythos lately, but I don’t see where else it can go until the next big GL event. This issue wrapped up a quick arc looking at yet another Sinestro Corps member killing off family members of rookie Green Lanterns. Problem solved. Issue ends. We get it. There’s a war now. The Green Lanterns have a horrible and ruthless villain in the Sinestro Corps. Let’s do some more with these characters already! You’ve got a plethora of possibilities here and they’re being squandered hunting Sinestro Corps rings with the same 4-6 people.
    Rating: ★★★☆☆

Comics Corner – Week of 7/30 & 8/6

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  • Green Lantern Corps #26 – The conclusion to the arc with Mongol. I thought this story was alright, but nothing special. I’m mostly reading this book because I’ve fallen in love with the whole Green Lantern mythos. It pales in comparison to Johns’ Green Lantern book, but it’s not too bad. The art was a little funny. I’m more interested in where the book is going following these members of the Corps into the upcoming events.
    Rating: ★★★☆☆
  • Amazing Spider-Man Extra – Three extra stories that don’t really fit into the regular issues each month. This wasn’t a bad book, but I don’t get the context of it yet. Beginning with last year’s Free Comic Book Day “Swing Shift” Spider-Man has had these sort of weird out of order stories that pop up on occasion. I understand the whole new direction of “Brand New Day” but just tell the story already! It felt like these three stories (one focusing on villain Hammerhead, one on Harry Osborn (OMG! He was a Goblin?!?) and one set in the future with Spider-Man on trial) were just sort of thrown together as necessary backstory for a later arc. It seems a little disorganized to pop out a book like this instead of trying to fit it into the main storyline, but I like Spidey, so I’m letting it slide…for now.
    Rating: ★★★☆☆
  • Green Lantern #33 – Part 5 in Geoff Johns’ look at the Secret Origin of Green Lantern Hal Jordan. I feel like this arc has been going on forever, but it’s only been 5 issues. I guess when you look at it, that’s still 5 months. Ouch. The next issue finishes this up and moves on to the bigger events of Green Lantern for the rest of this year and into next. While I haven’t hated this arc, I feel like it’s a letdown to come after the fantastic Sinestro Corps storyline. It’s like we got all worked up and then things just came to a standstill with this flashback arc. The story is helpful though as I was not up to speed on the origins of Hal or his rogues gallery including William Hand and the man who would become Cyborg Superman, Hank Henshaw.
    Rating: ★★★★☆
  • Justice Society Of America Annual #1 – I know next to nothing about Earth-2 or it’s inhabitants. I understand that Power Girl is from there and I’ve got faith in Geoff Johns. That’s about all I’ve got going into this story though and I dug it. Johns is a great storyteller and this issue is a perfect example of it. I went into it without knowing any of these characters and finished the issue actually caring about some of them. I want to see the Huntress taken care of. I want to see this group, this family back together again, but what’s all this nonsense with another Power Girl? I have no idea, but I’m in for the ride.
    Rating: ★★★★☆
  • Ultimate Spider-Man #124 – Every time I think about dropping this book, I’m treated to some of the best dialogue in comics and I realize that I can’t drop the book. Say what you will about Brian Michael Bendis, but the man writes great dialogue, especially when it’s between Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson. I also love that this arc is spinning out of the Ultimate Spider-Man video game which I loved. Bendis kept saying that the game was in continuity, but it never made any sense. Now it’s starting to! Pretty good issue and I’m excited for more.
    Rating: ★★★★☆
  • Wolverine #67 – Old Man Logan continues. We’re given a very brief glimpse into the events that turned the berserker Wolverine into a pacifist but there’s still a lot of mystery to it. I just hope that everything will be wrapped up in this one story (I believe it’s only 6 issues). The art was top notch so no complaints there. I just want more of this story! I love these sort of future tales, especially ones that show the world in despair. Where did we go wrong?
    Rating: ★★★★½
  • Boys #21 – Speaking of looking back at the past, this issue gives us more information on The Seven and why the Boys are needed. The Seven are painted as these ridiculous bad guys so I never cared for them from the start, but after this issue I downright hate them. They’re not heroes. They’re just dumb people with superpowers and they obviously don’t know what they’re doing.
    Rating: ★★★★½
  • Buffy The Vampire Slayer #17 – I’ve never read Fray so some of the importance or geek-out moments in this issue are a little lost on me. For example, what I first took to be misprintings on the part of the letterer turned out to just be an evolution of the English language (ie: American is now “‘Merican” and Manhattan is now “Hadden”) as seen in other examples of Whedon’s work (most notably Firefly). The art in this issue felt a little too cartoony as well with some panels looking like they came right out of a Looney Tunes short complete with eye-popping surprised expressions. These Buffy comics have been pretty consistent with the lackluster art (aside from the cover artist Jo Chen which is just phenomenal). I saw the big reveal at the end of the issue coming, but it doesn’t make it any less interesting. I feel like I really need to pick up Fray soon to fully appreciate this story arc though.
    Rating: ★★★★☆
  • Criminal 2 #4 – After watching Blast of Silence earlier this week, I was really looking forward to more Criminal. This issue kicks off a new 4 part arc with a new character, the writer of those awful comic strips in the book. It seems like a regular tale of a guy getting in over his head, but the setup is just so perfect. Ed Brubaker has a way of writing with this book that just oozes that back alley grime that you’d expect on a good pulp novel. Speaking of pulp fiction, there’s a great interview with the editor from Hard Case Crime books as well as a nice essay by Bob Calhoun about the film Night and the City and pro-wrestling in noir.
    Rating: ★★★★½
  • Crossed #0 – Aside from The Boys, it’s been awhile since I’ve read anything from Garth Ennis. I’m a huge fan of Preacher so I was ready to jump into this book. This issue is the prologue for this new series. From the looks of it, there’s some sort of rage virus similar to the one in 28 Days Later that’s driving people insane. They’ve just started killing people like mad and a bloody cross shows up on their face. I’m intrigued enough to check out the next issue. It’s got a very end-of-the-world feel to it.
    Rating: ★★★★☆
  • Final Crisis #3 – I’m trying so hard to care about Final Crisis but it’s just not happening. At this point I feel like I’m reading this book (and most likely the numerous one shot tie-in issues coming out next month) out of some misguided loyalty to Grant Morrison and event books. I’m very close to dropping them though as I just don’t care about the Monitors or the New Gods. If I do drop it, I’m just concerned that some crazy shit will happen and I’ll be reading something like Green Lantern and have no idea what the hell’s going on when someone like Dr. Light shows up with a twin brother or something. More stuff almost happened and I think by the end of this issue something actually might possibly be happening. We won’t find out until October because the book is going on hiatus for a month. Way to build anticipation, DC.
    Rating: ★★☆☆☆
  • Invincible Iron Man #4 – Matt Fraction just gets Tony Stark. I love it. This book has been a lot of fun so far. Sure, it’s featured horrible terrorist attacks killing thousands of people, but isn’t it cool to see Iron Man flying around fighting people like The Melter while conducting a meeting about new technology? The art in this book, by Salvador Laroca can be a little off at times. Things felt almost hazy and I felt like it didn’t really fit the tone of the book as well as some of the past artists have. This issue is building towards the upcoming conclusion (still two issues away) and I’m really digging it so far.
    Rating: ★★★★½
  • Iron Man Viva Las Vegas #2 – What looks like a bi-monthly mini-series by Iron Man director Jon Favreau is almost worth the wait. The art by Adi Granov is fantastic. I wish he could always draw Iron Man. While I felt that the story didn’t progress all that much (c’mon, we all knew that the statue was Fin Fang Foom, right?) I’m looking forward to two issues of pure action though. I just wish they’d come out sooner!
    Rating: ★★★★½
  • Twelve #7 – I’ve been a little iffy on this book lately, but this issue has started bringing some stuff together. I love the basic idea of the series though so it looks like I’ll be sticking around. This issue is beginning the second half of the maxi-series and has begun marching the characters towards their inevitable confrontations with each other, most notably the one we saw foreshadowed in the first issue. I’m anxious for the next issue after seeing this one end. Not bad, JMS.
    Rating: ★★★½☆
  • Ultimate Origins #3 – Finally! Something different for the Ultimate Universe! I love it! I was a fan of all the Ultimate books when they started, but I’ve dropped them all except for Ultimate Spider-Man recently because they just got boring. Now they’re finally taking things into that different direction that they promised they would. Magneto involved with Weapon X? Professor X in the Savage Land? What the hell is that eye statue thing? So many questions and so many possibilities! I love it.
    Rating: ★★★★½
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