Polaris Origins

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Green Lanterns #20
Written by Sam Humphries
Art by Eduardo Pansica

We learn more about Doctor Polaris’s past which is something even I don’t know much about. It seems he was discredited in the scientific community but for real reasons or fraudulent ones? It is unclear. What is clear is he now has schizophrenia and can’t stop himself from putting on his Polaris suit when he really just wants to save his brother’s life. Meanwhile, John Stewart decides to bring in Rami, Jessica, and Simon to be trained after it is reported Rami is with them. It was a decent issue with great art. I am still rather enjoying this series.

Green Lanterns 1 – 19

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Green Lanterns #1
Written by Sam Humphries
Art by Robson Rocha

As happy as I am to have a new Green Lantern book that is not starring boring old Hal Jordan, I can’t say I was excited to read this. Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz have not interested me one bit in the Justice League book. Simon just seems like a jerk and Jessica is so unsure of herself it becomes not sweet, but annoying. I was hoping under a different write I would feel differently. This issue did not win me over, but maybe future issues will because the art was good and I am interested in the Red Lantern sub-plot. Oh and Dex-Starr!

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Green Lanterns #2
Written by Sam Humphries
Art by Robson Rocha

Now this was more like it! By focusing on Jessica learning about her ring with her sister, Humphries made me actually understand her character better and what she is going through. Hopefully we will get a similar focus on Simon. This series just got good.

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Secret Six 32 – 36

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Secret Six (Volume 3) #32
Written by Gail Simone
Art by J. Calafiore

The Secret Six travel to hell in a fantastic issue. I forgot how much I missed reading this book with it’s hilarious but dark characters and it’s beautiful artwork. I loved how Bane seemed shock that he might be damned to hell because he considers himself to be good. I loved that Ragdoll doesn’t want to return to earth because he is going “sane.” I loved it all.

 

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Written by Gail Simone
Art by J. Calafiore

In this issue, Catman goes to make sure that his father is in hell where he deserves to be only to find that his mother is in hell too – she eats his father every day as a lioness to torture him. Etrigan tells Catman this is heaven for his mother. I guess his Dad got what he deserved! That is some dark humor there and I love it. We even get to see the personal hells of all of the Secret Six. Some were sad like Bane’s but then Gail Simone – the master 0f writing comedic relief – shows King Shark’s hell as a vegetarian restaurant. Anyways, Lady Blaze tells Scandal her other girlfriend’s soul will soon belong to her in hell. I can’t remember who Scandal’s other girlfriend was.

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Written by Gail Simone
Art by J. Calafiore

Did Jeanette quote Julian of Norwhich in this issue? Scandal sure did lie to her girlfriend in this issue didn’t she? Anyways, this was a heartwarming issue in a dark heartwarming disturbing way only the Secret Six can bring. Bane goes on a date and gets in a fight. Jeanette seems to have decided to turn good? And it was just a lot of fun.

 

 

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Written by Gail Simone
Art by J. Calafiore

In this issue, Bane decides to lead the team in another assault Batman after realizing that he never got to really break the Batman like he wanted to back in the day. They start by drafting the Penguin to join the team. I enjoy the way Simone writes Penguin…it reminds me of Batman Returns a bit. And that is my favorite Batman movie. This was a fantastic issue.

 

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Written by Gail Simone
Art by J. Calafiore

This is the final issue of a great series that I will miss. Gail Simone is a creative genius. You writes complex characters who are so well-rounded it is like they are real people. She is truly a gem in the comic book world. Also, she has a scene in this where they feed a man to King Shark on a fishing hook. So she is hilarious too. The part where Scandal decides she wants to marry both Knockout and Liana was a tad strange though but hey these are crazy people this book is about. The only problem I had was it is really hard to believe all of those supeheroes would show up to fight the Secret Six like they are Darkseid or something. But they sure got their asses handed to them and this villain team went out in a blaze of glory. What a fitting finale to an amazing series!

 

Emerald Warriors 9-13

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Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #9
Written by Peter Tomasi
Art by Fernando Pasarin

For someone who is wearing an Indigo Tribe ring, John Stewart hardly acts compassionate in this issue. I question why he was given that ring anyways. All of the others make sense…not so much with John and the Indigo ring. This issue was actually really cool where the four Lanterns go underground in OA and see where the rings are forged. They meet an Alien named Shedd who is apparently protecting the ring of the “first Lantern.” It leave you with just enough to keep you wondering what other mysteries lie within.

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Written by Peter Tomasi
Art by Fernando Pasarin

John continues to show no compassion and my man Kyle Rayner – Greatest of Green Lanterns – points that out after John straight up kills Mogo to save the Corps. Kyle refuses to give up hope and wants to bring Mogo back. Not only that but Kyle saves Guy Gardner’s life here by being the only one who is competent enough with his ring to utilize its power right. In this issue it is said that Guy actually is in love with the Green Lantern Corps more than Ice. I am not sure I buy that Guy loves the Corps more than Tora. That seems pretty awful. All-in-all, this was a good issue.

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Written by Peter Tomasi
Art by Bernard Chang

In this Guy Gardner solo issue, Guy meets a beautiful Alien dignitary who he falls for and she swiftly kills him as she kisses him. Guy is revived by her assistant who betrays her and takes her down. It was actually an enjoyable read and a good way to do a one and done story. Good art too.

 

 

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Written by Peter Tomasi
Art by Chris Batista

This was another terrfic one and done story. In this issue, Guy faces a beast who apparently has a taste for eating Green Lanterns. He swallows them and then keeps them barely alive in its stomach. This is a scary creature and I hope it comes back one day or its brother because Guy basically kills it.

 

 

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Written by Peter Tomasi
Art by Ron Frenz

This was an action-packed yet at the same time – a lot of fun- final issue where Guy Gardner and Batman team up to solve a murder that happened on a space station. First of all, the DCU earth has apparently almost reached light speed capabilities? That seems a little crazy. But outside of this, it was great how quick Batman solved the case and how Batman and Guy played off each other’s strengths. You can tell Batman respects Guy more than Hal – and who wouldn’t?

Green Lantern 65-67

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Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Doug Mahnke

You have to give it to Geoff Johns, he knows how to write a good comic book. I go back and forth between loving and hating the man (I really only hate him for bringing back Barry and Hal, and for his ridiculous explanation as for why men cannot be Star Sapphires.) but this was a damn good issue and it was so cool to see the four Earth Green Lanterns having to use other colors. Hal is Yellow Sinestro Corps, John is a compassionate Indigo Tribesman, Guy is of course a rage-filled Red Lantern, and Kyle – my favorite GL – is a Blue Lantern of Hope. It fits them perfectly!

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Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Doug Mahnke

In this issue Hal and Guy fight the Guardians who have now been transformed by the different Lantern Colors by Krona. In the end, it is revealed Krona plans on remaking Guy and Hal into new Guardians to run the Corps with him. Beautiful artwork and well written. I can’t really say anything bad about it.

green_lantern_vol_4_67Green Lantern (Volume 4) #67
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Doug Mahnke

This is the final issue of this volume of Green Lantern before the New 52 awful reboot. From what I understand the Green Lantern franchise was barely effected by the New 52. (I wonder if that has anything to do with Geoff Johns’s power at DC Comics? Actually I won’t wonder I am sure that is exactly the reason.) I love that Johns has Kyle use his drawing skills to save Carol! Kyle Rayner is the best Green Lantern and the most relatable. I still wish he was the star of this book but it is cool to see Johns respects the character and uses him well. The ending of this issue brought a smile to face as Hal Jordan’s ring is taken away and he is dismissed as a Green Lantern for killing Krona. Good, he should be. (I know this doesn’t last but I wish it did.)

Action Comics 900-904

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Action Comics #900
Written by Paul Cornell, David Lindeloff, Paul Dini, Geoff Johns, David S. Goyer, Richard Donner, Derek  Hoffman
Art by Pete Woods, Jesus Marino, Ryan Sook, RB Silva, Gary Frank, Miguel Sepulveda, Matt Camp, and Brian Stelfreeze

This is the 900th issues of Action Comics and we get a special 96-page issue to celebrate. Some great things here. I loved that they actually mention Superboy’s tactile telekenisis power which has been ignored since the days of Young Justice it seems sometimes. Anyways, Lex Luthor is now a God and shows Superman some of the most emotional moments in the Man of Steel’s history, and then Lex finds out that Clark Kent is Superman finally! I love that Cornell has Superman confirming that the Kents made him who he is today. That is something that has been lost since Johns took over the Superman franchise and overemphasized Superman’s kryptonian heritage. The issue also shows how fundamentally wrong Lex is about Superman’s nature believing that he isn’t capable of human emotion which is the exact opposite because in many ways Superman is more “human” than Lex is. With all this look back at the death of Superman, would it have killed them to have the Matrix Supergirl/Linda Danvers involved instead of or in additon to Kara? That angers me but whatever. Anyways, Lex Luthor projects universal happiness well literally universally and we see even Death of the endless feel it. That was a genius moment from Cornell. Lex then learns that he can keep his new Godlike power and never kill Superman or do anything negative or he must give it up. Lex being the villain that he is chooses the second option and loses his memory of Clark Kent being Superman and the ending leads to what I don’t think looks that great called Reign of the Doomsdays. The rest of the book are smaller stories celebrating the 900th issue. Paul Dini, Geoff Johns, and David Goyer’s stories stood out. I loved Brian Stelfreeze’s final page art too.

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Action Comics #901
Written by Paul Cornell
Art by Kenneth Rocafort and Jesus Merino

This continues the Reign of the Doomdays arc which is stupid but Cornell shows he is a good writer even when given a stupid story. The Doomslayer is a clever creation too.  I wish there was just Jesus Merino on this issue though. It looks like The Eradicator may be dead.

 

 

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Action Comics #902
Written by Paul Cornell
Art by Kenneth Rocafort and Alex Gimenez

Wow! I was pleasantly surprised by this issue. Superman, Supergirl, Superboy, and Steel all work together and act like a real heroes. This is something that should happen on a regular basis and DC Comics but Paul Cornell really knocked it out of the park and had Superman not even want to have Doomsday die. I love that these are real heroes and I’m glad that they’re written that way.

 

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Action Comics #903
Written by Paul Cornell
Art by Alex Gimenez

This was a great issue with plenty of guest stars including the Justice League and the Teen Titans plus more I really enjoyed it and I was surprised by that. Paul Cornell is a good writer he knows how to create good suspense.

 

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Action Comics #904
Written by Paul Cornell
Art by Alex Gimenez and Ronan Cliquet

I’m very glad that DC is returning this book to its original numbering. This is the final issue before it relaunched under the new 52 Banner. It was a fantastic finale that it really showed Paul Cornell understands the character . I literally cheered out loud when Lois said Jonathan and Martha made Superman not Krypton. That was fantastic and it is the truth.

Green Lantern Corps 59-63

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Green Lantern Corps (Volume 2) #59
Written by Tony Bedard
Art by Tyler Kirkham

Of course Hal Jordan would not know why Kyle chose to be a Blue Lantern. He is a total douche bag after all. Kyle looks sweet as a Blue Lantern and he almost saves the day here while Ganthet chews out Hal Joran for his decisions. Yay! Why am I the only one that seems to not understand how much better Kyle is than Hal in fandom.

 

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Green Lantern Corps (Volume 2) #60
Written by Tony Bedard
Art by Tyler Kirkham

Did John Stewart just blow up Mogo?! Sure looks like it. Wow. I hope not for good. This issue was awesome, because of Bedard’s writing, and the fact that it had no Hal Jordan. Those are the best issues. All comics without Hal Jordan. It was cool to see John absorb the Black Lantern energy and Kyle use ghosts of dead Lanterns to inspire hope with his blue energy. Great issue.

 

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Green Lantern Corps (Volume 2) #61
Written by Tony Bedard
Art by Daniel HDR

While there was no Kyle Rayner in this issue and that is a bummer, it was still a fantastic issue as we see John Stewart teach a new lantern the power over brains over brawn even among the Green Lantern Corps. It was interesting to see two planets together soon and I am sad that Mogo is gone but oh well. HDR’s art was beautiful!

Green_Lantern_Corps_Vol_2_62Green Lantern Corps (Volume 2) #62
Written by Tony Bedard
Art by Daniel HDR

This issue luckily focuses on my favorite Green Lantern Kyle Rayner and his relationship with Soranik Natu. Of course I loved it. I think the idea that the Star Sapphire can teleport people they have emotional connections with to wherever they are located to be a neat idea. In this issue, a star sapphire feels it is her sacred duty to keep Kyle and Soranik together and Kyle reveals to Soranik his true love is actually Jade. I like that that relationship has not been forgotten after all these years. HDR turns out some great artwork too.

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Green Lantern Corps (Volume 2) #63
Written by Scott Kolins
Art by Joe Prado, Scott Kolins, Freddie Williams II, and Daniel HDR

This was a compilation of quite well done character studies of different Green Lanterns as they react to the events of the War and having had Krona make them do horrible things. It is a shame Tony Bedard did not get to write the series finale but Kolins is a good writer too. I will miss this book.