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{October 8, 2006}   Dark Stars: John Stewart

Always Bet on Bahlactus has started a weekly feature on black superheroes called Dark Stars and the first one features none other than the severely underused John Stewart.

The 80s reintroduction didn’t go over quite so well with him. Granted, we all know that John is a complete nerd, being a bookish architect and everything (but also having a history of boxing in school, because comic book creators like their nerds kickass) but it seems like Englehart went a bit overboard in trying to divorce his character from slang-slinging stereotypes, ending up with dialogue best suited for an old codger like Alan:

Black in the day, we were using words like FRESH!, WORD!, and Ain’t No Stoppin’ was blazin’ your boombox on the corner while you rocked that headspin on your cardboard mat. My point isn’t to say that John Stewart should be all shuk-n-jive (and it’s clear he was a seriously intelligent type brutha), but, I am saying that in 1984 no Black man worth his weight dropped lyrical bombs like oh, swell [page 17], or callin’ another man pond scum [#182,page 8] or even fella [#182,page 12,17]. It’s not realistic and as a Black man, I can’t relate. Especially with a flagrant foul like nutty as a case of cashews! [#183,page 15]

From there, he goes into how the villains perceived and interacted with John and the time-honored Fantern tradition of Hal-bashing.

(Hattip to BeacoupKevin for the link)


{August 13, 2006}   Social Occasion by Diane Duane

Back in January, when the Green Lantern drawing meme was running around, Diane Duane posted a script for an Arisia story she wrote a little after Arisia first appeared. It came up again during Lamashtar’s searches, and I finally got to read it.

I was hooked on the second page, by the background dialogue.

GL 1: I love your new skin color! Where did you get it?

GL 2: — so I follow the distress call,, and what do I find but
this planet entirely inhabited by little balls of fur —

GL 3: Personally, he’s not my type. I mean, he only has two

It gets better, the second and third pages are a party scene peppered with a bunch of Lanterns talking.

KATMA TUI (in b.g., to another GL standing beside her): So did
you ever find that planet you lost?

I love weirdness. That’s what really makes the Green Lantern Corps concept. That’s why I like the Silver Age better than the Golden Age. The Weirdness.

The rest of the story is Arisia interacting with another Lantern named Cario, who’s a sentient mathematical construct. This is essential to the plot. So, what we have here is a story that not only has the wonderfully imaginative throwaway concepts and jokes that enhance a space story, but it’s a true science fiction story. The plot is based on a particularly weird scientific principle. The emotional tale told would work in different circumstances, yes, but the weirdness is what makes the plot here.

Don’t get me wrong, I love retcons and continuity stories. It’s fun to see Hal have to go back and deal with all his built-up Karma (it doesn’t hurt that we got a Giant Yellow Space-grasshopper with mind control abilities when he first started, but things have normalized a bit). And I’m really enjoying both the CSI-style GLC and the mystery in Ion, but it always comes back to this wish for me. It’s why I like Alan Moore’s GL stories, it’s why I like Grant Morrison’s JLA, it’s why I adored Mosaic. I want to see these characters deal with the abnormal. I want to leave Earth for a story. I want them up to their hairlines in strangeness. I want new, wild, crazy ideas! I want Wall To Wall Weird!

After all, it’s comic books. If we don’t get to play with unreality, what’s the point?

Anyway, it’s a fun story. Check it out.

{August 13, 2006}   Scans of JLA: Another Nail

The Spandex Fetish Expert has posted some scans of Barda and Scott as a Green Lantern (seriously, she’s the Lantern and he’s like a sentient ring AI) in her livejournal. They might be of interest to the sort of fans who are interested in this blog.

Makes me cross my fingers that Raker will get assigned a partner in the Fourth World…

(Oh, and of little relation to the previous link but still of interest to GL Fans — The Tom’s Casebook Meme courtesy Mike Sterling)

{August 1, 2006}  

Planet Karen just moved to her new home, and her farewell cartoon has a familiar face in the background.

Ideally everyone who reads this knows I do a weekly column at Blog@Newsarama called “Amateur Art Appreciation” where I (over/under)analyze a panel or a cover. I’ve picked on Green Lantern art four times so far.

Amateur Art Appreciation — My first one, where I used a panel from an O’Neil/Adams Green Lantern/Green Arrow story that portrayed Black Canary and Mother Juno.

Silhouettes — Kyle and Hal during the Emerald Knights storyline, when Kyle was explaining what happened to Coast City to Hal.

Hal’s Attitude — A repost of a post I did on my regular blog about a panel from John Stewart’s origin story in Green Lantern/Green Arrow #87. This was the first time Hal saw John.

The Light that Never Shined — Last week’s, a panel from the Donna Parker story in Green Lantern Corps Quarterly #4.

I’ll try and link any pertinent ones that I do in a more timely manner from now on.

Because I’m apparently OUT OF MY MIND, I let Ragnell convince me to put a link to every single Green Lantern post ever seen at Pretty, Fizzy Paradise.

Okay, it might have been my idea.

Because I’m INSANE.

Seriously, it took FOREVER!

But here they are! Enjoy.

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