Searching For A New Hero?

A reflection on how the changes in the recent history of the Green Lantern Corps in the DC Universe towards a more militaristic, political organisation change affection for beloved characters. Will be interesting to see future blog posts on this theme.

I’m of the view that the scope of the changes to the GL mythos, and the fact that they happened over a reasonably long time (10 years) means that the radicalness of them crept up on people, rather than with a (yet another) dramatic reboot of the character.

See A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Introduction | Political Jesus.

Gender Through Comic Books | MOOC

An interesting looking online course Gender Through Comic Books | Canvas Network that partners a study of gender in comics with required reading materials being available to purchase through digital comic providers (in this case, Comixology).

Wondering if such a model might work for distance/online theological education?

Updating the door – Here come the warrior nuns!

During February my office door was covered in images of angels in popular culture. For March I’ve decided to go with warrior nuns in comic book culture. So my door now looks like this.

Warrior Nuns

Warrior Nuns

I may add some more to it, but I think with The Magdalena, Warrior Nun Areala, The Sisterhood and Chrono Crusade I have most bases covered.

Suggestions for April? I’m thinking posthuman/cyborg thoughts.

See also: The return of Magdalena | Greenflame.

Superman and Philosophy: First chapter available for free – The Comics Professor

I’ve got “Green Lantern and Philosophy: No Evil Shall Escape this Book” and Superheroes: The Best of Philosophy and Pop Culture (Free on Kindle) so I’ll be reading this on the train to see whether to get the book.

Superman and Philosophy: First chapter available for free – The Comics Professor.

X-Men and God-talk

I never really watched the 1990s X-Men cartoon series, but I might go back to it now having discovered this snippet of God-talk in it. Would be interested to see what other examples of religion and spirituality were found in the show, and if so, how they were portrayed.

Tablets – Comic book saviour?

I’ve tried reading comics on an iPod. It really didn’t work for me. I’ve tried the browser-based app from Comixology to read comics and that didn’t really work for me either, and neither do CBR/CBZ readers. So I remain with paper issues and trade paperbacks, but an A4 size tablet might do it (and I could afford more comics that way).

Anyway, see The iPad Could Revolutionize the Comic Book Biz — or Destroy It | Magazine.

Will be interested to see how Apple’s enforcement of in-App purchases affects this too.

All things green

After waiting for somewhere over 30 years I finally got to see a Green Lantern movie on the big screen. And as a fanboy of longstanding I have to say my feelings about it were pretty mixed.

On one hand I think they got some things right – the aloofness of the Guardians, Sinestro’s focus at bringing order at all costs, the diversity of the Corps, Jordan’s confidence tempered by his father’s death, the alieness of Oa, and even Carol Ferris. Plus I think some of the CGI worked well. And the little things for the fanboys and girls – like Carol’s ‘Sapphire’ call sign, the green boxing glove construct, and Sinestro’s yellow ring.

What didn’t work so well was that it felt like two movies joined together – the space focus is a key point of the GL mythos, but it felt like they didn’t really think they could take it off Earth for most of the movie. So we ended up oscillating badly between the two. Secondly, the ‘training’ sequence was so abrupt it didn’t make sense at all – in the comic books it takes several months at least – which would make Kilowog’s comment at the end of the movie about training more real. Two villains didn’t work – either could have worked, but Parallax really should have been embodied in some way (like the big yellow insect thing in the comics). And marketed really badly too.

Interestingly, I’ve recently rewatched the first DVD animated Green Lantern film – Green Lantern: First Flight – and I have to say I think it works better in terms of the plot than the new movie. I also watched the new animated film Green Lantern: Emerald Knights which came out a week to two back. That too caught the spirit of the comic books, though not all of the stories in it were as strong as each other.

I’ll buy the DVD when it comes out, and in the meantime hope that if they ever make a sequel they get back out into space more and give Kilowog and Sinestro way more screen time.

In the meantime, here are some links from the GL universe: