Red Lanterns Volume 1: Blood and Rage

A few days ago, I purchased Red Lanterns Volume 1: Blood And Rage

Red Lantern Corps

Red Lantern Corps (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

TRIGGER WARNING: VIOLENCE & BLOODSHED AHEAD

and as always, SPOILER ALERTS

I must give credit where credit is due. Optimist Chad first introduced me to the rebooted version of the Green Lantern lore, and I haven’t really looked by since. I like the idea that the stories cover the color spectrum, with each color representing an emotion.  My favorite is Red.  In Green Lantern The Animated Series, Atrocitus and the Red Lantern Armada are the Season 1 “Big Bad.”  One of the major players from the comics, Bleez, was unfortunately missing. Probably because her story is not that safe for children, or rather, it’s something parents should be talking to their kids about, and not the media.

Laira's Red Power Ring

Laira’s Red Power Ring (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For starters, the Green Lanterns are the policemen of the universe, protecting planets and sectors; their power is green for will-power. Green Lantern rings choose their bearers, as these rings were forged by the Guardians of the Universe who want to see order in the universe.  The Guardians have a history of mistakes, and one of these mistakes was that they created, before the Green Lantern Corps, robots called the Manhunters who sought to destroy all sentient beings who had emotions.  One of their victims was an alien named Atros, who was one of 5 persons to survive the Manhunter onslaught of Sector 666 (yikes!!!, I know).

Atros changed his name to Atrocitus and became a terrorist bent on revenge versus the Guardians.  Atrocitus’ backstory is as a survivor of genocide.  Atrocitus’ quest for vengeance leads him on an existential journey where his closest confidant is the corpse of Krona, the Guardian who planned Atrocitus’ planet’s destruction.  Atrocitus gathers an army in Blood And Rage, but the members lose their intelligence unless they are baptized in a pool of blood on the Planet Ysmault.  Atrocitus struggles with the decision to make one of his soldiers his lieutenant, and therefore have their capacity to think and remember restored.

The first member of the Red Lantern corps Atrocitus chooses to give back her free will was

 

Bleez, of the Red Lantern Corps, from Green Lanterns Wikia page

When Bleez regains her conciousness, her memories also come back.  Atrocitus trusts no one because of his experience, and so instead of one sidekick in Bleez (whom he fears is leading a mutiny), Atrocitus gives the rest of his army freel will.  Red Lantern Corps members consistent of victims of violent crimes as well criminals themselves.  Unlike the heroic Green Lanterns, Red Lanterns are a messy collection of villains and anti-heroes.  Part of the appeal to me for this book was Atrocitus’ inner monologues, and who he considered “The Worthy.”  By “the Worthy,” he means those events and persons who were most deserving of being avenged.

Red Lanterns Volume 1: Blood and Rage is about a group’s quest to seek out justice.  Within the storyworld, humans are the beings who resist  having their free will taken away/losing their consciousness when they become Red Lanterns. I found it interesting that one of the first humans picked was a homeless man because of all of the injustices he had to witness on a day to day basis.  Because of Blood And Rage, I now want to read the rest of the Red Lantern volumes, especially since I have read on the blogosphere that a member of Superman’s family will become one!

Super Girl going after a Red Lantern ring, courtesy of HeroFix

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The New #DCNation: #BewareTheBatman, Mister Terrific, and Wonder Woman

Image of Batman and Alfred staring at Michael Holt on their computer from Tumblr.

I was going to completely avoid

Beware the Batman

Beware the Batman (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Beware The Batman, the new CGI animated series on Cartoon Network. Green Lantern and Young Justice were unjustly cancelled, and dagnabbit, I’m still bitter. Then, late this week I read about a new series of animated shorts with Wonder Woman that were to air during BTB, and I thought, okay okay, I shall watch! And watch it I did. I was thoroughly underwhelmed. Beware the Batman was okay, it wasn’t gonna  blow me away

Batman as he was depicted in Batman: The Anima...

Batman as he was depicted in Batman: The Animated Series (1992–1995) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Batman The Animated Series/Green Lantern The Animated Series magical with their pilots, but it wasn’t Marvel’s The Avengers Assemble bad. #sorrynotsorry.

Image of Mister Terrific provided by comic vine.

One of the best surprises of this episode, “Hunted” was the appearance of Michael Holt, who becomes Mister Terrific, the third smartest man in the world and one of my favorite DC Comics heroes! I am kind of hoping for a modified version of Batman’s The Outsiders to appear in this series, maybe with Mister Terrific replacing poor poor Jefferson Peirce /Black Lightning. Katana is already going to be a regular on the show. As long as Holt keeps appearing on the show, I’ll watch. I don’t think this was a 1-time thing, but I could be wrong.

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The Season Finales for #DCNation #GLTAS #YoungJusticeInvasion: #HeroesNeverDie

This is my tribute to us fans of Green Lantern: The Animated Series & Young Justice. I did a Storify version of the top Tweets on today’s season finales.


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This Week On #DCNation: The Politics Of Courage #GLTAS #YoungJustice

This week in DC Nation was a pleasant surprise. Both Young Justice’s and GTLAS’s stories were both coherent! I continue to be disinterested in Batman: Shanghai Nights and the Princess Amethys DC Shorts. Just not into them.

GLTAS’s “Prisoner Of Sinestro” starts out with crew rescuing Green Lantern Thal Sinestro and his prisoner Neuraxis from the infamous arachnid prison. Little does everyone know that Neuraxis, who looks like a harmless oversized cranium with tentacles, is a mind-jumper, an alien species who can control people’s minds at will. Sinestro “saves” the day, although his decision making is guided by the fear of what will happen in the future.

The basic premise of Young Justice: Invasion “True Colors”, like all other alien invasion narratives, is the Fear of the Other. Fear of the Reach Apocalypse has impacted Jaime Reyes/Blue Beetle the first few episodes of the season. Impulse (the Flash in the future) prophesies that Blue Beetle, because the Scarab technology was given to Jaime by the Reach. I think the most fascinating character thus far has been G. Gordon Godfrey,a right wing-xenophobe who ironically sings the praises of the Reach and Lex Lutho. Arsenal/Roy Harper acts irrationally out of fear of Lex Luthor.Jaime runs into another Scarab hero, this time from Mars (another alien race), where he is informed there are other ways of being, instead of running from ominous portents. Is there another way outside the politics of fear to confront evil? I think this is a relevant discussion, especially during our time in this War Of Terror. Maybe the answer could be embracing the Other as person and then acting, rather than doing things out of fear.

What are your thoughts? Did DC Nation live up to expectations this morning?

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This Week In #DCNation: A Nod To Black #DCComics Fans #GLTAS #YoungJustice

Mal Duncan

Mal Duncan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have in recent years come back to being a fan of comic book culture.  Rather than fawning over and reading Marvel Comics like Spider-man and X-Men, my love of Batman and the Batfamily has grown.  But it was always there, from the moment my parents rented Batman (1989) for us on VHS.  I was a goner. I’ve also come to enjoy, thanks to friends like Josh T., Seth C. , and Optimistic Chad, the Green Lantern, Earth 2, and Fables. The DC Animated Universe is where everything is at though. It is far superior to its rivals. Green Lantern: The Animated Series and Young Justice were strong again this week, and both, interesting enough had to deal what it meant to be a person. In the television series BattleStar Galactica, Cylons were created by man. They evolved, they became shaped like humanity. Were they human? Did they have a soul? That’s a similar question that GL:TAS asked. Aya is artificial intelligence just like the villainous Manhunters. Are they sentient beings? Are they capable of evolving beyond their programming, and if so, does that give them distinct personhood? I think the journey and questions that Razer has throughout this episode is very telling. To me, Razer is the most relatable character, he cares about justice, he is angry, and sometimes that gets him in to trouble. The rage of this good Red Lantern is contrary to the ways of the Green Lantern corps (Willpower) which seeks to control emotions.  I think the Blue & Green Lantern Corps have a problem telling the difference between different types of rage, as Razer pointed out. There is a righteous anger , even inspired by religious & political commitments, that can motivate us to do good.

D C Nation featured two shorts that I was “Meh” about, I just don’t like Batman/Dark Knight in Shanghai as it stands right now, and Princess Amethys, I just can’t get into. That being said, Young Justice was perhaps a big nod to black DC Comics fans. At the very beginning of the episode, Static Shock (well, Virgil) makes an appearance being interviewed by Black Canary.  The Reach have “invaded” Earth, excuse me, introduced themselves to us earthlings, but not before they kidnapped metahumans, or people with a special gene that allows them a unique capacity to survive after a trauma and had experiments done on these people.  For those unaware, Static Shock was a comic character, a black teen with the ability to control electricity. He was first created by the late Dwayne McDuffie,  in the early  1990s, and even had his own cartoon series. The episode continues with a few members of Young Justice being trapped in an alien force-field cage to fight Despero, who wanted to conquer Earth’s best champion. In the files of research that Despero’s robot minion, L-Ron had gathered, most of the champions on Earth were white and male, (except for Icon [the black Republican lawyer version of Superman], another Milestone Comics hero).  So, when Mal Duncan (with only the original Guardian’s helmet and no powers) stands up to Despero, the villains are thrown into confusion. Duncan and the rest of the gang trick L-Ron and his master and defeat them through wit, and with the help of Bumblebee (Karen Beecher).

At the conclusion of the episode, another “secret champion” of DC Nation guest stars: Black Lightening, who tried to help Captain Atom break open the force field that trapped our heroes. I found it interesting the parallels between the encounters of the Other/aliens the Reach and the struggles of black heroes to have their personhood recognized. Maybe it was just me but L-Ron making up “-isms” and accusing YJ of cheating reminded an awful lot of people who try to avoid talking about white privilege in the name of reverse racism all the while benefiting from it. I loved how DC Comics is intentional with this stuff. Last year, on JuneTeenth, Mister Terrific’s graphic novel debuted. This week’s episode of Young Justice fell right in line with The Black Comic Book Festival in NYC.

What did you think of this week’s episodes of GL:TAS and YJ?

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On the return of #DCNation #GLTAS And #YoungJustice

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This was such a disappointing Saturday morning. I was soooo upset to see more reruns of the Riders Of Berk not playing on Cartoon Network. Instead, we got (sorta-ish) all new episodes of Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series. Unfortunately, I had to work the same hours the new episodes debuted, and I didn’t DVR it (lack of room), but I managed to catch the fourth replace on Toon Network West, and I was not disappointed.

In the GL:TAS episode “Steam Lantern,” Hal crashed from a portal to a planet that is oppressed by a scientist who claimed to have saved them from the Anti-Monitor. Hal Jordan meets this guy who calls himself the “Steam Lantern,” who was inspired by a GL who apparently wears a cape. Steam Lantern and the Duke Nigel Fortenberry both turnout to be frauds, with Fortenberry seeing that his solution to the Anti-Monitor problem was only temporary (the deal), so it was up to Hal to save the day. Young Justice:Invasion returned with more clues as to who was invading Earth: The Reach, but what is their relationship to the Black Manta? Also, what happened to Arsenal and BatGirl and Rocket? Questions to probably be answered in forthcoming episodes.

While I enjoyed GL:TAS and Young Justice:Invasion, what made me really so happy that I squealed with excitement was the DC Nation short featuring Black Lightning and his two daughters. That was just worlds of awesome, so much so, I was doing the Ray Lewis pre-game dance. What did you all think of the return of DC Nation?

 

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Razer The Red Nosed Lantern: A #GLTAS Christmas Carol By @giancarlo_volpe #DCNation

It’s been a long time since we’ve had parodies of songs on Political Jesus, so I thought I would share two versions of Razer The Red Nosed Lantern, the first from animator and producer Giancarlo Volpe. [he gave me permission to share via twitter] The second version is my own Bitter DC Nation fan version.

Razer the Red Nosed Lantern (by Giancarlo Volpe):

“Razer the Red Nosed Lantern had a very angry nose And if you ever saw it, you would say he has great rage in his heart

All of the other Red Lanterns Used to laugh and call him names, They even told Atrocitus, To murder his Ilana dame

Then one foggy Christmas Eve Hal Jordan showed him trust. “Razer with your nose so bright, You’re no prison warden. You’re coming with us”

Then how the fangirls loved him, And they shouted out with glee, Razer the Red Nosed Lantern, You and Aya are my OTP.

And now, my raging Red FanTern version:

“Razer the Red Nosed Lantern had a very angry nose And if you ever saw it, you would say he has great rage in his heart

All of the other Red Lanterns Used to laugh and call him names, They even told Atrocitus, To murder his Ilana dame

then one foggy October eve, Cartoon Network came to say! Razr with your Lantern so bright, why dont you find another channel tonight, then all of the Lantern Corps loved him as they shouted out with glee Yippee!, Razer the Red Lantern, you’ll go down in DC Comics history!

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