Thursday, July 30, 2009

Okay, why Green Lantern?

Why Green Lantern? I plan to go into this in more detail someday, but the short reason is, because to be Green Lantern, you just have to be the right guy. You don't have to come from another planet. Your parents don't have to be killed in front of you. You don't have to be born with genetic mutations, or irradiated, or be bitten by something that was irradiated. You just have to be the right guy. You have to have a strong will, and you have to be capable of overcoming great fear. If you have those qualities, and are honest, you too can be a Green Lantern.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Con exclusives

I'm just sick today over how much the San Diego Comic Con attendees are jacking up their prices on the convention exclusives. Jeez Louise. I know that you are entitled to a reward for making it to the con, but are those of us who are unable to travel supposed to pay for your entire con experience? Selling the Green Lantern "Blackest Night" exclusives for upwards of $70 apiece (or the set for $495) is unconscionable for something that cost you $20 in my humble opinion. Not to mention the fact that your scalper ass scored something only to resell it -- thus keeping it out of the hands of someone who really wanted it. Am I sorry that I will never own my hero, Hal Jordan, as a Red Lantern, or a Yellow or Blue or Orange Lantern? You bet I am. But I refuse to support the practice of scalping toys on eBay by throwing my money at these vampires. Just saying.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Green Lantern: First Flight -- a review

I really enjoyed this film! It's WB's first animated feature starring Green Lantern, and it did not disappoint. Yes, they changed the mythology somewhat from the original, but overall were quite true to the spirit. The origin story was just about perfect, apart from an unnecessary redesign of Abin Sur's look. Gil Kane's iconic costume design was left mostly intact, and the final battle was well done indeed! The voice acting was also right on, and pitch perfect under the direction of veteran DC character director Andrea Romano. (And since I bought it at Best Buy I also got a nifty little Green Lantern action figure!) A word of warning: it ain't for little kids. The PG-13 rating is pretty much right on, considering the level of violence and the occasional language lapse.

I hope that WB continues to produce these excellent animated adaptations of their classic stories and characters. Looks like the next one up is "Superman/Batman: Public Enemies" and it also looks very, very good, with the classic characters voiced by the actors who originally did such a brilliant job as Superman, Batman and Luthor, namely Tim Daly, Kevin Conroy, and Clancy Brown, respectively.

But that's in the future. "First Flight" is out there today -- go get it!!

Monday, July 27, 2009

First post

Seeing as tomorrow is the release day for "Green Lantern: First Flight," the first animated movie starring my favorite hero, I thought it might be the right time to start a blog. I expect few hits and less controversy, but you never know....

I consider myself a big fan of GL. This year I finally got a "proper" GL ring (Hal Jordan's) made of silver and sized to my giant hand. I was heartsick that surgery in June prevented me from going to this year's San Diego Comic Con so I could try to score a set of DC Direct's Hal Jordan as a Green / Red / Yellow / Blue / Orange Lantern. And a set of Mattel's "Origins of Green Lantern" animated-style figures of Hal Jordan, Sinestro and Abin Sur. And a ... well, you get the idea.

So if you stumble across this place, and have any comments, or suggestions, or a spare set of figures from SDCC, please share them with me!