Here are a bunch of Green Lantern-related logos I designed from hand-drawn marker sketches. This first one was for a 1992 pair of trade paperbacks reprinting the fan-favorite run by Dennis O’Neil and Neal Adams from the 1970s. I was following the layout of the original logo by Gaspar Saladino, but giving the letters a somewhat more modern look. Continue reading
The uneasy coalition of the Yellow and Green Lanterns falls apart here, something that was easy to predict. Not so easy was the anger and venom coming from Yellow Lantern leader Soranik. Not without reason, but it feels like a plot -driven anger rather than one that comes from the character as we’ve known her, who has always listened to reason. Now she’s all hate and anger, and is taking on the name Soranik Sinestro as she leads what’s left of her Sinestro Corps back to Korugar. This is also a big fail for John Stewart, the other architect of the coalition, and one thing that did surprise me was, he had a backup plan to minimize damage, one that is also a kind of betrayal. Unlike past issues, this one feels like an executive decision to return one part of the status quo. It’s well told, but feels like a letdown all the same.
I became of fan of John Crowley with his novel “Little, Big,” published in 1981 and referred to on this cover. Still probably his best-known work. I found and read his earlier works (the novel “Engine Summer” impressed me the most) and have read many of his later ones.
“KA” is a very long novel, as are many of Crowley’s since “Little, Big,” and a crow, Dar Oakley, is the protagonist. He was born in prehistoric times in Europe in a place where there were not yet any humans, and witnessed their arrival. More than any other animal, Dar became intimately involved with humanity and several particular humans. The first of his human friends, a medicine woman named Fox Cap, taught him to speak and understand her language, and gave him his name (or helped him choose it). Later, he followed her into the spirit world of her people where he gained eternal life of an unusual kind. It’s not that Dar never dies, he does, but is long lived, and after he dies he wakes up again in a later time and gradually regains at least some of the memories of his past lives. Another human friend, a monk that Dar only knows as Brother, leads him on a pilgrimage to the westernmost islands of Ireland, and eventually across the ocean to North America. There, Dar’s lives take him through American history from pioneer times to the civil war and eventually to our own time, where he befriends the author of this book, and tells his life story through him. That friendship forms a framing device that bookends the story.
In addition to human history and time spent in magical realms, there’s also plenty about Dar’s life with other crows: first his own family, later many mates, some more important and memorable than others. The relationship between crows and humans is a common theme that goes through its own evolution.
I enjoyed reading the book, but it does tend to wander, as Crowley books do, and at times I found myself checking to see how far along I’d read, wondering how much more there was to go, which a sign that a book is not fully engaging my interest. I love birds, and I enjoy history and magic, so all the elements suggested I would be fully engaged, but the meandering of the story cooled my interest at times. There’s also an overall melancholy, a focus on death and dying and the possibilities that might happen after, and a feeling that both Dar and John Crowley are in a story that has grown too long for them. There are moments of joy and humor, moments of suspense and action, but they are intermittent.
In all, well worth reading, and recommended, but not for everyone.
Jessica and Simon, newbie Green Lanterns, are on Mogo for the first time, each getting heavy training sessions from Guy Gardner and Kyle Rayner respectively. This is green boot camp, and no fun for the trainees. Meanwhile, the rogue Guardian Rami (whose mind is controlled by Volthoom, the first Green Lantern), is doing some research in the GL archives, and finds some interesting information about the first GL rings. We see one of those rings claiming its first wearer. Will the trainees be pushed past their breaking point? Will Volthoom achieve his goals? I had fun finding out.
This issue opens in an alternate reality near future where Barry Allen and Iris West have married and their two children with speedster powers are busy destroying Flash’s home city. He confronts them, and they whine about how he never had time for them. (Note: their names are Don and Dawn. Think about what a bad idea that is: they’d never know which one you were talking to or about.) The scene is being watched by our regular Barry and Iris in the 25th Century, courtesy of Reverse-Flash, who is getting into both of their heads with guilt trips and suspicions about each other, finally taunting Barry into following him into the negative speed-force.
There’s a lot of soap opera in this book, but here it’s made more interesting by the time-travel and alternate reality angles. Not a bad read, recommended.