LanternCast Episode #258 – Emerald Knights Commentary Track!

Chad and Mark dust off their respective DVD/Blu-Ray collection and hit play on the ‘Green Lantern: Emerald Knights’ animated feature from 2011. So join us as we provide OUR commentary on the origins of the first Green Lantern, Kilowogs rookie days, Laria’s first mission, why Mogo doesn’t socialize, and Abin Sur meets ATROCITUS! All set against the…END OF THE UNIVERSE?! Be sure to email us or call in on our voice-mail at 708-LANTERN!

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LanternCast Presents: Green Lantern: Pre-Birth #9 – The Spectre #10!

Hal Jordan takes on his own personal demon, the part of him he fears the most: Parallax!  And thanks to the effects of the “Joker’s Last Laugh” event, this Parallax has been “Jokerized”!  While this version of Parallax may be more fun at parties, he certainly is no less dangerous and possibly even more of a threat than ever before.  Can the Spirit of Redemption stop him?  Or is a little, old-school vengeance needed to get the job done?  Take a listen and find out!

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LanternCast Episode #257 – July Books!

Chad and Mark catch up on July books as they cover Green Lanterns #2-3, as well as the one shot and first issue of Hal Jordan & the Green Lantern Corps!  We still have time for listener feedback and some Suicide Squad movie news, so take a listen and enjoy! Be sure to email us or call in on our voice-mail at 708-LANTERN!

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The Darkstars: Issue #6 Review by Jim Remolde!

Darkstars Reviews

 

Issue Six of Darkstars was cover dated March 1993. According to Mike’s Amazing World of DC Comics, the issue was released on February 2, 1993, Groundhog’s Day. Michael Jan Friedman was the writer with Travis Charest pencilling, inked by Scott Hanna.  Bob Pinhaha was the lettered and Eric Kachelhofer was the colorist.  Finally kickin’ butt and making change was Brian Augustyn, leaving Ruben Diaz getting’ his butt kicked and changing stuff.

 

Colos and Mo Douglas are streaking to Flint’s location. Colos is swearing that if Pappas haven’t already taken Flint apart, then he will do it himself.  Mo calls Colos out on his bitterness, saying that he can do anything he wants.  Colos just laughs at this suggestion saying that all he is good for is a little razzle dazzle, in reality he is as useless as anybody else.  Colos admits that something bad happened.

 

Colos now goes into his backstory.  He became a Darkstar because he saw Zamba, his home world destroyed by Qinorri Raiders.  The Qinorri were strip miners and they were after a mineral under Zamba’s crust.  As a result of the Qinorri mining, the planet was destroyed by earthquakes, floods and volcanic eruptions.  The Zambians who were a non space faring and peaceful race had no defenses.  Colos was one of the very few survivors. Days after the Qinorri destruction, a stranger fell out of the sky.  His name was Radz and he offered Colos a way to strike back.  Radz was a Darkstar and Colos joined the organization.  He rose in the ranks and found his own personal healing in being a Darkstar.  Then came Jenuwyne.  It was a world like Zamba, peaceful and naïve and it was in Colos’s sector and therefore his responsibility.  Jenuwyne was attacked by raiders more savage than the Qinorri.  Colos failed to stop the raiders and Jenuwyne was destroyed, killing all the natives.  Colos ends his story to focus on the present.

 

In the present, Hawkgirl and Hawkman are still fighting the alien slavers.  Carter sees that the hatch to the ship is still open and flies strait to it.  He enters the ship just as the hatch closes leaving Hawkgirl outside the ship and Hawkman alone on the ship.

 

Hawkman recounts how they became involved with this slave ring.  Carter and Shiera (Hawkgirl) were enjoying a night listening to Shiera’s favorite nightclub singer.  But after the performance the singer was attacked by the alien slavers in her dressing room.  Carter and Shiera discovered the Immanites attacking the singer when they went back to meet her after her performance.  The two were able to beat the Immanites and rescued the girl.  The Immanites are well renowned slave traders and after Carter’s form of persuasion, they found the base in Dallas.  The two went into action as Hawkman and Hawkgirl.  Now Carter finds himself alone in a ship filled with captive humans and alien slavers that is taking off.

 

Colos and Mo arrive just as the ship crashes through the warehouse.  Colos recognizes the ship as a slaver.  Colos blasts his way into the ship and he and Mo enter.  Colos notices a problem, the section they busted into should have been guarded and it isn’t.  He soon finds the guards and they are fighting a Thanagarian (Hawkman).  Colos and Mo not understanding why a Thanagarian is involved move in to help Hawkman against their common enemy. Hawkman thanks the two but then streaks off saying that this is his fight and he will finish it.  In his fight, one of the slavers gets the drop on him and he is saved by Colos.

 

Back on Earth, Hawkgirl is in a fight of her own.  Flint sees that she is alone and he helps her by taking out the slavers.  Hawkgirl asks if Flint can make up his mind whose side he is on.  He tells her that he can’t make up his mind whose side Hawkgirl is on.  The two quickly dispatch the remaining slavers then turn their attention to each other.  Hawkgirl notices that Flint is a Darkstar and slaps him.  She and Hawkman are members of the Justice Society of America and they were looking for some missing friends but the Darkstar turned a neat and efficient search into a circus.  We see Pappas hiding in some rubble with an alien that reaches for a gun behind Hawkgirl.  Flint sees the threat and screams for her to watch out and tackles her.  Shiera recovers and shoots the alien with a crossbow and Flint blasts Pappas with is masers.  Flint wants to leave to preserve his identity but all Shiera is concerned about is Carter, not knowing that he is not alone but is with Colos and Mo.

 

Colos questions why Hawkman is fighting slavers when he thought that the Thanagerians were slavers themselves. Hawkman admits that he is not Thanagarian and he cannot stand slavery, it goes against his grain.  Mo sees more guards approaching and he raises the alarm giving Colos and him a chance to blast the new guards.  Colos finds that they are not far from the slave hold.  Now Mo inwardly questions why he is here now but decides that this is not a time for doubts but a time to give his best shot in helping people again.  The three bust into the hold. Carter tells Colos and Mo to keep the guards busy while he heads for the Bridge.

 

In one of the cells we see Carla now dressed in a grey jumpsuit.  She is seeing Colos fighting the guards and surmises that he is not dressed as the others and he is fighting for them.  She sees that Colos’s partner is human but she does not know who they are.  She suddenly realizes that they were the same people involved in the bust at Allen Pharmaceuticals and they were called Darkstar.  She decides to lend a hand in the fight for her freedom.  She jumps out of the cell after it goes down and rallies the other prisoners to help.  She grabs a gun from one of the downed guards and joins in the fight against the guards. The other prisoners join in the battle.

 

Colos realizes that the humans are giving him the opportunity to give Hawkman a hand and he and Mo head for the Bridge leaving Carla and the others fighting the guards.  The two arrive to find Hawkman in a hand to hand struggle with the Bridge crew of the ship.  Hawkman sees the Darkstars and just asks what took them so long. Colos retorts the same question, a couple of the crew was still left standing.  Hawkman reverses the ships course to earth leaving Colos to return to the slave hold.

 

Carla also was successful in her fight.  The humans are the only ones left standing, until Colos shows up.  One of the former prisoners sees him and raises his gun to shoot but Carla lowers it saying he helped them to freedom.  Colos looks into Carla’s eyes and she asks him if he is all right. Colos says he is fine but he is thinking that she is just like Mo and Flint.  She too wants to make things right.  He does not understand the qualities of humans but he has found three with the selfless abandon to help others.  Colos moves to free the other humans.  The ship should set down on Earth is less than an hour.

 

This is my favorite issue of this series so far.  It has everything I like:  action, character development, the Hawks, and strong female characters.

 

The action here is terrific.  We get Hawkman on the ship and Hawkgirl in the “hangar” both fighting the aliens with their new allies the Darkstars.   The action here was fluid and gripping as we saw multiple battles in multiple fronts.

 

We get the back story of Colos here.  We learn of his planet of origin, Zamba as well as what sent him off to become a Darkstar.  We also get a glimpse of his failure that eventually got him assigned to Earth’s sector.  We also see that Colos is beginning to believe that’s the humans are not as barbaric as he originally thought they were as he has seen three humans exhibit the qualities of a Darkstar. Perhaps Hal Jordan is not so unique after all.

 

Of course we get the Hawks.  I know that their continuity is confusing and I am not going to get into that here.  The Hawks here are not Thanagarian but are humans using Thanagarian weapons.  We do see the viciousness of their fighting style as they are prone to use Medieval weapons in their battle. We see a little bit of their relationship which is one of the draws I have to these characters.

 

Finally the strong female character.  Carla is not a sexualized damsel in distress as we are prone to see a lot of in comics.  She is attractive but she is smart and strong. She can rally the other prisoners including the male prisoners to join in the fight and she does not shrink from Colos but looks him in the eyes.  She is to be sold as a slave but the attire that the prisoners are forced to wear is also very modest and not overly sexualized.

 

I will give this issue a 5 out of 5 power rings.  It was terrific and recommend tracking this down as I have noticed that the Darkstars series is being released on Comixology.

 

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LanternCast Episode #256 – SDCC 2016!

It’s time for the annual review of news and highlights from SDCC! Chad and Mark  discuss the latest trailers for Wonder Woman, Justice League, Dr. Strange and all the Marvel/DC television reveals! And there actually was some comic news related to Green Lantern, so we decided we might as well mention that too. Be sure to email us or chime in on our voice-mail at 708-LANTERN!

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LanternCast Episode #255 – Edge of Oblivion 6 and an Audio CLASSIC!

Mark and Chad return to cross off the final issue of Edge of Oblivion from their “To Review” pile! How was it? Well LISTEN and we’ll tell you! But before that, the guys dust off a vinyl record from 1967 and represent, for your pleasure, the Origin of Green Lantern Alan Scott in audio form! Yes, SERIOUSLY. Don’t miss it! Be sure to email us or call our voice-mail at 708-LANTERN with your thoughts!

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LanternCast Episode #254 – Quarterly Quarterly #6!

Our coverage of Green Lantern Corps Quarterly CONTINUES with the SIXTH of EIGHT episodes!  Corwin Crowl joins Mark as they wade through a heavy dose of ’90s story-telling to uncover the rare gems of tales featuring Laira and Boodikka!  Plus, if you like your Quarterlies with an S & M flair, this is definitely the episode for you.  Throw in Corwin’s take on the Sinestro series and the Rebirth era, along with some guest commentary by some guy named Chad, and this one’s a can’t miss!  Be sure to chime in on our voice-mail at 708-LANTERN!

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LanternCast Episode #253 – Game of Thrones, Season Six Review!

Jim and Mark tackle the 6th season of GOT in this special episode! Spoilers abound, as they discuss the latest season at length and look ahead to the final 13-15 episodes (predictions included)! Be sure to email us or call our voice-mail at 708-LANTERN with your thoughts and comments!

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LanternCast Episode #252 – Green Lanterns: Rebirth!

Chad and Mark return to discuss Green Lanterns; Rebirth (both the one-shot and first issue of the ongoing)!  The boys also spend a healthy amount of time taking on the DC Rebirth special written by former GL scribe Geoff Johns! All that and the answer to your number one question: What’s New in the Life of Chad Bokelman?! Be sure to email us or call our voice-mail at 708-LANTERN with your thoughts!

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The Darkstars: Issue #5 Review by Jim Remolde!

Darkstars Reviews

 

Issue 5 of Darkstars was written by Michael Jan Friedman, pencilled by Travis Charest, inked by Scott Hanna and colored by Julianna Ferriter.  The lettered was Bob Pinaha and edited by Ruben Diaz and Brian Augustyn.  This issue was cover dated February 1993 and was on the stands January 5, 1993 (Mike’s Amazing World of DC Comics).

 

   “Slaves and Other Prisoners” opens with Colos and Mo handing over Evil Star to the authorities.  Mo is in awe that he is in space and as the two return to earth, Colos muses about Mo’s obvious awe and thinks that he is working out better than he expected.  Flint on the other hand who is not with them is another story entirely.  Colos now decides that he needs a base of operation on Earth so he does not have to hop back and forth to his ship.

 

   Meanwhile, Flint returns to the Dallas Police Department.  The chief asks Flint where he has been for the last twenty four hours.  Flint insists that he has not been drinking, but he is unable to give a better excuse for his whereabouts.  The chief thinks that Flint had been out drinking and used mouthwash to hide his breath. 

 

   The chief puts Flint on a kidnapping case connected with Pappas, the Loco kingpin.  A foxy black woman was seen with Pappas in a warehouse and she did not look happy about it.  The police was  able to get a warrant to raid the warehouse and Flint is to lead the bust.  While the chief is talking to him, Flint decides to go ahead in his Darkstar gear to prevent any officers from getting killed if they run into aliens like the last time.  Flint however answers his chief by saying that he is not sure he can lead a team basically admitting that he had been on a drinking binge.  Flint now leaves the office saying that he will get his life together.

 

   At the warehouse, Pappas is with Carla and some thugs.  Pappas is going to give Carla to the aliens as a slave for spilling champagne on him in the previous issue.  Carla continues to fight.  Carla however thinks that Pappas is selling her to a Middle Eastern sheikh.  An alien comes up and tells her that she is really going off world.  The aliens take her to cargo bay delta.  Carla thinks to herself, wandering if it would have been better to ignore the truth and be a good lawyer.  She decides that she did make the right decision and self pity will get her nowhere.  She decides to fight and find a way to escape.

 

   Flint returns to Colos’s ship to gear up.  He is unable to get in contact with Colos so he programs his suit to broadcast his message every hour regardless of his condition.  He is going after Pappas alone to prevent his fellow Dallas police officers from stumbling into a group of highly armed aliens.

 

   Later Colos and Mo discover Flint’s message.  Colos tries to raise Flint to no response.  Colos and Mo take off tracking Flint’s path to try to bring him back in one piece.  Colos grumbles about Flint’s decision but Mo says that he chose to do this to save the lives of others and he thinks that is courageous.

 

   In the warehouse, Flint discovers the alien’s ship wondering what is going on.  Out of the corner of his eyes he sees someone approaching and opens fire with his masers.  Hawkman and Hawkgirl are the two that Flint attacks and they scatter.  The two return fire on Flint and the battle gets the attention of the aliens who open fire on the Hawks as well.  Flint sees this and questions why the aliens are fighting among themselves and wonders if he blew it by attacking the Hawks without getting the information first.  The Hawks move in to fight the aliens.  Flint also attacks the aliens still questioning which side the Hawks are on.  The launch sequence of the ship is initiated and the ship takes off.

 

   This issue transitions from the Evil Star subplot back to the Pappas main plot.  One of my favorite moments in comics is not just the action and adventure but the character beats.  This issue is full of them.  We mainly get insight into Flint here.  We find that he was so embedded in his job that he sometimes decides to go above the law to bring the criminals in.  His constant failures even drives him to drink and now that he has the weapons and the power to make a difference, he cannot wait for Colos.  Mo even defends Flint’s actions to Colos.

 

   The other element I like is the appearance of Hawkman and Hawkgirl.  I am personally a fan of these characters and it was fun to see them show up here.  I would like to see a team up with the Hawks and the Darkstars in the next issue, which I have not read as of this writing.

 

   For the character beats I give this issue a 4 out of 5 power rings.  It was a little slow but the cliffhanger makes me want to grab the next issue.  See you next time

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