Why Van Jensen Is The Best Thing To Happen To John In Years

#1 Posted by OutlawRenegade (1251 posts) - - Show Bio

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Nrama: You mention humor and fun, and I know your Pinocchiotitle had quite a bit of humor. Is this Green Lantern Corps title going to have humor woven into it? With Guy, I could always see humor, but with John, it's got to be a little tougher, isn't it?

Jensen: There's definitely going to be humor. And the thing with John that I want to bring out is that he's a well-rounded person. He has a humorous side, he has a serious side, and he does have a fun side.

I think his character has not been painted as fully in the past as some other characters, so we really want to explore all the sides of him. And not just kind of leave him as that stern, good soldier type, but show him as being a lot more than that.

Second

Nrama: You've told us in the past that we'll also see Fatality, Kilowog, Salaak, Soranik Natu and a few others. What role does Fatality play in the book with John at the center? Is their relationship continuing?

Jensen: Fatality plays a pretty central role. [She and John] embarked upon this relationship in recent issues, and it's something that, for John, is going to be a bit of a struggle...

So the two of them, they're really trying to forge a relationship together, and Fatality is very much committed to that. But then on Fatality's side, she's a Star Sapphire, so she's very committed to love and a more peaceful existence. And being in the Green Lantern Corps doesn't exactly jibe well with an existence of love and peace. So there's some conflict there of Fatality not really supporting John continuing in his role with the Green Lanterns and the Corps.

Third

Van Jensen: John has an interesting background in that he's both an architect and has military experience. So he's uniquely suited, with his background, to playing a very key role in facing all the questions and uncertainty about rebuilding the Corps. There are a lot of questions about training the Corps, rebuilding the Corps. Even just thinking about what the mission of the Green Lanterns will be going forward, now that they aren't relying on the Guardians for guidance as much.

So through all of the big questions and uncertainty, John's going to provide some leadership going forward.

http://www.newsarama.com/17812-durlans-change-shape-of-green-lantern-corps-as-new-era-begins.html

I'm a huge John fan and have been waiting for something more than the stern, ultra serious version of the character for so long. I'm a huge fan of GL: Mosaic and I hope I get even an ounce of that with this upcoming book. I'm tired of him being written as "boring" and being left in the background.

My interest is peaked by this

#2 Posted by Black_Claw (2958 posts) - - Show Bio

John is finally getting the attention he rightfully deserves.

#3 Edited by SUNMAN (7221 posts) - - Show Bio

the book hasn't even come out yet, you guys shouldn't count your chickens before they hatch. Any writer can have a good interview doesn't mean it translates to the comics

wait till the comic comes out first.

Also not thrilled about revisiting the exploding planet yet again. Do something creative with it in regard to John or just leave it alone imo

Will see how this comic is. If you ask me the best thing to happen to John Stewart was the Justice League cartoon

#4 Edited by blkson (785 posts) - - Show Bio

Can't wait to read this. John having an ongoing series is loooong over due. With the media fiasco that surrounded the possible death of the most prominent black hero in all of DC comics not to far in the past, I imagine DC really wants this book to excel.

#5 Edited by OutlawRenegade (1251 posts) - - Show Bio

@blkson: @sunman: @black_claw:

How can you not appreciate a writer who does his research?

http://van-jensen.tumblr.com/post/51611993476/im-in-the-midst-of-reading-green-lantern-mosaic

You can't get Mosaic in hardcover or trade paperback because DC has never released the series that way. The dude went out of his way to get Mosaic. That's a fan who will probably give us more of the John we love. With Green Lantern Corps 21, Superman: Unchained, Batman: The Zero Year, and Man of Steel all coming out the same week, June 12th can't come soon enough. Start saving your cash, boys!

Edit- I'm pretty sure that Crimson Dawn is the basis for the Red Lanterns, btw.

#6 Posted by SUNMAN (7221 posts) - - Show Bio

@outlawrenegade: will see. I already got overly excited when the New 52 came out only to be disappointed. I'll give the title a chance but I'm not going to assume he kills it. Been disappointed by too many creators who gave good interviews.

Just hoped he watched the Justice League cartoon series too

#7 Edited by blkson (785 posts) - - Show Bio

@outlawrenegade: yo I'm excited!This book will mos def have my money. I am a little worried though, not about Jensen, but about DC. The editors at DC never just let the writers write.

#8 Posted by fodigg (6146 posts) - - Show Bio

@blkson: @sunman: @black_claw:

How can you not appreciate a writer who does his research?

http://van-jensen.tumblr.com/post/51611993476/im-in-the-midst-of-reading-green-lantern-mosaic

You can't get Mosaic in hardcover or trade paperback because DC has never released the series that way. The dude went out of his way to get Mosaic. That's a fan who will probably give us more of the John we love. With Green Lantern Corps 21, Superman: Unchained, Batman: The Zero Year, and Man of Steel all coming out the same week, June 12th can't come soon enough. Start saving your cash, boys!

Edit- I'm pretty sure that Crimson Dawn is the basis for the Red Lanterns, btw.

Well I'm sold. Mosaic is the definitive Stewart arc for me, even though the rest of the writers seem to feel the Xanshi arc was instead.

#9 Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt (12867 posts) - - Show Bio

@blkson: @sunman: @black_claw:

How can you not appreciate a writer who does his research?

http://van-jensen.tumblr.com/post/51611993476/im-in-the-midst-of-reading-green-lantern-mosaic

You can't get Mosaic in hardcover or trade paperback because DC has never released the series that way. The dude went out of his way to get Mosaic. That's a fan who will probably give us more of the John we love. With Green Lantern Corps 21, Superman: Unchained, Batman: The Zero Year, and Man of Steel all coming out the same week, June 12th can't come soon enough. Start saving your cash, boys!

Edit- I'm pretty sure that Crimson Dawn is the basis for the Red Lanterns, btw.

all of the blackest night/alternate corps stuff was based on concepts originally imagined by Alan Moore if im not mistaken. he was rather unhappy about it.

#10 Edited by Captain13 (3314 posts) - - Show Bio
#11 Posted by blkson (785 posts) - - Show Bio

@captain13: already got my issue. It was pretty good. I'm looking forward to seeing how John will interact with the new guys/gal. They look like the stereotypical team though. There's a angry warrior dude/tank (Jruk), a smart guy (Maro) , a woman (Feska), and I don't really know what type of character Ergann is but, well see. The art was amazing man, I like what Mr Chang is doing. I don't like how bright skinned Yrra was in this issue but, I do like Chang's art.

I give it a 4/5

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