Daily Archives: July 14, 2011

Lantern’s Light, Hornet’s Sting

I think I know of one reason why the Green Lantern movie hasn’t fared as well as hoped at the box office.

The movie’s star Ryan Reynolds has enjoyed a pretty comfy relationship with People Magazine as of late. He was named the mag’s Sexiest Man Alive this year, so with a big-budget tentpole flick in theatres this summer, People was bound to focus its peepers on the Canadian actor yet. In the June 27 edition, Reynolds took over the last page of the magazine for a regular feature in which a celebrity is offers quick answers to five questions. Among the topics are hangovers, greeting cards and mixtapes (does anyone even make those anymore?).

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Time Flies

The Red Wing #1
“Learning to Fly”
Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Artist: Nick Pitarra
Colors: Rachelle Rosenberg
Cover artists: Pitarra (regular)/Dustin Weaver (variant)
Publisher: Image Comics
Price: $3.50 US

Oh, how I’ve longed to see that stark, white background/cover design, with the words “www.pronea.com” printed on the back cover under a small crest. Writer Jonathan Hickman has made a strong impression in the past couple of years with his work at Marvel, but even his best work with the super-hero publisher pales in comparison with the creator-owned work published by Image that first solidified his reputation in the industry. I’m thrilled that he’s returned to it with this new project. Marvel clearly values Hickman and has its own imprint for creator-owned comics (Icon), but it’s encouraging to see the writer stick with the one who brung ‘im, so to speak. There’s a fairly straightforward idea at the heart of this science-fiction story — time travel as a means to wage war — but Hickman dresses it up nicely with some smart dialogue. But what makes the story worth reading isn’t the convincing, cool science speak or jaunts into the past, but rather a simple story about one person’s struggle with the conflicting emotions of grief and hope.

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