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"Green Lantern vs. Sinestro" by Frank Quitely

"Green Lantern vs. Sinestro" by Frank Quitely

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"Secret Origins #3 — Green Lantern" by Lee Bermejo

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"Doomsday" by Ken Lashley

"Doomsday" by Ken Lashley

"Daredevil" by Adam Kubert

"Daredevil" by Adam Kubert

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"Iron Fist" by Matteo Scalera

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"Superman #30" by Kenneth Rocafort

"Superman #30" by Kenneth Rocafort

How It Should Have Been: Spider-Man 3 (Part 2/3)

ACT 2

With the Hobgoblin on the loose, Peter keeps a close eye on his loved ones for fear of losing them. He also stakes out various Oscorp-owned buildings throughout New York, waiting for the Goblin to strike once again.

Harry is released from the hospital and returns home to some depressing news — Oscorp is going bankrupt, and on top of that, much of the experimental weaponry used to create the original Green Goblin has been stolen. Harry responds to this news rather indifferently, returning to his destructive lifestyle of alcohol and drugs. Peter, having been keeping close tabs on Harry, confronts his old friend with concern for his well-being. Harry practically spits in Peter’s face, refusing to listen to him.

Together with Aunt May and MJ, Peter laments that he himself can’t save his own best friend — so MJ offers to help

Mary Jane arrives at the Osborn Manor with much of the same advice as Peter, with the exception that she doesn’t try to force Harry to change himself. Naturally, he is more prone to listen to her than to Peter and begins his first feeble attempts to straighten himself out.

Around the same time, one of Spidey’s stakeouts pays off — he rescues an Oscorp-owned hotel from being bombed and secretly follows the Hobgoblin to an underground lair beneath Roosevelt Island. Spidey snaps some photos of the evidence, identifying this as one of many safe-houses dotting the New York landscape. A piece of evidence that disturbs Spidey is the discovery of a Daily Bugle press badge in the lair — a badge belonging to none other than Ned Leeds.

Spidey ambushes Leeds on the way home from work, threatening him by dangling him over the edge of a building until Leeds confesses — he found out the identity of the Hobgoblin. He knows who he is and where he hides — he’s been in one of his hideouts for Christ’s sake — the only thing he doesn’t know is why. Leeds begs forgiveness for withholding the story from the public, as he wanted to wait for the right moment for it to have an impact.

The one thing Leeds can tell Spider-Man is that “there’s no coincidence Hobgoblin is linked with OsCorp.”

Taking this as an implication that Harry is somehow responsible, Peter storms into the Osborn mansion demanding answers — only to find that MJ is helping Harry throw a fundraising gala to return OsCorp to its former glory.

Peter is unhappy that MJ is spending so much time with Harry due to the lack of trust between them, though MJ thinks little of it. “He’s my friend too, remember?” Peter warns her to take care nevertheless.

Spidey returns to the Roosevelt Island hideout. He lies in waiting for the Hobgoblin, experiencing repeated flashbacks to Norman’s time as the Goblin. The more Peter thinks, the more he begins to believe that Norman survived their final encounter and has now returned to finish his work. When Hobgoblin returns, Spidey POUNCES. The two men battle through the sewers and subway tunnels of Roosevelt Island, until finally Spidey pins his foe. He RIPS Hobgoblin’s mask off to find —

That he does not recognize this man at all. It isn’t Harry. It isn’t Norman. It’s just some paid, two-bit thug named Roderick Kingsley. Kingsley mocks Spidey — “Expecting someone else?” And Spider-man’s eyes go wide. This is the first time he sees the full truth, and he is terrified.

At that moment, the Osborn gala has begun. Things are going well. Harry’s image seems to have cleaned up a little with the “old money” if New York. He excuses himself.

But instead of going to the bathroom, Harry walks behind a mirror in his mansion parlor. There he finds his father’s goblin gear, along with a rigged bomb. Harry steps inside the gas chamber and hits himself with a DOUBLE DOSE of goblin formula. 

He emerges with a wild gleam in his eyes.

To be concluded…

How It Should Have Been: Spider-Man 3 (PART 1/3)

I’d like to thank by friend Luke, a professional screenwriter and fellow comic book geek, for providing the basis of this idea. Let’s jump right into it.

ACT 1

Ok, so this revised version of Spider-Man 3 starts off much like the actual version, with Peter Parker happily in love with Mary Jane. He runs his idea to propose to MJ past Aunt May, who gives Peter her blessing.

And then while riding his bike home one night, BAM, he gets ambushed by a man in a modified GREEN GOBLIN suit, this time with a reflective silver tint. Peter is immediately horrified, believing that Harry has found out the truth about his father Norman. He battles the goblin briefly, perplexed by the fact that his enemy says not one word in the entire fight. Finally Peter defeats this goblin in the same manner as his first confrontation with the Green Goblin, ripping the flight controls out of his glider. Peter escapes and hurries to make sure that both MJ and Aunt May are safe.

The next morning Peter tries to visit Harry, only to be told he needs an appointment. As Spider-Man, he instead sneaks into the Osborn mansion. He is shocked to find Harry passed out on his living room floor, surrounded by a scattered bottle of pills and an empty whiskey bottle. Spidey takes his friend to the hospital, where the doctors conclude that he has been nearly comatose for over six hours — there is no possible way Harry could have been the one to attack Peter. It’s as if the ghost of Norman Osborn has returned to haunt him.

When Harry awakes he finds himself surrounded by his friends: MJ, Peter, and May. He is happy to see them all — except Pete. Alone, Peter very nearly tells Harry about his confrontation with the goblin. He decides that it is best Harry doesn’t know.

Returning to work at the Daily Bugle, Peter finds the offices in an uproar with the release of the newest headline: “THE GOBLIN RETURNS!” A mysterious figure on his own glider has been seen soaring above the streets, and has already bombed an Oscorp facility off the coast of Manhattan Island. Jameson is on a search for the catchiest name for this new menace, scoffing at Hoffman’s suggestion of “The Hobgoblin.” 

We also meet the men who broke this story, reporter Ned Leeds and rookie photojournalist Eddie Brock. Brock’s appearance isn’t really a plot point that has much significance, just a nod to the fans that Eddie does exist.

To be continued…

Pirate Punishment

You know how if you pirate certain video games, the developers have embedded certain codes into the game script to render the game extremely difficult or otherwise unplayable? Well I just had a thought.

What if comic book companies put a serious effort into shifting their sales into digital — a risky proposition given that digital comics are so easy to download illegally. BUT (and this is the good part) if these comics weren’t properly purchased, maybe on a comic book form of iTunes or something, the dialogue bubbles in these pirated books would be rendered blank and unreadable.

There might always be a way for serious cyber-pirates to hack the code of these comics, but it would certainly decrease the number of illegal digi-comics floating around out there. It would also spare companies the cost of printing comics, decreasing the overall cost of their product and boosting their sales.

Just an idea I had.

Talking Comics: Hal Jordan

Today I’d like to talk about one of my favorite comic book characters: Superman!!

Just kidding. Although I’ve got plenty to say about Superman, I’d actually like to talk about Green Lantern. More specifically, I’d like to talk about the Silver Age Green Lantern, Hal Jordan.

Hal was created following the successful rebooting of The Flash in 1956. Instead of focusing on the “magical” aspect of his powers like his predecessor Alan Scott, Hal’s story had a much stronger sci-fi bent. Instead of coming from an ancient, mystical lamp, Jordan was given his powers from a dying alien named Abin Sur. Over time this story developed to the point where Hal Jordan was just one of many thousands of “Green Lanterns” patrolling the stars.

This is one of the more divisive characters in the DC Universe. I’ve heard criticisms of Hal ranging from accusations of him being bland and wooden, to complaints that he hogs the spotlight from more interesting Lanterns, to fans whinging that he’s just not as relatable as his successor, Kyle Rayner.

Before I go any further, let me just say I’m not defending Hal Jordan as a character. I’m not saying these complaints are invalid. I just want to state my own opinion of the character, which I’ve drawn up after years of comic book reading.

I don’t think Hal is a horrible character. In fact, I don’t think he’s a bad character at all, he’s quite good actually. But then again, I don’t think he’s the greatest thing to be invented since sliced bread either. I think he serves his purpose very well, and that’s just great.

But let me explain that in a little more detail.

Hal Jordan is not your typical “neutral everyman,” popularized by Marvel Comics’ Peter Parker. He doesn’t have an average job, because he’s just not an average Joe. In fact, the whole purpose of the character is to show the audience a man who was special enough to be chosen as an intergalactic space ranger. He’s brave, he’s bold — he’s fearless.

He’s also pretty bland. Yep. Those people who accuse Hal of having the personality of a cardboard box? Well, they’re not wrong. He’s a white male with brown hair and brown eyes, good-looking in a rugged movie star kind of way. Out of costume, there is hardly anything defining about his appearance, besides maybe his signature bomber jacket.

But what most naysayers fail to realize is that this, also, is an important part of Hal’s character.

Let me draw up a classic movie example to help me explain this. In Steven Spielberg’s classic adventure film Raiders of the Lost Ark, Harrison Ford was the director’s initial choice for the lead role of Indiana Jones. He wanted someone rugged and virile enough for the character’s swashbuckling style, but more importantly, he felt Ford brought an undercurrent of normal-guy relatable-ness to the character. What was important was that the audience could project themselves onto Indy without much trouble — despite his lightning-quick wits and intrepid curiosity, “He could be anyone with that whip and hat.”

And that’s part of why Hal Jordan works so well. Sure, he’s got a dangerous job as a fighter pilot. It’s not something we can relate to — but damn, wouldn’t it be cool if we could have that job?

By being able to project yourself onto the character, you subconsciously immerse yourself in the story even further. Who says Hal Jordan has to be brimming with psychological pathos like Bruce Wayne? He’s a space ranger, dammit, that’s just not necessary. His adventures are full of action and excitement, not gloomy brooding.

What I really want to say is this: Hal Jordan is the cop, the cowboy, the swashbuckling archetypal action-hero. And that’s all he needs to be, because hey — if you don’t like him, there are dozens of other Green Lanterns to choose from. There’s Kilowog, the bruiser with a heart of gold. There’s Guy Gardner, the jerkass who everyone loves to hate. There’s John Stewart, probably the most cerebral of the Earth Lanterns with his military background and self-destructive anger.

And hey, there’s even Kyle Rayner, the mild-mannered everyman.

These characters all work fine on their own, but in my opinion Hal Jordan is the glue that holds them together.