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Green Lantern: New Guardians Thoughts

Green Lantern: New Guardians

Writer: Tony Bedard
Artist: Tyler Kirkham

And so we come to the last of the Green Lantern titles. While Green Lantern focuses on Hal (still DC's flagship title), and Green Lantern Corps is the "special ops" team focused on Guy Gardner and John Stewart, Green Lantern: New Guardians focuses on Kyle Rayner, the old-school.

Written by former GLC writer Tony Bedard, New Guardians shows Kyle Rayner suddenly chosen by the rings of the other Lantern Corps for some currently unknown reason. The action ramps up fast, with the first issue showing what happened to the previous owners of the rings before they were drawn to Kyle, and members of those Corps coming to retrieve those rings (or take retribution for what happened to their former owners when they were suddenly left without rings).

More than any other title, Green Lantern: New Guardians carries the continuity of the previous Green Lantern titles. If you were a fan of Geoff Johns' multi-par…

Aquaman Thoughts

Writer: Geoff Johns
Artist: Ivan Reis/Joe Prado

So, I'm a little late with the first issue thing. My bad. No excuses. But to make up for it I'll be doing thoughts on the first three issues for what I'm behind on. I've got seven titles left to do, including this one.

The opening issue of this is pretty good. It teases us with a new villain(s) for our hero, one that's a fair deal more terrifying than even Ocean Master and Black Manta, Aquaman's most notable bad guys. Geoff takes advantage of Aquaman's long history of being in the public eye (even if as a joke character) to skip over wasting the first issue retelling Aquaman's origin or giving us long expositional backstory for him, instead showing us what his take on the character will be. Gone is the arrogant king of Atlantis, more concerned with his people beneath the surface than above it. This version, while confident and self-assured, is a superhero through and through. Despite the jokes (more o…

Song of the Week - Macross Frontier: Sayonara no Tsubasa ~ End of Triangle

A friend and I recently finished Macross Frontier: Sayonara no Tsubasa, the second part alternate retelling of one of my favorite anime series to come out of 2000-2010, Macross Frontier.

While I won't spoil the movie itself, considering this song spent three days bouncing around in my head (Valkyrie~...*ahem*), I HAVE to post this song. Be warned, it's 7 minutes, but it's a duet between Sheryl and Ranka, and it's beautiful. I wish I could post the video clip that goes along with it, but again--no spoilers.

Go see the movie. There's no excuse for you not to. I know some people would prefer an official copy, but unless you want to watch it raw it's not happening. Go find your eyepatch. (Or your GokaiCellular.) In the meantime, enjoy the song.

Song of the Week - Childish Gambino: Heartbeats

Definitely my favorite song off of CAMP. As much as I love the swag and energy and classic Gambino lines in both "Sunrise" and "Power", this track is just the perfect mix between a good beat and lyrics that are easily relate-able and resonate with anyone that's been in any kind of situation like this.

Don't let the beat and the chorus fool you; you can almost feel the anger in Donald's voice as he sings this song, with each verse going deeper into the mind of a man who's been abandoned by a girl he was truly in love with because of his commitment to his work.

The last line is hilarious, but it's also kind of symbolic of the ridiculous thought processes of men in general: So many guys have either stayed with women or gone back to women because we were simply incapable of giving up the sex, regardless of the mental or emotional havoc that gets wreaked upon us.

Song of the Week: Childish Gambino - L.E.S.

Gambino is a Mastermind.

I played this song at least a dozen times back when it was just a one minute clip on Vimeo. To hear the full thing is almost like bliss and I can't stop playing it.

Can't say its my favorite track off CAMP (which has a First Listen on NPR), but it's definitely pretty far up there. I find hipster girls both amusing and kinda hot (the look at least), so I can't help vibing to this song.

Next week I'll probably throw up my favorite, but I'll be honest: I can't get this album out of my head right now so favorite is relative.

Heroes Phantasia Trailer

I was pretty sad this summer when I couldn't find a trailer for this game, but this eight minute trailer definitely makes up for it.

Showing us all the universes that will be participating in the game (including Slayers, R.O.D., Scryed, Mai-HiMe, Magic Soldier Louie, among others), this game looks completely insane and so awesome your PSP will barely be able to handle it.

...But it's by Banpresto, so it's entirely likely it'll never get localized. Especially since there would be rights issues insofar as who owns what. Still, I've been studying Japanese for like a year and a half. Might as well put it to use!

Heroes Phantasia drops 1/19 for the PSP.