Script and layouts by Mark Gruenwald, finished art by Bob Layton
From Amazing Spider-Man Annual #15 Script and layouts by Mark Gruenwald, finished art by Bob Layton
From Amazing Spider-Man Annual #15 Script and layouts by Mark Gruenwald, finished art by Bob Layton
Avengers West Coast #50, page 11 by John Byrne & Mike Machlan & Bob Sharen. 1989.
Who’s held ultimate power in their hands? These 15 comics characters!
Throughout fiction, one of the most popular recurring plots is the pursuit of power. Readers are fascinating with seeing character seek out more and more power and, of course, discovering whether it is true that “absolute power corrupts absolutely.” The problem with too much power is that it takes away from the stakes of the story. You can’t really have a lot of drama with an omnipotent hero or villain.
Therefore, what we get instead is a lot of stories where a hero or villain briefly has omnipotence, just long enough for the sake of the story (some are briefer than others). Here, then, is a list of fifteen comic book characters that have had a taste of ominipotence. This doesn’t count those characters who are permanently powerful (like Doctor Manhattan or Solar, Man of the Atom), but rather characters who had a temporary fling with ultimate power. While the numbers may count down, it is actually just a chronological list.
In the 1987 “Uncanny X-Men Annual” #11 (by Chris Claremont, Alan Davis and Paul Neary), a mysterious being known as Horde forced the X-Men to break into the Citadel of Light and Shadow to steal the Crystal of Ultimate Vision for him. The journey through the Citadel was a perilous one, as the Citadel tempted the X-Men (and Captain Britain and Meggan, who were along for the ride) with their fondest wishes. The story is a bleak one, as some of the fondest wishes of the X-Men are pretty twisted (like Dazzler is given the choice between being a successful artist, a successful judge or a bag lady and she chooses the one with the least amount of pressure – the bag lady).
It comes down to just Wolverine and he is about to get the crystal when Horde shows up and kills him, because he actually just wanted the X-Men to pave the path for him. However, before Horde can touch the crystal, a drop of Wolverine’s blood (from Horde’s vicious attack) hits the crystal and Wolverine is awarded the prize of the Crystal. Its powers resurrects Wolverine and he becomes one with the universe. He rejects omnipotence and just returns his teammates back to normal.
Like Doctor Doom, Thanos was always seeking objects of great power. This is because he was driven by a desire to impress Death itself, and he needed more and more power to kill more and more people. This search led him from giant killer spaceships all the way to his own Cosmic Cube. His search came to its pinnacle in the mini-series “Infinity Quest”, where he hunted down all of the Infinity Gems from the Elders of the Universe that possessed them and formed the Infinity Gauntlet. Thanos was now the most powerful being in the universe and in the crossover event “Infinity Gauntlet”, he quickly proved it by killing half of the people in the universe!
Ultimately, Thanos’ old rival (and occasional friend), Adam Warlock, helped Thanos realize the truth – he always knew deep down that he did not deserve ultimate power, which is why he always self-sabotaged himself just like Doom did with his power.
10. Adam Warlock
Once Nebula lost the Gauntlet, there was a mad scramble for the glove, but in the end it turned out to be Adam Warlock who took a hold of it. He then cleaned up all the respective messes that Thanos had left over from his time of omnipotence and then vanished. When next we saw Warlock, it was in the debut issue of “Warlock and the Infinity Watch.” There, Warlock decided that the Gauntlet was too powerful for any one being to possess, so he instead split the gems up with a group of heroes (and one villain) who would each safeguard one of the gems.
Later, it turned out that during his time of omnipotence, Warlock had secretly (a secret even to him) split up the “Evil” and “Good” sides of personality, as the omnipotent Warlock felt that both of those impulses got in the way. Those sides of Warlock, now known as the Magus and the Goddess, formed the basis of the next two “Infinity” crossovers, “Infinity War” and “Infinity Crusade”.
9. Hal Jordan
During the “Reign of the Supermen,” the evil Cyborg Superman destroyed Coast City, the hometown of Earth’s greatest Green Lantern, Hal Jordan. The trauma of losing all of those people caused Hal to essentially snap. Later, it was revealed that Hal had been possessed by a malevolent entity known as Parallax. At the time, it looked like Hal was so distraught with grief that he decided that the only way he could make things right was to get more power. In the crossover “Emerald Twilight,” Hal traveled to the home base of the Green Lantern Corps and ended up absorbing the entire Green Lantern Corps power battery. He killed some folks along the way, but he felt that it did not matter, since his plan was to fix everything.
This led to “Zero Hour”, where the now nigh-omnipotent Hal (calling himself Parallax) decided to restart the universe to fix everything that went wrong in the world. He was defeated by Earth’s heroes. Hal later atoned for his sins by sacrificing himself to restart Earth’s sun in the crossover “Final Night.” Later (after a brief stint as the Spectre, also a kind of omnipotent being due to literally being God’s spirit of vengeance), Hal was resurrected and became human again.
7. Kyle Rayner
When Hal Jordan sacrificed himself to re-ignite Earth’s sun, he left over a lot of residual power floating around the universe, and ultimately in a storyline in the pages of “Green Lantern,” that power ended up in Hal’s successor as the Green Lantern of Earth, Kyle Rayner. In a story just a little bit earlier, Kyle had fought against Oblivion, a powerful villain who turned out to have been created by Kyle’s own subconscious. So Kyle had already intentionally dampened his powers, something he fixed when he absorbed Oblivion. When he added in Hal’s excess powers, the result was Kyle becoming an omnipotent being known as Ion.
Eventually, Kyle realized that omnipotence meant losing touch with his humanity, so he gave up the powers and used them to recreate the Green Lantern Corps power battery and create a new group of Guardians. Years later, it was revealed that Ion was a being like Parallax that sort of possessed Kyle rather than Kyle turning into Ion.
Genis-Vell, the son of Mar-Vell, took on his father’s mantle as the new Captain Marvel. He then bonded with Rick Jones following “Avengers Forever” and they worked together as superheroes. One of Genis’ powers, though, was Cosmic Awareness. The problem with Cosmic Awareness is that as it develops, it can pretty much drive you insane, as you instantly know the ramifications of every move you make. That’s exactly what happened to Genis, as he was driven mad by all of the knowledge that he possessed, but with that power also came nigh omnipotence. Ultimately, while insane (and insanely powerful), he was convinced by the children of Eternity to destroy the universe, which he does.
Once destroyed, Genis-Vell is, in effect, one with the universe and his insanity subsided a bit and he managed to convince Eternity’s children to restart the universe, so Genis recreates the universe just as it was before, only with some slight changes (like how he has a sister, Phyla-Vell).
Dan Jurgens relaunched “Thor” following “Heroes Return.” The son of Odin was called back to Asgard once his father died fighting Surtur. Thor now had to take over as ruler of Asgard, gaining him access to the Odinforce as a result. This made him basically omnipotent. While ruling in Asgard, Thor was becoming increasingly worried about being torn from Earth, so he came up with the solution of bringing Asgard down so that it floated over New York City. Soon, people began to worship Thor on Earth and in a powerful crossover, Thor, Iron Man and Captain America got caught up in a controversy involving worshipers of Thor. The battle between the three former friends showed how powerful Thor was, as he even managed to dent Captain America’s shield!
Thor’s control over Earth grew and grew until he was basically a tyrannical leader. As it turned out, earlier events in the series left Thor incapable of feeling the right amount of empathy for humanity. In a great plot twist involving time travel, Thor’s reign over the Earth was stopped before it ever actually began. Soon after was the “Ragnarok” storyline and when the Asgardians were eventually reincarnated, Thor was no longer in possession of the Odinforce.
The Avengers, knowing what the Phoenix Force did when it joined with Jean Grey (omitted from this list since her whole deal is that she’s usually its bearer and not just briefly in possession of the power), wanted to destroy it upon learning it was en route to Earth. Meanwhile, the X-Men wanted to see why it was coming first. Their squabble led to Tony Stark building a “Phoenix-killer” that instead split the Phoenix Force into five pieces, which then possessed Magik, Colossus, Namor, Emma Frost and Cyclops.
The “Phoenix Five” quickly turned the tables on the X-Men/Avengers war and soon began hunting the Avengers down (Namor practically destroyed Wakanda in the process). However, when the Avengers defeated Namor, his Phoenix powers were distributed to the other four. When Magik and Colossus were then defeated, Emma and Cyclops ended up with all of their powers. Cyclops was then driven to take Emma’s powers, so he basically became Dark Phoenix. He didn’t handle that well and even ended up killing his own mentor, Professor X! Dark Phoenix Cyclops was eventually defeated and the Phoenix Force went to Hope Summers after all, who transformed it into something that brought mutants back to Earth, undoing the events of “House of M.”
2. Captain America
Following “Avengers vs. X-Men”, a new Illuminati was formed, reflecting Namor being on the outs from the group and Professor X being dead. Beast took Xavier’s spot and Steve Rogers (who had returned to being Captain America) was now more involved with the group. The Illuminati discovered the existence of Universal “Incursions”, where the Earths of other universe were going to collide with their Earth. The heroes had to come up with some way to stop this incursion. Eventually, the only solution that they could come up with was to re-form the Infinity Gauntlet. Naturally, once they did so, the only person that they trusted to wield it was Captain America, who used the gauntlet to push back the Incursion.
However, something went wrong and a bunch of the Infinity Gems were destroyed. In addition, since Captain America could not bring himself to actually destroy the other Earth, the Incursion was only delayed, not halted. The other members of the Illuminati then erased Captain America’s memories of the Incursions, as they needed to come up with ways of stopping them and they had to at least have the option of destroying the other Earths on the table, something they knew they would never have if Captain America was involved.
1. Mister Fantastic
The Incursions continued, and basically two groups (a Cabal led by Namor and a group led by the Ultimate Reed Richards, known as the Maker) have been destroying other Earths whenever Incursions occur, to the point where it more or less came down to just the Ultimate Earth and the regular Earth. Those Earths were unable to destroy each other, so this led to a collision and that, in turn with the work of Doctor Doom with Molecule Man (who turned out to be a tool of the Beyonders), resulted in the Multiverse breaking and Doom using the power of the Molecule Man to stitch it together. That is, with Doom as the main god of the remaining, awkwardly put together, Multiverse (now one giant world known as Battleworld).
Reed Richards survived, though, and eventually he confronted Doom. The Molecule Man turned his allegiance to Reed and gave him the power that Doom held. Just as Doom feared, Reed was better at it than Doom. When last seen, Reed (working with Molecule Man and Reed’s powerful son, Franklin Richards) was currently busy fixing the Multiverse, one world at a time. So, so far, Reed has handled omnipotence better than anyone!
When most people in the U.S. think of comic books, “romance” isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. When you say “comic books,” most people think “superheroes.” But from the 1940s to the early 1960s, romance comics in the United States such as “Young Romance” were extremely popular. However, a comic book doesn’t have…
My Selection from this Top 20 :
18. Reed Richards and Sue Storm
He’s a super-genius who can stretch his body into a near infinite number of shapes. She can turn herself and other objects invisible. They’re Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible Woman, and they’re awesome together.
When Reed Richards and Sue Storm first appeared in “The Fantastic Four” #1 in 1961, they were considered revolutionary. Until their appearance, couples in comic books tended to be bland and unrealistic. But “The Fantastic Four” broke new ground in relationships as well as storytelling, because they weren’t perfect. Richards and Storm would argue, fight, and even break up. Despite these problems, they always managed to come back together.
They gained their powers together, fought together in the Fantastic Four, and eventually married in “Fantastic Four Annual” #3 (1965). Over the decades, they’ve had two children together and Sue has gone from the Invisible Girl to become the more powerful Invisible Woman. They’ve left the Fantastic Four and returned, faced death countless times, and seemingly have left the Marvel Universe altogether in 2016’s “Secret Wars.” We’re sure we’ll see them in each other’s arms again eventually, though, because their greatest power is staying together.
12. Bruce Banner and Betty Ross
For as long as Bruce Banner has been the rampaging Hulk, he’s been in love with Betty Ross. Ross first appeared in “The Incredible Hulk” #1 in 1962, where she first met Banner before the experiment that infused him with gamma radiation transformed him into the Hulk. As Banner struggled to control his new power, Ross fell in love with his gentle and intelligent soul.
But their relationship hasn’t always been smooth. At first, Banner struggled to keep his secret from her, alienating her. When his secret was exposed, he had to go on the run from her own father, Thunderbolt Ross. She stood by him, even as he went on the run for his life. But Ross has been more than just his long-suffering girlfriend. She’s often broke up with Banner over his failed attempts to control the Hulk. Over time, she’s even become his enemy as she was transformed into the supervillain Harpy, and later became the powerful Red She-Hulk. Through all their transformations and conflicts, their love for each other has remained and continues to drive them.
9. Batman and Catwoman
The relationship between Batman and Catwoman is complex, because Catwoman is complex. Sometimes, Catwoman is a hero. Other times, Catwoman is a villain. Batman is always caught between wanting to arrest her and wanting to make love to her.
First appearing in “Batman” #1 in 1940 as “the Cat,” Selina Kyle has evolved into one of his most formidable villains. Catwoman engages Batman in a chess game, with him trying to reform her while she uses him to pursue her own interests. Although she’s supposed to be an enemy of Batman, Catwoman has her own moral code that’s even led her to team up with Batman. She’s a gray area in Batman’s usually strict moral code by being a combination of good and evil. He’s attracted to her because she’s a female version of himself: a dark creature that prowls the night, straddling the line between right and wrong.
While we’re always rooting for Batman to find love, we know it’s more important for him to fight crime, which is why we love watching him pursue Catwoman and fight villains at the same time.
2. Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson
Of all the couples in comics, the relationship between Peter Parker (Spider-Man) and Mary Jane Watson seems to be one of the most popular. Unlike most superheroes whose relationship are on the sidelines, the romance between Parker and Watson is often the focus of the webslinger’s stories.
Watson was first mentioned in 1964’s “The Amazing Spider-Man” #15, where it became a running joke that Aunt May was trying to set Parker up with her. Parker constantly found ways to avoid her, and the reader never got to see her face until “The Amazing Spider-Man” #42. In that iconic moment, MJ turns and says, “Face it, tiger…you hit the jackpot!” Parker falls deeply for her, and so did the readers.
The two had a turbulent but deeply passionate romance. In 1987, “The Amazing Spider-Man Annual” #21 highlighted the wedding of Parker and Watson. Their marriage turned into one of the few bright spots in Spider-Man’s life. No matter how bad things got, he could always come home to her. That’s why it caused an uproar when the marriage was erased from history in 2007’s “One More Day.” We’re still hoping Marvel comes around and brings these two back together.
1. Superman and Lois Lane
By far, the most popular couple in comic book history is Superman and Lois Lane. She’s been an important part of the Superman mythos since their first appearances in “Action Comics” #1 in 1938. In work, Clark and Lois were rivals at the “Daily Planet,” but as Superman, he became Lane’s protector, always ready to leap in and rescue her.
The love triangle of Clark, Lois, and Superman has been a complex and ironic one. Over the years, she became increasingly attracted to Superman, ironically while sneering at the nerdy Clark Kent. The back and forth between the two has been a delight to fans for decades, even becoming the focus of the 1990s TV show, “Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.”
In the comics continuity, Lane eventually learned Superman’s secret identity. In “Superman” #50 (1990), Clark officially proposed and revealed himself as Superman. Despite Superman’s death in 1992, he came back to life and the two were officially married in 1996’s “Superman: The Wedding Album.” Their love story is part of what makes Superman great. She brings humanity to Superman, and he takes her places she’s never dreamed of.
6. Scott Summers and Jean Grey
As Cyclops and Marvel Girl, Scott Summers and Jean Grey both first appeared in “The X-Men” #1 in 1963, where they were students for Charles Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, along with Beast, Angel, and Iceman. Over time, Cyclops and Grey fell in love. But when Wolverine joined the team in “Giant-Sized X-Men” #1 in 1975, Grey’s heart was torn as she found herself attracted to Logan instead. The rivalry between Wolverine and Cyclops over Grey’s affections threatened to tear the team apart.
The biggest twist in their relationship came when Jean Grey sacrificed herself to pilot a crashing space shuttle. Cyclops was devastated, but she miraculously returned as the Phoenix in “Uncanny X-Men” #125 (1979). Alas, her god-like powers and possession by the Phoenix Force forced her (well, her duplicate) to commit suicide in “Uncanny X-Men” #137 (1980). Grey returned in a stunning twist, and her rocky relationship with Cyclops and Wolverine continued with Cyclops even marrying her in “X-Men” #30 (1994) before later dying again. It seems like death always comes between them.
Pimpf’s POV : Those are among my fave Characters from comic books : Reed and Sur are among the first official Marvel family, Bruce and Betty have always lived through hard times with their love and couple but love is there , Bruce and Selina too even though they not always appear on the same side they are really attracted to each other ( that kind of shows up well in Gotham TV show), Clark & Lois the perfect couple, even though she took some time to finally recognize Clark as Supes, they were meant for each other, as is for me Peter and Mary Jane, what a couple and what a mistake to set them apart.
And what could I say for two of my favourite heroes ? Scott and Jean/ Cyclops and Pheonix, they were always the good couple for me the one that finally has been and should had always been, I didn’t and don’t like what Marvel made with both characters, they twisted them too much, and probably don’t recognize myself in Marvel Stories since them… yes people get divorced, separated, etc… but it’s a damn comics something you refer to they were always the ones for me . they are still the ones that deserve to be the couple of the comics for me
Green Arrow was born in the Golden Age of Comics and returned to prominence in the Silver Age, but it wasn’t until the 1970s that the character found a compelling voice. More recently he became an unlikely television star — and eventually the elder statesman of The CW network’s shared superhero universe. Throughout it all he’s been written…
Green Arrow was born in the Golden Age of Comics and returned to prominence in the Silver Age, but it wasn’t until the 1970s that the character found a compelling voice. More recently he became an unlikely television star — and eventually the elder statesman of The CW network’s shared superhero universe.
Throughout it all he’s been written and drawn by some of comics’ greatest creators, and endured a few radical reinventions. The most famous one ended (arguably) almost 30 years ago, but it continues to inform the character. In fact, it’s only part of a pretty rich history. Since Green Arrow turns 75 this year, today we’ll consider how he got so far.
Green Arrow’s publishing history breaks down into a few big chunks. First is the combined Golden and Silver Age era which started with the character’s 1941 introduction and lasted through most of the 1960s. Next is the “activist” era of the 1970s and ’80s which began with the character’s late-1969 makeover. Finally (as far as big chunks go, that is) there’s the “grounded” era which the 1987 “Longbow Hunters” miniseries inaugurated. After that, various Green Arrow creative teams have tried to reinvigorate the character using combinations of earlier approaches.
Additionally, in recent years Green Arrow has been adapted twice for television — first as “Smallville’s” answer to Batman, and then as the star of “Arrow” — and was the subject of the unproduced “Supermax” film. The character also appeared (mostly in a supporting role) in a handful of animated series.
Certainly, “Arrow” has reached a lot more viewers than the current Green Arrow comics. However, as the current Rebirthed approach indicates, the activist Ollie Queen is still a powerful influence on the character, despite its roots in the late 1960s and its differences with the TV version. For that matter, both have come a long way from the original.
Mort Weisinger and George Papp created Green Arrow for “More Fun Comics” issue #73, cover-dated November 1941. Secretly rich playboy Oliver Queen — who taught himself archery while marooned on a tropical island — the character was a combination of Robin Hood and Batman. He had a sidekick (Speedy, a/k/a Roy Harper), was headquartered in an Arrowcave, and used trick arrows and various arrow-themed gadgets including an Arrowcar and Arrowplane. In the early days he was even summoned by an Arrowsignal.
(Speaking of which, the Batman villain Signalman once adopted another criminal identity, fighting the Dynamic Duo in 1961’s “Batman” #137 as the evil archer called the Blue Bowman. It doesn’t look like there’s been a Batman/Green Arrow team-up involving this, but the combination is certainly low-hanging fruit.)
Today we don’t focus a lot on Green Arrow’s Golden Age adventures, but back then he wasn’t very hard to find. Besides a 36-issue run in “More Fun” (issues #73-107, November 1941 to January-February 1946), he and Speedy appeared in “Leading Comics” issues #1-14 (Winter 1941-Spring 1945) as two of the Seven Soldiers of Victory. However, Green Arrow rolled into the Silver Age on the strength of long-running features in “World’s Finest Comics” and “Adventure Comics.” He was in 131 issues of “World’s Finest” (issues #7-134, 136, 138, and 140) spanning over 21 years (Fall 1942-March 1964). Likewise, he was in over 100 issues of “Adventure,” missing only #206 in a 10-year span from #158 to #269 (November 1950-February 1960). Even if they weren’t book-length stories, that’s almost 300 issues of comics over a 23-year period, which isn’t too shabby by any measure.
Probably this period’s most noteworthy set of stories came from 1958’s “Adventure” #250-56 and “World’s Finest” #96-99, written by Dick and Dave Wood and drawn by Jack Kirby. This was right after Kirby and Dave Wood had created the Challengers of the Unknown, and of course just a few years before Kirby and Stan Lee would create another adventurous quartet for the former Timely Comics. Nevertheless, most Green Arrow stories were written by Ed “France” Herron, one of the regular Batman writers. This probably didn’t help the character’s reputation as a Batman clone.
As of the early 1960s Green Arrow was starring only in the “World’s Finest Comics” feature, and that would end in 1964. Fortunately, by then the character had joined the Justice League in April-May 1961’s “Justice League of America” #4. He would go on to appear in 147 of the original series’ first 230 issues (i.e., prior to the Detroit League), even quitting in #181 and rejoining in #200. Good for him, because apart from the occasional guest appearance in books like “Action Comics” and “Teen Titans,” “Justice League” was pretty much Green Arrow’s only outlet for six years — from March 1964’s “World’s Finest” #140 to April 1970’s “Green Lantern” #76. While that kept the character visible, it didn’t allow for a lot of growth or development.
That all changed in 1969. In August-September 1969’s “The Brave and the Bold” #85, artist Neal Adams gave Ollie a distinctive new costume and some instantly-recognizable facial hair. Shortly thereafter, in November 1969’s “Justice League of America” #75, writer Denny O’Neil took away his fortune and replaced it with a more progressive perspective. Finally, when O’Neil and Adams revamped the struggling “Green Lantern” with April 1970’s issue #76, they brought in the Emerald Archer as a muckraking foil to Hal Jordan’s unassuming space-cop. As the two traveled across America, Green Arrow stood up for the impoverished and the forgotten, romanced Black Canary (Dinah Drake Lance, newly arrived from Earth-Two) and struggled to understand why Roy Harper would get hooked on heroin.
Although the O’Neil/Adams team made a splash with “Green Lantern’s” burst of social consciousness, that notoriety didn’t translate into sales, and the book was cancelled with issue #89 (April-May 1972). “Green Lantern” moved over to an 8-page backup feature in “The Flash,” which serialized the final O’Neil/Adams story. O’Neil stayed on to pen Green Lantern’s solo adventures, but Green Arrow moved on as well, showing up eventually in 18 issues’ worth of an occasional “Action Comics” backup feature (issues #421 to #458, February 1973-April 1976). When “Green Lantern” returned as a regular series in 1976, so did GA; this time drawn by O’Neil’s new artistic collaborator Mike Grell. Grell left after issue #100 (succeeded by Alex Saviuk) but the Green Lantern/Green Arrow partnership continued until January 1980’s issue #124.
Indeed, the Bronze Age was pretty good for Green Arrow generally. Besides co-starring in “Green Lantern” and appearing regularly in “Justice League,” GA once again scored a couple of long-running backup features. First, he returned to “World’s Finest” for 38 issues, spanning April-May 1977’s #244 through October 1982’s #284. Next, he moved to “Detective Comics” for a 44-issue stint, from December 1982’s issue #521 through October 1986’s #567. Along the way, DC published the first issue of the first solo Green Arrow comic, 1983’s 4-issue “Green Arrow” miniseries (written by Mike W. Barr and pencilled by Trevor Von Eeden).
The end of the “Detective” backups capped a run of 16-odd years for the character who’d been made over so famously in 1969-70. After 28 years as a middle-of-the-road crimefighter, Green Arrow certainly wasn’t unpopular; but the character was propelled him into the 1970s and ’80s by a real kick in the verdant pants. Adams’ redesigned costume emphasized Green Arrow’s athleticism, while the ubiquitous goatee conveyed a very with-it sensibility (if not sexuality). O’Neil then opened Ollie’s eyes — and, more importantly, his mouth — to the disillusionments of the 1960s and society’s anguished steps into the ’70s.
At its core, though, the “Green Arrow” feature still came down to standard superheroic fare. Even if the attitude had changed, the trick arrows hadn’t.
In a move that must have made the publishing gods chuckle, Green Arrow once again followed Batman’s lead. The 1987 miniseries “The Longbow Hunters,” written and drawn by Ollie’s old artist Mike Grell, was DC’s second miniseries in the new graphic-novel-esque Prestige Format. The first, of course, was “The Dark Knight Returns”; and like that watershed Batman story, “Longbow Hunters” retooled Green Arrow and Black Canary for the no-nonsense 1980s. Grell established that each of them were entering middle age (specifically, Ollie was turning 40), thereby allowing each a bit of self-examination. When it was all over they had moved to Seattle, Dinah had been kidnapped and tortured and lost her sonic scream; and Green Arrow had become a darker, more violent figure. The final O’Neil/Adams story (from those 1972 “Flash” backups) saw Ollie so distraught over an accidental killing that he retreated to a monastery; but “Longbow Hunters” blew past that, with Green Arrow using deadly force grimly against an increasingly-sinister class of criminal.
Grell followed “Longbow Hunters” with an 80-issue stint writing the first-ever “Green Arrow” ongoing series (pencilled by, among others, Ed Hannigan and Dan Jurgens). The book introduced longstanding supporting characters Shado and Eddie Fyers, and in many ways foreshadowed the “Arrow” TV show. Ollie abandoned trick arrows for the extra-pointy kind; he stopped wearing a mask in favor of a hooded costume; and he even stopped going by “Green Arrow.” For the most part, Grell treated Ollie and crew as if they were disconnected from the rest of the DC Universe. When the book crossed over, it was with similar titles like “The Question” (written by Denny O’Neil), a Bat-book, or the Native American hero called The Butcher. Moreover, when Ollie’s old buddy Hal Jordan stopped by, there was no ring-slinging to be had. About the wildest Grell’s run ever got was a crossover with his early-’70s creation The Warlord; and that was all but inevitable given the two characters’ similar grooming.
Chuck Dixon and Jim Aparo became “Green Arrow’s” regular creative team with February 1994’s issue #83. In addition to steering the book back towards a more superheroic feel, they also laid the groundwork for Ollie’s successor, his son Connor Hawke. Ollie died in a helicopter explosion in October 1995’s issue #101 (pencilled by Aparo’s successor Rodolfo Damaggio) and would stay dead for the next several years. Connor then teamed up with various Bat-characters and fellow successors Kyle Rayner and Wally West; and joined the Justice League. The series ended in 1998 on a sort of two-part tease. The last regular issue, October 1998’s issue #137, hinted strongly that Ollie would return; and the subsequent issue, a “DC One Million” tie-in, confirmed it.
Regardless, readers still had to wait over two years for the next volume of “Green Arrow.” Written by Kevin Smith (fresh off “Daredevil”), pencilled by Phil Hester and inked by Ande Parks, the first issue of the relaunched series was cover-dated April 2001. Ollie’s revival was the work of his old friend Hal Jordan, since transformed into the godlike Parallax. In fact, Hal’s actions suppressed Ollie’s memories of the “Longbow Hunters” era, effectively reinstalling the O’Neil/Adams version of his operating system. Smith, Hester and Parks’ run lasted 15 issues and introduced a new Speedy (Mia Dearden) and a new villain, Onomatopoeia. Brad Meltzer followed Smith with the 6-issue “The Archer’s Quest,” a trip into Golden and Silver Age iconography which guest-starred Roy “Arsenal” Harper and involved a Green Lantern ring.
After that “Green Arrow” settled into a comfortable groove with a decent variety of creative teams. It was cancelled in 2007 after 75 issues, in favor of a new “Green Arrow/Black Canary” series where the longtime lovers would finally get married. In turn, that series lasted 29 issues (December 2007-April 2010) before being relaunched again — without Black Canary — as part of 2010’s “Brightest Day” event.
Prior to that, though, the 2009-10 miniseries “Justice League: Cry For Justice” toyed with the idea of a splinter League, led by Hal Jordan and Ollie Queen, which would take up the familiar “proactive crimefighting” trope. The miniseries (written by incoming “JLA” writer James Robinson and painted by Mauro Coscioli) was received poorly, in no small part because it ended with a) the death of Roy Harper’s adolescent daughter, b) the destruction of a major DC city, and c) Ollie’s lethal retribution on Prometheus, the villain involved. Also, the dialogue often felt forced, the art was stiff, and once again Roy Harper was made to suffer. The “Brightest Day” relaunch was therefore designed to give Ollie some closure and/or redemption in the wake of “CFJ.” (Roy got his closure, or something meant to approximate it, in the infamous “Rise of Arsenal” miniseries.)
If it weren’t for DC’s 2011 line-wide relaunch, fans might still be trying to chart Ollie’s development from generic crimefighter to big-hearted liberal to deadly urban avenger, and back again. Nevertheless, writer J.T. Krul, penciller Dan Jurgens and inker George Pérez rebuilt Ollie from the ground up, restoring his fortune and giving him a television-esque support staff a year before The CW’s “Arrow.” The New 52’s “Green Arrow” was basically an updated version of the Golden Age original, with high-tech equipment and little in the way of progressive bromides (or, for that matter, facial hair).
Perhaps it was too different, because this version didn’t last. After a few issues, Keith Giffen had replaced Krul and Ray McCarthy had replaced Pérez, and the creative-team turnover didn’t stop there. Ann Nocenti was the regular writer from issues #7-16 (with Judd Winick writing the flashback issue #0), and her artistic collaborators included Harvey Talibao and Freddie Williams II. Ultimately, in issue #17 writer Jeff Lemire and artist Andrea Sorrentino killed off the support staff and sent Ollie on a globetrotting quest, battling weapons-themed clans of martial artists and assembling a team of “Outsiders.”
Despite all these weighty storylines, this Green Arrow was still younger than readers had seen in a while (if ever). He joined the New 52’s Justice League of America — emphasis on the “America,” to distinguish it from the A-list Justice League — and later helped form Justice League United. In both instances he was an easygoing teammate, trading quips with the likes of Stargirl, Animal Man and Adam Strange.
However, when “Rebirth” came along this version of Green Arrow grew a goatee and had his consciousness expanded, once again making him more like O’Neil and Adams’ world-weary liberal.
Looking back on 75 years’ worth of Green Arrow is instructive. For one thing, it puts that 1969-70 makeover in perspective. Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams may have been Green Arrow’s two most influential creators, but they only worked on the character together for about a year; and O’Neil’s time with Ollie on the revived “Green Lantern” only lasted about another four years. The extended “Adams suit” era spanned about 17 years, from late 1969 to 1987; but that was almost thirty years ago. Although the 2001 revival (and subsequent series) downplayed the grittier “Longbow Hunters” era in favor of the O’Neil/Adams version, the “Arrow” TV series takes its cues more from the Grell- and Dixon-written series (not to mention the Christopher Nolan Batman movies) than it does from O’Neil/Adams.
To be sure, there’s a live-action or animated Green Arrow for every era’s fans. Besides “Arrow’s” grudging acceptance of superheroics, there’s “Smallville’s” more upbeat interpretation, “Justice League Unlimited’s” take on O’Neil/Adams, and the Silver Age excesses of “Batman: The Brave and the Bold.” While each is clearly distinct from the other, none seems overly at odds with the character’s comics background.
Still, it’s easy to forget — particularly for a DC lifer like me — that despite the staying power of the O’Neil/Adams makeover, it’s not necessarily the be-all and end-all of Green Arrow. Unlike O’Neil and Adams’ Batman revitalization (also in late 1969), it didn’t go back to the character’s Golden Age origins. Instead, it uncoupled Green Arrow from one of the main elements he shared with Batman, and replaced it with a clear authorial voice. Mike Grell did much the same with “The Longbow Hunters,” just changing Ollie’s perspective to fit Grell’s particular approach. If you put the initial “O’Neil/Adams era” of the ’70s and ’80s together with its revival in 2001-11, the resulting 27-odd years almost equal the character’s relatively-bland Golden and Silver Age eras (1941-69). That leaves about 13 years’ worth of Grell and Dixon-written stories (1987-2000), plus the past five years of New 52 and Rebirth series (2011-16).
It all adds up to a character with some pretty decent potential, whether as a straight-up superhero, an outspoken crusader, or a gritty urban warrior. While he doesn’t have the unbroken publication history of DC’s Trinity, over the past 75 years Green Arrow has never really gone away. Instead, he’s proved pretty adaptable, even if he sometimes he comes across as a relic from a more rough-hewn time. That’s entirely appropriate for a self-taught survivalist, don’t you think?
The post Archery, Activism, Anniversary: Celebrating 75 Years Of Green Arrowappeared first on CBR.com.
Le réalisateur d’Avengers a changé d’avis.
De ses débuts sur la série Buffy contre les vampires à la saga Avengers en passant par Dollhouse, Joss Whedon a beaucoup contribué en terme de fictions fantastiques pour adolescents. Alors qu’il avait toujours affirmé ne pas vouloir travailler sur la saga Star Wars, le réalisateur américain a récemment changé d’avis après avoir découvert la bande-annonce finale de Rogue One, spin-off de la saga intergalactique initiée par George Lucas. Au micro de Complexe, il témoigne : « Au début je doutais sérieusement de l’intérêt de réaliser un film Star Wars. Mais depuis que j’ai vu la bande-annonce de Rogue One j’ai complètement revu mon jugement. J’ai très envie de le faire mais pas juste pour avoir mon nom sur un gros film, pour faire un film Star Wars. »
On comprend alors que Whedon a déjà dû avoir des propositions dans le passé de la part de producteurs pour réaliser un épisode de la saga mais qu’il ne voulait probablement pas être impliqué dans une grande production qui nécessite un engagement à long terme. Mais depuis que Disney et Lucasfilm se sont lancé dans la production de spins-off au rythme d’un film tous les deux ans, le réalisateur d’Avengers se sent prêt à mettre en scène un film Star Wars à la seule condition de ne pas s’engager sur des suites. Que Whedon se rassure, jusqu’à ce jour, seul George Lucas a réalisé plusieurs épisodes de sa saga, les autres réalisateurs n’ayant été embauchés que pour un seul film.
Depuis que l’on sait que Chris Miller et Phil Lord ont décroché le poste de réalisateur pour le film sur Han Solo attendu pour 2018 avec Alden Ehrenreich (Sublimes créatures) dans le rôle-titre, il ne reste plus qu’un créneau de libre pour Joss Whedon en 2020 sur le film « Anthology » de la saga dont nous n’avons pour le moment aucune information concrète.
En attendant d’en savoir plus sur l’éventuelle participation de Joss Whedonsur un film Star Wars, rappelons que Rogue One : A Star Wars Story de Gareth Edwards est attendu le 14 décembre dans les salles de cinéma françaises.
Clap de fin pour le tournage de Justice League. Sur Instagram, Ben Affleck (Batman) et Aquaman (Jason Momoa) ont célébré la nouvelle, pour le plus grand plaisir des fans. Ne manquent plus maintenant que le montage et de prochaines bandes-annonces, après le premier trailer dévoilé pendant le Comic Con de San Diego. En attendant, on peut récolter les quelques indices des rares interviews ou photos des protagonistes pour imaginer ce que pourrait donner ce premier film qui va mettre en scène la plus célèbre équipe de DC Comics.
Il n’y a pas de doutes, Justice League va envoyer du lourd. D’abord parce qu’il va permettre de découvrir Aquaman, Cyborg et Flash au cinéma, de réconcilier (on l’espère) les fans avec les films DC Comics (à la suite du succès mitigé de Suicide Squad) et de permettre à Batman, Superman et Wonder Woman de poursuivre leurs aventures dans l’arc narratif de DC, après Batman V Superman. Vous l’aurez compris, Justice League a tout pour séduire le public, qu’il soit familier ou un peu moins avec l’univers. Petit aperçu de ce qui pourrait nous attendre dans les salles obscures, le 17 novembre prochain pour la première partie.
1. Le film sera à la suite de « Batman V Superman »
La fin de Batman V Superman nous aidait clairement à comprendre que Justice League se situerait quelques temps après. Superman disparu, Bruce Wayne et Wonder Woman vont recruter une équipe de méta-humains pour combattre une menace bien plus dangereuse que Doomsday. Par ailleurs, Bruce Wayne/Batman a changé d’état d’esprit. Après avoir passé les trois-quarts deBatman V Superman à détester le Kryptonien, il perpétue maintenant son souvenir en saluant son courage et a même regagné foi en l’humanité. Il faudra donc s’attendre à une nouvelle version du Chevalier Noir : toujours fatigué par ses années de super-héros, mais avec moins de rêves et d’espoirs brisés.
2. Le retour de Superman
Qui pensait vraiment que Superman est mort ? Henry Cavill son interprète est bien au casting de Justice League et il a d’ailleurs été aperçu de nombreuses fois sur les lieux de tournage. Une question demeure : comment va-t-il ressusciter ? L’acteur aurait teasé une partie de la réponse en dévoilant le nouveau costume du Kryptonien sur Instagram. Il s’agirait du Solar Suit, la même tenue qu’endosse notre héros dans les comics La Mort de Superman après sa résurrection. Cette tenue de combat kryptonienne lui permet d’absorber les rayons du soleil (Solar) pour lui permettre de rester en forme. Car oui, Superman a beau être Superman, revenir d’entre les morts ce n’est pas anodin.
3. Les premières apparitions de Flash, Cyborg et Aquaman
Ce sera l’une des cerises sur le gâteau. Si on a eu trois caméos un peu décevants du trio dans Batman V Superman,Justice League va permettre d’en savoir plus sur leurs origines, leurs pouvoirs et leurs arrivées dans la League. On peut compter sur Bruce Wayne et Diana Prince pour parcourir le monde (et les océans) à la recherche des ces méta-humains. Le trailer a dévoilé que la première rencontre avec Aquaman sera musclée, et plus fun avec Barry Allen/ The Flash. Reste à savoir comment Cyborg va rejoindre l’équipe. Probablement grâce à Diana Spencer, si Bruce Wayne échoue (aux premiers abords) comme avec Aquaman.
4. Une plongée dans Atlantis
Préparez-vous à une immersion dans les fonds marins. Aquaman, dieu des océans et de la cité d’Atlantis, au côté de Mera, son épouse. Selon le site Movie Pilot, Aquaman est capital dans la League. Ses ancêtres ont en effet enterré une étrange boîte qui renfermerait la solution à la menace du film. « Flashback is coming » pour nous dévoiler l‘histoire des premiers habitants d’Atlantis. Il se murmure que deux autres boîtes du même acabit ont été données aux ancêtres des Amazones (coucou Wonder Woman) et des Humains.
5. Une énorme baston
C’est bien évidemment le point culminant du film : lorsque la Justice League va venir à bout (ou non) du ou des grands méchants de l’histoire. Il y aura sans doute au début des scènes coups de poings où Batman et Wonder Woman affronteront la menace, avant de faire appel aux méta-humains en renforts pour une baston de compétition. Les rumeurs vont bon train sur cette menace. Il pourrait s’agir de Darkseid, dont l’ombre est présente dans les cauchemars de Bruce Wayne dans Batman V Superman, ou son oncle Steppenwolf, ou bien encore Lex Luthor avec un « monstre » dont il a le secret après Doomsday.
6. Flash, la caution « LOL » du film
Le premier trailer nous a donné un aperçu de Barry Allen, boute-en-train comparé au « violent » Aquaman et au personnage plus « dark » de Cyborg. Lors de sa rencontre avec Bruce Wayne, Barry Allen reste calme et distille balance des vannes. Alors que le nom du millionnaire devrait imposer le respect, le jeune homme rétorque simplement que ce n’est pas une raison pour entrer par infraction chez lui s’asseoir sur sa « deuxième chaise préférée ». Idem, lorsqu’il attrape au vol l’une des armes du Chevalier Noir. Le ton est donné, et ça fait du bien un peu d’humour dans cette première partie du film qu s’annonce plus sombre que Batman V Superman.
7. Un nouveau costume pour Batman
L’info vient de Ben Affleck himself ! « Il y a deux costumes de Batman dans Justice League. Le premier, vous l’avez vu dans Batman V Superman, l’autre il doit le doit porter à cause de la mission de Justice League, donc je ne peux pas en dire plus », a-t-il déclaré lors d’un entretien avec Extra. Il s’agit du « Tactical suit », dévoilé ensuite par Zack Snyder, le réalisateur du film. Certains diront que le costume ressemble un peu à celui de Christian Bale dans The Dark Knight Rises. Le costume allie de nouveaux toutes les technologies possibles pour permettre à Batman d’être intouchable.
Doctor Strange fait partie intégrante de l’univers Marvel, et n’est pas dénué de liens avec les Avengers. Une supposition confirmée de façon plutôt stylée dans un nouveau spot TV.
On y est presque : dans moins de trois semaines, le 20 octobre 2016 très précisément, Stephen Strange débarquera dans les salles obscures. Marvel Studios commence à nous abreuver de spots TV, dont un teasant peut-être une Gemme de l’Infini dans Doctor Strange. Pour l’heure, toutes les vidéos et images dévoilées autour du film se concentraient sur le Maître des Arts Mystiques (et c’est bien normal, puisque c’est quand même lui le personnage principal). Mais, les lecteurs de comics en savent quelque chose, tout est connecté dans l’univers de Marvel, et le cinéma n’y fait pas exception. C’est ainsi que nous découvrons aujourd’hui en ligne un nouveau spot TV, intitulé Our Heroes Are Getting Strange. Littéralement,« Nos héros deviennent étranges ». Vous l’aurez deviné, les Avengers ne sont sans doute pas très loin. Peut-être même se sont-ils eux aussi laissé gagner par l’atmosphère mystique que nous promet le film Doctor Strange…
Avis Pimpf : en plus des quelques vidéos qui circulent , j’ai même une bonne indication, lisez quelques uns des récits comics des Avengers et vous pourrez y croiser le Docteur Stephen Strange , ça sera plus élaboré que dans les vidéos ou dans un cameo eventuel du film 🙂