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Old 02-13-2018, 05:36 PM   #1
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Default "Green Lantern: Legacy"... a new GL? Say what?



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Is this real? Surely not canon... right?
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Old 02-13-2018, 05:49 PM   #2
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I hope that kid isn't written as surly as he looks there.

I doubt this is part of the standard DCU canon. But who knows? Weirder things have happened.
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Old 02-13-2018, 09:51 PM   #3
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Ugh. Just what the crumbling GL franchiae needs...more dilution.
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Old 02-13-2018, 10:10 PM   #4
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It's for the DC INK kids line, calm down old guys it's not for you
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Old 02-13-2018, 10:12 PM   #5
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It's for the DC INK kids line, calm down old guys it's not for you
Well, I'm old, and I'm hoping it is for me (or rather I'm hoping it is a GL comic that I'll be able to successfully share with my kids). I just really don't want a comic where the main character is a surly teen.
I miss the GL Animated Series comic.
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Old 02-13-2018, 10:19 PM   #6
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What kind of crazy talk is THAT?!?! It's ALL about me and other 40+ years old men!!!
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Old 02-13-2018, 10:55 PM   #7
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Whether for kids or not, this just isn't a good idea for the overall franchise. All that's going to happen is that DC will confuse and disappoint children who read (and like) this when/if they find out this character is out of canon in the main universe. Believe me, I've been in a somewhat similar spot.

And yet, if the main universe uses the character, it will further divide the fanbase and destroy the franchise. It's gotten to the point where it's comical just how much DC is destroying the Green Lantern franchise.

Also, is this character meant to be an east Asian? If so, this is not great "diversity" when the character is just another copy of a white hero, and will ultimately be subservient to Mr. White Man in the franchise. Try making an East Asian character that fans of that character can call THEIR OWN, and won't have to squabble with other fans over spotlight for their character. In the long run, that is MUCH better, even if it may be more challenging. What's done here is not only damaging to Green Lantern, but just lazy, especially after how many times DC has done it with Green Lantern.

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Old 02-13-2018, 11:06 PM   #8
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Where's Kid Lantern? He's been crying for this for a decade.
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I'm super excited for DC books I can actually read with my kid. At first glance he's looking forward to the book that showed Capt. Marvel and Hawkgirl.

Following the link though, the pitch isn't the greatest. Buuuuut.... this is for the kids so who am I to bitch about it. My son's favorite GL is Kilowog anyway LOL

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^When I was a kid I would've dug the idea that a kid could wield a power ring. It would've felt just a little closer; instead of "one day, that 'could' happen to me" it would be "that 'could' happen to me!"
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Old 02-14-2018, 03:42 AM   #11
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It's for the DC INK kids line, calm down old guys it's not for you
DC's 2 new imprints sound like good business strategy. Now a youngster can jump in without being confused by DC's massive history and the 2 big continuity shifts of he last 7 years. I'll probably give it a glance, although a kid finding a ring instead of being selected and trained by the GLC doesn't sound appealing to me. Still, I'm glad DC is trying to attract new readers to the GL mythos.
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Whether for kids or not, this just isn't a good idea for the overall franchise. All that's going to happen is that DC will confuse and disappoint children who read (and like) this when/if they find out this character is out of canon in the main universe. . .
I don't know. I remember as a kid being confused why the Superman movies didn't seem to jive with the comics, but it didn't turn me off to either. It just made me want to find out more (a similar situation arose with Marvel's What If series in my early collecting). GL Animated had a different continuity, but it worked. I think in most cases if kids don't figure out the canonicity, they just absorb what they can and if they do, they choose which they prefer.
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DC's new imprints are going to have to stick to their guns and pick one or the other though [a new universe with changes or something like a dumbed down mainstream universe]. You can't have Baz hanging with heroes on a roof and then introduce a new Lantern who's only ties to the GLC is his dead grandmother.

HJ & the GLC is one of the few comics I can actually let my son read. Since his favorite Lantern is Kilowog he's left wondering why the rest of the Corps is taking a backseat to four humans. He quite literally said to me the other day... "I don't care about Kyle Rayner's suit daddy, where's the 'Wog? He IS the GLC..."

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I don't know. I remember as a kid being confused why the Superman movies didn't seem to jive with the comics, but it didn't turn me off to either. It just made me want to find out more (a similar situation arose with Marvel's What If series in my early collecting). GL Animated had a different continuity, but it worked. I think in most cases if kids don't figure out the canonicity, they just absorb what they can and if they do, they choose which they prefer.
There's something alluring about being on the ground floor of a story. I remember noting the continuity differences between the Masters of the Universe mini-comics that came with the figures and the animated show. When Marvel launched a MotU title under their Star Imprint (which was aimed at kids), I was still excited to take another ride with a familiar cast of characters.
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Yeah, I don't have any problem with this being a different continuity, since I'm looking forward to possibly sharing it with my kids, and they are never going to be reading the current GL titles anyway. We all enjoyed the GL Animated comic, and that was a separate continuity, too.

I just wonder about how being a GL works in this comic. I mean, if his grandmother was part of the GLC, I would've expected her ring to be sent to a new candidate selected by whatever criteria the Corps is using, not passed on to a grandson who didn't even know she was a GL. I always figured that the reason we never had a teen GL before when so many other heroes had teen versions was that it was merit-based, so a teen would have to be truly extraordinary to be the best candidate over competing adults (some of whom would have been extraordinary teens a few years back who have now gained more experience and skills). This kid doesn't sound like he fits THAT mold (though we have few details, admittedly), so how he ends up with the ring will hopefully be an interesting story, more elaborate than "He happened to get his grandmother's ring".
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...I always figured that the reason we never had a teen GL before ...
Well, you could say Arisia was one (and she did get it because of her pedigree). And right now there's a kid GL in Hal Jordan and the GLC.
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Well, you could say Arisia was one (and she did get it because of her pedigree). And right now there's a kid GL in Hal Jordan and the GLC.
I guess I meant a teen human GL. I figured that aliens could plausibly be different enough that a teen GL would make sense (and Arisia was actually prepared to be a GL by her family, IIRC, so in that case it makes it even more plausible).

I forgot about the HJ&tGLC one. In fact my recollection of it is still vague at best. I only just remembered that was a thing when you mentioned it.
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...I forgot about the HJ&tGLC one. In fact my recollection of it is still vague at best. I only just remembered that was a thing when you mentioned it.
Well, she's an alien too. I don't even remember a backstory for her. It's like she just appeared recently.
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I did always imagine a kid lantern when I was younger, and what that would be like. "Go kid, go green powers!" Not sure I'll be reading this comic, but I see no issue with introducing another Green Lantern, as long as it's non-continuity, mind you.
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I always just thought there were some exceptional teens in the world we live in as well as the DCU and sooner or later a teen would get a Lantern's ring in some way. Even if it was getting deputized by a GL short term with a duplicate ring. Tim Drake, pre New52, is exactly the type of teen in the DCU I could see getting a ring.

There's also just plucking one from another Earth in the Multiverse. I think that was the angle I used in an old fanfic. Like the younger twin GL's in the Circle of Fire series, he was a member of the Teen Lantern Corps on his Earth...

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Well, I'm glad I wasn't the only kid fantasizing about how to become a superhero without growing up.
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Well, I'm glad I wasn't the only kid fantasizing about how to become a superhero without growing up.
I'm sure most of us who read comics at 8 were imagining the exact same thing. Lol!
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How are kids going to buy comics when adults can't afford them?
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How are kids going to buy comics when adults can't afford them?
That is a shame. I remember going to an LCS with my allowance and being able to get multiple comics.
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That is a shame. I remember going to an LCS with my allowance and being able to get multiple comics.
And in this case, my understanding was that this wasn't even going to be released as individual issues, but rather in a longer TPB form. So even further out of the price range of a kid browsing the shelves...

Kind of reminds me of the situation with action figures. When I was a kid, I could realistically amass a sizable collection of Star Wars figures using (at least in part) the money I got for doing chores for my parents. Even the smaller Star Wars figures these days are more than $10 a pop, it seems. I don't know what other families pay their kids, but MINE couldn't afford a big collection (assuming they wanted one), and I know I couldn't afford to do what my parents would sometimes do for us, namely buying up the new figs as we found them, and letting us buy them from them.

The only one that seems to be legitimately making action figures for kids these days are Fisher-Price. I've bought a ton of DC Superhero stuff for my kids from the Imaginext line over the years. They sell two-packs for less than a single fig costs in other lines.

Heck, even the retro action figures I see sometimes, with old-school packaging and low-detail molds with minimal articulation, based on various nostalgia-inducing properties, are CLEARLY targeting adults, with prices that rival the newer, more detailed figs.

So yeah, when I saw this new line at first I thought, "Hey! It is great that it seems like DC might finally be courting the younger demographic that they NEED to get interested if they want long-term viability", but content is only part of the equation. Kids need to be able to afford this stuff for it to make a difference.
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