Sunday, June 19, 2011

Why Green Lantern?


Besides the fact that there’s this movie coming out that happens to be called Green Lantern?

Could it be that each one is responsible for keeping watch over a vast region of the entire universe, opening up wide array of possible stories to be told amongst the backdrop of outer space itself?

Perhaps it’s that each Green Lantern is specifically chosen to join the corps, rather than getting their powers from having super-genetics or randomly being at the right scientific accident at the right time, leaving readers more free to imagine what might happen if they were possibly chosen to be part of this intergalactic police unit?

Might it be the vast array of aliens who are on the same team as the human Green Lanterns, from the tiny Bzzd, to the non-socializing Mogo, to the four-armed administrative Salaak, to the countless others from over the years?

Maybe it’s that each ring is limited only by its users willpower and imagination, allowing a wide variety of applications and creative energy constructs?

Though, perhaps this last one is part of the reason that so many of the tenured Though Balloons writers listed Green Lantern as the character they most fear having to write. Which is ironic, considering that one of the standout features of any Corps member is either the ability to be fearless or otherwise overcome great fear.

So here it is, ya poozers - a chance for you who fear having to write such a character to step up to the plate and overcome your fear. Because once you do that, any other character you might have to write should be easy. Or, if you happen to be a play-at-home writer, here’s what could be an easy opportunity for you to try to upstage the Thought Balloons regulars.

As much as I'd like to say otherwise, this week is Hal Jordan specifically, to go with the movie. It makes the task more difficult, but also means the rewards for pulling off a good script should be all that much greater.

Now lets put on those rings and write some pages!

12 comments:

  1. Awesome. Tremble, Marvelites. :P

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  2. Alright, guys. I’m going away for about two months, and I might or might not have internet access. If I do, I’ll be sure to post, but signs point to no. So this might be my last contribution for a while. Without further ado, I present:

    Green Lantern After-School Special

    Four Panels. Three in one row and the fourth as a half-splash.

    Panel 1: GUY GARDNER leans against a wall in the closest thing Oa has to an alley, arms crossed, looking like a street tough—in his Green Lantern outfit.

    GUY: C’mon Hal. Give it a chance. All the Honor Guard are doing it.

    Panel 2: Front view of HAL, who stands opposite of GUY, looking uncomfortable.

    HAL: I don’t know, Guy. Ganthet said that my body should be a temple.

    Panel 3: Side view of GUY, partially shadowed. He’s wagging his finger at Hal, preaching to him.

    GUY: Stop flying on the straight and narrow, man. The limits of our rings are defined by our will and our imagination, right? Well, you got plenty of will.

    Panel 4: Same front view of Hal, but he’s recoiled in a mix of fear and disgust. In an ultra-cheesy move, Guy’s hand extends toward him from our point of view. In his palm sits a tab of LSD.

    GUY: Let’s get to work on expanding that imagination.

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  3. Aryeh - HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. I wish DC comics did this right now in every comic. Maybe just for one month. This is hilarious in a very cheesy after school special way. Hal is a jerk, I knew it.

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  4. The one problem I could see with that script is that it might have the potential to encourage people to use LSD rather than convincing them not to use it. Though I'm assuming there's another page that would go with it that gives the other half of the story.

    Otherwise, I like it.

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  5. @MK: Maybe Hal has a bad trip, which causes him to freak out and trash Oa until some members of the Corps manage to talk him through it. Probably Kilowog.

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  6. @Aryeh - Of all the ways to use a power ring, on drugs is one that I had never considered. However, I would really like someone writing that. I think it would be a ton of fun.

    Also, Guy's line at the end is golden.

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  7. Aryeh - loved this, although Guy's dialogue didn't really fit with my memories of the character. That said, I'm only really familiar with him from JLI, so Johns et al. might have been writing him differently.

    Don't stay away too long, we'll miss you!

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  8. I know I haven't been playing for a while, but I couldn't resist Green Lantern week. All critiques are welcome.

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    “Green Lantern: Will”– script by Ivan Antonio


    Context: It fits in right now, either pre or post-Flashpoint, since GL books aren’t being rebooted. This is a follow-up on a dangling plot in the GL books, in which Sinestro and Atrocitus have vowed to unite against the Green Lanterns once Blackest Night was over. GL fans also know that the presence of both Sinestro and Atrocitus mirrors Hal’s first few days as Green Lantern, working as sort of bookends, since as far as those two are concerned this is Hal’s last day as GL (and last day, period).

    This page has 4 panels. 1st panel is a widescreen panel, 2nd panel takes most of the page, big right in the middle. 3rd and 4th panels are both half of the 1st panel’s length.

    Panel 1. Establishing shot. From a bird’s-eye perspective, we see one of Coast City’s avenues, being torn apart by huge yellow and red energy blasts, side by side. They’re both hitting a green spot of light. This is far enough that our characters (Hal, Sinestro and Atrocitus) are just barely recognizable, and it’s the color of their auras that tells us who’s who here. Fill the background with buildings, cars and fleeing people as you see fit.

    CAPTION - GL (COLORED GREEN): TOOK THEM LONG ENOUGH.

    Panel 2. Worm’s-eye view. Here we see Sinestro and Atrocitus from Hal Jordan’s P.O.V. He’s lying on the ground, we only see the back of his head (and thin glowing green aura). Sinestro and Atrocitus hover above him. Sinestro is looking his usually smug, confident self. Atrocitus is ready to strike, can barely contain himself. Puking blood and all that.

    SINESTRO: YOU’VE BEEN A…DECENT ALLY WHEN NECESSARY, JORDAN. KNOW, AS YOU PERISH, THAT I DON’T COMPLETELY DESPISE YOU.

    ATROCITUS: YOU’LL BE A FINE APPETIZER BEFORE I GORGE IN GUARDIAN BONE MARROW.

    CAPTION – GL (COLORED GREEN): THIS HAS BEEN COMING A LONG TIME. I HAVE A DISTRESS CALL FROM OA ON HOLD. MY JLA COMMUNICATOR IS DEAD. THEY PLANNED TO THE SMALLEST DETAILS.

    Panel 3. Close-up on Hal’s face. Confident smirk.
    SINESTRO (OFF-PANEL): YOUR FRIENDS WON’T COME.

    CAPTION – GL (COLORED GREEN): LOOKS LIKE I’LL HAVE TO IMPROV…

    GREEN LANTERN: THAT’S OKAY.

    Panel 4. Extreme close-up on Hal’s clenched fist. His ring is sparking.

    GREEN LANTERN: I’VE ALWAYS LIKED TO WORK WITH WHAT I HAVE HANDY.

    CAPTION – GL (COLORED GREEN): …AND I’M NOT ABOVE PUNS.

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  9. Ivan - not a bad script. However, I'd drop the last pun line, it breaks the stern tone of the piece. I also don't know why Hal interrupts his own caption.

    Apart from those niggles, this is a tight page. You break the action down well. I want to know what he'll do next. He's going to create his own Justice League with his ring, isn't he?

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  10. Thanks Ryan. Yeah, of the 2h it took me to write this (from concept to finish), those last few lines took about 30 min., and still I don't think it looks just the way I wanted. I considered having Hal spout some bravado in the final panels (something about how emotions are nothing without willpower, maybe), but I wanted to have Hal show confidence in a less cliched manner and I landed right in a sea of cheese. Oh well.

    Thanks for the compliments. Ever since I started my art lessons I've been trying to think visually with my writing.

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