Friday, August 6, 2010

SPOILER ALERT - THIS Major DC Comics Superhero Will Become White Lantern

DC Comics has a history of letting the advertisements for their related merchandise spoil the stories in the comic books themselves.  If you remember, many people first learned that Martian Manhunter J'onn J'onnz was going to become a Black Lantern because of the ad for his action figure put out by DC Direct.

Well, they've done it again.  This time its the folks at Heroclix, who put out some teasers for their new line celebrating DC Comics 75th Anniversary.  Heroclix has really done a tremedous job in capitalizing on the Blackest Night and Brightest Day events by releasing sets very quickly. 

So who is set to become a White Lantern?  The answer is Oliver Queen, the Green Arrow. 

Now Green Arrow was a White Lantern for a couple of pages in Blackest Night as well, and while that was a cool moment, I don't think that moment alone gets you a heroclix, but maybe I'm wrong.

What I do know is that at the end of the most recent issue of Green Arrow, we see Oliver Queen laying on the ground near the tree with the White Lantern Symbol. He also coincidently has an arrow shot directly through his skull. That's hard to recover from, even if you have a good health care plan.

So, right now he is dead, but I don't really think he's going to stay that way?  Do you?

So instead you bring back Green Arrow in the next issue -- as a White Lantern.

Is this yet another case of the tail wagging the dog, and scooping the story with related merchandise advertising?  Seems like it to me.  This doesn't seem like a hard problem to solve, but it seems that DC Comics is having a very hard time figuring it out lately.  Hopefully that changes soon.


  1. To be fair, Green Arrow had a white ring briefly at the end of Blackest Night, this could be a figure related to that.

  2. While that's true, he also died in the last issue of Green Arrow right in front of the tree with the white lantern symbol on it. He's coming back.

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