Over at The Void I've published my review of the disappointing Green Lantern.
In a Marvel dominated 2011, DC had just one hope this year: Green Lantern. Perhaps not as well known as Batman, Superman, or the X-Men, but an old fan favourite and a character with a great history of superb stories to choose from; intelligent plots, multilayered characters, and traditional fights between good and evil.
In many cases it is unfair to compare the original comics with the film adaptation, but it is perhaps inevitable when a movie so spectacularly wastes its rich source material. At a cost of £200 million, Green Lantern manages to disappoint even the lowest expectations, particularly in comparison to the wonderful, and perhaps equally difficult to realise, Thor. There is only one possible explanation: this is in fact a children’s movie.
One of the most frequently asked questions I get in my job as a bookseller who specialises in, amongst other things, graphic novels is “where do I start?”. Well okay, that's the question most frequently asked after we've established that yes I'm a woman, yes I read comics, yes I've actually read all of these ones behind me.
As we settle down to a monster year of comic book films coming to our cinemas, let's have a look at an ultimate guide for beginners to the stars of the year: Thor, The X-Men, Green Lantern, Captain America, Conan, and Judge Dredd. Heck, I'll even throw in a little Priest, Cowboys & Aliens, and Tintin for you.