Anime, Cartoons, Comics! Plight Vol. 2, No. 4: JUST LIVING IN THE DATABASE, WOW WOW!

Wait...you mean it's already time for me to do Plight? Well, time sure does fly fast! In that case, let's get to it!

Featured Comic: Green Lantern (Geoff Johns' run)

Don't read comics? Do you know who Green Lantern is? Ignoring the awful movie (LAHLAHLAHTHATDIDN'THAPPENLAHLAH) you probably owe that to Geoff Johns. While he didn't create the character, he is the man that revived the character, both in-story, and in the minds of the people. He is the man that defined who Green Lantern is today. And his run on the title, is in my opinion, the best run on Green Lantern ever. And with how much he has done for the character, that is no hyperbole. Starting in Green Lantern: Rebirth #1, and ending in Green Lantern (vol. 3) #20, Johns' run defined the character and everything around him for years to come. Bringing the corps back to relevance was no easy task, as they had been quite literally obliterated years ago, when Hal Jordan went insane and killed his fellow corpsmen. So, how do you go back (or forward) from that?

Well, that is where Rebirth comes in. This is the series that redeemed the character, and rebooted the corps. Not only did it give us the return of Hal Jordan as Earth's Green Lantern, but it also gave us a return to prominence to Sector 2814's other Green Lanterns. Hal Jordan, John Stewart, Guy Gardner and Kyle Rayner all shared a spotlight in the DCU's cosmic side for years on. Green Lantern grew to a level of popularity that the character had never seen before, and the mythos also expanded with the release of Secret Origin, a modern retelling of Hal Jordan's superhero career. With the help of Pete Tomasi (Green Lantern Corps), The Sinestro Corps War was the even that not only introduced a first of other many corps that the GLs would encounter, but it settled Green Lantern at the forefront of the DCU. The Sinestro Corps War was an event with a massive scope, featuring threats such as the Anti-Monitor, Superboy-Prime, Parallax, and of course...Sinestro himself. Many years would pass, and many stories would be written, and the Green Lantern universe kept expanding. It was as they had never left. Not only that, but now there were many more lights in the sky. In the dawn of the Blackest Night, many other corps would show their faces for the first time. Encompassing the entire visual spectrum, and each one representing a different part of the emotional spectrum, the other Light Corps would soon have to unite themselves, like it or not, to face a threat like no other when the Blackest Night fell.

Raising the dead from the entire universe and beyond, the Black Lantern Corps where undoubtedly the largest threat the Green Lanterns had ever faced. So much, that the entire DCU got tied up on it. But our heroes were able to surpass this challenge, and now, with a temporary truce, the leaders of the corps would set on a journey to find the Entities of the Emotional Spectrum, and find out just what exactly the mysteries of the White Light and the Brightest Day were.

Believe it or not, I am skipping over so many stuff in this description...there is just so much to cover! Anyway, the GL universe would grow even larger, and there was even one more title adde to the fold with Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors. It all came to a point that they were faced with the first being to tap into the emotional spectrum, Krona, and War broke down among themselves in the War of the Green Lanterns, an event that tied together all three titles of the GL side for the DCU.

Green Lantern was one of the few titles that was not stopped in its tracks when the New 52 reboot came around, in fact, it kicked into even higher gear, with Sinestro seemingly joining the side of the angels as a GL, taking the place of Hal Jordan. But it was all too good to last, as the Green Lanterns realized that the true enemy hid amongst them: The Guardians of the Universe, long thought to be the protector of all known sectors, decided that the universe would be better off without emotion, and so, The Rise of the Third Army began. This one is notable for bringing us the newest Earth recruit to the corps, Simon Baz. And yet, this was not the end of the danger, as the actions of the Guardians had unleashed an even greater evil that threatened to rewrite the fabric of the universe, such was The Wrath of the First Lantern. All corps came together once again, as Hal Jordan called upon the help of every single color of the spectrum, from the now White Lantern Kyle Rayner, his allies in all the colors, to Nekron, leader of the Black Lanterns himself. This event ended a run that lasted almost ten years.

If there is one Green Lantern run you have to read, it's this one.

Featured Cartoon: Wolverine and the X-Men

Ah, Wolverine and the X-Men, one of the last great Marvel Animated Series. May it Rest in Peace alongside other greats such as Spectacular Spider-Man and Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Seriously, this series was one helluva ride. Introducing the concept of Wolverine as the leader of the X-Men some years before the whole comic-book X-Men Schism did, Wolverine and the X-Men gave us a story that featured the remnant of a damaged X-Men fighting to prevent an apocalyptic future where the X-Men live on the run from giant (more so than usual) Sentinels. Not only that, but the series starts with a bang, featuring the seeming death of Jean Grey as the power of the phoenix is unleashed for the first time. Cue Wolverine assembling a team to save the future. This show featured excellent animation, story, voice acting...excellent everything. It is seriously one of the superhero animated shows that were cancelled that I miss the most. Not only that, but it ends in quite the cliffhanger, which was supposed to be finished up in the second season, which well, never happened due to lack of funding.

This man story is basically a twist on the classic Days of Future Past storyline (soon to be loosely adapted into a movie) with a dual narrative in both the future and the present. It features a large cast of mutants, from Wolverine to X-23 and Marrow and oh so many more. Not only that, but every once in a while you'll get guest stars like Hulk and Nick Fury. All in all, it's a great gone-too-soon series that is a blast to watch.

Fun fact: It's in the same continuity as the Wolverine segment in the Hulk Vs.

Featured Anime: Log Horizon

Database, Database, we're living in the Database, Wow Wow. It doesn't even matter if there is no hope, as the madness of--

Okay, fine, I'll stop with the catchy theme and get to it. Ever wondered what it would be like living inside a game? No, not SAO-like "trapped inside the game". I mean, literally living inside the world you thought was just a game. No, no Virtual Reality gimmicks, no "wonder how my real-world self is doing". THIS is your world now. Welcome to Elder Tale, where one day, very mysteriously, thousands upon thousands of people one day awakened to find that they (forcibly) had a new world to call home. This day was hence called: The Apocalypse.

Our hero is Shiroe, a master strategist. With him are Akatsuki, an expert ninja, and Naotsugu, one of Shiroe's most trustworthy friends. What made Log Horizon so compelling to me was the world building, and it's very interesting character and plot. Throughout the series you will see how the people that were logged on during the apocalypse adapt to the new world and learn to live in it. Guilds are formed and adventurers start discovering that the world is way more complicated than they think. People of the Land (NPCs in the game) are more than just mere quest-givers, they've got lives, they've got their own stories and families. Throughout the course of the series Shiroe is faced with the task of uniting the adventurers of Akihabara so they can survive in the harsh new world, and in consequence, learn to live alongside the people of the land. Not only that, but you actually learn more of the game as you go along and the character's skills and abilities, and how they have changed in the new Elder Tale. And the mystery deepens as Shiroe tries to learn more about just what brought them inside Elder Tale.

Likeable and believable characters make this one of my favorite anime of the season. From our characters making food that doesn't taste like cardboard to facing the return of a massive goblin force, Log Horizon is an enjoyable experiencing through and through.

Log Horizon can be streamed via Crunchyroll, so get to it!

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