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Earth's Mightiest Heroes... With John Stewart by SplendorEnt Earth's Mightiest Heroes... With John Stewart by SplendorEnt
A slight change to my earlier JL redesign page. [link]

I hate when characters are added just to "add diversity." Granted diversity is a good thing both in giving more people for the audience to root for and relate to, and also for the studio. The wider the audience, the bigger the profit (can't really blame them, it's a business after all). But when "diversity" is added just for diversity's sake, it's nothing short of annoying.

That said, I used John Stewart; he's a Marine (and he's Black). And I approve of both. Oh, and he was in this little cartoon a few years ago.


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k20k20 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
BLACK GL IS THE BEST!
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SplendorEnt Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Student General Artist
John and Kyle are tied for being my favorite GL.
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Kouhei-Son Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
john stewart is my favorite lantern. mostly because he was the first green lantern I saw in a cartoon.
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SplendorEnt Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Student General Artist
Same, John was the first green lantern I knew about, courtesy of Cartoon Network.
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Kouhei-Son Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
it was sad when justice league ended
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SplendorEnt Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Student General Artist
I wish I had cable when the show was out, it looked cool.
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Kouhei-Son Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
well you could get the dvds probably
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SplendorEnt Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Student General Artist
True, and there's always YouTube.
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Kouhei-Son Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
yep yep.
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ABlackRaptor Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
I do like Stewart, but I do agree, the diversity thing is kind of annoying. I don't see why skin colour is so important, to me its no more important than hair colour or eye colour. Yet they always try to add diversity to a group, but when they do, they always make their either fairly stereotypical or useless/obsolete. Sometimes they're interesting characters, other times they're not. Then, you have Spyke in X-Men Evolution.

I think the one time it annoyed me the most was when they went as far as to kill Peter Parker in the Ultimate Universe specifically to replace him with a character created for the sole reason to be a darker skinned Peter. I'd have no problem with Miles Morales had it not been for the killing of Peter, but they did that anyway.
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SplendorEnt Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Student General Artist
He's tied with Kyle in my book. Diversity is important, but when it's only introduced to "cater to" a specific audience, it's at the very least obnoxious and very worst offensive. Don't get me wrong, I get bothered by the lack of diversity in legitamte, quality heroes, and villains too; but in the end of the day awesome characters make awesome stories. The Avengers was pretty much all white (Nick Fury stayed out of the way as he should, nobody likes the director of SHIELD standing over your shoulder), and I enjoyed that movie phenomenally. But if Black Panther made his way into the sequel, or 3rd film... I would not complain. (unless he was stereotypical, useless, or obsolete).

And yeah, stereotypical, useless, obsolete characters are the worst! I'm looking at you Luke Cage, even though I do enjoy his ridiculousness sometimes (kida like Mr. T, or Terry Crews but not really).

I'm in denial mode about Ultimatum and Pete's death, that's how much it angers me. And they made Spidey Black, am I supposed to be impressed? Miles could be a good guy, I wouldn't know because I stopped reading. I heard that editor in chief, or somebody, from Marvel wanted to have a black flagship character, because of the changing times (IE Obama's election). Years later, Donald Glover campaigned for the role of Spidey when Sony announced the reboot. Tada! Miles Morales. But that makes my dream of being Spidey more of a reality. I like that.
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ABlackRaptor Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
Well I grew up with the JL cartoon so Stewart does always stay with me, though I do like Hal, Guy, and Kyle all the same. I think the idea is they want to make sure there's always someone who the audience can identify with, but sometimes they shoehorn token characters, both black and female ones, and they just don't fit. So long as the character is well written I'd enjoy them, but yeah, that's not always the case with token characters. At least they're trying, I supose, but I'd proffer it i they just left race as a important to a character as any other physical characteristic.

Ah, Luke Cage, the Quintessential scary black dude. Sometimes he's toned down into being just a friendly though boisterous bruiser, other times he's so over the top its ridiculous. It was somewhat difficult fining a voice for him in my stoy, so I've settled on 'friendly gentle giant who looks like a total badass', since its the least stereotypical way I could, but he still feels a little unneeded.

Ultimatum was, to me, the moment the Ultimate Universe died. I lost any and all interest in it besides Ultimate Spider-Man, but that ended when everything came back wrong and then he died in what felt unneeded. Miles, he's an alright character by himself, but he's just too similar to Peter for me, he feels like an unneeded replacement a bit and with he fact he was created specifically to be 'Spidey-only-black' just feels a little too forced. I'm still going to rea the Spidr-Men crossover though, specifically because it puts Miles in a way I think he would have been better off: A new hero who Peter could show the ropes to. Though, now I could see Donald Glover playing Miles.
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SplendorEnt Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Student General Artist
I didn't really watch TV that much, but I remember him. That's why I like him better than Hal (among other reasons). Writers don't really do comic book characters that well anymore. Guess all the personalities have been taken. Shame.

I like to think of him as a Terry Crews type comic book character, or at the very worst Mr. T like (and that's not an insult, I love Mr. T). Maybe Shaft, but that's about it. Still dated and stereotypical but awesome(-ish) in their own way.

I feel the same way about Ultimatum. It was a completely dreadful and gratuitous chapter in the Ultimate Universe. I really thought it was Marvel's way of calling it quits in preparation for a reboot... doesn't look like that's the case anymore. Miles is pretty much what they wanted to do at the birth of the Ultimate universe, but backed out. Now he seems like Marvel's half-apology for killing the best character in the Ultimate U. And he's like 13, which doesn't help him or Donald Glover much (maybe if they age him, I can have the part. I'm ok with that).
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ABlackRaptor Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
True, there's not much originality in comics any more. Pretty much every trope and trait has been done over and over, new characters will be hard to make unique. Fun loving free spirit detective who grew up around supeheroes? hat fits Nightwing. Perky goth immortal being who knocks sense into her brother with loafs of bread and likes towear egyptian medallions? Death of the endless. Violent sociopathic far-right hypocritical hobo who hates everyone who isn't a WASP cliché and uses brutal murder to accomplish what he wants and insults the people he respects he most? Rorshach. After a while, the only new characters are expys or ripofs of previous characters.

I like to see him as fairly Turk like, really, or a Will Smith type. But, he still has the stereotypical and dated 'charismatic black guy' thing that comes from being a character designed to cash in on the Civil Rights movement. At least he's able to be written well in the right hands.

So true. Apparently that was the plan, they were going to relaunch the Ultimate Universe from the beginning, with a bunch of changes like What the X-Men would be without Xavier and such. But, they backed out and reused that idea for Age of X. I think that's part of the reason they created him: In the future, when they need to reboot the franchise again, they can leave the casting options a little wider. They could instead make a film with Miles or Miguel, or one of the Spider-Women.
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SplendorEnt Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Student General Artist
True. Though I do like Rorschach's view of civilization. Not that I enjoy his cynicism, but has passion for humanity, that results in cynical disappointment in the way things are.

History has repeatedly proven that political changes should not be the sole reason for introducing/changing a character. Wonder Woman being a female superhero is no longer a novel idea; now she's basically female Superman, or Superman with boobs and a lasso of truth. Black Panther, his social commentary background is obvious; now he's African Batman ripoff (actually he's cooler than Batman because he's a king).

Yeah, I'm waiting for the whole Ultimate Universe to close and reboot from scratch. I'm going to do something similar: Marvel Reborn. It's a series of redesigns based on the new history I'm creating.
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ABlackRaptor Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
I think its what makes Rorschach so popular and interesting: To some extent, he has a point, and you get where he's coming from. But, he's still mentally insane and incredibly short sighted, but still.

True. There's been many examples of characters introduced for political reasons that are sometimes proven unneeded. But, at least Wonder Woman's kinda cool as a character. Though with Black Panther, I think I proffer the idea of him being like Batman rather than how he's been since Reginald Hudlin got ahold of him and turned him into a bit of an obnoxious Mary Sue.

I'd like that to happen sooner or later. I wouldn't mind some originals being transfered over, of course, I'd like Miles and Kenny to be kept, but the Ultimate Universe as a hole could do with being reset. Your Marvel Reborn idea sounds kinda cool, I like to see fan reboots like that. Its quite a bit like my Marvel Evolution thing, only that's set within the same universe as X-Men Evolution due to being a spin-off from my X-Men Evolution fanfic. I'll have to check out your Reborn thing when I remember to.
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SplendorEnt Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Student General Artist
Yeah he's very shortsighted,; noble in his own way, but still shortsighted. But I think the majority of Rorschach's popularity is that he's so cynical, an characteristic that most Frank Miller fans seem to enjoy.

Black Panther has potential, he just needs that push (movie) that'll propel him to greater popularity. I partially blame Marvel for not doing him justice, they're too scared to give him flaws (ultimately depth) out of fear of PC backlash. Hence his Mary Sue-ness. Remember: if you can be anyone be Batman. Always choose Batman.

:iconnukeplz: *wash your hands* and move on. I like your Marvel Evolution, as well as your Batman redesigns. I haven't posted anything yet, unless you count the Avengers and Spidey Redesigns. I'll start from the beginning, Marvel Genesis.

Wild idea, throw Kim Possible in with the Marvel characters. She could fit in the Universe as a character if you ignore her backstory. Granted that opens the door to forcing other crossovers that should never happen. But the Incredibles would also be cool.
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Kerevon Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
Yes, I do hate when they add characters just for diversity. That said, John Stewart is legitimately my favorite GL. Maybe it's just because he's the first one I was aware of thanks to the JL show. But it certainly doesn't hurt that Guy is an ass with few redeeming qualities, Kyle is a Gary Stu, and Hal is often too cocky (not to mention how his friends apparently forgave him for literally trying to take over the universe, killing a truly enormous amount of people). Meanwhile, John Stewart stays professional, powerful, intelligent, and still kind. He IS just the best in my opinion.
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SplendorEnt Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Student General Artist
John is tied for first with Kyle. I like John for the same reason, the animated tv show (I was only GL because my friend already chose Martian Manhunter, rats :shakefist::)). That said, I don't remember much from him or the show besides the fact he had a crazy deep voice, cool facial hair (all facial hair is to me at this point; I only have a little chin scruff) and he was serious... all the time. But not mean, which is good for a hero.

I like Kyle just because he's an artist, a freelance artist at that. It's relateable to me (and I'm surprised how many comic book characters are not artists or writers, ironic) and I like the idea of a creative mind like his having the power of the ring.

Hal is to much of a cookie cutter hero and Guy should be a lot more sympathetic; abusive father (more common in comic bookdom than artists and writers, interesting), quit his job because he felt like it made him a worse person, and teaches handicapped kids. He should be the everyman, Mark Ruffulo type character for JLA, instead we have douche.
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Kerevon Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
Aye.
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