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We accidentally blackballed this issue before covering the Batman/Green Lanterns arc, so let's go into it now as an example of how Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz could work, TV-wise.
 
Plus, what color is an anxiety Lantern? Check it!

Words: Sam Humphries
Art: Miguel Mendonca
 
This standalone story begins with Baz visiting Jess' house for pancakes: 
 
Jess: I give him a lot of credit. I'm not easy to get along with. Still, here he is: pancakes and bad jokes. 

I have a joke.
 
 
You've gotta think Jessica's ring flashed that alert to shut her up. (Which might actually be a thing, since there's this slowly building sub-plot about Jessica's ring gaining sentience.)
 
Baz and Cruz spend the day with the League, saving the day and stuff. However, they come across a supervillain called the Gambler: 
 
 
 
 
 
I'm not clinically diagnosed with anxiety or anything, but relatability doesn't always require exactness - I guess we all have had an experience like Jessica's before: the failure, the anger that comes with lashing out at someone, and the embarrassment and guilt that follow.
 
Jessica decides to go charge up:
 
 



 
 









And this bond, I think, is what Baz and Cruz bring to the table as protagonists (aside from giving DCTV two brown title characters - it's kinda Whitest Day up in there. Sorry.) 
 
That alone, and emotional beats alone, won't bring a show success. But assuming they do pick up Green Lantern for TV (because what're they doing with it, anyway?) this issue is a prime example of how to cover it: as a journey towards becoming someone with the courage to be there for your friends, and to be someone worthy of friends who'll be there for you.
 
Something Wonder Woman next, after maybe a Titans post. Stay tuned!

Date: 2017-05-07 03:13 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] starwolf_oakley
I've thought Green Lantern would be just too expensive for TV, since the supporting characters are aliens. (Yes, I think the first X-Men movie feels like a TV pilot, but that's another matter.)

Simon and Jessica MIGHT work for a TV show if we give the idea Hal Jordan is busy with his whole sector but wants someone to cover Earth.

Date: 2017-05-07 11:05 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] burkeonthesly
The first X-Men movie makes a great TV pilot. There were some big special effects and setpieces, but most of it you could see being done on a weekly basis (Wolvie would probably mostly pop his claws just offscreen, Mystique would probably spend a lot of time as other people), and the story ended with several plot threads dangling, just waiting to become the meat and potatoes of a season 1 arc.

Date: 2017-05-07 04:09 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tigerkaya
I'd rather it was animation over live action. Too many live actions shows on CW always fall back to street level martial arts or depower them heavily.
Edited Date: 2017-05-07 04:10 am (UTC)

Date: 2017-05-07 05:14 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lizard_of_aus
And often they don't have the budget to live up their own hype. You're promised a city-wide invasion by an army of gorillas, and you get a battle against two of them.

Date: 2017-05-07 05:21 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tigerkaya
I know right!

As to the complaint of lack of color, seeing how CW is incapable of writing a superpowers show just do another generic street level show Renee Montoya The Question.

Leave the superpowered action shows in animation where imagination can go loose without the restrictions of props and CG.

Date: 2017-05-07 06:35 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] tianyulong
Agree 100%.

Also can I just say I adore how DC has handled Jessica? It's nice to have a superhero with a mental disorder who isn't portrayed as "crazy" or with multiple personalities. I'm sure she's not the first character like that, but she's the first I've experienced personally, and I really appreciate the effort they put into making her struggles accurate.
Edited Date: 2017-05-07 06:46 pm (UTC)

Date: 2017-05-08 09:24 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tigerkaya
Y'know, I was never a fan of Maggie Sawer moving to Gotham it just felt like such a step down for her career wise given how she's faced far worse in Metropolis. That and I feel the Superman mythos was cheated from yet another supporting character being taken away or non existence.

Date: 2017-05-08 09:32 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tigerkaya
It was...... adequate, but the Bruce Timm style just could not transcend to the CG animation frontier making everything blocky.

I'm just waiting for something more with hand drawn or even flash if animated well.

Date: 2017-05-07 12:55 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sindra
That image with her spiral thoughts gets pretty close to how my own anxiety is. The overthinking that circles your brain and that spirals out of control until you find something to either distract or ground yourself.

Date: 2017-05-07 01:12 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] deh_tommy
Thank you for this, I wasn't aware of this comic before now. Would you reccommend this book?

Date: 2017-05-07 05:21 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] remial
Crouton? she has a cat named Crouton?
Why is DC comics giving cats stupid names? First Lotion, and now Crouton.

I gotta go sit down...

Date: 2017-05-07 07:06 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] icon_uk
Stories where the hero is default brave are a fine and noble tradition, which I have always enjoyed (cf Dick Grayson)

Stories where the hero is genuinely afraid, for plausible reasons, but overcomes it impress me even more (cf Doug Ramsey and now Jessica Cruz)

Date: 2017-05-08 08:27 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lbd_nytetrayn
I probably laughed harder than I should have at "Whitest Day," though.

If that's bad, then I really do apologize. But that was good.

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