Unfinished Green Lantern Cover Art Homages Iconic Mexican Muralist

A variant cover for Titans United: Bloodpact #1 for Hispanic Heritage Month features Green Lantern Kyle Rayner. However, it isn’t actually complete.

Like many other covers, Green Lantern’s appearance in upcoming Titans cover art pays homage to an iconic artist. The cover for Titans United: Bloodpact #1 features Kyle Rayner. It pays homage to Jorge Gonzales Camarena, a well-known Mexican muralist. However, according to the cover artist, it wasn’t meant to be an official cover.

Titans United: Bloodpact #1 has the creative team of Cavan Scott and Lucas Meyer. The comic involves classic Titans heroes, including Tim Drake, Nightwing, Superboy, Starfire, Beast Boy, and Donna Troy. Raven is seemingly missing and Tim doesn’t seem to be in the right time. This Titans issue has revealed numerous variant covers, one of which is specifically for Hispanic Heritage Month, since that is when the issue will release.


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On Twitter, comic artist Jorge Molina shared the cover, as well as his inspiration for it. However, he also shared some interesting information regarding the artwork. Kyle Rayner, of the Green Lantern Corps, is Hispanic. In the cover he stands in front of the Mexican flag, reflecting his heritage. This artwork homages “La Patria”, an iconic work by Mexican muralist Jorge Gonzáles Camarena. Camarena was also a painter and sculptor, though “La Patria” is one of his most famous works. However, unlike most DC comic covers, this one is incomplete and wasn’t supposed to be an official cover to the artist’s knowledge.

Fans of the Green Lantern will easily notice that Kyle’s symbol is missing from its usual place. Molina notes that the flag is also incomplete, though it does readily reflect the image of “La Patria”. Like the original mural’s subject, Kyle is holding the flag in his left hand, while holding his Lantern in his right. “La Patria” holds a book in her right hand. Behind her is the iconography of the Mexican flag, an eagle with a snake in its mouth, harkening back to the country’s Aztec history. Kyle’s eagle and snake are Lantern constructs, beautifully bringing this symbolism to life. Also featured is a harvest similar to the one seen in the original painting. This homage is beautiful and serves as a perfect nod to Kyle Rayner’s heritage.

Yet it’s important to note there seems to be some miscommunication at DC if this cover was not yet ready for presentation or with copyright permissions addressed. With the artwork appearing incomplete in this Twitter image, as well as on League of Comic Geeks and in DC’s official September 2022 solicitations, it begs the question of if the artwork will be able to be completed before release. Additionally, how DC allowed this to slip through without letting the artist know it was approved for official use and be sure it was finalized before releasing it in solicitations? This is particularly frustrating considering it is a Heritage Month variant, which should provide appropriate representation and allow artists in the community to fully showcase their abilities and heritage. The cover is incredible without a doubt, but Kyle should absolutely have his insignia. This seems like an important detail for DC to overlook when finalizing its covers. It is doubtful that Batman artwork would slip through if the Dark Knight didn’t have his symbol on his chest. This Green Lantern definitely deserves more respect than DC is giving him, particularly given what great cover art he is starring in.

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Fans can seemingly pick up this homage to Jorge González Camarena when Titans United: Bloodpact #1 releases on September 20.

Source: Jorge Molina, League of Comic Geeks

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