Green Lantern Corps

Green Lantern Corps was…something all right

I’ve been taking some time to pour through the history of some of the characters I’ve always taken interest in, but for whatever reason (a love of the X, mainly) have failed to get around to actually reading.  I’m trying to learn more about the history of the DCU, mainly, and lately I’ve been focusing on Green Lantern.  Not Green Lantern, galactic police force like you know it now, but the rather sitcom-like family style of Green Lantern Corps back in the still just post-Crisis days.

I’ve found a new respect for John Stewart, an irreplaceable love for the GL squirrel Ch’p, and…well, I don’t really know what to say about Killowog.  You see, GL Corps was about breaking down barriers, be them race, age, sex, or whatnot.  But sometimes it gets a little TOO much.  Like aging a 14-year old girl to adulthood via power ring so she can date Hal Jordan.  Or this:

 

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From Green Lantern Corps #206, written by Steve Englehart and drawn by Joe Stanton

Not quite sure that’s a barrier you want to be breaking.  Post-Crisis DC was a weird place.

 

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Weekly Readings

It’s time for a new edition of Weekly Readings.  This week we have:

  • Batman #0, in which Bruce Wayne struggles against the Red Hood Gang, and his personal life.
  • Green Lantern Corps #0, in which we learn how Guy Gardner got his ring.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Micro-Series #6, in which we learn what drives Casey Jones.
  • Demon Knights #0, in which we learn how Jason and Etrigan became connected.
  • Batman and Robin #0, in which we learn about some of the early life of Damian Wayne.
  • Before Watchmen:  Comedian #3, in which Edward Blake returns to America and loses it.
  • Batgirl #0, in which Barbara Gordon decides to become Batgirl

Of course there are spoilers after the break.  (more…)