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(io9)   The dark truth of the Green Lantern Corps: they really, really suck at their jobs of galactic protectors   (io9.com) divider line 69
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2013-05-23 09:23:57 AM  
On the other hand...

glcorps.dcuguide.com

Mogo.

/Although not being able to escape the star that he orbits limits his usefulness.
 
2013-05-23 09:25:30 AM  
That sucked. Their only valid point was "The Guardians are terrible people" which is true and that makes the Geoff Johns finale that much satisfying lol.

Here's a hint io9: when your list doesn't contain a single comic from the last 20 years, it's when you know it sucks.
 
2013-05-23 09:29:07 AM  

rocky_howard: That sucked. Their only valid point was "The Guardians are terrible people" which is true and that makes the Geoff Johns finale that much satisfying lol.

Here's a hint io9: when your list doesn't contain a single comic from the last 20 years, it's when you know it sucks.


everything was better when I was a kid, new stuff sucks, retcon everything back to my childhood NOW!

/can i be an editor?
 
2013-05-23 09:35:19 AM  

rocky_howard: That sucked.


This covers 100% of io9 articles.
 
2013-05-23 09:38:04 AM  
That article made my brain bleed a little.  There's no way a competent editor even glanced at it.  There are so many basic grammar mistakes, and it reads so much like a 10 year old's book report, that there is no way in hell an editor was involved.
 
2013-05-23 09:39:37 AM  
Since they mentioned the newer GL story arcs (3rd Army, Blackest Night), you think they'd have mentioned that the 'yellow weakness' thing has been done away with at this point.

But since it's io9, you'd be wrong because their writers seem to be utterly incompetent.
 
2013-05-23 09:49:00 AM  
I don't know, I think Spiderman could top the douche level

I mean really, who here hasn't looked at a 14 year old and wondered.

.....why's that van in my yard?
 
2013-05-23 09:53:10 AM  

farbekrieg: rocky_howard: That sucked. Their only valid point was "The Guardians are terrible people" which is true and that makes the Geoff Johns finale that much satisfying lol.

Here's a hint io9: when your list doesn't contain a single comic from the last 20 years, it's when you know it sucks.

everything was better when I was a kid, new stuff sucks, retcon everything back to my childhood NOW!

/can i be an editor?


Editor?

Hell, son, you could RUN DC Comics!

Is your name Geoff or Dan?
 
2013-05-23 09:58:54 AM  

rocky_howard: That sucked. Their only valid point was "The Guardians are terrible people" which is true and that makes the Geoff Johns finale that much satisfying lol.

Here's a hint io9: when your list doesn't contain a single comic from the last 20 years, it's when you know it sucks.


When it's on io9 is how I know it sucks.
 
2013-05-23 10:01:00 AM  
Bad boys bad boys, what Jew gonna do, what Jew gonna do when man hunters come for you?
 
2013-05-23 10:03:16 AM  

verbaltoxin: rocky_howard: That sucked.

This covers 100% of io9 articles.


And wtf is with the annotations all over every picture, way to make your articles graphics look like a monkey flung poo at them.

/gl corps could probably still kick nova corps ass tho...
 
2013-05-23 10:04:09 AM  
Rob Bricken is an idiot.  Here's why:

1. The oath isn't "This is the oath of the Green Lantern Corps: "In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight!"  The oath is: In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight.  Let those who worship evil's might, beware my power...Green Lantern's light!

2. They might not discriminate in their recruiting, but not everyone is going to make it through basic training with Kilowog.  And lanterns can give up their rings and resign from the corps (see "Sins of the Star Sapphire").

3. The yellow impurity weakness was done away with when Kyle Rayner got a ring back in the 90s. Their rings can now blast through anything yellow.  They even have the ability to use lethal force if necessary.

4. The lanterns are capable of incarcerating anyone they like on Oa in the Sciencells.  And they also have the Alpha Lanterns, which are the IA of the Corps.

5. Yeah, the Guardians pretty much are the worst.  Logic and reason are important and have their place in decision-making, but it's not really living without experiencing human emotion (compassion, fear, love, and even hate).

6. Yeah, they hired an alien squirrel.  They also hired a sentient smallpox virus.  The Red Lanterns have Dex-Starr, who probably would have eaten Ch'p at some point in Geoff Johns' run.  And remember Bzzt?

7. Who cares if they're committed to the lantern motif?  How is this even relevant?  Bricken needs some new material.

8. The problem with the universal color scheme is that Blue Lanterns really aren't all powerful, Indigo Lanterns subjugate people and force compassion on them (like Black Hand) and White Lanterns, to my knowledge, only appeared once at the end of Blackest Night.  Green Lanterns are still one of the most powerful groups in the universe, capable of taking down pretty much every other group if needed.

9. Hal Jordan has had sex with pretty much everyone except Kilowog.  And Gardner.

/I need to stop overanalyzing this
 
2013-05-23 10:08:00 AM  

Cyno01: verbaltoxin: rocky_howard: That sucked.

This covers 100% of io9 articles.

And wtf is with the annotations all over every picture, way to make your articles graphics look like a monkey flung poo at them.

/gl corps could probably still kick nova corps ass tho...


The annotations are added by commenters, not io9.  Not that this helps io9 not suck at all.
 
2013-05-23 10:30:44 AM  
Speaking as an editor, the function has gone the way of the buggy-whip. If you can't think clearly enough to form coherent written thoughts, you are unlikely to recognize that a skilled rewriter is not only necessary, but should be paid.

I regularly stop reading articles and sites online that are poorly written (a lot of them, as one might imagine). I'm not getting paid to mentally parse the tortured syntax of people who can't even text without garble.
 
2013-05-23 10:35:06 AM  
Even when the rings wouldn't work on anything yellow, it's pretty lame that GLs couldn't figure out a way around it. "Oh no! I'm being attacked by something yellow! My ring won't affect it! I know! I'll use my ring to pick up this grey 10 ton boulder and drop it on the yellow thing!"

And if I were a GL, I'd carry a 12" metal bar strapped to my leg at all times. Then if the gotdang Batman tried any of that yellow room shiat, I'd grab the bar with my ring and poke him in the gotdang eye with it.
 
2013-05-23 10:52:52 AM  
Your blog produces a partial vacuum for extracting fluid.
 
2013-05-23 10:54:34 AM  

Galileo's Daughter: Rob Bricken is an idiot.  Here's why:

1. The oath isn't "This is the oath of the Green Lantern Corps: "In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight!"  The oath is: In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight.  Let those who worship evil's might, beware my power...Green Lantern's light!


Hear Hear!

2. They might not discriminate in their recruiting, but not everyone is going to make it through basic training with Kilowog.  And lanterns can give up their rings and resign from the corps (see "Sins of the Star Sapphire").

A point the writer doesn't seem to understand. They do in fact discriminate. The ring's choice is given a great deal of weight, but not everyone is accepted - or indeed accepts the offer.

3. The yellow impurity weakness was done away with when Kyle Rayner got a ring back in the 90s. Their rings can now blast through anything yellow.  They even have the ability to use lethal force if necessary.

Even when yellow was a thing, they usually found ways around it.

4. The lanterns are capable of incarcerating anyone they like on Oa in the Sciencells.  And they also have the Alpha Lanterns, which are the IA of the Corps.

Well, the Alpha Lanterns are wiped out now if I recall. And the reason for imprisoning parallax where they did was because they needed to immerse it in the source of the green in order to keep it contained.

5. Yeah, the Guardians pretty much are the worst.  Logic and reason are important and have their place in decision-making, but it's not really living without experiencing human emotion (compassion, fear, love, and even hate).

How can you really judge the morality and reasoning of beings that are billions of years old? Beings who have seen every conceivable social strategy that modern sentients might think new and novel, tried over and over and over to the point of failure? I'm not saying the Oans aren't nuts, but their reasoning would probably be far beyond any modern person's understanding.

6. Yeah, they hired an alien squirrel.  They also hired a sentient smallpox virus.  The Red Lanterns have Dex-Starr, who probably would have eaten Ch'p at some point in Geoff Johns' run.  And remember Bzzt?

He wasn't an alien squirrel - he was an alien, that just happened to resemble an Earth squirrel. He also happened to be one of the most tactically proficient Lanterns in the corps.

7. Who cares if they're committed to the lantern motif?  How is this even relevant?  Bricken needs some new material.

Branding matters.

8. The problem with the universal color scheme is that Blue Lanterns really aren't all powerful, Indigo Lanterns subjugate people and force compassion on them (like Black Hand) and White Lanterns, to my knowledge, only appeared once at the end of Blackest Night.  Green Lanterns are still one of the most powerful groups in the universe, capable of taking down pretty much every other group if needed.

The War of Light is probably the best thing to be added to the DC universe in the last 20 years. And definitely the best to the GL universe since John Stewart. I love pretty much everything about it, such as how the farther to the right or left of the spectrum you go, the more extreme they get, ending in uncontrollable rage on one side and dangerously obsessive love on the other.

9. Hal Jordan has had sex with pretty much everyone except Kilowog.  And Gardner.

I'm really not a fan of Hal, so...

/I need to stop overanalyzing t ...

No, never! This is fun!
 
2013-05-23 10:59:41 AM  
One crucial point that this list overlooks is that the Corps is woefully undermanned.  There are only one or two Lanterns assigned to each sector of the Universe.  There are 3600 sectors in the universe, which means a Lantern has to patrol an enormous area with thousands or millions of inhabited planets.  Imagine if New York City had only two cops.  Even if those two cops were Robocops, they wouldn't make a dent on the crime rate.

In defense of the Guardians In the Silver Age comics, Sinestro had been busted by the Guardians before he even met Hal Jordan.  They did secret checks on there Lanterns back then.  They knew their selection process was imperfect.

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The Guardians were actually fairly decent and competent guys in the old days.
 
2013-05-23 11:03:18 AM  
That sucked and was finely done without research.
The ring finds certain candidates it thinks can work, not just any person.

And I don't even read the farking comic, you lazy, turd writer.
 
2013-05-23 11:10:14 AM  
Possible Spoilers (not sure though)

Wasn't Mogo the one who actually guided the rings to their new ring bearers or at least helped the rings get there? I do remember that since Mogo's death, they were having a hard time getting new recruits. But then again, I have not really been keeping up with comics for a while.
 
2013-05-23 11:19:27 AM  
Galileo's Daughter:  and PIP_the_TROLL:

Comic Book Nerds Represent!
 
2013-05-23 11:32:40 AM  

stevetherobot: Even when the rings wouldn't work on anything yellow, it's pretty lame that GLs couldn't figure out a way around it. "Oh no! I'm being attacked by something yellow! My ring won't affect it! I know! I'll use my ring to pick up this grey 10 ton boulder and drop it on the yellow thing!"

And if I were a GL, I'd carry a 12" metal bar strapped to my leg at all times. Then if the gotdang Batman tried any of that yellow room shiat, I'd grab the bar with my ring and poke him in the gotdang eye with it.


You never read Green lantern comics, did you?
 
2013-05-23 11:40:29 AM  

chionophile: Cyno01: verbaltoxin: rocky_howard: That sucked.

This covers 100% of io9 articles.

And wtf is with the annotations all over every picture, way to make your articles graphics look like a monkey flung poo at them.

/gl corps could probably still kick nova corps ass tho...

The annotations are added by commenters, not io9.  Not that this helps io9 not suck at all.


I realize that, but its io9s "feature".
 
2013-05-23 12:17:11 PM  
PIP_the_TROLL:
A point the writer doesn't seem to understand. They do in fact discriminate. The ring's choice is given a great deal of weight, but not everyone is accepted - or indeed accepts the offer.

Yeah, you're right.  John Stewart refused to join the Alphas, if I recall.

Even when yellow was a thing, they usually found ways around it.

Where there's willpower, there's a way.

Well, the Alpha Lanterns are wiped out now if I recall. And the reason for imprisoning parallax where they did was because they needed to immerse it in the source of the green in order to keep it contained.

When did the Alphas get wiped out?  It's been a year or so since I've read through Johns' take on the character.

How can you really judge the morality and reasoning of beings that are billions of years old? Beings who have seen every conceivable social strategy that modern sentients might think new and novel, tried over and over and over to the point of failure? I'm not saying the Oans aren't nuts, but their reasoning would probably be far beyond any modern ...

Probably so, but they have made it their goal to see the emotional spectrum wiped out completely.  None of them, save Ganthet and Sayd (and Scar, but that's more of a nickname), even have proper names; they have a hive-mind mentality.  Pure logic is what the Manhunters ran on, and look what they did.  Part of the issue is that they set things in motion and then step back and watch what happens; it's that cold, logical detachment that makes them unlikable.  

He wasn't an alien squirrel - he was an alien, that just happened to resemble an Earth squirrel. He also happened to be one of the most tactically proficient Lanterns in the corps.

I like the fact that any sentient being can become a Green Lantern.  It makes for good storytelling.  

Branding matters.

I wonder if they've [the Guardians] copyrighted the Lantern symbol.

The War of Light is probably the best thing to be added to the DC universe in the last 20 years. And definitely the best to the GL universe since John Stewart. I love pretty much everything about it, such as how the farther to the right or left of the spectrum you go, the more extreme they get, ending in uncontrollable rage on one side and dangerously obsessive love on the other.

I loved Blackest Night/Brightest Day.  Still pissed over what happened with the Hawks, though.

I'm really not a fan of Hal, so...

Hal is great, especially if Johns is writing him.  The Denny O'Neill/early 70s period when he was with Green Arrow is also good.  I do love Guy Gardner, though.  

No, never! This is fun!

[nerds.jpg]
 
2013-05-23 12:33:30 PM  

Galileo's Daughter: When did the Alphas get wiped out? It's been a year or so since I've read through Johns' take on the character.


It's part of the Third Army setup. The Guardians basically framed John Stewart and the Alpha Lanterns sentenced him to death. Since Stewart is so popular, it essentially sparked a revolt and the other lanterns destroyed the Alphas. Which is what the Guardians wanted since they realized they'd made the Alphas too strong.

Galileo's Daughter: Probably so, but they have made it their goal to see the emotional spectrum wiped out completely. None of them, save Ganthet and Sayd (and Scar, but that's more of a nickname), even have proper names; they have a hive-mind mentality. Pure logic is what the Manhunters ran on, and look what they did. Part of the issue is that they set things in motion and then step back and watch what happens; it's that cold, logical detachment that makes them unlikable.


The Guardians are definitely dicks from our perspective, But try looking at it from their perspective. They've already seen it. Hell, in just our pitiful human experience, we've seen it. Imagine if you were Vandal Savage, having watched human civilization follow the same pattern - starting from "Revolution" and ending in "Decadence and Destruction" - Every. Damn. Time.

After seeing that happen a few hundred times (or probably millions of times in the Guardians' lifetimes), wouldn't you feel entitled to believe your perspective on what the right thing is to be more valid than that of a relative infant mewling about 'what's right' with an utter lack of either experience or wisdom?

I know I'm sort of arguing for fascism here, but I find it interesting to think of it from the Oan's point of view since from the GL side it's just basic western rebellious attitudes being reinforced by alien GLs who have no reason to think like a human.
 
2013-05-23 12:38:14 PM  
I could be wrong here, but i thought all super hero's sucked. The simple fact that they fight the same 5-10 people over and over again just means that they can't finish the job.
 
2013-05-23 12:56:53 PM  
I'd take the Guardians a step further: I think they're wrong to forego all emotion, but I kind of suspect they have an ulterior motive as well. Hivemind of ancient superbeings, building an intergalactic arm
 
2013-05-23 12:58:55 PM  

Last Man on Earth: I'd take the Guardians a step further: I think they're wrong to forego all emotion, but I kind of suspect they have an ulterior motive as well. Hivemind of ancient superbeings, building an intergalactic arm


Army with turbocharged psychic weapons, and nobody ever questions this? I would have no problem believing that the Manhunters were intentional.
 
2013-05-23 01:30:30 PM  

Galileo's Daughter: Rob Bricken is an idiot.


As someone who used to read Topless Robot, this is absolute fact. Rob Bricken is just about the most stuck-up, piece of sh*t, geek chic writer out there. io9 was already a pile of crap before he took over, and Bricken is only serving to make its stench just the right grade of pungent.
 
2013-05-23 01:38:37 PM  
PIP_the_TROLL: It's part of the Third Army setup. The Guardians basically framed John Stewart and the Alpha Lanterns sentenced him to death. Since Stewart is so popular, it essentially sparked a revolt and the other lanterns destroyed the Alphas. Which is what the Guardians wanted since they realized they'd made the Alphas too strong.

I don't think I've read that yet.  I just got "Emerald Twilight" via a book trading club I belong to.

The Guardians are definitely dicks from our perspective, But try looking at it from their perspective. They've already seen it. Hell, in just our pitiful human experience, we've seen it. Imagine if you were Vandal Savage, having watched human civilization follow the same pattern - starting from "Revolution" and ending in "Decadence and Destruction" - Every. Damn. Time.

After seeing that happen a few hundred times (or probably millions of times in the Guardians' lifetimes), wouldn't you feel entitled to believe your perspective on what the right thing is to be more valid than that of a relative infant mewling about 'what's right' with an utter lack of either experience or wisdom?

I know I'm sort of arguing for fascism here, but I find it interesting to think of it from the Oan's point of view since from the GL side it's just basic western rebellious attitudes being reinforced by alien GLs who have no reason to think like a human.


From their perspective, I'd say they've set themselves up as gods, but not very merciful ones.  The Manhunters decimated an entire sector, and this was forgotten until the Red Lanterns were born.  They lied about life having started on Oa (it actually began on Earth).  They banish Krona and Larfleeze for their actions but tell no one until one (or both) escape and threaten the Guardians or someone else.  Scar practically initiated Blackest Night.

I guess I never noticed their fascist ways before.  They just seemed to pass themselves off as all-wise, somewhat benevolent beings, and their continual dismissal of what they had done wrong really annoyed me.
 
2013-05-23 01:45:05 PM  

stevetherobot: Even when the rings wouldn't work on anything yellow, it's pretty lame that GLs couldn't figure out a way around it. "Oh no! I'm being attacked by something yellow! My ring won't affect it! I know! I'll use my ring to pick up this grey 10 ton boulder and drop it on the yellow thing!"

And if I were a GL, I'd carry a 12" metal bar strapped to my leg at all times. Then if the gotdang Batman tried any of that yellow room shiat, I'd grab the bar with my ring and poke him in the gotdang eye with it.


Simon Baz (the new human GL) carries a gun on him, and shot sinestro in the face when the ring wouldn't work against him (sinestro created the ring)
 
2013-05-23 01:47:32 PM  

You'd turn it off when I was halfway across: stevetherobot: Even when the rings wouldn't work on anything yellow, it's pretty lame that GLs couldn't figure out a way around it. "Oh no! I'm being attacked by something yellow! My ring won't affect it! I know! I'll use my ring to pick up this grey 10 ton boulder and drop it on the yellow thing!"

And if I were a GL, I'd carry a 12" metal bar strapped to my leg at all times. Then if the gotdang Batman tried any of that yellow room shiat, I'd grab the bar with my ring and poke him in the gotdang eye with it.

You never read Green lantern comics, did you?


Very rarely.

/Make mine Marvel!
 
2013-05-23 01:56:47 PM  
Really, nobody has a problem that the Green Lantern Corps, a billions of year old police force, has based their entire motif and name on something that looks and sounds identical to a primitive light device made on Earth a few centuries ago?
 
2013-05-23 01:57:57 PM  

Galileo's Daughter: I guess I never noticed their fascist ways before. They just seemed to pass themselves off as all-wise, somewhat benevolent beings, and their continual dismissal of what they had done wrong really annoyed me.


Yes, the Oans are perhaps the most complexly drawn characters in the DC universe - far more so than even Darkseid and the other New Gods.

At the *very* least, the Oans qualify as demigods but make no effort to see to it that they're regarded that way - while at the same time they take an imperious and omniscient attitude. They're horribly flawed and self-aware enough to recognize that, yet flawed enough to still bury it in denial. They make mistakes on a fairly regular basis, because even with their great intelligence, their insularity has kept them largely ignorant to how things have changed around them.

I hate when the writers reduce the Oans to just 'mad gods'. They're so much more interesting than that.
 
2013-05-23 02:03:48 PM  

drake113: Really, nobody has a problem that the Green Lantern Corps, a billions of year old police force, has based their entire motif and name on something that looks and sounds identical to a primitive light device made on Earth a few centuries ago?


'Lantern' is just our word for a portable light-containing/emitting device. On Earth alone we no doubt have more than a hundred words for what that is. Any civilization that has ever harnessed fire beyond the point of a torch will have developed some kind of lantern. So no matter what the alien or human word for it, a lantern is a lantern.

There was even a Green Lantern who had no eyes and was from a dimension devoid of light - it had no concept of the color green nor of light itself, so it thinks it's part of the [something] Bell Corps - and has a Bell on his uniform instead of a lantern.
 
2013-05-23 02:10:26 PM  

PIP_the_TROLL: drake113: Really, nobody has a problem that the Green Lantern Corps, a billions of year old police force, has based their entire motif and name on something that looks and sounds identical to a primitive light device made on Earth a few centuries ago?

'Lantern' is just our word for a portable light-containing/emitting device. On Earth alone we no doubt have more than a hundred words for what that is. Any civilization that has ever harnessed fire beyond the point of a torch will have developed some kind of lantern. So no matter what the alien or human word for it, a lantern is a lantern.

There was even a Green Lantern who had no eyes and was from a dimension devoid of light - it had no concept of the color green nor of light itself, so it thinks it's part of the [something] Bell Corps - and has a Bell on his uniform instead of a lantern.


F-sharp Bell, iirc
 
2013-05-23 02:13:16 PM  

PIP_the_TROLL: There was even a Green Lantern who had no eyes and was from a dimension devoid of light - it had no concept of the color green nor of light itself, so it thinks it's part of the [something] Bell Corps - and has a Bell on his uniform instead of a lantern.


Rop Lop Fan, the F-Sharp Bell.

images3.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2013-05-23 02:23:52 PM  

saintstryfe: PIP_the_TROLL: There was even a Green Lantern who had no eyes and was from a dimension devoid of light - it had no concept of the color green nor of light itself, so it thinks it's part of the [something] Bell Corps - and has a Bell on his uniform instead of a lantern.

Rop Lop Fan, the F-Sharp Bell.

[images3.wikia.nocookie.net image 400x618]


Never heard of that guy before today, but that's pretty awesome.

If I've never read a Green Lantern comic, where should I start.

I'm not too familiar with "comic book runs" or anything like that. Most of the comic stories I'm aware of are Batman and Superman, from their respective animated series', as well as JLA.
 
2013-05-23 02:28:54 PM  

stevetherobot: You'd turn it off when I was halfway across: stevetherobot: Even when the rings wouldn't work on anything yellow, it's pretty lame that GLs couldn't figure out a way around it. "Oh no! I'm being attacked by something yellow! My ring won't affect it! I know! I'll use my ring to pick up this grey 10 ton boulder and drop it on the yellow thing!"

And if I were a GL, I'd carry a 12" metal bar strapped to my leg at all times. Then if the gotdang Batman tried any of that yellow room shiat, I'd grab the bar with my ring and poke him in the gotdang eye with it.

You never read Green lantern comics, did you?

Very rarely.

/Make mine Marvel!


Basically the standard GL drill for dealing with anything yellow was to use the ring to pick up something which wasn't yellow, then hit the yellow thing with it.
 
2013-05-23 02:33:59 PM  

un4gvn666: saintstryfe: PIP_the_TROLL: There was even a Green Lantern who had no eyes and was from a dimension devoid of light - it had no concept of the color green nor of light itself, so it thinks it's part of the [something] Bell Corps - and has a Bell on his uniform instead of a lantern.

Rop Lop Fan, the F-Sharp Bell.

[images3.wikia.nocookie.net image 400x618]

Never heard of that guy before today, but that's pretty awesome.

If I've never read a Green Lantern comic, where should I start.

I'm not too familiar with "comic book runs" or anything like that. Most of the comic stories I'm aware of are Batman and Superman, from their respective animated series', as well as JLA.


I admitted above that I'm not a Hal Jordan fan, so my biased opinion would be to check out whatever Green Lantern Corps books you can find. They mostly stay out of the larger DC universe madness, while being chock full of Green Lantern goodness.

But if you could pick up a set of the Blackest Night / Brightest Day omnibuses, I think you'd find them quite satisfying.
 
2013-05-23 02:48:59 PM  

un4gvn666: saintstryfe: PIP_the_TROLL: There was even a Green Lantern who had no eyes and was from a dimension devoid of light - it had no concept of the color green nor of light itself, so it thinks it's part of the [something] Bell Corps - and has a Bell on his uniform instead of a lantern.

Rop Lop Fan, the F-Sharp Bell.

[images3.wikia.nocookie.net image 400x618]

Never heard of that guy before today, but that's pretty awesome.

If I've never read a Green Lantern comic, where should I start.

I'm not too familiar with "comic book runs" or anything like that. Most of the comic stories I'm aware of are Batman and Superman, from their respective animated series', as well as JLA.


Green Lantern #51

unitedmonkee.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-05-23 02:56:41 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: Green Lantern #51


Ugh, you're gonna drop him in the pond with Lame Ranger?
 
2013-05-23 02:58:08 PM  

PIP_the_TROLL: FirstNationalBastard: Green Lantern #51

Ugh, you're gonna drop him in the pond with Lame Ranger?


Best run since 1972, and honestly, I'm sick of Geoff Johns and his fellating of the silver age.

So, yeah, Marz it is.
 
2013-05-23 03:14:10 PM  

un4gvn666: If I've never read a Green Lantern comic, where should I start.


Start with Green Lantern: Rebirth. That is the beginning of Geoff Johns' run, which ended yesterday.
Pick up, even if only to read, DC Universe: The Stories Of Alan Moore. His 2 GL stories from way back when both play important roles in the Johns run.
Blackest Night and Brightest Day have a lot of side-stories that range from not very good to really great. But they aren't important to the overall storyline, so if you stick with the main books you'll be fine.
Do some research on John Stewart, Kyle Rayner, and Guy Gardener. There is a metric sh*tload of history for those characters which all plays in to who they are today, but you'll go broke if you try to buy all the stories featuring them.

I am a Hal Jordan fan from the days before he was an uninteresting character. After the cancellation of the original Green Lantern series back in the 80s, it took killing and then resurrecting him in the 2000s to make him interesting again. Johns is responsible for that.

...and don't get me started on G'nort
 
2013-05-23 03:16:53 PM  

Snapper Carr: On the other hand...

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Mogo.

/Although not being able to escape the star that he orbits limits his usefulness.


Incorrect. During Infinite Crisis, he moved to the Kryptonite asteroid belt where Krypton used to be so that the Superman of Earth 1 and Earth 2 could fight Superboy Prime under the red Sun.
 
2013-05-23 03:20:33 PM  

Galileo's Daughter: 1. The oath isn't "This is the oath of the Green Lantern Corps: "In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight!"  The oath is: In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight.  Let those who worship evil's might, beware my power...Green Lantern's light!


There's no one "correct" oath. Every GL has their own oath, though most usually run along the same way that Hal's does.
 
2013-05-23 03:24:12 PM  

FuryOfFirestorm: Galileo's Daughter: 1. The oath isn't "This is the oath of the Green Lantern Corps: "In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight!"  The oath is: In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight.  Let those who worship evil's might, beware my power...Green Lantern's light!

There's no one "correct" oath. Every GL has their own oath, though most usually run along the same way that Hal's does.


Alan Scott had a different oath, but that's only because he wasn't part of the Corps, just related to them.

Hal and all the Corps members had the same oath (well, except F-Sharp Bell)

Kyle Rayner didn't need no stinking oaths.
 
2013-05-23 03:28:01 PM  

Galileo's Daughter: I don't think I've read that yet.  I just got "Emerald Twilight" via a book trading club I belong to.


Really? Do tell. I have a whole bunch of Legion of Super Heroes and JSA paperback collections i'd be willing to trade.
 
2013-05-23 03:51:39 PM  
Green Lantern: The Animated Series is easily the best Green Lantern anything in any form of media ever. It's really too bad that it got canceled because I would have loved to have seen it take on Blackest Night.

Not to mention Aya and Razer are up there is Harely Quinn in original characters.
 
2013-05-23 04:08:27 PM  

Raw_fishFood: Not to mention Aya and Razer are up there is Harely Quinn in original characters.


I wouldn't give Razer that honor, but probably Aya. She was interesting as hell.

I hadn't heard it had been cancelled. :(
 
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