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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

I've Been Paying Way Too Much Attention To Hal

Time for a little Guy love. Hal has been stealing the spotlight far too often lately. In his defense, he DOES make it very easy to make posts, what with the ego, the head-bashing, and general dimwittery. But I haven't talked very much about Guy lately, or Kyle OR John, and they are just as...nay MORE than as important as Hal buffoonery.

As much as I enjoy the way that Guy Gardner is currently being written...and I DO...I have to shamefacedly admit that sometimes I miss his old-fashioned assholeishness. Granted, a lot of writers seemed to take his general air of cussedness a little bit TOO far, but you have to admit, that love him or hate him, Guy always was and is, an interesting character.

That...and he's just plain fun.

His relationship to Hal is also...very interesting.

Guy pictures

Sea of Green, over at the Hooser Journal of Inanity, has been having a fine old time lately going through all of her stacks and stacks of old books, and picking out and posting the gems of her collection, for US! Her adoring fans thank her. She's had some great ones of Wally, during his time with the Justice League, International that have gotten me to thinking.

In a way, I think that Wally was supposed to be a bit like Guy, except in Europe instead of New York. He was always lusting after Power Girl, being insecure, and picked on a bit, and generally portrayed as a bit of a dweeb. The analogy can't go TOO far, because with all of his faults, Guy was NEVER a dweeb. They were similar in that they both had to try and live up to a previous incarnation of their name and powers however. Wally is far more of legacy to Barry of course, being a former sidekick and all. Guy was never a sidekick, but he still has to live and function under the very large shadow of Hal Jordan. They used to bicker like crazy, but every once in a while, there was a little bit of understanding.


Awwww. They did manage to find an common bit of ground. For a little while anyway. I don't think that there has been any interaction between Guy and Wally since the latters return and that's a darned shame. That is the only problem with having Guy and Kyle bouncing around Spaaacccce, they don't have any contact with the rest of the superheroes. However, I'm sure that will happen eventually. Probably during the whole "Blackest Night" event that is looming on the horizon.

It would be nice if they could work in a little mention of J'onn's death in Green Lantern Corps somehow. Both Guy and Kyle were in the League with him after all. J'onn served as the head babysitter for the JLI, and Guy actually minded him once in a while. I think that J'onn at least handled Guy better than Batman. It is a good thing that Bats is smart, because his people-skills are pretty piss-poor.

This is all starting to meander a bit, which I suppose is what happens when you are typing in a purely stream-of-conciousness manner. But I do have one more scan of Guy.

Guy pictures

And now we know all about that haircut. Isn't that cute?


At 8:01 AM, Anonymous Pete said...

Batman? Bad people skills? You mean you're not supposed to punch your teammates in the face?

At 9:31 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

AAAAND leave them unconcious on the floor. For a day. And there's that whole figuring out how to defeat them, and then writing down the plan and leaving it lying around for a villain to find thing too.

At 5:23 PM, Blogger Sea_of_Green said...

It's almost ridiculous (and scary!) how EASILY Hal can dominate anything Green Lantern-related, isn't it? I think it's simply because he's been in SO many comics ... Plenty of ammo to sift through. ;-)

On a different note ... Awwww, JEEZ, you just HAD to go and mention General Glory, didn't you? ;-)

At 6:40 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

Ahhhh...General Glory. He drives me nuts. It's probably all his fault that Max Lord went crazy...he had to listen to one too many stories about Glory and FDR.

I've never forgive General Glory for the stupid boxing match and the way he treated Guy when Guy came back from being kidnapped by the Draal.

At 5:09 PM, Blogger Duskdog said...

I loved Guy's hero-worship of Glory because it was a little bit silly, but not in a completely over the top way... but yeah, I totally hated the boxing match. That was about the worst idea that anybody has ever had. Ever. And the clone thing... poor Guy. You just know it broke his heart when even General Glory honestly believed he was crazy enough to murder in cold blood (but of course Guy would never say so).

I suppose it'll never happen now that he's sort-of friends with all the people he used to bicker with, but I don't think I'll ever kick the urge to see Guy have another fight with Hal and win. Maybe just a friendly spar, even? And then, instead of gloating, he'd give Hal a hand up and have everything end on a friendly (or at least civil) note. Guy doesn't hold a grudge, apparently, but he's due a little win every now and then, isn't he?

And it would be good for Hal (and Geoff Johns!) to lose every now and then. Part of the reason that I like Guy better than Hal is that Guy's ego is fairly earned (or at least held onto in spite of losing all the time -- that takes real strength), whereas Hal's just seems to come so naturally that it can be a little annoying sometimes.

At least in the boxing match Ted was as much a victim of the bad idea as Guy was.

At 6:30 PM, Blogger Sea_of_Green said...

Ah, but Hal DOES lose on occasion. John Stewart has successfully kicked his ass AT LEAST twice -- and Hal was actually a gracious loser both times. :-)

At 8:00 PM, Blogger Duskdog said...

John is awesome and I'm always glad when he gets the chance to show it, particularly against Hal. I wish John was getting a little more of a showing in Green Lantern right now, actually.

But Guy is still due a Hal-trashing. Just one. It doesn't even have to be a fistfight. Arm wrestling? Hotdog Speed Eating? Dance Dance Revolution?

...Nevermind. I sort of wish I had never imagined that last one.

At 5:12 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

Man, I'd pay to see Guy thump Hal. Just once, I'd like to see Guy totally outmatch him at something. Everything seems to come to Hal so easily, that he takes just BEING Hal for granted. He assumes that he's always going to win. I suppose that is just part of his character, and I also suppose that confidence is one of the reasons that he IS so successful.

But Guy deserves a win now and again as well. He's the one who really has to work for it, and that's why it is so much sweeter when he does succeed. He EARNED it.

And I want the entire Corps to SEE Guy knock Hal on his well-rounded ass.

I'm a bad person.


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