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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Les Femmes

And isn't THAT an intriguing title? I am of course, referring to some of the women who are such a part of the Green Lantern saga. But mainly, I'm wondering about some of the women who had the good luck (or bad, depending upon your point of view)to be loved by both Hal Jordan and Guy Gardner.

I'm looking at YOU, Kari Limbo!

Kari holds a unique position in the the story of Hal and Guy, the only woman to be engaged to TWO Green Lanterns...and yet, she never actually ended up married to either one of them. But she came close...oh so very very close.

hal and kari

Which, you must admit is a better track record than Carol, or Arisia, Veronna or even my sweet Tora. So obviously, she had SOMETHING compelling or attractive about her.

And yet...I simply can't STAND Kari Limbo...an opinion shared by quite a few.

It wasn't because she was so different from the average Super Hero Girl Friend. Instead of being a sassy reporter(Lois and Iris) an out and out psychotic (Jean Loring) or a competent businesswoman(Carol), she was a bit more exotic. A gypsy fortune-teller, no less, with raven black hair and an odd streak of blonde in the front. She had an acquiline nose and dark eyes, and wasn't the conventional blonde "good girl". She had a bit of an accent and spoke in broken English, which rather annoyed me, but fortunately, that seemed to pass with time.

It...it's just that she was so damned manipulative! Now it could be said, with perfect justification that Lois, Iris, Jean and Carol were all a bit on the manipulative side themselves. But I don't think that it could be said that they went from grieving for the (supposed) death of their fiancee one minute, to the arms of the man who was marginally responsible for that death in the next.

Yes, she was upset.
hal and kari

And really, who can blame her? But then, she was ALL OVER HIM! So...she needed some comfort. I can understand that. But next thing you know, they are wandering around solving crimes together, and she's just working him SO well. And Hal...being an idiot...FALLS for it!

hal and kari

She actually manages to get him to the Altar! And it is only at the last minute...the VERY last minute, that she "suddenly" realizes that Guy isn't dead after all. Did she really have a vision of Guy being tortured, or did it occur to her, that being married to Hal wasn't necessarily going to be a bed of roses?

So, she and Hal part on fairly amicable terms, with both of them no doubt thanking their lucky stars. And the minute that Guy is back, she goes back to trying to manipulate HIM. Guy is brain-damaged and violent and obnoxious and rude...but he's STILL smarter than Hal Jordan, and doesn't fall for her shenanigans. Of course the fact that he was WATCHING the two of them canoodling the whole time that he was in the zone, and being tortured by Sinestro may have had something to do with that.

What I want to see, and I don't know if I ever WILL see it...is having Hal and Guy get together and discuss the whole Kari Limbo situation. I'd like to see Hal have to come up with an explanation of why he did what he did. Because I don't think that Hal was ever in love with Kari. I don't think that Hal was ever in love with ANYone...with the possible exception of Carol, and even that is a bit debateable.

I also wonder if Hal ever wonders what Arisia meant to Guy. Guy made a big play for Arisia when they first met, but I think that was mostly just to annoy Hal. But later on, after she'd lost her ring, and was stranded on earth, and Hal had gone all Parallax on everyone's ass, Guy had gotten his brains back, and he took her in and gave her a home and a job. He DIDN'T try to marry her however. Their relationship was...and remains...more of a big brother/little sister one, in my view.

Actually, when you think about it, Guy was running quite the halfway house at Warriors for a while. He took in Arisia, he gave Lady Blackhawk a job and a home, and the same thing for Veronna. Heck, I wouldn't have been surprised if Bea had moved in either for a while. And they ALL GOT ALONG TOGETHER! Nobody ELSE was doing something like that, not the Justice League, or any of the big hitters. Just Guy.

Heck, he even gave his MOM a home!


And that took some serious courage. Green Lanterns really ARE without fear!

So. Would any of you like to have a discussion between Hal and Guy about the women in their lives? Hal and Guy have such a touch relationship most of the time, and it is apparently going to get touchier. But still...it would be interesting.


At 11:33 AM, Blogger MetFanMac said...

..Is that a skull and crossbones tattoo on her ankle, or am I just seeing things?

At 12:01 PM, Blogger Erin S. said...

Don't know much about Kari other than what you mentioned but I would like to see them talk about what's up with the Carol/Hal/Cowgirl triangle or get their accounts on the recent split of Guy/Tora. More what happened in Guys' (Max controlled) mind and how the others feel about it.

At 12:22 PM, Blogger James Ashelford said...

When Guy and Tora inevitably get back together (okay, me just hoping there) I really want him to take Tora to meet his mother because as I understand it this battle-axe incarnation with the skull and corssbones tattoo was an invention of Smith in Warrior whilst Tora was dead so it can't have happened before.

Or Guy to have an MIA period in Emerald Warriors and come back to a find perfectly innocent conversation between Hal and Ice and go ballistic.

At 5:41 PM, Blogger Sea-of-Green said...

Guy would probably be perfectly willing to bring up the Kari fiasco -- if only to dig in the knife and see if he could get Hal to express at least a little guilt. Hal would probably express denial about the whole thing, though.

Y'know, in all honesty, as weird as this seems, once he was past the whole brain damage thing, Guy is probably the only Earth Lantern to treat women as equals. He'll make sexist comments now and then, but behaviorally, he really does treat women on equal terms. John is too aloof (probably because he's still mourning for Katma), Kyle acts like a love-struck teenager, and Hal is ... well ... Hal.

Hal's more recent attitudes toward Wonder Woman, in particular, bug me. It's like, in order for Hal to accept Wonder Woman as an equal in fighting bad guys, Hal has to think of her, essentially, as sexless. That really bugs me.

At 10:49 PM, Blogger Your Obedient Serpent said...

... I think it would be the best comic story ever if Guy's mom got dosed with the Water of Warriors, and it turned out that Guy got his Vuldarian DNA from HER side of the family.

At 1:40 PM, Blogger SallyP said...

Oh God, that would be incredible. You think Guy was tough as Warrior? His Mon would be unSTOPable!

Hal probably has trouble remembering who Kari even WAS, at this point. So, while Guy would feel like a little bit of closure would be nice, Hal would be..."Who?"

I THINK that the tatoo on Mama Gardner is supposed to be her kitty Shabazz...(or something like that) who unfortunately ended up in the freezer after a little visit from Major Force.

Quite frankly, I think that Peggy Gardner could take on Hal, the Guardians AND Sinestro...and come out on top. She's just that awesome. And belligerent.

At 1:41 AM, Blogger David H. said...

Sorry to go off the topic here Sally but if you happen to be a Suicide Squad fan who thinks they might deserve their own blog i'd love for you to share your thoughts on the current posting at this site: http://romspaceknightart.blogspot.com/

i found you through an SS posting at Siskoid's Geekery blog

At 12:02 PM, Blogger SallyP said...

Hi David! Siskoid's blog is a thing of beauty to behold. I also visited the site that you mentioned, and although I'm not much of a Rom fan, I DO like the Suicide Squad. At least I like Amanda Waller and Deadshot. And Captain Boomerang is always a hoot.

If they had a Green Lantern, it would be perfect!


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