Well, the cat is out of the bag apparently. Recently DC had announced that one of its iconic characters was going to be reintroduced in the new 52 Universe as being gay. Immediately all manner of speculation began to reign. All kinds of characters were raised as possibilities. The odds were shortened, when it was revealed that the newly-outed character would be someone who hadn't already been reintroduced, which cut down on the number of people eligible considerably.
Well, I don't care what some people say, Alan IS Iconic! He's the original Green Lantern for one thing. He's a pround member of the Justice Society of America. He's fought Nazis, ran a business, and was one of the elder statesmen of the DC Universe. He was also one of the few people actually able to command respect from both Batman AND Hal Jordan.
I don't mind in the least that Alan is now gay. What I DO mind...is that they have made him young. This is the new Earth 2 Alan Scott by the way, and not only is Alan young, but so is Jay Garrett. It is the callowness that annoys the piss out of me. DC could make the entire JSA gay, for all I care...but dammit...I LOVED those old farts! The key word being...OLD.
Comicbookdom is littered with young whippersnappers. EVERYONE has been reset as being much much younger, with the only exception oddly enough, being the actual YOUNG characters, such as Nightwing and Tim and Jason and such. It's a little odd. Not to mention that a whole passel of younger characters have been neatly swept onto a shelf and completely forgotten, such as Donna Troy, Wally and Conner Hawke.
I also am not happy that they have given him a snazzy new costume that is much more Green Lanterny looking. As in the Corps. Alan is NOT a member of the Corps. The Corps would only slow him down! I miss his puffy sleeves and his giant collar and cape. It was a completely ridiculous looking outfit...on anyone else that is. Alan had so much dignity and gravitas that he could make it work.
I assume this means we won't be having Jade or Obsidian around either. I don't miss Jade in the least. In fact I can't STAND Jade...but I did like Obsidian. A lot.
But man...I will regret Alan's puffy sleeves. And his standing as a Senior Statesman in the Universe. Now he's just another young punk.
I so wanted it to be Geo-Force.