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Monday, April 21, 2008

Kari Limbo

What IS it about Kari Limbo anyway? As you all recall, she was originally Guy Gardner's fortune-telling fiancee. She was either a gypsy, or part gypsy or whatever, but she had flashes of prescience, and vague mind-whammy powers. She also spent a lot of time swooning and hanging out in in dark tents. Hustleing the Rubes, I would imagine.

She also ran off with Hal Jordan, about five seconds after he told her that Guy was (supposedly) dead. She slapped his face, and then started slobbering all over him. For some reason, this absolutely entranced Hal. Next thing you know, they're engaged too! She actually manages to GET HIM TO THE ALTAR, before having a fit and realizing that perhaps dear old Guy isn't dead afterall, he's just being tortured in another dimension. Of course, Hal flies off to rescue his old buddy and cuckold, but Guy ends up in that famous coma, and Kari agrees with Hal, that she's going to stay with Guy instead. Hal, is probably breathing a covert sigh of relief by now, but what the hey.

Then Guy wakes up all cranky and surly, and ends up a part of the Green Lantern Corps, even though none of them seem to like him very much. Kari THEN decides to start chasing Guy again, but bless his evil little heart, he doesn't want her now. Hal expects her to start making a play for him as well, and Arisia is all jealous, but then Hal recieves the shock of a lifetime, when Kari announces that she doesn't WANT Hal, she wants Guy. That is, until she realizes just how much Guy has changed, and the tiny little fact that he can barely stand the sight of her anymore.

After than, they don't cross paths much, she uses her mind powers a few times, when he's trying to fight Goldface, and he ends up wrecking her carnival, much to her displeasure. He does seem to be genuinely sorry when she buys the farm in Zero Hour however. Of course, by that time, he was Warrior, so he wasn't brain-dead anymore.

But exactly what IS it about Kari Limbo? I don't know anyone who likes her as a character. I really don't know if anyone likes her period. As Kalinara has already pointed out, she was a walking cliche, with the whole gypsy thing. She was also clinging, annoying and a tad desperate. On the other hand, she was the ONLY woman who managed to actually get Hal Jordan...Mr. Afraid of Committment himself, to the altar. Didn't end up going through with it, but that was actually HER doing, not his. I've always wondered, deep in my heart of hearts, what their marriage would have been like, if she hadn't noticed that Guy was actually alive, and pretty pissed. Hal used to run as fast as he could every time that Carol brought the subject of marriage up, and I think that Carol was a much more interesting character than Kari. She didn't have fits for one thing. Yes, there was that whole Star Sapphire thing going on, but really, secretly I think that it thrilled Hal right down to his toes.

But somehow, she managed to get two Green Lanterns to want to marry her. She certainly had Guy completely under her dainty thumb before the whole exploding battery incident. She was certainly attractive, being drawn in a rather exotic fashion. She had an acquiline nose for one thing, at least the way that Joe Staton used to draw her, she wasn't your conventional Comicbook beauty, looking very different from Black Canary or Arisia, for one thing. She was also pretty manipulative, although she managed to buffalo just about everyone into thinking she was fragile and helpless.

In the end however, she pretty much got what she deserved. But then I never liked her very much. She didn't get either of the men of her dreams, and in fact pretty much drove them nuts. Then she got blowed up. Blowed up GOOD! I find it interesting that Guy has always seemed to feel a little bit of remorse about what happened to her, but I can't find anywhere that Hal ever gave her another thought, other than being momentarily insulted when she told him that she didn't want him anymore. Which leads me to believe that their marriage would have lassted just about as long as the honeymoon was over, and Hal sobered up.

Does anybody LIKE Kari Limbo? Should she be resurrected? Maybe we could pair her up with Snapper Carr.


At 9:50 AM, Blogger Sea-of-Green said...

Gawd, Kari Limbo and Snapper Carr! LOL! They certainly deserve each other! :-)

Kari Limbo was brought into the GL-GA series almost immediately after Carol dumped Hal for the umpteenth time, and Itty bought the farm/turned into a homicidal monster/turned into a big blue benevolent alien. Yes, Kari was annoying, but she certainly was a better companion for Hal than a semi-sentient space starfish! ;-) I think the intention was to give Hal a girlfriend who had some sort of "super powers" (i.e. Kari's soothsaying abilities), since Ollie had Dinah. Didn't work, though.

At 1:40 PM, Blogger FoldedSoup said...

I'm actually surprised that I have no idea who this "Kari Limbo" person is! Never heard of her.

I'll consider myself fortunate.

At 7:47 PM, Blogger kalinara said...

Snapper's suffered enough! Yeesh!

Anyway, I think that Kari getting Hal to the alter wasn't so much anything to do with her as it was Hal's residual guilt over what happened to Guy.

He recruits him as a temporary replacement so he can find out what's wrong with his ring, only to learn the trap's in the battery and he left the poor fellow to die in his place.

Hal's a dick, but he's not inhuman.

Moreover, the girl is pretty and Hal is attracted as he is to anything on two legs, but because he, in his mind, killed her fiance, he's kind of honor bound to replace him. I think that's the subconscious reasoning anyway.

Of course poor Guy wasn't really in any position to appreciate the sentiment.

At 9:24 PM, Blogger Duskdog said...

I wouldn't mind seeing her resurrected as a Black Lantern -- or however it is they're going to possibly bring back some dead people. But only so I can watch her get killed again. Preferably in a more personal manner this time. And preferably by Guy.

Seriously, though, if she's brought back in such a way that she still has a brain and isn't a mindless zombie, I wouldn't mind seeing her have one more conversation with both Guy and Hal before she buys the farm again. Even if it's just Guy saying "Uh... sorry you died, sometimes when I'm alone in a dark tent I think about you" and Hal saying "...Who? Oh yeah, you. Oops."

Or better yet, it can give Hal and Guy a reason to chat about it. I don't think they ever did, you know, and I'd be interested in what they'd have to say to each other on the topic now that they're buddies and all that stuff is forgiven.

At 6:33 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

Sea! You're back! Yes, I really can't stand Kari, and I always got the feeling that Dinah wasn't completely sold on her as well.

Soup, you're not missing too much. Although you would probably appreciate the fact that when she came slithering back to Guy, he called her Kari BIMBO, and told her to piss off.

Kalinara, Kari and Snapper should be in a four-part mini-series, called the Lame and the Lamer.


Duskdog, THAT would be an interesting conversation, that's for sure. Have I mentioned that I stumbled across your site recently, and am enchanted.

At 7:01 AM, Blogger Heartiac. said...

I thought that abomination of a character called Kari Limbo was erased by Zero Hour....

In any case she's in comic-book hell until Geoff Johns can see a reason for her to exist. (And she's competing with Ice so I'm not seeing it.)

At 7:51 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

Yes, she IS actually dead. But still annoying.

At 9:24 AM, Blogger kalinara said...

Still, it was awfully satisfying to see her blown the fuck up.

Thank you Beau Smith for making that explicit. <3

At 3:58 PM, Blogger notintheface said...

What was it about Kari?

I think it was the wholy gypsy thing. Reminded me of Scarlet Witch a bit.

It could also have been how Alex Saviuk drew her. DAMN YOU, ALEX SAVIUK!

Also, why is it that Dick Grayson seems to be the only gypsy in comics WITHOUT some sort of psychic and/or supernatural power?

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