Friday, June 1, 2012
I Always Thought Something Wasn't Quite Right About This Guy...
Ultimately the agenda of the superhero genre was to rise above the fray of the mundane and good over evil.
Sometimes it wasn't about good or evil, but it was about the supernatural or having your imagination span the impossible. The comics didn't always succeed delivering a message as I was at odds with Stan Lee's portrayal of hunters as villains. The Villain was a jerk called "Craven" and he was a hunter. I stopped reading episodes that included "Craven the Hunter" because it was a conflicting message. The anti-hunting message delivered by Marvel was unsuccessful because kids as an audience are usually turned-off from being force fed a cause-du-jour.
DC Comics never appealed to me. Superman was OK and Batman was farcical. When it came to the other characters, they didn't cut the mustard. My other friends that collected comic books would often debate why Marvel heroes were better or visa-versa and ultimately which Marvel Hero could defeat Superman.
Then there were the lesser-heroes. The guys and gals that were short-run because they weren't really "super" or had any redeeming qualities. My friends would argue that Iron Man was no better than Batman etc...
Green Lantern was one of these anomolies. His super power was his Ring. They never explained how he had the ability to fly, but his weakness - like Superman had varying degress of Kryptonite - if you shine "yellow light" on Green Lantern, he'd lose his powers...
Yellow Light? The mythological color of cowardice and untruth.
Green Lantern was therefore determined to be easily defeated and mediocre.
While people (parents) will get up in arms about Green Lantern being recast as a homosexual, kids (the intended audience) will just get turned-off from this latest awful attempt to market the new normal.
Sorry - the market will ultimately determine the fate of a superhero.
It also proves a point to my friends from all those years ago: DC Comics are just plane lame.
I think DC also tried to promote an islamic superhero, however Hamas beat them to it...
Posted by ikaika at 8:26 AM