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Re: “Not-So-Blind Dates with Dessert Thieves (Part I)

Hahaha this is awesome! And informative! And now i'm going to look into this whole Sticky Date Cake business.

Posted by ZaSchaff on 10/14/2011 at 4:17 PM

Re: “A Green Lantern for Red States

This was not a fake response. If we’re throwing around absurd conspiracy theories I think you might be Comic Book Guy from the Simpsons. I am a real person who is not interested in delving into a lame Internet flame war.

I feel like the great thing about GL is that he isn’t a Batman or Superman. I know it’s a little pretentious but I kind of liked GL because he was under the radar. He’s was a character that had a dedicated following despite never having had his own show or movie. That’s why I think there’s no reason why a GL movie needs to follow the same lame formula as every other modern super hero film. Who says a first film has to start in the modern era or tell an origin story? Why can’t it address issues like drug abuse or racism (which still fucking exist despite your being old)? I feel like the best stories are the ones where audiences can fill in back-story for themselves.

Now as far as your dismissal of my remarks about the Light War go, I believe that the bringing back of dead characters creates an endless cycle that makes constant meta-events like the recent DC re-launch necessary. Instead of creating new characters for new readers DC recycles the same storylines and situations.

It’s true that I didn’t read the Death of Superman when it first came out. I was fucking 2 years old. I did however read it and lots of other collections once I reached comic reading age.

Comics like the Breaking of the Bat and the Fall of Jordan stand apart from the rest and are great because they examine aspects of the mythos that have been neglected. A story where Hal takes on Star Sapphire or Sonar for the Hundredth time is so incredibly unnecessary at this point. Hal Jordan traveling through space on a murder spree was unforgettable. It was different, it was moving and it was interesting. I have yet to read a better graphic novel than Joe Kelly’s Last Will and Testament of Hal Jordan.

I don’t know about you but I don’t want to watch a show or read a comic where every thing is the same at the end as it was in the beginning. I want characters that grow and evolve over time.

Posted by ZaSchaff on 06/20/2011 at 6:24 PM

Re: “A Green Lantern for Red States

I’ve read Green Lantern for more than a decade and I completely agree with Sutton and Stewart's review. As an avid reader of both Green Lantern and The Measure I feel a responsibility to support the insightful points addressed by Sutton and Stewart. I found the GL movie to be an unfortunate and upsetting film that sullies the reputation and integrity of a fantastic comic. I believe this film should be called out and examined for no other reason than it preyed on/exploited the most base, simple, anti-intellectual and neoconservative aspects of Green Lantern.

I read Green Lantern because it’s a comic that I believe stands apart from the rest of the pack. It’s been a comic that has always had the will power (sorry that was really lame) to explore real issues and themes in a way that never came off half as cheesy or contrived as an after school special. At its heart GL isn’t about making big green guns or defending military contractors, it’s about human relationships, tolerance of other cultures and the ethics of violence and intervention.

The film’s outright assault on the unemployed is especially hard to stomach in light of the Hard-Travelling Heroes saga of the Silver Age. In Dennis O'Neil and Michael Hill’s masterpiece Green Lantern and Green Arrow travels across the United States and encounter the evils of bigotry, unregulated capitalism and religious fundamentalism. In one of the more powerful moments in comic history an old black man say to Green Lantern, "I been readin' about you...How you work for the blue skins.. And how on a planet someplace you helped out the orange skins...And you done considerable for the purple skins! Only there's skins you never bothered with--The black skins! I want to know... How come?! Answer me that, Mr. Green Lantern!"

Green Lantern’s friendship with gay teen Terry Berg and his subsequent departure from the earth in the wake of Terry’s homophobia fueled assault was one of the best comic’s I’ve ever read. It was the kind of rare story that elevates an entire medium. I know that I’m biased and that I have an attachment to the GL that I grew up with but I have to add that I believe that the creation of the ‘evil yellow Parallax’ was one of the biggest mistakes in recent comic history. While the light wars of recent years have provided some interesting stories (as well as a lame answer to Marvel Zombies) Hal Jordan’s fall from grace (and adoption of the name Parallax) after the destruction of Coast City was powerful because it showed that even super heroes have a breaking point. The idea that some ‘evil yellow fear bug’ had entered Jordan years earlier and made him insane was a slap in the face to readers that want comics with compelling stories and characters.

Sutton and Stewart I don’t think you need me to tell you this, but take it from a real GL nerd (who is not as Mr./Mrs. Guythecat would have you believe, named Mike), your review hit’s the nail on the head.

-Zac

Posted by ZaSchaff on 06/20/2011 at 11:07 AM

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