Thursday, August 31, 2006

DC Owes Us Another Green Lantern Collection

As solicited by DC Comics: "The greatest adventures of the Emerald Gladiator, collected in one volume! Thrill to the exploits of several Green Lanterns in stories from GREEN LANTERN ('40s) #1; ALL-AMERICAN COMICS #89; GREEN LANTERN ('60s-70s) #1, 9, 87, 172; SUPERMAN #257, TALES OF THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS ANNUAL #3, GREEN LANTERN ('90s) #3, 0; GREEN LANTERN: MOSAIC #5; GREEN LANTERN GALLERY and GREEN LANTERN SECRET FILES 2005."

What was in the actual trade?

Showcase (60s) #22; Green Lantern (60s,70s, 80s) #1, 31, 74, 87, 172; Green Lantern (90s) #3; Green Lantern: The Brave and the Bold (1999) #2 , DC First: Green Lantern/Green Lantern (2002), and Green Lantern Secret Files and Origins 2005 -- The Flight story.

I'd hardly call the Brave and Bold miniseries or the DC First special one of "The Greatest Green Lantern Stories Ever Told."

You know what are some of the Greatest Green Lantern Stories Ever Told? Well, the Elliost S Maggin story about Tomar Re (Superman #257) that was originally solicited for one; and some of the issues from Mosaic -- not just #5, but some whole storylines there; Green Lantern (Volume II) #30, the introduction of Katma Tui; and maybe, just maybe, some of the Golden Age stories (all of which were cut) that I've never read.

I want that Tomar Re story from Superman #257. I've only found it online. You know how shitty reading comics over a computer is. I only know how awesome it is by reading over a computer. I want to hold that story. I want it in my hands. I want to run my fingers over the paper. And I was all excited that it would be reprinted until I actually got the trade.

Where is it? Where's my Tomar Re story?

Damn you, DC!!! First you make Hal crazy, then you take away Kyle's face, then you put the wrong Lantern in JLA and now this!!!!

And this one, this one is not just my crazy fan entitlement speaking, you promised me this one.

Guess what my question is at every panel next convention.

You'll be sick of seeing my face, Levitz.

(Crossposted to Zamaron)


  1. If it helps, you can find 'The Greatest Green Lantern of All' in 'The Greatest Team-Up Stories ever Told' trade - Amazon lists it for 8.44 for the hardcover and 6.99 for the paperback.

  2. Now, that's a woman with some Green Lantern passion!

    PS - I love Tomar Re, too....I haven't read the story you're craving, but now I want to!

  3. Don't forget the Alan Moore Green Lantern stories. Mogo doesn't socialize.

  4. In the aftermath of the Brian Hibbs/Marvel lawsuit, aren't books that are vastly different than what was originally solicited able to be returned to the publisher? It's not as effective a message as a slap or a drink thrown in the fact, but still.

    Or does that not apply here because: A.) This is DC, not Marvel; B.) it's a trade paperback, not a regular comic, and already is returnable, at least as far as the book trade goes; C.) it's a reprint, and those don't apply; or D.) Some combination of any or all of the above?

  5. That is one lopsided trade. Any "Greatest" GL collection that includes an issue of the Gerry Jones run is stretching the definition of "greatest" to the breaking point.

  6. As a side-note:

    The Hal/Alan team-up story in "Crisis on Multiple Earths: The Team-Ups" should probably be there, too. Except it's just been reprinted. So I dunno.

    But, yeah, Supes 257 was brilliant.