Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Beyond the Pale

Soyo told me that the cover for Green Lantern #18 was out today.



Peter Tomasi, Green Lantern Editor
DC Comics
1700 Broadway
New York, NY 10019

41 comments:

  1. Her new outfit is rather.....bare.
    It's downright silly that her limbs get full coverage, but her torso doesn't. I like the glow in the hair and the collar though, but still...ack.

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  2. Yeah, I thought that was kind of execessive...

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  3. I think I'm struck speechless. Every time I think that new costumes can't get any dumber, they pull out something worse. Star Sapphire has a perfectly good costume (that might be able to stand a bit of updating - I'd like the new headband/mask look if it made a full mask around her eyes). Making it look like she was standing naked at ground zero of a pink latex factory explosion does not seem like an improvement over the source material.

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  4. Penthouse Comix GL issue?

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  5. Maybe the fire melted her costume...selectively...

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  6. I can't decide if she wandered into the DC Universe from 1990s Image or Chaos! Comics.

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  7. I really really love Ivan Reis, but I have to say that when it comes to designing costumes...let's just say that he's no Dave Cockrum.

    That said...my! It certainly is...PINK! And I'm glad that her legs and arms will be warm, but she's going to get a lot of colds dressed like that.

    On the other hand, Hal doesn't seem to be struggling near as much as he could...does he? Heh heh

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  8. Yeah, I kind of wondered why Green Lantern was fighting Vampirella...

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  9. The costume is awful but at least Hal is in the right position.

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  10. yeah, that's not a case of a costume devolving so much as dissolving. maybe the sapphire went through a hostile takeover by the witchblade while we weren't looking.

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  11. Maybe I should thank DC. I'd been on the fence about whether to keep buying Green Lantern for a while, and I think I just made up my mind! How helpful!

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  12. Its about time Green Lantern brought some sexy back..

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  13. So... she has no nipples? Or is the 'costume' actually part of her skin, and she's part Qwardian?

    Maybe it's just me, but sexiness only works if you can grasp basic anatomy.

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  14. Geoff Johns Green Lantern Message Boards are at http://www.comicbloc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=40205. If that dosen't work, send him a barrage of PMs.

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  15. Was there something really all that wonderful about the 90s that creators want to drag us back there lately? Because turning Star Saphire's look into a cheap Witchblade knock off that wouldn't be out of place on, say, a Youngblood cover appeal seems to me, anyway, to be a good step in that direction. The only thing I can't figure out is who, exactly, does this sort of cover appeal to again?

    I'd been on the fence about whether to keep buying Green Lantern for a while, and I think I just made up my mind! How helpful!

    Seconded. Well, replace "keep buying" with some variation on "pick up eventually" but same idea.

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  16. Good luck with that message board. I took a look. The four pages of drooling 14 year-old fanboys trapped in 30 year old men's bodies was truly disturbing.

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  17. ryan: All the more reason to speak out then! This is what the creators are hearing. Besides, there's some good people on comicbloc.

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  18. I'm sure she'll be a bit embarrassed, but someone should really tell her that Mike Grell's 30th Century Fashions Today is strictly a men's boutique...

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  19. What's the title of this story, "Hal Jordan's Bachelor Party"?

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  20. I think I have underwear with more fabric than that outfit.

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  21. So, what's the story with her left thigh? It's huge in contrast to the both of her legs!

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  22. I don't suppose it's worth pointing out to the people getting ready to grouse at Geoff Johns on his own boards that complaining to the writer about the art rarely gets results?

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  23. Didn't Star Sapphire die during Infinate Crisis? I mean really, two pages seemed to have been devoted to it as it was the only damn thing that happened during that scene.

    I remember being so annoyed. Not because I have this big love for her, frankly I could care less about her.. but it's the middle of this supposedly important mega-event and there's scenes of these characters gathering around to accomplish... nothing! Oh, and Spectre kills her. Why? Because she's naughty.

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  24. This is interesting. Mostly because all that fleshtone is ... not what we saw of Star Sapphire's costume when she last appeared at the end of the most recent issue. The desgin is the same, but in the comic, she had black material where her skin is.

    I'm hoping that this is a coloring error, which is not out of the question - a few months ago, a Teen Titans cover was released which showed the new "Titans East" team. The book showed Batgirl (Cassandra Cain) with her mouth uncovered, and a new character, Sun Girl, appeared to have a giant boob window. The next day, it was revealed that there was a coloring error and a new cover appeared, in which Batgirl's mouth was covered, and what had looked like a boob window on Sun Girl's costume was, in fact, a symbol on the costume embroidered in a different colored fabirc.

    I should note, however, that even if the costume is miscolored, this is clearly a "Type 'E'" sexilized costume, and still sort of an issue.

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  25. For some reason, the phrase "slack jawed amazement" pops into my head...

    ...Please tell me that's a prank cover. I can understand a prank. Honestly.

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  26. Somebody really needs to photoshop it. Cover Star Sapphire up, and then edit Hal's costume to a comparable level of exposure, and reposition his lantern logo to just above crotch level with those peekaboo holes around it. I remember somebody did that sort of switcheroo to Supergirl and Nightwing on a particularly bad Supergirl cover.

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  27. Something like this?

    I apologise for his skin tone. This is the 30 second (well, ten minute) version and to get anything better would almost require a complete re-colouring from scratch. I found this little diversion amusing, but not that amusing.

    Oh, and I see that a post on the same image just went up at Girls Read Comics. I can't be bothered to register for the forums, so if anyone wanted to drop the link over there it would be fine by me.

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  28. see, now that recolored version is much more appropiate. even if hal doesn't have nipples ala He-Man lol.

    great job Ryan :-D

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  29. Ryan, her outfit looks so much better that way! And a mostly nekkid Hal is always a treat.

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  30. I'm curious what writing Tomasi is actually going to do. Obviously, in this day and age, if an image this provacative makes it to print, it's got the full support of Tomasi and his superiors. That's what burns me so much about DC these days. They try to portray themselves as these Harbingers of Enlightenment (i.e. their incessant self-congratulation over Bat-Lesbian), but are actually just the same old peddlers of soft porn to the lowest-common-denominators among us.

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  31. What was so wrong with the old costume that they had to make this one?

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  32. ryan h, you are my hero

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  33. Holy macaroni.

    When someone's id spills onto a page without interference, it can get a little off-putting.

    Then again, it is kind of an achievement. How many comic book covers will you find in any given month that combine the fear of, desire for, resentment towards, and anger at women--all at once?

    Hmm...don't answer that.

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  34. Gotta love this: http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r17/frankfournier/starsapphireWW.jpg

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  35. Get a grip folks - the new costume is 600,000% better than the previous. It's daring, it's provocative, and really not that much more revealing than the costumes of, say Wonder Woman or Namor.

    Funny how nobody ever objects to a guy in a scaly green speedo, but Star Sapphire, OH NO.

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  36. I do highly enjoy the mostly-naked Green Lantern, especially the strategically-placed lantern symbol. Nummers.

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