Saturday, December 16, 2006

I Can't Believe I Did This

That image was so hideous it put me off blogging for three days. (Well, I had other issues, but it certainly didn't help my enthusiasm).

The store didn't get most of the comics on Wednesday, so I had to go in today to get mine. While I was there, I did the unthinkable.

I crossed Green Lantern off my pull list.

Don't panic, I'm still me. I'm fine with getting Green Lantern Corps and Ion (loving them both so far), but I just can't muster any enthusiasm for the main book right now. I'd still be getting it if either the POW storyline had never happened, or the artist had the slightest idea about what looked good on a character.

See, it's not even so much the sexism with Arisia and Star Sapphire as it is the sheer ugliness of the two costumes. Add that ugliness to the fact that they make my favorite title something I can't carry in public without hiding the cover. Then add in the sexism of no male character having been drawn in a comparable monstrosity. It's totally soured me on the art.

The writing is annoying me because of the POW storyline, and also because John Stewart is completely absent. They keep promising, but he never actually shows up.

I might pick it up again when the Star Sapphire storyline is over, not sure though. I'm not sure I'd be willing to read a resurrection storyline with Katma Tui right now. Can you imagine what sort of costume that stupid artist would put her in?

10 comments:

  1. Wow! My mouth is agape! But, I totally understand. If Katma Tui were still alive, I'm sure that we'd be seeing lots of cleave and leg boots!

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  2. Aw, Ragnell! :(

    Things will get better soon, I promise, and then your pull list will once again be a triple threat of all the Green Lantern titles.

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  3. You'd just managed to get me reading the title, too. But the POW storyline was annoying on several levels and reinforced my opinion of Hal as an arrogant, self-centred jerk, and reinventing Star Sapphire as an aien symbiote costume just makes me roll my eyes. I never liked Venom and see no reason to waste such a good villain by turning her into a hawt copy.

    I would have read Guy Gardner, but Howard Chaykin. So that only leaves GLC readable for me. I hope the suck isn't contagious.

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  4. Who knows? Maybe a fan outrage/outcry will cause them to recolor the flesh parts black ala Ryan's pic. IT will delay the issue, but it may be worth it to DC.

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  5. Marrioette- Maybe I'm showing my ignorance here, but wasn't the whole idea behind Star Sapphire basically the Venom before Venom - that there was some corrupting force that moved between women that just happened to possess Hal Jordan's girlfriend and then moved on to whoever the woman that died in Infinite Crisis was?

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  6. Ahah! I wondered where you had been! And yes, Star Sapphire's outfit is just horrible. But I can't bring myself to give up on an artist that draws Hal's buns so beautifully.

    I DO wish however that they can get past this whole POW plotline quickly. The whole "Revenge of the Lanterns" plot was so great, that I want to have them go back and keep tabs on the resurrected characters, if not in GL, then at least eventually in GLC.

    Gosh...GLC was SO good.

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  7. Marionette - When you said "but Howard Chaykin.", you reminded me of Sims' "Because Bob Haney, that's why." from this post:

    http://the-isb.blogspot.com/2006/09/haneys-got-gun.html

    Good times.

    (And for the record, "but Howard Chaykin." is a more-than-suitable reason to avoid a book in my eyes. That's what kept me away from GG:CD.)

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  8. Marionette - When you said "but Howard Chaykin.", you reminded me of Sims' "Because Bob Haney, that's why." from this post:

    http://the-isb.blogspot.com/2006/09/haneys-got-gun.html

    Good times.

    (And for the record, "but Howard Chaykin." is a more-than-suitable reason to avoid a book in my eyes. That's what kept me away from GG:CD.)

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  9. Really, the only way to get publishers to stop doing stupid things like putting a nearly naked Star Saphire on the cover of Green Lantern, is to stop buying the books. I own a store, and I want to sell comics, but I too become angry and embarrased when publishers do such offensive things.

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  10. loren - If Katma Tui were still alive, I'm sure that we'd be seeing lots of cleave and leg boots!

    Not really; Arisia's current costume is a slightly barer version of her old one. The female GL in GLC has lots of body coverage. Star Sapphire is unique - she's a sexual predator, hence her being a bit skanky. (Think Britney Spears.)

    Still, it's too far on the T&A side for my tastes. But then...that goes for most Marvel / DC comics, of course.

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