Friday, July 06, 2007


Des this person actually think they know more about Green Lantern than me?
The concept of Star Sapphire is based on seduction.
Okay, a retcon is not the basis for a concept, its a revision of a concept and its as temporary as a sandcastle given the amount of nostalgia found in most comic book writers today. The basis for the concept is where it was created. That story is out in a Showcase collection. This one is accessible.

And honestly, I don't understand why I should find it embarrassing that I can write a full coherent essay on the nature of Star Sapphire in Green Lantern in five minutes, especially in response to someone who takes the time to read and troll essays about superhero comics.

And again with the "its only comic books" argument as if that makes it okay to put out offensive shit. Two things wrong there: a) being junk lit just means that when you pick the offensive bits out its a sign that the theme is that much more interesting (and in some cases harmful) because its so ingrained in society it surfaces even in the light stuff, and b) we're shelling out three bucks apiece for these things, dammit. A little consideration is not too much to ask even if they are just cheap thrills.


  1. I didn't want to post this on Newsarama, but: if someone drew a picture of, say, Geoff Johns' wife as Star Sapphire, or even worse, getting her head punched off by Superboy, how would he feel?

    I'm guessing he might rethink things a little.

  2. That's a poor comparison, though. People may see themselves in Star Sapphire, or any comic character, but there's a big difference between that and being explicitly represented.

  3. I don't understand the thinking of someone who has mocked your essay, and then when you defend your position, says that it is "just comics". In fact using the word "Just" in front of ANYTHING drives me into incoherent demeans your interest in a subject, and it demeans your reaction.

    As in it was "Just" a joke, why are you getting so angry that I've insulted you?

    Man, I'm cranky today.