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Four Three Days With The Corps continues and concludes today with a look at the individual Who’s Who entries for the Earthbound Green Lantern Corps! I had originally wanted this to be a four day affair but life didn’t work out that way for me this week. So the last two posts become one.
And here we go.
The amusing thing about these entries is that I nearly didn’t scan them. I was going through the Who’s Who issues again in preparation for next month’s batch of posts and realized, “Hey, these were in the Update ’87 issues! I may want to post these.” So here we are with five more members of the Earth based Green Lantern Corps.
First up we have Arisia. She’s an odd character for me. I like her but when I start thinking about her for more than five minutes the creepiness factor kicks into high gear. Arisia had a thing for Hal Jordan, which wouldn’t normally be a problem except for the fact that she was a teenager. As in under aged. As in Benson and Stabler should be kicking in your door for even thinking of her like that. Arisia found a way around this, though. She used her ring to “will” herself to be older.
I’ll let that sink in for a minute.
Now if a normal man were faced with a hot and sexy alien chick that was a teenager one minute and an adult the next he would probably say, “Hey, now. This is kind of wrong. Physically you might be older but emotionally you are still a child. We can’t be together. I have had life experiences that you haven’t had yet and it would be unfair and wrong of me to take advantage of you like that.” What did Hal Jordan say? “You look old enough to me. I’ll tap that!”
Arisia is still a good character though. Too bad Hal was such a pervert.
Isn’t it cute that John and Katma wore matching uniforms?
Katma is another great character and really came to life for me after John Stewart took over for Hal Jordan. She came to train John and was mighty pissed with Hal because Hal had previously told her that she needed to give up her relationship with the man she loved because of her duty to the Corps and here Hal is quitting the Corps to spend some quality time with Carol Ferris. Eventually she and John fell in love and were a great couple. It is a real shame that they killed her. It was a pointless death too, which makes it all the worse.
Fun fact about Kilowog: he wasn’t always the kick ass drill sergeant of the Green Lantern Corps. When he showed up in Green Lantern Corps #201 he was simply a Green Lantern that had lost his home. He was a solid character from the beginning and was even taken advantage of by the Russians in order to help them create their own national super-heroes in a story that only makes sense during the Cold War. This leads to another fun fact, which is Kilowog helped create the Rocket Reds. It was a great story. Guy almost started World War III. Fun times abounded. After that Kilowog was a faithful member of the team even if there was this weird time where he had a thing for Arisia.
What was with that girl?
In late 1989 Emerald Dawn hit the stands and suddenly Kilowog was not only a Lantern before Hal he also helped train the good Mr. Jordan. It was a great retcon and went a long way to help cement his legacy with the Corps.
For a while there Kilowog was the handyman for the Justice League. Down the road he became a Green Lantern again and really that is where he belongs. I like Kilowog a lot. He may not be my absolute favorite but he is certainly up there.
Every team needs a cranky member with a heart of gold. Salakk fills that role nicely. I can’t help but like the character. His greatest moment in the eighties Green Lantern Corps series was when he was brought to the future and became Pol Manning, which was something that happened to Hal Jordan from time to time in the Silver Age. It was a very dramatic story and the moment where Salakk realized he had been manipulated was fantastic because the normally reserved Salakk loses his damn mind and goes on a rampage. The fact that he decided to stay in the future says a lot about the character and his desire to be happy even if he put up the front of being the curmudgeon.
And now…the greatest alien Green Lantern of them all…
If you don’t like Ch’p you don’t have a soul.
It is that simple.
Actually it is just fine if you don’t like Ch’p. He’s kind of a hard sell when it comes to the Green Lantern Corps because when Steve Englehart and Joe Staton re-imagined him in 1986 they turned him into a Disney character. But that’s the main reason I like him so much. He is kind of the cartoony Green Lantern but is just as heroic as the rest of them. Plus he has such an awesome design. I love the overalls. And he even had his own arch enemy.
And that is it for
Four Three Days With The Corps and it also marks the end of Green Lantern Month in general. I had a lot of fun doing this and even though I missed a day here and there I think it went smoothly or as smoothly as things go in my life. Come back tomorrow to see what I have in store for you in July. All of the preparations have been made and I am ready to roll out what I hope will be a really fun and exciting month. There is a theme because that worked out so well here and maybe that is something I will continue down the road.
More to follow…