Wednesday, January 04, 2006

A Very Special Green Lantern Special

As promised, I now present to you Green Lantern Special #1. I figure, why dwell on violence against women in comics when there's such a...unique example of racial violence in my collection as well. I love "very special episode" comics. I have two different copies of the mini where Death and John Constantine talk about fighting AIDS. But this just bizarre. The worst thing is that while a large part of the issue is about how bad apartheid is, it concludes that the freedom fighters are as bad as the government because they also engage in violence.

The setup: Hal Jordan is always broke. John Stewart, trying to get him to stop sleeping on his couch, tells him to go steal diamonds from South Nambia while nobody's looking. They couldn't possibly miss them, right? But they catch him. This is very bad.

But it gets worse. Since John Stewart has a public identity as the Green Lantern, when South Nambians see Hal stealing from their mine, they assume it was John. John gets extradited to stand trial. In a racist country. With apartheid.

The South Nambian authorities try to coerce John into signing a fake confession. And then they beat him up some more.

Hal visits John in jail and convinces him to use his ring to break out. He does so and initiates a large scale prison break. Then he joins up with another guy who broke out to fight apartheid and destory rich white people's property. But there's more. As it turns out, in busting up the prison, John also freed a MURDERER!

The boy can't do anything least with Christopher Priest writing him. In the end, John almost helps in a terrorist attack against the South Nambian government, but Hal shows up to stop him (after some coersion by everbody's favorite bastion of law, Superman).

Yay for Hal getting punched in the face...sorry, Amy.

Hal and John's relationship in this era is described very accurately as schlemiel and schlamazel. A schlemiel is a bumbling idiot, and a schlamazel is a chronically unlucky person. To put it one way, the schlemiel is the guy who always spills his drink, and the schlamazel is the one he is spilling his drink on. Hal does a lot of things that cause him no problems but make John's life pretty miserable--a sad cycle of mistakes and consequences.


Blogger Chris said...


Are we sure Alan Moore didn't write this?

12:42 AM, January 05, 2006  
Blogger Diamondrock said...

Wow. John actually told Hal to go rob some diamond mines because he was broke? I don't care if it was an apartheid country -- that just seems out of character.

2:12 AM, January 05, 2006  
Blogger kalinara said...

Reason number 478 why Priest should be kept away from Lanterns. He writes Hal as a tool and an idiotic ass, John as a loser, Kyle as an ineffectual weak moron...

*shakes head* And I *liked* the Ray, just keep Mr. Priest there and away from anyone else.

Thanks for posting though! :-) Bleh, so horrid I'm glad I saw it.

5:06 AM, January 05, 2006  
Anonymous methane said...

You know, there are many ways Hal could make money off the ring. The Green Lantern's put their heads together and the best they can come up with is stealing?

11:57 PM, January 07, 2006  
Anonymous viagra online said...

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9:57 AM, July 22, 2010  

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