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I mean, the Crow is technically a heroic clown character. Well at least anti heroic but still heroic.
DC had The Jester, way back in the Golden Age. I think the last place he showed up was in an issue of James Robinson's Starman.
There was a Golden Age detective-hero from another company called The Clown who, you guessed it, dressed up like a clown. Also there's Jerry Seigel and Joe Shuster's (you remember them, right?) late 40's creation Funnyman.
I thought it was funny when the recent adaptation of Stephen King's It set the kids' era as the 80's, rather than the 60's as in the original, given that by the 80's more kids were seeing clowns as scary (thanks in no small part to Stephen King's It) and thus Pennywise's appearing as a clown would do him less good as far as being a lure for children went.
There was also the Harlequin from the Golden Age, who started out a villain but turned good and married Alan Scott.
Yeah, Alan Scott was married twice, and both times to former enemies.
So the last batch of FT titles are out this week and that includes the House of El one-shot.
Featuring a like thousand year Superman whose set up his own El dynasty after mating with a bunch of women over the millennium with 2 new Superman successors that are either his kids or grandkids.
One of whom is the last Blue Lantern which is a Hell of a reminder that the Blue Lanterns got wiped out leaving only Saint Walker in the 2013 GL Lights Out crossover. Man thatís fucking sad, a thousand years and the Corps that embodied hope is still dead.
Argh. Why is DC allergic to the Blue Lanterns???
Also, I bit the bullet and just asked Bendis via Twitter when we can expect a proper origin story for Gold Lantern.
I don't expect an answer anytime soon, but I at least acknowledged one of the several elephants in the room that is Bendis' Legion of Super-Heroes.
Because they spent the last decade forcing a lot of depression?
Edited by Blueace on Feb 22nd 2021 at 9:03:08 AM
I presume its because outside of a presence of a Green Lantern to boost their ring's power, their abilities veer towards Non-Action Guy.
Edited by MorningStar1337 on Feb 22nd 2021 at 4:03:14 AM
I feel like thats just gonna be a no for Gold Lantern, since he's clearly a combo of show-horning a GL character for extra sales plus being more a bad running gag than a character.
The funny thing is barely anyone uses the periphery Lantern Corps to begin with yet the Blue Lanterns were the ones explicitly exterminated while the Reds, Star Sapphires, Indigo, and Larfleeze are okay for the most part in comic-book limbo.
Edited by slimcoder on Feb 22nd 2021 at 4:11:46 AM
The Blue Lanterns being eliminated feels symbolic more than anything
pretty sure it was supposed to be doctor manhatten/perpetua was actively preventing hope from returning to the universe
Which kinda lends credence to my theory. The other corps can fight without the assistance of other colors. But Blue Lanterns can't fight or at least fight as well without a Green Lantern and their fits were more of a Support Party Member niche which doens't translate well to spectacle.
throw in DC somehow not getting the idea to having Hal get a Blue Lantern sidekick (outside of maybe the animated series) and you have a recipe for an entire faction of C-List Fodder
Deosn't really explain why Future State only has 1, unless you want to imply that DiDio's plans entailed Perpetua to have a lingering presence and influence?
Well Future State was born from recycled 5G plans so in a way it does have Didio's lingering influence.
Huh a book starring Hal and Saint Walker tag-teaming does sound fun.
Edited by slimcoder on Feb 22nd 2021 at 4:56:07 AM
blue lanterns recruited one new lantern at a time. even before they got killed off there was like 10 tops. does the preview say the superman descendant is the only blue lantern?
Arcorrding to the FS charterer sheet's Last of His Kind entry for her...
Of course this is from the wiki itself, a place that could be edited by everyone, notability be damned, so there is a chance it could be wrong. (Would help if I could find the preview for the books featuring Ronan)
Edited by MorningStar1337 on Feb 22nd 2021 at 5:02:46 AM
On furhter thought, wiping out the Blues is prolly another instance of making things harder for the GL's.
Cause the Blue Lanterns are the only other Lantern group that is wholly good. The Red, Sinestro's, Star Sapphire's, and Larfleeze are all antagonistic for the most part while the Indigo's are very neutral.
While the Blues would always align and help the GL's so getting rid of them is prolly another instance of DC fucking over the G Ls'.
Edited by slimcoder on Feb 22nd 2021 at 5:13:10 AM
Not to mention the cosmic balance issues that would cause with the emotional spectrum if an entire corps (out of 7) was rendered extinct (though granted Coprs beyond green and yellow were recent inventions and orange has the simialr issue since Larfleze is the sole member)
And I'm just now reminded of when Guy joined the Reds in their ongoing and successfully negotiated the sector Earth is in to be monitored by the Reds.
I believe thats been ignored since.
Comic continuity is weird. If a writer with enough clout wants to bring the Blue Lanterns back, they can. The most obvious route is probably to come up with an original human Blue Lantern character.
I've always been quite fond of the Blue Lanterns. I'm a sucker for hope, I guess.
As for the powers, few solutions. Most obvious is just pair up a green and a blue. Could also just bite the bullet and say 'these are new Blue Lanterns, they're stronger now".
Was the Redsí own book any good, by the way? Iíve always liked them, partially because of Atrocitusí tragic story and partly because of the memes, and Peter Milligan is great too.
I liked the Red Lantern book with Guy at least. It was kind of 'Sons of Anarchy meets Green Lanterns.' :D
The Red Lanterns had memes? I honestly didn't know that?
Edited by windleopard on Feb 23rd 2021 at 10:01:44 AM
There were SOOOOOO many good Lantern memes on /co/, back when that board was still good and the alt right hadnít yet taken over ALL of 4chan. The Reds and Oranges in particular had a ton of hilarious in-jokes.
Well the Red Lantern book lasted over 40 issues so that says something there.
Got even better when Charles Soule became the writer and promoted Guy as a lead of the book and gave great characterization to minor members Skallox, Ratchet, and Zillius Zox, leading to an overall fun book that could get pretty tragic considering the overall nature of the Reds.
Huh sounds like a fun time.
Edited by slimcoder on Feb 23rd 2021 at 12:17:31 PM
Phil Jimenez said on his Instagram that higher-ups at DC comics wanted Superwoman to appeal more to Trump supporters.
No wonder he got sick of it and left.
Why the hell were the Super-books so reactionary?
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