ASK... THE QUESTION! Column Submission Thread

Okay fair enough! I agree with most of that, though I’d argue the Poglachians could count - (if I remember correctly) they ARE a group of people with essentially the same powers as a Green Lantern, regardless of their purpose. If they were fakes, using special effects to make it seem like they have those powers, I’d agree, but they do seem to have them - and from a different source, no? (Come to think of it, one could make a similar argument for Jade as well. Maybe not a Lantern, but same powers?)

Regardless thanks again for taking the time, and for your excellent answers as always!

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Here’s a question, not counting the publications that were eventually folded into DC, what was the first crossover?

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I count myself as a lantern, because I use holograms and light tricks to fool my enemies at least once a day.

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Speaking of Lanterns, I was looking back at an answer you gave to @DeSade-acolyte (Aug 24th), about what a Green Lantern’s Power Ring can do. As I’ve said before, trying to keep up with your output of information, would take an Oracle level of abilities I’m afraid I simply don’t possess. In any case, I see an answer to a query I posed to you about Kyle Rayner and Major Force, not so long ago. So, consider that one answered. Which of course, brings up a whole 'nother question.

By the logic of your argument (if i understood you correctly), an artist like Kyle (one more gifted with a Jack Kirby like imagination then your basic intergalactic GL peace officer), could conceivably become for a 24 hour period (Earth time), the most powerful being in the known universe? With the power to take on (or out) a Dr. Manhattan, an Anti-Monitor, or anything else he (or she) believed opposed them? And all because they “think” they have the power to do so?

If true, I’m going to assume that the Guardians knew all about this “loaded gun” they were entrusting to these deputies they were empowering to serve them. That some kind of fail-safe is built into the ring that keeps it’s power levels in check? Or am I just way off base? And running around in right field, looking for a black baseball headed my way, on a moonless night?

As usual, stay safe, be well.

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All I can say is that the power of a GL ring is roughly equivalent to the strength of Superman: it’s always as powerful as the story requires.

As for Kyle’s affinity allowing him to achieve a sort of godhood, that’s a recurring theme throughout his career! It’s how he became host to the entity of Ion in the ‘00s, and ascended to the rank of White Lantern in NEW GUARDIANS.

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I’d argue that Sinestro is the most powerful lantern with the most resolve.

As a GL he told the guardians there were threats were the rings inability to use lethal force was a problem. They fobbed him of with “no, we know better than you”. Sinestro created his corps and as it spread and were killing GLs, what did the guardians do? The suddenly decided “ya know we think it’s a good idea to allow GLs to use lethal force.

It was Sinestro that grasp the Nietzschean Will To Power and killed all the guardians. Forcing the GLs and others to build their own destinies.Find their own set of morals rather than having them dictated by others. The guardians were (arguably) the gods of the universe having last say over what was good and evil. Sinestro grasp the famous line “god is dead and I have killed them.”

You can find many points of view on Sinestro’s psychology here

You might find some of it most enlightening. Geoff John’s has said “I don’t like giving anyone the title of ‘the greatest anything’, but Sinestro is the greatest Green Lantern.”

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What issue does the main batman title switchover from earth-2 to earth-1? Into the Silver Age

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Scanning back over more old postings, seeking inspiration for challenging queries to throw your way, I discovered this. An interesting (if perhaps not altogether serious) query about Thanagarians being born from eggs? Said post provided on Nov 16th by @MatthewHecht. Couldn’t help but smile at this one. Until I actually gave it some thought. And while I don’t think eggs (other than those of ovarian in nature) apply to the humanoids of Thanagar regarding their births, there is (or was) a hero to whom such a birth may indeed apply.

Back in '83, in All-Star Squadron #25, Roy Thomas first introduced his Infinity Inc, concept and team to the world. Among them was a very likable (if oddly origined) young man named Norda. Son of anthropoligist Fred Cantrell and a bird-woman of the Fitherans. A strange race of Bird people, who first appeared with the Golden Age Hawkman back in the 40’s. Make a long story short, Fred fell in love with one of the feathered-beak women, and who (in a manner known only to them), conceived and gave birth to Norda, aka Northwind.

So, while the “chicken or the egg” conundrum may be with us for quite some time to come, I’m going out on a limb here. I think, in all probability, Norda is more than likely DC’s first (and only?) “egg in a nest” born hero. For the sake of simplicity, let’s leave members of the Green Lantern Corp, outta’ this. What say you HCQ?

Stay safe, be well

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Barbara Gordan: did they ever consider just throwing her into a Lazarus Pit? I mean it gives Black canary back both her cry and ability to have children (at least in kingdom come) yet we cant magic Barbra up and let New earth Babs have kids with Nightwing (they get married on may 6th 2015 Publish date of Convergence: Nightwing/Oracle) yet Babara gets to remain in a wheelchair or require implants to walk and be batgirl…then again when it comes to the batfamily…

this thought hit me well reading death metal: Last days of the DC universe.

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Here’s a weird one: the second Legends of the Superheroes special - The Roast - includes an appearance by Hawkman’s mother with about as many bird jokes as Carter’s had retcons. Have we ever seen Hawkman’s mother in comics? Has there ever been any acknowledgment of that rendition of her outside of the special? And while were at it: have any of the special’s other original characters appeared elsewhere - Rhonda Rooter, Ghetto Man, Scarlet Cyclone, etc.?

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How many times has Harvey Dent become Two Face in different ways?

Which Batman villain has the most kill count?

How many villains does Batman have?

Does crime stop in Gotham for some time?

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Already answered this one for you!

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What about my other questions.

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I’ll put them on the list!

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Probably The Batman Who Laughs, who goes out of his way to destroy entire universes.

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There’s daily crime in most regular cities, let alone Gotham. But in the future of Kingdom Come, Batman transforms Gotham into an authoritarian city-state where all crime has been eradicated.

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A bit of sad news crossed my path earlier this evening. On Dec 2nd, Richard Corben passed away. Many of you younger fans may not know the name. But to most of the rest of us, he was a master of visual imagery in the business. Coming up thru the “undergrounds” and fanzines of the day, he honed his craft and created an artistic resume second to none! Even publishing his own title, Fangoria, for a while. He worked his way up to many of the top drawer production houses in the 70’s an 80’s.

Warren publications was chief among them. Eerie, Creepy, and Vampirella titles all displayed his art and unique style. I don’t know if he was a fan of Russ Meyer or not. But his women would have been right at home in any of Meyer’s films. And just as Alex Ross makes me think of James Bama’s work. Rich Corben has his own emulators. Much of his last work appearing in a little title called Heavy Metal. He was 80 when he died. But like many other masters in the field, his name and body of work, will be long remembered after him. Condolences to his family.

Stay safe, and be well.

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A true comics icon. He will be missed.

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The new column has arrived! Thank you to @wrightline1.42741, @TinselSoup, and @MiscellaneousSoup for this week’s questions.

And now, “ASK… THE QUESTION” enters a holiday break. The column will return in a new and exciting way in 2021! In the meantime, I may periodically address some of your queries here.

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HCQ,

Thanks for the columns and have a Happy New Year!!!

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