I landed on Beau’s Guy Gardner: Warrior run while playing with my random comic generator system, and I thought it was well worth discussing.
I don’t have the deepest knowledge on the Green Lantern area of DC, but I enjoy Guy Gardner as a lovable douche and a foil for other characters. I also knew this series had a bad reputation, and I’ve now confirmed that this bad reputation is well earned.
The Warrior era starts in the aftermath of Emerald Twilight, where Hal Jordan went nuts and killed off the Green Lantern Corps. This resulted in Guy losing his power ring, and he decided he needed new powers. Long story short, he just so happened to have alien DNA that gave him powers after drinking from a special liquid found in some rainforest, so suddenly he has super strength and shape changing abilities which allow him to manifest weapons at will.
Sadly, that’s where the plot seems to begin and end. Every other story is either, “Guy fights baddie because he’s a good guy,” or, “Guy is a rage machine and attacks a good guy.” I know you can boil many stories down this way, but there are usually deeper levels, and here, there’s nothing. It’s Hulk smash with no frills. There’s also an ongoing story about Guy not knowing how to use his powers and some alien invasion coming, but every story seems to end in Guy learning to use his powers only to still be out of control in the next story, and the evil aliens have no motives. Frankly, I just don’t care about their invasion.
The art is a real problem. Hulk smash can be fun with a sufficiently talented artist, but I’m not a fan of any of the interior artists. It’s often ugly and hard to read especially. The coloring is a major issue. There are many panels where they used color so haphazardly that the foreground and background images cannot be distinguished because they were similarly colored in a few simple uniform intermingled tones.
I guess I can mention Dementor. He’s a recurring villain. I don’t know what his deal is or what his powers are, so he’s real exciting.
Oh, also, there’s a lot of, “Girls just want to have sex with Guy,” moments which made me think of a writer fantasizing about what they wish their life was like and living vicariously through his creation. Surprisingly, I don’t think Guy ever actually takes up any of these offers.
The whole thing is a mess.
Questions for hardcore GL fans:
What do you think of this series?
How did Guy lose his powers and rejoin the Corps?