Monday, March 27, 2017
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #17
I have never denied that fact that Kyle Rayner is my least favorite Green Lantern. Ever. Born out of the masturbatory fantasies of Ron Marz who destroyed one of DC Comic's oldest heroes to write himself into the storyline, Kyle has been a problem for me ever since his first appearance (where he was given a power ring because a Guardian couldn't bother to find someone actually worthy and handed the most powerful weapon in the universe over to the first person he came across). I explain this not to attack the character, who I find tolerable at the best of times, but to offer an explanation while a Kyle-centric issue is never going to be a favorite of mine.
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #17 is a strange issue. After taking time to check-in on the recovering Guy Gardner, the issue focuses on building him up as something special, while admitting he's no Hal Jordan when it comes to being a Green Lantern, and then immediately having the character fail spectacularly, lose the power of the White Lantern, and (in celebrating his failure) return to his awful 90s costume as another Green Lantern. Kyle screws up again, and isn't smart enough to realize it. Classic. For fans.