Thursday, August 15, 2013

Sometimes I'm torn.

Here's a good example.

So, on the one hand, there are the above panels from Charles Soule and Alessandro Vitti's Red Lanterns #22, in which is former Green Lantern Guy Gardner, who has recently become a Red Lantern and adopted a terrible new costume as per New 52 regulations, meets Red Lantern Zilius Zox.

Zox is a being from a planet where the predominant lifeform are guys with giant, spherical heads with arms and legs attached.

Guy worked with a similar being in the Green Lantern Corps for pretty much his entire superheroic career (The Internet tells me his name was Galius Zed, but I always just called him The Guy Who's Just a Giant Head with Arms and Legs), but here appears to have never seen one of these guys. And he then refers to him as a "testicle with teeth."

Gross. And crass. And juvenile.

But then, on the other hand, the very same issue of the very same comic has this panel in it:
And if that's not a perfect one-panel encapsulation of everything gloriously, hilariously insane about superhero comics than man, I don't know what is.


Jer said...

And he then refers to him as a "testicle with teeth."

Gross. And crass. And juvenile.

Dear DC,

When I said that you should consider targetting more of your comics at 12-year-olds, this really isn't what I meant.

Greg said...

I don't really mind that, because isn't Guy kind of supposed to be gross and crass and juvenile? Has his characterization changed in the DCnU? I agree that it is all three of those things, but when it's coming out of Guy's mouth, it seems ... okay? At least it's consistent. If Superman said it, yeah, that'd be weird. But not Guy.

SallyP said...

Yeah, I have to say that this sort of thing is exactly the sort of thing that Guy would say. He does have this habit of blurting out things that the rest of us only think about.

And Galius Zed didn't have giant razory teeth. And, to give him credit, later in the book, Guy was very upset when they found all the dead little crystal people like Chaselon.