Friday, January 31, 2014
The evolution of Evil Star
Notice the difference?
He's still evil (or at least a pathologically selfish coward), and he still has a star symbol on his person, but, purely in terms of appearance, he's less colorful, less dramatic, less recognizable and all-around less interesting.
The bland redesign is, like so many of the the New 52, counterintuitive of the stated goals of the line-wide reboot and redesign—to make DC's comics more accessible and appealing to a bigger, broader audience—when one considers that, as goofy as the costume the guy wore for 35 years was, it did show up in a couple of cartoons, meaning it was seen by hundreds of thousands of more people than Green Lantern Corps Annual #2 will ever be seen by (A coupla episodes of Justice League Unlimited, one of Batman: The Brave and The Bold and an old Green Lantern short of sub-Super Friends quality from long, long ago).
The new look does seem to meet what seems to be the actual goal of the reboot-born redesigns: Creating more "realistic" characters and costumes that could be more easily adapted into live-action films, television or Arkham-style video-games.