Strict31 wrote:I think Johns's retcon of Parallax is one of the shittiest in modern comics.
I grew up reading Hal as the main GL, and I never really did start liking Kyle. So, I'm not a Kyle fanboy, or a guy who hated Hal. But I'll tell you what. Hal's descent into evil was one of the most emotionally genuine moments in comics. Not the part where he flips out and murders the rest of the Corps; the part where he sees the destruction of Coast City combined with the Guardians' refusal to do shit about it; the part where, after all these years of being the tip of the spear, and living for the protection of others, Hal snaps. All that fuckin' anguish...in a world composed of four colors, that was real pain and frustration and anger.
Additionally, it was an object lesson to younger heroes who came up after the old guard heroes: no matter how pure and good you are, this is a power that can always corrupt you. No matter how experienced or how great your control is, there will always be those moments when you crack.
And for all those years he was "dead", it meant something to the other characters. They weren't sitting around twiddling their thumbs waiting for him to come back to life. When they spoke of him, you got the sense they were speaking in hushed tones. Like they were thinking, "there but for the grace of God..." You got the sense that every time they thought about him, they reminded themselves what happened and how he feel. And it caused them to stand perhaps a little straighter.
It changed heroes who haven't changed in decades (except for when they goddamn get retconed or rebooted).
Let Hal die. Let him redeem himself in death, perhaps. But don't...DON'T explain it all away as a yellow space bug. All that shit he went through, it's not genuine anymore. He's not subject to human flaws and faults, because it was a space bug just waiting for a vulnerable moment.
I have to disagree with you there, bro. It's not even the fact that they turned Hal evil that's my main bone of contention is just how they went about it. First off, there was no real build up to Hal going psycho after the Coast City genocide, it was just boom-Hal-is-now-a-villain-so-let's-replace-him-with-someone-new moment. The main reason for this decision was because DC was trying to get rid of Hal for years but couldn't find a proper way to do it. Originally, I heard there were plans to make Hal a Guardian and then bring in Kyle to replace him, however Kevin Dooley( Who has obviously high on some illegal substance) decided to give us this hack story as an obvious screw-you to Hal's character. Overall, this was more of a vendetta against Hals Jordan himself rather than a need to replace him. If they were going to replace Hal, have him go out in a blaze of glory like Barry Allen did before Wally took over-that I wouldn't have had a problem with.
Plus, how do you think the fans would have reacted if Kevin Dooley had tried this with Superman or Batman? Can you imagine if they turned Bruce Wayne into a serial killer before replacing him Jean Paul Valley or if they made Clark Kent into rapist before those 4 Supermen showed up? Kevin Dooley would have been instantly fired for even bringing that past the editorial board.