draco x wrote:
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.
They tried to do equally drastic things with Superman and Batman at the time, but didn't have the balls to go through with it. Superman died and Batman got forcibly retired. But because those two are DC's iconic bread winners, everyone knew that wouldn't be permanent. GL, who was much less an iconic bread winner than either, was expendable. And already had a tradition of other characters taking up the legacy. Just like Barry, they realized they could kill Hal off and still have a monthly GL title with some other character in the suit and ring.
But the comparison is inexact. Neither Supes nor Batman had any event pushing them past the edge of self-control as GL did. Hal was on the very edge when Coast City was destroyed. One of his closest associates (Superman) was dead. Everyone he knew and loved was dead, and there was nothing he could do to save them. He was physically broken after his battle with Mongul.
He was on the very edge when the Guardians told him "NO."
Hal didn't snap just because he was suddenly a murdering dick. He snapped for very believable reasons.