rdrsfn82 wrote:As for the rest, I think most of that is because by the time you got into comics Kyle was the GL. Reading about Hal since I was a kid and seeing his fall and redemption before becoming the Spectre is one of my favorite stories. However, I also loved his stuff in the years before that. I don't think you have to hate Hal to love Kyle or hate Kyle to love Hal.
I'm actually still relatively new to comics, my first was Spidey/Black Cat so for as long as I've been reading comics, Hal's been GL. I do have all of Kyle's series though, but I read both that and Johns' run on GL and made up my mind pretty quick about who's my favourite
I'd also say, that Hal isn't necessarily a character to relate to in the same way you would with Peter Parker or Kyle. I can't relate to Batman, at all, but he's one of my 3 favorite heroes. Hal's the same way. He's awesome. I love in the episode of The Batman when he showed up. Robin's reaction to him was almost exactly what mine was when I discovered him at the age of 8 or whatever. He's got the coolest power, the coolest hero job, and his cover life is also just awesome. I mean, he oozes cool. He's a guy that can do anything and also spends his days as a test pilot. Plus his relationships with folks like Ollie and Bruce are great and something you can relate to.
I prefer All-Star Robin's reaction to him, that being, punching him in the throat and nearly killing him. I've had this conversation with Diana_Fan many times over, he describes Hal as the Chuck Yeager of comics which I'm sure is something you'll agree with. The main reason I love Kyle is because as soon as he got the ring, the first thing he did was go to the beach with his girlfriend and muck about with it, making giant mechs and turning himself into a dashing knight and whatnot, which is EXACTLY what I'd do if I was given a Green Lantern ring. Like you say though, to each his own, I have no problem with Hal fans that aren't raving mad about Kyle and I try
not to be raving mad about Hal in return.