john lewis wrote:I imagine sending in Green Lantern would be like asking a physicist to come up with a strategy for war. While the physicist is intelligent, he doesn't have the training to do a really good job with it. He may even make it worst. You need a general for it. It's the same thing with GL: while he's a capable superhero, he doesn't have the magical training to be able to change the spells and actions of the super-villain group.
Also, it probably helps in this decision that the villain group was almost mirror images of the Shadowpact.
Seems to me the only member of Shadowpact who was effective in bringing the barrier down was Enchantress. The rest of the struggle was a matter of beating people up beater than the other guys could. Which they actually never really did.
I guess what I'm saying is, Hal Jordan ain't exactly a newcomer to facing powerful threats singlehandedly and winning. And as a member of the JLA, he's not exactly a newbie when it comes to facing down magical foes either.
And that ring is pretty darned versatile.
And, he's already on-site.
The sense that I got was that except for his magic vulnerability, which is inconsistent at best, Superman would have been the most logical choice to go in. And he's not nearly as versatile as GL is. And since GL is both there and lack Supes' magic vulnerability....
They decided instead to wait for the guys who got captured moments after they entered, and only managed to escape because one of the enemy let them go.
That Phantom Stranger has insights beyond those of the mortal audience, I guess.
Again, I know it's not GL's title, so he's not gonna be the star. And he should not be the star in someone else's book. But the characters do not know they're starring in someone else's book. Maybe GL was just busy, but it seems like he deferred a bit too quickly.