Friday, May 27, 2005


Well, we always knew Hal liked 'em young, blonde, and eager to fly.

Between the Coast City: the Land that Time Forgot setting somewhere in central California on one side and the blandly perfect Hal on the other, I come away with the belief that while Geoff Johns has an interesting and richly developed sense of who Hal Jordan was, he does not have a very good idea of who Hal is today or who he will be in the future. Hal hasn't been assimilated into the contemporary DCU; he's been defrosted from his suspended animation and dropped into a DCU that is apparently calling out for a hero of his qualifications. *cue Bonnie Tyler*


Blogger Andrew Burton said...

Just curious: you didn't seem to have much good to say about it, but you gave GL#1 a B. Why?

Fri May 27, 03:12:00 PM EDT  
Blogger The Comics Shrew said...

Short answer: I gave it a B because I meant to give it a B- and messed up the drop-down menu on the form.

Longer answer: I gave it a B- because I didn't hate it -- or even really dislike it. If I had to narrow the review down to one word, it would have been "underwhelmed".

I was disappointed in the lack of forward progress and I thought the "feel fear and conquer it" approach to yellow was painfully bad, but I liked the flashback, liked the art, and there was nothing in the story that made me want to toss the book across the room in either anger or frustration.

As you know from reading here, I have never assigned grades to comics. I don't think like that when I react to a funnybook. There are elements of the book I liked and elements that I didn't and I don't really see the point of quantifying it on that level. It's not a test to pass.

But Buzzscope wants grades, so Buzzscope gets grades. I'm still working on a firm system for that. My unofficial sliderule says that books that don't impress me but also don't inspire vitriol are B-level books.

Fri May 27, 03:25:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Brad Curran said...

Besides making me glad I've avoided Johns' GL stuff, this review continues to lead me to think that Hal is a character better left in the past.

Fri May 27, 09:26:00 PM EDT  
Blogger The Comics Shrew said...

On the one hand, I like the idea of Hal being both good example and object lesson. And for that, he needs to stay gone.

On the other, I think he can be brought back in a useful, interesting, and relevant fashion. This just isn't it. Geoff Johns loves Hal Jordan and this story, both Rebirth and the ongoing monthly, needs someone who is less worshipful of the character.

Hal's return thus far hasn't been a rebirth; it's been a reverent dusting-off and official erasing of all of Hal's depressing and silly backstory.

Fri May 27, 09:46:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Overall, I kinda liked what I saw. Not enough to make me want to buy the book, but it was a C+ to B- grade first issue.

Except for the incredibly DUMB way the yellow weakness works now. They can get around that by allowing themselves to feel afraid? What a crock of . . . anyway.

Sat May 28, 07:43:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I liked this comic more than you did, until I discovered that blue robot menace was apparently a Manhunter robot. In the name of St. Ephiseocrates, can't Johns go six issues without resurrecting an old Roy Thomas plot?

Sun May 29, 01:45:00 AM EDT  

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