Tuesday, June 22, 2010

No, Hal was always crazy! Really! We swear.

I had been thinking of this issue before, talking about DC's fauxshadowing of Hal Jordan's heel turn to Parallax: some time after Hal went bad, then they went back to establish Hal as crazy, or on his way there. This particular scene is from Silver Age: Green Lantern #1, and by this point in the event, the Injustice Gang has traded bodies with the JLA, and is a good several dozen steps into their master plan. In Sinestro's body, Hal fights the entire Gang on Thanagar, to prevent them from getting the Absorbascon. When the local Hawk-police show up, Hal realizes he wants to beat them as well, indicating the ring is affecting his mind. Which the ring then helpfully explains.

It's an interesting idea, although I'm not sure how insane Sinestro is: he's a dick, sure, but not necessarily insane. And I know Guy Gardner wore the yellow power ring for some time, and the same would apply.

From 2000's Silver Age: Green Lantern #1, "Alone...against Injustice!" Written by Kurt Busiek, pencils by Brent E. Anderson, inks by Joe Rubinstein. It's not bad, although, to get some actual Green Lantern action in there, there's an extended flashback GL/Sonar fight; and Busiek could've pulled a better villain out of his backside...

1 comment:

SallyP said...

Well...Hal IS awfully susceptible to mind-control. Frankly, I think that the yellow ring is just messing with him. The urge to do so, IS nigh irresistable...even for a ring. And since it is Sinestro's own ring, you just KNOW it has a snotty attitude.

Of course, Guy was pretty much already crazy when he wore the yellow ring. In fact, it seemed to make him a bit better!