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Old 04-27-2015, 03:31 AM   #1
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Default The Green Lantern Reader's Challenge

In honor of and in anticipation of the upcoming 75th anniversary of Green Lantern,I thought we could try a Green Lantern Reader's Challenge. By Reader's Challenge I'm thinking of something akin to The 2015 Reader Challenge where the participants have a lot of choices but are restricted by several categories. If you can, try to read the book. If you don't have access to what you want, but can discuss it anyway, feel free to do so.

For now, I'd like to try two comics a week for four weeks (the anniversary is May 21).
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I accidentally edited and deleted the week-one challenge, but it was (1) the origin of an alien GL; (2) the origin of a GL villain.
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Sounds cool. Never played the game. Does it count if the story is a backup strip?
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Sounds cool. Never played the game. Does it count if the story is a backup strip?
Sure. I think that's a good idea to count since back in the day many characters were introduced in the GLC backup or in the short stories from GLC Quarterly.
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That's what I was thinking. Lots of alien GLs made their debut that way.
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I'd have to really dig into my collection to find an origin for a non-human GL. Most of the alien GL's don't really have origins, though. They just sort of show up.
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I'd have to really dig into my collection to find an origin for a non-human GL. Most of the alien GL's don't really have origins, though. They just sort of show up.
Yeah. First appearance is easier. You don't have to go further back than Venditti to find a new alien GL.

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Yeah, Venditti has quite a few first appearance, new recruit aliens if I recall correctly.
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The old "Tales of the GLC" backup that used to run was chock full of non-human GL origins, including Mogo.
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I'm reading GL vol2 #130-132 for the 1st appearance of an alien GL. I chose Arkkis Chummuck, and the 3 part Tales Of The GLC back up strip he debuted in.





For villains, I picked the Javelin in GL vol 2 #173-174.


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Ha! I pulled the first Javelin issue too! But I hadn't read it again, so I may switch just for variety's sake (I had a back up in mind).

I'm reading 148 and the premier of Ch'p right now. Will report back soon.
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For villains, I picked the Javelin in GL vol 2 #173-174.


I just got those issues (and just about all of his GL run) signed by Dave Gibbons a couple of weeks ago.

The Javelin was such a mort. He was killed more times than Kenny from South Park. Too bad Hal never got to do it.
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So, for Challenge One, I picked Ch'p who first appeared in Green Lantern (series 2) #148


"But he's so bloody little!"

The main story is the one where Hal is called to the carpet by the GotU for choosing to help Ferris Aircraft over Ungara.

But the backup is the premier of Ch'p, who is called to save the an endangered planet, which in the past nearly destroyed his home planet of H'Lven. After some hesitation and a hiccup that allows another alien group to attack the sequestered planet, Ch'p saves the day.

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So, for challenge two (of week one) ...

Who do all the kiddies want to be for Halloween? Who was everyone disappointed not to see as the baddie in The Green Lantern movie? Well, none other than ...


"Now you know why they call me the Dazzler."

So, Dazzler was a one-off GL baddie with a somewhat complicated origin. A tech from planet Ethor comes to earth to start a theater career (really) but ends up on special effects on a show about a super-powered thief. When he uses his mind powers to save the guy from a bad fall, the Dazzler coerces him into sharing his mind powers which he uses to makes doubles and otherwise negate GL's powers until Hal just ... wipes the guy's mind!

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Reader's Challenge Week Two

I wanted to make things harder (maybe next week), but since we don't have a lot of players, let's do team-up week . . .

(1) Alan Scott teams up with another Green Lantern



(2) Hal Jordan teams up with another Green Lantern


Yes, I fully realize you can play it easy and read just one comic (with Alan and Hal) this week and that's fine, but if you want more fun down GL memory lane, don't forget that these two have teamed up with other quite a few times. Also, if you find it easier or better to count Sentinel Alan, Spectre Hal, Darkstar John, or Warrior Guy, that's fine with me.
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I pulled these from my longboxes and put on my nightstand to read:




And for a Hal Jordan teamup I picked the 1st appearance of Dalor:


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I'm not an expert on issues like you, but I could not miss this issue lol :
first appearance krona :
GREEN LANTERN VOL 2 # 40
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I remembered most of dazzler, it's really interesting! These are distant memories.
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^Yeah, GL #40 is on my list this week. I gotta read some other things first.
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Okay, so I may still do another Hal team-up but for the first part, I picked Green Lantern (Series 2) #40, which is the first time Hal and Alan teamed up (though not the first time they met, which I assume was in one of the JLA/JSA crossovers).


"Impossible, Lantrin! Yer power beam has no effect on anything made o' wood--and dat's a fack!"

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Actually, this issue is important to GLU anyway, besides the team-up because it is also the first appearance and origin of Krona as well as the origin of the GotU. And yes, the Guardians are very powerful and very good here. In fact, their force for good is so strong that they automatically counteract the force of Krona's evil (which had caused natural disasters) on earth!

Krona's plot is pretty convoluted here. Having been trapped for billions of years in an energy beam (that seems cruel, no? for just being curious?), the beam happens to pass Earth Two (Alan's planet, pre-Crisis). With his great mind powers, Krona basically figures everything out and decides to eliminate Alan's ring's weakness to wood because he's sure he'll go into the proper universe to tell Hal and then he'll be able to hijack the GotU! And he does. This eventually leads to Hal battling the Krona-possessed body of Alan, but teaming up to defeat him and free the GotU.

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Decided to do the second part of the challenge (Hal team-up) separately. So, I picked Volume's 3's issue #100 and the Hal-Kyle team-up.


"...because I happened to be in the right place when the last guardian needed to give it away. Not like Hal. He was chosen by a dying Green Lantern because he was honest and fearless."

So, this was pretty much as good as I remember it. In this first (of what I think was an eight-part bi-weekly story line) part, Kyle is accidentally sent to a time when Hal is new to the GLC and fighting Sinestro on and near Oa. The two team up and use the advantages of their rings to defeat him before the GotU send Kyle back. But at the last second, Sinestro ring pushes Hal into the field sending him to Kyle's post-Twilight time.



They have a lot of fun here with Kyle being a tad annoyed at the GotU, but appropriately in awe of Hal, Oa, and the GLC.

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Reader's Challenge Week Three






(1) A comic where Hal Jordan hits his head, is knocked on the head, or is otherwise rendered unconscious.



(2) A comic where Kyle Rayner suffers girlfriend problems.





Okay, so this one is "tougher" in that you can't pick it from covers alone. On the other hand, #1 happened to about every other issue for the first three years of Hal's comic life and #2, well ...

Suffice it to say, I've already picked mine and it only took about two minutes between double checking online and going through my boxes. So, have fun, if anyone chooses to play.

Oh, and for the record, I did not mention a refrigerator.

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Hm, lots of issues to choose from on this one. Have to think about it.
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Hm, lots of issues to choose from on this one. Have to think about it.
Yeah, these could be a drinking game for people reading through series 2 and 3.
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(1) A comic where Hal Jordan hits his head, is knocked on the head, or is otherwise rendered unconscious.
So my first selection is Green Lantern (Series 2) #16, which is the premier of Star Sapphire.


". . . men are a distinctly inferior species."

This comic qualifies when SS attacks Hal and he hits his head on a building ledge.



Fortunately for us, Hal doesn't end up with a tombstone reading "bumped his head and didn't get up in the morning" because in the split second between impact and unconsciousness he formed a safety net.

Interestingly, in the letter column, Ira Ross actually complains about GL's propensity for head injuries!



As to the story, SS here shows her key traits of being mind controlled and the queen of the Zamarons (though they reject Carol when she's beat by GL).

She's a little more tame than later iterations. Her sole bad trait is to beat GL in order to prove men are inferior. The comic even goes out of its way to show that the robberies she uses to get his attention are faked.
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Ron "The Refrigerator" Marz. I remember calling him that during a flame war with the Kyle Trolls.
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