Wednesday, May 20, 2009

"Joy of John Stewart" Week

Looks like Sally's got another theme week going, and this time the focus is on the Zen Lantern himself, John Stewart. Sally's posting some of John's coolest moments throughout the decades.

I've got to admit, I've liked John much better over the past few years than I did in the 70's and 80's, especially the late 80's where John was, for want of a better term, a champion fuckup. I think the thing that turned me around on Stewart was the wonderful GREEN LANTERN:MOSAIC#5, where John psychically kicked Hal Jordan's arrogant ass. (This was on the heels of Hal's dickishness toward Guy Gardner after winning their fight, so it was particularly satisfying.)

Here's a more recent display of John's awesomeness from Justice League of America#32. The backstory: Black Canary officially disbanded the JLA back in issue#31. It didn't take. The remaining JLAers decide to keep things going until Canary returns. John gets offered the leader role and refuses.

That's some good strategic thinking on his part, but it gets better, as he provides an interesting analysis of not only Black Canary's leadership style, but the styles of the Big Two as well:

John absolutely nails it. And you've got to love his healthy ego here, where he is aware of his own greatness, but is not afraid to think that Dinah is better suited to the position than he is. Happy Hal could never do that.

Also, don't you think John and Mari would be 100 times better as a couple than Roy and Kendra were? And 100 times better than Ollie and Dinah are now, for that matter?


At 4:30 AM , Blogger Saranga said...

Oh it's good to see people acknowledging Dinah's awesomeness!

At 6:46 AM , Blogger Sea-of-Green said...

John's right, of course. But he usually is. Even moreso than Batman. :-)

At 6:11 PM , Blogger notintheface said...

"Oh it's good to see people acknowledging Dinah's awesomeness!"

Hopefully, it will spread to her own book, because, from what little I've seen, it needs it.

At 7:18 PM , Blogger SallyP said...

John is SMART! He just doesn't go around pointing it out like Batman, so people have a tendancy to underestimate him...frequently to their own cost.

There was a lovely butt shot by the way.


At 2:35 AM , Blogger Saranga said...

Dinah is not particularly awesome in the GA/BC book. Then again neither is Ollie. Or the plots. Having said that, this week's book was a riot!


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