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{October 19, 2006}   Jade’s Death

Alex in Wonderland has a literal interpretation of Jade’s death:

I wonder if it is possible to apply that conundrum to other misogynistic occurrences in comic books? Is Jade’s death, and subsequent empowering of Kyle a literal image of how the public pain of a female lantern is sublimated by killing her, and then returning the power to the male character?

I’m still digesting the thought, but that paragraph notes that this is a surface symbolism of the fridge phenomenon.

We all know the basics, Jade suffers, and the story is not about her. It doesn’t make her worth reading. (I’ve yet to see the story that makes her worth reading.) It serves to make Alan and Kyle more interesting characters through their grief.

I know her powers went to Kyle, but her body disappeared when Alan was holding her. She was dissolved into both of their characters. In-story and metatextually. I know I’m not the only one who was angry with the literal enacting of the this. She powers his personality, his plot, his actual literal powers.

It’s just, instead of the regular ranting, this is someone pointing directly out that Jade is more representative of the WiR complaint that Alex ever was. That’s a thought that hits like a two-by-four.

I’m not up to organizing these thoughts this early in the morning (it’s very late as my day goes). I just wanted to share this one.


{October 14, 2006}   John Stewart Sighting

He’s in this preview for Omega Men#2 out next month.

{October 8, 2006}   Dark Stars: John Stewart

Always Bet on Bahlactus has started a weekly feature on black superheroes called Dark Stars and the first one features none other than the severely underused John Stewart.

The 80s reintroduction didn’t go over quite so well with him. Granted, we all know that John is a complete nerd, being a bookish architect and everything (but also having a history of boxing in school, because comic book creators like their nerds kickass) but it seems like Englehart went a bit overboard in trying to divorce his character from slang-slinging stereotypes, ending up with dialogue best suited for an old codger like Alan:

Black in the day, we were using words like FRESH!, WORD!, and Ain’t No Stoppin’ was blazin’ your boombox on the corner while you rocked that headspin on your cardboard mat. My point isn’t to say that John Stewart should be all shuk-n-jive (and it’s clear he was a seriously intelligent type brutha), but, I am saying that in 1984 no Black man worth his weight dropped lyrical bombs like oh, swell [page 17], or callin’ another man pond scum [#182,page 8] or even fella [#182,page 12,17]. It’s not realistic and as a Black man, I can’t relate. Especially with a flagrant foul like nutty as a case of cashews! [#183,page 15]

From there, he goes into how the villains perceived and interacted with John and the time-honored Fantern tradition of Hal-bashing.

(Hattip to BeacoupKevin for the link)

{October 8, 2006}   GLC#5 Preview

Okay, I’ve been slacking on this blog. I almost missed that Newsarama has a preview up for Green Lantern Corps #5!

It appears to be shipping on time.

{October 5, 2006}   Another Arisia

Right this way.

et cetera