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Subj: Re: How Were The Peter David/Jim Owsley Hal Jordan Runs?
Posted: Thu Jun 22, 2017 at 01:09:23 pm CDT (Viewed 607 times)
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Now I'm not really all that crazy about Hal, but I do like Peter David and Christopher Priest, so I'm wondering how these read. Are there any standout issues? Are they collected anywhere? Thoughts and or opinions would be appreciated.

It's an interesting 'lost era' of Green Lantern those Action Comics Weekly issues and let me be upfront in saying that it was a travesty that the fine title that was Green Lantern (Corps) was cancelled to make way for this damaging diversion into being an also-ran character in an anthology series that did little that was worthwhile for either his development or his prestige...

There are, I think, two ways to assess your question. One has to be to judge them as they came across at the time and the other is to Judge them in hindsight from today's perspective. At the time the initial issues saw an incredibly dark and not pleasant tale from James Owsley and Gil Kane that even then was hard to take, time hasn't made it much better and in terms of the damage it did to Green Lantern it strikes me then, and now, as being nearly as severe as the collapse in confidence Denny O'Neill gave Hal back in his first issue on Green Lantern with Neal Adams... the story is hard to defend as it attacks not just the spirit of the character and his adventures but deals a level of graphic violence, spite, and anguish that is completely out of place for the series. After around six issues of this Peeter David arrives with artist Tom Smith(?) and the style and tone changes in such an extreme way as to be jarring, it's bright, it's fun, but it's also not very good for Hal's now deteriorating strength and appeal as a character. Why Peter David took this job on is hard to say, if there's any fondness or understanding for Green Lantern it isn't all that apparent in this work, and yet it is fun and it is bright. The fundamental problem, then and now, is that it does do anything to build or flatter Hal as a credible capable character.
After this though comes the best - James Owsley & Mark Bright, and nothing like Owsley's work earlier. An amazingly energetic take on Hal as Green Lantern offers forth one great storyline leading into the next great storyline, Hal is shown as strong, willfull and a very capable man of action. A supporting cast is introduced, new threats encuntered, the Green Lantern mythology expanded and explored, and the shame is this epic run has never been collected. As if it was it would be a read tailor made for the trade market - a superb collection of Green Lantern stories that make full use of the dramatic possibilities of the six-to-eight page format. It would be a treat to read it collected. \(yes\)

Looking back on the Action Comics Weekly run is one of regret for me concerning Green Lantern, as Owsley & Bright excepted at the time I found it a sad run and undid the momentum and standing that had been given the title with the Steve Englehart/Joe Staton series. Even by the time of the 1990 relaunch as much as I enjoyed the initial effort there was still some air of regret over it as frankly I felt that Owsley and Bright would have been a more suitable launch team for the series but for whatever reason Owsley regrettably fell out of favour with DC, was passed over for over work, and like Peter David's brief time on the character his and Mark Bright's colorful run was almost completely ignored when the Weeklycame to a close and now lies largely forgotten... barely a historical footnote.

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