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Subj: Re: I miss Tomar-Re. Too bad he's dead. *NT*
Posted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 at 06:47:47 pm EST (Viewed 833 times)
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    Realistically at this point, so many many years after she was murdered back in Action Comics Weekly, I expect there is little interest in the character. But nevertheless she was a fairly popular Corps member back in the day, and one of my own favourites at that.

I'm really surprised Geoff Johns never brought her back when he was writing Green Lantern. He brought back a lot of dead GL's, even Arisia. Speaking of Arisia, it's sad she's back but given nothing to do and zero dialogue. But I see her frequently in the comic, lingering in the background. And I keep wishing Venditi would DO something with her but he never does. \:\(

I am fond of Arisia too, it might be me in the minority in enjoying Steve Englehart & Joe Staton's Green Lantern Corps, and yes it was aimed at a younger audience in general, but that title was a fair bit of fun and at the time took the title into some different territory by consolidating what had been slowly built in the background over the years and attempting to serve it up in a rather appealing 'something-for-everyone' approach. Shame on the politics that brought it to an undue close to favor the damaging treatment of Action Comics Weekly. I have always thought that this decision was possibly the most damaging in Green Lantern history, as it took a character and series that was working, and threw it into the equivalent of a meat grinder.

Regarding death and Katma-Tui: Yes, it dissapoints me continually that despite having two Green Lantern books today the exposure and investment in the Green Lantern Corps and its sheer range and variety is comparatively at its lowest since the aftermath of Emerald Twilight. The Green Lantern Corps was shown as decimated after the 'Edge of Oblivion' series so one can argue that that is why the books revolve around four earth-Lanterns, plus two extra assigned to Earth, but the balance of it all is blunting the books scope and the appeal of this vast array of characters and concepts. I well remember just how appealing and well done those short GLC back-up strips were back in the original series, and you can see the same successful formula being used in the Green Lantern Quarterly series back in the early 1990's. But in a sense the erosion of the concept, and why we see less exploitation of the Corps' possibilities, lies in the fact that since the 2005 revival successive storylines has seen most of the cast killed, or written out, to serve sensational storylines and deliver some pathos and spectacle - Laira, Bzzd, Ash, Torquemada, Chaselon, Ke'haan, Jack C Chance, Soran Natu, Sodom Yat, Galius Zed, Mukmuk, these are just some of the best known names.
The Corps has, historically, always lost members, killed in action, but in the modern era the attrition rate is so high that supply can no longer service demand. In other words they can no longer create and develop new characters like the above as there is not the patience or will to do so.

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