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Wotcher, folks! Hope your holidays went well!

Anyway, Green Lanterns presents a confrontationally admissive, but thankfully uncondemning story about mothers, sons, and the often-complicated emotional dynamics between them. Check it!

The Story:

...is something I wish I could post more of, because I like how accurately introverted Jessica is (internal freakouts over social situations, usage of inappropriate humor (i.e., is Darkseid a ramen guy?), etc.).

Anyway, Baz, usually the rock of the two, asks Jessica (who's been visiting for Halloween) to help him out:



"...did you say better than cookies?"

In the middle of baking, Baz keeps screwing up the recipe, and freaks out. He flies away, with Jessica giving chase.

Jess: What's wrong with your Mom?

Baz: Nothing. And by nothing I mean...she's demanding as hell. It was like a refrain growing up...

Jess and Baz finally pull off the maamoul (did I write that correctly?), and watch the sunset before Simon's mom arrives:





The hour of judgment arrives. Look at...look at Simon's fucking face.


Amazing. It's like he shit himself the same time he outed himself.


What I love is how the relationship between Simon and his mom just is, without resorting to a) comic-y plots to explain the negative emotions or b) the unintentional undersweeping of an already-established happy family.

It would've been easy to villainize Simon's mom to use as an excuse to hate her, or go anvilicious by having Jessica chew out Simon for being a whiner, but the story goes out of its way to highlight the positive emotions Simon feels towards his mother, while also acknowledging the negative ones. It's all about character work, and a fine example of choosing portrayal over plot.

Anyway, there! Finally posted this one. Next post is from Hal Jordan, which is currently arguably better than Green Lanterns. No offense. Stay tuned!

Date: 2017-01-05 02:48 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] scorntx
-"Next post is from Hal Jordan, which is currently arguably better than Green Lanters. No offense."-
Oh, not offended.
Just disappointed.

Not sure how to feel about Simon's mom being largely responsible for his acting out, rather than as Geoff Johns had the mere fact he was an intelligent man of Asian descent in a post-9/11 America.
Though I suppose if it's Simon's P.O.V. that leaves wiggle room, but still...

-"Hal is the jerk?"
"No, that's Guy."-
Nah, Simon's mom is right on that one. Hal is the jerk.
Guy's the crazy one.

Date: 2017-01-05 03:58 am (UTC)
kamino_neko: Tedd from El Goonish Shive. Drawn by Dan Shive, coloured by Kamino Neko. (Default)
From: [personal profile] kamino_neko
Not sure I'd call Guy an optimist, so much as what TV Tropes calls a Determinator. It's not that he can't conceive of defeat, he simply refuses to accept it.

Date: 2017-01-11 10:02 am (UTC)
lamashtar: The Great Hal Jordan (awesome)
From: [personal profile] lamashtar
Heh. I looked up that tv trope and it lists the whole GL Corps as a given "since they run on willpower".

Date: 2017-01-05 04:47 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] philippos42
I would say Guy and Hal are both jerks. Guy is the loudmouthed one, but Hal is the really dangerous egotist.

Maybe Hal is tolerable in the new continuity, though.

Date: 2017-01-05 05:57 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] starwolf_oakley
Guy Gardner was "improved" over the years, going from "the brain damaged one" to "the crazy one." He went from a selfish bastard to a former cop (in the Nu52).

Date: 2017-01-05 11:10 pm (UTC)
kamino_neko: Tedd from El Goonish Shive. Drawn by Dan Shive, coloured by Kamino Neko. (Default)
From: [personal profile] kamino_neko
Yeah, I remember reading about that brain-damaged retcon. Was that played for laughs or something?

Not at first, at first it just explained a change in his personality (from a good special-ed teacher to a jerkass)*. Then it was played for laughs, when it shifted into his personality inverting every time he took a blow to the head.

* I actually don't think it was a retcon, the brain damage and its consequences being revealed at the same time, but I wasn't actually reading in that era.

Date: 2017-01-05 07:20 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thosefew
Jessica needs practice pronouncing Green Lantern. It's supposed to be the same typeface as as used on the cover.

Date: 2017-01-12 04:04 am (UTC)
lamashtar: Daredevil as Godzilla (Darezilla!)
From: [personal profile] lamashtar
I wish I could like this comment.

Date: 2017-01-05 02:58 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] byc
So...they're totally gonna hook up soon right?

Date: 2017-01-11 10:07 am (UTC)
lamashtar: Deadpool with a Green Lantern power ring (What could go wrong?)
From: [personal profile] lamashtar
I may never like Simon because his mask is just so ugly, but I enjoy Jessica. She really is interesting to me because of her flaws.

Unfortunately, those flaws mean she's not the first person I'd call to fight Darkseid.

Date: 2017-01-12 03:54 am (UTC)
lamashtar: Deadpool with a Green Lantern power ring (What could go wrong?)
From: [personal profile] lamashtar
She probably shouldn't be calling Darkseid on the phone then! >_>

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