I'm Mike, I'm 22 and I'm currently enrolled in the Sequential Art MFA program at SCAD. I draw stuff sometimes.
I’m gonna jump on this Justice League lady team bandwagon
I do a lot of mock interviews in my head when developing ideas/stories. It’s honestly one of the most helpful creative exercises I do.
With my favorite Green Lantern, like the Flash, I’m very torn. But I do have a more definitive answer. Kyle Rayner is my favorite Green Lantern, but Hal Jordan is my favorite story.
I grew up with Kyle. Kyle was Green Lantern when I was growing up. And so many of his stories focused on the idea that “Kyle’s Green Lantern now, Hal’s not” and that was probably to his detriment in the end, but yeah Kyle was definitively my Green Lantern for a long time. And I loved him then and I love him today because I do deeply connect with him. Mostly from Morrison’s JLA run, we see Kyle Rayner the HUGE NERD. Kyle was a superhero comic book artist. He was an artist like me, that was into nerdy stuff, and got to join the Justice League. He is the ultimate wish fulfillment in a way that no other character can quite live up to. There are plenty of other fanboys turned superhero characters, but Kyle’s the only one that really gets to play ball with Superman and Batman as a big time Justice Leaguer. And he does the coolest stuff with his ring. And he wears my favorite version of the Green Lantern costume at one point. And even after he’s put out of the spotlight and into Green Lantern Corps, I still really liked his character and his romances and his role in the Corps. I am not up to date on him. So as a character, Kyle Rayner is my favorite.
But while it is interesting to have a character that is the sole inheritor of a galactic legacy as its final member, what’s much much more interesting, is an army of space-police with energy rings. Hal Jordan’s return and subsequent run on Green Lantern for the next however many years was and continues to be one of my favorite comic runs of all time. What Johns did with Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps, as you’re probably aware, is a pretty big deal. And I’ll get to Hal again in a second, but even though I think the series jumped the shark at after Blackest Night, that whole era really recharged my love for comics and gave me an attachment to a character and got me excited in ways that I hadn’t been for a long time and really have not since (also because I stopped collecting monthly).
And Hal Jordan has the best Green Lantern story. His origin is pretty great, and his whole journey of redemption and his battle against Sinestro, his relationship with Carol Ferris, all of his adventures, and his fly-by-the-seat-of-his-pants/reckless attitude really drew me into his character. And Johns gave us this really likable, layered, interesting version of a character that had been and even today is still characterized as being very vanilla. So I love Hal Jordan. I love his character and I love his stories. But I still prefer Kyle as a character from a more personal place. So, I say that Hal Jordan’s story is my favorite.
I do love John Stewart, he was on the JLU cartoon and I love his character too, but he doesn’t have the same level of personal story as the others and that’s no fault towards the character just with how he’s not spotlighted enough.
I do not really care much for Guy Gardner.
That’s a really impossible question for me to answer. Because I love the Flash legacy so much, and each of the Flash characters a lot and for different reasons.
I grew up with Wally West as my definitive Flash, having taken over Barry’s legacy and being the Flash in the JLU cartoon etc. So I have a deep love for Wally West as a character, and I love his story of being the sidekick that grew up and the hero he became.
But I also love Barry Allen. And I really like that he’s kind of the “iconic” Flash. And I like that he’s this brainy good-hearted dork that’s everyone’s friend. If you know anything about my tastes, it’s that I love the boyscouty, friendly, “do the right thing because it’s the right thing” characters. And I think Barry’s Flash character is really great. I really enjoyed the first arc of Johns’ return of the character and the new52 Flash title was the one I collected longest.
And I like the idea of that “ideal Flash family” that we saw in the Young Justice cartoon in my favorite episode, where we had Jay Garrick, Barry, Wally, and Bart. So I guess I like Barry best as the Flash, with Wally as Kid Flash. But the role should end up with Wally in the boots. But idk. I like both of them a lot.
And obviously Jay Garrick is great too, and I have a deep, deep love for Bart Allen but yeah Barry and Wally are kind of weirdly very tied for me. So whenever I say Flash is one of my favorite characters, I’m referring to the Flash legacy and basically anyone wearing that costume
(except for when Bart was the Flash because that was a terrible series).
I have similar conflictions in picking a favorite Green Lantern.