June 15, 2024

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Noteworthy Issues: Knight Terrors: Green Lantern #1 (July, 2023)

Hal Jordan is afraid of stuff...wait, he is?

Hold on…I thought “complete fearlessness” was part of the Green Lantern’s whole thing?  Why is he afraid of anything?

OK, I know that changed in more recent years and became “the ability to overcome great fear,” but I think the point stands.

Issue:  Knight Terrors: Green Lantern #1, July 2023

Writers:  Jeremy Adams and Alex Segura

Artists:  Eduardo Pansica, Julio Ferreira, and Mario “Fox” Foccillo

The Plot:  Insomnia’s worldwide dream also hits Hal Jordan and Sinestro!

Commentary:  So, what often happens when I write these is I read an issue, download a copy of the cover to Gabbing Geek, and then eventually review it.  But not counting how Fridays are set aside for a particular series, that means only four issues are reviewed a week.  That likewise means I tend to fall behind as I probably read comics faster than I can review them, but I likewise have a rule that I won’t read the next issue of anything until after I have reviewed the first one.

Bottom line is I first read this issue a while ago and had to flip through it (virtually) really quick to remember what happened.  I had some vague recollections for the Hal Jordan story, but his fears are not exactly new.  He was greatly affected by his pilot father’s death.  The ring and the responsibility that goes with it can be a bit frightening.  And his time as Parallax still haunts him.  It’s a lot of stuff that goes by very quickly, and he seems to snap out of it by the end of his story before whatever happened in #2 happens.  About the only thing that really stood out to me was young Hal at his father’s dream funeral was wearing a yarmulke, and I stopped to wonder when some creator decided Hal was Jewish.  I mean, it’s not like I ever saw him (or most other heroes for that matter) ever go to church, and it isn’t uncommon to make a hero Jewish in honor of the character’s original Jewish creator.

Basically, Hal’s story was rather generic.

But I had also completely forgotten there was a Sinestro back-up story.  If Hal’s story was generic, Sinestro’s was forgettable.  It makes sense that Sinestro is also trapped in the nightmare.  The whole world supposedly is.  But I don’t really remember his story that well even after a flip through, so what does that tell you?

Grade:  C