Reading the article about the History and Importance of Green Lantern: Rebirth, I had this thought. DC history is long and our perspective shifts over time. That’s a given. As a very long time DC reader, I sometimes get irked that “things aren’t like they were in the old days.” I started reading comics in the Bronze Age and sometimes find almost anything that happened after the original Crisis on Infinite Earths somewhat alienating. But, this is a wrong view.
To put it this way, when I started reading Green Lantern comics, Hal Jordan had been a character for less then twenty years. Almost as much time has now passed since the GL Rebirth Mini Series was published. More time than that has passed since Parallax or another couple additional decades since Hard Traveling Heroes. So, my focus on the comics I read as a kid is such a tiny slice of DC history that to focus on it is absurd. That’s not to say I won’t always have extra fondness for the comics of that era, but it’s like leaving a movie half an hour after it starts while thinking that you’ve seen the whole thing.
The lesson I take away from that is to the appreciate all the characters that I like in their more modern incarnations and appreciate the creativity that has gone into them and that these characters are still around to point to the heroic way of doing things. I appreciate DC Universe helping me to see this. It’s a big picture out there.
Also, Green Lantern forever!