Gotham Central Book 1: In the Line of Duty

I had no idea what to expect when I started this comic. It came highly recommended by Mistah J, and yet I worried that it would feel like any number of interchangeable “cop” television shows that have become so popular over the years.

In some ways, it’s very similar to those shows. In many ways though, it’s completely unique.

Why? Because this is Gotham, home of vigilante crimefighters and psychopathic super-villains.  The police force simply can’t operate the same way with these people traipsing about the city.

Gotham Central was a pleasantly surprising comic, drawing me in and making me care about people whom in the past had remained on the sidelines of Batman stories.

This particular trade collects two storylines.  The first focuses on a double investigation, one focusing on the death of a young girl, while the other involves tracking down Firebug, a villain responsible for a rash of arsons in the area.    This story was strong and well-written, and more than cemented this as a good comic in my mind.

The real jewel here though, was the second storyline in the collection.

The focus of this story arc, titled, “Half a Life,” focuses on Detective Renee Montoya, and how she becomes embroiled in a murder investigation.

I was already a fan of Montoya, having read about her exploits during No Man’s Land.  This series made her even more endearing.

As she enters work one morning, she sees her colleagues all circled around a bulletin board, on which is posted a rather private photograph:


It features Montoya kissing an unidentified woman.  Montoya has been outed quite unceremoniously to her entire department.  You can guess how most of them react.

What’s more, her devoutly religious parents receive a copy of the photo as well, upsetting them pretty much as deeply as she would have guessed.

Trying to deal with this information becoming public knowledge, the man who supposedly sent the photos winds up dead, shot with Montoya’s own gun.  She’s arrested and sent off to jail, but her caravan is overtaken during the trip and her unconscious body is carried away.

As Montoya awakens, she finds out who’s been behind all of these recent dark events in her life: Two-Face, who has decided that he’s in love with Montoya and wants to be with her.


Clearly not grasping her sexual orientation (even though he’s well aware of it), Two-Face has created a little underground oasis where he believes the two can live happily ever after.

If he had to completely turn her world upside down to ensure it, so be it, I guess.

Obviously Montoya doesn’t take too kindly to these romantic notions, and as she fights him off Batman swoops in, incapacitates Two-Face, and leaves.  The comic closes with Montoya cleared of all charges, and trying to face the future without any secrets from those in her life.

This was a pretty brilliant comic.  It told so many different stories and featured so many multi-faceted characters that I was enthralled from the first page. This comic could easily have stood on its own, but the fact that the story takes place within the world of Gotham makes it that much more intriguing.  After all, these cops are still just regular people, attempting to bring justice to a city where there are masked men and psychopaths running the streets.  The stories had a surprisingly grounded presence considering the world in which they take place. Quite frankly, Gotham City needs that.  Too often we get swept up in the massive battles between Batman and his Rogues that we forget that this is a city of ordinary people, trying to live their lives.

Montoya’s characterization was perfect, and the fact that it was decided to make her a lesbian (and force her to deal with peoples’ reactions to that concept) was a brilliant move, and one that was handled with the respect and realism it deserved.

Even minor characterization choices enhanced the overall story. None stood out moreso than when Two-Face caught one of his cronies checking out Montoya as she walked by.


This brief aside wasn’t absolutely necessary for the story, but it shows just how much Two-Face has come to feel for Renee.  They had plenty of interactions during No Man’s Land, and it was nice to see how those feelings had grown (on Harvey’s side at least.)  He cares about Montoya in his own twisted way, and is decidedly possessive of her.  These minor inclusions helped create a more reflective story, and allowed the reader to fully grasp the significance of each character.

This was a great read, plain and simple.  Even though Batman is hardly in it (and truth be told, even the typical villains only have a few pages dedicated to them), it’s a wonderful character study of what it would mean to try and fight for justice in such a corrupt city as Gotham, especially when using the more traditional methods.  There may be a need for masked vigilantes, but there’s still a need for good old-fashioned police officers as well.



The Aristocats (1970)

*Warning: This was one of my favorite Disney movies as a child, and after re-watching it I can firmly say that it remains as amazing as ever, so prepare for some pretty obnoxious fangirling.*

Paris. Jazz music. CATS. This was the absolute perfect blend of features for little-kid Jess that I could ever imagine, even before I consciously realized how amazing it was.

The Aristocats tells the story of a pretty white cat named Duchess and her three kittens. They live with a wealthy woman in the center of Paris, where they live a happy, privileged life.  That is, until the day when their owner’s butler, angry at being behind the cats in the line of succession in the lady’s will, kidnaps the cats, puts them in a basket, and drives them out of town.

The bulk of the movie focuses on their journey back to Paris and their loving owner.  Aided by the street-wise Thomas O’Malley (whose full name rivals Albus Dumbledore as longest of all time), the team of acts journeys across France and meets an assortment of odd characters in their quest to reach home.

The story itself is fairly straight-forward.  What makes The Aristocats so wonderful is the colorful cast of characters.  Each character has their own unique, distinct personality.  None feel superfluous and each adds a little something to the overall story.

My favorite character has always been Marie, the precocious little white kitten who is sweet and sassy all at once, and who I’m fairly certain influenced my entire knowledge of what a true lady is.


I love Marie more than I rationally should, but I don’t care.

One of my favorite interactions involves Duchess and her kittens meeting Scat Cat and his band, a jazz-loving group of alley cats who welcome the aristocats with open arms.

Although I didn’t love that some of the cats were blatant stereotypes (particularly the Siamese cat) overall this was a fun scene with an incredibly catchy song (“Everybody Wants to be a Cat” still gets stuck in my head every time I think of this movie).

The cats ultimately make it home and defeat the bumbling butler Edgar, at which point Duchess’s owner adopts Thomas and opens her home to all the alley cats in Paris (basically, exactly what I would do if I was a rich old lady.)

There are simply so many enjoyable aspects of this movie that it’s impossible to write about them in a flowing narrative. I find myself wanting to jump around and focus on anything and everything.  So, how about a list? We all know how I love lists.  This time, it’ll be a list of the wacky, enjoyable characters that make this movie as good as it is.

-Roquefort, the intrepid little mouse who does everything he can to help find Duchess and her kittens (and who is voiced by Sterling Holloway, a Disney staple of the time who would later go on to famously voice Winnie the Pooh.)

-Napoleon & Lafayette, the farm dogs who prove to be a perpetual thorn in Edgar’s side as he tries to dispose of the cats.  They also offer some of the more humorous lines in the film.

-Abigail and Amelia, frustratingly talkative English geese who lead the cats to Paris before meeting up with their eccentric and inebriated Uncle Waldo.

-Edgar, the primary antagonist of the film, who is far more of a bumbling idiot than a villain in the true sense of the word.

-Madame, the cats’ owner who is both kind and exceedingly glamourous. If ever I was to be a crazy cat lady, I’d want to be just like her.

-Lastly, George, Madame’s lawyer who is quite frankly older than dirt but still lively and entertaining.  Also, subtly hinted that he and Madame had/have a thing, which for some reason makes me incredibly happy.

These characters, along with so many others, each has their own distinct personality and adds to the fluffy fun that is this story.  Disney created a story here that not only has truly unique characters but that also tells a very clear story.  Whereas some of their earlier films felt as though characters were going from one vignette to the next with little to tie the scenes together, The Aristocats manages to create a seamless story that is engaging from start to finish. Perhaps it’s because I have such a fondness for this film, but I can’t help but think this might be the start of a new era for Disney movies, with more fully realized stories.  After some of the less polished films of Disney’s early days, I’m certainly excited to get into some of the more classic Disney films, and for me at least, The Aristocats certainly falls into this category.


Batman: Bruce Wayne-Fugitive Vol. 3

That old adage “came in like a lion, went out like a lamb” is a pretty damn accurate description of the Batman Fugitive series.

Maybe it’s because I had such high expectations after reading the first two trades in the storyline.  The plot is such a wonderful, tightly bound murder mystery that one can’t help but be drawn in.  There was a set cast of characters, and each had a key part to do.  It was basically Batman and Bat-family versus the world, and I liked it that way.  It was a different type of story, and one I wanted to see play out fully.

Volume 3 didn’t have that same focus, and it hurt the overall story.  The first half of this trade deals with the aftermath of Cain’s confession.  Bruce Wayne is cleared of all charges, but Sasha Bordeaux has already been convicted, so apparently getting her out of prison isn’t as easy.  Although Bruce fights for her release, Sasha is injured in a prison yard fight and pronounced dead, with family claiming to have taken her body.


Of course, Bruce knows she didn’t have any living relatives, so he immediately starts searching for her.

While all of this is going on, we learn that Sasha was taken by the group known as Checkmate and offered a position within their ranks.  Feeling betrayed by Bruce, she accepts, and they offer her rehabilitation as well as surgery to give her a brand new identity.

The search for Sasha slows the book down a bit, only because it takes just a little too long.  Bruce and Sasha ultimately have an emotional reunion in Robinson Park, during which Bruce asks her to come back.  Sasha has not forgotten that sense of betrayal though, and ultimately refuses.


At this point, the entire Fugitive storyline is tied up nicely, with the exception of Cain’s confession.  The higher-ups who hired him don’t want him giving away their identity, and they in turn hire another assassin to take him out before he can provide his sworn testimony.

And of course, they happen to hire Deadshot to do the job.


Deadshot’s trying to kill Cain, but Batman won’t let him.  Of course, Cain wants to die and keeps averting Batman’s attempts to save him.

There’s a pretty exciting firefight during the prison transport, with Cain nearly killing Deadshot in the process as Batman gets him back into protective custody.  The comic closes with Cassandra/Batgirl visiting her father in jail and essentially kicking his ass for everything he put her through.  Batman doesn’t seem to mind.

This wasn’t a bad comic, by any means. It’s just that it didn’t have that same power as the previous volumes.  Those earlier issues were very clear-cut in their narrative, and with a minimal number of players it was easy to keep track of everything that was going on.  With this trade, there was just a lot to focus on.  Checkmate, Cain, Deadshot – did we really need so many antagonists in one story, especially when they don’t all directly tie into the larger storyline being presented?

It was an incredibly ambitious story to undertake, and the writers had some awesome ideas. I think they ultimately got bogged down in trying to make it feel believable while also tying up every single loose end they had created.  Usually I’m a fan of this, but it just left too many side stories that didn’t feel as compelling as the main story in question.

The emotional connection between Bruce and Sasha was well done (though I admit I hadn’t really read much about Sasha before this story) and their meeting in the park was handled well.  We see a vulnerable, caring side of Bruce that’s been noticeably absent from these recent issues, and it was touching to see him admit that he had feelings for Sasha and that he let her down.

I would have preferred more emphasis on how this situation affected his relationship with the rest of the Bat-family, though.  All of his wrongs are righted as he enters the Bat Cave and tells his team, “I know I’m a difficult person to know.”


No further discourse, no questions.  I know that’s a typical Batman response, but I wanted his partners to question him a bit more and demand some explanations.  They had done so previously, and it felt like they might have gotten more of a response out of Bruce this time around.

Alas, that conversation didn’t occur.  The team is whole again, with Batman perhaps a little more self-aware and cognizant of how much he needs those around him.  This sentiment should be felt in later Batman trades, but I suppose I’ll just have to wait and see.

Overall, a good story, but the beginning far exceeds the ending in terms of quality.  It was a genius premise that got a bit muddled towards its finale, but it still remains a great test to Bruce Wayne’s character. At the very least, at least we got to see just how loyal the Bat-family is to the dark knight.


Batman: Bruce Wayne – Fugitive Vol. 2

I suppose if you’re more familiar with a particular Batman villain, this cover is a pretty big spoiler.  I was fortunate enough to not catch on to who exactly that was reflected as Batman’s shadow, which I’m more than a little happy about. Half the fun of this storyline is the mystery; why would I want it ruined for me before I’ve even read the book?

Volume 2 continues the storyline from the past two Batman trades.  Batman is on the run from the law after being arrested for murdering Vesper Fairchild.  Having overcome his childish brooding, Bruce finally accepts help from his family in tracking down who framed him.

Given the past two trades, I really wanted to like this book.  As it stands, I felt it was a bit…lackluster.

The first half of the trade largely focuses on Batman as he searches for those responsible for selling tainted heroin that’s been killing its users.  Fairly quickly it becomes a rather convoluted affair.


Um…and I care about this why?

Look, I’m not trying to be unfair. As its own storyline it would be totally acceptable, but this is all going down smack dab in the middle of the investigation into who framed Bruce for murder.  Eventually this drug storyline circles back and ties into the original plot, but there’s too many twists and turns to make it feel wholly necessary.  It simply stretches out for a little too long. I was dying to know how the original story would play out. Don’t just throw a seemingly random separate story into the mix! It broke up the flow of the comic, and a part of me never got fully back into it after that.

We do eventually return to the main story at hand, as Bruce reunites with his team to provide a pretty succinct and thorough explanation of exactly who framed him and why.

It turns out it was a two-fold job.  Lex Luthor hired an assassin to ruin Bruce Wayne’s reputation.


Of course, this was strictly a personal matter, and had nothing to do with Bruce’s secret identity, which everyone is still pretty certain Lex knows nothing about.  It just so happens that the assassin Lex hired for the job was none other than David Cain, aka (Batgirl) Cassandra’s  father and the man who taught Bruce how to fight.  Cain puts two and two together and realizes that Bruce and Batman are one and the same, and decides to kill two birds with one stone by framing Bruce with the perfect set-up, and orchestrating the perfect motive for him to have killed Vesper.


Bruce and Cain get into a pretty brutal fight, with Batman ultimately winning out by proving that he’s not the same as Cain.  Cain gives in, and willingly turns himself over to the police with a full confession.

The comic closes on this point, but I know there’s another trade in the series, so not everything’s wrapped up.  Sasha is still in prison, and while he’s been cleared of murder charges, Bruce did escape from prison and has been on the run for months.  I’m sure these issues will be covered in that culminating trade.

While I still like the story, I admit parts of this volume felt a bit overworked.  The entire drug angle in the first half was unnecessarily drawn out, and there were too many new players introduced in the latter half to keep straight.  The story just didn’t feel as tightly bound as it did earlier on.  I’d still highly recommend it, but keep in mind that by this point in the story the comic seems to lose its way just a little. I’m hoping it gets back on track by the next volume.

All I know is, yay! Bruce didn’t kill anybody!

As though we ever doubted him.


Batman: Bruce Wayne – Fugitive Vol. 1

Continuing the story started in Batman: Bruce Wayne – Murderer?, this comic picks up right where that one ended, with Bruce Wayne on the lam while Batman continues his quest for justice.  While his extended family – Nightwing, Robin, Oracle, Alfred, Batgirl, and Spoiler – all seek to prove Bruce’s innocence, Batman is busy fighting for justice and pretending Bruce Wayne no longer exists.

Yeah, Batman’s a bit of a tool in this one.

Everyone who cares about him is literally doing everything in their power to prove his innocence, and he won’t even speak to them.  I’m sure at some point an explanation may be given to justify his actions, but right now he’s acting like a Bat-brat.

The best part of this comic (in my humble opinion) was when the extended Bat family was attempting to solve the mystery of, “Who Murdered Vesper Fairchild?”.  The team spent countless hours pouring over Vesper’s personal files, only to learn that someone had doctored her reports, along with a journal of Bruce’s that was found in the Bat-Cave.


I love that Alfred noticed a small grammatical error in Bruce’s journal, and that this gave him his first indication that not all was as it seemed.

This, along with a few other small issues, tripped a red flag for the team, so they started to delve deeper into just how someone could have broken into the cave and gained access to Wayne Manor.  This involved a lot of gadgets, smoke, and good old-fashioned detective work, but they ultimately figured it out.

Of course, they all admitted that it was possible that Bruce planted all of these things himself, so as to lead his team to believe that someone else committed the crime.

They don’t want to think Bruce did it, but they can’t deny that the facts are pretty damning.


It’s pretty heartbreaking to watch all of these people who have shown such loyalty to Batman over the years start to waver in their faith, but no one can really blame them.  There’s an overwhelming amount of evidence pointing to Bruce as the murderer, and he himself has yet to offer up a valid explanation, or even deny the charges.

As the mystery continues to unfold, Bruce has a minor epiphany of sorts, having a chance meeting with a former Gotham City police officer who comforted him when his parents were killed.  This man’s words shook Bruce, and reminded him of the defining moment in his life, the moment that created the Batman.  It also reminded him that he’s always had help, and that nobody can go at it alone 100% of the time.

The comic closes with Bruce, seemingly a bit humbled, reaching out to Oracle for help.


Of course, I’m taking this olive branch with a grain of salt.  Bruce is notorious for reaching out to people when he needs something, and it’s entirely possible he’s simply looking to use Oracle’s know-how to gather up additional information, without offering up any information of his own.

Truth be told, I don’t care much for Bruce in these recent comics.  His Batman side is prevailing, and he seems to be losing his humanity.  He claims Bruce Wayne was his mask, but he also represented the human side of him.  Without it, he is merely a faceless symbol with no real connections to the world.  If he doesn’t come around soon, he’s liable to lose the trust and loyalty of everyone he’s ever worked beside.

This was a great continuation of this story, and it progresses at a fair enough pace that I’m never bored.  That’s rather surprising given the fact that none of Batman’s standard Rogues (or any villains, really) appear in these pages.  This is an internal conflict, but the novelty of casting Bruce Wayne as the criminal hasn’t worn off yet.  The mystery deepens as his family searches for the truth. I just hope Bruce comes to his senses and realizes that these people who would give their lives for him deserve to be treated with more respect than he’s been showing them lately.


Batman: Bruce Wayne-Murderer?

Bruce Wayne: Billionaire. Businessman. Playboy. Killer?

Batman: Bruce Wayne-Murderer presents a brand new angle to Batman lore.  The comic opens with Bruce and his bodyguard/assistant Sasha returning to Wayne Manor after defending the streets of Gotham.  Both are shocked when they enter the manor and find Bruce’s former flame, Vesper Fairchild, dead on the floor.


They’re even more shocked when the police come bursting through the doors and promptly arrest both Bruce and Sasha for the murder.

What follows in the comic is the beginning of a truly unique Batman tale.  Bruce and Sasha have no alibi, as they were out fighting crime at the time of the murder, and the gun used to kill Vesper was found on Wayne’s property, and confirmed to have been purchased by Wayne himself.  The evidence is pretty damning, and after being denied bail, Bruce and Sasha are forced to enter Blackgate’s general population as they await trial.

Bruce handles this turn of events with his typical wall of silence, refusing help from all those who offer.  That doesn’t stop his family from seeking the truth though, as Nightwing, Robin, Oracle, Batgirl, and Spoiler all do their part to uncover the truth.

A less skilled writer would have crafted the story with nobody close to Bruce actually believing he could have committed the murder, but thankfully these stories were handled more deftly.  Nearly everyone questions, at one time or another, whether he could have done it.  Sasha recalls that she wasn’t with Batman the entire night, wondering if he snuck back to Wayne Manor while they were apart.  Oracle and Robin comment that Bruce has been acting oddly lately, leading them to at least ponder the possibility of his guilt.


Nightwing is the only one who remains blindly loyal, ignoring the facts placed in from of him because he has complete faith that Bruce would never take a life.

The comic progresses slowly, yet never feels like it drags.  Ultimately Bruce breaks out of Blackgate, and just like that he’s a fugitive on the run.  He returns to the Bat Cave, where he’s met with an intervention of sorts by his entire Bat family.  They demand answers, feeling completely shut out and wanting the truth.

Batman’s response is not the comforting reassurance they had hoped for. Instead, he voices his plan to effectively stop being Bruce Wayne.


He has decided to adopt the Batman persona full-time, without the shackle of a civilian identity.  Understandably, this is met with anger by everyone around him, who view Bruce as a father figure and can’t imagine him giving up his true identity.

As Batman and Nightwing clash, with Nightwing feeling the betrayal perhaps worst of all, Batman leaves as everyone else is left to consider the repercussions of such a decision. What’s more, a very important observation was made about their discussion with Batman:


The vagueness of Bruce’s response can be viewed two ways: Either he did it, and didn’t want to admit it to those he cares for, or he’s just being his typical aloof self and playing his cards extremely close to the chest.

I choose to believe the latter.  Batman has existed for far too long to ever snap and murder someone, especially an innocent woman. What’s more, even if he ever was pushed to do so, he wouldn’t have murdered her with a gun, and in his own home no less.

No, this is a set-up (albeit a very convincing one), and quite frankly I’m dying to find out who actually murdered Vesper.  I love a good mystery, and this Batman comic has the perfect setup for a wonderful “whodunit” storyline.

I couldn’t put this comic down, and as I finished it I was dying to find out what happened next.  Mercifully, it looks like Mistah J has the entire storyline collected, so I won’t have to wait to see how the story unfolds. Like Nightwing, I believe Batman to be innocent, but even I had my doubts at certain parts of this story.  Therein lies the brilliance in this story; it was crafted so well that someone as driven by justice as Batman can still be painted as a potential killer.  It’s this characterization that propels the story, and I can’t wait to see how it all unfolds.  What will become of Batman, or Bruce Wayne for that matter? These questions make this story magnetizing, and I have a feeling no matter how it plays out, the status quo of Gotham will never be the same.

Also, new idea for a book titled, “I Don’t Like you: The Autobiography of Bruce Wayne”. This should be the cover.




Green Lantern: Legacy

If you save the universe, but only after murdering every single one of your comrades and then some, how will you be remembered?

Green Lantern: Legacy, approaches that subject with the reverence, respect, and fist-fighting one would expect from comics.  We open on Hal Jordan’s lifetime friend, Tom Kalmaku, as he is giving a eulogy at Jordan’s funeral.  He erupts into a tirade against his former friend just as we return to the present, focusing on Tom’s life in a run-down apartment, dwelling on the past.

He’s drunk, he’s angry, he’s left his family: there is seemingly nothing holding Tom together anymore, and he seems content to live out his life in this self-imposed solitude.

All of that changes though when a man shows up claiming he needs to discuss Hal Jordan’s secret will with Tom.


The lawyer deposits a young boy named Martin Jordan on Tom’s doorstep, announces he is Hal Jordan’s son, and leaves.

Not surprisingly, Tom is dumbfounded.  He hasn’t forgiven Hal for everything he’s done, yet here he is face to face with his former best friend’s child, who arrives with a simple note from Hal that says, “Fix it.”

Now, Tom has no idea what exactly he’s supposed to fix, nor is he given much time to figure it out.  He and Martin are soon followed by a dark, demonic being who seems determined to destroy them both.  Tom goes to everyone he can imagine in search of help: Carol Ferris, the JLA, the remaining Green Lanterns on Earth; nobody can offer any real help.

Couple that with the fact that the kid somehow has (and can wield) a power ring, and Tom is in way over his head.  Out of ideas, Tom and Martin reach out to the remaining Green Lanterns in the galaxy, who are none too pleased to meet the offspring of their destroyer. We learn that they are responsible for the horrible monster that’s been following Tom and Martin everywhere, and that the monster is a rather familiar character.


Killowog, Hal Jordan’s mentor whom he later killed in his quest for justice, has been resurrected to seek vengeance on behalf of his fallen comrades. He seems to have succeeded too, overcoming the boy and knocking him to the ground.

Of course, not all is as it seems with this child, who is not really a child at all.


A human manifestation of Hal’s Green Lantern ring, Martin was sent to Tom by some part of Hal in order to make things right.  Even at his darkest, it seems Hal knew that Tom would be needed to right his wrongs.

Tom somehow realizes what is needed of him, and as he and Marty travel through time they encounter Hal in his Parallax form. Hal ensures Tom that there is nothing he can do to change the past, to which Tom agrees. However, he knows that he can change the future.  Putting on the Green Lantern ring, he recites the oath and creates a brand new Oa.


This new Oa is powered by the same Green Light that Hal had collected as he killed his brethren, so in a way Tom has returned the power to the universe.  It is believed that this will usher in a new age of Green Lanterns, without the cold, unyielding rule of the Guardians.

As the comic closes, we see Hal thanking Tom for what he’s done, before disappearing in his Spectre form.  Tom returns to his family, presumably with a new lease on life.

This was a touching comic to say the least. I admit I had forgotten about Tom during the entire Parallax storyline, but it’s nice to see that he wasn’t completely disregarded.  This comic presents a truly realistic explanation of what would happen to the “best friend” after the hero goes off the deep end.  Not only was it a sweet comic which allowed Tom to get some closure, but it also has the potential to have profound implications on the universe.  With a new Oa, there could conceivably be a brand new Green Lantern Corps to protect the galaxy.  I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before this happens, and the idea of such a change is pretty staggering.  Will former members be invited to join? Will Kyle Rayner officially become a member of the Corps?  This, coupled with the implications of a new Green Lantern regime, seem like they could provide a pretty big shakeup to the Green Lantern world.

Hal Jordan may have made some terrible mistakes, but it’s nice to see that all of the good deeds in his life haven’t been forgotten.  Although his actions were terrible, at least now a new era of Green Lanterns can emerge, while still remaining grounded in the history of the original Corps.