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Thanksgiving leftovers and a giant flying hemorrhoid cushion. – Green Lantern #93

November 26, 2011

It would have been nice to post this Thanksgiving comic on, oh, I don’t know, THANKSGIVING. Sometimes life gets in the way. Whatever. We can pop it in the microwave now and it’ll be just fine.

The all too current topic of haves and have-nots is the name of the game in this Denny O’Neil/Mike Grell/Terry Austin issue. On Thanksgiving, the downtrodden have-not denizens of Coast City are stuck with soup kitchen fare, including poor stubbly Abner:

And then we have the 1%. Or the .1%, as the case may be, preparing to sup on a sumptuous feast in an ornate mansion:

Are protesters with unclear goals going to have to camp out in front of Ferris Aircraft? Are they going to start pitching tents and banging drums? Will Carol Ferris, Oliver Queen, Dinah Lance, Pieface and Hal Jordan tell them to eat cake? #occupyCoastCity

We’ll never know, because Hal is called away like an on-call doctor to deal with a galactic crisis. The hemorrhoid cushion (or whirling torus — pick your poison) from the cover is using a rainbow (?) to suck up unfortunates all over the Earth, including lost soul Abner:

Thanks for the narration, Hal.

The cushion takes the raptured folks to a rocky, barren world, where their dog-faced alien kidnappers reveal themselves and the reason for the abduction — slave labor for a new colony:

Hal disguised himself and hitched a ride, using a power I either didn’t know a Green Lantern would have or didn’t realize they’d need:

Yeah. Thank God Itty made it.

Interstellar fisticuffs ensue, but the head dog-face takes refuge inside a yellow bubble. Foiled again! Hal pulls a George Kennedy in The Naked Gun 2 1/2 and takes off his ring to give this coward what for (let’s hope it ends up better for him):


Ass. Kicked.

All the people are now free to leave, but some, including in-desperate-need-of-a-shower-and-shave Abner, want to stay and make a go of it — hard work on an alien world is better than a soup kitchen. Can’t say that I disagree. Hal assents, and now everybody has something to be thankful for. And Hal gets his Thanksgiving dinner after all:


I like the O’Neil/Grell Lantern. It’s not the best run on the character, but it’s far from the worst. There’s a frivolity to it (example: rainbow-spewing hemorrhoid cushions) that they manage to pull off. That’s particularly true when it’s mostly sans Green Arrow. Not a fan. And for pointless little sidekicks, you can’t go wrong with Itty (well, until he morphed into a monster — see previous link). At least he keeps his mouth shut, unlike others. He also lacks a bare ass-crack. I’M LOOKING AT YOU, ZOOK.

Enjoy your leftovers.

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