A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 106
Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!
Today we continue my spur of the moment middle-of-the-week theme week where I look at cool moments in comics where the cool moment is for a character who does not normally appear in the book in question. This time around, we take a look at an Adventures of Superman Annual where Guy Gardner came off looking as good as he did in any comic book at the time!
Adventures of Superman Annual #4 is the penultimate issue in the 1992 Eclipso crossover, where Eclipso was going around possessing various superpowered people.
In this issue, whatever superheroes that are left are trying to take down Superman, who had been possessed by Eclipso. The heroes left are basically the following:
L.E.G.I.O.N. (Vril Dox, Lobo, Phase, Strata, Stealth, Garv and Telepath)
Hawkman (the Thanagar police version)
Not exactly a Murderer’s Row of character, eh?
Well, Guy Gardner (who had been possessed by Eclipso and discarded for being more or less useless) shows up with his brand new yellow ring.
So the heroes take on Superman (who was hiding in an active volcano), and their goal is to get him out of the volcano while the sun was still up. This does not work, as he deals with all of them fairly easily, particularly Guy Gardner (Eclipso reminds Guy why he was discarded).
So the sun is now down, so Superman can move around freely – this is not a good thing.
After Guy takes off, Superman really goes to town on the rest of the heroes without the drag of the sun being out, and it looks like Ice is going to pay the ultimate price…
“The” moment has to be where Guy recites the quote while he takes Superman into the volcano.
In a couple of years, Beau Smith would take over Guy, but before then, Guy was in the midst of a long stretch of being written by writers who did not seem to particularly LIKE him (Dan Jurgens in JLA and Gerard Jones in Green Lantern and Guy’s own title), so this issue by Robert Loren Fleming (how underrated is Fleming?) and Bob McLeod was a refreshing change of pace.
I just remembered that I had written about this issue a few years back on the old blog. Check it out here (after I remembered that, I cribbed the list of heroes from that entry).