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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 129

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 look at a neat Guy Gardner moment from Gerard Jones and Joe Staton.


I was not a big fan of Gerard Jones and Joe Staton’s Guy Gardner ongoing series, as it was one of the rare ongoing series where it seemed like the main character was not particularly LIKED by the guy writing the book (again, let me stress “seemed” – Jones might very well have been a big fan of Guy – it just did not come across that way).

However, I thought that Jones handled Guy nicely in the Guy Gardner: Reborn mini-series that led into the Guy ongoing.

The basic point of the series was finding out a way for Guy to get powers separate from being a member of the Green Lantern Corps, and what Jones settled on was Guy trying to get Sinestro’s power ring, which was buried with Sinestro’s body on Oa.

To get there, Guy had to make deals with various unsavory types (like Lobo and the Qwardians), with the basic strategy of “once I get the ring, I can just take care of all of them.”

So Guy gets to the ring, however, Sinestro’s spirit had possessed John Stewart for a little while now, and when John goes to confront Guy about taking the yellow power ring, Sinestro steps in, leading to a very nice confrontation between Guy and the spirit of Sinestro.

Click on the double-page spread above to enlarge it!

“The” moment for me was definitely the ending – the whole “Yeah, yeah, you are so much better than me, but I got your ring” line really captured the tenacity and almost likable impudence of Guy Gardner.


I did always find it odd that Jones wrote Guy’s solo book, because it was painfully apparent in the pages of the main book that he wasn’t much of a fan of the character.

That said, I thought he did a pretty good job writing Hal, Guy, and especially John. His stories tended to be a little dull (except in Mosaic), but I really thought he nailed the characters for the most part.

Guy Gardner’s a pretty cool character and I like the scene, but WHO decided to put him in that awful outfit?
As if they said, “You know what would make Guy look tough? Dressing him like a prostitute.”

Oh, Guy is my favorite Green Lantern, and this is one of the reasons why. While Hal always had everything handed to him on a silver platter,Guy had to WORK for it…so he appreciated it more.

But yes, that outfit was pretty horrible. At the beginning of Rebirth, poor Guy is still wandering around in his Green Lantern uniform, although he had just lost his ring to Hal, which was rather poignant. This outfit was NOT one of his better ideas, but he WAS a bit distraught at the time.

The part I liked most in Reborn was the beginning – when Guy was trying out various alternate methods for being a hero, including a disastrous attempt to be a heavily armed vigilante in the Punisher vein. It resulted in more property damage than anything.

Gerard Jones may not have been a big fan of Gardner, but he still did right by him with Reborn (I haven’t had a chance to read Guy’s actual series, sadly). That’s a lot better than Jones’ Justice League run, where he very actively and persistently expressed his hatred for everyone reading the book (at least that’s the impression I get from those comics – especially JLE).

I designed the Really Ugly Guy Costume, but under duress. I always thought Guy should wear the Classic Guy Costume, with the green jacket and the studded belt and the big boots, which I also designed, and which he basically wears today.

Oh, Green Lantern: Mosaic… Probably Gerard Jones highest achievement, and one of my favorite books ever. He made John relevant for the first (and only time) so far.

I’ve always read that line, “I got your ring” in the same tone as the phrase, “I got your nose.”


Hi, Joe. Guy’s original GL outfit is one of the standouts in the Green Lantern Corps. Back then, the humanoid members all wore pretty much the same type of suit as Hal’s, even John at the beginning of his career. But your jacket and space boots design, sans mask, instantly made Guy one of my favorite “new” characters in the DCU around the Crisis era when everything was rebooted.

Ricardo, I rather liked the John Stewart from the animated Justice League.

By the way, whose idea was it to make the Green Lantern movie about Hal Jordan? The only time that guy was interesting was when he went crazy and destroyed the Corps. The movie should be about Guy!

Some great expressive cartooning from Staton in this series. Guy with the Sinestro ring was an inspired idea. Or at least it seemedthat way in contrast to the whole vuldarian warrior idiocy. I never understood why all the Emerald Twilight crap required Guy to lose the yellow ring.

Stephane Savoie

May 10, 2009 at 7:58 pm

Guy Guardner’s original costume is classic. They later introduce the idea that it’s based on the GL Corps’s internal police force.
Man, I miss all of Jones’ continuity. Johns threw it all out the window, and it’s a darn shame.

Joe Staton must be near or at his artistic peak with this sequence!

I always was disappointed with Staton for designing the prostitute costume for Guy, but now that I know he designed the classic Guy costume as well all is more than forgiven. I never knew he was the designer of original costume as well.

johnny the boy

May 11, 2009 at 9:28 am

top 5 stupid comicbook character haircuts:

5. Bishop’s Mullet
4. Longshot’s 80s Glam-Metal Rocker cut
3. Wolverine’s side-flips/sideburns combo
2. Guy Gardner’s Bowl Cut
1. Normon Osborne’s Cornrows

In the scene where Guy grabs the ring it was nice of the colorist to try and hide the fact that Guy’s wearing a midriff by coloring his stomach the same as his clothes. Still nothing he could about the haircut though..

That’s a lot better than Jones’ Justice League run, where he very actively and persistently expressed his hatred for everyone reading the book (at least that’s the impression I get from those comics – especially JLE).

Really? His JLE run is one of my favorite comics. Jones is one of the best Ralph Dibny writers ever! Not that the list is very long.

And I liked his Guy series just fine, too.

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