The Comic Book Fools of April – Guy Gardner on Ice!
Every day in April I will be featuring a humorous comic (either an issue or a series of strips) that I found particularly amusing. Feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org the comic stories that are your favorites when it comes to hilarity, and I’ll see if I can’t feature some of them this month, as well!
Today we look at one of my favorite single issue of all-time, Justice League America #45, by Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis, Adam Hughes, Russ Braun and three inkers, John Beatty, Jose Marzan, Jr. and Malcolm Jones III. This comic is so appropriate for this feature that it even has the word fool on the cover!!!
The concept of the issue is that Oberon is considering leaving the Justice League to go be with Mister Miracle and Big Barda. Meanwhile, Ice is trying to get Guy Gardner to take her on a REAL date, as their first date was to a porno theater and their second date was to a cock fight. So she manages to convince him to take her to the Ice Capists.
Unluckily for Guy, Blue Beetle and Killowog find out about their date from Ice’s best friend, Fire, and they have certain plans in place for Guy…
Hilarious stuff, and great art from Russ Braun, who recently made a big return to mainstream comics with some very good work on The Boys, filling in for Darick Robertson (who is a pretty tough act to follow, and yet Braun has filled in admirably).
Guy and Ice return to the embassy and Guy, naturally, is fuming. He tries to calm down, for Ice’s sake, but then he enters his room…
What follows is stand-out work from J.M. DeMatteis, as he handles most of the rest of the humor in the issue off-panel (by the by, Lightray and Orion had recently joined the Justice League to replace Mister Miracle)…
What a fun issue, and a neat way to finish off this month of funny comic books! I hope you all enjoyed it!