December 09, 2013

Latest Green Lantern book allegory to U.S. "abuse" of the environment

Writer Justin Jordan doesn't mince any words:

Yep. I mean, the Exuras thing is a not-particularly-veiled metaphor for the U.S. using up such a disproportionate amount of the world’s resources while much of the world’s population struggles to survive. And honestly, that idea, of the few living in extreme luxury while the rest struggle, is kind of fractal – you can apply the same criticism to the 1% versus the 99% in the U.S.

In a word: YAWN. What an "original" premise: The use of the Green Lantern Corps' rings has been -- wait for it! -- depleting the universe of energy.

First (and it's amazing that this has to be said), using resources is not a zero sum game. Because the US uses a lot doesn't mean others are getting screwed. Second (and it's amazing that this has to be said), I'm in the 99% and I'm not "struggling" so don't presume to speak for me, Mr. Jordan.

Third, this entire idea is a complete retread. Immediately, two examples popped into my head: One, Isaac Asimov's classic The Gods Themselves, and also Star Trek: TNG's episode "Force of Nature." In the former, Earth makes use of an "Electron Pump," a miraculous new source of unlimited energy. The problem is that its use is altering physical laws in our universe, and could cause our sun to go nova. Many in the scientific and political realm do not believe this. Who would, after all? More recently, the TNG seventh (last) season offering seemed to be searching for "relevance," much like Jordan is doing with Lantern. The use of warp drive has been damaging the very fabric of space, and all Federation vessels are ordered not to exceed the speed of warp 5 unless it's an emergency. I'm sure there are quite a few other tales of similar scope.

I know it's futile, but I'm still waiting for the brave comics writer to take on Barack Obama and his scandals and ridiculous abuses of power.


Posted by Hube at December 9, 2013 08:19 PM | TrackBack

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Yeesh. You know, when I read about this, "Force of Nature" instantly came to mind. This just sounds like they're desperate and want a comic that's supposed to be about space cops to be "relevant," lest it get the cancellation axe. Can't these idiots just tell stories rather than insert this politically correct nonsense into the stories? This kind of BS is what drove me away from modern comics, after all.

And like you said, it's unoriginal. I'm also in the 99% and I'm not struggling, either. Jordan doesn't speak for me, either.

Posted by: Carl at December 9, 2013 10:15 PM

I find it hilarious in a noire sort of way that comic books, which are supposed to be escapist reading, have come down with relevancy cancer. It's a sort of melanoma of the financials, because people don't read them to learn about the externalities of the financial system ...

And, yes, that was the worst Star Trek TNG episode of all time.

Posted by: Steve Newton at December 10, 2013 09:10 AM

"FoN" immediate came to my mind, too, Carl. Then the Asimov story was gnawing at my memory ... I had to go downstairs to peruse my Asimov paperback collection to make the light bulb go off! Hadn't read that tale in many years.

Posted by: Hube at December 10, 2013 09:11 AM

Hi Steve -- I don't know if "FoN" was the worst episode of TNG, but it, along with "Journey's End" (also in the 7th season) were hilariously PC attempts at "relevance." The latter even contradicted itself from earlier Trek canon in that the chief of the Native American group wants Picard to amend for his ancestor's crimes, yet much earlier in TNG there was an episode where Picard lectures (to Q, I believe) that the Federation deemed that people could NOT be held accountable for the actions of their ancestors! D'oh!!

Posted by: Hube at December 10, 2013 09:21 AM

I just recall nearly puking at the end of "FON" and have never ever watched it again.

Posted by: Steve Newton at December 10, 2013 01:24 PM

Both of those episodes were terrible. Journey's End was awful because of its PC attitudes and also how the Prime Directive was conveniently ignored so Picard could feel white guilt. Those are two that I skip over whenever I watch TNG reruns on TV. There are a few episodes from the early seasons that I also skip over as well.

Posted by: Carl at December 10, 2013 01:53 PM

I see that Jordan is going to continue with his nonsense in future issues, with media manipulation (knowing today's comic writers, it'll probably be an attack on Fox News and conservative media in general) and an evil religion (probably an allegory for Christianity, since to the left they're a bigger threat than radical Islamists who stone women, behead "infidels, etc).

Funny how he also says that he's using the "Star Trek technique;" must've watched "Force of Nature" and "Journey's End" one too many times. There are good Trek allegories for real issues, but those two episodes aren't good examples of that. It isn't the Star Trek technique; it's the "sales are low so I'm going to write PC stories to try and boost sales and stay relevant among the comic book elite" technique.

Posted by: Carl at December 11, 2013 03:23 PM

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