Martha Thomases: My Green Lantern Problem

Martha Thomases

Martha Thomases brought more comics to the attention of more people than anyone else in the industry. Her work promoting The Death of Superman made an entire nation share in the tragedy of one of our most iconic American heroes. As a freelance journalist, she has been published in the Village Voice, High Times, Spy, the National Lampoon, Metropolitan Home, and more. For Marvel comics she created the series Dakota North. Martha worked as a researcher and assistant for the author Norman Mailer on several of his books, including the Pulitzer-Prize-winning Executioner's Song, On Women and Their Elegance, Ancient Evenings, and Harlot's Ghost.

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7 Responses

  1. Jason M. Bryant says:

    It sounds to me like you haven’t even read all these stories that you don’t like. You only know that there are so many because you read the DC website. You said that the New 52 introduced a bunch of stuff that was actually introduced before that.

    Maybe you should read the comics before judging them. No, they’re not the exact same stories that they already told 20 years ago (Kyle meeting deadlines, Guy with Ice), but they at least deserve to be judged on their own merits.

    • Martha Thomases says:

      Actually, I do read all of them. It seemed to me that I was buying a couple of Green Lantern comics a week,but that seemed excessive so I went to the web site to check my facts. You know, journalism.

      I don’t want the same stories as 20 years ago. I can still read those. However, I do want to read stories about characters with whom I can relate, and that is what I find lacking in the current run.

  2. Todd Maxwell says:

    Hal Jordan has been my favorite character since the Superfriends TV show I saw as a kid. I even liked the movie. But I agree, it’s not working for me now. I started reading Green Lantern with Emerald dawn. Loved Mosaic. But for me, the soul of the character is gone. I’m down to just one book and anticipate dropping it soon. For those of you who like the book, Awesome! Keep it going. I’ll be back when it gets a new writer/direction.

  3. George Haberberger says:

    I used the New 52 as a great jumping off point for the main reason Martha so succinctly mentioned: “I can’t keep up with everybody. Even worse, I don’t care.”

    When the scope of the stories becomes so large that any sense relatability is lost, reading them becomes a chore. I have enough chores.

  4. DC is currently treating all four current Lantern titles as their premier science-fiction line. And I love the cosmic scope of the Lantern series. But I agree there has to be at least one title in that line-up that centers on an Earth-based Lantern. That ought to be the one called “Green Lantern” since the Corps title is clearly the Space War book and the New Guardians is the Team book. Hal’s title needs to be a grounded Coast City superhero series. He can always visit the other titles when appropriate, but being a Spaceman should only be a small part of his title, especially since two other titles feed that need perfectly fine. Balance is what is missing from that family of titles.

    • Martha Thomases says:

      That’s what I would like to see. I mean, I don’t like to tell creative teams what to do, and they could surprise me. But they aren’t, so this is what I want.

  5. Emily W says:

    YES. So much agreement re: stories staying at least somewhat grounded. I like space stories, and Earth stories, but when they get all mixed up together for whatever reason often space seems to take over (because there’s so much freedom for the writers to make things epic, maybe?) and then the whole thing gets way too big and untethered and I become much less interested. Also when comics cross over too much for no good reason (like one character is having parts of his/her story in several ongoing books) I get just plain tired of trying to figure out the reading order, get them all, etc. Guess I’m just a bit linear!