Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Yellow Peril

One of the things you have to understand about yellow is that it is a colour. Colour is not a quality possessed by things you cannot see. In fact one might say that an invisible object could be defined by it's complete lack of colour.

Not so for Green Lantern, where I've encountered at least three occasions in GL Showcase volume #2 where our dumb hero is laid low by things that are both invisible and yet at the same time also yellow.

It's a neat trick if you can pull it off.


Sleestak said...

Yellow behind the invisible field.

SallyP said...

You have to remember that Hal is quite talented at getting laid low by odd things. Ceiling tiles, soap on the floor, toy airplanes, even an Oscar statuette!

Hal may be handsome, brave, and too charming for his own good, but he's a real klutz.

Evan Waters said...

I think it's just an excuse.

"There must be some kind of... INVISIBLE YELLOW FORCE FIELD there! Yes, of course!"

Hal Jordan- great hero, not so great at admitting when he messes up.

Marionette said...

I think my favourites have been the invisible yellow gas and the invisible yellow radiation, which is so deadly that walking into the room would kill you. So our boy Hal smashes the window and gives it a good airing out.

SallyP said...

Hal believes in sharing deadly yellow radiation with EVERYONE!

Hal's a standup sort of guy.

Anonymous said...

It occurs to me that you could bitch slap a Silver age Green Lantern with a Silver age comic printed with the three colour process and that this is something I'd like to see. I suspect Grant Morrison is my only hope.

Anonymous said...

Seems to me the "yellow impurity" was added to keep Lanterns humble and allow the Guardians to discipline their ring-wielding SS. Except...the Guardians are themselves BLUE, not yellow.

And now the impurity is gone, because Hal basically showed the Corps you could be insubordinate as hell and never get busted for it. Oh, and you could also kill off the entire race of Guardians and STILL not get busted for it.

It's like DC eventually decided, "Screw it, Wolverine was always more popular than Captain America anyway. Let's just officially rename them the Green Dirty Harry Corps and be done with it."