Monday, August 28, 2006

Profile: Dr. Light 2

Kimiyo Hoshi, Dr. Light 2
First appearance: during Crisis on Infinite Earths in 1985

Current status: as far as I know, she’s in okay shape, and was recuperating in the hospital. More on this below.

Was subjected to the following act of discrimination: in Green Arrow #54-55 in 2005, during all the hogwash going in between Identity Crisis and Infinite Crisis, the male Dr. Light (whose first name is Arthur), in a continuation of the out-of-character depiction first ascribed to him by Brad Meltzer in Identity Crisis, scuffled with her and upon knocking her unconscious, siphoned some of her own power for his own use. She didn’t die, but she did end up in the hospital.

What’s wrong with how this was done? One big mistake is that Hoshi was being brought back only so that she could serve as a kind of plot device – though she didn’t die from Arthur Light’s attack on her, she was still just there so she could be injured. But that’s not all. In Green Arrow #57, Arthur Light gloated about the “joys” of rape, as if they couldn’t have made him any more loathsome and out-of-character than they already did.

In fact, that’s what really makes the whole story in Green Arrow during the Infinite Crisis standoff a megabomb disaster. Because it was yet more tiresome shock tactics, that also do little more than to destroy a rogues gallery villain whose past history shows that he never committed acts like rape before, nor did he gloat about it. And Kimiyo Hoshi deserves much better than even a story where she’s wounded and spends time in the hospital.


At 6:47 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very well said!

At 4:47 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some people on Comicbookresources made some points.

Jack Zodiac
He's been using Guy for the last two or three issues, I think. Hal's book has crossed over into the Corps book, so Guy and Kilowog (and a few other old and new Lanterns) have shown up in the past few issues. I doubt Guy will be sticking around permanently, or at least as strong in presence, on Hal's book, but he's still there for use. I think once the current arc in Green Lantern is over, they'll turn the focus back to Hal on Earth, and that'll probably lead up to Kimiyo appearing and, maybe, something involving the new Global Guardians.

Hal and Doctor Light were very close to getting it on in the last few issues of Justice League Internation right before Emerald Twilight hit, perhaps Johns intends to bring that subplot back.

Jack Zodiac
Yes! Re-establish Hal "I'd Hit That" Jordan! He's already back to his old punching frenzies, now we need to resurface this part of his character!

Very good points that all the more could be hints to what GJ will do with her...and these actually hint off to MORE than just her being with the GG because, remember, they DO have a history together.

At 7:46 AM , Blogger Avi Green said...

Thanks for noting that. Which reminds me also of how Carol Danvers, Ms. Marvel, has a history with the Starjammers!

At 11:27 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

to add to what was stated...let's not forget that Kimiyo succeeded Hal as Leader of the JLI (not by choice of course but still)...the more I think about it...the more it might seem that her role in whatever geoff is planning might be MORE than just being a member of the GG


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