Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Profile: Arisia

Arisia
First appearance: Tales of the Green Lantern Corps, May 1981

Current status: discovered alive and well on the Manhunter world of Biot.

Was subjected to the following acts of discrimination: once, she received a blow to the head that caused her amnesia. She got over that, but was far from being in shape to be a GL again for a while. In Guy Gardner #43, she was choked to death by Major Force, a short while before he murdered Kyle Rayner’s girlfriend Alexandra.

What’s wrong with how this was done? It was really sick, and just symbolized what had gone wrong with some comics during the 1990s. Or, more precisely, it was Major Force who did. He has got to be one of the most superfluous of murderous villains in any comics universe.

Was there anything good to come out of this? Finally, in the 12th issue of the fourth GL volume, resurrected Hal Jordan finds her in a cocoon state on the planet of Biot, the Manhunters’ home planet. It turns out that her race had some healing abilities that revived her while she was buried underground. There’s the good news for you. But as far as death in the DCU is concerned, DC Comics still has a long way to go in order to restore credibility.

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