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Green Lantern/Superman: Legend of the Green Flame

by Neil Gaiman

Other authors: Arthur Adams (Illustrator), Mike Allred (Illustrator), Jim Aparo (Illustrator), Terry Austin (Illustrator), Mark Buckingham (Illustrator)8 more, Eddie Campbell (Illustrator), Todd Klein, Jason Little (Illustrator), Kevin Nowlan (Illustrator), Eric Shanower (Illustrator), John Totleben (Illustrator), Matt Wagner (Illustrator), Mark Waid (Afterword)

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Series: Green Lantern, Superman

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Action Comics Weekly sounds like the kind of thing I'd've liked, given my enjoyment of Wednesday Comics: an anthology title that came out weekly, with several stories advancing slowly issue to issue. But it was apparently a nightmare to pull together, and so it didn't even last a year. Legend of the Green Flame is the finale it never got, as Gaiman's script was dumped for someone else's, finally being illustrated and published some twelve years later. The story unites all of the characters-- the Blackhawk Squadron, the Green Lantern, Superman, Catwoman, the Phantom Stranger, Deadman, and a demon who totally isn't Etrigan, honest-- from Action Comics Weekly into one big story.

In this tale, Hal Jordan and Clark Kent find an old green lantern, originally found in some rubble in 1949, in a museum exhibit. When Hal uses it to charge his ring, the two of them end up flung into Hell itself. It's short, only a little longer than your typical single issue, so not a whole lot actually happens. What does happen is fun enough, I suppose, though I suspect it would have been funner had it actually been read as the conclusion to all of these characters' stories in Action Comics Weekly. I think my favorite random appearance was Deadman, who gets some funny material. I don't get why the Blackhawks find dead members of the Justice Society (including the Sandman, natch) in 1949, though.

As it is, it's nice to see Clark Kent and Hal Jordan hang out together. I don't know why Hal Jordan is so mopey here, or why the events of this story make him get over it, but Gaiman writes a nice Clark/Superman. There's a fun bit where in the middle of a conversation, Clark flies off and gets a cat out of a tree, and the best scene in the book is probably when, upon their arrival in Hell, Superman is incapacitated by being able to hear the torment of every single being in Hell at once. Sometimes it sucks being Superman.

The resolution is a bit too easy, given all the buildup it gets, but that's a done-in-one story for you, I suppose. There are a number of different artists for some reason, but it's not as jarring as you might think, since each of them does a different chapter, and each chapter takes the story some place completely different. Oh, and the ending joke is fun, though it wasn't until just now that I finally got it. "The place is all yours," indeed, Neil.

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  Stevil2001 | Jun 19, 2011 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Neil Gaimanprimary authorall editionscalculated
Adams, ArthurIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Allred, MikeIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Aparo, JimIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Austin, TerryIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Buckingham, MarkIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Campbell, EddieIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Klein, Toddsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Little, JasonIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nowlan, KevinIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shanower, EricIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Totleben, JohnIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wagner, MattIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Waid, MarkAfterwordsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Miller, FrankCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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