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Interview: James Robinson Reveals DC's Latest LGBT Character

SPOILER ALERT: The writer discusses the decision to make the leader of the EARTH 2 Justice Society an LGBT character and why that doesn't really matter.

Some writers, like James Robinson, are familiar with writing LGBT characters. Perhaps this is why the decision to re-introduce one of DC's oldest characters as an LGBT character in the New 52 came so easily for the man who wrote the first kiss shared between two gay characters in a comic book. We had the chance to catch up with James and talk to him about the decision, ask him why it was (and wasn't) an important decision, and what readers can expect out of his EARTH 2 series.

We also get a look at two pages from EARTH 2 #2, the upcoming issue of his ongoing DC title. Finally, due to the time constraint we were unable to ask all the questions we wanted to ask. We also know there are a lot of questions many of you might have about the decision and the series overall which is why we have invited James to join us for next Friday's podcast (Friday, June 8th 2012). Please submit your questions and comments for James to podcast@comicvine.com. If you don't mind the spoiler before the release of EARTH 2 issue #2, check out the full interview below.

== TEASER ==
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Comic Vine: Why Alan Scott? Was this your choice? Was it an Editorial decision and how and when did the decision come about?

James Robinson: It came about 8 months ago when I was first putting the team together. One of the things that bothered me about the reboot and about the Justice Society being young again was that there were some characters that would no longer exist. One of those characters is Obsidian, Alan Scott's gay son. So from then on I started to think about it and it seemed like a logical leap to make Alan Scott gay. And the idea that the leader of the Justice Society, the most honorable, dynamic and gallant hero on Earth 2 would be a gay man just seemed like a really cool and interesting direction for the character.

So it was my idea, but to be fair Dan DiDio, when he heard about the idea, there wasn't a moment of hesitation on his part. He thought it was a great idea

CV: My next question is actually about Obsidian and Jade. Pre-New 52 Alan Scott had had a romantic relationship with Rose Canton and the two characters had twin babies, Obsidian and Jade. Now that Scott has been reintroduced into the DC Universe as a gay character, does that mean neither of these characters (Obsidian and Jade) ever existed? Does that mean Scott and Rose never had a relationship?

JR: Remember, this is a reboot. Not a relaunch. There are sweeping changes that were made in the DC Universe and one of those is that Jade and Obsidian couldn't exist because Alan Scott is just too young -- he's about 27 years old now. So, they couldn't exist in that way but because they were popular characters I have been thinking of a way that they could exist that I might try and implement in the future, but that won't be for a while yet.

CV: As a writer, is it important to make Alan Scott a gay character or is this sort of a "non issue"? How do you see it?

JR: Well, it's not like "ooh, we've got a gay character" -- that's sort of been manufactured by fans, really. I think anyway. We've had this idea running for months and months and I didn't think it was a big deal, honestly. I really didn't think it was a big deal. I mean you should have them. Just like there are LGBT people in all aspects of society, it makes sense that there would be gay characters in comic books as well. And when Dan DiDio made that announcement he wasn't being cryptic, he was just making an off-handed comment. He feels the same way honestly. It's just the reality of life and it's not a big deal. I guess it is to some people and as a result there's been this wave of interest in the subject on the internet and in the media.

CV: Alan Scott is a Golden Age character, which means he has a lot of history. Did you worry about any negative reactions from long time fans of the character? Is this something you are anticipating? Or has the feedback so far been mainly positive?

JR: Well it's been mixed. Most people have been very positive and of course there are some people that have…I mean, yes he appeared in a few pages of EARTH 2 #1, but they haven't really gotten to know the character yet. I think there is a rush to pre judge from audiences online, but something I want to stress is that what I want to do with all the EARTH 2 characters is not…I'm not trying to change them in any radical way. In fact I think I am being very faithful to the characters and their origins from the 1940's. These characters have aged…the continuity for Alan Scott, for example, if you follow it is very strange and convoluted. He was an engineer, then a news reader, then he owned the radio station, then he lost his job and became a scientist, then he somehow got back his radio station…So, there's a lot of stuff that's been lead on the character and all I am doing is stripping a lot of that away [getting back to his roots]. What was he back in the day? He was this young, gallant, dynamic take-charge, type A personality, very brave and very caring -- he wanted to protect the world. He was the big powerhouse of the Golden Age characters, in a way. All of that hasn't changed. All that's changed is that the media that he is the master of is the internet media. He's just moving with the times. And in a way he's just moving with the times again. In every way he's the same dynamic, likable Alan Scott that he was before -- all I've really changed is his sexuality; which to me is just one factor of him and it isn't that big of a deal in the first place.

CV: Romantic relationships, will we be seeing any?

JR: At first I'm setting up the team and dealing with threats to the world and everything, but there will be breather moments where we do see what people get up to outside of being a superhero. So yes, you will see romantic relationships.

CV: Are you excited?

JR: I've grown more excited as people have grown excited and interested in it. I was more concerned with other aspects of EARTH 2, Alan Scott's sexuality was just a small part of it but the fact that people have responded so mostly favorably, I am very happy that this have been given the reception that it has been given.

CV: Now, this isn't the first time you've written a gay character in comics, you've actually written a gay character in the past, right?

JR: I actually believe I wrote the first gay kiss -- male gay kiss -- in a comic book back in STARMAN #45. So, I've been doing this sort of thing for a while and it isn't that I have any kind of agenda or anything, it's just that when it suits the story and when it makes sense for that character it's just a realistic depiction of present day society.

CV: In your eyes do you feel it's important to have the leader of the EARTH 2 Justice Society be a gay male?

JR: Well, is it important? Not necessarily. But I think it's cool and it makes a change. I mean one of the things that can happen with gay characters is that when they are on a team they sometimes get pushed aside and their whole identity is wrapped up in this "oh that's the gay character." But when you meet Alan Scott you will find that there are so many [other things that define who he is] different aspects to his life, who he is as a person. I mean, I live in San Francisco, I have plenty of gay friends and their sexuality is just a part of who they are. Obviously there's a whole lot more to all of them and Alan Scott is the same way. By making him the team leader there really is no way that I can't show that aspect of a gay person through him being so at the forefront of the team, and that has to be a good thing. This character is going to be very likable, very brave and he will be someone that a lot of people like. I mean, if there are teenage kids and they like Alan Scott and he is kid is going though his or her own feelings about being LGBT…if it helps him or her in any little way, or if a kid reads Alan Scott and he really likes the character and that makes him think twice about bullying a kid, you know, that's a fantastic plus to the character being the leader of the team.

CV: What can we expect in issue #2 of EARTH 2?

JR: The book -- based on the cover -- is sort of apparent. It really focuses a lot on the origin of Jay Garrick and how he becomes the Flash and his origin as the Flash and why he becomes the Flash. What you will also see is the first appearance of Mr. Terrific from his own comic, and you will meet a major villain in the EARTH 2 universe that Mr. Terrific will encounter. That will be a huge part of the second arc. You will also see more of Alan Scott, who he is and what kind of a person he is and some of his origin will be played out in issue #2 and that will be picked up in issue #3 and by issue #3 he will be the Green Lantern.

Issue #2 of EARTH 2 hits stores on June 6th, 2012. We were lucky enough to have the chance to ask James all these questions about EARTH 2, Alan Scott and what we can anticipate in his ongoing series -- but we also want to give you a chance to ask James questions as well. Mr. Robinson will be joining us on our podcast next Friday, June 8th 2012 to discuss the release of issue #2 and anything else you want to talk to him about. Email your questions and comments to podcast@comicvine.com. You can also follow James on Twitter @JamesdRobinson. What do you think of the news?

312 Comments
Posted by Thunderscream

i'm fine with the change, but the dialogue in those 2 pages is terrible.

oh yes, we gays only live for the exclusive, luxurious things in life.....blah

Posted by RavenStar
Posted by Mercy_

Are people even fully reading the interview? It seems not.

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Posted by OldDude

DC is soo second rate, huffing and puffing to catch up with Marvel, even when going for the really, really obvious gimmick. That's why my pull list and even my ebay purchases nowadays are almost 100% marvel/image/indies... I want to like the characters but bad choices in writing, ridiculous editing and supposedly shocking moments that have no meaning at all have killed off the whole thing for me...

Posted by B_Heart

Great Interview! Looking forward to reading the issue

Posted by The_Kid_Lantern

I figured awhile back it would be Alan, so I'm not as upset. I think if/when we see Jade and Obsidian they'll be in some future Earth 2 version of the Infinity Inc. team with a few other characters who got lost in the relaunch shuffle. I was really hoping DC would just have some balls and have some form of Obsidian in the mainstream DCU in a mini or something in a DC Dark title...

~KL~

Posted by EpicMeltDown

@the_fallen11: If iconic means longevity of existence than sure. However, I have always thought that iconic referred to mainstream recognition. If I show someone a bat symbol or superman emblem they will know what it is even if they've never read a comic. If I show someone on the street a picture of Alan Scott in any of his Green Lantern costumes I think non comic readers would merely be confused. And I just show them his symbol they might ask if that has something to do with the Ryan Reynolds Green Lantern movie.

Posted by GalacticPunt

Earth 2 is one ballsy series. Issue 1: Introduce, then kill off the "Big Three." Issue 2: Guess what? Green Lantern is gay!

I feel sorry for the folks who are hurt that Obsidian, Jade, and Golden Age Green Lantern now "don't exist." They probably don't want to hear this, but NO COMIC BOOK CHARACTER REALLY EXISTS. Everything in the medium is an "Imaginary Story." If you look at comic books as literature instead of a soap opera, everything that has been printed is equally valid. There are plenty of Golden Age Justice Society stories to enjoy, regardless of the fact that they've been scrubbed from continuity for the moment. Both Superman and Batman were rebooted in the 80's, and decades of their past issues were declared apocryphal. The good stories from their past didn't spontaneously combust, you can still read and enjoy them.

In doing a modern day, parallel universe reboot of the JSA, James Robinson is also erasing Jack Knight from continuity and he's fine with that. Most folks agree that Robinson's Starman series is his magnum opus, and he's comfortable with taking his creations off the table. For those who haven't had the pleasure yet, the Starman Omnibuses are waiting for you, hermetically sealed away from any NuDCU MegaEvents.

Posted by Joesoef95

8 pages and no one made a joke about Scott's only weakness? lol

Posted by Kavahaden

I'm not sure how i feel about this in all honesty. I'm a Green Lantern fan so for one of the characters to be turned gay is kinda weird i mean i guess i support the decision but at the same time i'm slightly mad that it had to be a Green Lantern turned gay.

Posted by fables87

I don't know, but I feel like when ever they make a gay character in a comic now they just make one for the sales. They use to not make it a big deal. Now it seem whenever a character comes out they just want the media to act like everyone cares. Batwoman I understood because they was no major lesbian superhero before.

Posted by The Average Bear

@Joesoef95 said:

8 pages and no one made a joke about Scott's only weakness? lol

Lol this is gold

Posted by The Average Bear

That art work of Alan in uniform is spectacular. Anyone know where I can see a full image of his new costume?

Posted by nappystr8

I think it's great that Robinson is making a gay character the leader of a team. Alan Scott though, I don't know if he's the right choice, strictly because he has two children who are popular characters in their own right.

Although it could be argued that If the only thing changing about the JSA was the time they existed, its very plausible that Alan Scott could have always been gay, but felt the need to suppress it to live a normal 1940's and 50's life. Many gay men who haven't come to terms with their homosexuality have married and had children over the years, and continue to. If their is a genetic factor to homosexuality which many believe there is, that would fit inline with Scott's gay son Obsidian. Besides, there are plenty of scientific processes and surrogate programs that could lead to a gay couple having blood related children anyway, so Jade and Obsidian could still very well be born in this timeline.

Personally I think it would have been cool if they made Superman the new gay character. I mean, he and Lois are no longer together, and cause really...it takes more suspension of disbelief to think Superman isn't gay...have you seen his costume? But I'm interested to see where this will lead. Good job Robinson and DC.

Posted by katanalauncher

@Joesoef95 said:

8 pages and no one made a joke about Scott's only weakness? lol

*Slow claps*

Posted by DarthShap

@GalacticPunt said:

Both Superman and Batman were rebooted in the 80's, and decades of their past issues were declared apocryphal. The good stories from their past didn't spontaneously combust, you can still read and enjoy them.

That is just not true. Batman was never rebooted. His origin story was RetConed and he met Jason Todd for a second time but other than that, he kept his continuity as if nothing happened.

As for Superman, that was true until Infinite Crisis, which made his entire Superboy and Legion stories (and a bunch of other Silver Age Superman stories) canon again.

And it does not address the main point. Origin stories and their first years as superheroes are fine but most old fans have already read that. After a while, people also buy comics because they care about the characters and want to see what happens next.

It is just about stories being "erased", it is also about the future stories that will not happen as a result and the feeling that the universe has taken backwards instead of moving forwards.

Posted by buttersdaman000

Everybody is so freaking PC on this site. This is a stupid, gimmicky decision, done only to show that comics are for 'everbody'. Having an LGBT character is quickly becoming like having the token Black guy. There was no reason to make him gay. The dude has/had fans! Imagine of they made Superman gay? Think of the sh!tstorm that would produce. But just because Alan Scott is a lesser known character they think its alright to do this. 
Bull 
I dont like gay Alan Scott. I like gay Bunker. This is a stupid decision. 

Posted by KidNexus

Politically correct gimmick.

Alas, probably a necessary one. The half-baked, lackluster DCU reboot needs to scream for attention in the MSM. Obviously the "quality" of what's being produced isn't garnering attention.

Nobody thought DC could do worse than Carmine Infantino in the front office. And then Didiot [sic] came to town.

Posted by buttersdaman000

Oooohhhh How about this?? How about they make Apollo and Midnighter straight! You know....cause its a reboot and all? Or Northstar? Or Wiccan? Or Wonder Woman?? Or Hulking??

Posted by SadiaVicious

@buttersdaman000 said:

Everybody is so freaking PC on this site. This is a stupid, gimmicky decision, done only to show that comics are for 'everbody'. Having an LGBT character is quickly becoming like having the token Black guy. There was no reason to make him gay. The dude has/had fans! Imagine of they made Superman gay? Think of the sh!tstorm that would produce. But just because Alan Scott is a lesser known character they think its alright to do this. Bull I dont like gay Alan Scott. I like gay Bunker. This is a stupid decision.
Posted by Billy Batson

@buttersdaman000:

Wonder Woman already is straight :p
BB

Posted by buttersdaman000
@Billy Batson said:

@buttersdaman000:

Wonder Woman already is straight :p
BB

Huh? 
Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
@royale_with_cheese said:

Most people don't even know who Obsidian is, so there's no justification for making Alan Scott homosexual. Why, just why?

why not?
Posted by Billy Batson

@buttersdaman000 said:

@Billy Batson said:

@buttersdaman000:

Wonder Woman already is straight :p
BB

Huh?

Was reply to this:

@buttersdaman000 said:

Oooohhhh How about this?? How about they make Apollo and Midnighter straight! You know....cause its a reboot and all? Or Northstar? Or Wiccan? Or Wonder Woman?? Or Hulking??

She always was straight.
BB

Posted by Doubles

Breaking News: To coincide with Green Lantern now being a gay superhero, he'll also change his name to Chartreuse Radiance. #ComicBookFail

Posted by GrandHarrier

I don't get why they need to change someones sexuality. Why not just introduce a new character? This is such a fundamental shift for the character. It's basically not Alan Scott anymore.

How can you say "Alan Scott that he was before -- all I've really changed is his sexuality; which to me is just one factor of him and it isn't that big of a deal in the first place." And then add "I have plenty of gay friends and their sexuality is just a part of who they are."

Edited by RedVelvet

" Remember, this is a reboot. Not a relaunch"
So there you have it... what DC has been DENYING since the launch of New 52 is now in official words

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
@Skaddix said:

I find this dumb. Why not make Jay Garrick gay if u want a prominent character sure he had a wife but he never had any kids so it has no longterm impact. Or skip alan scott and just go straight to obsidian and jade. Or turn some other random character like al pratt who has no following of note. or stuff in the most recent starman, its a reboot right problem solved.

Starman has already been introduced in to the DCnU
Posted by HybridSkinny

whoo green lantern!

Posted by jonnystorm777

@InnerVenom123: Dude, you need to quit trying to start controversy. You have no life.

Posted by SmoothJammin

and....Alan Scott is no longer my favorite lantern.

Posted by GalacticPunt

@DarthShap: I think your examples reinforce what I am saying. Everything is impermanent. Everything is imaginary.

Every big, important change is set in stone FOREVER until another writer or editor comes along and throws it out. Silly Silver Age stories get cut out of canon, put back in, then cut again. It will never end so it's not worth getting upset about.

A few years down the line someone will bring back Obsidian, Jade, and 1940's Alan Scott in some form. Maybe in their original form. Then someone else will declare "Our continuity is too complicated!" and retcon them out again. And so on.

I'll quote an old esoteric line, recently popularized by a video game. "Nothing is true. Everything is permitted."

Posted by maxicere

This sucks!!

I don't have problem with gays characters, I'm not an homophobic. I don't like when changes are made for marketing. I hate for this the New 52.

The problem to me is assimilate that heroes from DC (pre New 52) are gone, are dead. This is another thing. I will not read more DC in my life. The other problem I have is digest my angry for this New 52. I can't control my angry, like Hulk. GGGRRRRR

Posted by CrimsonAvenger

I've actually always thought of Alan Scott as a closet homosexual for some reason. I think that this is actually a really interesting decision although I will miss Jade and Obsidian because they were both great characters.

Edited by nftw

So i am kinda disappointed in this i dont have a problem with DC changing one of there "mains" gay, but making it so that jade and obsidian are not coming back "in the way we know them" is a little disappointing. I really think that they could have made Cyborg or Wonder Woman gay sure it would probably piss people off but Cyborg, unless i am forgetting has not been seen in a "relationship" type atmosphere. Although i think that WW would be kind of a cop-out all "she is a social outsider and doesn't see lines between intimacy with males or females, so she is kind of transsexual."

Edited by Stormultt

@SmoothJammin said:

and....Alan Scott is no longer my favorite lantern.

I'm sure Alan can live with that.

Like seriously, Go somewhere.

Posted by EpicMeltDown

Just because Alan Scott is now gay doesn't mean he can't have kids. It sounds more like making the character younger was the deciding factor there.

Posted by Primmaster64

...Goodbye Jade, goodbye obisian.

Posted by jcbart

What bothers me is that the preview pages are related to his sexuality, and not to him as a superhero. If the sexuality wasn't an issue, they wouldn't be releasing pages of him kissing his partner. With Marvel it makes sense, as it's a wedding, but with this... As a gay man, I find that pretty forced upon us.

@NlGHTCRAWLER: Exactly.

Posted by colonyofcells

Post-flashpoint, the rules seem to be : no wives, no kids, more African Americans, more gays, etc. with a few exceptions. Old fans who grew up during pre-coie probably are not that used to changes but post-coie, reboots every year have been quite normal. If I were inventing Hal Jordan and Power Ring right now, maybe I would make them gay too. Old characters do need changes to keep up with the times, and stuff from golden age and silver age can't really be immune to updates and improvements and changes.

Posted by Excalibear

I love how some think because Alan is now gay, he can't have kids, his parts still work... Jenny-Lynn and Todd had a villain for a mother (Rose/Thorn) who's to say she couldn't 'have her way' with him, she could pull a trick from a fellow plant based villain (Poison Ivy) and make him fall in love with her for a night..?

Posted by Iridium

This is getting silly.

There is nothing wrong with representing the gay community in comics. The ‘classic’ example is Northstar. Been gay for a while, been in comics for a while. I have plenty of Alpha Flight comics and his persuasion has never once kept me from buying an issue. One might, almost, excuse Marvel jumping into the marriage arena simply due to him being out for so long. They are not recreating existing characters as gay.

Anyone who doesn’t think this is all just a marketing ploy to play off of Barak’s latest re-election proclamation is kidding themselves. Between this and the last issue of Action Comics, I am wondering if the ‘DC’ in DC Comics is starting to stand for the Democratic Convention.

I wonder when the Superman and George Clooney team up issue will hit.

Maybe Barbara Streisand and Wonder Woman can team up! What good fun that will be!

Posted by colonyofcells

I prefer dc to reboot Jade and Obsidian on main earth. Jade don't have to be related to Obsidian and don't have to be related to Alan Scott. I perceive the main earth to be more important and would like to see rebooted Jade and rebooted Obsidian on main earth. As for Wally West, I prefer Wally West on his own alternate earth where he is the first Flash similar to how Jay is the first Flash on earth 2 and Barry is the first Flash on main earth, then do a 3 earth team up.

Edited by DarthShap

@GalacticPunt said:

@DarthShap: I think your examples reinforce what I am saying. Everything is impermanent. Everything is imaginary.

Every big, important change is set in stone FOREVER until another writer or editor comes along and throws it out. Silly Silver Age stories get cut out of canon, put back in, then cut again. It will never end so it's not worth getting upset about.

A few years down the line someone will bring back Obsidian, Jade, and 1940's Alan Scott in some form. Maybe in their original form. Then someone else will declare "Our continuity is too complicated!" and retcon them out again. And so on.

I'll quote an old esoteric line, recently popularized by a video game. "Nothing is true. Everything is permitted."

It does not reinforce anything you were saying. You were wrong about Batman and Superman. ^^

And of course, DC can do anything it wants. But this complete Earth-2/ JSA reboot is pissing off a lot of faithful old readers and for what? I do not even think this Earth-2 title will be a success (and not because Scott is gay). Most reactions here are about how Alan Scott is not that iconic anymore and that Earth-2 does not really matter.

Similarly to the Legion, fans of the JSA are mostly longtime fans who care about continuity. In my humble opinion, the reboot is bad for business. Old readers will feel betrayed and new readers will not care for those characters they do not know on an Earth that does not matter.

Edited by colonyofcells

Many corporations seem liberal probably bec. this helps them make more money by catering to large segments of the customers : hispanics about 20% of america, African Americans about 10% of america, gays about 3% to 8% of america, etc. Many corporations are also global corporations and want to market to more than 200 plus countries with various types of people. My impression is that dc is looking to the future of new customers and know the old customers are fast disappearing.

Posted by Decept-O

I really like James Robinson. However, I don't care for all the "New 52" plot lines and total confusion going on. It has swayed me away from DC titles for awhile. Nothing to do with the gay issue but it just seems odd having Alan Scott in this role, especially making him younger. As a character I'm not too keen on his ( past ) power scheme and weakness. I liked his original origin, but this is just making things a bit off-kilter for me. On a related note, I liked Obsidian on all levels and this just makes me apprehensive as it is ( temporarily?) erasing some key character points.

I mean..no Obsidian? A "tragic" figure whose connections to Alan Scott and other DC characters had importance just being wiped away. Blah. I am griping about nothing I guess. Just seems a bit like an attempt to market on something without really thinking about the potential for distancing readers who've been familiar with the regular origins and developments.

Yes, change happens, and I can accept the attempts to mix things up but I guess it would be better if it were a different character? Is that making me too stodgy?

Just seems like Marvel's whole deal with Northstar was handled better simply because the story is superior in its execution where this one seems a bit confusing.

Edited by PowerPlug

Huh, i never would have guessed A.S would be the character they picked to make homosexual, but whatever. That cover with him on it is BAD@$$.

Posted by krazyman27

I have absolutely no problem with this, but all I can see in my mind is a Miles Morales-type backlash from people who have no idea who Allen Scott is and that he's not Hal Jordan.

Posted by SpitfireINK

Why exactly is it that we are making the relationship the center point of this issue?

And this preview page - Why is it relevant to the story at all? or Allan Scott's character for that matter?

I really don't care if its not RELEVANT to STORY DEVELOPMENT. - period.

Only thing that bothers me is how its being handled - even with X-Men - its being done for shock value and nothing more.

and if that's not the case - then how come there aren't some major revelations as to other relationships?

Just like Politics or Religion - KEEP them OUT - UNLESS THEY REALLY MATTER!

Posted by Herx

Well the last time we properly saw the character he was old, overpowered, paraletic from the neck down and dead. Yet some say that goldenage characters should never change. Yet Their the ones who have changed the most i think. I mean first we had them dealing with being super-heroes who were growing old, then as super heroes who were once considered the worlds greatest only to then be though of as relics and obsalite thanks to the arrival of the you and fresh justice league, and then we had them bridge the age gap by introing younger members into the old guard. Ths JSA have changed and adapted throughout all of their incarnations because unlike the Silverage characters they are the best. Sure i do miss the story idea of old man Alan comming to accept his sons sexuality and try and bond with him (breaking his 30's/40's upbrining) yet with a fresh start i guess fresh thinking is require, i just wish that it wasnt played up to much like a gimmic because it isnt.

Now as for thoes who don't concider Alan iconic i put this to you. When we first saw Hal reintroduced in the 52 he was insulting and belittaling Batman in the pages of Justice League and pretty much begging Carol to pay his morgage in Green Lantern (A series in which the Green Lantern is actualy Sinestro with Hal demoted to Side-kick). Alan on the other hand (so far) has made a heart touching artical about how the world will never be the same after the sacrafice commited by Wonderwoman Superman and Batman and how the world shall never forget them. Hal -2, Alan +1. (more iconic)

And as for thoes who say that it doesnt matter because it;s on a parallel earth let me put this to you, so far the continuity of earth 2 makes sense. Its coherant, and batman isnt poping up in all overthe place. It's the universe which is much easier to understand and follow. Sure im gong to miss the old JSA, but really isnt that what back issues and trades are for?