By Imagine_Man15 11 Comments
As you probably know, Guy Gardner is a loudmouthed, hot-headed Green Lantern with a perpetually bad attitude. But it hasn't always been that way...
Guy Gardner was once removed from the Green Lantern Corps, but he wasn't out of the game long. He soon learned that he was of Vuldarian heritage, and had dormant powers derived from that race. Guy took mastery of these powers and became The Warrior. As Warrior, Guy had the ability to create a variety of weapons from his body and heal physical injuries, among other abilities. And he also had the collective knowledge of famed warriors throughout the universe.
This didn't last all that long. Soon the Vuldarian powers were nowhere to be found, and Guy was slinging a GL ring again. But what if it hadn't turned out that way?
Let me start with how this could be a good idea. First is the obvious hurdle, there are too many human Green Lanterns. Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner, John Stewart, Kyle Rayner. That makes four Green Lanterns from Earth. What other planet has that many active members in the GL Corps? Why should Earth get so many representatives? It looks like Hal Jordan is here to stay. He should be allowed a backup, and personally I prefer John Stewart for that. Kyle Rayner doesn't really fit anywhere else, he'd be tough to move. But Guy has established his own identity before, why can't he do it again?
Guy has always had a bit of an issue with authority anyway, it almost makes more sense for him to be his own hero. He can do things his own way, get the job done how he wants. Guy seems more cut out for solo work, and I dare say he'd prefer it. Plus, Guy has proven himself a worthy character over the years... I say he deserves some room to grow in his own identity, and really establish himself. The Warrior has a fairly unique power set, an interesting if not cliche origin, and Guy himself has enough presence to make the new identity work.
So if Guy were to become the Warrior again, it could potentially be a good thing. But there are some bumps in the road that would have to be worked out. For starters, he would need a less ridiculous outfit.
Yes, Guy is supposed to look bad ass. No, he is not supposed to look like a macho biker wannabe decked out in leather, dopey boots and a crotch that is a completely different color than everything else. If Guy were to step back into the Warrior persona, he definitely needs to rethink the costume design.
Another problem is that while Guy may prefer to work alone, he may not be necessarily good at it. I won't go so far to say that Guy is dumb, but he isn't exactly the brightest guy to ever wield a Green Lantern ring. Not to mention he is brash, arrogant, impulsive and driven by his emotions. Not exactly the best decision maker. He might do well against some street level criminals by taking them on with sheer brute force, but when a situation arises where Guy has to think his way out, he might have some trouble.
So what do you think? Would you like to see Guy Gardner become the Warrior again in the future, or should he stay a Green Lantern? Or should he go in an entirely new direction? How would he work around the problems stated above?