Hello, Geeks, and welcome to a very special installment of Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot. I say it’s special because I’ve decided to get back to the spirit of what Top o’ the Lot was originally conceived to be, namely, the completely weird, slanted, and biased rundown of some trivially specific and arbitrary list of geek goodness. So, I’ve decided to do a series of comic book lists all revolving around characters and color, and what better way to spotlight all of the colors of the rainbow, and kill a Roy G. Biv’s worth of ToLs in a single day, then running down the colors in order. So, without further ado, we’re thankful we’re halfway through, Orange is hard (again!), and Green is so awesome, in Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot Comic Book Characters by Color: Green!
Honorable Mention: Bannerman Green
By far the most obscure greenie in the Lot this week, Bannerman Green was awesome more for what he represented in a single comic book title than anything else. An offshoot of a United Nations super-soldier project that debuted in Marvel Boy Volume 2 way back in 2000, Bannerman Green, along with his cohort Bannerman Brown, was a semi-small part of Tony Stark’s Civil War team of robots, cyborgs, nanobot controlled villains, and other controllable “heroes”, but he really didn’t stand-out in 2007’s The Order Volume 2 by Matt Fraction. He’s so obscure there’s only two images of him, this one, and the one where he’s destroyed. The Champions, the team highlighted in the book, went through at least one member in every issue; it became a running gag; but also showed just how flimsy and unworkable Tony Stark’s entire 50 State Initiative truly was. I loved this book for the short time it was on shelves, and since this list is slanted and biased I can put Bannerman Green on it.
5. The Green Knight
Did anyone else read Marvel’s British stuff in the ’90’s? Well, I did, and these books did a great job of keeping at least a toe or two steeped in actual King Arthur mythology, and the addition of The Green Knight to the Knights of Pendragon was a creative choice that just stuck. It stuck because it was so cool! Supernatural being guiding and bestowing power of a group of individuals so they can protect the magical realm, and, in the process, The Green Knight himself. While his real name, Bercilak de Hautdesert, is by no means necessary information, and despite the fact that he had a pretty big role in a Secret Invasion tie-in, the British Invasion has yet to find another battlefield worthy of the decade, and I fear the entire British-line of Marvel Comics will never again be as popular as it was in the 1990’s.
4. Green Hornet
While The Green Hornet may have started as a radio show, since he’s had his very own comic book since 1940, only 4 years after that show’s premiere, he makes the Lot. In 2009 Dynamite Entertainment took over control of The Green Hornet, and the resurgence of the character is hard to explain. There was a movie; there’s a Batman ’66 comic starring Kado and his master; and Mark Waid’s run on the relaunch was brilliant. Okay, I’m sorry, I won’t mention that movie ever again.
3. Green Arrow
Appearing first in More Fun Comics #73 in 1941, Oliver Queen’s arrow-shooting alter-ego has had one of the greatest comic book histories for a character not usually associated with being historical. The Emerald Archer went from being a Robin Hood knockoff, to being one-half of one of the most important comics in all of history, namely Green Lantern/Green Arrow, and has just, really, been there for everything in a huge way. Ollie’s got great audience appeal, and it’s really, really easy to like him. You can see him on TV too, and Jeff Lemire’s current run on Volume 5 is quite good.
2. Green Goblin
While there have been several men to take the name, the original and most well-known of all the Green Goblins is the one; the only; Norman Osbourne. The man behind the Dark Avengers, the Cabal, H.A.M.M.E.R., and most notably Spider-Man’s Clone Saga and the death of Gwen Stacy, you’d be hard-pressed to find a villain more hated by the Marvel fandom. Norman finds a way to make it personal, and the only person who hates this guy more than Peter Parker is you and me. Sure, there’s been a fair share of movie portrayals (bad ones, too), but it takes nothing away from how terrible a villain, and a green one at that, The Green Goblin truly is.
1. Green Lantern
In brightest day, in blackest night,
No evil shall escape my sight.
Let those who worship evil’s might,
Beware my power, Green Lantern’s light!!!
This is by far the most predictable I could be, but sometimes you just have to go with the obvious. An intergalactic corps of space cops policing the galaxy and keeping it safe. That sums up the Green Lantern Corps pretty nicely, but the title is all about the characters, and, boy, do we have our pick! Kyle…but he’s a White Lantern now; Guy…but he’s a Red Lantern now; there’s good old Alan Scott, but man, is he old; John Stewart, my go-to GL for reading; Hal Jordan, THE Green Lantern everyone knows; and Simon Baz, the newest of newcomers and my favorite GL, but no matter which flavor of GL you prefer, the power is always the same, and it’s easily the best super-power in comics. The power to turn whatever you imagine into something real through the sheer power of will. Well, that’s a power we all have, Geeks!
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