Ever have something staring you right in the face but you never really pay attention until someone else points it out? That recently happened to me when Rachelle at Living Between Wednesdays commented that Green Lantern Corps currently holds the title of "Grossest Superhero Comic."
Now, I don't usually visit comic book forums, so I have no idea if GLC being the "grossest comic" is a common claim among current readers. But Rachelle's comment struck something of a chord with me because I'd been kinda wondering why I'm much more fond of the main Green Lantern title than of Green Lantern Corps -- aside from my lifelong and completely irrational crush on Hal Jordan, that is. After reading Rachelle's comment, though, it FINALLY hit me -- "Yeah, I guess the Green Lantern Corps title IS kinda gross!"
(Yeah, I admit I DO have moments of general brainlessness. It must be why I like Hal so much. Anyway ...)
Mind you, I think I may have read grosser super-hero comics. In particular, some old Spectre and Deadman stories come to mind. However, I have to admit that I don't remember any Spectre comics presenting readers with an image of dead bodies and body parts raining down on a planet.
Here are a just a few visual treats that GLC has presented to readers, and these are actually quite TAME compared to other images that have appeared in the comic:
Even when presenting the readers with beefcake (as super-hero comics are traditionally wont to do), it's beefcake covered with blood and gore:
I'm not squeamish by any means, but I admit I think GLC may go over the top a little too often with the grossness factor. Of course, the main Green Lantern title has also had its disgusting moments -- images of attacks by the Shark, and of Hal and Kyle messily bursting out of Parallax come to mind. But Green Lantern doesn't present readers with a relentless barrage of disgusting images, like GLC does.
However, GLC, even more than Green Lantern, IS about an intergalactic police force dealing with various monsters and aliens. And, in popular culture, monsters and aliens ARE pretty much expected to be on the icky side more often than not.
But does GLC take it too far? I think for me, at least, it does, and that's what keeps GLC from being one of my favorite comics (it takes a rather distant back seat behind Green Lantern, Fables, Justice Society, Captain Britain, and others). However, the grossness factor is not enough to keep me from reading the comic completely. At least, not yet. I'm still WAY too interested in keeping track of what's going on in the Green Lantern universe to give it up.