It’s kind of a long-running comic joke at this point. Whenever Kyle Rayner (Green Lantern/Ion) is close to a woman it seems like something will happen to her. Whether the base for feminist complaint or a silly joke, it usually makes for a good conversation starter.
In his review of Sinestro Corps, Smith Michaels links the phenomenon to changes in Kyle’s life.
One final observation: isn’t it odd how every major change in Kyle’s life is predicated by the death of one of the women in his life? (Kyle becomes GL = that poor girl in the fridge, Kyle becomes Ion = Jade dies, Kyle’s mom dies of yellow space cancer = Kyle goes evil)
Rich from Comic By Comic wonders how important gender is in the equation.
Would it have been that hard for a male support to die? Actually, yes – because outside of coffee-shop owner Radu and new landlord Schuyler he didn’t really have any. Every guy needs pals, but Kyle’s were really Wally West, Guy Gardner or Roy Harper – far too important to kill off. And killing Terry would probably have caused even more outrage.So what does this mean?
I haven’t a clue. I think each death served an important story purpose but I’m left wondering if each character killed had to be a woman. It happens that the important people in Kyle’s life were women – but then that in itself is a function of the writing; if he had a close straight non-super-powered male friends then I like to think that they would have been killed off instead.
I like to think that.
I’m just not sure its true.
So what do you think?