Issue 57 – Green Lantern’s Descent Into Madness & the Origin of Fridging

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Issue 57 - Green Lantern's Descent Into Madness & the Origin of Fridging
My new jewelry is to DIE for!

Welcome to our second annual Legacyvember, Somebody-Kill-Me-November, Thanks-for-killing-my-favorite-characters-giving extravaganza. This month, we’re talking Green Lantern. In the 90s, Green Lantern went crazy, killed everybody, and was radically re-imagined as another 5’10” white guy with dark hair! So progressive! Plus the origin of the trope “Fridging,” when a female character is brutalized to motivate a male character! So progressive!

Read along: Green Lantern: Emerald Twilight and A New Dawn by Ron Marz and Darryl Banks

On this episode, we finally reveal just where the term “fridging” comes from, everyone’s favorite sexist trope! It’s been a year since we talked about The Death and Return of Superman. What happened next for Green Lantern after his city was destroyed? And how was it different from the last time a new Green Lantern showed up? Sly brings back his lore corner! Ryan really spent a lot of time talking about this story in college. Phil reveals his true superhero alter identity, The Hobo! Darryl’s been waiting to see if this story lives up to the hype for years. Does it?

Content Warning: This episode heavily discusses brutal violence against women.

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