Beau Smith's manly 'Guy Gardner' desires

Thu, July 5th, 2001 at 12:00am PDT

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Beau Yarbrough, Columnist

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Sure, there's that other former Green Lantern DC Comics once published that gets all the attention. Hal Jordan crazy, Hal Jordan's a villain, Hal Jordan's dead, the ghost of Hal Jordan of stars in "The Spectre" monthly.

But there's another ex-Green Lantern out there with an enthusiastic following. Over at DC's official message boards, some of those fans are trying to stir up support for a new series starring Guy Gardner, written by former "Guy Gardner: Warrior" writer Beau Smith. That was enough to get Smith to show up late last week and post his thoughts on a "Guy Gardner" revival:"

"If the chance to write Guy ever comes back up I'd like to try and wrap a few of the loose ends up if possible. [Romantic interests] Ice, Arisia, etc."

"I would keep Guy as a Vuldarian hybrid. I think he has been changed too many times. It's time to leave him alone and let him be the last of what he is. Yeah, I'd love to see him without powers, but that looks doubtful in the DCU.

"I would like to tone his 'morphing' powers down. After his 'death' at the hands of Major Force in #44 I was planning on toning his morphing powers down a bit. The reason, every other writer that borrowed Guy had him morphing everything from an egg beater to a chainsaw. For the record the only things Guy was supposed to be able to morph were ancient weapons of some of the greatest Vuldarian warriors of the universe. He could morph body armor. When Guy changed into his Vuldarian Warrior state he could get up to 9 feet tall and weigh in at a pretty hefty sum. The only other DC superhero that was supposed to be stronger than him (physically) was Superman. He was supposed to be as strong as Doomsday.

"Guy was to be THE best fist fighter, brawler, boxer, martial artist, hand to hand combat fighter in all of the DCU. No one would be better.

"Here is the list of powers that I would like to keep for Guy:

"1. The best hand to hand fighter in the DCU.


"2. Second only to Superman in strength.


"3. Limited morphing. It would take a lot of his power, stamina and strength to do it. Only to be used in dire situations.


"4. Healing power. Depending on the wound and the organ.

"I would like to have Guy do some time as Earth's enforcer against alien invaders and outlaws.

"I would like Guy to begin a 'Dope-Slapping-Tour' of the world. Bringing down everything from a outlaw band of lumberjacks stealing high tech farm equipment, Fighting off the return of the secret government group Quorum, his big arch enemy Major Force, to a consortium of terror that uses suped up DNA thugs to terrorize the planet.

"You get the picture? All the while romancing as many of the super females in the DCU as possible.

"I guess you could call that my Christmas list, amigo."

 
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