By Michael DeLaney
This article contains SPOILERS. If you haven’t read the issue yet, proceed at your own risk!
Green Lanterns 43 concludes the “Inhuman Trafficking” arc. In the span of four issues this tale has explored a wide range of themes including faith, self identity and even Tinder.
Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz are facing down the Order of the Steed and their leader High Rider Grieva. Grieva intends to use her mind control/body possession to control her superhero prisoners and turn them into saviors to be worshipped by sects of her church across the universe.
Though it’s not necessarily Tim Seeley’s master plan, it’s worth pointing out that we arguably already live in a society that worships superhero prisoners as heroes. But I digress.
Jess and Simon are equally represented in Green Lanterns 43, but it feels like it’s more of an exploration of Simon’s emotional journey. Grieva tries to get in Simon’s head and dissect his inner loneliness and fear. This doesn’t feel like any other villain monologue however, as it is based around Simon’s using of the superhero dating app “Caper.”
Dating apps — or really any form of social media — is indeed a mask that we wear. No one is as happy, as confident, as popular, as adored as their Facebook makes them up to be. It’s an exaggeration of what we’d like to be, without all the worrisome emotions and real-world problems. It’s always worse when the villain’s taunts are actually true, even if not for the reasons they intended. Grieva chides Simon for his devotion to Night Pilot, a Caper date he hardly even knows. In the end Simon and Night Pilot’s relationship goes the way many of these dates do: it just doesn’t work.
The end of the issue sets up a foreboding future for Jessica however.
Just like addiction, depression/anxiety is rarely something that goes away forever. Though I’d like our girl Jess to be happy, I respect Seeley’s realistic approach to her situation.
The conversation doesn’t stop there. What do you wanna talk about from this issue?