I know there were problems with the book (especially the early art continuity errors), but I loved Sam Humphries’ writing in his “Green Lanterns” run. I love his exploration of chronic anxiety with Jessica Cruz, how her PTSD/mental illness is CONSISTENT and a legitimate challenge/disability for her instead of a “she’s better in one issue” deal, because it’s more realistic this way, and we need more stories that address that. Issue 15 in particular was a funny, wrenching, beautiful exploration of how frustrating it is to live with mental illness, and portrayed so well how for some of us just getting out of bed is a victory some days. Seeing J-Bird struggle, get psychologically knocked down, and drag herself back up again through sheer Willpower, fills me with hope, and it works better than ANY other Lantern’s arc to really SHOW that “overcoming” fear isn’t the same as never feeling it. It’s beautiful writing, even if the book wasn’t perfect. I get major feels for J-Bird and I hope she sticks around for years and years.
The Marvel characters aren’t like the DC characters. The DC characters are symbols and mantles and legacies and shit like that. The Marvel characters are built around specific individual people and characters. There is no ‘mantle of Spider-man’ or ‘what the mask of Wolverine represents’. To be Spider-Man is to be Peter Parker the mask of Wolverine represents Logan and nothing more than that. The only exceptions are Captain America who was crated around the time of original the DC characters and MAYBE Thor, but even that’s debatable. Other characters can be great spins on the Marvel characters like Miles Morales or War Machine but they can’t replace them like Wally West or Kyle Rayner did with Flash and GL. Because Flash and GL were about the powers not the people using them.