One comment to my previous GL post rightly pointed out that Hal murdered several Green Lanterns and all but one of the Guardians, so why don’t they just clap him in irons whenever he’s rejuvenated? (They could say, “well, we’re back from the dead too, so let’s call it even,” but that wouldn’t exactly be a fair trade because Kyle brought them back. Still, Kyle only brought them back as toddlers, and apparently changed the gender of some, so I don’t know how happy they’d be with him either.) At Wizard World Chicago, the point was made that “Batman’s almost the villain” of Rebirth. That suggests to me that Batman doesn’t trust Hal anymore either.
Anyway, I should have addressed that in the earlier post and didn’t, so shame on me. My blind spot probably comes from two sources. First, I thought “Emerald Twilight” could be justified by the destruction of Coast City and Hal’s past rebellions against the Guardians, but that doesn’t mean I thought it was in character for him. “ET” was such a jarring event that I have since chalked it up to temporary insanity. Second, “ET” was an abrupt editorial decision on DC’s part, so in a sense Hal also gets the “Nuremberg defense” of just “following orders” from Kevin Dooley and Ron Marz. Still, I don’t like being less than complete.
And all I meant by Hal-Spectre “working smoothly” was that it wasn’t creating any major disruptions. Hal was running around stirring up trouble as Parallax, but as the Spectre he was in the background, available for deus ex machina work as needed. A lot of fans didn’t like Hal as the Spectre. I thought the Spectre series was enjoyable enough, but I didn’t want that to be Hal’s final resting place (so to speak). Nevertheless, the status quo had adapted to include Hal-Spectre such that some kind of disruption — as shown in “Redemption Lost” — was necessary to shake it up and require the kind of fix that Rebirth apparently will bring. Sorry for being unclear, and thanks for helping keep me honest.