I don’t much like Geoff Johns. He’s not particularly bad; in fact, he can be very competent. But he’s no Grant Morrison, and even if I had the fortune it would take, I wouldn’t go out and read everything he’s written. I didn’t like Blackest Night enough to finish reading, and I’m sure not going to read Brightest Day – except for Green Lantern 55, which has this character: Dex Starr, the feline Red Lantern. I guess he first appears in Final Crisis: Rage of the Red Lanterns, but here we get both his origin and his best panel. As his origin explains, he was a regular kitten, adopted from a litter by a loving cat mother.
But a burglar broke into their apartment and killed her! Left on the street, he was found by some jack-ass kids who decided to stuff him in a sack and drop him in a river. But felicitously, a red ring finds him before drowning – the RING OF RAGE! – and he’s reborn as Dex-Starr. He’s the Batman of cats.
God, kitty rage chokes me up.