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Wednesday, July 13, 2011
25 Days of Supporting Characters: Guy Gardner
#17 Guy Gardner
Guy and Booster have a relationship that I've always found fascinating. When they met Guy was suffering brain damage and trapped in Hal Jordons' shadow. The latter of which is something Booster knows only too well from his experiences with Superman. They really weren't the best of pals back then but they never clashed like Ted and Guy did. I can't recall a time Booster ever got upset with him like Ted did, at most he seemed annoyed. Not even when Guy broke Teds' ribs during their "friendly" boxing match did he get mad. In fact there was even a time after Guy returned from his stint as "Nice Guy" where Booster apparently spent hours trying to calm him down. That really says a lot.
Guy has shown a fondness for Booster when he instantly sides with Ted when Booster goes to the Conglomerate over hurt feelings and even carries the grudge of the "abandonment" when they visit Max in the hospital. After Ted dies he's the one who seeks Booster out to find the murderer and stops him from getting killed in a battle that follows.
Why he's important to Booster:In a way Guy is a more distorted version of Booster that finally gets to get credit for his heroics and is allowed all the power and respect for his efforts. It's pretty telling that he's able to reach this level among the same people who used to look down on him while Booster seems to be further down on the totem pole than he was in JLI. As a result I think there's a bit of an understanding between them. They get that their both misfits but at the same time neither one truly understands the other completely. Under Johns/Katz Booster expresses shock at witnessing who Guy was before the brain damage while Guy doesn't see Boosters' leadership abilities in the alternate timeline.
There's a bond there that seems to go pretty deep as Booster felt compelled enough to seek a younger Guy out when he sees how troubled he was. Their conversation in the bar shows that while their issues with their family stem from different problems they do share common ground. Booster seems to see it too and even offers some insight into himself that he never gave to Ted. And although Guy never learns it Boosters' choice to act as a good friend is what saves the day and alters Guys' life forever. Allowing for the Green Lantern to live, as the underdog, before rising on to better things. Very fitting.
Suggested Reading:Omac Project #3I was considering a particular issue during Breakdowns but this one has a clearer view of what their friendship is like. Despite Guy not getting along with Ted, and never being best buds with Booster is the person who shows the most concern over how Booster is doing. He comes off as more of a jerk around (the usually patient) Wonder Woman. But the bond between the two, the loyalty among misfits is there. More apparent when Guy dismisses WW suggesting they get "their" league together. A sentiment Booster seems to agree with as he tells WW that she was never part of that league. Because no matter how much respect Guy gets nowadays he still remembers his roots.