20th-century boy

Did not go to see V for Vendetta last Wednesday. Went, instead, to see Basic Instinct 2, which was not very different from Top Gun in a sense that both are utterly plotless (and pointless!), yet Top Gun has stood the test of time due to the sheer strength of its characters. Not that “Maverick” is a Green Lantern or something, but heck it beats the living crap out of Sharon Stone when it comes down to motivation.
Sharon Stone is a lot cuter, though.

Speaking of Green Lantern (and V for Vendetta) there´s this recurring Alan Moore story nesting in the back of my head. It´s “Tygers” from a 1986 Green Lantern Annual, named for the William Blake poem. It´s a possible-future situation that foresees the destruction of the Green Lanterns, etc, and there´s this Green Lantern which is hailed as the Ultimate Green Lantern of all, he´s called Sodam Yat and he´s a Daxamite, which basically means he´s as powerful as a Kryptonian- ergo, a Superman with a Power Ring.
Sodam Yat was destined to kill Superman in an unpublished late-1980s story, also by Alan Moore.
Moore was the writer for the V for Vendetta comic book that inspired the movie, which everybody loves but me, I just feel it reads like a half-assed Nineteen Eighty-Four ripoff. Poor George Orwell, y´know?

(It has dawned upon me, on occasion, that Sodam Yat sounds way too much like sod*mite. Go figure.)

Which brings me back to William Blake´s The Tyger, which is also the tile of an episode from Batman: The Animated Series TV show from the early 1990s. The story per se is very weird, in a bad way, but you have Batman quoting Blake in the end, that deep Kevin Conroy voice going Tyger, Tyger, burning bright in the forests of the night, etc.

Oddly enough, The Tyger is probably the most often-quoted poem in comic books. I think Garth Ennis wrote a Punisher story with that name, the poem was also used in Grant Morrison´s British superhero epic Zenith, etc.

I mean, you can´t beat that bit that goes all Paradise Lost-like,
When the stars threw down their spears,
And watered heaven with their tears,
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?

If it were a song it would have been one of those 1980s “Wagnerian Rock songs” produced by Jim Steinman. He did the best parts in the soundtrack for Streets of Fire movie with Fire, Inc.

Does anybody still remember Streets of Fire?
Willem DaFoe- that ugly SOB- played the villain.