Library JournalThis is the third Green Lantern collection (following New Journey, Old Path, and The Power of Ion) written by Winick, author of the acclaimed autobiographical graphic novel Pedro and Me. It includes the two-part story "Hate Crime," which received national mass media attention for its story of homophobic violence. Terry Berg, teenage assistant to cartoonist Kyle Rayner (a.k.a. Green Lantern), has declared himself to be gay, and heterosexual Kyle has offered him acceptance and friendship. When Terry is beaten nearly to death by a gang of homophobic thugs, Kyle goes after the assailants in a rage, while Terry's parents (who don't approve of his sexual orientation) and his boyfriend try to deal with their own shock and grief. In the aftermath, Green Lantern must try to reconcile his role as humanity's protector with his revulsion at the evil of which humanity is capable. Winick's portrayal of Terry's trials as a gay man is realistic and sensitive, and his writing of the other stories and characters here is full of wit, intelligence, and a sense of the complexity of genuine emotion. Highly recommended for all collections, for teens and adults. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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