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365 Reasons to Love Comics #80

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365 Reasons to Love Comics #80

Green Lantern Week, part three: the heaviest GL of them all! He’s big, he’s bad, and he’s awesome.

3/21/07

80. Mogo

MOGO-A-GO-GO! Click to make Mogo-sized.

Mogo is one of the most brilliant concepts for an alien Green Lantern: he’s a sentient planet! But then, what else would you expect from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons? Yes, the Great Bearded One wrote the first Mogo story in Green Lantern #188 in a back-up called “Mogo Doesn’t Socialize.” And he doesn’t. It’s not because he can’t, but because, as Tomar-Re explains, if he were to come to Oa for a meeting, his gravity field would rip the place apart. Mogo’s probably pretty lonely because of that, though he does have flora and fauna on himself to talk to. And he oftens gets visits from the GL Corps, especially when they need to bring in the big guns:

Mogo really needs to get out more. Luckily, recent writers have begun to put him in stories more often. He had only scant appearances for years, but now he’s been seen in stuff like Infinite Crisis, Green Lantern Corps, and Ion. Me, I wouldn’t mind a Mogo mini-series. I’m not sure what all it would involve, but I’m sure someone cool could find a way to make it work.

There’s really not much to say about Mogo, as his character hasn’t been explored enough. However, he’s a crazy, brilliant, and hilarious concept that absolutely deserves to be a Reason to Love Comics, and he’s certainly one of my favorite Green Lanterns.

Thanks to Scans Daily, you can also now read the original Mogo story online. And, as with all these GLs, there’s a detailed history, but it hasn’t been updated in years. Shame– it’s missed half of Mogo’s appearances because of that, I’d bet!

Remember: Mogo is one badass mofo.

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