WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for "Influence," Episode 14 of Young Justice: Outsiders, streaming now on DC Universe.
In DC's animated adaptations, Hal Jordan or John Stewart are usually the only Green Lanterns around. While Jordan has thrived in modern DC cartoons, Stewart was an icon in the DC Animated Universe thanks to his prominent role in Justice League Unlimited.
However, Young Justice: Outsiders has wisely taken a different approach. While it features several Lanterns, including Kyle Rayner, the series has now shifted the limelight to a fan-favorite Lantern who's finally getting his due: Guy Gardner.
While we've seen Guy in Batman: The Brave and the Bold and as Hal's replacement in Green Lantern: The Animated Series, he was just shoehorned into a Young Justice cameo years ago and was largely treated like bit player. When Young Justice's guy was called a "sidekick" by the Thanagarian general Talak, he made it abundantly clear that he absolutely hates the term. However, in this episode, Guy takes his fight for respect to a level and lets the whole world know that its his time to shine as the Green Lantern.
According, this Green Lantern of Sector 2814 joins Superman, Wonder Woman, Hawkman and Hawkgirl in investigating a raid on a Thanagarian refinery where Nth Metal has been stolen. They're all at a loss, though, as there are no Boom Tube signatures indicating the involvement of Parademons or Apokolips as a whole. When Talak chides the League for their shady behavior in the past, he makes it clear he doesn't trust the Earthlings, especially after they were mind-controlled into attacking Rimbor. He even suggests that Earth's metahumans might have done the job, leading to an impasse.
In typical Guy fashion, Gardner doesn't adopt the diplomatic and apologetic route and talks back to Talak in his thick Boston accent. Guy ends up taking his crew away in a construct, which blows a raspberry at Talak's forces as they leave, and he even curses them out to leave his distinct brand of justice on the scene.
Just when the League admonishes him for his antagonistic behavior, he reveals his banter was misdirection as he was doing some scanning of his own behind Talak's back -- which would have caused a stir as only Thanagarians are allowed such duties in their territory.
Guy finds a hidden ion trail which does lead to Granny Goodness' hub, proving that they did indeed steal the metal. Guy gloats to the others, asking them to "kiss the ring," and he's every bit the unlikable character who gave the Justice League International so many headaches in the 1980s.
As the heroes approach in their ship, Guy flies out front in space singing obscene show tunes that fir his style. Like his comic book counterpart, this Guy annoying, a bit sexist and clearly in need of some discipline. Wonder Woman even wants to go back to Earth because he's such a child.
However, Guy saves the day again when the heroes end up brawling with Granny and her Furies. When they're launched into the vacuum of space without any air, Guy warps them up in his green bubble and saves them from certain doom.
Now, Guy is set to help break up a metahuman trafficking ring and deal with Vanldal Savage's prospective galactic conquest. With his recent acts, Guy continues to prove that in Brightest Day or Darkest Night, he's the Green Lantern you want by your side, even if he is a little annoying.
New episodes of Young Justice: Outsiders premiere Tuesdays throughout the summer on DC Universe.