Hello Mr. Marz. Long time fan. I was hoping I could ask you some questions about your creation, and one of my favorite characters, Kyle Rayner.Kyle has come a long way over the years, but he's been forced into the background a bit with Hal's return. He's been awesome in Green Lantern Corp; he really kicked ass against Kryb. Give my regards to Tomasi on that one. Never the less, he's been overshadowed by Hal, which is a bit of a shame considering how hard he worked to get out of his shadow when Hal was dead.
The GL mythos as a whole is arguably better than it's ever been, with the upcoming War of Light and all. But DC's over all Silver Age push has been feeding us a lot of Hal. In particular, the Blue Lanterns regarding Hal as the "Ultimate Savior" seemed a little over the top. A lot of us fans find it kind of weird that Hal was the one getting the blue ring at all, he's never seemed to be much of a Hope kind of guy.
Do you agree with the notion that Hal is still, by far, the greatest Green Lantern? It seems to me, and many other Kyle fans, that Kyle has earned his place as Hal's equal, at least. But a lot of DC character's still regard Hal as the end all, be all of the Corp. What's your personal feelings on the matter? Does Kyle deserve a little more recognition, or has he not earned in yet compared to Hal's years upon years of service?
I was also wondering how the Ion power works exactly. The Ion mini you penned had the power explained as a fusion of Oan and Starheart energy, the "Next Step" in Green Lantern evolution. But when the Sinestro Corp came out, it was revealed that the Ion power was actually from Kyle being inhabited by the "Ion Entity." How does this work out with Jade's life force flowing into Kyle and what not? It says these energies let him be a temporary host, but when did the Entity actually enter him? And what happened to the Starheart energy when Ion was ripped out of Kyle?
Also, are we ever going to see more of what the Ion power can do? Kyle had some impressive moments with it, but he didn't accomplish a lot more than he could do with a normal ring. Sodam Yat had the one neat trick he pulled on Nero, but he still lost to Prime, and he's incapable of curing his own lead poisoning.
Speaking of Nero and Ion, Yat mentioned it seemed like Nero got the better of Kyle too quickly. Almost convenient, as he said. What was the implication here? Did Kyle purposely let Nero get the better of him so Yat would have a chance to shine? Or was Yat implying something else there?