Girl­friend in a re­frig­er­a­tor

Comic Heroes - - Feature -

Green Lan­tern Vol. 3 #54, Au­gust 1994

What hap­pened? In this no­to­ri­ous is­sue, fresh new GL Kyle Rayner finds his best girl Ali­cia mur­dered by sadis­tic bad guy Ma­jor Force (yes, re­ally; it was the ’90s), her bro­ken body stuffed in his fridge.

Why was it shock­ing? Be­cause the pop cul­ture short­hand for depth and angst – hav­ing the hero’s wom­en­folk abused ter­ri­bly – has rarely been so cyn­i­cally pressed into ser­vice. Comic book writer Gail Si­mone’s “Women in Re­frig­er­a­tors Syn­drome” be­gan here; the aw­ful thing is, we could prob­a­bly fill out the en­tire 25 with uned­i­fy­ing in­ci­dents such as this.


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