Monday, August 24, 2009

What About the Children? Will Somebody Please Think of the Children?!

I realize that the GLC has had their hands full lately. And I realize that, when Kryb was defeated, Kyle and Soranik had a lot on their plate -- the death of KT-21, the new law, the resignation of tons of Lanterns, the birth of the Pree baby, being in love/lying like a big jerkface, etc.

But... did no one think about the babies?

Kryb has been stealing babies from Green Lantern Corps members for some time, you see. And she was probably stealing babies from regular people even before that. And the Corps had to suspect that the babies were still alive, right? After all, the parents were killed in their homes, and the babies taken away -- which implies that Kryb had a reason for keeping those babies alive. Otherwise, why not just kill them immediately?

So when Kryb was captured, why didn't it occur to anyone to find those babies? They didn't even ask her where they were, or what she did with them! They didn't follow up in her home sector. They didn't make any effort whatsoever to save the wee baby children. And neither did the Star Sapphires! They were so busy trying to convert her to love that none of them even thought about some defenseless children? If the Star Sapphires stand for love, you'd think they would stand for all types of love (including that which is inspired by children), not just weepy tragic romance.

And now what we apparently have are children starving to death back on Kryb's little hidey-hole planet because she isn't there to care for them or bring them food. The little rugrats are eating maggots... maybe even eating each other.

No wonder they're (apparently) shown looking all creepy and angry, dressed in Sinestro Corps uniforms, in that splash page from a few months back. The Green Lantern Corps has forgotten that they existed, and the Star Sapphires don't care. Can we blame them for turning out a little bit twisted?

I really, really want an origin story for Kryb. Why steal babies? Did she lose her own, and now feels driven to kidnap others? Did Sinestro order her to do it? Given the fact that his own child was taken from him, he would probably be well aware of the fear and anguish that losing a child would cause.

More importantly, what does she have planned for them? Surely they can't stay in those little cages forever. She seems to love them, in a twisted sort of way.

Well, whatever it is, she's certainly being made into an interesting character. It's too bad that most people don't seem to think she's as cool as I do, just because she's hideous. The more I think about it, the more I think that she's probably one of the deepest, most interesting Sinestro Corps characters. Though I do like Karu-Sil and Arkillo, and I'm growing to like Tekik, too.


SallyP said...

That IS creepy. Once again, the Guardians have dropped the ball. I can't really blame Kyle TOO much, since frankly, I wouldn't trust him to take care of a goldfish, much less a child.

Do the Green Lanterns KNOW about the children? In quite a number of circumstances, I believe that both of the parents were killed when the children were kidnapped, maybe they don't KNOW about the kids. On the other hand, they've seen Kryb, and they've seen the children in her "cage" so you'd think they would wonder at least.

Kryp is an interesting character. Repulsive, but interesting.

Duskdog said...

Well, KT-21 certainly was adamant about keeping Kryb from preying on the children, so obviously they must be aware that something is going on with the babies. (But that brings up another point -- what happens to KT-21's kid now that mom is dead? Wasn't she supposed to be a single mother or something?)

Yes, Kyle and kids is a bad idea. Soranik... well, she's a pretty responsible person and I'm sure she would at least keep it fed and clothed and educated, but she doesn't really strike me as the type who would get along well with kids.

I guess I shouldn't be as surprised as I am that neither of them have even thought to check.

Sea-of-Green said...

I always assumed that Kryb's "cage" kept the babies in some sort of suspended animation, so she wouldn't have to worry about feeding them, etc. Who knows?