There was a time when Kari Limbo, a striking young gypsy woman with psychic powers created by writer Denny O’Neil, was the woman in the lives of two Green Lanterns–Guy Gardner and Hal Jordan. She first appeared in Green Lantern/Green Arrow #117 (July, 1979), but she was referenced in the previous issue as Guy Gardner’s girlfriend. In that issue, Guy tragically disappeared while re-charging his power ring and he was believed dead (Green Lantern/Green Arrow #116, June, 1979). This loss brought the grieving Kari closer to Hal, and they soon became romantically entwined.

Hal almost married Kari five issues later in Green Lantern/Green Arrow #122 (November, 1979). However, she had a vision during their wedding ceremony, which led to Superman being drawn into the Phantom Zone. Kari then had another vision, which led to Hal entering the Phantom Zone to rescue Superman.

In the Phantom Zone, Hal discovered that Guy was alive and mind-controlled by the evil General Zod. After Superman and Green Lantern escaped the Phantom Zone, Hal informed Kari that Guy had not been killed. Kari then canceled the wedding because her heart still belonged to Guy.

Gardner was eventually rescued from the Phantom Zone by Hal (Green Lantern #123, December, 1979), but not before suffering severe brain damage. Kari then voluntarily became Guy’s caregiver, and was subsequently rewarded for her noble feelings of true love by being relegated to comics . . . um . . . limbo for several years. However, thanks to writer Steve Englehart, Kari returned for a few issues of The Green Lantern Corps in late 1986 and early 1987.

During the seven years she was away, Kari had improved her psychic powers considerably–enough to allow her to hobnob with the likes of Elvira and John Constantine (The Green Lantern Corps #211, April, 1987, page three, panel three– nicely rendered by artists Joe Staton and Mark Farmer). Sadly, the recently revived and arrogant Guy Gardner wanted nothing to do with Kari. So she was nudged into comics limbo again.

Kari was unceremoniously blown to bits in 1993 when Coast City was destroyed by Mongul at the behest of the Cyborg Superman. Her final fate was actually shown in Guy Gardner: Warrior #24 (September, 1994), a Zero Hour tie-in. Whether intentional or not, writer Beau Smith left just enough of a loophole in this time-travel tale that Kari may have actually survived the city’s decimation.

However, to the best of my knowledge Kari Limbo hasn’t been seen in fifteen years, so I’m going to assume she’s dead. I’m also going to assume that Geoff Johns will not resurrect her in Blackest Night.

Sometimes it simply does not pay to have a name that denotes your social status.



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Jim Kingman

Jim Kingman is a writer for Comics Bulletin