Green Lantern

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"Green Lanterns" #2 Explains Red Lantern Corps' Epic Plan

Wed, July 6th
By Greg McElhatton

The Red Dawn arrives, but what does that mean for the Green Lantern Corps' newest recruits, Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz?

New "Arrow" Casting Brings Hal Jordan One Step Closer to Star City

Wed, June 29th
By Anthony Couto

"Arrow" has cast Carly Pope in a recurring role as a journalist from Coast City, who also happens to be the sister-in-law of Hal Jordan in the comics

Articles

"Green Lanterns" Core: Who Are Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz?

Mon, June 27th
By Brian Cronin

Venditti Plays the Long Game with "Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps"

Fri, June 17th
By Jeffrey Renaud

EXCLUSIVE: Sam Humphries Talks DC Debut, "Green Lanterns" & Rebirth

Wed, June 15th
By CBR News Team

"Green Lanterns" #1 Debuts New Powers, Deepens Red Lantern Mystery

Wed, June 15th
By Greg McElhatton

EXCL: DC Reveals "Green Lantern," "New Super-Man" & More Rebirth Variants

Tue, June 14th
By Anthony Couto

The Greatest Crossover Events in Marvel & DC Comics History

Sat, June 11th
By Marc Buxton

EXCL. PREVIEW: "Green Lanterns: Rebirth" #1 Brings Geoff Johns Back for Emerald Adventure

Mon, May 30th
By CBR News Team

"That Time Green Lantern Had a Threesome" & Other Discarded Comic Book Plots

Sun, May 22nd
By Brian Cronin

EXCL. PREVIEW: "Green Lantern" #52 Pits Hal Jordan Against the Gray Agents

Mon, May 2nd
By CBR News Team

5 'Beloved' DC Heroes that Could Join "Legends of Tomorrow"

Sun, May 1st
By Marc Buxton

DC Comics' "Rebirth" Character Designs for Batman, Wonder Woman and More

Fri, April 29th
By CBR News Team

DC FILMS RUMORS: "Green Lantern Corps" Enlists Kyle Rayner; "The Flash" Casting These 5 Characters

Fri, April 22nd
By Anthony Couto

TOYING AROUND: Bombshells, Batman, "Civil War" & More!

Sat, April 9th
By TJ Dietsch

COMIC REEL: New "Batman v Superman" Concept Art; Tyrese Still Has "Shot" at Green Lantern

Sat, March 26th
By Brendan McGuirk

Is Twice Monthly Twice as Nice?

Thu, March 24th
By Ron Marz

Green Lantern "May" Debut In "Justice League 2," WB Exec Admits First Film Wasn't Very Good

Fri, March 4th
By Stephen Gerding

"Lucifer's" D.B. Woodside "Very Interested" In Playing Green Lantern

Mon, February 29th
By Brett White

The Biggest Superhero Films That Didn't Happen, Part 2

Sun, February 7th
By Tom Bondurant

Biography

Green Lantern

Hal Jordan: test pilot, airman, space cop, a man who knows no fear. Chosen from all the Earth to represent mankind in the most powerful police force the galaxy has ever known: the Green Lantern Corps. To quote Robin from "The Batman" episode "Ring Toss" (December 2007): "Wow! Even your secret identity is cool!"

Hal Jordan made his first appearance in "Showcase" #22 (October 1959), a creation of John Broome and Gil Kane. This iteration of the Green Lantern was part of the Silver Age model of updating Golden Age characters for a modern audience, and while (like many Golden Age characters) the original Green Lantern gained his powers through mysticism and magic, the new Green Lantern was pure science fiction.

Abin Sur, an alien member of the Green Lantern Corps, crashes on Earth. Using his power ring's ability to turn light into tangible objects, he brings Hal Jordan to his side. There, Abin Sur reveals that he is dying and passes on his ring and the duty of protecting space sector 2814. It doesn't take long before Hal discovers that he is not alone, and encounters of members of the Green Lantern Corps. He finally reaches the planet Oa, homeworld of the Guardians of the Universe. The Guardians are an ancient race of beings that formed the Corps to protect the Galaxy, dividing it up into 1600 pie-shaped sectors of space, each terminating on Oa, the home of the central power battery which powers the rings worn by the corpsmen. Each Green Lantern, chosen for his superior willpower and ability to overcome great fear , controls the ring by pure will, shaping the emerald light into anything they can imagine. The only drawbacks to this ultimate weapon are that it must be recharged when depleted and a vulnerability to the color yellow. The yellow vulnerability is a story in itself, but is best explained as it always has been, that the weakness is due to a "necessary impurity in the ring."

Over the years, Hal's comic book fortunes have risen and fallen, his sales have gone from the highest highs to the lowest lows. Recently, under the authorship of wunderkind Geoff Johns, "The Green Lantern" has become a critical and marketing success. With a feature film in the future and starring appearances across the DC Universe, Hal Jordan's future is bright as the brightest day. - Brian Eason

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