Green Lantern

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SDCC: DC's "Champions of Justice" Panel

Fri, July 25th
By Kiel Phegley

Geoff Johns, David Finch, Charles Soule and more team up for a wide ranging discussion of the DCU with reborn Wonder Woman villains, fun in "Justice League" and more.

Venditti Leads an "Uprising" in "Green Lantern"

Thu, July 3rd
By Jeffrey Renaud

As "Uprising" reaches its end in "Green Lantern," Robert Venditti discusses the book's past, present and future with "Futures End" on the horizon.

Articles

Who is Scoot McNairy in "Batman v. Superman"?

Sat, June 28th
By Brett White

DC Reveals Final Batch of "Futures End" Tie-In 3-D Motion Covers

Fri, May 23rd
By Steve Sunu

Jordan Continues to Curse Kyle Rayner in "Green Lantern: New Guardians"

Fri, May 23rd
By Jeffrey Renaud

ROLL CALL: Eight Heroes Who Would Make the "Justice League" Movie Great

Wed, May 21st
By Marc Buxton

CBR TV: Venditti Challenges Himself to Race with "Flash," Stage an "Uprising" in "Green Lantern"

Thu, May 15th
By Steve Sunu

WC14: James Robinson On Marvel, Creator-Owned, "Earth 2" Plans

Wed, April 23rd
By Steve Sunu

WC14: Venditti on "The Flash," "X-O Manowar" & Comics Origin

Tue, April 22nd
By Hannibal Tabu

WC14: Venditti, Chang And DC Comics’ Green Lantern Face A Universe At War

Sat, April 19th
By Josie Campbell

WC14: DC Looks Forward to "The Flash," "Detective Comics" & More

Sat, April 19th
By Steve Sunu

Van Jensen Prepares for an "Uprising" in Green Lantern Corps"

Wed, April 16th
By Jeffrey Renaud

Talking Comics with "Sinestro's" Dale Eaglesham

Tue, April 15th
By Tim O'Shea

"Man of Steel's" David Goyer Wants a Shot at "Green Lantern"

Tue, April 1st
By Kevin Melrose

Venditti Makes Hal Jordan Leadership Material in "Green Lantern"

Wed, March 12th
By Jeffrey Renaud

CBR SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Cullen Bunn

Sun, March 9th
By Paul Montgomery

Bunn & Eaglesham Make Light From Fear with "Sinestro"

Mon, February 17th
By Jeffrey Renaud

"So a Yellow Fear Monster Really Made Hal Jordan Evil?" & More Retcons

Sun, February 9th
By Brian Cronin

"Remember When Hal Jordan Was OK with Coast City's Destruction?" & Other Abandoned Stories

Sat, February 8th
By Brian Cronin

Darkseid Is... Dismantling DC's Heroes in New "Justice League: War" Clip

Tue, February 4th
By CBR News Team

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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