You’re reading The Complete Infinite Crisis, a Comprehensive and Encyclopedic look through the universe-changing superhero event published by DC from 2005 to 2006. Shelfdust are proud to provide a complete overview of the story, and everything that happens in it. We’ve had to get some experts in though – there’s so much going on that needs to be explained!
Things are getting cosmic now, as we’re almost halfway through the first issue! We’ve been ticking off the Green Lanterns, but there’s one man everybody’s been talking about even though he doesn’t seem to even be IN this comic: Hal Jordan. We need to know who Hal is! Tony Highwind, please help us out!
Tony! People tell me that the “main” Green Lantern is Hal Jordan. What can you tell me about him?
Tony Highwind: Hal Jordan was a hotshot test pilot until the day the mortally wounded Yul Brenner– wait *checks notes*
Until the day the mortally wounded alien Abin Sur crash landed on Earth.
A member of the Green Lantern Corps, an intergalactic peacekeeping force, Abin Sur wielded a Power Ring, the most potent weapon in the universe. In his dying moments, Sur instructed his Power Ring to seek out someone worthy to wield the ring, someone fearless and brave, with an indomitable will who would use the Ring to protect innocents. The Ring chose Hal Jordan.
What makes him so memorable as a character? Why is he the “main” Green Lantern?
Highwind: What makes Hal Jordan memorable is he’s the biggest himbo the Green Lantern Corps has ever seen. His service record speaks for itself, of course; you don’t become a founding member of the Justice League by collecting bottle caps, after all. But behind that record is a man who has never once in his life thought beyond the next twenty seconds, yet has always given his all to the Corps, to the League, and to his friends.
Despite that, it sounds like a lot of people think he’s kinda… the worst? Is that… fair?
Highwind: “Worst” is such a subjective term, but it’s fair in the sense that Hal has the most baggage of any Green Lantern. He’s a product of the Silver Age, that very special time in comics when even Superman was an asshole, and from editors to readers nobody seemed to really care.
There was also that time he went on a murder spree collecting Power Rings.
It was a grief thing, though: the man’s entire city had been destroyed by Mongul and Cyborg Superman and the Green Lantern Corps didn’t give him so much as bereavement leave or find a counsellor for him. I’m not sure what they expected to happen by not supporting their star player in his time of greatest grief, but that’s the Guardians for you; buncha blue dickheads.
Thanks Tony! Those Guardians… we’re going to need to know more about them! I wonder if we can find someone to tell us more!
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