Behind the Counter – Who is…Green Lantern ?

Welcome to our newest column ‘Behind the Counter’ in which we take you through the curtain and into the fun, exciting, innovative and ever growing realm of comics.

So to kick off our very first Behind the Counter we have a little feature we’re calling Who is… is to hopefully help expand the comic horizons for new and existing readers.

One the things new and old readers struggle with is that a large number of comic characters have such a rich and extensive continuity that it can be daunting for the first timer. This also applies to the seasoned comic reader. You may know Batman inside and out but would you know where to start if you’ve never read a single X Men, Daredevil or Superman Comic? Hopefully this is where Who is Who will swoop in to help by giving a with brief history of the character(s) and some essential reading to get you started.

Be warned though for as we delve into the history of the characters there will be the inevitable spoilers. So if you don’t want to be spoiled then consider skipping the history section and read the origin and essential reading parts. You can always come back to the history stuff at a later date.

First up as the film adaptation is right around the corner we bring you Green Lantern.

Green Lantern

Green Lantern

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The Green Lantern Corps are an intergalactic police force. They are run by the Guardians of the Universe who have split up the universe into 3,600 sectors. 2814 is Earth. Hal Jordan is a cocky test pilot for Ferris Aircraft. After witnessing his father die flying at a young age, he lived his life without fear. One day when he was test piloting a plane, he was beamed to a crash sight of an alien being known as Abin Sur. He was the Green Lantern for Sector 2814. As he was dying, his ring sent out a distress call to find a man who lived without fear. It found Jordan. Jordan was chosen to become the Green Lantern. He received Sur’s power battery that would power his ring. His ring would need to be repowered every twenty four hours. The ring had one impurity: the colour yellow.

Hal Jordan would become known as the greatest Green Lantern there was.


Being the first earthling to be a Green Lantern opened the door for other humans such as Guy Gardner and John Stewart. Hal would go on to fight villains such as the Renegade Green Lantern Sinestro and Hector Hammond. Once his home, Coast City was destroyed by Cyborg Superman and Mongul, Hal pleaded with the Guardians to bring it back from the dead. When they refused he became angry, determined to do it himself. He killed many of the Green Lanterns as he became more and more powerful until he finally destroyed the corps and the central power battery. He remained himself Parallax. Ganthet (the last Guardian) rescued the final power ring and gave it to struggling artist Kyle Rayner.

Kyle Rayner was seen as the Torchbearer as he (and Stewart) was the last remaining Lantern. Rayner’s power ring was the first not to suffer from the yellow impurity. Parallax would bring earth to its knees as he tried to destroy reality in an attempt to resurrect Coast City. However Hal Jordan would redeem himself when he would use his power to reignite the sun, dying in the process. Hal would go onto become the spirit of Vengeance, The Spectre.

Hal Jordan would later be reborn as a Green Lantern where we discover that Parallax was in fact the yellow impurity, the fear entity. Separating himself from Parallax and The Spectre, Hal Jordan, Kyle Rayner, Guy Gardner and Killowog went on a crusade to resurrect the corps back to its former glory.

Essential Reading

We tried to put these in order of reading but of course if we’ve got anything wrong then drop us a line and let us know.

DC: The New Frontier

Green Lantern/Green Arrow

Green Lantern: Emerald Twilight/New Dawn

Green Lantern: Rebirth

Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps War

Green Lantern: Secret Origin

Green Lantern: Rage of the Red Lanterns

Green Lantern: Agent Orange

Blackest Night

Brightest Day

Other Media

Green Latern (Film)

Justice League (TV)

Justice League Unlimited (TV)

Justice League:The New Frontier (DVD/Blu-Ray)

Green Latern: First Flight (DVD/Blu-Ray)

Green Lantern: Emerald Knights (DVD/Blu-Ray)

Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters (Video Game)

If there is any points or essential reading you think I missed then feel free to post your comments.

GS Reporter: Luke Halsall

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