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You Can Call Me Hal!

Hal Jordan, Member of The Green Lantern Corps.

Hal Jordan, the fearsome Green Lantern of Sector 2814. 

Hal is one of those characters who faces many challenges and setbacks. A man who soldiers on in his stories, loyal to the Corps. A risk taker who had to overcome even the toughest obstacles. That's him in a nutshell, this Top Gun-esque maverick fits the mould, he might grows on you because he'll push the limits to get results. The character has his flaws which is a good thing. 

Hal Jordan flying across the sky

Admittedly, Hal Jordan simply is not as cool as John Stewart. In fact, Jordan could still pass as a cheesy 80s television action hero. He reminds me of that guy from the original 1983 television series V, well he pretty much fits in with the other 80s cheese: 

Comparison of Hal Jordan with retro tv heroes

The Green Lantern Corps, however, is a collective force, under the leadership of ancient, blue coloured 'guardians'. Green Lanterns are super advanced space police of the DC Universe, empowered by rings of the highest technological advancements, that perfectly aid Lanterns who wear them. The rings grant almost unlimited powers, limited only by the wearers imagination and will; they help protect the galaxy from all manner of threats. 

What makes the Corps unique is the diversity of its members; many originating from various world's across the universe, and possessing unique qualities. The diversity is wonderful, it works in a spectrum of life and dynamic relationships, one such member is the rough-hewn Kilowog, a monstrously pig-like Bolovaxian with the appearance of a pitbull, who took Jordan under his wing and bantered with him throughout the comic book series. They attempted to emulate this with the poorly received Ryan Reynolds Green Lantern movie. 

Omnibus sets of the lantern story

Hal Jordan certainly embodies the emotion of will power because he is very determined, which defines his reputation and earns him his accolades within the Green Lantern Corps. Of course, given his heroic stature there'll be no lack of unwavering dedication to protect the innocent and uphold justice—that stuff is just goes without saying. 

Hal Jordan is an enjoyable comic character and his past troubles add his graphic novels with a little flavour. From the loss of his father to the destruction of his entire hometown, Coast City, he has suffered many trials. Batman has an interesting role in The Sinistro War. Superman and Wonder woman make appearances in these pre-new 52 stories, but this is before Cyborg was in the Justice League and the Flash isn't important ito the story arc. I prefer these Geoff John's Lantern publications a New 52 or Rebirth alternative. 

The lantern collection of choice

The ability to fly and to be shielded, as well as being able to wield such an extremely powerful ring. Jordan can fly across space. These are great qualities that he brings to the table. It might not be the deepest intellectual read, but it's fun. All those colourful, busy battle scenes define Jordan. He strives, but his friends, Kilowog, Guy Gardner and John Stewart support him. If he was a lone wolf, so to speak, it could get boring—teamwork is a recurring theme. 

The brightest day was a pleasurable read

I found the printed Green Lanterns to be more epic sci-fi than earth based superhero. To be fair, the stories are rich and beautified with glorious artwork. Opposing factions of lanterns fire projectiles that brutally kill their enemies, quite graphically at times. Limbs are lost and skulls cracked, we see innards. I like this sort of reality to the war! 

Jordan taking off into the sky

I believe I've read the best of the Lanterns, enjoying Jordans legacy through the comic book masterpiece of Geoff Johns: I own the Eaglemoss version of the collection (above) it really is a daisy! So grab yourself one from off the internet and enjoy paying tribute to one of DC's most beloved and enduring heroes, Hal Jordan!


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