A list of Green Lantern comic book series.
Green Lantern is the shared name of various superheroes across the DC Universe, all of whom share the characteristic of possessing one of the most powerful and dangerous weapons in the universe: a green power ring and power lantern that gives them great control over the physical world just as long as the wielder has sufficient willpower and strength to wield it.
While the Golden Age Green Lantern (Alan Scott) is powered by magic, the rings worn by all subsequent Green Lanterns are alien technology created by the Guardians of the Universe, who grant such rings to candidates they deem worthy to make up an intergalactic police force known as the Green Lantern Corps. You can’t make this stuff up.
The Green Lanterns include:
Alan Scott – Alan Scott was a young engineer in the 1940s that came into a possession of a Green Lantern that, following a railroad-bridge collapse of which he was the only survivor, told him how to make a ring from its metal to give him fantastic powers as the superhero Green Lantern. He was also a founding member of the Justice Society of America.
Hal Jordan – A second-generation test pilot, having followed in the footsteps of his father, Hal Jordan was given the power ring and lantern battery by dying alien named Abin Sur whose spaceship crashed on Earth. He was also a founding member of the Justice League of America, went nuts after his city, Coast City was destroyed; wiped out the Green Lantern Corps; sacrificed himself to save the universe; and was reborn. It’s complicated (In case you haven’t worked out yet).
Guy Gardner – Guy Gardner was the second choice to replace Abin Sur as Green Lantern, and in fact was originally supposed to receive the ring, but Hal Jordan got it because he was closer. This made him the back-up for Hal Jordan, but when a power battery blew up in his face, Gardner was placed in a coma for years, making him very emotionally unstable even if he was able to manage it. Mostly.
John Stewart – An architect from Detrioit MI, John Stewart was selected by the Guardians to replace a comatose Guy Gardner as the backup Green Lantern for Jordan, and when Jordan resigned for awhile, Stewart was the main Green Lantern for that period. He later took over as the main Green Lantern when Kyle Rayner left Earth for awhile.
And yes, he shares the name (If not the spelling) of the host of The Daily Show. Ha, ha, never heard that before.
Kyle Rayner – Kyle Rayner was a struggling freelance artist who was approached by the last Guardian of the Universe, Ganthet, to become a new Green Lantern with the last power ring because he knew fear and dealt with it, and since Parallax had been released from the Central Power Battery, he could resist it. The character also became the superhero Ion for awhile.
Simon Baz – Simon Baz is a Lebanese American Muslim from Dearborn, Michigan that first appeared during the Rise of the Third Army storyline in The New 52 Green Lantern books. Basically, he was caught by the police street racing in a stolen car with an armed bomb in the back of the van and ended up being recruited into the Green Lantern Corps.
The Green Lanterns are generally portrayed as having a close friendship with the various men who have been the Flash, for example Alan Scott and Jay Garrick (The Golden Age Green Lantern and Flash), Hal Jordan and Barry Allen (The Silver Age Green Lantern and Flash) and Kyle Rayner and Wally West (The Modern-Age Green Lantern and Flash). Hal Jordan also has a notable friendship with Green Arrow, the two having a series of groundbreaking, socially conscious and award-winning stories in the 1970s by Denny O’Neil and artist Neal Adams. The Green Lanterns have also been members of Justice League of America or the Justice League of America.