Green Arrow – “Nnnn... Arrows aren’t gonna do much.But this... ...this might.In brightest day, in blackest night... ...no evil shall escape my sight.Let those who... who... crap.How the hell’d the rest of...”
Everyone deserves a second chance....
For a successful re-launch a comic-book needs a talented artist with the ability to create dynamic panels and a strong writer capable of getting out of the tightest of situations that years of heavy continuity have inflicted.In the case of Green Lantern the ability to bring a hero back from the dead was also a pre-requisite in order to make Green Lantern Rebirth the starting point for returning Hal Jordon to his place as the greatest Green Lantern of all time!
Disgraced and deceased former Green Lantern Hal Jordon continued his new (after)life as the ghostly Spectre, but when he suddenly appeared in Green Arrow’s basement to inflict pain on the villain Black Hand, it was clear to the Emerald Archer that something was not quite right.That wasn’t the only sign that a change was on the horizon, as other members of the Green Lantern corps began to be controlled by their power rings and then Hal recreated his home town, Coast City, even though it had been destroyed years before!Suspicions amongst the Justice League lead to some believing Hal had returned to his evil ways when he called himself Parallax, but the return of an old adversary provided some much needed answers to the Green Lantern’s past. In a battle for his very life, Hal had to face his inner demons in order to clear his name and take his rightful place as the greatest Green Lantern of them all.
Through a nifty piece of retconning Hal’s turn to the darkside (see below) was explained by taking into account the Green Lantern’s weakness to the colour yellow as well as bringing Sinestro, the ultimate GL villain back.This helped tick all the boxes for fans and continuity buffs, but it also fitted the structure of the story as each chapter built up issue by issue and then played out effortlessly.Linking Sinestro to Hal’s infection by the parasitic Parallax proved a likely eventuality resulting from their past conflicts and it didn’t detract from Hal’s time spent being villainous during the 90s.His prior slip into madness was now the result of being nudged along by Parallax’s interference and his past sins were on the road to forgiveness. In true form Batman remained suspicious of Hal’s sudden return to hero status and this meant that it was still a rocky road for Hal to travel along.Thankfully the relationship between Hal and Oliver Queen, the Green Arrow, was highlighted as being a strong bond and so Hal wasn’t doing the journey alone.
Geoff Johns managed to turn a six-part story into an adventure that reignited the spark long since died out in the Green Lantern series and packed it with fun moments along the way.The teaming of Hal and his replacement Rayner towards the end was a nice touch, but Hal’s reply to Batman’s suspicions when he told him he didn’t care, stood him in good stead for the monthly series which launched off of the back of Rebirth.Green Lantern currently stands firm in the ranks of DC’s best written heroes and Johns managed to keep the momentum going in the monthly title thanks to a solid start with Rebirth.The mini-series proved that any hero could be brought back from the dead as long as the right care and attention could be made and as long as it was kept simple. Most people deserve a second chance, so isn't it about time you remembered why you fell in love with them the first time around?
SEEING THE LIGHT: *During the Death of Superman storyline in the mid 90s, the alien known as Mongul came to Earth and destroyed Hal’s home town Coast City, killing all its inhabitants.As a result of the events that transpired Hal went insane and took the name Parallax and attempted to rewrite history in the storyline, Zero Hero.Hal eventually sacrificed himself during the story Final Night when he reignited the sun and then became the Spectre.In Rebirth it was explained that Parallax was a yellow entity made up of living fear contained in the central power battery, the source of the GL’s power.It remained in there until it awoke and attached itself to Hal, feeding off of the events that transpired with Mongul.Instead of Jordon being Parallax, it was a separate entity, which acted as a parasite and was also responsible for the GL’s weakness to the colour yellow. Yes, that was a bit confusing!
* The iconic Green Lantern chant which Green Arrow struggled to recall in full was, ‘In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight.Let those who worship evils might, beware my power Green Lantern’s light’. So now you know!
*Other human Green Lanterns beside Hal Jordon included John Stewart, Kyle Rayner, Guy Gardner and the mystical Alan Scott.
*Hal Jordon appeared in his own animated movie, Green Lantern: First Flight (2009), where he fought against his former mentor Sinestro to save all of the Green Lanterns.