From the only reliable source of news on the net, the Onion. Actually I am a Green Lantern fan from way back. When Abin Sur, Green Lantern of this sector of the galaxy, crash-landed on Earth, he willed his power ring to find a successor to take over his position as Green Lantern. The ring chose test pilot Hal Jordan. Green Lanterns are basically intergalactic cops established by the Guardians of the Galaxy who live on the planet OA. Each Green Lantern has a power ring which has been decribed as the most powerful weapon in the Universe. The rings can do almost anything, limited only by the will of the user. Due to a necessary defect in the rings, and to make the Green Lantern comics much more interesting, the ring cannot affect anything yellow. The rings must be recharged every 24 hours in front of, what else, a Green Lantern which each green lantern possesses. The Green Lantern recites this oath as the ring is being recharged:
In brightest day,
In blackest night,
No evil shall escape my sight.
Let those who worship evil’s might,
beware my power Green Lantern’s light!
(Yeah, I know, Kipling has nothing to worry about!) It sounds pretty hoakey, and it was, but as a kid in Paris, Illinois, Green Lantern was my favorite superhero. The concept of the genie like ring, and a superhero who was part of an intergalactic police force, I found fascinating. Green Lantern’s adventures often involved space and time travel, and struck me as more inherently interesting than the adventures of his contemporary superheroes. I was in a distinct minority in that regard, as the first run of Green Lantern always had lacklustre sales for DC comics.
Thus far I have not gone to see the Green Lantern movie, deterred by the abysmal reviews and what I have seen of the film in trailers. Some memories of childhood we seek to protect, and I guess for me one of them is the hero of my boyhood, Green Lantern.