“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!” – The Oath of the Green Lanterns.
Despite the ‘somewhat disappointing’ Ryan Reynolds film, any DC comic fan can tell you that the Green Lantern comics are actually part of a really intriguing and exciting space opera with a super hero twist and chock full of symbolism. I for one highly recommend Geoff Johns’s brilliant run on the character.
With the recent announcement of DC’s upcoming slate of movies including a new Green Lantern Corps film, and the 75th anniversary of the original GL character, I figured it was a good a time as any to cover the history of the various Green Lanterns over the years…
The Green Lanterns are an intergalactic peace-keeping force of emerald knights who utilize the power of will to battle the forces of darkness throughout the universe. Founded by an immortal race of Guardians on the Planet Oa, near the center of the universe, the Green Lantern Corps utilize a highly sophisticated device known as a power ring – a device with the ability to harness the green energy of willpower from its’ user. In addition to providing a suit, a protective aura, and the ability to fly at incredible speeds, the ring also enables its wearer to create constructs, manipulate matter, form force fields, analyze the environment, and generate energy blasts. Each Green Lantern patrols one of 3,600 sectors and is chosen for his or her ability to overcome great fear.