Thursday, September 29, 2011

In Brightest Day: My Tribute to Hal Jordan (Part One)

Despite the fact that Darwin’s Children rings of X-men lore, my writing is actually more inspired by the DC comic book universe than Marvel. Don’t get me wrong, I love Stan ‘the Man’ Lee but Marvel’s superheroes don’t have the same iconic appeal as DC’s.
            Hulk smash!... but he isn’t a symbol.
            Superheroes should become more than man… they are supposed to be ideas. To be the change they wanted to see in the world.
            No one defines this iconic transcendence more than Hal Jordan-the first Earthling to serve in the galactic brotherhood of protectors, the Green Lantern Corps. 

Before I prattle on about Hal, I’d like to discuss the creation of the universe, superhero bling, and the birth of fear.
            In the beginning a powerful group of Guardians watched the galaxy explode in a sea of light. Figuring it needed protecting, they decided to set up the headquarters of their rule in the very center of the galaxy on the planet of Oa-sector 0.
            It was here that the central power battery was created, at which time, at reservoir of green willpower, fueled by every sentient being in the universe, was stored. 

The Guardians decided that green was the color of courage, and thus the most important part of being a Green Lantern, a member of the corps they set up and charged with the protection of the galaxy.
            This emotional energy was then transferred to a personal lantern for each of the members of the corps to carry with him/her/it that would charge each member’s power ring. These rings had to be charged every 24 hours. No matter where one of these galactic peacekeepers were, they could summon the lantern to charge the ring.
            The ring allows the Green Lantern to do anything…
            Anything he can imagine, and the stronger his will, the more powerful the Lantern. The beauty was that in order to put on the ring, the lantern had to be chosen by the GALAXY… and to charge it, one had to swear one of the most famous oaths in comic history:

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.
            Next week I will talk about why Hal Jordan was the most powerful hero in the DC Universe, and introduce you to what the oath means, and why Frank Miller said, “He used to need a ring… he used to need a lantern...”

            It will all make sense next week…
            When I tell you about Parallax. 


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