This is the last of my Green Lantern posts for a bit. I’ve told you all about Hal Jordan, John Stewart, Guy Gardner and Alan Scott – have mentioned Kyle Rayner, but not much cuz he was after me for the most part.
But what I want to talk about today is the second reboot of The Green Lantern.
The first reboot happened when the Silver Age version, Hal Jordan, was born. The second reboot happened after the Crisis on Infinite Earths in a story called ‘Emerald Dawn’. I never had any of those comics, but I do have it’s sequel, ‘Emerald Dawn II’.
Emerald Dawn was similar to The Man of Steel series that retold the origins of Superman – it detailed how Hal Jordan came to be The Green Lantern. The sequel told the same basic story as Green Lantern: First Flight – Hal Jordan being trained by Sinestro.
Part of the reason for the retellings of the heroes from the DC universe was to create new canon following the Crisis books. It also provides a new, fresh look at the characters for newbies entering the comic book stores and us old farts who’ve been around for a while.
I’m not against them per se, especially when done well (I liked Man of Steel, the Aquaman reboot, Flash Gordon) and these were done well. It gave you an all new reason to respect and like Hal, and helped to understand where Sinestro came from, why he hates the Corps, Guardians and Hal Jordan so much – overall, a really nice mini-series.
The Green Lantern is a favorite of mine – I love the concept, love the universe they live in. When they rebooted the series for the Silver Age, they took the ideas of the time; space travel, flight/fighter planes/test pilots & aliens and they swirled them up into a fantastic adventure that stands the test of time better than most.