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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Green Lantern 101

The release of the Green Lantern movie over the weekend has left some people in a state of confusion, since the Green Hornet came out not too long ago. To tell the difference between the two, we’ve found and now offer you this chart from, put out when Green Hornet was released, and a slideshow from Buzz But here are excerpts from A Beginner’s Guide to Everything Green Lantern from io9: to get you started, assuming you know nothing.

Green Lantern is a costumed superhero – (usually hotshot test pilot Hal Jordan, who you’ll see in the movie, but there have been others who take on the mantle) - who is also the member of an intergalactic police force known as the Green Lantern Corps. This corps was created by a race of immortal aliens known as the Guardians of the Universe.

Each member of the corps has a power ring, which harnesses the willpower of the user and allows the wielder to create green energy constructs of whatever he or she can imagine. The ring also translates all known languages, gives the user interstellar flight, and provides limited invulnerability. The universe is divided into 3,600 sectors - Earth is in sector 2,814 - and each sector is patrolled by either one or two Green Lanterns…depending on which comic you read.

There have been four main Green Lanterns over the years. The definitive Green Lantern is generally considered to be Hal Jordan--a brash former Air Force pilot who now works as a test pilot for Ferris Aircraft, which is run by his sometime lover Carol Ferris. Jordan becomes the Green Lantern of sector 2814 when his predecessor, a purple-skinned alien named Abin Sur, crashes his spaceship on Earth, and the ring selects him as the nearest suitable candidate.

“It’s not easy being green.” ~ Kermit the Frog

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