Green Lantern: Beginner's Guide To The Green Lantern Corps

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What’s perhaps even more noteworthy than Green Lantern's profoundly-versatile power ring is the fact that he isn’t the only Green Lantern in the universe; not by a long shot. There have been five superheroes called Green Lantern over all these decades - - from Alan Scott to Hal Jordan to Guy Gardner to John Stewart to Kyle Rayner - - but the identity isn’t a simple mantle that’s been passed down through generations like so many other DC universe legacies. It’s a uniform rank of a regimented corps whose roster include thousands of aliens and whose history goes back thousands of years.

In simplest terms, the Green Lantern Corps is an order of space cops who police the galaxy under the often aloof guidance of a cabal of little blue mega-intellects on the planet Oa - - the Guardians of the Universe. 3, 600 sectors are stated to fall within their universal jurisdiction, each with a GL assigned to patrol it. While the 100 or so corpsmen that’ve been identified on page fall significantly short of the stated amount, that’s still an impressive number of characters for any single team in comics. Even the Legion of Superheroes doesn’t have that many members in its ranks. Lanterns are inducted, promoted and expelled with frequency great enough to recall a revolving door.

== TEASER ==

We would need a tremendous amount of space to cover all the notable Green Lanterns, but a novice shouldn’t feel daunted walking into the forthcoming GREEN LANTERN movie. While thousands of Lanterns have been shown on camera, it’s looking like you’ll only need to worry about four major ones - - Abin Sur, Sinestro, Tomar Re and Kilowog.

  • Abin Sur is Hal Jordan’s immediate predecessor; an alien who bequeaths this earthman his power ring and his jurisdiction of Sector 2814 after fatally crash landing on Earth
  • Sinestro's regarded as the greatest Green Lantern of all until Jordan (unsurprisingly) surpasses him. As you might’ve guessed from his name, he’s eventually revealed to be corrupt and expelled from the Corps. Later, he founds his antithetical corps who wield yellow power rings.
  • Tomar Re's the first Lantern to welcome Jordan to the Corps and offer support when other veterans treat the rookie brusquely. He perished years ago in the comics and has actually stayed dead since.
  • Kilowog's the Corps’ top drill sergeant, a big bulldog who breaks in new recruits like Jordan with hard training and tough love.

Expect some much more in-depth profiles of these most-prominent four soon. Beyond them, there’s truly a startling menagerie of champions and creatures in the ranks of the Corps. Delving back into the comics, some of the most memorable Lanterns include…

  • Bzzd, a courageous fly.
  • Mogo, an anti-social living planet.
  • Ch’p, an anthropomorphic chipmunk.
  • Stel, an emotionless robot.
  • Rot Lop Fan, a blind alien who thinks he’s in the F-Sharp Corps because he has no concept of color.

This diverse selection of aliens fits into an actual hierarchy of ranks in the Corps. The lowest “ringslinger” rookies don’t receive their lantern badge or lethal capability for their rings until they pass basic training. If their accomplishments get impressive enough, a Lantern will get promoted to the Honor Guard which grants them greater privileges at the cost of having to live on Oa, full-time. If they prove adept at stealthy wetwork, they’ll shed their uniforms and don dark suits to preform black ops missions in the Corpse. If they prove especially loyal to the Guardians, they’ll be merged with their power batteries and turned into cybernetic Alpha Lanterns who act as the Corps' Internal Affairs. Supremely exceptional GLs will be selected to be the host of the Ion, the green “will entity” whose very existence powers the Corps’ central battery. The Daxamite Sodam Yat, who has all the powers of Superman, served as the last Ion and his powers were increased so significantly by the process that he was referred to as the “ultimate Green Lantern.”

There's such complexity to the order, this is really only scratching the surface of what the Green Lantern Corps is all about. Still, if you’re new to the comics or are walking into the movie fresh, this is a handy enough field manual to keep you from getting lost in all the expansive lore.

#1 Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus (6885 posts) - - Show Bio

Excellent! A perfect "Idiot's Guide" to the Corps! I like.

#2 Posted by SupremoMaximo (209 posts) - - Show Bio

Not knowing anything about Sodam Yat.  That picture makes him look like a douche.

#3 Posted by sj_esposito (457 posts) - - Show Bio

Great guide; however, I do have one gripe: Stel's not emotionless. A robot, definitely, but not an emotionless one. 

#4 Posted by Doctor!!!!! (2055 posts) - - Show Bio

All anyone who isn't a comic fan wants to know is there more colors besides green.

#5 Posted by jubilee042 (1353 posts) - - Show Bio

even i know what the lantern corps are almost a little

#6 Posted by Nasar7 (157 posts) - - Show Bio

Ugh @ that movie banner. I saw the trailer yesterday at the movies...it's not looking good.

#7 Edited by Jordanstine (907 posts) - - Show Bio

Nice job Tom!
But you forgot the most important member of them all: 

Will Ferrell:  He is the Green Lantern of the Movieverse who is disguised as Ryan Reynolds, who is disguised as Hal Jordan. Powers include pouchy love handles on his sides for possible inflatable water missions, as well as the feet of the HULK for super stomping Phallanxes and doing the Cha-cha.

#8 Posted by DarkMatter23 (71 posts) - - Show Bio

Mogo R.I.P.
We will miss you, ya big planetary ball of emotion, you....

#9 Posted by jointron33 (1902 posts) - - Show Bio

Oh my god are you guys seriously complaining about the movie? Aren't you the fans? Shouldn't you of all people be defending it? I have no clue what the hell you're complaining about! 

#10 Posted by Emperormeister734 (804 posts) - - Show Bio

nice way of explaining the idea of the corps to evryone

#11 Posted by mark5 (1213 posts) - - Show Bio
@DarkMatter23 said:
Mogo R.I.P. We will miss you, ya big planetary ball of emotion, you....
he died? when?
#12 Posted by fitchy101 (205 posts) - - Show Bio
@mark5 said:
@DarkMatter23 said:
Mogo R.I.P. We will miss you, ya big planetary ball of emotion, you....
he died? when?
#13 Posted by The Impersonator (5067 posts) - - Show Bio

Sweet!

#14 Posted by DarkMatter23 (71 posts) - - Show Bio
@mark5: Sorry to be the bearer of bad news....Last issue of GL Corps #60
#15 Posted by Kallarkz (3303 posts) - - Show Bio
Very good guide. Nice mentioning Sodam.  
 
@mark5
said:
@DarkMatter23 said:
Mogo R.I.P. We will miss you, ya big planetary ball of emotion, you....
he died? when?
Blame John ;p
#16 Posted by NightFang (9904 posts) - - Show Bio
@RedheadedAtrocitus said:
Excellent! A perfect "Idiot's Guide" to the Corps! I like.
Yeah, but I hope the do a 3-Minute Expert on the LG's before the films release.
#17 Posted by Tunsieon (316 posts) - - Show Bio

Wrong Honor Guard link.

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