The Reasons Why I Like Hal Jordan

#1 Edited by Zeeguy91 (1116 posts) - - Show Bio

I honestly don't get some of the Hal hate on this thread. I personally love him and not only is he my favorite Green Lantern, but he's my favorite comic-book hero. So, I thought I'd share why I love him as a character. I sort of view Hal's character as akin to a tough, no-nonsense cop, which is something that I think is really needed in the DC universe and comics in general. Batman is the brooding detective, driven to eliminate crime, Barry is the nice guy who seeks justice, Superman is the moral paragon, etc.

I have a really good analogy to compare to Hal if you'll allow me to make a small reference to TV. So, is anyone here aware of the television show Bones that plays on FOX? That show used to be one of my favorites before it just got, you know, horrible. Anyway, on that show, there's a certain character by the name of Seeley Booth. He's a tough guy and a no-nonsense cop. That's exactly the kind of character that I see Hal as.

Hal I think has all of the qualities that Booth has. He's courageous, clever, can read people well, and wise in a nontraditional sense. Hal can come off as macho and kind of a lug-head sometimes (much like Booth), but underneath he's actually a lot smarter than people give him credit for. He's just good at pretending to be dumber than he actually is. I mean, in the most recent issue, he was able to trick Black Hand into giving him an escape route, a very smart and resourceful move. He has always been able to lead effectively and bring people together against a common enemy. I mean, there are countless examples of this. Against Parallax in Rebirth, Parallax and Sinestro in Sinestro Corps War, Neckron and Black Hand in Blackest Night, and lastly Krona in the prelude to War of the Green Lanterns. It's always been Hal who's been the real cohesive force in uniting against a threat. And Hal is wise, not in Batman's sense, but in the sense of someone who's been hardened by combat. He exudes a sort of military man, veteran personality that is hard to find elsewhere in the DCU. And then he's able to help others with his experience that he's accumulated as a Green Lantern and just as a regular air-force pilot, like in Sinestro Corps War when he helped Kyle get rid of Parallax. I love that aspect of his character. I know he can come off as macho a lot of the time, but once people actually bother to look beyond his macho, tough-guy exterior, he's actually very smart and very honorable.

I don't get why some people have so much hate on for him. Its completely unfounded and in some cases you can tell that they're really stretching to justify why they hate him. I really think its just sour grapes because he replaced Kyle, who you know was actually his replacement. But whatever...let people say what they want. It won't stop me from liking Hal one bit.

#2 Posted by Hysteria (325 posts) - - Show Bio

Hal is the best Lantern hands down.

#3 Posted by sethysquare (3843 posts) - - Show Bio

@Hysteria said:

Hal is the best Lantern hands down.

Quoted for truth.

#4 Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt (13400 posts) - - Show Bio

It's not that people can't it's that most of them don't want to.

Online
#5 Posted by Jade1977 (608 posts) - - Show Bio

People hate on Hal just because he isn't Batman.

#6 Posted by sethysquare (3843 posts) - - Show Bio

@Jade1977: I think people hate on Hal because he is way too awesome.

#7 Posted by HalJordan888 (38 posts) - - Show Bio

@sethysquare said:

@Jade1977: I think people hate on Hal because he is way too awesome.

Yeah they can't handle awesomeness of his magnitude. Hal is amazing character and my favorite of all time.

#8 Posted by whoohoo789 (219 posts) - - Show Bio

kyle lovers hate on him because they know hal is better than kyle and it makes them feel better and hal is the most well known

#9 Edited by AtPhantom (14521 posts) - - Show Bio

I'll like Hal when he develops a personality beyond "jerk".

#10 Posted by Onemoreposter (4069 posts) - - Show Bio

I liked the character up until rebirth. Wasn't crazy about the redemption Spectre thing but it was alright.

Hal works best when he erasing existence.

#11 Posted by bloggerboy (609 posts) - - Show Bio

@AtPhantom said:

I'll like Hal when he develops a personality beyond "jerk".

Agreed and when he's not repeating the same mistakes (ie not developing a personal life outside the Corps).

#12 Posted by jobbernos (1420 posts) - - Show Bio

hes cool.

#13 Posted by Juandicimo_Magnifico45 (152 posts) - - Show Bio

@Zeeguy91: I've never seen Bones, but I do agree with you. Not only is Hal Jordan an amazing green lantern, he has a much needed personality in the DC Universe.

@AtPhantom said:

I'll like Hal when he develops a personality beyond "jerk".

Maybe you've mistaken Hal and 90's Guy, lol :P

@bloggerboy said:

Agreed and when he's not repeating the same mistakes (ie not developing a personal life outside the Corps).

Trying to have a life outside of the GL Corps is a mistake??

#14 Posted by bloggerboy (609 posts) - - Show Bio

@Juandicimo_Magnifico45 said:

Trying to have a life outside of the GL Corps is a mistake??

Hal seems to think so, not me.

#15 Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt (13400 posts) - - Show Bio

@bloggerboy said:

@AtPhantom said:

I'll like Hal when he develops a personality beyond "jerk".

Agreed and when he's not repeating the same mistakes (ie not developing a personal life outside the Corps).

he tries. something just always f*&cks things up. emotional entities getting kidnapped, Carol going Star Sapphire and killing his friends, etc, etc

Online
#16 Posted by Eternal19 (2076 posts) - - Show Bio

I like Hal Jordan. He's an interesting character

#17 Posted by consolemaster001 (5812 posts) - - Show Bio

A lot better then most characters

Online
#18 Posted by Eddgeric (10 posts) - - Show Bio
#19 Posted by sethysquare (3843 posts) - - Show Bio

This edit will also create new pages on Comic Vine for:

Beware, you are proposing to add brand new pages to the wiki along with your edits. Make sure this is what you intended. This will likely increase the time it takes for your changes to go live.

Comment and Save

Until you earn 1000 points all your submissions need to be vetted by other Comic Vine users. This process takes no more than a few hours and we'll send you an email once approved.