2011 Top DC Characters #5
After nearly 1,400 ballots were cast, YOU the reader ranked your favorite comic book characters of all-time from 1-10. I assigned point totals to each ranking and then tabulated it all into a Top 50 list. We’re now revealing that list throughout September. Here is the master list of all the characters revealed so far. The countdown continues…
5. Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) –2549 points (74 first place votes)
Created by John Broome and Gil Kane, the revamped Green Lantern debuted in the pages of Showcase. Hal Jordan was a test pilot who was chosen by the dying former Green Lantern of Sector 2814 to be the next Green Lantern for the Sector (which includes Earth). The Green Lantern Corps are basically space cops, who use these rings that can create anything that the ringbearer can imagine.
Hal basically went on to become the most successful Green Lantern there ever was. He also helped co-found the Justice League of America.
Years later, Hal embarked on a tour of America with his Justice League teammate, Green Arrow. The series of adventures were written by Denny O’Neil and drawn by Neal Adams, and are well regarded classics to this day.
Eventually, Hal appeared to have snapped after his hometown of Coast City was destroyed by a bad guy. It appeared as though Hal was now a villain called Parallax. He even tried to recreate the entire universe!!
Hal then sacrificed himself to re-ignite the Sun, which had gone out. He returned as the human host for the Spectre, but soon, we learned that not all was right with Hal.
As it turned out, the powerful fear entity Parallax had possessed Hal back when he became a villain, and IT was responsible for him being a bad guy.
Once free of the possession, Hal helped rebuild the Corps that he had destroyed as Parallax, and he once again became the most notable Green Lantern in the entire Corps!
Recently, Hal was stripped of his ring once again by the Guardians. Hal’s rival, Sinestro, was given Hal’s ring! So now Sinestro and Hal have to try to work something out that would result in both men returning to their respective status quos.