“In Blackest Night”

Hal Jordan was considered to be the best Green Lantern ever, a pretty impressive statement considering he is only one of the 3600 members who belong to the fabled Green Lantern Corps, an intergalactic police force that patrol the universe to maintain the peace. Only those born without fear could wield the most powerful weapon in the universe fashioned in the form of a tiny power ring and fueled by the ring bearer’s tremendous willpower. Jordan possessed these and much more. Unfortunately even the best can fall from grace, and when they do, they fall harder.

Hal Jordan went mad after the alien warlord Mongul destroyed his hometown of Coast City. This led him to lose control, become corrupted, and seek more power in order to resurrect what was lost. He made sure nothing would stand in his way. Not his masters, the Guardians of the Universe, or even his comrades of the Green Lantern Corps, slaying many of them to obtain the energies from the Central Power Battery, the source of all Green Lanterns’ power.

The Central Battery was destroyed along with all but one of the Guardians of the Universe. The Green Lantern Corps fell. And Hal Jordan became a cosmic force called Parallax, trying to recreate the universe in his own image. He failed after being thwarted by his former friends and teammates of the Justice League. However, when the Earth was threatened Hal Jordan reappeared and made the ultimate sacrifice to reignite the sun. Everyone thought this would be the final end of Hal Jordan.

But in comicdom, no one stays dead forever. Hal Jordan came back when his soul was joined to the Spectre, the Wrath of God, and a new chapter in Hal Jordan’s life began.

Even though Jordan was back, it still wasn’t the same and the comic book fans clamored for him to return as his rightful role as Green Lantern. The trick, however, was how to undo all that came before he plunged into this downward spiral.

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