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Quote1 The farther I get from the cockpit, the more I realize there's only ever two choices: Go down in flames – or do something crazy. Quote2
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Hal Jordan is one of Earth's Green Lanterns. A former test pilot, he is now the protector of Sector 2814.

Early Life

Hal was raised in a household with two religions. His father is Catholic and his mother is Jewish.[2]

As a child, Hal was traumatized by watching his father, a pilot, die in a plane crash.[3] Refusing to bow down to fear, he followed in his father's footsteps and became a military test pilot, despite being terrified every time he flew.[4]

Becoming Green Lantern

Years later, Hal had been kicked out of the military for assaulting an officer, and was reduced to an engineer giving planes tune-ups. He was abducted by a dying alien, Abin Sur. Sur wanted Hal to replace him in the Green Lantern Corps, an intergalactic police force that had safeguarded the universe for billions of years. [4]

Hal accepted and was summoned for basic training to the Corps headquarters on the planet Oa. On completion, he was assigned to Thaal Sinestro of Korugar.[4]

Early Adventures

Hal and Sinestro worked well together and became friends. At some point, however, Hal discovered Sinestro had enslaved Korugar using his ring. He attacked Sinestro and turned him in to the Corps, earning Sinestro's lifelong emnity.[5][6][7]

At various points Hal fought Evil Star,[8] Black Hand[9] and Hector Hammond.[10]

At some point, Hal was possessed by Parallax in his despair following the destruction of Coast City. With the help of his friends he ultimately broke free, but the incident remained one of Hal's few fears.[3][11][12]

Alliance with Sinestro

After being stripped of his ring by the Corps, Hal returned home, resigned. In his Coast City apartment, Jordan was hounded by his landlord for overdue rent. As he looked out the window, Hal noticed a woman in the building across the street being threatened. He jumped out his seventh story window, crashed through the window of the woman's apartment, and subdued her attacker. Only then does he look up to see the room filled with a camera crew and realized that the woman and her attacker are actors. Sometime later, Carol arrived to bail Hal out of jail. She tells him it's time to move on with his life and offered Hal a job at Ferris Aircraft. Thinking it over, Hal asked Carol out on a date. Later that night, Hal and Carol were dining in a fancy restaurant. Hal tells Carol he will accept her offer for a job and then says he has something else to ask her: he needed her to co-sign a car lease for him. Carol then threw her drink in his face and stomped off. Hal chased after and tried to apologize, not realizing Carol was expecting a proposal. Thoroughly mad, Carol drove off, leaving Hal stranded in a growing rainstorm. Soaking wet, Hal finally arrived home only to find an eviction notice attached to his apartment door. The night is not over, however, as Sinestro was waiting and offered Hal a chance to regain his ring.[13]

Hal gets a ring from Sinestro.

Hal gets a ring from Sinestro.

Despite Sinestro's offer, Hal attacked him but Sinestro easily subdued him. Sinestro said that Hal's life had been very difficult lately without his ring. Then, Sinestro created a ring and placed it on Hal. Powered by the ring, Hal freed himself from the chains and blasted Sinestro with an energy beam. However, the beam did not affect Sinestro. Confused, Hal asked what was wrong with the ring and Sinestro stated that there was nothing wrong with it. Since the ring was created by Sinestro, he alone could control it. To prove his point to Hal, Sinestro powered down his ring and Hal fell to a rooftop. As he reactivated the ring, Sinestro proclaimed that Hal was his servant. Then, Hal heard emergency sirens and flew to see the problem, to Sinestro's annoyance. Hal and Sinestro watched as a bridge was about to collapse. Hal saved a woman, but Sinestro deactivated his ring and the woman fell into the water. Then, Sinestro fixed the entire bridge and saved all of the victims, including the woman. As Sinestro reactivated Hal's ring, Gorgor, a member of the Sinestro Corps and the one behind the bridge's collapse, attacked them. Sinestro fought Gorgor, proclaiming that all the members of his Corps gave into their sadistic urges instead of obeying the code of conduct he created. Then, he killed Gorgor with a sword construct. Sinestro told Hal that the Sinestro Corps had enslaved Korugar and he will help him destroy them.[14]

Sinestro explained to Hal that he needed him to liberate Korugar from the Sinestro Corps. If the other Green Lanterns got involved, there would be a massacre. Hal decided to go with Sinestro, but not before he said goodbye to Carol. However, Sinestro wouldn't let him, as the fate of Korugar was more urgent. Hal angrily punched Sinestro in the face, saying that Sinestro was not better than him. Sinestro simply laughed, saying that he was better than Hal, and he already knew it. Then, Sinestro flew off to Korugar, followed by a reluctant Hal.

Hal and Sinestro arrived at Korugar, and Sinestro revealed his plan: they were to stay hidden until sunset and Sinestro would fight the Corpsmen while Hal went to the Yellow Central Battery and deactivated it, as it could only be deactivated by a Green Lantern. Hal expressed confusion at Sinestro's decision of using a Green Lantern as a failsafe for the Yellow Battery but nevertheless went along with the plan. Sinestro changed his uniform's color to black, surprising Hal, as he didn't know the ring could do that.

As they hid in Korugar's ruins while waiting for the sunset, Hal and Sinestro watched as the Corpsmen enslaved the Korugarans and brought them to cells. Just as a Corpsman was about to kill a young Korugarian, another Korugarian named Arsona attacked him. Sinestro was surprised, as he knew Arsona. However, the Corpsman restrained her and prepared to kill her, and Sinestro decided to attack.

Hal, knowing that Sinestro was drawing their attention, gone for the Yellow Central Battery, where he was attacked by another Corpsman. Hal quickly killed him and entered the Battery, but the Battery blasted him, much to Sinestro's shock.[15]

As Hal was blasted by the Yellow Power Battery, he saw his relationship with Carol with another perspective. However, the Battery discovered that Hal wasn't Sinestro and stopped blasting him with energy. The Battery was not trying to disintegrate him; instead, it was trying to teleport him to the Antimatter Universe. As Hal lost consciousness, the Sinestro Corpsmen put him in a cell.

As Hal came to, he tried to get out of the cell; however, the cell had been designed to withstand green energy. As his ring's energy levels approached 0%, Hal used the last of his ring's power to create a construct of Carol.

The Corpsmen placed Sinestro in a cell alongside Hal's. Sinestro's cell was also filled with Korugarian prisoners. Hal listened to Sinestro talk with Arsona, who was personally upset with Sinestro's betrayal against Korugar. To get out of the cells, Hal suggested to Sinestro to create rings for the Korugarians, just like he created a ring for him. With power rings, the Korugarans would fight back against the Corpsmen. Sinestro was not sure about this plan, saying that the rings would only last ten minutes before disappearing, but Hal told him to try. Exerting himself, Sinestro managed to create rings for the Korugarans. However, the Korugarians, led by a vengeful Arsona, decided to use their new power to attack Sinestro instead.[16]

Hal and Sinestro fight the Sinestro Corps to save Korugar.

Hal and Sinestro fight the Sinestro Corps to save Korugar.
Hal asked Arsona and the Korugarians not to use their rings to attack Sinestro, as their rings wouldn't last long. Sinestro also said that the rings the Korugarians wielded cannot be used against Sinestro because he created them. To escape their cells, Sinestro remotely controlled his Power Battery, causing an explosion that destroyed the cells, allowing Sinestro, Hal and the Korugarians to escape and fight back.

Sinestro lent his battery to Hal so that he can recharge his ring. As the Korugarians fought the Corpsmen, Sinestro and Hal returned to the Yellow Central Power Battery to deactivate it. Hal asked Sinestro why he failed the first time he tried to deactivate the Battery, Sinestro answered that the Battery thought Hal was Sinestro because he was carrying his Battery and wore a ring he created. Sinestro told Hal that they had to use his Green Battery to extinguish the Yellow Battery's light, activating the Yellow Battery's survival mode, in which the Battery began retracting energy from the Corpsmen's rings, causing the Corpsmen to fall into a coma. The plan worked and the Corpsmen were incapacitated before they could inflict any serious harm on the Korugarians.

Although Korugar was saved, the Korugarians had mixed feelings toward Sinestro. Arsona, still angry at him, said that the Korugarians will always consider him to be their enemy. Hal and Sinestro took the Sinestro Corpsmen as prisoners and left Korugar.

Flying through space with the Battery and the Corpsmen under custody, Hal and Sinestro talked about recent events. Sinestro believed that Guardians were insidious and becoming a greater danger to the universe than he ever was, but Hal still denounced Sinestro's actions. Declaring their pact over, Sinestro de-charged Hal's ring, saying he could keep it, but he never stated he would provide a way to recharge when he made the deal in the first place. Then, Sinestro sent Hal back to Earth.

Returning to Earth, Hal resolved to find another way to recharge his ring, until he remembered Carol. Hal went to Ferris Aircraft and met Carol with a kiss, telling her about what happened in Korugar. He apologized for everything they had gone through, told her that he wanted her to be the last thing he saw before he died and promised to improve their relationship. She accepted Hal's apology and the two restarted their relationship.[17]

Hal resumed his life on Earth with Carol's help. During a date in the Coast City Aeronautical Museum, Hal defended a mechanic from some coworkers that attacked him because he caught them stealing plane parts. After the date, Hal told Carol that he didn't need to be Green Lantern.

The next morning, Hal and Carol woke up after spending the night together. Suddenly, Hal's ring attached itself to his finger and Sinestro appeared before them, saying that Hal was still of use to him.[18]

Secret of the Indigo Tribe

Hal refused to obey Sinestro's commands again, until Sinestro threatened Carol, causing Hal to attack him. As Hal and Sinestro fight, Sinestro held the advantage, as Hal's ring couldn't be used to hurt Sinestro, who effortlessly incapacitated Hal and told him about the Guardians' plans to replace the Green Lantern Corps.

Suddenly, Indigo-1 and a group of Indigo Lanterns appeared before Hal and Sinestro. Indigo-1 declared the Indigo Tribe's intentions to deal with Sinestro, saying that the Guardians' decision to allow Sinestro keep his Green Lantern ring was a mistake. Then, the Indigo Lanterns took Sinestro and teleported away, with Hal following them to the Indigo Tribe homeworld. The Indigo Lanterns knocked Hal out and placed him in a cell.

As Hal came to, he discovered his ring was discharged. Another prisoner begged Hal to free him, but an indigo energy blast knocked him out. Then, Black Hand appeared before Hal. Hal asked Black Hand what the Indigo Tribe wanted with Sinestro, and Black Hand replied that they were all saved. He said that Sinestro was no longer a worry and he would be reborn, just like he was.[19]

Black Hand tells Hal that the Indigo Tribe will make Sinestro one of their own. He also shows Hal his ability to cycle through the emotional spectrum. Hal tricks him into channeling willpower and manages to recharge his ring. As Hal escapes from his cell, more Indigo Tribesmen come after him. He tries to elude them but realizes he cannot fly. The ring tells him that the energy Hal absorbed from Black Hand is simulated energy and the ring's power remains limited. Hal asks if he can still create constructs, and the ring replies that they are available but unreliable. Hal creates a zip line and a motorcycle to escape from the Indigo Tribesmen.

Riding across the dungeon, Hal encounters a massive statue of Abin Sur. Touching a panel in the statue, Hal activates a series of holograms that say that Abin Sur is the creator and savior of the Indigo Tribe. He saved them all, beginning with his greatest enemy: Indigo-1. Suddenly, Hal is ambushed by the Indigo Tribe and Sinestro, who has been converted into an Indigo Lantern.[20]

As the Indigo Lanterns surround Hal, Sinestro expresses regret at everything he has done to Hal, but Hal doesn't buy it, knowing that Sinestro was brainwashed. Hal asks Indigo-1 why are Indigo Lanterns attacking him, reminding her of the alliance between the Green Lantern Corps and the Indigo Tribe. Indigo-1 replies that the alliance still stands, and the Indigo Tribesmen will return him to Earth, but Sinestro will stay on the Indigo homeworld. Hal refuses to leave without Sinestro, so he escapes into the Forbidden Jungles, hoping to find the Indigo Central Battery.

Hal travels through the jungle and finds a mysterious being, who recognizes him as a Green Lantern. The being identifies himself as Natromo, and Hal recognizes his name from the Indigo Tribe oath. Natromo says that he didn't want his name to be used on the Indigo oath. He also says that "Nok", translated into human languages, means "compassion be with you", and is the name of the Indigo homeworld. Hal sees that Natromo is not wearing an Indigo ring, and asks him if he created the Indigo Tribe. Natromo replies that he created the Indigo Tribe along with another Green Lantern: Abin Sur.

Leading Hal to the Indigo Central Battery, Natromo explains to him the origins of the Indigo Tribe. It was he and Abin Sur who created the Indigo Power Rings so that he could create an army to fight in the Blackest Night. The Indigo Tribe was also meant to fight the Guardians because Abin had seen the future and discovered they would become corrupted. Natromo is preparing to attack the Guardians when Abin returns, but Hal says that Abin is dead.

Shocked, Natromo states that without Abin, they have no chance of defeating the Guardians. Saddened by Abin's death, Natromo detonates the Indigo Central Battery. At that moment, the Indigo Lanterns arrive, but the Battery's destruction deactivates their rings. Although Sinestro is freed from the ring's influence, the former Indigo Lanterns are released too.[21]

Hal and Sinestro run into the jungle, and Hal explains that the Indigo Tribesmen are in fact brainwashed criminals, but their Battery is dead and they have reverted to their former selves. Sinestro tries to fight, but Hal gets him into a jeep construct. Sinestro says that he doesn't need Hal's help, but Hal asks if Sinestro doesn't need him, why did he give him a ring in the first place. He was willing to get his life back on track, but because of the Guardians' plan, he will have to get involved in Green Lantern affairs again. Sinestro replies that Hal is a Green Lantern, and that is his life.

Suddenly, they stumble upon Natromo, and Hal imprisons him in a cage. Natromo pleads to be released so that he can say goodbye to his family, but Hal asks him to repair the Indigo Battery. Sinestro threatens Natromo by aiming a stake at his neck, but Hal convinces him that fear will not solve the problem. Sinestro decides to hold the Indigo Tribesmen off, while Hal and Natromo try to repair the Battery.

As Hal and Natromo get to the Battery, Natromo asks Hal how did he know Abin Sur. Hal replies that Abin was his predecessor in the Green Lantern Corps, he gave him his ring and responsibilities; and if that includes uniting the Indigo Tribe against the Guardians, then he will accept that responsibility as well. Hal inspires Natromo to believe in himself as much as he believed in Abin.

Natromo tries to repair the Battery, but he cannot reassemble the pieces without a single spark of compassion. Suddenly, Iroque enters the Battery chamber, begging them to repair the Battery. Hal and Natromo realize that even without her ring, Iroque is capable of feeling compassion. Using Iroque's compassion, Natromo successfully repairs the Battery, restoring the Indigo Tribe, including Sinestro.

Hal asks Natromo to let Sinestro go, but Natromo cannot do that; only the Indigo Tribe can release him. Indigo-1 agrees to let Sinestro go, but only if Hal helps him find redemption even without an indigo ring. Indigo-1 asks Hal if he believes Sinestro can be a hero again, and Hal replies that he wants to believe that.[22]

Revenge of Black Hand

Hal as the leader of the Black Lantern Corps

Hal as the leader of the Black Lantern Corps
As the Indigo Tribe releases Sinestro, Natromo inverts the link between Hal's and Sinestro's rings. Now, Hal can control Sinestro's ring instead of the other way around. Unfortunately, Black Hand has escaped the Indigo Tribe's control. Indigo-1 teleports the two Lanterns to Korugar, where Sinestro has hidden the Book of the Black. As they read the Book to find out more about the Guardians' plans to replace the Green Lantern Corps, they are teleported right to Black Hand's old home.[23]
Hal summoning Nekron

Hal summoning Nekron
After a lengthy fight with Black Hand's forces, Hal and Sinestro pass out after running out of power in their rings.[24] Black Hand buries Sinestro and Hal alive. Hal breaks free and fights against Black Hand, and is saved by Sinestro. The two of them fight Black Hand until the Guardians arrive, who command Black Hand to kill them. Black Hand opens a massive black vortex that sucks Hal and Sinestro within, but not before Hal and Sinestro fuse their rings together with an unknown message.[25] However, they are later revealed to have survived, but they are trapped in the mysterious Dead Zone.[26] As they venture through the Dead Zone, Hal and Sinestro find a mysterious cloaked figure.[27] The cloaked stranger reveals himself to be Tomar-Re, who asks Hal and Sinestro to stop Volthoom, the First Lantern, from destroying reality.[28]
The Return.

The Return.
During a fight with Black Hand, Simon Baz (the new bearer of Hal's ring) enters the Dead Zone and meets Hal and Sinestro.[29] Simon attempts to get Hal and Sinestro out of the Dead Zone, but the ring can only take one of them. Sinestro claims the ring and escapes the Dead Zone by forcing Hal to experience a moment of fear when he threatens Hal with the loss of Carol. Hal contemplates committing suicide so he could harness Black Hand's ring, as it is the only way to leave the Dead Zone.[30] Later, Hal and Tomar-Re witness the arrival of the Korugarians at the Dead Zone, realizing that Volthoom destroyed Korugar. Running out of options, Hal finally jumps off a cliff.[31]
Just like old times

Just like old times
Acknowledging Hal's death, the black ring accepts him as its new wielder. Hal then contacts the Indigo Tribe, who open a portal between the realm of the living and the Dead Zone. Escaping from the Dead Zone, Hal unleashes a horde of the undead against Volthoom, but Volthoom easily destroys the army and nearly possesses Hal. After Sinestro, who has become Parallax's newest host, fails to kill Volthoom, Hal goes to the Dead Zone and unleashes Nekron, who finally kills Volthoom. After the battle ends, Hal lets go of the black ring and becomes a Green Lantern once again, sealing Nekron back into the Dead Zone. As Hal reunites with Carol, however, Sinestro reactivates his Sinestro Corps and goes to kill the Guardians for everything they have done. Hal attempts to stop him, but is too late and Sinestro has already killed the Guardians (except Ganthet and Sayd, whom he secretly keeps alive with the help of Larfleeze, to be exiled from Oa together forever, and one Guardian to end up being killed by Atrocitus, to settle his feud with them). Then, Hal asks Sinestro if they ever were really friends. Sinestro departs from Oa, saying that their greatest tragedy is that they will always be friends.[32]

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Renegade

As part of a scheme Kilowog called "hare-brained", Hal decided to frame himself in order to demonstrate to the universe that the Green Lantern Corps would even prosecute their own leader, repairing their reputation. He abandoned his ring and stole Krona's Power Gauntlet.[33]

Hal became a bounty hunter of sorts, but found that the Corps had mysteriously vanished, rendering his sacrifice pointless.[34] He spent some time investigating and defeating Black Hand, whose contact with the Source Wall had left him turning every planet he visited to contagious stone.[35]

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Rebirth

Hal forged a ring out of his own will and went looking for any remaining Green Lanterns.[36]

Sometime after the Darkseid War, Hal arranged a training exercise for new Lanterns Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz. After they failed to work together, Hal merged their power batteries forcing them to rely on one another to recharge their rings and making them partners. He also introduced them to the rest of the Justice League before leaving to find out what happened to the rest of the Corps.[37]

Hal Jordan and the Green Lanterns

He ended up on Warworld, where the Sinestro Corps was recognized as the 'Guardians' of the universe. He was captured but escaped with the help of Sinestro's daughter. He then sacrificed his life to make Warworld glow green one last time and defeated a Parallax-wielding Sinestro.[38]

He was resurrected by White Lantern Kyle Rayner from the fragment of his will left in the ring he had forged.[39]


Abilities

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Equipment

Weapons


"In brightest day, in blackest night,
No evil shall escape my sight.
Let those who worship evil's might,
Beware my power...Green Lantern's light!"

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Footnotes

  1. The Green Lantern: Season Two #7
  2. Justice League: The Darkseid War: Green Lantern #1
  3. 3.0 3.1 Green Lantern (Volume 5) #20
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Secret Origins (Volume 3) #3
  5. Sinestro #20
  6. Green Lantern (Volume 5) #23.4
  7. Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #6
  8. The Green Lantern #2
  9. Green Lantern (Volume 5) #7
  10. Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #30
  11. Green Lantern (Volume 5) #50
  12. Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #30
  13. Green Lantern (Volume 5) #1
  14. Green Lantern (Volume 5) #2
  15. Green Lantern (Volume 5) #3
  16. Green Lantern (Volume 5) #4
  17. Green Lantern (Volume 5) #5
  18. Green Lantern (Volume 5) #6
  19. Green Lantern (Volume 5) #7
  20. Green Lantern (Volume 5) #8
  21. Green Lantern (Volume 5) #9
  22. Green Lantern (Volume 5) #10
  23. Green Lantern (Volume 5) #11
  24. Green Lantern (Volume 5) #12
  25. Green Lantern Annual (Volume 5) #1
  26. Green Lantern (Volume 5) #0
  27. Green Lantern (Volume 5) #14
  28. Green Lantern (Volume 5) #16
  29. Green Lantern (Volume 5) #17
  30. Green Lantern (Volume 5) #18
  31. Green Lantern (Volume 5) #19
  32. Green Lantern (Volume 5) #20
  33. Green Lantern vol 5 40
  34. Green Lantern (Volume 5) #41
  35. Green Lantern (Volume 5) #46
  36. Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps: Rebirth #1
  37. Green Lanterns: Rebirth #1
  38. Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #8
  39. 39.0 39.1 Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #10
  40. Dark Nights: Metal #1
  41. Green Lantern (Volume 5) #6
  42. Green Lantern (Volume 5) #30
  43. The Green Lantern #1
  44. Green Lantern (Volume 5) #43
  45. The Flash (Volume 5) #49
  46. Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #38
  47. Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #40
  48. Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #5
  49. Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #28
  50. Green Lantern (Volume 5) #50
  51. The Green Lantern vol 1 5


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