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Hal Jordan is the most well-known Green Lantern. He was the first human ever inducted into the Green Lantern Corps, and has been heralded as possibly the greatest Green Lantern of all time. Hal is also a founding member of the Justice League of America. He has also been known as Parallax and The Spectre.


Hal Jordan was born in Coast City to Jessica and Martin Jordan, the middle child between older brother Jack and a younger brother Jim. As a boy, he idolized his father, a test pilot who worked for Ferris Aircraft. At a very young age, he had to face his greatest fears when his father died in a plane crash at an air show right before his eyes. Despite his family's wishes, he followed in his father's footsteps and eventually joined the United States Air Force on his 18th birthday, turning up that very morning outside the Armed Forces Career Center before it had even opened. Hal earned the reputation of being the best pilot in the Air Force, but also the most dangerous and expensive, crashing planes during test flights and even taking unauthorized "joyrides." This led to him getting kicked out of the Air Force. But his problems didn't end at work: his mother fell ill and died of cancer. Hal's brother, Jack, resented him for turning his back on his family and leaving their mom to die.[5]

Many years later, a dying alien named Abin Sur, member of the Green Lantern Corps, crash-landed his starship in the Californian desert. Having selected a replacement officer for his position, the power ring chose Hal Jordan for his ability to overcome great fear. The ring and its abilities were explained to him, and he inherited the mantle of Green Lantern.[6]

Acting as a galactic police officer, it was his job to serve and protect all life in Sector 2814. He would soon learn that there were another 3599 Green Lanterns across the universe, all monitored and empowered by mystical creatures called the Guardians.[7] Hal received training from some of the best the Corps had to offer, including drill sergeant Kilowog, and his mentor Sinestro. During his training, Hal learned that Sinestro had been subjugating his home planet, Korugar, through fear, using his ring. After Hal reported these acts to the Guardians and fellow Corps members, he battled Sinestro and emerged victorious. Along with the rest of the Corps, he then testified against Sinestro at his trial. Expelled from the Corps and banished by the Guardians to the Antimatter Universe as punishment, Sinestro became a sworn enemy to the Corps and gained a new Qward power ring, exacting the start of his revenge.

Green Lantern

As Green Lantern, Hal Jordan patrolled the galaxy and took on many missions in space. He continued to spend his time at home working at Ferris Aircraft, where he romantically pursued his boss, the lovely Carol Ferris. He would entrust his secrets to a young Eskimo lad who worked as his mechanic, Tom Kalmaku, who discovered his secret identity.[8]

Green Lantern was one of the founding members of the Justice League of America, alongside the Flash, Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. This group first banded together when they met to fight Appellaxians invading the planet and realized that they worked much stronger as a team than any of them could have as individuals.[9]

Something of a ladies' man, Hal had courted more than his share of beautiful women in his time. Of these women, the one to whom Hal may have been the closest was Carol Ferris, who was his boss when he worked as a test pilot for her company, Ferris Aircraft. Unfortunately, their relationship was repeatedly strained by Carol's position as Hal's boss and her dedication to running her company, as well as Hal going through a period of instability where he moved around constantly trying new jobs that did not suit him. Even worse, Carol was chosen by the Zamarons to be Star Sapphire, a powerful super-villainess who repeatedly menaced the world, specifically men.[10]

Hard Traveling Heroes

Hal and Oliver Queen were good friends, often adventuring together, and also getting along with his girlfriend, Dinah Lance. Hal was also friends with the late Barry Allen, the second Flash, who along with Hal, were both founding members of the Justice League of America. Later still, Hal retained a friendship with their respective sidekicks, Roy Harper and Wally West, the third Flash.

While traveling with Green Arrow, Hal took a leave from intergalactic duty to focus on more grounded troubles on Earth, like racism, poverty, deforestation, etc. They were joined by "Old Timer", a Guardian who received the task to accompany the Lantern and examine the ways of the mortals.[11] During these travels, Hal met who would become his replacement later on as Green Lantern: John Stewart. At first, Hal wasn't thrilled by the hot-headed attitude of John, who, being a person of color, continually showed a challenging attitude towards the racist authorities. Still, John earned Hal's trust, becoming the substitute Green Lantern when needed.[12]

Exile and Temporary Retirement

After spending too much time using his powers for "trivial matters" on his home planet and overlooking the rest of his sector, the Guardians exiled Hal Jordan from Earth for a complete year[13]. During his exile, he faced old and new treats, including Evil Star[14] and Myrwhydden[15], and teamed up with the Omega Men to defeat the Headmen[16]. Hal even faced off against other Green Lanterns, like Dalor[17] and a group of rogue lanterns corrupted by yellow-proof power rings, this last one being a psychological test carried out by the Guardians.[18]

Even after Hal returned to Earth, the Guardians kept asking Jordan to put the Corps over his private life, abandoning his friends when they needed him most.[19] Fed up with their apathy, Hal Jordan decided to retire from the Corps, and John Stewart became the official replacement for the Green Lantern of that sector.[20] Upon retiring, Hal reunited with his beloved Carol, and they enjoyed some time together. However, their lives changed again when the mysterious Predator entity merged with Carol, giving way to an eviler-than-ever Star Sapphire[21]. Having everything he cared about stripped from his life, Hal entered a severe depression.

During the Crisis on Infinite Earths, a Guardian allowed Hal to join the newly appointed Guy Gardner's squad to destroy Qward's Moon, giving him a temporary ring. Seeing that Guy didn't care about killing his enemies, Hal rebelled against him, and Guy left him to die in space, stripping him of his ring. When the Green Lantern Corps joined the battle, his comrades rescued Hal. Unfortunately, Tomar-Re perished during the conflict and passed his ring to John Stewart. In turn, John returned his ring to its rightful owner: Hal Jordan.[22]

Green Lantern Corps of Earth

Following the Crisis, the Guardians saw it necessary to withdraw to another dimension along with their female counterparts, the Zamarons, to breed the new generation of immortals. Hinting at Earth as the focal point of that upcoming evolution, the Guardians assigned Hal and John to base their operations on their home planet. They led a group of Green Lanterns who established a citadel in California[23]. During that time, Hal started a controversial relationship with Arisia, who, being a teenager, used her ring to accelerate her body's maturity and thus become a woman of Hal's age[24]. They dated for a time, and Arisia stayed on Earth even after the Central Power Battery of Oa was destroyed, Hal remaining as one of the few active Green Lanterns in the universe, and the only one on Earth.[25]

The Road Back

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Exhausted of spending so many years of his life as a superhero, Hal started to travel the country alone, seeking a place to settle down and have a stable job.[26] After trying different places, Hal Jordan's attention shifted again toward Oa when the deranged Guardian Appa Ali Apsa started to take cities from various planets and hold them hostages on Oa. Some of these cities were places the "Old Timer" visited with Hal, like Evergreen City and Hope Springs. Back on Oa, Hal had to join forces with Guy Gardner and John Stewart, along with the help of the returned Guardians of the Universe, to defeat Appa Ali Apsa.[27]

With the Guardians back and the reconstruction of the Corps about to begin, Hal expected them to allow him to return to Earth. However, they assigned him to cruise through space and recruit new members for the new Green Lantern Corps.[28] He made an agreement with the Guardians that, once he reached the number of 12 members, he would be allowed to return to Earth and negotiate with Guy Gardner who would remain as Green Lantern of Sector 2814. This "negotiation" was decided with a fight, and the loser would be kicked out of the Corps. Hal defeated Guy, and he returned to his dear homeplanet.[29] Being located on Earth again allowed Hal to rejoin the Justice League and be the leader of the European branch.[30]

Destruction of Coast City

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Destruction of Coast City

Once again, the Guardians ordered Hal to be absent from Earth when his home and friends needed him most. But this time the consequences were catastrophic: at the same time he was taking care of a situation on Maltus[31] and then in the Mosaic World[32], Coast City was invaded and destroyed by Mongul and Cyborg Superman, who built Engine City in its place in an attempt to create a new Warworld.[33] Returning from space, Hal was horrified to find the new Engine City in replacement of his home, and he joined the resurrected Superman to fight the villains. Hal confronted and defeated Mongul one-on-one in a battle that left him with a broken arm.[34]

Shortly after the dust settled, the Justice League reunited in Engine City and dismantled the atrocity built by the villains. With the remains, Superman built a spire to commemorate the victims of Coast City's bombing.[35]

Emerald Twilight

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Becoming Parallax

Hal transforms into Parallax

Afterward, with everything he cherished piles of cinder and ash, Hal tried to use his ring to recreate Coast City in its entirety. This was a massive construct that required all of his ring's charge, and he began interacting with characters from his life who had perished in the slaughter. A projection of the Guardians was sent to him furious that he was using his powers for personal reasons and threatening him unless he immediately reported back to them for disciplinary action. Enraged that they would ignore the personal loss he had suffered in the name of the Corps and try to punish him for his humanity, Hal, driven insane by grief, decided to meet them head on and clash with the men who had destroyed his life.[36] In this state of madness, he was intent on obtaining their vast powers so that he might recreate all he had lost. A team of the Green Lantern Corps' greatest warriors were sent to oppose him and stop him before he could reach their homeworld. Hal Jordan single-handedly went through Boodikka, General Kreon, Graf Toren, Hannu, Jack T. Chance, Ke'Haan, Laira and Tomar-Tu. He left all those he defeated floating in space and took their rings in his possession, adding them to his collection.[37] Touching down on Oa, he killed Kilowog in combat. His greatest adversary Sinestro was released from imprisonment to act as the last line of defense, and Hal snapped his neck. Then, he entered the Central Power Battery and absorbed the energies inside... killing the Guardians and effectively destroying the entire Green Lantern Corps. He emerged in the new identity of Parallax.[38]


One of the greatest secrets kept by the Guardians was that their infamous yellow impurity was, in fact, an ancient monster named Parallax who they had imprisoned in their Central Power Battery. Parallax was the physical embodiment of fear on the emotional electromagnetic spectrum, the opposite of the green willpower. Hal became susceptible to fear after the destruction of Coast City, and the monster gained root in his consciousness through his ring, finally possessing Hal when he absorbed the energy of the Central Power Battery, where Parallax was imprisoned. Through influencing his actions, it would eventually possess him and turn him into one of the greatest villains the universe had ever seen.

Zero Hour

As Parallax, Hal fought many of his former allies and Kyle Rayner, the newest Green Lantern of Earth while attempting to restore Coast City. He conspired with Extant to restart the universe and attempted to sway others to his cause by offering them wealth and power in this reborn universe, the purpose of which was to 'set things right.' Hal was ultimately defeated by heroes of Earth.

The Final Night

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The Death of Hal Jordan

Hal seemed to gain lucidity, healing the paralyzed John Stewart and resurrecting Oliver Queen, who had died in an explosion. He extinguished his powers and sacrificed himself to destroy the Sun Eater and re-ignite Earth's sun.


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Hal Jordan as the Spectre

Sometime later, the Spectre was without a host and demons sought to use it to their advantage. With the help of the Sentinels of Magic, Hal became the new host for the Spectre. Hal attempted to bend the Spectre's mission from vengeance to redemption, using his powers to remove the Star Sapphire persona from Carol. However, the Spectre was the stronger of the two minds, and Hal had little success.

But the Spectre had alternate motives for attaching to Hal Jordan. He explained to Hal that the parasitic fear demon known as Parallax had taken him over while it was trapped by the Guardians in the Central Battery, having been awoken and directed to Hal by Sinestro. Though Parallax was able to suppress Hal and take over the Spectre, Hal was able to fight off Parallax and separate both Parallax and the Spectre from his soul. Ganthet sent a beacon of light to guide Hal's soul back to his body, and Hal Jordan was reborn as the Green Lantern. Together, with Kyle Rayner, John Stewart, Guy Gardner, and Kilowog, they defeat Sinestro (foiling his ultimate goal of eliminating the Corps), re-imprison Parallax in the Central Power Battery, and the Green Lantern Corps is reborn.

Return to the Corps

Seeking to atone for his actions while under Parallax's influence, he has become the Green Lantern of Sector 2814 once again. He also rejoined the Justice League, despite Batman's seeming mistrust of him. Hal also got a new test pilot job at Coast City, which he had subconsciously rebuilt while Parallax was reemerging. Hal later helped rescue various missing Green Lanterns from Hank Henshaw and the Manhuters on Biot, including some he had battled during his Parallax induced rampage toward Oa, as well as his former lover Arisia. During the Sinestro Corps War, Coast City was targeted for destruction by the Sinestro Corps, and Hal urged the city to evacuate. Instead, people all over the city put out green lights in support of Hal and the corps. Hal and Kyle Rayner were able to defeat Sinestro in hand-to-hand combat and place him under arrest, ending the war.

War of Light

Rage of the Red Lanterns

 Main article: Rage of the Red Lanterns

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Hal as a Red Lantern

After the events of the Sinestro Corps War, Hal was one of the Green Lanterns chosen to escort Sinestro to Korugar, where he (Sinestro) would be executed. Upon arrival, the escort team was ambushed by the Sinestro Corps, and again later by the Red Lanterns. The Red Lanterns captured Sinestro, leaving both Green Lantern- and Sinestro Corps members behind to die. Hal and the rest of the Green Lanterns are then rescued by the Blue Lantern Saint Walker. He accompanies Walker to Odym, home of the Blue Lantern Corps, where he witnesses the induction of a new Blue Lantern, Warth. Hal argued with Ganthet about rescuing Sinestro, only for him to agree to the said rescue.

Hal then reluctantly teamed up with Walker and Warth to rescue Sinestro from Atrocitus. In a conversation with Walker, he then discovers Ganthet is expecting him to join the Blue Lantern Corps as it's leader. On Ysmault, Hal is then captured by the Red Lanterns, and hung from a cross, right next to Sinestro. The Blue Lanterns, and the Sinestro Corps, who arrived moments before, then free Hal Jordan and Sinestro, respectively. Trying to free Laira from the influence of the red ring, Hal nearly succeeds before seeing Laira killed by Sinestro. Losing all self-control, Hal's dormant anger unleashes as he attempts to murder Sinestro, which attracts a red power ring, inducting him into the Red Lantern Corps.

Under the influence of the red ring, Hal attacks both the Sinestro Corps and Blue Lanterns. Unlike the other Red Lanterns, Hal is indeed able to create constructs with the red ring. When Hal again attempts to murder Sinestro, Walker forces his blue ring on Hal in a desperate attempt to free the Green Lantern from the red rings' influence. Successfully breaking the red ring's hold, Walker returns Hal to normal. Hal then attacks Atrocitus, during which the red ring explodes. While Atrocitus is left wounded, Hal remains unharmed, wearing a Green/Blue Lantern hybrid uniform, with neither Lantern knowing why.

Agent Orange

 Main article: Green Lantern: Agent Orange

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Hal as an Orange Lantern

Hal returns to Odym with Saint Walker and Warth to try and remove the blue ring. He meets up with Ganthet and Sayd to tell them he will not abandon the Green Lanterns to join the Blue Lanterns. Ganthet tells him this was never his intent to make him a Blue Lantern, but to become the leader of the Blue Lantern Corps as Green Lantern, reasoning that Hal's willpower would be strong enough to power the whole Blue Lantern Corps. Less than thrilled of being thought of as a battery. Hal asked how to remove the blue ring. Ganthet said the only way to remove it is for Hal use up the ring's charge, which he can only do if has a spark of hope. Hal is then called back to Oa by the Guardians so that they can remove the blue ring themselves.

The Guardians are unable to remove the blue ring but continue to blast Hal with green energy in an attempt to destroy it. John stops them from continuing to blast Hal since it was having no apparent effect. Salakk informs the Guardians that Stel had an encounter with an Orange Lantern. A hologram of Larfleeze appears from Stel's body. Larfleeze gives demands to the Guardians, however Scar destroys the hologram. Scar then requests a new law be made, making the Vega System no longer off-limits and that the Guardians get involved in the war themselves.

Hal is one of the Green Lanterns chosen to travel with the Guardians to face Larfleeze. Larfleeze takes an interest in Hal's blue ring and decides to take him underground to separate him from the rest of the Lanterns. He demands Hal give him the blue ring. Hal has a conversation with Larfleeze, where he learns that the Orange Lanterns are just constructs of the beings Larfleeze killed. After a brief battle, Hal agrees to give Larfleeze his blue ring, but only if Larfleeze tells him how he met the Guardians. Using the blue ring's recharging ability to his advantage, Hal creates an army of Green Lantern constructs to battle the Orange Lanterns. Realizing that Larfleeze's ring must be constantly recharged by his orange power battery to create his Orange Lanterns, Hal tries to steal the battery. While holding the battery, Hal falls under its influence; however, Larfleeze takes his battery back and uses it to create a giant construct of himself.

Unable to make a dent in his construct, Hal is frustrated that he is unable to make his ring work correctly. He knows that they'll beat Agent Orange, but he just doesn't see how. Suddenly, the Blue ring registers sincerity in Hal's belief that they will defeat Larfleeze, and unleashes a massive blast of blue light, which destroys the Larfleeze construct. The ring then leaves his finger and initiates a sector scan for Sector 2828. The Guardians then make a new pact with Larfleeze but do not tell the Green Lanterns.

Blackest Night

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Hal meets Barry Allen, the Flash, at the unmarked grave of Bruce Wayne. The two friends discuss Bruce's death and their own deaths. Hal tells Barry that his funeral was attended by many people even those from different times and universes, while his own tombstone was desecrated due to his actions as Parallax. Hal believes that after Barry died, villains became more deadly, and the Justice League was no longer untouchable. After discussing the deaths of Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, and Batman, the pair leave.

Hal, along with Guy, John, and Kyle, attends a parade in Coast City on the anniversary of Superman's death, which has become a national holiday for fallen heroes. Hal thinks about the deaths that have affected the four Earth Green Lanterns such as his father, Martin Jordan; Abin Sur; Katma Tui; John's wife; Alex DeWitt and Jade, both former girlfriends of Kyle. He mentions that Ice's return from the dead makes Guy the only one of the four with a happy ending. After the parade, Hal meets up with Barry at the Hall of Justice, where the two look over the JLA morgue, which contains mostly supervillain remains. Hal explains that supervillain remains are put in a vault since Dick Grayson uncovered a corpse-harvesting ring. The conversation leads Barry to question how many heroes died since he was gone, which Hal shows him through his ring. The pair is then contacted by Alfred, who tells them that Bruce's grave was dug up and his skull is missing.

Hal and Barry go to Gotham to investigate, when the previously deceased J'onn J'onzz appears before them as a Black Lantern, telling them that they should both be dead. After fighting John, he retreats and Jordan and Barry continue investigating. He finds himself facing many of his deceased allies, enemies, and people he failed to save reanimated as undead Black Lanterns under the control of the Green Lantern Corps' ancient enemy Nekron. Hal finds himself not only teaming up with Barry, who is also resurrected from his death, but also must work with his enemies Sinestro, Atrocitus, Larfleeze, and his former love Carol Ferris (who is now a Star Sapphire once more). He also allies with Saint Walker from the Blue Lantern Corps, ndigo Tribe member Indigo-1, and Guardians Ganthet and Sayd, in order to save the universe.

Along the way, Hal and Barry battle their personal demons as they face the consequences of being resurrected. Nekron's black rings then seek to claim them as Black Lanterns. After Hal and Barry escape from the black rings' pursuit, Ganthet duplicates the rings of each respective power of the emotional spectrum in hope of aid from seven new Lanterns who are deputized for temporary membership in each Lantern Corps individually. Jordan is shocked to find the new Lanterns are in the forms of heroes and villains alike. While defending Coast City, the Lanterns encounter a Black Lantern Spectre and are hard-pressed to defeat him, threatening Hal into almost becoming a Black Lantern himself. Remembering from the period in which he was possessed by the Spectre that Parallax is the one thing that the Spirit of Retribution fears most, Hal allows himself to be possessed by the fear entity once more in order to stop him.[39] After finding out that Nekron was after the entity of White Light, he discovers that the entity originated on Earth, not Oa as the Guardians said. Hal realizes that the entity needs a host, similar to Parallax and Ion. As Hal attempts to leave Parallax, Sinestro tells him it's his destiny to be the host and not Hal.

After Nekron separates Sinestro from the Entity, while taunting him, Hal bonds with and uses its power to transform the resurrected heroes into White Lanterns dubbing them the "White Lantern Corps" they defeat Nekron, by reviving Black Hand, Nekron's link to the living plane. The Entity then revives the Anti-Monitor in order to free him from Nekron's Black Power Battery. Nekron sends The Anti-Monitor back to Qward. Nekron is destroyed by white power rings. The Entity resurrects many fallen heroes and villains before it leaves. Later, Hal and Barry discuss the events of Blackest Night and where the Entity could have gone.

Brightest Day

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The New Guardians

Hal and Carol Ferris are later seen flying in jets. Sinestro then interrupts, causing Hal's plane to explode. Hal and Carol transform into their Lantern costumes and Sinestro tells Hal that he's found a White Lantern in a crater on Earth. Hal infers that Sinestro couldn't lift the Lantern, to which Sinestro says it wants Hal. They arrive at the crater and Hal and Carol try lifting the Lantern. They both fail, as Sinestro had, and liken the fallen Lantern to King Arthur and the Sword in the Stone. Carol tries once more, but then the Green and Yellow Lanterns try with her. This causes The White Lantern to speak, saying "HELP ME LIVE." This seems to send a jolt of pain and power through all those resurrected on Blackest Night and the three Lantern Corps members around the Lantern. Hal then falls to the ground and when he rises, he sees revolting visions of undead forms of the resurrected. The Lantern tells Hal, Carol and Sinestro to find the Entity before Krona does. Hal is summoned next to Atrocitus, but they are attacked by Lobo, who is attempting to collect a bounty on the head of Atrocitus. Together Hal and the New Guardians, "scare" him off, and Atrocitus joins them in their search for the entities. After this, Hal seeks out Larfleeze, but they are attacked by Hector Hammond, who had swallowed Larfleeze's Lantern and transformed into Ophidian, the orange entity of avarice. Hector says he'll go after Carol, and Hal and Larfleeze go to Las Vegas and encounter Carol fighting Predator, the violent entity of love. Carol says the Predator is corrupted by the host and kisses his host, Abraham Pointe, to free him from the entity (Hal watches the kiss with jealousy).

Hal, Carol, Larfleeze, Abraham and the Predator are transported to Zamaron by the Zamarons. Carol tries to convince them, that Predator is not dangerous, and he doesn't have to be imprisoned in the Star Sapphire Central Power Battery. Queen Aga'po agrees with her, sacrificing herself to the Central Battery, and nominates Carol the new Star Sapphire Queen. Carol decides to stay on Zamaron. Hal and Larfleeze return to Earth because Saint Walker says that Adara, the blue entity of hope, had found a host. They go to Montana. Later, Flash shows up and tells Hal that the Justice League wants to speak to Hal. Hal and Flash are interrupted by the Indigo Tribe. Adara senses no hope in the Indigo Tribe. Saint Walker speculates that it is because their rings control their emotions. Krona shows up with Parallax and possesses Flash. Hal and Parallax start to fight, and Hal taunts Parallax to possess his body again. Krona arrives and prevents Parallax from possessing Hal, saying that Hal would resist his influence. Krona starts to collect the Entity. Hal, the New Guardians, and the Indigo Tribe fight Krona, who proves to be too powerful for them. Hal wakes up, surrounded by Batman, who was revealed to be alive, Superman and Flash. Hal asks what happened. Batman says, "You lost". Superman asks when the last time was that Hal took off the ring. Hal is approached by the New Guardians, who tell him that Krona has disappeared into the Lost Sector, but that Larfleeze's ring is able to track Hector Hammond. As Hal prepares to join the New Guardians in their search, Batman, Superman and Flash offer to help, but Hal declines. The New Guardians go to Ryut looking for Krona but find the Book of the Black, Sinestro rolled a page and the book started to show the truth of Massacre of Sector 666 and Krona.

War of the Green Lanterns

The Book of the Black starts to absorb the New Guardians, and Lyssa Drak shows up and makes it even harder for them to get free. Sinestro helps Hal gets free but then the book disappears, leaving only the rings of the New Guardians behind. Then Salaak, with a squad of Green Lanterns, including Stel, appears and they try to arrest Hal for treason, despite his protests. Krona then infects the Central Power Battery of Oa, using Parallax to make the Green Lanterns lose control. Hal flees and asks for backup by any other Lanterns who are not infected.[40]

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The Green Lanterns of Earth use rings of different colors to fight Krona.

Guy Gardner gets in communication, and they meet at the "Green House". They both talk about their recent alliances, however, they both lose control and start a fight, draining their power rings. Hal and Guy regain their self-control, but now they have no idea how to save the Green Lantern Corps.[41]

Hal and Guy leave the Green House and use a spaceship, the Interceptor, to go to Oa. They are able to reach Oa, but a group of brainwashed Green Lanterns attacks them. Hal and Guy escape and meet with John and Kyle, who have also removed their rings to prevent Parallax from controlling them. They all agree that removing Parallax from the Central Power Battery is the only way to save the Corps. They also decide to use different rings, Hal taking the Sinestro Corps ring, Kyle taking the Blue Lantern ring, Guy taking the Red Lantern ring and John taking the Indigo Tribe ring.

With their new rings, they find Ganthet, but they are attacked by Mogo. The Lanterns are able to escape underground and find the Foundry, the place where all rings and batteries are forged. They find Shedd, a servant of the Corps, who gives Guy the Power Gauntlet originally made by Krona. Kyle and John separate from Hal and Guy in order to save Mogo. Hal and Guy go to the Central Power Battery, but they are attacked by the emotional entities, who are using the Guardians as hosts. After Hal, Guy, and Ganthet free themselves, the three reunite with Kyle Rayner and John Stewart, who has just destroyed Mogo, much to Kyle's charging. After that, Hal takes an extra ring, the orange one, and Guy takes the violet one to use the full power of the emotional spectrum to crack open the Battery and release Parallax. Their job done, the Lanterns regain their original green rings, in preparation for the final confrontation with Krona.

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Hal is sent back to Earth.

While the Green Lanterns fight Krona and the entity-possessed Guardians, Hal takes Kyle to the Book of the Black and makes him draw a picture of Carol, Sinestro, Atrocitus, Larfleeze, and Saint Walker and Indigo-1 (whose ring states her real name to be Iroque). This frees them from the Book, but their rings reject them and choose Krona as their wielders. Empowered by their rings, Krona attacks Hal.

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Hal Jordan kills Krona.

However, Sinestro attacks Krona. Before Krona can attack Sinestro, a Green Lantern ring chooses Sinestro as its wielder. Hal and Sinestro manage to overpower Krona, and Hal finally kills him, releasing the entities from the Guardians. With Krona dead, the rings from the other corps return to their former wielders. The Guardians, however, expel them from Oa. Also, due to his recent 'rebellion' against them by working with the other Ring-bearers, coupled with his recent murder of a Guardian, they now believe Hal to be the most dangerous Green Lantern. Despite Ganthet's attempt to defend him, Hal is discharged from the Corps, and the Guardians take his ring and send him back to Earth, as part of the plan to destroy the entire Green Lantern Corps. Hal appears on a desert highway, saying it shouldn't end like this.[42]

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This section of the history takes place during Convergence, a massive crossover event revisiting characters from past eras and realities. The villains Brainiac and Telos plucked them from their own timeline and stored them together, causing them to cross over into each others' reality. Its precise chronological placement and canonicity may be unclear.
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Two separate versions of Hal are taken to Convergence, from before Crisis on Infinite Earths and from Pre-Zero Hour, when Hal was under Parallax's control. Pre-crisis Gotham and Pre-Zero Hour Metropolis are taken by Telos and Brainiac and they lose their powers for a year. In the latter's case, he was also freed from Parallax's control. The pre-Crisis Hal briefly marries Carrol Ferris, but the marriage falls apart after 6 days. Hal became somewhat obsessed getting out of the dome. After the dome goes down, he knocks out Guy, charges his ring and goes to fight for his city.[43] He and John then fight an Anti-God and with help from Guy, destroy the monster.[44] Meanwhile, the pre-Zero Hour Hal Jordan locks himself in prison out of guilt for his actions against the Corps. After the dome goes down, he regains his powers and Parallax regains control of his body.[45] After the forces of Electropolis attacked Kyle, he destroyed their city.[46] The Pre-Zero Hour Hal Jordan then kills Deimos and joins, New Earth Superman, Pre-Crisis Barry Allen and Earth-One Supergirl to defeat the Anti-Monitor and prevent the First Crisis.

Parallax eventually returned to Earth 0, along with Pre-Flashpoint Superman, Lois Lane and baby Jon Kent, just after Darkseid's original invasion of Earth[47] and the creation of the Justice League.[48][49]

After seeing his counterpart with Earth 0 Carol Ferris, Parallax left Earth in order to find Telos who had enough power to help him restore his home reality and loved one. Parallax found Telos searching for his lost family and helped him defeat the Alliance Armada and Colu's dictatorship. He then tried to convince Telos into gifting him part of his abilities: however, after Telos refused to help him restore his universe, Parallax stole Telos' reality-altering powers and left him stranded on an empty planet. The former hero then left to confront Hal Jordan on Earth and steal his life.[50]

Parallax vs Green Lantern

Quiver Hour

Hal Jordan Parallax Possible Future

Parallax returns

After his defeat at hands of the other Hal Jordan, Parallax fled Earth 0 and escaped into Hypertime, taking refuge in a Post-Rebirth version of the 31st Century. He was approached by Malcolm Merlyn, disguised as an alternate version of Green Arrow from a possible future timeline in which Team Arrow had been responsible for the Great Disaster, who asked for his help in ensuring that Team Arrow never fully united. Parallax provided Green Arrow with temporal energy that allowed him to create small devices which would randomly transport the members of Team Arrow around time and space if they ever gathered in sufficient numbers.

During one of the random jumps, Connor Hawke arrived IN the 31st Century and teamed up with the Legion of Super-Heroes to rescue Lian Harper and the 2023 version of Oliver Queen from an alien world. The three of them were about to travel back to the 21st Century and reunite with Arsenal and Black Canary, and so Parallax swooped in and kidnapped Oliver. In his mind Oliver wanted him to do this and he was keeping his "deal" with the older version of Oliver. He tried to convince Oliver to follow his older self's plan, even taking him to a future version of Star City ravaged by the disaster, but Green Arrow demanded that Parallax take him back to his family and eventually challenged him to a fistfight without powers or weapons. If Oliver won, then Parallax would reunite him with Team Arrow; but if he lost then Parallax would abandon him in the future. The fight was fairly even, but when Green Arrow started to win Parallax reactivated his powers and simply blasted Oliver and then teleported away, leaving Green Arrow to face his "future self".[51][52]

Relationships with Allies

  • Fellow Green Lanterns: from his early years, Hal admired Tomar-Re as one of the best Green Lanterns in history. As years passed, Hal became a respected figure and a close friend with many Lanterns from different sectors, like Katma Tui. Hal proved to be a very apt leader in times of need.
  • Barry Allen: it is stated that Hal Jordan was Barry's best friend, having a lot in common, both in and out of costume. Together, they teamed up many times to face different threats, like Major Disaster, Reverse Flash, Sinestro, and others.
    • Wally West: the tradition of teaming up with the Flash carried out when Wally took the mantle. Although having a big difference in ages, Hal and Wally worked well together, understanding each other even without words. They teamed up for the first time to face Hector Hammond and Gorilla Grodd, and even though Hal thought Wally was immature at best, he recognized his skill and aptitude.
  • Oliver Queen: being complete opposites, Oliver and Hal complimented each other during a time on Hal's life where he needed to experience first-hand the street-level struggles he usually overlooked when he was fighting super-villains or protecting other planets.
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  • Carol Ferris: being friends from childhood, Hal always had a lot of affection toward Carol Ferris, and even though she tried to remain professional being his boss at Ferris Aircraft, Carol also felt that same way about Hal. When they allow themselves to have a romantic relationship, they are very loving and caring couple, always there for each other. Unfortunately, they are constantly on and off, having Hal's status as Green Lantern and Carol's as Star Sapphire interfering between them and putting them on opposite sides.
  • Eve Doremus: after his first break-up with Carol, Hal moved to Evergreen City and took a job as an insurance agent. He dated Eve during that time, but Hal's unwillingness to settle down led him to abandon Evergreen City and leave Eve behind.
  • Olivia Reynolds: when Hal worked as a toy salesman, he met his rival, Olivia. Even though he tried to keep a professional relationship between them, Hal felt attracted to Olivia, but they never got close enough to start a relationship. Olivia turned out to have a hidden power inside her mind, and Green Lantern saved her from the Qwardians who attempted to kidnap her. Years passed until they met again, and Olivia proposed Green Lantern to sell licensed toys about him and the Corps.
  • Dorine Clay/Onu Murtu: coming from the planet Garon, Onu came to Earth escaping from the dictators of her home planet. On Earth, she adopted the fake identity of Dorine Clay. Hal felt attracted to her and tried to gain her love, but she acted indifferently. When she returned to Garon, she left a note saying that she felt affection toward him. Years later, during his exile off Earth, Hal helped Dorine defeat the Headmen. Dorine was still in love with him, and she stayed by Hal's side during his quest. But Hal was determined to return to Earth (especially to be with Carol), so he couldn't give Dorine the attention she wanted.
  • Iona Vane: a resident of the 58th Century, Iona Vane posed as Green Lantern's fake love interest, but she in time fell in love with the fake persona of "Pol Manning." At first, Hal didn't have any memories about Iona or the 58th Century, but when he learned about it, he erased Iona's memories with him so he could return to the past to be with Carol.
  • Kari Limbo: Originally Guy Gardner's girlfriend, Kari found comfort in Hal after Guy's apparent death. Their relationship flourished to the point of almost getting married, but their wedding was canceled when they found out Guy was still alive. Having conflicting emotions, Hal and Kari parted ways, and Kari remained alongside Guy's side during his coma.
  • Arisia: even though she was fairly new in the Green Lantern Corps, Arisia felt great admiration toward Hal, which turned into romantic feelings thanks to Hal's affectionate attitude toward her, calling her "honey" frequently. Being rejected due to her minor age, Arisia used her ring unconsciously to accelerate her aging process, turning her into a grown-up woman. Hal finally felt attracted to her, and they started dating.
  • Rose Lewis: a farmer woman from Hope Springs. Hal attempted settle down with her and have a life beyond his GL career. However, Rose was against superheroes, and Hal's reveal as Green Lantern forced him to leave her behind. When Hope Springs was abducted and taken to Oa, Rose became a confidant and helper to John Stewart, which cause a small confrontation between both Green Lanterns. In the end, Hal yielded and let Rose stay at John's side.


When he was possessed by Parallax he had entity-level powers. During Zero Hour he absorbed chronal energies released by Antimonitor, and used it to try recreate the universe. In his brief tenure as the Spectre, Hal Jordan had all his powers, but these were lesser (for example, Jordan had problems to keep the spirits of criminals killed by the previous Spectre in the Afterworlds).




"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!"

  • Although this character was originally introduced during DC's Earth-One era of publication, their existence following the events of the 1985–86 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths remains intact. However, some elements of the character's Pre-Crisis history may have been altered or removed for Post-Crisis New Earth continuity, and should be considered apocryphal.
  • Pre-Crisis, Hal was at one time an insurance investigator in Evergreen City.[2] This detail was retained into Post-Crisis continuity.[68] Same with his job as a toy salesman.[3][69]
  • Hal's original ring was destroyed by Lord Malvolio and he was forced to use Malvolio's ring (which unlike Green Lantern rings of the time appeared to affect yellow objects — something that was impossible for normal Green Lantern rings.). Malvolio's ring was the ring Hal was wearing when he became Parallax and in a reformed state was the ring that allowed Kyle to accidentally created Oblivion.[citation needed]
  • Hal's old address prior to getting his GL Ring was 22 Sea View, Coast City, California.[70]
  • Hal Jordan was developed after an initial concept by editor Julius Schwartz and loosely modeled after actor Paul Newman, who was then neighbor of Green Lantern artist Gil Kane.[71]
  • Peter David wrote Hal Jordan into a Marvel Comics issue. He is seen in a psychiatric hospital shortly after Zero Hour as a mental patient, with the events of that story taking place inside his mind.[72]


External Links


  1. Justice League of America #173
  2. 2.0 2.1 Green Lantern (Volume 2) #53
  3. 3.0 3.1 Green Lantern (Volume 2) #70
  4. Green Lantern (Volume 2) #100
  5. Green Lantern (Volume 4) #29
  6. Showcase #22
  7. Green Lantern (Volume 2) #1
  8. Green Lantern (Volume 4) #32
  9. Justice League of America #9
  10. Green Lantern (Volume 2) #16
  11. Green Lantern (Volume 2) #76
  12. Green Lantern (Volume 2) #87
  13. Green Lantern (Volume 2) #150 - #173
  14. Green Lantern (Volume 2) #159
  15. Green Lantern (Volume 2) #162 - Green Lantern Vol 2 164
  16. Green Lantern (Volume 2) #160 - #161
  17. Green Lantern (Volume 2) #154 - #155
  18. Green Lantern (Volume 2) #166 - #169
  19. Green Lantern (Volume 2) #178 - Green Lantern Vol 2 179
  20. Green Lantern (Volume 2) #181 - #182
  21. Green Lantern (Volume 2) #192
  22. Green Lantern (Volume 2) #197 - #198
  23. Green Lantern Corps #201
  24. Green Lantern Corps #206
  25. Green Lantern Corps #224
  26. Green Lantern (Volume 3) #1
  27. Green Lantern (Volume 3) #8
  28. Green Lantern (Volume 3) #9
  29. Green Lantern (Volume 3) #25
  30. Justice League Europe #40
  31. DCU: Trinity
  32. Green Lantern: Mosaic #16 - #18
  33. Superman (Volume 2) #80, see excerpt
  34. Green Lantern (Volume 3) #46, see excerpt
  35. Superman (Volume 2) #83
  36. Green Lantern (Volume 3) #48
  37. Green Lantern (Volume 3) #49
  38. Green Lantern (Volume 3) #50
  39. Green Lantern (Volume 4) #50
  40. Green Lantern (Volume 4) #64
  41. Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors (Volume 1)
  42. Green Lantern (Volume 4) #67
  43. Convergence: Green Lantern Corps #1
  44. Convergence: Green Lantern Corps #2
  45. Convergence: Green Lantern/Parallax #1
  46. Convergence: Green Lantern/Parallax #2
  47. Justice League (Volume 2) #6
  48. Superman: Lois and Clark #1
  49. Telos #5
  50. Telos #6
  51. Green Arrow (Volume 7) #3
  52. Green Arrow (Volume 7) #4
  53. Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe #9
  54. Green Lantern (Volume 2) #56
  55. Identity Crisis #3
  56. Batman Confidential #50
  57. Green Lantern (Volume 2) #20
  58. 58.0 58.1 Green Lantern (Volume 3) #25
  59. The Flash #131
  60. Justice League of America 80-Page Giant (Volume 2) #1
  61. JLA: Year One #10
  62. Justice League of America #36
  63. JLA: Year One #2
  64. JLA: Year One #12
  65. JLA: Year One #11
  66. DCU: Trinity #2
  67. Action Comics #635
  68. Flash & Green Lantern: The Brave and the Bold #2
  69. Green Lantern (Volume 3) #26
  70. Green Lantern: Rebirth #1
  71. Man of Two Worlds (Julius Schwartz Autobiography)
  72. The Incredible Hulk #426

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