If you didn’t already know, there is a Green Lantern movie in production starring Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively.  I’ve always been a Green Lantern fan and have waited a long time to see him on the big screen.
For those of you who are not familiar with Green Lantern here is a brief history.
On a planet called Oa, there is a race of blue skinned beings known as The Guardians of the Universe.  They watch over the Universe and protect it from evil.  To help keep the Universe safe, The Guardians empowered other beings with special abilities.  Those deemed worthy were chosen to be Green Lanterns.  Their power derives from rings created by The Guardians and are powered by a unique power source on Oa.  Each of the 3600 sectors of the Universe is patrolled by a Green Lantern.  There have been five Green Lanterns from the planet Earth.  They are listed worst to best.
At the bottom of the list of Green Lanterns has to be Guy Gardner.  From the weird haircut to his childish antics, Guy is the worst Green Lantern there could ever be.  Yes he took over for Hal Jordan when his ring was damaged but so what?  He was always unstable mentally to me and was never worthy enough to wield a power ring.  Guy had a hard life growing up, which may have led to him being chose by The Guardians.  The fact that Guy and Batman literally despised each other was another factor.  Yeah, I get why you could dislike Batman, but you had to respect the guy.  Guy Gardner did nothing but cause trouble within the Justice League and at one point found himself flat on his back after Batman had enough and knocked him out.  He’s cocky, arrogant and blindly stupid; just an oaf with a power ring.  Gardner’s only redeeming quality; his costume is pretty cool.
First Appearance: Green Lantern (vol. 2) #59 March 1968
 
 
Next up is the actual “original” Green Lantern, Alan Scott.  His appearance in comics dates all the way back to July, 1940 which makes him royalty in the comic world.  Alan wasn’t chosen by The Guardians to become a Green Lantern; instead he forged his own power ring and became a costumed hero.  Alan Scott was one of the founding members of The Justice Society, the precursor of The Justice League.  Never having been a Justice Society fan, I admit that I do not know much about Alan and for that reason alone he’s toward the bottom of the list.  All things being equal, I like him more than Guy Gardner.  His costume is kind of cheesy and he wasn’t a chosen Green Lantern; but being the first gives him enough street cred to be worthy of the name.
First Appearance: All-American Comics #16 July 1940
 
The next two Lanterns were a toss up and I could have listed them as being equal on the list, but after thinking about it for a while, one gave up a little advantage over the other.  Kyle Rayner is number three on the list.  Kyle is unique among the ranks of the Lantern Corps; for a while he was the only Lantern alive.  After the Corps and most of the Guardians were destroyed, Kyle was chosen to be the last and only Green Lantern to exist.  This didn’t last long because he was instrumental in rebuilding the Corps and saving the Universe.  Kyle was just an “average Joe” given an extraordinary opportunity.  I’ve always liked him and he’s become a valued member of both the Justice League and the Green Lantern Corps.
First Appearance: Green Lantern (vol. 3) #48 January 1994
First runner up on my list of the best Green Lantern is John Stewart, not the talk show host.  John Stewart is an ex-Marine who has become one of the greatest Lanterns in the Universe.  When Kyle Rayner set to rebuild the Lantern Corps, Stewart was the first to claim a ring.  For a while he was even given the singular distinction of being a human Guardian and married a fellow Lantern.  There has been a lot of death and pain in John’s life, more than any one man could stand.  But through it all John has maintained himself proving time and time again what it means to be a Green Lantern.  What I like most about John Stewart is that Samuel L. Jackson could play him flawlessly in a movie.
First Appearance: Green Lantern (vol. 2) #87 December 1971
Of the five Green Lanterns from Earth, the most well known and most legendary would be Hal Jordan.  In my mind he was the original Green Lantern and the only one truly worthy enough to carry the name.  Hal has had a rough time in his tenure as a Green Lantern and for a while was a villain.  As the entity known as Parallax, he destroyed the entire Green Lantern Corps.  Later he would give his life to save the Earth and the Corps.  It was a sad day for me  when Hal died because he’s always been my favorite Lantern.  But no one ever stays dead for long in comic books and Jordan found himself again wielding a power ring fighting against the Sinestro Corps and the Blackest Night along side his fellow Corps members protecting sector 2814. So number one on the list of the best Green Lanterns is Hal Jordan.

First Appearance: Showcase #22 October 1959

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