The first issue of DC’s new monthly Green Lantern comic introduced a surprising new character.
Warning: this article contains spoilers for The Green Lantern #1!
The new series takes a “back to basics” approach with Hal Jordan and his Green Lantern, focusing on the day-to-day struggles of being an intergalactic beat cop. Ha himself is currently struggling with his lot in life, with this issue revealing that he’s quit his old job as a test pilot and is reduced to couch surfing and hitchhiking while he waits for the Guardians of Oa to give him a new mission.
That mission comes in this issue as the Green Lanterns deal with the fallout of a prisoner escape. And not just any ordinary prisoner, but a being who looks suspiciously like Hal himself.
It appears that this character is the Hal Jordan of the Antimatter Universe, the realm where Sinestro originally acquired his yellow ring. Similar to characters like Power Ring and Bizarro World’s Hal Jordan, this is an evil doppelganger of Hal powered by fear rather than will.
The closing pages of this issue make it clear that Anti-Hal has been captured by the Blackstars (presumably an offshoot of Green Lantern rivals the Darkstars), who seem intent on harvesting his heart to create some sort of new anti-Green Lantern weapon.
This is just the latest wrinkle to the Green Lantern mythos, following the reveal in Justice League #1 that Sinestro has become the universe’s first Ultraviolet Lantern.
Let us know what you think of Hal Jordan’s new foe in the comments below, and be sure to check out our review for The Green Lantern #1.