Appearing in "A World of Hurt"
- Abin Sur (Flashback only)
- Unnamed Cashier at Tiny Mart
Synopsis for "A World of Hurt"
Hal Jordan waits for Barry Allen for over an hour outside of the Tiny Mart. They, and their JSA predecessors Alan Scott and Jay Garrick, are going on a camping trip and they are due to pick-up supplies. Hal did pick them up but did not have the money to pay for them. AS GL and Flash they fly to the roof of the WXYZ building where Alan and Jay are waiting. They switch to their heroic counterparts and Hal leads them into space to a planet he's selected for their trip. On the trip, the four recap their origins for each others' benefits. Unfortunately Hal's ring fails him and they appear to be lost. Alan uses his ring to transport them all to a new planet. While Alan rigs up a tent, Hal and the Flashes gather firewood until a yellow cloud quickly appears bringing yellow rain and choking fumes. The heroes notice that the planet seems designed to counteract their powers but dismiss it. Hal and Barry work together to disperse the cloud. They return to find Alan having constructed an elaborate tent and they prepare to grill. While looking for matches, Barry finds dolls and catalogues and Hal admits he's a doll salesman to everyone's delight. After some good-natured ribbing, the heroes head off to sleep. Alan mentions that he noticed earlier the ground generates a "restful aroma" that should help them sleep which it does until the ground (which is yellow) begins pulling everyone inside like quicksand. Barry wakes everyone, except Alan who is still unconcious. Again Barry and Hal use teamwork to get out of the situation. The group then relocate the camp to the woods.
During breakfast, Hal flies off and the group are soon attacked bya swarm of insects. Alan's ring seems unable to affect them and Hal returns apparently having the same problem. Barry catches one and discovers they are wooden. Again the discuss that the planet seems tailored towards their weaknesses and they wonder if a super-villan has followed them here. The insects regroup and form one large insect which grabs Alan who disables it. Alan notices the insect has a residual energy and accuses Hal of creating the wooden insects. Hal admits to it claiming it was retaliation for Alan creating the yellow cloud and the quicksand trap. He further accuses Alan of jamming Hal's ring during their initial flight and transporting them all to this planet which Alan had picked out in advance. Alan confesses to it all saying he wanted to put Hal Jordan through a series of struggles to help him be a better person. He sees Hal's endless series of job changes as an inability to succeed at any one job due to lack of persistence, a problem Hal does not have with being GL. Hal points out that the fact that he keeps trying new jobs when the previous one fails IS persistence. Alan admits that it is and they all decide to have some fun.
- The name of the planet is never named within the story, but the cover depicts the planet as seen from a postcard and calls the area "Raznak Park."
- Hal's job as a toy salesman and his mention of Olivia puts this story shortly after Green Lantern #71.
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