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"Lantern's Light": On Oa, John Stewart bemoans his plight, watching over the Mosaic. He is unsure of his place as a Green Lantern, knowing that he is the back-up for the back-up of Hal Jordan, and that even hothead [[Guy Gardner (Ne


Quote1 Alan Scott lives, and fights, though I cannot learn where. Who can find him? I am that portion of Alan Scott's soul which has been impressed in this lantern by decades of psychic intimacy. Quote2
-- Alan Scott (Apparition)



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Synopsis for "Lantern's Light"

On Oa, John Stewart bemoans his plight, watching over the Mosaic. He is unsure of his place as a Green Lantern, knowing that he is the back-up for the back-up of Hal Jordan, and that even hothead Guy Gardner might be better suited to the job. Suddenly, though, he is contacted by an apparition of Alan Scott, the original Green Lantern. John is surprised, because Alan has been missing, along with the other members of the Justice Society of America, years earlier. The apparition instructs John to seek him out.

Meanwhile, Hal continues his mission to recruit more Lanterns to the Green Lantern Corps. He travels to the world of Myrg, where he and Alan Scott had previously visited. He finds that the new king of Myrg is Doiby Dickles, former cab driver to Alan Scott. Doiby has recreated much of Myrg in the image of Brooklyn, including a baseball field for the Dodgers. Just as Hal begins the sad duty of informing Doiby that Alan is missing, a giant apparition of Alan appears over the baseball diamond, begging for Hal to seek him out. Hal decides to return to Earth to check it out, and Doiby insists on joining him.

While Guy Gardner broods in space about recent events surrounding the Justice League of America, Alan Scott appears to him too. Guy returns to Earth, and meets with Jade and Obsidian, Alan's children. Guy's personality grates on them, and John Stewart arrives just in time to stop Jade from blasting him. The kids suggest that the Green Lanterns visit their stepmother, Molly Mayne, the Harlequin, and they leave to follow it up.

On the way, they meet with Hal and Doiby Dickles, who are on the same trail. Unfortunately, Molly hasn't seen her husband either. He did, however, leave a note promising to return. He also happened to leave behind his lantern, and from the lantern springs yet another apparition begging for them to find him. The apparition states that Alan is in an endless battle somewhere in the universe.

When Guy doubts the apparition, it takes them into a vision of the past. He tells them the story of Yalan Gur, one time Green Lantern of Sector 2814. In the vision, Yalan Gur lacks a vulnerability to yellow or wood. He also interferes with local politics - against the Guardians of the Universe's directives. The apparition explains that the Guardians had put the yellow impurity into the Green Lanterns' power on purpose, and could remove it at any time.

Unfortunately, the lack of weakness corrupts Yalan Gur, and he keeps humans in chaos as a means of keeping them organized. As punishment, the Guardians make him vulnerable to wood, leaving him at the mercy of an angry mob. In fear and anger, Yalan Gur flew into space, but was burned in the atmosphere. His spirit entered his lantern, which crashed to earth, and eventually became the same lantern that Alan Scott found many years later.
Removed from the vision, the three Green Lanterns realize the meaning of the messages that the apparition had given them. Guy claims to have learned nothing, and flies off. Though, he is secretly answering the call of a Justice League beeper. He has learned something after all.

John returns to Oa with renewed vigor, and Hal resolves to find Alan Scott, after returning Doiby to Myrg.



Notes

  • This story shows that Green Lantern Rings are not inherently vulnerable to yellow.

Trivia

  • This 1991 comic book was Martin Nodell's (who created the first Green Lantern (Alan Scott)) final work for DC Comics.
  • Cover Colourist: Jim Woodring (Frank & Jim).



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