Sunday, August 8, 2010

Green Lantern: Green Lantern Oath

I like Green Lantern's oath.  I'm not sure if comic and movie fanatics find this outdated, but I find it cool and unique!!

Green Lantern is famous for the oath he recites when he charges his ring. Originally, the oath was simple:

...and I shall shed my light over dark evil.
For the dark things cannot stand the light,
The light of the Green Lantern!
—Alan Scott
(This oath was later given as an in-joke to Tomar-Re, Green Lantern of sector 2813 and the first Lantern Hal Jordan met after Abin Sur.)
In the mid-1940s, this was revised into the form that became famous during the Hal Jordan era:

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!
—Hal Jordan/Many Current Lanterns
Science fiction writer Alfred Bester, who wrote many Green Lantern stories in the 1940s, has been credited as the creator of this oath. However, in an interview with journalist F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre at the 1979 World Science Fiction Convention in Brighton, England, Bester stated that the brightest-day oath was already in place before he began writing for the character.
The Pre-Crisis version of Hal Jordan created the oath when he had three early adventures that inspired him on how he can defeat any attempt to elude him. In the first, he captured robbers who used a powerfully bright flare to blind everyone in an area by using his ring as a radar to find them (In brightest day). In the second he tracked criminals hiding in a dark cave with a fog-like dust suspension that reflected back any external light. Jordan solved the problem by making certain elements of the criminals' bodies glow from within the fog, allowing the Lantern to target them (in blackest night). Finally, Jordan tracked down safecrackers after an inefficient aerial reconnaissance by detecting the faint shockwaves from the explosives used by the criminals and tracing it back (No evil shall escape my sight).
It had been established in the past that many Green Lanterns have their own oath. For example, Medphyll, the Green Lantern of the planet J586 (seen in Swamp Thing #61, "All Flesh is Grass"), a planet where a sentient plant species lives, has the following oath:
In forest dark or glade beferned
No blade of grass shall go unturned
Let those who have the daylight spurned
Tread not where this green lamp has burned.
Other notable oaths include that of Jack T. Chance:
You who are wicked, evil and mean
I'm the nastiest creep you've ever seen!
Come one, come all, put up a fight
I'll pound your butts with Green Lantern's light!
and that of Rot Lop Fan, a Green Lantern whose species lacks sight, and thus has no concepts of brightness, darkness, day, night, color, or lanterns:
In loudest din or hush profound
My ears catch evil's slightest sound
Let those who toll out evil's knell
Beware my power, the F-Sharp Bell!
Since Green Lantern: Rebirth and the restart of the Green Lantern Corps, the only oath used has been the Brightest Day, Blackest Night version.
In Green Lantern (vol. 4) #27, the Alpha Lanterns are revealed to have their own oath:
In days of peace, in nights of war
Obey the Laws forever more
Misconduct must be answered for,
Swear us the chosen: The Alpha Corps!
In Legion of 3 WorldsSodam Yat in the 31st century as the last of the Green Lanterns and the last of the Guardians recited a new oath.
In brightest day, through Blackest Night,
No other Corps shall spread its light!
Let those who try to stop what's right,
Burn like my power, Green Lantern's Light!
It is unknown if this represents his personal oath, or a change for all the Corps after the events the Blackest Night storyline.
In the animated TV series Duck Dodgers, Duck Dodgers temporarily becomes a Green Lantern after accidentally picking up Hal Jordan's laundry. In the first part of the episode, he forgets the real quote and makes up his own version:
In blackest day or brightest night
Watermelon, cantaloupe, yadda yadda
Erm... superstitious and cowardly lot
With liberty and justice for all!

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