When I work at the comic store (Gatekeeper Hobbies, Huntoon & Gage, Topeka!), I am generally considered the go-to guy for comics trivia of the Silver and Bronze Ages of comics, but this has also led to the unfortunate perception (read: My boss likes to needle me) that I hate modern comics, especially those of the 1990s.  While it’s true that the excesses of the 90s led to a lot of crap comics being produced, it’s only noticeable compared to the previous two decades because of the massive expansion in number of books produced.  Moreover, a great many excellent characters came out of that blighted leather-and-shoulderpads decade, including Kyle Rayner, my favorite non-John Stewart Green Lantern.  Maybe it’s his pig-headed adoption of some of the ugliest costumes in the history of comics, maybe it’s the way he refused to accept that he was the last bastion of an ancient alien tradition, maybe it was his wonderful friendship with Wally West.  Something about the young graphic artist came to grow on me, and when Hal Jordan came back to reclaim his crown due to editorial caveat, I was glad to see that Kyle wasn’t murdered, maimed or otherwise swept under the carpet like so many of his DC legacy peers.  My appreciation of the boy in the Tupperware mask is strong enough, even to beg today’s will-powered query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, “Guh-noort”) has the power to consume great amounts of ribs, and thus gets a ring of the JR’s BBQ Corps, asking: Who is the greatest Green Lantern of them all who is NOT named Hal Jordan?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. I always will say Guy Gardner is the best, and I really like where they’ve grown the character to where he’s just not a complete jerk, but rather a rough boisterous guy (some pun intended) who can be counted on when push comes to shove. Following that’s John Stewart, mainly for the awesome portrayal by Phil Lamar, and so much can be said, and has.

  2. Isn’t that question a bit redundant? Green Lantern has been my favorite comic concept since I was a kid, but Hal was never part of the equation. I always looked forward to GL stories featuring any other GL member (The old Green Lantern Corps Quarterly that told tales of various lanterns past, present and occasionally future from the Book of Oa was among my favorite comic series ever).

    I know G’nort isn’t the greatest, but he’s definitely one of my favorites. And hey, he’s better than Hal!

    I honestly can’t pick a single “greatest” GL. There are many that are great, but each for their own reasons.

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