There is a theory at DC Comics that Hal Jordan is the Greatest Lantern Of Them All.

This theory is patently, demonstrably false for a number of reasons (Kyle is more interesting, Alan more noble, Kilowog more roguish and Guy has a better haircut), not the least of which being that there’s nothing to support that theory other than the fact that people believe it.  Still, we’re not here to mock anyone’s fave-rave, and I’d honestly like to hear what Hal fans believe make him awesome, as well as fans of Ch’p, Salaak, Mogo, Steel, Hollika Rahn and even Larfleeze, leading to today’s emotionally spectral query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) firmly believes that the answer is John Stewart, but everybody loves what they loves, asking: Which ring-slinger is The Greatest Lantern Of Them All?

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  1. This is a tough one, but I can say with certainty that Hal is NOT the greatest Lantern, at least in most incarnations. I rather liked the “Green Lantern: The Animated Series” Hal, but he was a different Hal than the main DCU Hal.

    I’m going to give it to classic Alan Scott (with no disrespect to the more recent Earth-2 Alan), with John and Kilowog coming in tied at a very close second, or tied for first if you only want to count GL Corps based Lanterns.

  2. I’ve always been a fan of little guys that talk like big tough guys, so Ch’p’s gotta be up there. but as far as the “human” lanterns, it’s hard not to love John Stewart.

  3. John Stewart
    He did pretty much everything Hal did at one point or another (I know he didn’t reignite the sun) plus he led a planet (Mosaic) in ways Hal could NEVER do. Completely wrong mentality to do something like that since he can’t punch all the problems out with a big green fist. John also kicked his butt easily in GL Mosaic #5 (Never should have canceled it) using his ability to penetrate Hal’s mind using the power of the ring. Something you never regularly saw the GLs do before or since.

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