The rules are clear: A Green Lantern must be fearless and they must be honest.  It also helps if you have a great head of hair, but that’s optional.  For my money, the best candidate for potential Green Lantern membership is one Professor Roy Hinkley, a scout-master and science teacher who singlehandedly kept seven people alive on a remote island for fifteen years, even though one of them is a walking disaster area.  Facing down mystic threats, existential angst and sixties stereotyping with equal aplomb and somehow keeping a white shirt white year after year under grueling island conditions, he clearly has the right stuff, leading to today’s brightest day query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) could also make a case for Jim Rockford, if you’re not too strict about what “honest” means, asking: What fictional character would make the best potential Green Lantern?

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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.

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