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Origin of Green Lantern Ring
The Green Lantern Power Ring, also known as a Power Ring, was a piece of jewelry that was actually an advanced device created by the Guardians of the Universe and granted the wearers incredible powers. They have created thousands of years ago after the failure of the Manhunters who were incapable of bringing order to the cosmos. For a time, the Halla’s fulfilled their role but that organization was eventually dissolved and in the aftermath, the Green Lantern Corps was created. Unlike their previous servants, they have gifted a new weapon which was the power rings, and considered one of the most powerful weapons in the known universe. One of the precursors and early prototypes for these Oan devices was the Emerald Eye of Ekron. Their power was based on the aspect of Will within the Emotional Spectrum and its users energized the rings through Power Batteries that were linked to the Central Power Battery on Oa. Despite the power of these remarkable Oan devices, their early incarnations were ineffective against objects or beings colored yellow due to the Central Power Battery suffering from the Yellow Impurity.
The First Lanterns
In order to begin their search for sentients with great willpower, the Guardians went across the universe to choose recipients for their new power rings. Three billion years ago, one of the Oans came to the planet Rojira where he was present during a fight between the native Ruulans and Jirenn. This Guardian stopped a Ruulan from killing the peaceful Jirenn known as Rori Dag who was selected to be the first of the Green Lanterns. His success allowed others to follow in his example with many others taking on the mantle of Green Lantern and patrolling the spaceways. This led to the Guardians deploying their Green Lantern Corps across space and the division of the universe into 3600 sectors. A quarter of a million years ago, the Green Lantern of Space Sector 2813 known as Zharan Pel investigated a disturbance on a small world at the edge of his assigned patrol space. There, he found a world under siege from the Armageddon Creature and battled it. Despite the power of the green light, the creature managed to adapt to the attack and later killed Zharan Pel. Taking his power ring, the beast faced a projection of the Guardians to which it destroyed. Believing the Oans to be a threat and an enemy, the Armageddon Creature used its newly acquired power ring to trace them to Oa where it killed hundreds of Green Lanterns that stood in its path. Landing on Oa at a mountain near the Central Power Battery, the entity was confronted by one of the Oans themselves. Sensing it was near impossible to defeat the creature, the Guardian decided to sacrifice himself and exploded in power to defeat the beast. This act destroyed the captured power ring and seemingly the creature as well – though unknown to the Guardians, the explosion tore a hole in reality and deposited the entity elsewhere in the universe.
It was known that two thousand years ago, one of the greatest of the Green Lanterns was Yalan Gur of Space Sector 2814. During his career in service to the Guardians, he was nearly killed by a yellow beast, This led to the Guardians of the Universe questioning their decision on why they would risk their greatest of warriors on such an arbitrary weakness. Thus, the Oans decided to remove the yellow impurity from Yalan Gur’s power ring only making him the only one without any form of weakness. However, without any fear and without seemingly ultimate power, Yalan Gur became corrupted by his newfound abilities and decided to remake the sector as he desired. On the planet Earth, he began to fear the native Humans and decided to bring terror to the lands of China. With the native peasants enraged, they rose up against him with wooden spears and similar weapons. Whilst he laughed at their attacks, it was then that the Guardians chose to intervene in order to humble Gur. Tampering with his power ring, they changed its weakness to the color yellow to being ineffective against wooden objects. The Chinese wooden spears would harm Yalan Gur and in his anger at his master’s betrayal, he did not use his ring to heal himself. Fatally wounded, he crashed as a greenish meteor onto Earth thus ending his tyranny. From his ashes came the Starheart and the power ring that would later be used by Alan Scott.
Campaigns of Light
The might of the power ring became legendary, even in the Anti-Matter Universe where the Weapons of Qward had managed to capture a Green Lantern. Whilst they were in the process of attempting to remove the individual’s ring, the device simply vanished. This later fueled the Qwardians in their desire to get their own version of the Oan power ring. In the late 19th to early 20th century, the Guardians dispatched Abin Sur of Ungara to a world that was being terrorized by the sorcerer known as Myrwhydden. Despite the mage’s power, he was defeated by Abin Sur who gagged the villain to prevent him from invoking magic through rhyme after which the Green Lantern shrunk the sorcerer to submicroscopic size and placed him within the power ring where he was imprisoned on a barren world created by the Ungaran’s will. Despite his captivity, Myrwhydden managed to transform his prison into a paradise and grew in power whilst he plotted his revenge.
When Abin Sur later rescued a crashed space vessel on the tomb world of Ysmault, he uncovered the captive Five Inversions who used their powers to tell him the future. This included information that his power ring would fail him at a time of need leading to his death and they also told him of the Blackest Night Prophecy. Fearing the darkness that was to come, Sur decided to defy the Guardians and conduct his own investigation to stop it from happening. Taking Atrocitus of the Five Inversions hostage on board his ship, he traveled to Earth in order to find the wielder of the Black. However, Sur’s fear had infected his own constructs leading to the prophecy regarding his death coming to pass as Atrocitus easily managed to break free from his restraints leading to the ship crashing. Abin Sur thus died but not before passing on his power ring to the Human Hal Jordan who used it alongside Sinestro to defeat Atrocitus as well as return him to his prison.
In time, the wizard Myrwhydden had grown powerful inside his power ring prison and used his magic to create an evil construct of Abin Sur to attack the owner of the ring; unaware that Sur had died and he was now fighting his successor. He was initially defeated and remained trapped within the ring though made numerous attempts to escape. Later, a new version of the power ring was created and Hal Jordan’s type was upgraded to the new Oan model. At some point, after an attack by energy leeches that were feeding off Jordan’s power ring, the wizard Myrwhydden managed to escape and fought the Green Lantern of Earth numerous times. One of the sorcerer’s schemes involved trapping Jordan inside his own power ring in a fantasy world created by his own mind but the mage was once again defeated.
After fighting Myrwhydden, the Guardians decided to conduct a “psychodrama” orchestrated by Meadlux in order to better judge Hal Jordan’s capabilities as well as his willpower which they believed might have been shattered fighting the evil sorcerer. In this simulated world, Jordan was led to believe that the Oans had created new advanced power rings that suffered from no weaknesses; even to yellow-colored objects. As part of the exercise, it was simulated that this led to division amongst the Green Lanterns with some becoming angered with the Oans over hiding such a weapon. Kayla, Eddore, and Galius Zed overthrew the Guardians in the psychodrama leading to Hal Jordan working to defeat them and remove the advanced power rings from them. With this accomplished, Jordan thus managed to pass his evaluation and the test was revealed to him.
When Sinestro was found guilty of abusing his power ring, it was stripped from him and he was banished to the Anti-Matter Universe where he landed on Qward. Vowing revenge against the Oans, he teamed up with the Weapons and assisted them in the creation of the Guardian Power Ring thus allowing him to attack the Green Lantern Corps on numerous occasions. After the execution of the renegade Sinestro, the Central Power Battery began a self-destructive chain reaction due to programming placed by the Oans that prevented harm from coming on a Korugarian due to a pact they had made in regards to the Zamarons. This led to the Central Power Battery reclaiming the energy it had given and it began to absorb power rings from members of the Green Lantern Corps.
The Last Ring
When Hal Jordan went insane as a result of the destruction of Coast City, he began to desire more power in order to rewrite reality itself. Thus, he turned against the Green Lanterns and the Guardians in order to claim more power rings. Killing numerous Green Lanterns, he ultimately destroyed the Central Power Battery as well as killed all but one of the Oans. This last Guardian who was known as Ganthet later gifted the last power ring onto the Human Kyle Rayner who took on the title of Green Lantern thus spawning his career as a superhero. Unlike the power rings of previous eras, this one was free from its weakness from the Yellow Impurity. After numerous tragedies during his superhero career, Rayner began to subconsciously tap into his power ring. This led to him unknowingly manifesting his hate, which created the cosmic being known as Oblivion. He also created the Circle of Fire, which he believed were Green Lanterns from various points in the timeline, but were actually aspects of Rayner’s own mind. When he discovered this, he merged with the different members of the Circle of Fire and used his new power to merge Oblivion back into his mind.
Through the power of the Ion Entity, Kyle Rayner later managed to not only bring about the rebirth of the Green Lantern Corps but the Guardians of the Universe as well. His position as Torchbearer allowed him to bring about the restoration of the galactic enforcers with many new recruits taken into their ranks who were given power rings. After the defeat of Parallax and the resurrection of Hal Jordan, the new power rings that were created were subject to the Parallax Anomaly. Thus, whilst they were capable of working on items coated yellow, they only did so if the user was free of any fear. Many of the Green Lanterns, however, we’re unable to truly master this feat until the Spider Guild invaded Oa. Whilst initially ineffective against the Spider Guild’s yellow-coated ships, the many Green Lanterns were taught to banish their fears and together they defeated the invaders. Hal Jordan after helping Batman defeat the second Tattooed Man the Green Lantern briefly allowed the Caped Crusader to make use of his power ring and showed him how to use it. After the Sinestro Corps War and the beginning of the War of Light, the Guardians decided to take more extreme measures in combating their foes. Thus, they rewrote the Book of Oa and allowed ring wielders to now use lethal force against enemies of the Guardians.
The Blackest Night
During the onslaught of The Blackest Night, all Green Lantern Power Rings were put on a moratorium by Clarisse Salaak until such a time that he decided it was safe to begin recruiting again. During this time, all Power Rings proceeded to Mogo for safekeeping, and production of new Rings was postponed. The moratorium was later removed following the defeat of Nekron.
The Brightest Day
During the Brightest Day, the renegade Malthusian is known as Krona once more emerged and planned to take control of the various entities that represented an aspect of the Emotional Spectrum. Once he had done so, he invaded Oa and defeated the Guardians whereupon he had Parallax infect the Central Power Battery. This in turn reintroduced the Yellow Impurity within the emerald light of willpower and infected all the Green Lanterns through their Power Rings. Thus, the entire Green Lantern Corps fell under Krona’s mental control and he used them to instigate the War of The Green Lanterns. Only a select few Green Lanterns such as the four Earth Lanterns, Ganthet, and Kilowog were partially immune due to previous possession by Parallax. The chain of events forced the Earth Lanterns to wear the Power Rings of the other Lantern Corps to combat Krona’s influence. Ultimately, Hal Jordan managed to override the built-in Oan programming within the Power Ring to actually kill Krona thus ending the War of The Green Lanterns. This event surprised the Guardians as Jordan’s ability to override the Power Ring was not expected and he was expelled from the Corps. In addition, a Green Lantern Power Ring seemingly attached itself to Sinestro and inducted him into the Corps with all attempts at removing it failing.
Sinestro A Green Lantern Again
After a period of study, the Guardians were unable to remove the Power Ring and decided to allow Sinestro to begin his duties as a Green Lantern. Sinestro later created a duplicate Power Ring for Hal Jordan to serve as a temporary deputy whenever he needed the Human’s aid. He inducted Jordan to help him defeat the Sinestro Corps that had conquered his homeworld of Korugar and Sinestro revealed during their time together that he knew many secrets of the Power Rings that the Oans purposely kept from the Green Lanterns. After being captured on Korugar, Sinestro created numerous Power Rings for his people who he used to create a revolution against the Sinestro Corps that helped defeat them. Sinestro and Hal Jordan then caused the Guardian Central Power Battery on Korugar to activate self-preservation and shutdown mode, causing all Sinestro Corps members nearby into forced comas. Sinestro then took the Yellow Central Power Battery and the Sinestro Corps members back to Oa for imprisonment, but sent Hal Jordan on a one-way trip back to Earth, as the Human’s services were no longer needed.”
Things You Never Knew About Green Lantern's Ring
Here are things You Never Knew About Green Lantern’s Ring:
There’s A Prison Planet Inside Hal Jordan’s Ring
Part of the coolness of the Green Lantern Corps is that while Earth’s principal GLs — Hal, John Stewart, Kyle Rayner — are star players, the rest of the Corps have amazing adventures of their own. That includes Hal’s predecessor, Abin Sur. In Green Lantern #26, Hal learned that Abin had battled and narrowly defeated the wizard Myrwhydden years earlier. Imprisoning such a powerful mage was impossible until Abin created a world inside the power ring where magic didn’t work. But wouldn’t you know, that prohibition had worn off.
Fortunately, Myrwhydden had no idea the ring had changed hands. His sneak attack from within the ring targeted Abin Sur specifically, so Hal was able to fight it off. Hal then entered the prison world and defeated Myrwhydden (even inside the ring, Hal could still tap the emerald energy). The wizard made several more attempts to escape the ring and eventually succeeded, though he’s yet to win the battle of magic vs. power ring.
The Power Ring Has No Internal Power Source
When a Green Lantern charges its ring from the battery, the ring doesn’t store any energy. Instead, it primes the ring to channel power from a giant central battery on Oa, the Guardian’s headquarters. That way, there’s no risk of a GL exhausting a finite energy supply. The only limit on the power Hal and others can draw is the amount of willpower the ringbearer can focus. In a couple of stories (Green Lantern #5, for example), Hal even creates duplicate power rings other people can use to draw power through his battery.
Each ring does contain a small reserve charge, but its only function is to preserve the wearer’s life. That reserve saved Hal several times when he’d otherwise have sustained fatal injuries.
As the rings don’t store power, the 1990s “Emerald Twilight” plotline (where Hal kills his fellow Green Lanterns to steal their rings) was ridiculous. No matter how many rings Hal wears, he won’t have more willpower, so he’s not going to be able to summon more energy. However, he was pretty much barking mad by this point, so he probably wasn’t thinking straight. And as you can see in the image above, it did make for a pretty spectacular cover image.
The Ring Does Much, Much More Than Create Big Green Fists
The ring’s most visible powers are flight and creating glowing green energy constructs, such as the energy fist Hal has often used to flatten his foes. But that only scratches the surface of what Green Lanterns can do, of course. Marvel’s Cosmic Cube and Infinity Gauntlet have abilities that far outstrip the power rings, but writers rarely have as much fun with them.
Keep Hal’s mask glued to his face even when someone tries to pull it off? Easy.
Change Hal’s friend Tom into an exact double of Green Lantern? Doable.
Probe someone’s thoughts or erase an inconvenient memory? Piece of cake.
Turn Hal into an envelope to become bait for a spy? A snap.
Locate a criminal by shining the power ring on his fingerprint card. Why not?
The Green Lanterns’ yellow weakness was a great excuse for getting creative with the ring. In one story, Hal goes up against the Shark, a villain with a yellow force field. Hal’s solution is to freeze all the water vapor around them into a miniature iceberg, then clonk the Shark hard.
The Ring Has Several Weaknesses Besides Yellow
Given the sheer power and versatility of the ring, writers have to work to give Green Lantern a foe who stands a realistic chance of beating him. The yellow weakness helps, but writers have often added extra vulnerabilities to make their life easier and Hal Jordan’s harder.
Mywrhydden’s magic, for example, was able to neutralize ring energy. A cabal of interplanetary criminals found energy that could penetrate the power rings’ defenses in Green Lantern #55. Thraxon the Powerful, a wannabe alien tyrant, built a machine that shut down power rings in #50.
In early Green Lantern stories, writers used the yellow weakness to force Hal to get creative about using the ring. Later Silver Age stories took the power ring’s vulnerabilities as an excuse for Hal to use his fists instead. Hal successfully shut down Thraxon’s anti-ring technology in #50 but still chose to slug it out with him. If nothing else, it gave artist Gil Kane a chance to draw spectacular scenes of Hal going mano a mano with the bad guys.
The Ring’s Energy Source Is The Collective Willpower Of The Universe
In the Silver Age, the central power battery was fueled by the Guardians themselves, putting some of their immortal life-force into the battery. In the 21st century, GL-writer Geoff Johns introduced a different explanation — the emotional spectrum.
The emotions of living creatures across the universe generate not only the emerald power the Guardians store in the battery but all the other colors of the rainbow. The colors are linked to emotions such as fear (yellow energy), rage (red), and hope (blue). Green is tied to willpower, which isn’t an emotion, but switching to “courage” would go against decades of Green Lantern continuity.
Each form of emotional energy also comes with an avatar. The green avatar, for instance, is Ion, a being who dwelled in the central power battery for centuries, though it also possessed Green Lantern Kyle Rayner for a while.
Johns’ concept allowed him to create several new corps. Atrocitus, a vengeful survivor of mass genocide, became the leader of the Red Lanterns of rage. Sinestro, a renegade Green Lantern, commands a Sinestro Corps that wields yellow rings of fear. Unlike many major reboots of prominent characters, this one seems to have stuck.
The Ring Has Powers Even When Nobody’s Wearing It
Green Lanterns can wield their rings even off their fingers. In Green Lantern #18, Hal began testing and training to control his ring from yards away. It’s a useful skill for a superhero: in Justice League of America #96, Hal surrendered the ring to the planet destroyer Starbreaker, then commanded it to punch Starbreaker out.
In Geoff Johns’ version of the Corps, as soon as a Green Lantern dies — and over the course of his run, a lot of Green Lanterns died — their ring flies off to hunt a replacement. The search isn’t left to the rings’ own judgment. Mogo, a living planet that’s also a Green Lantern, steers the rings to find the hosts.
Green Lanterns can also preset their rings to act independently. Back when John Stewart was Hal’s designated pinch-hitter rather than a GL in his own right, Hal commanded his ring to fetch John if Hal was incapacitated and couldn’t answer a Justice League emergency signal. In Justice League of America #110, Hal knocked himself out cold slipping in the shower, so the ring dragged John into the JLA’s next adventure.
There’s A Good Reason Why Ring Wielders Must Be Honest And Fearless
Before Abin Surpassed the ring on, he probed Hal with a power beam to confirm that he met the two requirements for a Green Lantern: honest and “born without fear”. At the time, this didn’t seem terribly important (though later writers struggled with the idea of Hal being fearless), just a fancy way of saying “heroic.” It gained more significance in the light of later retcons.
In Justice League of America #141, readers learned that before creating the Corps, the Guardians had built the Manhunter androids to bring order to the universe. With no life experience, the Manhunters became corrupt and had to be stripped of their power. The Guardians decided that in the future, they’d select their champions from living beings who’d been exposed to the world’s temptations and stayed honest.
Part of Geoff Johns’ emotional-spectrum retcon was that the Guardians had imprisoned Parallax, the avatar of fear, inside the central battery. To prevent Parallax from influencing Green Lanterns, the Guardians needed recruits with “the ability to overcome great fear.”
The Ring Will Allow Anyone To Use It, Even A Total Stranger
Given the devastating damage, a power ring can wreak in the wrong hands, you’d think the Guardians would have built-in fail-safes against the wrong hands, but nooo. In the Silver Age, it seemed anyone with sufficient willpower could command the ring if it fell into their grasp.
Sometimes, that was a good thing. When Hal was mentally incapacitated in Justice League of America #40, Superman takes the ring and uses it to clear Hal’s mind. Most of the time, though, it didn’t work out that well. In Green Lantern #18, hobo Bill Baggett stumbles upon the ring while Hal is testing his distance control. When Baggett discovered the ring could grant his wishes if he wished hard enough, he attacked the local town to settle some scores. When Hal went up against Baggett, he had to reclaim control from the ring’s new wielder.
Baggett’s one taste of power whetted his appetite for more. He became a minor recurring foe, finding ways to tap into the power ring even when Hal was wearing it. He was neither honest, nor fearless, but it seems the ring didn’t care.
Villains Have Used Hal’s Ring To Charge Their Own Weapons
The Green Lantern Sinestro of Korugar proved to be just as corruptible as the Manhunters. After he took over his planet, the Guardians stripped him of his ring, but that didn’t even slow him down. Instead, he designed a yellow ring that used energy from the emerald rings as its power source. The thought of turning the Corps’ greatest power against itself undoubtedly amused him; Sinestro’s like that.
Down on Earth, slick criminal William Hand (a character partly based on comics writer Bill Finger) had a similar idea. As Black Hand — the black sheep of the otherwise distinguished Hand family — he discovered how to tap the residual energy Hal’s ring left in its wake. He used that to charge his own devices.
Both Sinestro and Black Hand would be retconned in the emotional spectrum era. Sinestro’s yellow ring was now powered by the yellow energy of fear, which fueled the entire Sinestro Corps. Black Hand was changed even more: he became the death-obsessed leader of the Black Lanterns, nihilistic destroyers of all life and emotion. All of this just proved once again that there’s no amusing Silver Age character who can’t be turned into a monster if a writer’s determined enough.
Power Rings Talk
In Green Lantern #10, Hal had to figure out why and how a woman had contacted him through the ring, claiming it was killing her. Hal wondered if the ring’s limitless powers included answering questions — and sure enough, they did. Power rings are fully capable of talking to their wielder, or anyone else, though they only spoke when asked for information or conveying a message (and don’t worry, once Hal learned the full story, he saved the woman).
Green Lantern’s main Silver Age writer, John Broome, got a lot of mileage out of that little detail. When Hal first encountered Myrwhydden, for example, the ring was able to fill in the wizard’s backstory from its memory of fighting him while on Abin’s finger. In another story, Hal’s been hypnotized into giving away secrets, then forgetting he did so. The ring updated Hal on the events he couldn’t recall.
When Roy Thomas created Marvel’s Dr. Spectrum as a Green Lantern pastiche (he eventually became part of Marvel’s own Justice League), he endowed Spectrum’s “power prism” with a voice too. Unlike the ring, the prism talked constantly, mostly to tell Spectrum he was an idiot for not performing up to the prism’s standards.
The Ring Has No Fail-Safe Against Hal Activating It Accidentally
In the Silver Age, the Guardians were pretty laid back about training their Corps. It’s true that Hal was Abin Sur’s emergency pick, but even after he met the Guardians, they left him on his own to figure out how to use his powers. That included the discovery that the ring could respond to even unconscious thoughts if they were strong enough.
In a flashback sequence in Green Lantern #27, Hal unconsciously wishes bullied, milquetoast Horace Tolliver had the power to turn his life around. The ring takes this as a command and gives Tolliver the ability to make his wishes come true. In #7, Hal dreams about turning his best friend Tom into a bird, and the ring makes it happen.
It worked out for the best, as Tom saved Hal’s life, but you’d think that the Guardians would shield the rings against such accidental directives. Hal did, commanding the ring to only obey intentional orders from that point on.
The Guardians Did Put One Fail-Safe In The Ring (Because They Were Jealous Husbands)
The Corps makes an awesome backdrop for Hal Jordan’s adventures — but by the late 1980s, some of DC’s editorial team thought of the Corps as a debit, not an asset. Wouldn’t Hal be more interesting if he were unique instead of one among many? After all, soldiers and cops aren’t unique and nobody wants to read stories about them — oh. Wait.
This led to an awkward retcon that played out over Green Lantern #223 and #224 after the Corps finally executed Sinestro for his many crimes. It turned out that centuries earlier, the Guardians got too busy saving the universe to have sex with their wives. The frustrated female Oans wound up on Korugar, Sinestro’s future homeworld, and spent years having their physical needs satiated by Korugarian men. That worried the Guardians: what if someday they retaliated against Korugar out of jealousy? To prevent that, they installed a fail-safe in the central battery so that if a Green Lantern ever killed a Korugarian, the emerald power would fade away.
By the end of the story, Hal, having beaten the power loss, was now a solo act. Wiser minds would eventually restore the Corps.
The Ring Duplicates The Guardians’ Own Powers
Before the emotional spectrum days, the source of the central battery’s power was the Guardians themselves. The Guardians are the oldest race in the universe, so evolved that they naturally possess the same powers that the rings give to their wearers. To create the battery, the Guardians placed a portion of their own emerald energy inside it.
In theory, the Guardians could have become superheroes themselves. Not only are they immortal, but they’d also never have to worry about recharging their power or losing their ring. In practice, recruiting the Corps was smarter. Going up against Thraxon and his ring-neutralizing machines, Hal won because he has muscles, reflexes, and an impressive right hook on his side. The Guardians don’t have any of that; they’re wizened little gnomes who’d fall over in a strong breeze. Where the Green Lanterns act fast and fearlessly, the Guardians prefer to sit around the boardroom and discuss. The Guardians made the right call in staying on Oa and trusting the universe to men and women who were oriented more to the action than administration.
The Golden Age Green Lantern’s Ring Works Differently From Hal Jordan’s
Alan Scott, the original Green Lantern of the 1940s, had a lot in common with Hal. His ring had the same 24-hour time limit, a similar green lantern to charge it, and similar powers, except that his ring’s weakness was wood. Alan’s ring, however, was magic. No surprise there, as the core concept had been to create a superhero modeled on the legend of Aladdin and his magic lamp.
In All-American Comics #16, a glowing meteor landed in ancient China and declared it would shine three times — once for death, once for life, once for power. A local artisan turned the meteor into a lamp, which carried out the prophecy over the centuries. Alan, of course, was the recipient of the “power” prediction.
Years later, readers learned that when the Oans became the Guardians of the Universe, they’d locked away most of the cosmos’ magic to minimize sorcery’s disruptive effects. Part of the imprisoned magic had eventually burst free, rocketing to Earth in the form of the magic meteor. The Guardians were indirectly responsible for creating both Green Lanterns.
We’ve Had Three Different Explanations For The Rings’ Yellow Weakness
Green Lanterns are fearless, so it makes symbolic sense that their one weakness is yellow, the color tied to cowardice. Within the comics, the weakness has been explained in three different ways.
First came the Silver Age rationale: the power battery had a necessary impurity which made it impossible to affect anything colored yellow. The impurity was necessary because, without it, the battery would be inert and powerless.
1991’s Green Lantern #19 told a different story. The yellow weakness wasn’t necessary, but the Guardians didn’t want Green Lanterns to be omnipotent. Giving them a vulnerability, they believed, would keep the Corps from becoming arrogant. This was one of those unsuccessful retcons nobody ever referred to again.
Later on, in the emotional spectrum era, the rings don’t work on yellow because of Parallax being imprisoned in the central battery. When a new Green Lantern triumphed over fear, the yellow weakness vanished. When Kyle Rayner received a ring, it had no yellow weakness because Parallax had left the battery and possessed Hal, the retcon explanation for his madness in “Emerald Twilight.”