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Monday, January 21, 2008

Force of Faith

"Courage takes many forms. There is the courage of conviction. To stand for what you believe in, despite the personal cost. The courage to avoid partisan thinking, and value the existence of all. The courage to act decisively when survival is at stake.

Can you feel the power's light? It reveals all that you are and passes judgment. It has chosen you."

paraphrased from Darwyn Cooke's "The New Frontier"

These are the words spoken to Hal Jordan by Abin Sur in the tenth chapter of "The New Frontier." Sur is dying and must choose a successor to his alloted sector of the universe. The ring found Jordan and made him a Green Lantern. In order to bury Abin Sur and his ship, Jordan's first act is to literally move a mountain. The key to accessing the power of the ring is willpower. When you read a Green Lantern story, a good one, an interesting exercise is to replace the word "will" with "faith."

In Geoff Johns' "Green Lantern: Rebirth" (not unlike born again?) Jordan is brought back as DC's main Green Lantern after being separated from The Specter, who is the wrath of God. The main antagonist is Parallax a being of pure fear who both embodies and feeds on the emotion. It is only through fear that the other members of the Green Lantern Corps are defeated. As noted in Brad Meltzer introduction, Kyle Raynor's first words on earth, and directly at the reader, are "Don't be afraid;" a phrase that occurs 365 times in the Bible.

The following is taken from "Rebirth" as Hal Jordan comes back to life, from an in corrupt corpse. I have substituted "will" for "faith," the emphasis is the writers'.

"My thoughts and emotions shift. My body aches. My soul does not. I'm finally thinking clearly. I'm finally thinking like me. There's no more cries for vengeance. No more fear. But plenty of faith. Faith to stand up. Faith to fight. And faith to live."

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