Saint Walker is one of my favorite characters. I connect so much with him. His first appearance came about after my adulthood. I connect with him because of his power – Hope. Also, his ideas of meditation and connectiveness. I agree with him, we are all robots programmed to be and look certain ways. I believe human DNA is the zeroes and ones for the human program.
“I believe we are all robots of a sort…each of us are programmed in our own special way.” - Saint Walker*
A sun is dying and the planet Astonia is in great peril. A priest, Brother Bro’Dee Walker tries to calm the masses. He brings his people hope and calms their worries and fears. In that moment a blue ring chooses Bro’ Dee Saint Walker. The first Blue Lantern is found. With his newly acquired ring he heals his dying sun and saves his world – with the power of Hope. Blue Lanterns have the ability to instill great Hope. When a Blue Lantern is near a Green Lantern the wearer of the green ring is even more powerful because their Will is empowered with Hope. Saint Walker is the first Blue Lantern and uses his abilities empowered by the oath, "In fearful day, in raging night, with strong hearts full, our souls ignite. When all seems lost in the War of Light, Look to the stars, for hope burns bright!" to help others find Hope.
There are those who will be offended by Saint Walker’s comment. He is not saying we are soulless emotionless automatons. He is saying that we all have been programmed in our own special way within our DNA (Deoxyribonucleic acid), that genetic material that programs our eye color hair color or height, etcetera. Could our DNA program our creativity, our humor or our athletic abilities? Could we be programmed to think more analytically? We can also compare our minds to the working of a computer. The Ego often fights thoughts like this stating – “I Choose My Own Path! I have free will!” Tell the Ego it’s OK that there is hope. These are just the workings of the body and nothing is written in stone. It is OK to follow a chosen path. Likewise, it is OK to change the direction a path is taking. The point here is to accept self as self. Be comfortable in the self.
First Appearance: Green Lantern, vol. 4 #25 (December 2007), DC Comics
Creators: Geoff Johns (writer) and Ethan Van Sciver (art)
* “Blue Hope”, Green Lantern: Animated Series Season 1, January 12, 2013, Cartoon Network