As a kid Green Lantern, I would often think Green Lantern should be an artist. The combination of Creativity and Willpower would be awesome. Then 1994, Kyle Rayner, Freelance Artist, became a Green Lantern. I enjoyed his time as a Green Lantern. The story line, “Hate Crime”, from Green Lantern volume 3 #154-55 published in 2002, is a great and powerful comic book arc. I was impressed with the openness and the acceptance of the characters.
“…I’m just an artist; I doodle in the margins of notepads; I daydream about color and form and monster trucks…I live half my life in a fantasy world…” - Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner) *
After the Destruction of Coast City, Green Lantern Hal Jordan went mad. As the villain Parallax, Hal Jordan destroyed the Green Lantern Corps. Ganthet the only surviving Guardian of the Universe gave the last surviving Power Ring to freelance artist Kyle Rayner. Kyle rejected the responsibility at first but grew into a powerful Green Lantern. Kyle and Ganthet were able to rebuild the Green Lantern Corps. Kyle was influential in the redemption and resurrection of Hal Jordan. The wearers of the Green Lantern’s ring create will empowered constructs. An artist, Kyle Rayner, was an awesome Green Lantern, he would think it, imagine it and then create.
There are two types of “fantasy worlds”, the negative where nothing ever works out and life is a struggle and then positive where everything is light and easy and happy. The truth, reality is a blending of both the negative and positive, Yin and Yang in a sense. We have to decide which path we will take the negative or positive. As always, for the physical spiritual and emotional health the positive is the best path to take. From a creative point of view there is nothing wrong with a little daydreaming. Some of the greatest stories ever told evolved from doodles in the margins, daydreams of color, form and monster trucks or living in a fantasy world. Spend five minutes in a fantasy world today.
Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner)
First Appearance: Green Lantern, vol. 3 #48 (January 1994), DC Comics
Creators: Ron Marz (writer) Darryl Banks (art)
* “In Brightest Day…” Superman: Animated Series, Season 3, Episode 7, February 6, 1999, Warner Bros Studio, voiced by Michael P. Greco