The Arrival of Green Lanterns
Bizarro, recently brought to Mars by the Martian Manhunter, was transferred
to the authority of the Green Lantern Corps, an intergalactic police force
who enforces the laws of the Guardians of the Universe. They enforce their
laws using weapons called power rings.
A short time after taking Bizarro into custody, the corps detected an
odd energy reading from the planet Earth. The energy field was identified as
that of a Zamaron power ring. The corps immediately went to Earth to
investigate, fearing that their enemies, the Zamarons, had infiltrated
After investigating, they were relieved that the ring had been
discovered by a mere human by the name of Lana Lang, who they later also
learned was the leader of a vigilante group known as the 'Hand of
Eager to return to their respective home planets, yet sworn to obey the
laws of the Guardians, the corps decided to find someone in their stead who
could provide a balance for Lana Lang's newly discovered power ring.
After doing some research, the corps learned about a group of
metahumans who called themselves the Justice League, and how this
organization had a history of having altercations with the Hand of
Vengeance. They also learned about their leader Jordan Cross, who the press
described as having an "iron will". This pleased the corps. Only someone
with a strong will would be able to successfully wield a Green Lantern power
The corps quickly located the League's headquarters, and revealed their
dilemma to Jordan. They then offered Jordan a power ring if he agreed to use
it to keep Lana Lang's ring in check.
Many members of the Justice League rejoiced. They believed that now
they would have the ability to finally put an end to Lex Luthor's vicious
assassins and also the vigilante group known as the Hand of Vengeance.
But one member spoke out in protest. Kyle Tippet feared that Jordan,
the League's leader, could not both lead the League and wield a ring of
power without being corrupted. Kyle himself had personal experience with
being tempted by power, since having the ability to control someone's will
with a mere touch of his hands.
Bart Allen rejected Kyle's argument angrily. "How do think we're going
to survive against Lex Luthor's psychos and this new group of vigilantes
without this ring!", he yelled. "We need this ring! Jordan would never
betray us!" Clark tried to calm Bart down, pulling him back.
Jordan's wife Megan was also angered from Kyle's accusation. The League
had recently been outnumbered by their combined enemies, and she feared now
more than ever for Jordan's life.
Jordan stepped forward and addressed the League. "Thank you Bart", he
said. "I wish I could be someone who you could always trust. I wish you
would never have anything to fear from me, but Kyle is right."
He turned, facing the Green Lantern corps. "You're offer is very
generous, and we thank you for it", he said, "but I cannot take this ring as
long as I am leader".
The Green Lantern corps was shocked. According to their law they
couldn't leave Earth without appointing someone to balance the power of the
Zamaron ring. However, they also needed to return to Mars immediately in
order to relieve the guard for Bizarro. They decided that they would relieve
the guard, and then would return later to find another to take the ring. In
just a few seconds they flew away, back to Mars, but no one ever saw them