John Stewart is the fourth Green Lantern created by Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams. John Stewart was an architect and became Green Lantern and started working with Hal Jordan. He became famous after his role in the Justice League cartoon. But despite his popularity, John never really came to the front. But below are some DC Comic Arcs that will make you believe that John Stewart is one of the best Green Lanterns, and he deserves all the love.
5. John Stewart’s Debut
His first appearance was in Green Lantern Vol #87. He debuted as a backup to Hal Jordan after his original backup guy, Gardner, got injured when an earthquake hit. At first, Hal doubted John because of his unusual fighting style and aggressive attitude. But soon, Hal realized, that his unique approaching style would be an asset for them. He gains confidence in John after working together to save a US senator.
4. John Stewart Becomes a Part of Justice League
John made his first appearance as a part of Justice League in Justice League of America #110 Something happened with Hal, and he couldn’t defeat “The Key”, a villain who was about to hurt an orphanage full of kids. But here comes John in the picture; he quickly used his power rings and restored the buildings destroyed by “The Key”. Even Green Arrow realized that John could be the perfect replacement for his friend Hal Jordan.
3. John Ready For Action
After Hal gained trust in John, he left almost all of the responsibilities of the Green Lantern of sector 2814 to John, as now he had become his perfect replacement. In Vol 2 #182, Hal and John saw that an old enemy of Hal has occupied the Coast City area and wanted a rematch for the previous battle. Before Hal could contact any of his hero friends, he saw John fly towards the place where this disaster happened. At this moment, Hal was pretty sure that choosing John as his replacement was a great idea.
2. John’s Biggest Mistake That Built His Character Even More
This was perhaps his biggest mistake where he allowed his pride to take control of his actions. When in Cosmic Odyssey #2, John Stewart and Martian Manhunter got to know about the fatal infection by the Anti-Life Aspect they went to planet Xanshi. There John was responsible for accidentally killing off an entire planet filled with millions of people. This incident left a scar on John for life, but it still became a significant factor in how John developed later as a Green Lantern. It also became a highlight of the 1980s era of Green Lantern.
1. John Meets Fatality
After the unfortunate incident of destroying Xanshi, John couldn’t forgive himself for years, and he even attempted suicide. John was able to forgive himself because of the confrontations with the only survivor of Xanshi, Yrra Cynril, aka Fatailty. In Green Lantern Vol 3 #156 after listening to Alan Scott’s advice, John visits Fatality in Slab- a high security prison. There he showed his remorse but Fatality was unfazed by it & vowed to kill him.
These arcs of John Stewart makes the adventure of Green Lantern quite fascinating and exciting!
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