2017 Geek-A-Long: Green Lantern

Sure we all know about Hal Jordan, the test pilot gifted with a magic ring that can create whatever he wishes and is useless against the color yellow. There is a Ryan Reynolds movie about him. It is a bad movie. Seriously, don’t waste your time. Just watch Deadpool twice. Anyhow, although Hal is the best known Lantern, he is the least interesting of Green Lanterns.

I don’t care too much about Guy Gardner, who answers the question, “What if Green Lantern was a complete tool?”

There was one time Batman was a bigger dick, but really, Guy had few redeeming qualities.

…and while I liked Kyle Rainer, he was so mid ‘90’s that he lost all personality/interest as soon as Hal came back.

The most interesting human Green Lantern is John Stewart, who has no relation to the most interesting host of the Daily Show. He was DC’s first black superhero and was used to tell stories that highlighted racial issues. He would take over when Hal Jordan was unavailable, like the time he slipped in the tub and was knocked unconscious. He was also the main Green Lantern in the Justice League animated series and had a complicated relationship with Hawkgirl. Jac touched on it briefly before, and greater comic minds than my own have considered every aspect of their love.

My favorite Green Lantern is Mogo. In his introduction, we see a hunter trying to find Mogo and spending years exploring a planet before he discovers that Mogo is the planet. After that Mogo showed up mostly as a joke until recently. Now he is the base for the Green Lanterns. He is a planet that is also a Green Lantern. We can assume he has strong opinions on climate change.

KariEllyn nominated Green Lantern to the blanket on behalf of her son-in-law, saying,

Green Lantern usually doesn’t get enough love and had a bad Ryan Reynolds movie. But that doesn’t make the character bad.

We agree Kari.

Whether you’re knitting, crocheting, or cross stitching this square, you can download the 26 Green Lantern pattern here, featuring the glowing ring insignia. Instructions and charts for both knit and crochet are listed in the pattern. When you’re finished making it, don’t forget to Instagram your squares at us @lattesandllamasyarn with the hashtag #geekalong!

If you’re having trouble with double-sided knitting, we have a how-to video here and a tutorial on crochet here. Want to hang out with other people making the blanket? You can find moral support in the Geek-A-Long group on Ravelry here.

~ Megan-Anne
In brightest day, in blackest nigh, no dropped stitch shall escape my sight.

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