WARNING: The following article contains a minor spoiler for Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps #36 by Robert Venditti, Jack Herbert, Jose Luis, Mick Gray, Cam Smith, Jason Wright and Dave Sharpe, on sale now.
The book may be titled Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps, but John Stewart, Kyle Rayner and Guy Gardner have been every bit as important to this series as the titular space cop. So important, in fact, that writer Robert Venditti found it appropriate to drop a comparison to a WWE Hall-of-Famer foursome in Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #36.
In the finale to the “Twilight of the Guardians” arc, after coming to the aid of the Guardians of the Universe, Hal tells his fellow three lanterns that only one question remains.
“If we’re the Green Lantern equivalent of wrestling’s Four Horsemen, then who’s Ric Flair?” he asks, swiftly sparking a debate between the lanterns as to which of them would be the 16-time World Champion of the group.
The Four Horsemen was a professional wrestling stable that began in NWA, though the group’s primary affiliation was with WCW. In addition to Ric Flair, the original lineup also included Arn Anderson, Ole Anderson and Tully Blanchard. While Flair has remained a constant in each incarnation of the faction, the roster has also included such performers as Sting, Lex Luger, Jeff Jarret, Curt Hennig and (showing there’s hope for G’Nort yet) Steve “Mongo” McMichael.
In 2012, Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, Barry Windham and J.J. Dillon — all one-time members of the Four Horsemen — were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
Given the still-looming threat posed by The Controllers, not to mention the newly resurrected Darkstars, it will be interesting to see if the first four human Green Lanterns still feel like champions for much longer.
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