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Hal Jordan Becoming a Villain Put a Strain on His League Membership

This is a feature called "Beg Steal or Borrow," which is about when comic book characters are abruptly pulled from one book to another. I'm not talking about when comic book characters simply migrate from one title to another (I spotlight examples of that in my feature, "Looks Like I'm Moving"). I mean examples where a writer has a character taken out of the book against their wishes. It almost always happens in team books, but sometimes it occurs in solo titles, as well.

Today, we look at Hal Jordan's relatively brief tenure with the Justice League in the 1990s and how he had to abruptly leave the team when he became, you know, evil.

It all started after the Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis era of the Justice League came to a close. The various heroes of the League were cast apart before coming back together in Justice League Spectacular #1 (by Dan Jurgens, Gerard Jones, Rom Randall, Rich Burchett and Randy Elliott). However, they were quickly defeated, leading Ice to use Guy Gardner's Green Lantern ring to send out a distress signal. It was received by Hal Jordan while on a mission in outer space (this was during a period where Hal was putting the Green Lantern Corps back together)....

Hal collected a group of heroes, including his old friend Aquaman, to answer the call (I have no idea why he recruited Crimson Fox. Had he even MET Crimson Fox at that point in time?)...

In the end, after the day had been saved, Hal, Aquaman and Superman decide to reform the League under their veteran leadership...

The League was back, continued to be split into a Justice League Europe and a Justice League America...

However, Hal was still busy with his plotlines in Green Lantern (which was also written by Gerard Jones), so he missed the first adventure of the newly reformed Justice League Europe. He showed up at the end of Justice League Europe #39 (by Jones, Randall and Elliott) to take over as the leader of the group...

Interestingly, though, not all of the members of the team were thrilled about Hal taking over as the leader of the team, as we saw in the next issue...

One of the big problems was that Hal had so much going on in his own title. He would often miss issues of JLE.

Eventually, Justice League Europe was re-titled Justice League International.

Then, during the Reign of the Supermen, Hal's old home of Coast City was destroyed. In Green Lantern #46 (by Jones, MD Bright and Romeo Tanghal), he fought back against Mongul, who helped destroy the city...

At the end of the story, Hal now had a sling for his arm...

Justice League International #61 (by Jones, co-writer Will Jacobs and artists Chuck Wojtkiewicz and Craig Gilmore) showed Hal in the sling...

Then something changed...

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