Why Didn't the Green Lantern Corps Help Save Mars?

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Reader Bruno M. wrote in to ask, "Why the Green lantern of Sector 2814 didn't help in Mars war. Who was this irresponsible lantern?"

I think that this has two answers to it.

First off, I think the question is, "Why didn't the Green Lantern Corps help the destruction of Mars?"

We see all but two of the inhabitants of Mars die in Martian Manhunter #1 (by John Ostrander and Tom Mandrake)...

The only other survivor was a Martian who had no telepathy. Now, this was a mental illness, so it is difficult to know how much the Green Lantern Corps could have even helped in this scenario, but it is fair enough to wonder whether they might have been able to play some sort of role in the process.

That answer, though, was revealed in Martian Manhunter #21 (by John Ostrander and Tim Truman), in which we see that the Guardians of the Universe made a deal with the Martian leaders to keep out of not only the affairs of Mars, but even the affairs of this solar system for as long as the Martian race was in control of things...

So that settles the issue of why there were no Green Lanterns involved with Mars as all of J'onn J'onnz's people died around him (you'd like to believe that Abin Sur would have pushed the issue, but whatever).

Okay, but if Bruno is wondering about the war between the Green Martians and the White Martians, in that regard, the answer is rather shocking. You see, in JLA #87 (by Joe Kelly, Doug Mahnke and Tom Nguyen), we discovered that the Guardians of the Universe actually CREATED the Martians split between green and white...

So it certainly seems as though the Guardians of the Universe were not involved in the war between those two Martian races because they had created the conflict themselves in the first place and might have just been curious as to how their social experiment was working out. You might say, "But Brian, that JLA revelation doesn't really seem to fit in with the flashback from the Martian Manhunter series" and I would generally agree with you, but it is still a reasonable explanation for why the Guardians did not want to get involved in the conflict between the two types of Martians.

Thanks to Bruno for the question!

If anyone else has a comic book question, feel free to drop me a line at brianc@cbr.com!

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