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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Green Lantern and Philosophy: No Evil Shall Escape this Book Review

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Green Lantern and Philosophy: No Evil Shall Escape this Book Review

About the Book: The first look at the philosophy behind the Green Lantern comics—timed for the release of the Green Lantern movie in June 2011

The most recent Green Lantern series—Blackest Night—propelled GL to be the top-selling comic series for more than a year, the latest twist in seven decades of Green Lantern adventures. This book sheds light on the deep philosophical issues that emerge from the Green Lantern Corps's stories and characters, from what Plato's tale of the Ring of Gyges tells us about the Green Lantern ring and the desire for power to whether willpower is the most important strength to who is the greatest Green Lantern of all time.
  • Gives you a new perspective on Green Lantern characters, story lines, and themes
  • Shows what philosophical heavy hitters such as Aristotle, Descartes, and Kant can teach us about members of the Green Lantern Corp and their world
  • Answers your most pressing Green Lantern questions, including: What motivates Hal Jordan to be a Green Lantern? Does the Blackest Night force us to confront old male/female stereotypes? What is the basis for moral judgment in the Green Lantern Corps? Is Hal Jordan a murderer?
Whether you're a new fan or an elder from Oa, Green Lantern and Philosophy is a must-have companion.

Our Take: Is Hal Jordan a murderer?  What kind of strength is willpower?  Do emotions help or hurt a Green Lantern?  Can a Green Lantern power ring do anything imaginable—and should we worry if it can?  How can insects, mathematical equations, and planets be Green Lanterns?  This latest Green Lantern book poses these great philosophical and ethical questions to the reader.  This book is a treat for any Lantern fan.  It delves into the past story arcs and character relationships of the characters and really gives a history lesson in an inadvertant way, along with insighting some rather involved dialogue about the behavior of the various characters.  This is a great book at a great price and is a really fun way to gear up for the new feature film.

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