Green Lantern, one of DC Comics' oldest and most enduring heroes no matter what parallel earth he's on, is serving as a beacon for the publisher again, this time as a proud, mighty, and openly gay hero. The change is revealed in the pages of the second issue of Earth 2 out next week, and comes on the heels of what has been an expansive year for gay and lesbian characters in the pages of comic books from Archie to Marvel and others.
But purists and fans note: This Green Lantern is not the emerald galactic space cop Hal Jordan who was, and is, part of the Justice League. Instead, Alan Scott is the retooled version of the classic Lantern whose first appearance came in the pages of All-American Comics No. 16 in July 1940, explains the writer of the new series. The writer adds that "he doesn't come out. He's gay when we see him in issue two." Earth 2 features retooled and rebooted characters.