Next up as part of my 2012 revamp of the Manga DC Universe I designed back in 2004 is the Green Lantern.
When I originally designed the Manga JLA, I wanted another girl on the core team to balance it some more (usually it's just Wonder Woman and a bunch of dudes), so I made GL female; since each Lantern is actually part of a large group, it allows me to vary the character a bit more.
Hikari Jorudan was a test pilot for Japan Air Self-Defense force, and one of the best. One night she was suddenly bathed in a green force field and carried to the wreckage of an alien craft. The dying alien gave her a green ring, which enveloped Hikari in green light before materializing into a uniform. Hikari was then transported to Oa, where the Guardians of the Universe explained that she had been chosen as the Green-designated "Lantern" for the sector 2814 team of "the Corps," an intergalactic peacekeeping force. Each sector had a team of Lanterns, each with their own color designation and emotional power to wield.
Hikari took on the responsibility of being the Green Lantern, wielding the power of will. Along with her team, led by the fear-wielding Yellow Lantern named Sinestro, Hikari patrols sector 2814 and the planet Earth, protecting it against all intergalactic threats. As she grows accustomed to her powers and assignment, Hikari realizes the greatest threat to the Corps and peace in the universe may be from within.
- The character is obviously based on Hal Jordan. "Hikari" is a Japanese female name for "radiance," fitting for a superhero using light. Her surname "Jorudan" is a Japanese phonetic spelling of Jordan.
- Visually, Hikari is based a lot on Motoko from Ghost in the Shell, most notably in the hairstyle. However, the idea of her as a member of a multicolored team (akin to Super Sentai), is an idea created by
that I really liked. I grew up on Power Rangers in the 90s so the idea of differently colored Lanterns (the equivalent of rangers) fit pretty well. The test pilot background, ring, and powers are basically the same (hard-light constructs formed out of willpower).
- I simplified her look a bit more from the '04 design. Gone are a lot of the bulkier elements, in order to make her look more feminine. I removed the long braided ponytail. I also added a light-constructed visor; sunglasses and masks tend to separate authority figures from normal citizens (Secret Service, MiB, highway patrol, cops, etc).