Joining the Justice League
After 1985’s CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS, Guy Gardner was designated the official Green Lantern of Sector 2814 while his predecessor Hal Jordan was sent to recruit new members for the Corps. Guy then joined the newly reformed Justice League (JUSTICE LEAGUE vol. 1 #1, 1987). He and Batman clashed several times regarding Guy’s attitude toward authority. Guy finally challenged Batman to a fistfight and was knocked unconscious with one punch. Hours later Guy suffered a concussion that led to his temporarily having a sunny, polite personality (JUSTICE LEAGUE vol. 1 #5, 1987). Guy stayed with the team for years and became romantically involved with teammate Tora Olafsdotter, a.k.a. Ice.
When Hal Jordan returned to become the Green Lantern of Sector 2814 again, Guy challenged him to a fight, saying the loser was obligated to quit the Corps. Using the famed “rope-a-dope” boxing maneuver, Hal tired Guy out and defeated him. Guy then made his way to Oa and took the yellow ring that had been once used by Sinestro. Now armed, he continued to work as a Super Hero, free of the Corps (GUY GARDNER REBORN #1-3, 1992).
“Emerald Twilight” and “Emerald Fallout”
After helping the Justice League fight the monster Doomsday, Guy started using the code name Warrior. He encountered a clone named Joe Gardner and the assassin Militia, who turned out to be his brother Mace. Meanwhile, Hal Jordan was driven mad with grief by the destruction of Coast City. Hoping to alter history, Hal absorbed the power of the Central Power Battery on Oa and took the name Parallax. One Green Lantern ring survived the Central Battery’s destruction, and the Guardian called Ganthet offered it to Guy. Not wanting to serve the Guardians again, Guy refused, and Ganthet instead gave it to Kyle Rayner (GREEN LANTERN SECRET FILES AND ORIGINS vol. 1 #1, 1998).
Guy’s ring’s power began to fluctuate, and he had to rely on suits of armor for combat situations (GUY GARDNER vol. 1 #18-19, 1994). He then led a team of heroes to confront Hal Jordan, but they were defeated and the yellow power ring was destroyed. Guy lost an eye in this battle and fell into a coma for three weeks (GUY GARDNER vol. 1 #20-21, 1994).
Alien Hybrid Warrior (GUY GARDNER vol. 1 #23-44, 1994-1996)
Guy soon discovered that the DNA of a race of aliens called the Vuldarians had been implanted in his bloodline thousands of years ago. By drinking from “Warrior Water” in the Amazon rain forest, Guy activated his dormant Vuldarian genes and gained superpowers that regenerated his injuries (including regrowing his eye) and created armor and weapons from his body (GUY GARDNER vol. 1 #22-24, 1994).
In 1994’s JUDGMENT DAY event, Guy joined several Justice League teams against the Overmaster. Ice, sadly, was killed (JUSTICE LEAGUE TASK FORCE vol. 1 #14, 1994). Around the same time, Guy encountered a creature called Dementor, a half-Vuldarian who claimed he was responsible for Guy’s personality shifts following his experiences in the Phantom Zone (GUY GARDNER vol. 1 #25, 1994).
Guy eventually established Warriors, a bar where Super Heroes could relax (GUY GARDNER vol. 1 #29, 1995). He was seemingly killed during 2001’s OUR WORLDS AT WAR event, but was found in an Earthbound pocket of Hell, his powers now enhanced (ACTION COMICS vol. 1 #789, 2002).
Back to Basics (2005-2011)
In 2005’s GREEN LANTERN: REBIRTH, it was discovered that Hal Jordan’s madness following the destruction of Coast City was due to the mental possession of the real Parallax, an avatar of the yellow fear-based energies that Sinestro’s ring tapped into. Parallax attacked Guy and overrode his Vuldarian DNA, expelling it and making him fully human. After defeating the fear entity, Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner and John Stewart all gained new power rings and, along with Kyle Rayner, became the first warriors in a new Green Lantern Corps.
Now a more tempered and experienced hero, Gardner earned a promotion into the Green Lantern Honor Guard, a leadership position that required him to do “what other Lanterns cannot.” Later he was reunited with Ice after she was resurrected (GREEN LANTERN CORPS vol. 2 #19, 2008). He also temporarily joined a black-ops division known as “the Corpse.”
Guy and the Green Lantern Corps fought evil in 2005’s INFINITE CRISIS, 2007’s SINESTRO CORPS WAR and 2009’s BLACKEST NIGHT. During 2011’s WAR OF THE GREEN LANTERNS, Guy Gardner temporarily used a Red Lantern ring. The ring bonded to him and would kill him when separated, but Kyle Rayner saved Guy’s life with help from a Blue Lantern ring.
New 52 (2011-2016)
Following 2011’s FLASHPOINT, many of Guy’s experiences were erased and he was given a new background. In this continuity, Guy was the middle child of three and became a police officer in Baltimore, like his father, before joining the Corps.
Guy was promoted to the role of “Sentinel Lantern” and went undercover, joining the rage-fueled Red Lantern Corps. Guy eventually left the Red Lanterns, but arranged for them to operate freely in Sector 2814 (RED LANTERNS vol. 1 #28, 2014).
In the Rebirth continuity, it seems that most of the events affecting Guy during the New 52 have remained true, but his origin and childhood have likely been restored to their pre-New 52 versions.