El'Qa Sqa Zreenah had been battling the warlike Statejians for years, in what seemed to be a hopeless cause. Then he was selected to join the Green Lantern Corps.
[Green Lantern/Sinestro Corps Secret Files #1]
Some time later, Green Lantern El'Qa Sqa Zreenah was in deep space and under siege by the Statejians. Blasted by solar cannons, the energy inflicted severe damage on the Green Lantern. He believed he may have been mortally wounded. El'Qa Sqa Zreenah commanded his power ring to take him to the nearest inhabited planet, Qualar IV.
He ordered his ring to seek out one among who was completely without fear. The search did not go well. Across the planet, each candidate fainted in terror at the touch of the emerald light.
El'Qa Sqa Zreenah was astounded by the results. The ring had found only one on Qualar IV that appeared to be without fear, but had rejected him. El'Qa Sqa Zreenah was in no mood for discussion and commanded the ring to bring that candidate to him.
The ring brought Perdoo. The Green Lantern tried explaining the many responsibilities to Perdoo, but the native of Qualar IV was easily distracted by flitterbys, local flying insects similar to butterflies on Earth. The oath did not go as well as El'Qa Sqa Zreenah would have liked, but it had to do. Before going off into space, Perdoo saw to El'Qa Sqa Zreenah's injuries.
The newest Green Lantern believed the Statejians were giant flitterbys and grew very annoyed when they attacked him. Unprepared for this new Green Lantern, the Statejians inadvertently turned their weapons on themselves. Perdoo's world was saved.
Perdoo returned to Qualar IV, to the praise of El'Qa Sqa Zreenah. The injured Green Lantern was proud he had chose such a worthy successor as Perdoo. Even though he survived his injuries, El'Qa Sqa Zreenah was prepared to relinquish the title of Green Lantern to one so noble and worthy. The newest Green Lantern appeared unmoved. He returned the ring to El'Qa Sqa Zreenah, requesting lunch.
El'Qa Sqa Zreenah returned Perdoo to his home, which was actually a mental hospital on Qualar IV. Perdoo was the only one without fear on that world because he was mentally unbalanced.
[Green Lantern Annual Vol. 3 #5]
Now that the Green Lantern Corps has expanded with two Lanterns per space sector, Perdoo has been inducted into the Corps as the partner of El'Qa Sqa Zreenah.
On Qualar IV the two battled their opposite numbers in the Sinestro Corps. Perdoo faced off against the Sinestro Corps member from Qualar IV, while El'Qa Sqa Zreenah fought someone from his own species. They were called back to Oa after the Guardians ordered a Code Black, but as their fight was ongoing at the time, the outcome is not currently known. It is believed that both Lanterns survived the Sinestro Corps Wars.
[Green Lantern Vol. 4 #22]
Despite Perdoo's interpretation, we can safely assume El'Qa Sqa Zreenah's oath was the same as Hal Jordan's:
"In brightest day, in darkest night,
no evil will escape my sight.
Let those who worship evil's might,
beware my power... Green Lantern's light"
-Green Lantern Annual Vol. 3 #5
Script: Len Wein
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Pencils: Bill Willingham
Inks: Robert Campanella
Colors: Pat Garrahy
Letters: Bob Lappan
Assistant Edits: Eddie Berganza
Edits: Kevin Dooley
As part of DC's 1996 Annuals featuring "Legends of the Dead Earth," the Green Lantern Annual Vol. 3 #5 was to represent the continuation of the Green Lantern legacy. The stories feature the passage of the power ring from Green Lantern to Green Lantern, supposedly Kyle Rayner's ring.
ElQa Sqa Zreenah and Perdoo were folded into the current DC Universe in 2007's Green Lantern Vol. 4 #22.