25 of the best fictional planets to visit

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12. Mogo (Green Lantern)

Sure, Stan Lee may have thought of the living planet idea first, at least in the field of comics. But if we’re talking about a planet we’d actually like to visit, then Mogo is quite a bit more hospitable.

Mogo first appeared in Green Lantern vol. 2 #188, in May 1985. The story featuring the planet, “Mogo Doesn’t Socialize,” was written by none other than Alan Moore and drawn by Dave Gibbons. At first, Mogo was meant to be a simple one-off character, but later writers couldn’t help but bring it back. Mogo is now both a full member of the good-guy Green Lantern Corps, as well as a rest stop for fellow Green Lanterns.

Like Ego, Mogo is a sentient planet. Mogo is technically without gender, though writers and Lantern Corps members routinely refer to the planet as “him.” In Mogo’s initial appearances, it’s tough for him to make it out to a gathering, what with a planet’s worth of gravity that could interfere with the proceedings. Hence, the title “Mogo Doesn’t Socialize.”

Mogo’s story

Later on, Mogo does get to go out and about, often thanks to holographic representations of his consciousness. Plenty of other people visit Mogo, too, though not all are aware of the planet’s intelligence. At one point, a nomadic alien race settles on the hibernating Mogo, dumping pollutants into the atmosphere.

In another story, the hunter Bolphunga the Unrelenting tracks the legendary Mogo to the planet where the Green Lantern presumably resides. Bolphunga spends years looking for a humanoid-sized Lantern Corps member. It’s only when he realizes that the planet’s foliage is arranged in a huge Green Lantern symbol around the planet that Mogo’s real identity becomes clear.

Bolphunga sensibly flees the planet after that. If you play nice, however, chances are that you and Mogo will get along just fine.