The Green Lantern roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain looks tame enough from the ground, but the new ride packs a wallop once you climb onboard.
With an official opening set for Friday at Magic Mountain, my advance test ride on Green Lantern: First Flight left me feeling like a villain on the receiving end of a superhero's right hook: Wham! Boom! Kapow!
The new-concept, fourth-dimension vertical coaster is a completely different experience depending on whether you're facing forward or backward.
The forward-facing seats deliver a multiple G-force karate kick, usually accompanied by a guttural "Ughhh!"
I preferred the backward-facing seats, which offered a better perspective of the upcoming flips, freefall drops and head-chopper near misses.
Built vertically on a tight footprint, the towering serpentine track shuddered as each of the eight-person cars cycled through the head-over-heels spinning ride.
I expected Green Lantern to be a kinder and gentler version of its older, fourth-dimension cousin, X2. But there was nothing kind and gentle about Green Lantern. While X2 remains more extreme, Green Lantern definitely delivers on the thrills.