Sunday, December 11, 2005

Nagging Thoughts for 12/11

Can Green Lantern create food with his ring?

Can Green Lantern create something with his ring that he cannot lift with his ring?

Don't you think that the name "Sinestro" would sort of give the Guardians a clue that maybe he is not the guy to give a ring to?

Are the ring constructs really light-based? Is that "light" that comes from the rings?

Why don't the Guardians ever give a ring to someone with superpowers?

7 Comments:

Blogger Tom Foss said...

*Presumably, yes, since they can sustain themselves in space with the ring. If not creating food directly, they could at least keep their bodies heathy.

*Depends on whether his willpower is greater than his imagination.

*Well, then they wouldn't have given one to KILL-owog either.

*I think it's nonspecific green energy...I know Argent and Jade have both been described as having plasma constructs.

*Supposedly Kal-El would have become his sector's GL if Krypton hadn't gone kablooey. And they did give a ring to a Vuldarian. "Invasion" suggested that only humans had such a propensity for metahuman abilities, so superpowers are rare among other races (unless the whole race has those powers). I suppose it's possible that they think it'd be giving a person too much power.

Then again, haven't there been Durlan GLs? Shape-shifting ought to count as a superpower.

12/12/2005 12:00 PM  
Anonymous RAB said...

Q: Can Green Lantern create food with his ring?

"EDITOR'S NOTE: Objects created by the power ring disappear as soon as the wielder ceases to concentrate on them, or when the ring's charge wears off! If either of these happen while the food is being digested, it would vanish from the body as if the diner had never eaten anything!"


Q: Can Green Lantern create something with his ring that he cannot lift with his ring?

"EDITOR'S NOTE: The power ring is limited only by the willpower and imagination of its user! Since Hal can imagine an object too heavy for himself to lift unaided, he can indeed create it. If he needs it to be lifted, however, the ring can do that as well!"


Q: Don't you think that the name "Sinestro" would sort of give the Guardians a clue that maybe he is not the guy to give a ring to?

"EDITOR'S NOTE: Sinestro's real name translates as 'left-handed' in the language of his home planet Korugar -- just as the word 'sinister' means 'left-handed' in English! Hal's ring automatically translates the name into the nearest English equivalent, just as it does for all alien languages he encounters!"


Q: Are the ring constructs really light-based? Is that "light" that comes from the rings?

"EDITOR'S NOTE: Albert Einstein's formula E=MC squared tells us that matter and energy are interchangeable, and photons -- the basic quantum unit of light -- have been scientifically proven to have mass! Therefore an object made entirely of light could theoretically have all the properties of solid matter!"


Q: Why don't the Guardians ever give a ring to someone with superpowers?

"EDITOR'S NOTE: Many GLs, even without their rings, have powers that Terrans do not possess...just as Hal Jordan has innate abilities that GLs from other worlds lack!"


(this comment written in honor of Julie Schwartz and E. Nelson Bridwell)

12/12/2005 1:19 PM  
Blogger David C said...

There was a bit from a (I think) JLA comic I read as a kid that greatly puzzled me at the time. Still does today, I guess.

As part of some subterfuge, GL creates a phony Justice League with his ring (just to stand around and fool the bad guys, not to fight or anything.)

And they're not all green... which seemed odd, but, well, OK, maybe it's just *easier* to make things green, but he can make other colors if he puts his mind to it?

But what really bugged me was how he could create the *yellow* bits of various costumes, like Superman's belt or the Flash's boots....

12/12/2005 4:40 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

Brilliant, RAB.

Just brilliant.

12/12/2005 11:19 PM  
Blogger Philip said...

It's been 3 or 4 reboots since I read a Legion of Superheroes title, so I don't know if Daxam is still part of continuity, but one of Alan Moore's Green Lantern Corps stories referred to a Daxamite GL. (The trouble with that is: lead can be the basis for yellow paint, making him ridiculously easy to take out in a fight.)

12/13/2005 2:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re: Sinestro

Maybe they just figured his parents were Trig teachers?

12/16/2005 11:55 PM  
Anonymous Rohan said...

I know this is a bit late, but I only just stumbled across this site, if you can believe that. Anyway, I was reading the GL Showcase TPB last night, and I asked myself that exact same question about Sinestro!
Also, as far as the superpowered ring-bearer thing goes... in an old issue of Action Comics (the last weekly anthology issue before it went back to a monthly format), Elliot S. Maggin wrote a story with a flashback that sees Abin-Sur about to give his ring to Clark Kent, before realising that he is ineligible because he's not from the right space sector. Later in the issue, Hal is on the brink of death, and candidates to take the ring appear before him. Among the contendors are Clark Kent and Deadman.

1/02/2006 12:28 AM  

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