One of the most often asked question about the power rings is how does it find the host when there are so many other potentially strong members. On Earth this has led the ring to bypass such otherwise worthy candidates such as Bruce Wayne or Dick Grayson and to go straight for what has usually been a military man (of course there are plenty of reasons, both inside the comic worlds and in the real world why they would not be chosen.) In the cases when it didn’t it went for another very regimented person (Guy Gardner) but in one case it chose Kyle Rayner (though this was technically Ganthet that chose him). This highlighted different aspects of the ring, as the ring is powerful only in so much that of the user’s willpower and the user’s imagination, and in this case the fact that Rayner was an artist allowed the imagination aspect of the ring to become more prominent. In the JLU cartoons this was also hinted at as Hal Jordan’s light constructs usually had a great deal of variety, while ex Marine John Stewart had light constructs which were usually pretty basically like a shield of an axe. When it comes to the solid light constructs which are created though, the imagination of them is not really all that important. As was shown in the Green Lantern movie, it is not really important if a falling helicopter is captured by another vehicle on a levitated racetrack, or just a big bundle of energy in the form of a crash pad. Real imagination is lacking mostly in the application of the ring as it is usually just a device for flying or fighting.
This is where Soranik comes in. I should mention first that I have only just begun to read Green Lantern Corps, and thus my exposure to the character is limited. I don’t know if she is as consistently well written as she is in the first four issues of the series, but there have been some moments in their which showed that she is quite a worthy candidate for the ring. Instead of charging off to find the alien that killed her partner (as guy has), she instead uses the ring to perform an autopsy on his body to find evidence of how he was murdered. This leads her to follow a hunch to a local biochemist. I do read Green Lantern from time to time, but this was some detecting which went beyond what the Lanterns usually use the ring to detect (like asking for information from the database or performing scans.) This is a reminder that the ring doesn’t have to be a crutch in superheroics but can also be an aid and a tool. Furthermore Soranik shows that imagination doesn’t only mean the ability to draw, but that one of the fundamental qualities of a scientist is imagination.