The Power Ring and Imagination

Posted by RazzaTazz (9568 posts) - - Show Bio

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.   

 
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#1 Posted by dondasch (926 posts) - - Show Bio

As you have not progressed so far with the issues leading up to Blackest Night, I hesitate to post who a yellow (fear based) ring was offered to.  I'll let you discover that gem on your own :)

#2 Posted by MrUnknown (1700 posts) - - Show Bio

Never mind, Soranik being your favorite doesn't surprise me now XD

#3 Posted by Hawkeye446 (3940 posts) - - Show Bio

Awesome, I like the idea of imagination coming into how they are chosen.

#4 Posted by AtraCruor (237 posts) - - Show Bio

The JLU cartoons did not get John right.  In fact, they tried to make John Hal in a way, more self esteem, fighting against fate, and other aspects of Hal's personality while also  giving him Hal's constructs.  John's were more "durable" because he "built" them from the inside out due to being an architecht while Hal had the basic ones due to him only ever creating what he needed to "get the job done" in his words, but his had more power.   
 
It's also not just willpower that picks the user.  There's a special something within those that are chosen.  Something deeper beyond just overcoming great fear which is why Batman or Superman haven't ever been chosen to have one (in the comics).
#5 Posted by dondasch (926 posts) - - Show Bio

@AtraCruor  That last part is not necessarily true, as a yellow power ring was offered to Batman, due to him being able to cause great fear.  Now, that would have been a truly fearsome Lantern.

#6 Posted by Lion_Heart22 (446 posts) - - Show Bio

She's able to use the ring like that because she's a doctor. Every GL brings their personality to the table, for example, Kyle is an artist and designer. He's into japanese manga too, so he often builds very detailed Mechas, for example. Where Alan Scott would create a sword, he created a lightsaber, and so on and so forth.

John is a marine and an architect, he supossedly spends a lot of time and effort in making sure his constructs are built exactly like the real thing would be. So if he builds a rifle (since he's the corps sharpshooter, he does so several times), the rifle has all the internal parts of a real world rifle.

Hal is always mentioned as being "basic" in his constructs, but that's not true. He builds very detailed and imaginative constructs, such as power armors, or giant, life-like copies of an airforce pilot, but he places function over aesthetics. He says he's about precision, doing exactly what it takes to get the job done.

Guy isn't outspoken about how he builds his constructs, it's only known that he can barely contain his willpower and that his ring is always sparking, like it was trying to contain too much pressure. His constructs are the ones that seem more basic though.

#7 Posted by FadeToBlackBolt (23334 posts) - - Show Bio
@AtraCruor said:
The JLU cartoons did not get John right.  In fact, they tried to make John Hal in a way, more self esteem, fighting against fate, and other aspects of Hal's personality while also  giving him Hal's constructs.  John's were more "durable" because he "built" them from the inside out due to being an architecht while Hal had the basic ones due to him only ever creating what he needed to "get the job done" in his words, but his had more power.    It's also not just willpower that picks the user.  There's a special something within those that are chosen.  Something deeper beyond just overcoming great fear which is why Batman or Superman haven't ever been chosen to have one (in the comics).
Editorial mandate. That's the only thing.  
 
Superman should be a Blue Lantern, and Bruce should be a GL (since both inspire more Hope, and have more Will, than any other person in the respective Corps). 
 
As for Razzatazz's topic, Soranik is a great GL, and GLC was a great book. Most frontline GLs (except for Kyle) are boring characters with no real personality, but Soranik avoids that, and is actually worth reading about for reasons beyond just having a cool power. 
#8 Posted by RazzaTazz (9568 posts) - - Show Bio
@FadeToBlackBolt said:

Editorial mandate. That's the only thing.   Superman should be a Blue Lantern, and Bruce should be a GL (since both inspire more Hope, and have more Will, than any other person in the respective Corps).  As for Razzatazz's topic, Soranik is a great GL, and GLC was a great book. Most frontline GLs (except for Kyle) are boring characters with no real personality, but Soranik avoids that, and is actually worth reading about for reasons beyond just having a cool power. 
Just finished reading the whole thing, she is one of my favourite characters in the DCU now
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#9 Posted by Daveyo520 (2447 posts) - - Show Bio

While I like Hal, he is an idiot. He doesn't use his ring to its full potential. In GL #2 Sinestro gave Hal a leson on this and how much more you can accomplish with a ring in a short time.

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