Off My Mind: One Green Lantern Per Space Sector Isn't Enough

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Posted by G-Man (36655 posts) - - Show Bio

The Green Lantern Corps are the intergalactic police force for the DC Universe. The galaxy is divided into sectors, each with its own personal Green Lantern. Each Lantern is highly trained and possesses a power ring, perhaps one of the most powerful weapons in the universe. But is all of that enough?

Space is a big place. Even divided into sectors, we're talking about a large area for each Lantern to cover. Their power rings may keep them informed of where they are needed but is this really enough? Surprisingly, a thought from Larfleeze, the sole Orange Lantern controlling the power of Avarice, comes to mind.

"You can only protect what you can hold." This can be taken a few different ways but what it comes down to is, can the Green Lantern Corps truly and fully protect their assigned sectors?

== TEASER ==

Larfleeze is known for his greed over possessions but he has a good point. People are more likely to protect that which belongs to them. A person is more likely to go to extreme means to protect their family and private property. If they were assigned to protect something that didn't belong to them, how far would they be willing to go to protect that?

Greed and reward can be strong incentives. But that does not mean an Orange Lantern would be a better protector than a Green Lantern. Clearly, the Orange Lantern will only have one priority, him or herself.

We can assume the Green Lanterns are honorable and dedicated to their position. The ring choses them based on their worthiness. Their effectiveness comes into question over how much area are they assigned to cover? While there may be an extremely large number of sectors to patrol, having only one Lantern is far from practical. A Lantern may get immediate distress calls and might be able to cover incredible distances in a short amount of time but they cannot be in more than one place at a time.

We have seen newer recruits sometimes paired off with a veteran Lantern but how many Lanterns should a sector have? How would it be determined? Some sectors would most likely contain more danger than others. That doesn't necessarily mean that trouble might not venture into a more peaceful sector. Lanterns can always ask for back up from nearby Lanterns but what if they all have their hands full in their own sector? And wouldn't leaving their sector leave it vulnerable to other evil forces?

If the Green Lantern Corps are responsible for protecting their own sector, how much liability do they have? If something horrific occurs and they fail to respond or prevent it, are they to blame? Can citizens of a sector file a suit against the Lantern and/or the Corps and Guardians? There's also the matter of how involved they should be. It's no surprise that Earth would have four Green Lanterns since so much trouble seems to originate and occur there. If the Joker set off a nuclear missile that destroyed most of Earth's population, is this something that the Lanterns should have prevented or is it merely Batman's fault?

Space is a large are and with the infinite number of planets, there's no reason the Guardians can't dramatically increase the number of recruits the Green Lantern Corps contains. It was Mogo that was in charge of all the rings of the fallen Lanterns and then sent out to new potential ones. If they truly wish for peace and protecting the Universe, they need to ensure that each and every sector is safe and secure. With the billions and billions of sentient beings in the universe, there is no reason why the Guardians can't appoint more Lanterns per sector. There's bound to be more worthy individuals in the universe. The Lantern Corps should not be limited to one per species (as the exception with Earth shows this is a good idea). The question is, where should they draw the line? How involved should they get with each sector's activities? Is having more Lanterns protecting each sector a good idea or should everyone just learn to take care of themselves?

#1 Posted by lectriccolossus (436 posts) - - Show Bio

first to pose XD
#2 Edited by blur1528 (1055 posts) - - Show Bio

There are two lanterns per sector. And then after that Honor Guard and now the defunct Alpha Lanterns.

#3 Posted by HaHaManHV (234 posts) - - Show Bio

I'd like to point out that there are two lanterns per sector. And 99% of the time the sectors help each other anyways. So I think they're more than covered, you can't just go around giving out lantern rings like candy, as it is way too many people crumble under the weight, and they're the most capable so what does that say about the rest?
#4 Posted by HaHaManHV (234 posts) - - Show Bio
@lectriccolossus: First to type-o as well :P
#5 Posted by NightFang (10128 posts) - - Show Bio

Would having more GL's really make a difference?

#6 Edited by Eyz (3095 posts) - - Show Bio

I'd say, go for 5 GLs per EACH sector and bring in a 5th to Earth!
Perhaps someone from another planet around Earth sector's :P

#7 Posted by nick7913 (104 posts) - - Show Bio
@HaHaManHV: I think the typo (not type-o) was intentional. ;-) 
  
I always thought that the Green Lanterns needed more in terms of organization, not more members. I love the idea of an IAD established with the Alphas but I would like to see DC take a chance and give the Corps to someone who can write detective stories and not huge, multi-crossover, sprawling epics. A change of pace might do them good. Keep the big ideas but remember that Green Lanterns are basically space cops. 
#8 Posted by CaptainGenisVell (305 posts) - - Show Bio

A quote from Green Lantern: First Flight is coming to mind (not a great GL source, but it fits), Hal basically says a GL to their sector is what a policeman is to thier precinct.
So if each sector truly was a precinct, there would be more than one or even two GL to house it and protect it but instead an entire house.

#9 Posted by kfhrfdu_89_76k (3768 posts) - - Show Bio

G-man said: 
Can citizens of a sector file a suit against the Lantern and/or the Corps and Guardians
 
Only those who know the concept of suing someone.

#10 Edited by mark5 (1213 posts) - - Show Bio
@lectriccolossus said:

first to pose XD

pose? 
 
As for this: There are 2 per sector now i believe. Also you made a mistake the Lantern patrol the entire universe. Not just 1 galaxy. They are billions of galaxies in universe. Also i believe in comics some sectors used to have more than 1. The definition of a sector hasn't really be defined properly. Sometimes places with a lot of life like the milky way galaxy consists of 3 sectors due to the amount of work and danger while vast open galactic spaces covering maybe a million light years with little life may be less than 1 sector. The definition really changes as the story needs or the writer feels.  
 
Also a lawsuit on the GL Corps? I think they can complain within themselves but there is no way to get a message to them in the centre of the universe unless there is sufficient technology on the planet and assuming the Guardians been the jerks they are are even willing to listen. And besides how many sentient aliens do you think have such a thing as suing someone where you see aliens who don't even have a concept for light. -___-
And yes if a bomb goes off in Gotham it will be Hal's responsibility not only Batman's. That's why i felt the GL's on earth should be international heroes and not just operate mainly in America when they are on earth or join a team called "Justice League of America".
#11 Posted by The Mighty Monarch (2267 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm not the first to say it, but yeah, there are 2 lanterns per sector now. I think there have been since the current series started, or close to it.

#12 Posted by fitchy101 (205 posts) - - Show Bio
@Eyz: That would be so awesome! Especially if they weren't human. Sweet Idea.
#13 Posted by AirDave817 (817 posts) - - Show Bio

From reading Green Lantern and seeing that Alan, Hal, John, Guy and Kyle have all been based on or around Earth and our solar system, I don't think more GL's is a better thing. If there are two GL's per sector and we have almost five for our sector...  
 
I would say double up with Green and Blue Lanterns.

#14 Posted by mark5 (1213 posts) - - Show Bio
@AirDave817 said:
From reading Green Lantern and seeing that Alan, Hal, John, Guy and Kyle have all been based on or around Earth and our solar system, I don't think more GL's is a better thing. If there are two GL's per sector and we have almost five for our sector...   I would say double up with Green and Blue Lanterns.
good idea.
#15 Posted by Neuron (109 posts) - - Show Bio

I always thought that localized threats were not necessarily the GLC's jurisdiction, only events crossing planetary/systemic/galactic boundaries.  Kind of like state or federal police.  That would drastically limit the number of problems they would have to deal with.  Space is big, sure, but how many of these kinds of situations could possibly be occurring at the same time in a single sector?  Not many, I bet.  Certainly few enough for the ring to detect them and the GLC to respond with a GL or two.
 
With that opinion on their jurisdiction, their responsibility is established.  If Joker blows up the world, it would be pretty horrific, but I don't think it falls to the GLC to resolve that.  Is it the responsibility of the Earth-based heroes?  Sure.  Is it the responsibility of the Earth-based GLs?  Maybe.

#16 Posted by Golden Cod (430 posts) - - Show Bio
@nick7913 said:
@HaHaManHV: I think the typo (not type-o) was intentional. ;-)   I always thought that the Green Lanterns needed more in terms of organization, not more members. I love the idea of an IAD established with the Alphas but I would like to see DC take a chance and give the Corps to someone who can write detective stories and not huge, multi-crossover, sprawling epics. A change of pace might do them good. Keep the big ideas but remember that Green Lanterns are basically space cops. 
Agreed.   If the Alphas didn't feature Manhunter tech, I could see them involved in noir-style stories about corruption and manipulation.
#17 Posted by Shieldbearer (84 posts) - - Show Bio
@AirDave817
 
Agreed, for every Green Lantern there should be a Blue one.
#18 Posted by Moonleming (39 posts) - - Show Bio

I've always wondered from what position the GLC claims its power.   The Guardians just decided it. Can a legitimate government tell them to get the heck of their planet?  Do the Guardians sign treaties?  I  thought it would be interesting to see a ruler losing his position of power call in a Sinestro Corp member to help cement his rule with fear.  But overall I've always liked the idea of dumping the so called Guardians of the universe - they have failed miserably time and time again.  The one thing they don't seem to be able to do well is guard the universe.  They blew each crisis, they missed  the boat on both their own threats Sinestro Corp War and Blackest Night, they couldn't even stop Hal from destroying them. I like the idea that the Guardians consist of essentially a congress representing each color.

#19 Posted by TDK_1997 (14985 posts) - - Show Bio
@The Mighty Monarch said:
I'm not the first to say it, but yeah, there are 2 lanterns per sector now. I think there have been since the current series started, or close to it.
#20 Posted by sj_esposito (457 posts) - - Show Bio
@lectriccolossus said:
first to pose XD
Nothing against anyone, but I hate this so much.
#21 Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus (6885 posts) - - Show Bio

I think this raises a valid concern considering that in the Last Will storyline of Emerald Warriors that the Guardians had not mapped out all of the universe into space sectors anyway, that there were whole places still unaccounted for and hence not 'policed'.  Even whether there are 2 GLs in each sector or not it would seem then that there needs to be at least more to account for in the duties of protecting the cosmos for the Corps.  But then again maybe the rule should be that quality instead of quantity is what consists for the GLC.  

#22 Posted by G-Man (36655 posts) - - Show Bio

@RedheadedAtrocitus: Exactly. I did mention a second Lantern being used in the article, just not the title. As huge as each sector is, even having two is not enough. If the $#!& hits the fan in three different areas in that sector, they're kinda screwed.

#23 Posted by DarkMatter23 (71 posts) - - Show Bio

@Moonleming: Your points are spot on.

#24 Posted by Iron_Turtle (583 posts) - - Show Bio
Short answer. The guardians are impotent bureaucratic jackasses, with a history of bad decisions. 

Also, what is the effective range of the central power battery? If it has a limited range it could be a reason.
#25 Posted by Doctor!!!!! (2055 posts) - - Show Bio

what is better than one Lantern?......... a billion Lanterns in one sector! 
You Just got Doctored!

#26 Posted by tensor (4637 posts) - - Show Bio

dc just focus on earth sector that is all plus there will never be enough lantern to patrol all of space plus the guardians make some sectors off limits

#27 Posted by danhimself (22623 posts) - - Show Bio

there aren't 4 Lanterns for sector 2814....Guy and Kyle are Honor Guards and have no sector restrictions

#28 Posted by Soldier zero (250 posts) - - Show Bio

I think that the biggest problem is defining how fricking huge a sector is. Based on our present knowledge the Milky Way is composed by 200-400 billions stars. For sake of calculation we assume a rather uniform density (which is absolutly not the case), the corps divide the galaxy in 3600 sectors, which means that each Green Lantern has approximatly 556,000,000 stars under his/hers jurisdiction. Even considering that many star systems in the our galaxy have more than one star, this is little too much I think.
 
Otherwwise we can assume that only the inhabitable planets (a.k.a. planets that can sustain life as we know), which number around 500 millions, this place about 139,000 inhabitable worlds under each Green Lantern responsibility. Still a ginormous number.
 
Overall I think that this i case were suspension of disbelief comes into play, the Lanterns are really too  little to be really effective. Which, propbably, indicates that the Guardians should rely heavily on local forces, leaving the Lanters free to operate as a sort of "super-national" force. Otherwise, where is the Lantern of New Genesis/Apokolips?
 

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#29 Posted by SandmanEsq (22 posts) - - Show Bio

My sole thought is, just how many beings weilding the "most powerful weapon in the universe" is too many?  Given the number of lanterns that have either simply gone "off the reservation" or completely turned against the forces of good, is more really better? 
 
Just my $0.02.
#30 Posted by The Devil Tiger (1263 posts) - - Show Bio

The real question is.. how many superpowered threat are by stellar system ?
 
If all planet are inhabited by the same ratio of superbeing than earth, the Green llantern face a hopeless challenge...
#31 Posted by Sammo21 (697 posts) - - Show Bio

I would think that since they really are like space cops that its the same...your district is given people determined by your need. Space Sector 2814 for example wouldn't need that many as there really aren't that many sentient beings there. I would think the 4 they have already: Jordan, Stewart, Reynor, and Gardner are more than plenty for that sector.

#32 Edited by Mbecks14 (2068 posts) - - Show Bio
@blur1528 said:

There are two lanterns per sector. And then after that Honor Guard and now the defunct Alpha Lanterns.

yeah i was about to say the same thing. 
#33 Posted by umbrafeline (5300 posts) - - Show Bio

does this mean that the will go back to be ineffective against all things yellow?
#34 Posted by cbishop (8655 posts) - - Show Bio
@G-Man: I've always thought of only one or two GL's per sector as something like a piece of folklore, concerning the Texas Rangers (and I think this may have been used for the Darkstars, in an early issue of that title): 
 
A particular town found itself in the throes of a riot, and sent word that they needed Texas Rangers on the scene, to help restore order.  The mob continued to riot as town officials awaited the train bearing their reinforcements.  However, when the train arrived, only one man disembarked, although he was wearing the badge of a Texas Ranger.  A town official greeted the Ranger, but nervously said, "We're grateful for the help, but we were under the impression that there would be more than one Ranger." 
 
"What the hell for?" asked the Ranger.  "There's only one mob, ain't there?" 
 
The point: I think it all depends on how bad-ass those one or two GL's are, and my impression has always been that they are all bad-assed enough to hold their sectors... it just hasn't been shown very well in recent years.  To my mind, when the GL's all heard "Killing restriction lifted," during the Sinestro Corps War, that should have sent chills down readers' spines, like seeing tigers unleashed on a preschool playground.
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#35 Posted by KEROGA (1022 posts) - - Show Bio

i would totally want to see some new GL characters..
#36 Posted by Mr. Dead Pool (2625 posts) - - Show Bio

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#37 Posted by AirDave817 (817 posts) - - Show Bio
@mark5
 
Although I stopped reading GL at Brightest Day - there is just something cool about the Blue Lanterns isn't there? I'd almost like to see Guy stay as a Red Lantern - but as a hero - John as one of the other spectrum ring-bearers and maybe Kyle as a Blue Lantern...but, that's just me...
#38 Posted by AirDave817 (817 posts) - - Show Bio
@Shieldbearer said:
@AirDave817:  Agreed, for every Green Lantern there should be a Blue one.

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#39 Posted by Herx (374 posts) - - Show Bio

I think that it depends on how many inhabited planets are in one sector, and out of those planets how much crime / chaos is created. For example after the Vega system became a system that was no longer out of bounds the guardians appointed 2 lanterns to that system alone. 
 
As far as suing the lanterns goes i think the closest I've seen is When Vrill Dox slandered the new lanterns of the Vega system as to promote his L.E.G.I.O.N, and the system were buying into it prefering LEGION protection to GL protection so John Stewart was sent there to talk things through officially. And also in the Justice League cartoon where John was called up for the destruction of a planate.

#40 Posted by They Killed Cap! (2243 posts) - - Show Bio

I think they really need to up the numbers...we dont need to see all of them but it is something that at times is over looked...
#41 Posted by Solitaire (45 posts) - - Show Bio

I've kind of thought more or less the same thing about all of this for a while now, but there are a few things to consider.
 
First off, the very notion of dividing the universe into equal segments breaks the very notion of the universe to begin with. IT'S INFINITE. It goes on forever, therefore there should be an infinite amount of sectors, and an infinite number of Lanterns.
 
I've never really been clear on whether the sectors are meant to represent areas of the universe as a whole or just to divide our galaxy, (having read stories that would indicate both) but even if it is just our galaxy that's being protected, that raises a whole new issue.
 
I find it just a wee bit conceited of our favourite omnipotent blue aliens to call themselves "Guardians of the Universe" and then lend their power and support to just one little galaxy. What about the rest of the universe? Do they not matter? Hell, even if each of the sectors covered an entire galaxy, that would mean only 3000 Lanterns for the whole Universe. 3000 Corps Members to police the very definition of infinity. My mind is fraying just trying to wrap my head around that.
 
Finally there's the Earth. Nevermind that there should be more Lanterns per sector to help keep the peace, how exactly is it fair that one planet, (planet not sector) ended up with four of them?
 
It's not even like these are just four random schmoes of the Corps either, Kyle, Hal, John, and Guy are four of the powerful and successful Corps members to ever wield the ring, Hal himself being universally recognized as the greatest of all.
 
These are all things that I've come to just accept as part of the Green Lantern mythos, but it's still something that makes me scratch my head every once in a while. Especially when universe-spanning story lines take place and these exact questions are either dealt with or avoided.
 
Still though, something to think about.....

#42 Posted by Jordanstine (907 posts) - - Show Bio

Behold!
Alan Scott, the original Green Lantern's new look!
 

#43 Posted by JonesDeini (3620 posts) - - Show Bio

Because that would force Geoff Johns to admit that Hal Jordan isn't Green Jesus or the greatest lantern ever...

#44 Posted by BallsMonkey (21 posts) - - Show Bio

There are too many Lanterns already, they need to start cutting some, starting with Hal Jordan and Guy Gardner.

#45 Posted by Emperormeister734 (819 posts) - - Show Bio

THIS YEAR IS GOING TO BE GREEN AND OWNED BY THE CORPS FOR LIFE

#46 Posted by kennybaese (1133 posts) - - Show Bio

There are two lanterns per sector now, and given the crazy amounts of change we saw with the new Green Lantern announcements, I doubt that'll change with the relaunch.

And if sectors need backup, that's what the honor lanterns are for, though it's never really been clear how many of them there are beside Gardner and Raynor.

#47 Posted by Kallarkz (3303 posts) - - Show Bio
@walkingcarpet said:

There are two lanterns per sector now, and given the crazy amounts of change we saw with the new Green Lantern announcements, I doubt that'll change with the relaunch.

And if sectors need backup, that's what the honor lanterns are for, though it's never really been clear how many of them there are beside Gardner and Raynor.

This ^ 
 
And even though I am unsure of an official complaint being made about a Lantern to the Guardians I do believe that it is possible to do so. In Emerald Warriors #4 Guy Gardner, Kilowog and Arisia arrived on Daxam and confronted Diro Yat (sodam Yats father) about his actions. After being punched by both Guy Gardner and Arisia he stated that he was going to file a "GOTG-22" and have their rings removed. It has not been seen however if he has filed this complaint and with what is going on with the Green Lanterns i think the Guardians are a bit too busy too deal with it ;p.
#48 Posted by KRYPTON (1891 posts) - - Show Bio

More green lanterns in a single sector would be a must for the GL corps. However, it needs to be lanterns native to the sector (i.e. Hal Jordan, Kyle Rayner etc etc - protectors of Earth).

#49 Posted by greenenvy (634 posts) - - Show Bio

How about an all female green lantern team corp series. It will consist of arisia, boodika, laira  and sinistro's daughter (forgot her name). anyone agree!? 

#50 Posted by goldenkey (2927 posts) - - Show Bio

One is enough per sector.  After reading the article about the GL rings ability, and what I know of it already it's watered down in it's usage.  It's written watered down because if it wasn't the stories would be blah.  G.L.'s can do almost anything aside from using the ring to travel thru time.  Or just change reality all together.  What Hal did to sacrifice his life when he was Parallax is something I would think any G.L. could if the consentrated.  I also think any G.L. could beat Superman if used the right way.

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