Shouldn't a Green Lantern be able to move at FTL speeds?

#1 Posted by xybernauts (885 posts) - - Show Bio

I know a Green Lantern can travel through space, but how exactly do they do this (i.e. wormholes, warp, hyperspace, etc.)? I mean they have to be able to move at faster then light speeds to move farther then a light year right and if they can use their rings to move at FTL speeds then have they ever used this ability in combat?

#2 Posted by lightsout (1885 posts) - - Show Bio

I believe it has to entering some sort of hyper/warp-space, but I'd love to know (for sure) also.

#3 Posted by BlackWind (8385 posts) - - Show Bio

In order to traverse the galaxy, yes they'd need FTL speeds, and matching reflexes so they don't crash into asteroids.

#4 Posted by joshmightbe (25958 posts) - - Show Bio

They pretty much have to be

#5 Posted by Pokeysteve (9182 posts) - - Show Bio

Reflexes and combat speed would be something the rings probably couldn't influence. They can only think so fast. What does fighting at FTL speeds really mean though?

#6 Posted by joshmightbe (25958 posts) - - Show Bio

Actually they have to be a lot FLT since at light speed it'd probably take a few thousand years to get from Earth to Oa

#7 Posted by spinningbirdcake (1432 posts) - - Show Bio

I'd be interested to hear an explanation on how GLs keep their body from getting crushed when they enter FTL speeds considering mass gets more concentrated the faster it moves.

#8 Posted by 7am_Waking_Up_In_The_Morning (3948 posts) - - Show Bio

They don't have to.

The DC Universe is small.

Every other planet is some kilometers in distance away from eachother.

#9 Posted by WaveMotionCannon (6375 posts) - - Show Bio

I think it's hyperspace

#10 Posted by lightsout (1885 posts) - - Show Bio

One good thing about the rings, is you can basically just say "it's magic". And I don't mean that it's a cop-out. The energy is supposed to be refined from the magical energy of the star-heart (or w/e...that part of GL history is convoluted in my brain) and comics say magic is just energy science can't explain/understand there's not a lot of need to explain how the rings (/energy) can accomplish what they can.

#11 Posted by colonyofcells (2039 posts) - - Show Bio

Maybe Green Lanterns only pretend to fly fast but they actually cheat and just teleport.

#12 Posted by joshmightbe (25958 posts) - - Show Bio

@Pokeysteve: The would require near FLT reflexes to avoid slamming into planets, asteroids and other stuff that tends to move around in space. That awesome power ring doesn't mean anything if you hit rock at a few million miles per second

#13 Posted by MrDirector786 (43767 posts) - - Show Bio

I've always thought they could travel FTL.

#14 Posted by BlueLantern1995 (3206 posts) - - Show Bio

@MrDirector786 said:

I've always thought they could travel FTL.

#15 Posted by PrinceAragorn1 (26248 posts) - - Show Bio

To be frank, no one should be able to move Ftl.

#16 Posted by ArticulateT (237 posts) - - Show Bio

I was under the impression the Green Lanterns got from their sector to Oa and back again via some-kind of portal or hyperspace flight, but can only go those distances.

it can be said that they can move and fight pretty quickly if they can will themselves to do it, as if to augment their physical abilities, but, this isn't seen very often in comparison to the use of constructs.

#17 Posted by lightsout (1885 posts) - - Show Bio

Surprising no one has found some scan of it being described. I'm pretty sure I remember it being mentioned in pre-52 GL or GLC (but that's a ton of issues to skim through with no idea where to start).

#18 Posted by NeonGameWave (11309 posts) - - Show Bio

They should be able to.

#19 Posted by mk111 (3148 posts) - - Show Bio

Wow, those rings are even cooler than I thought if they enable FTL speed.

#20 Posted by colonyofcells (2039 posts) - - Show Bio

Those rings are like miracle machines maybe.

#21 Posted by xybernauts (885 posts) - - Show Bio

I've been reading the Sinestro Corps crossover and from what I've read they fly though something called trans-luminal space. They don't really get into specifics about it.

Also I looked this up on a few threads where fans asked the same question. Here are some of the answers I found...

Ebon @ THREAD: Can a green lantern use their rings to move faster? @

GL's create wormholes , bypassing the roughly four million light years between galaxies (galaxy distribution is startlingly even). Some use black holes to travel, emerging from the corresponding white hole.

I think there was some mention during Kyle's turn as GL that he could roughly duplicate pretty much every power in the JLA, but he wasn't quite as good as the 'original' source because they had more practice with that power.

Depending on who you talk to, you still can't really go faster than the speed of light in the normal DC universe - you have to either use wormholes, hyperspace or some other workaround. In the past, exceeding the speed of light either threw you into the Time Barrier, or you wound up at the Rock of Eternity, which was a cosmic waystation allowing you access to all of time and space.

BTW, any green lantern can travel faster than flash. Flash is limited to the speed of light, wheras a GL can trave across the entire universe within a matter of days or less.


Movement capabilities:

  • Relatively instantaneous transport across the galaxy and other distances through generated wormholes
  • Teleportation (an ability that has not been used in quite some time and is outside the ability of modern Green Lanterns. In modern stories, only the Indigo Rings allow instantaneous teleportation)
  • Pre-Crisis, the rings allowed for travel faster than the speed of light.
  • Time travel, though several power rings are needed to complete this.

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