Which Green Lantern Has the Best Costume?

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Posted by No_name_here (330 posts) - - Show Bio

The costume, the costume, the costume… that’s what everybody’s going to talk about whenever a new superhero movie’s coming and GREEN LANTERN's no exception. Does the skin-tight-with-flesh-grooves all-CGI outfit look cool or silly? How about the seemingly painted-on mask? The debate has only begun so, to get some perspective, I figured I’d take a look at how the GLs' duds have evolved over the years...   

 His outfit's just... so... groovy.
Sticking to Hal Jordan would, of course, make for a pretty limited list since, barring some Parallax and Spectre tangents, he hasn't actually changed his outfit that much. I was actually pretty surprised to see how much the layout and color scheme of his movie outfit stuck to the tradition in comics. Anyway, without further preamble, let's stretch this fashion show cat walk back to the beginning... == TEASER ==


Martin Nodell’s original inspiration for this character drew partly from the classic story of Aladdin and that influence is obvious in the character’s (very) vaguely Arabesque outfit. For a character called the Green Lantern, there’s an awful lot more purple and red in this get-up. Honestly, I've always thought it was one of the more garish outfits from the Golden Age, and I think the Sentinel make-over went a long way to improve on it.



This iconic outfit served as the basis for every GL who's followed, and it’s only been amended a little over the years. You’ll notice that the current version has tapered the green over the shoulders and cut the bottom portion to a point at the hips, making it look more like a jumpsuit than these earlier near-pajamas. I do agree with Reynolds' assessment that white valet gloves stick out kind of glaringly.


His first costume was the same as Hal’s and his second was a really awkward design. The one that most people are aware of is from the JUSTICE LEAGUE cartoon (a look that ironically started with Kyle’s appearance in the SUPERMAN show.) The outfit subtly reflects Stewart’s military background and it also recalls the uniforms from STAR TREK THE NEXT GENERATION.  It's probably the most sensible of the bunch, but it maybe went overboard in downplaying the flair.  


Guy similarily wore the exact same outfit as Hal in his first appearance and it wasn’t until he showed up in JUSTICE LEAGUE that he got his own look. I always figured it was appropriate that this costume debuted in the 80s, because Guy was a jerk back then and this really makes you think of a frat boy wearing a letterman’s jacket. It’s probably better not to bring up the shirtless-with-wild-tattoos look he had while he was Warrior.  



The manga influence on this is a lot more pronounced in hindsight than it was when I was reading JLA with Kyle as a member. This does look more like a spacesuit with armor, although I remember the “crab mask” was always the most controversial element for H.E.A.T. members. It does look a little clunky, now, although I still prefer this over the redesign.



I’m going to disregard the roid-raging-Mohawk-and-cape Yat we saw in his first appearance because the outfit he’s worn as the Ion is, in my opinion, one of the better looking modern costumes. Cobbling some elements from Kyle’s own days as the Ion, it’s basically a negative, color-reversed GL outfit that looks like a surfing suit in the best way. That is, it's practical while still having enough larger-than-life flash for you to buy that this is the ultimate GL. 


Even though she was born with some innate powers, she’s worth involving here as an unofficial Green Lantern. However, like the Wasp, she’s one of those characters whose had so many outfits over the years, that it’s hard to really pin down a definitive one. She’s yet to find one that really sticks and I suppose there’s reason for that, as a lot of them haven’t had a great design focus (and some of them are pretty skeevy.)


Which Green Lantern do you think has had the spiffiest costume? What costumes have we missed that should be included here? 
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#1 Posted by marvelunivers_deleteme (300 posts) - - Show Bio

hal jordan

#2 Posted by chowy (64 posts) - - Show Bio


#3 Posted by wolfman_beast (21 posts) - - Show Bio

DEFINETLY Kyle Rayner as Ion BEFORE Ion was revealed as an entity

#4 Posted by daak1212 (7866 posts) - - Show Bio

#6 Posted by Omicronx (2 posts) - - Show Bio

Im actually a fan of John Stewart's out of the choices here. Also the more i see that CG costume from the movie the more i hate it and want to burn my eyes out for seeing something so hideous lol

#7 Posted by CrimsonInuTears (461 posts) - - Show Bio

Barda: she was a green lantern in red~ ^_^
Green Lantern Barda (JL - Nail)
#9 Edited by RMurray (82 posts) - - Show Bio

I absolutely love Sodam Yat's ION costume. Basically the description put in the first post nails it. Has a really iconic look, which is basically just a color-reversal and different logo. It stands out among all the Green Lantern outfits, and is damned impressive on the Emerald Warriors #4 cover.

Just without his new logo. :) 
#10 Posted by Chris207 (107 posts) - - Show Bio

Kyle. Definitely.

#11 Posted by Crimson Eagle (1851 posts) - - Show Bio

The CGI for the Green Lantern movie would be better if the green was a little bit darker.

#12 Edited by Vitality (1768 posts) - - Show Bio

I personally like the movie version the most...but John Stewarts was definitely the best animated/comic version.
#13 Posted by EisforExtinction (1863 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm just kidding. 
#14 Posted by darth bul (130 posts) - - Show Bio

jon stewert
#15 Posted by kenundying (4 posts) - - Show Bio


#16 Edited by GraveSp (314 posts) - - Show Bio

Tangent Universe Green Lantern.  Or Bruce Wayne Green Lantern 

#17 Posted by ssejllenrad (12790 posts) - - Show Bio

Parallax Hal or HOG Ion

#18 Posted by dewboy01 (1499 posts) - - Show Bio

ion's outfit looks better.
#19 Posted by Skies327 (229 posts) - - Show Bio

Sodom Yat gets my vote.

#20 Posted by greenenvy (580 posts) - - Show Bio

For the coolest ever I personally think John Stewart and I am going to support the movie by saying the movie costume second best. For sexiest female green lantern costume is going to be Arisia and jade but depends cause like you said she had many costumes before. I really would appreciate a more skin revealing costume again for jade in the future. Do you guys think so? 

#21 Posted by kelvin_oh89 (28 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't have a personal favourite but I tend to enjoy elements of each costume. Definitely like Sodam Yat's costume. Maybe because I have a thing for collars I just think they're more visually pleasing. I also love John Stweart's black gloves and green wristlets look makes the green on the arms look more interesting in terms of color distribution as opposed to simple gloves. I love Kyle's current costume because I wasn't a fan of all the white in his original costume but I loved his mask. The classic silver age Green Lantern costume's pretty cool too but it definitely looks dated so I only like it in period pieces like New Frontier or Justice.

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#26 Posted by Mercy_ (91888 posts) - - Show Bio
#27 Posted by lastdrag0n89 (570 posts) - - Show Bio

Cant decide between John Stewart or Kyle Rayner

#28 Posted by AirDave817 (840 posts) - - Show Bio

I gotta go with Bat Lantern... 

#29 Posted by Illyana Rasputin (2682 posts) - - Show Bio
Uummmmmmmm. Babs!
#31 Posted by Chibi-Iroh (381 posts) - - Show Bio

If we are going for just Sheer Epicness then I would have to say Alan Scott in Kingdom Come but if we are going for epicness and practicality then I would say Sodom Yat.

#32 Posted by darkrider (463 posts) - - Show Bio

hal jordan             
#33 Posted by Supreme Marvel (11271 posts) - - Show Bio
@RMurray said:
" I absolutely love Sodam Yat's ION costume. Basically the description put in the first post nails it. Has a really iconic look, which is basically just a color-reversal and different logo. It stands out among all the Green Lantern outfits, and is damned impressive on the Emerald Warriors #4 cover.
 Just without his new logo. :)  "
I edited that!!!
#34 Posted by Dark Cell (445 posts) - - Show Bio

Hal Jordan film version 

#35 Posted by yankeemanf (179 posts) - - Show Bio

kyle rayner by far had the most badass costume imo the black and white suit with knee high boots and cool mask

#36 Posted by Icon (2109 posts) - - Show Bio

I vote for Kyle

#37 Posted by GothicKnight (10 posts) - - Show Bio

Parallax Kyle Rayner and Green Lantern Batman


#38 Posted by Dark_Phoenix00x (119 posts) - - Show Bio


#39 Posted by RMurray (82 posts) - - Show Bio
@Supreme Marvel:  Haha, what do you mean? :)
#40 Posted by DarthStorm (132 posts) - - Show Bio

I've always liked Kyle's uniforms the most

#41 Posted by The Mighty Monarch (2137 posts) - - Show Bio

I agree with your assessment of Sodam Yat. He has a really nice spiffy 'new feeling' costume. 
That said, I refuse to choose a favorite. They all reflect the characters in their own ways.

#42 Posted by Supreme Marvel (11271 posts) - - Show Bio

Well the original looked like this

I photo manipulated it to look like the one you posted. And if you look on Sodam's images, you'll see my name as the uploader. :D
#43 Posted by RMurray (82 posts) - - Show Bio
@Supreme Marvel:  Ohhh gotcha, well done! I absolutely love that cover. Just well done all around.
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#45 Posted by Sexy Merc (41971 posts) - - Show Bio

I'd take Kyle's 11 or so costumes over any other Lantern. He has the best variety, and it speaks volume to his character more than it does for the other Lanterns IMO. My favorite from him is his second one: 

And his 3 Ion costumes: 

#46 Posted by Ryonslaught (1214 posts) - - Show Bio

Kyle has the sexiest and daring suit of the lot! + he looks good in everything but the hideous redesign (ick)
Hell! Kyle as Parallax had the best costume period!

#47 Posted by WindArrow (10 posts) - - Show Bio

I personally love Guy Gardner's suit. It's one of the only ones that actually wears clothes...haha.

#48 Edited by Fantasgasmic (1033 posts) - - Show Bio

Best GL costume. It's got a classic look, and it makes sense. I wish it had the white background like everyone else's (I don't like the different logos on different lanterns, whether it's the terrible Ion ones, or Kyles half black, half green one, heck, I even hate how some artists draw the lines on the top and bottom like triangles, rather than trapezoids), the positioning of the lantern symbol mimics the positioning of a police badge, the green areas imply body armor (I  don't like Sodam's color swapped version with green as the outside and black on the torso), it doesn't look like a wrestling unitard (like Hal's original) or or stupid panties (like so many heroes have worn in the past)  on top of the black, and although the white gloves do seem tacky, they provide an important visual contrast for the green ring. I do think it would be cool if they would have the sector number appear above the GL logo when it glowed to have like a Badge Number kinda vibe to it.
#49 Posted by Xichro (9 posts) - - Show Bio

Sodam Yat, it's a simple costume, nothing extreme, but works REALLY well with the art style.

#50 Posted by Man of Lengend (997 posts) - - Show Bio

ill go with parallax kyle then, green lantern batman,hal jordan, kyle's other costumes then sodom yat

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