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Friday, January 04, 2008

Baseless Speculation!

I've been thinking about the Black Lantern Corps. I mean, they look pretty interesting and creepy. And their intro is certainly ominous. I really like the concept of the animated dead using rings of some kind.

Especially given the timing. Now that the Lanterns have the authorization to kill as needed, there might be no end to the growth of the Black Lantern Corps.

Though it occurs to me that at least some of the members must have died before the Sinestro Corps War, since they're coming out of the ground. The war casualties wouldn't have been buried yet.

You know, it's occurred to me that there's been a lot of reference/reminders to death in the arcs right before the Sinestro Corps war. Of course, there's Jade's death leading to Kyle becoming Ion. Maura's leading to Kyle becoming Parallax. Kreon's seemingly very unnecessary death during the arc that resurrects most of the lost Lanterns. Kilowog's ghostly family dinner on Mogo.

Guy's dad popped up a lot over the past few months too, come to think of it. Between the revisitation of his death in Booster Gold, the Mogo-derived flashback in GLC, and the rather surprising one line wisecrack in Sinestro Corps.

The timing makes me wonder if we'll see some of these folks again as Black Lanterns.

Well, probably not Jade, since she seems to be haunting Alan (and honestly has quite a few built in resurrection options anyway). But Kreon actually seems like a really good choice. His death was largely unnecessary (if he wasn't supposed to be brought back, why not kill him off screen or have only Boudikka have survived for initial capture? It'd still give her a reason to hate Hal) and Boudikka seems to be quite involved in the whole Alpha Lantern thing.

And there's nothing like the angst of facing fallen family members or comrades. That ought to be fun.

Though it occurs to me that I might be just assuming they're evil. I mean, sure their introduction's pretty ominous, and the animated dead are rarely good guys, but they don't necessarily HAVE to be evil. Or at least ALL of them might not be. Batman getting offered the yellow ring would appear to show that at least in the case of being afraid/causing fear, evil is not necessarily a requirement. So it's possible to have heroes qualify for red or orange as well. (Ragnell suggests Booster Gold would probably be a good candidate for an orange ring user. I agree. He's clearly ambitious and even in his more heroic moments, he's got a specific goal/self-interest in mind. There's nothing that says greedy people can't want NICE things to happen too.)

If the Black Lanterns include dead heroes/loved ones as well as dead villains, then maybe it's possible that their role in whatever's coming up will be more complicated than it seems.

Or maybe not. Maybe it's just attack of the zombie enemies of the Green Lanterns. :-)

Either way, it's awfully fun to speculate! I can't wait to see what'll happen!


  • At January 04, 2008 7:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I'm confused;how does this whole full-range,color-spectrum lantern thingum WORK?!

  • At January 04, 2008 8:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I'd like to see Luthor with an orange ring.

  • At January 04, 2008 8:47 AM, Blogger kalinara said…

    How do they work?

    We have no idea! That's what makes it so fun! :-)

  • At January 04, 2008 9:56 AM, Blogger Ragtime said…

    Katma Tui.

  • At January 04, 2008 10:49 AM, Blogger Rich said…

    Some nice ideas there - although the panel with them coming out of the ground was from the future, (wasn't it?)meaning that Sinestro Corps War victims could be ones with the ring.

    And I'd be willing to bet that Abin Sur will be turning up.

  • At January 04, 2008 11:21 AM, Blogger SallyP said…

    Katma Tui, Tomar Re, Abin Sur...and Hal's Dad too? You have opened up all sorts of speculation really.

  • At January 04, 2008 11:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hmm, would Plastic Man get an orange ring too? He was the host of Greed back in JLA/JSA: Virtue and Vice.

    Anon2: Luthor would probably qualify for a Red Ring of Anger too. Dude's got some serious issues. [/understatement]

  • At January 04, 2008 12:49 PM, Blogger Moriarty said…

    I would pay real money for a zombie Black Lantern version of Ch'p. That might just be the best thing EVER.

  • At January 04, 2008 1:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    bariman1987: Possibly, but I see Luthor's primary motivation as lust for power. He's afflicted with an extreme hatred of Superman, but that hatred stems from Superman getting in the way of his plans. The first person I thought of when it said the Orange Lantern represented avarice was Luthor (with Kanjar Ro a close second). I don't know anything about the Red Lanterns yet, so I'm just guessing about their overall personalities, but I doubt Luthor would want to be affiliated with a gaggle of brutes driven by blind rage.

    I think the Orange Lanterns would be the least disciplined out of all the Corps. They're all in it entirely for themselves, and they wouldn't think twice about backstabbing their fellow members for a slightly better shot at whatever they want at the moment. This whole thing should be interesting to watch.


  • At January 04, 2008 1:39 PM, Blogger Rich said…

    Matthew - a zombified Ch'p?


    A pity that G'Nort isn't dead because that's the only way that idea could get better!

  • At January 04, 2008 3:30 PM, Blogger SallyP said…

    A zombified Ch'p? That's it, just go ahead and break poor Salaak's heart.

  • At January 04, 2008 7:14 PM, Blogger notintheface said…

    The Blue Lantern rings represent hope. I'm betting that Ganthet and Sayd try to recruit Superman at some point (the same way the Sinestros tried to recruit Batman).
    Supes would initially turn them down, but would have a temporary change of heart if Lex were to get a red or orange ring.

    Johns kind of foreshadowed this early on in GL:Rebirth when he has Bats tell Supes "Keep on hoping; it's what you do best" and then tells John "I meant that as a compliment, Stewart".

    For the red ring, I would have said Despero, but recently he seems to have gone back to his pre-Crisis self.

    I can see the Penguin getting an orange ring, though. It was fun seeing him with the green ring in "The Batman".

  • At January 05, 2008 4:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Anon: Well, if Luthor got an Orange Power Ring first, he could be greedy and try to get a Red Ring as well. :P

    notintheface: Superman with a Power Ring? Oh yes. There have been a couple Elseworlds/alternate timelines where he got a Green Ring, and he seemed to do pretty well with it, and having a Blue Ring would be just as cool. (Plus, blue fits his color scheme. And blue's my favorite color.)

  • At January 05, 2008 4:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The most interesting theory I've read about the orange lanterns: Note that the ones we've seen are entirely orange - because they're ring constructs themselves. There's only actually one person with an orange ring, and they're not sharing.

    Well, it makes sense to me...


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