They're an integral part of almost every Green Lantern story. They're the measure of the being behind the ring. They demonstrate power and the limits of imagination. And they're basically just cool to see. We're talking about the constructs generated by the power rings of the Green Lantern Corps (and occasionally, their enemies). <p>While we'll be seeing some computer-generated goodness on the big screen this weekend courtesy of Ryan Reynolds and company in <b>Green Lantern</b>, we thought we'd take a look back to the comics and pull out a few of our favorite constructs for discussion, debate, and dissection. <p>Click on the <b>Start Here</b> button on the upper left of this box to take a quick look... <p><i>Got a comment? There's lots of conversation on Newsarama's <a href=http://www.facebook.com/Newsarama><b>FACEBOOK</b></a> and <a href=http://twitter.com/newsarama><b>TWITTER</b></a>!</i> <p>
When you're relaunching a whole universe with new #1s, it's important to make a strong first impression. So what did Hal Jordan do on the cover of <i>Justice League #1</i>? Well, he held that big, powerful, green energy Gatling gun right down between his legs and fired away. Now I know what you're thinking, we've GOT to be imagining this, right? No, you can see it right there on the cover; the Gatling gun <i>has</i> become something of a signature for Hal of late, used in the <i>Green Lantern</i> movie trailer and the video game, too, which probably drove its inclusion on the cover.
So, you have a chipmunk Green Lantern. And his name is Ch'p (sounds like Chip). There's only one thing you really CAN make him generate, and that's all those wonderful Acorns. This construct fits so well, it actually became his signature move for the VS card game. That's right, you can make Ch'p rain nuts on your friends' heads anytime you want.
Sinestro's daughter is a conflicted Green Lantern. She is, after all, Sinestro's daughter. The Green Lantern from Korugar who is in love with Kyle Rayner (watch your back, Soranik, his girlfriends don't have the best track record of...surviving) also happens to be an accomplished doctor. In fact, the only reason she accepted her ring in the first place was to use it in a way she'd wind up doing many times again in the future, creating elaborate medical equipment to save a life. <p>In a corps that sometimes forgets they're supposedly out to preserve life, it's cool to see one member that uses her power to do no harm.
Repositioned as a more military type by the Justice League animated series and redefined as a marine during the Geoff Johns era, John Stewart veered a bit more in his constructs from architecture to military technology. The most frequent manifestation of this is John's sniper rifle, employed to great effect at the outset of the Sinestro Corps War. <p>Basically, don't mess with guys that use their imagination as a gun.
Debuting in the now-classic <i>Kingdom Come</i> by Mark Waid and Alex Ross, Alan Scott's armor initially provoked a lot of debate as to who was actually wearing it. Once the teasers had passed and the identity of that Lantern was confirmed, the armor gradually seeped in stories featuring the present-day Alan. <p>Notably, he broke it out during the recent JLA/JSA crossover, and continued to sport it when healing from wounds sustained in battle.
During the climax of <i>DC One Million</i>, Solaris, the tyrant sun and immortal conqueror Vandal Savage put into motion their plan to kill the returning Superman Prime. <p>As all hell breaks loose, Kyle Rayner steps up to the plate and encases Solaris in a freakin' sun-sized safe, complete with combination lock. It's a moment that's outdone only by the subsequent revelation that J'onn swerved Savage and Solaris, tricking them into handing Superman not Kryptonite, but a GL ring of his own. Whoops.
Need to clock a bad guy? Boxing glove! Punch a missile out of the sky? Boxing glove! Clear out a room? Boxing glove! Knock down a wall? Boxing glove! <p>Granted, fans have kind of ragged on the lack of imagination involved in using this chestnut over and over, but you have to admit: simple and effective works.
Larfleeze, the Orange Lantern of Avarice, may want everything, but he should be content with the knowledge that he makes great constructs. <br><br>Essentially recreations of his victims, Larfleeze's corps sports some intricately detailed alien lifeforms. Some of them appear frequently and even show off some personality. You have to admit: making a wall is one thing, but making functional copies of beings you offed a thousand years ago is pretty ballsy and cool.
It was one of the most controversial, and dare we say "shocking" moments in comics. New Green Lantern Kyle Rayner returned home to find his girlfriend Alex dead and stuffed into a refrigerator ... seriously. <p>Grief-stricken Kyle caught up with her killer, government-sponsored super-psycho Major Force, and battle was joined. As Kyle got the upper hand, he subjected Force to will-powered electrocution in a recreation of a death row electric chair.
In a heartbreaking and poignant moment, Hal Jordan visits the ruins of Coast City, destroyed during the Return of Superman. Struggling with his grief, Hal uses his power ring to momentarily recreate the city and its inhabitants. <p>Unfortunately, this act draws the attention of the Guardians, and they want to punish Hal for it. <p>This, of course, kicks off Emerald Twilight, resulting in the destruction of the Corps and Hal's fall from grace. <p>In the years since, it's all been overturned. However, the green image of Hal's home city remains a haunting one.