The 10 Coolest GREEN LANTERN Comic Book Ring Constructs1 of 12This week, DC Comics announced the Green Lantern: Earth One OGN, which recasts Hal Jordan as an astronaut looking to go deeper into space.
Along with the change in origin, co-writer Gabriel Hardman says the new story will embrace the sci-fi aspects of GL's universe in new ways.
We couldn't help but think of what this could mean for Hal's ring constructs, and the weird, wild sci-fi things he could create - especially under the pen of Hardman.
Truth be told, Hal - and other GL's - have made some pretty damn cool constructs over the years already. Read on to see what we mean...
Hal Jordan's Gatling Gun2 of 12
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 the New 52's Justice League #1? 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.
Thank you, Jim Lee.
Ch'p's Rain of Acorns3 of 12
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.
Soranik Natu's Medical Equipment4 of 12
Soranik Natu, The former Green Lantern from Korugar - and current leader of the Sinestro Corps - 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.
John Stewart's Sniper Rifle5 of 12
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.
Basically, don't mess with guys that use their imagination as a gun.
Alan Scott's Armor6 of 12
Debuting in the now-classic Kingdom Come 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.
Kyle Rayner's sun-sized Solaris Safe7 of 12
During the climax of DC One Million, Solaris, the tyrant sun and immortal conqueror Vandal Savage put into motion their plan to kill the returning Superman Prime.
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.
The Boxing Glove Classic8 of 12
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!
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's Orange Lantern Corps9 of 12Larfleeze, the Orange Lantern of Avarice, may want everything, but he should be content with the knowledge that he makes great constructs.
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.
Kyle Rayner Gives Major Force the Electric Chair10 of 12
It was one of the most controversial, and dare we say "shocking" moments in comic books. New Green Lantern Kyle Rayner returned home to find his girlfriend Alex dead and stuffed into a refrigerator ... seriously.
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.
Hal Jordan Recreates Coast City11 of 12
In a heartbreaking and poignant moment, Hal Jordan visits the ruins of his former home of Coast City, destroyed during "Return of Superman." Struggling with his grief, Hal uses his power ring to momentarily recreate the city and its inhabitants.
Unfortunately, this act draws the attention of the Guardians, and they want to punish Hal for it.
This, of course, kicks off Emerald Twilight, resulting in the destruction of the Corps and Hal's fall from grace.
In the years since, it's all been overturned. However, the image of Hal's ersatz home city recreated in ghostly green remains a haunting one.
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