Saturday, 23 May 2015

Construct of the Week #34

Construct: Travel Pants

Generated by: John Stewart

Appeared in: Green Lantern #14 (vol.3), 1991

Friday, 15 May 2015

Status: Dissipated

There have been many poignant moments in Green Lantern comics. Death and Lanterns are never far apart, as this long list of fallen heroes posted at the GL Wiki goes to prove.

But for my money, the saddest moment of them all comes in Green Lantern #224 when a brave little gas bubble sacrificed himself to protect his fellow Corpsmen and to save the universe from certain destruction (for the second time!).  In this, the final issue of GL volume 2, the Corps inadvertantly cause the destruction of the central power battery on Oa.  Mere minutes before they had taken the impactful decision to execute the renegade Lantern Sinestro for crimes of genocide.  What they did not realise is that the Guardians of the Universe had built a failsafe into the battery that prevented wielders of the green light from harming anyone from the Sinestro's home world of Korugar.  The reasons were noble in their intention but the disgraced former GL had somehow corrupted the Guardian's programme in the final moments before his death causing the power source to become a ticking time bomb of universal destruction.

To make matters worse, the only people who could explain what was going on and how it could be stopped where the Guardians themselves. Unfortunatley they had recently retreated to another dimension to meditate and reflect on the purpose of their immortal lives.  It was for this reason that Flodo Span had volunteered to give up his corporeal being in order to transport Hal Jordan to that other dimension.

The only problem with his plan was that Flodo would need his power ring to restore himself after the jump and with the central battery in meltdown there was no way he could get the vital recharge he needed.  This was going to be a one way trip and Flodo was only too aware of the risk involved.

It's strikes me as sad that Hal, a simple passenger on the duo's transdimensional journey, is too busy admiring the wonderous sights around him to realise that his companion has given his last moments to ensuring the Earthman's mission is a successful one.

According to the mythos and every website that has ever passed opinion on the subject in the days since Joey Cavaleri and Gil Kane originally penned our dramatic saga, Flodo is gone. Dissipated means dead.  Steve Englehart was obviously so sad that he quit the book at the end of the previous issue despite a three year unbroken run. I guess he just couldn't stand to see Flodo go.

But I like to think the gaseous hero has not disappeared for good. Instead he is floating around out there.  An infinite number of sentient particles that may some day breach the dimensional border once more and find his way back to Oa to take his place among his brethren and don the power ring he so richly deserves to wear.  For Flodo Span is a being without fear.  He is Green Lantern.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015


Welcome back to another round of Super-Blog Team-Up where the brightest minds in blogging, vlogging and podcasting (and me!) come together to bring you their own unique take on a theme of great geekery that is close to all of our hearts.  This time out the hot topic is:
So strap in, throw back the hard top and get ready to enjoy the crazy ride.
Regular visitors to Flodo's Page will be familiar with our recurring segment, 'Construct of the Week' (not delivered weekly).  The ring-wielding Green Lantern Corps are famed for being able to create hard light constructs of anything they can possibly imagine. Giant rescue workers, winged Pegasus' (Pegususes? Pegusi?), boxing gloves in multiple sizes - you think it, you got it!  Nowadays the standard power set of a ring is basically producing constructs, flight and communication.  But back in the silver-age, when comics didn't have to make sense or retain any continuity from one issue to the next, it seemed like a GL power ring really could do anything at all.  Not just construct an object or translate an alien language.  If a Lantern wished it so the ring would make it happen.

In tribute to the fabulous, freewheeling storytellers of that bygone silver-age I have compiled a Top 10 countdown of my favourite Green Lantern Ring-Slings ...That Don’t Appear In Modern Continuity!!!


Who needs to be the world's greatest detective when you can booby-trap the loot and follow an energy trail all the way back to the bad guy's hide-out.  While the Dark Knight is out searching for clues, your well prepared Emerald Gladiator is sipping Pina Coladas by the pool, waiting for his ring to... well, ring.

Protection from mortal harm was a standard piece of GL kit back in the day.  It might have taken some of the fun out of things for the average super-villain or all those editors who love a good cliff hanger but I can tell you now, you won't hear any Green Lanterns complaining!

Forget David Copperfield.  You want a local landmark rendered invisible then Hal Jordan is the man you should be talking to.  Size not an issue, all landmarks considered.

Nowadays the gift of intangibility is reserved for The Flash or the likes of Dead Man and all those in the Justice League Dark fraternity but time was locking yourself in an impregnable vault surrounded 10 inch thick walls of steel only meant one thing - that you had nowhere to run when our favourite GL came calling.  Doors are for dweebs!

All things considered GL was essentially a one man Justice League.  Super strength - check.  Travelling at light speed - check. A little too intimate with a certain young trout at the local aquarium - chec... hey, wait a minute!  One thing is for sure.  If you needed a giant superhero or one who could shrink down to the size of a sub-atomic particle you need look no further than the one size fits all Green Lantern Corps.

Magnetize your enemy so that they stick to the metal walls of their space ship.  Brilliant!

The age old dilemma of how to protect your secret identity from the girlfriend.  Easy when you are Green Lantern.  Just transform your pal to look like you.  "Watch where you're putting those hands, Tom!"

Travelling through space and time is all in a days work for GL.  Makes you wonder why he doesn't just travel back to yesterday and put a Power Ring Burglar Alarm on the loot.  "Two more Pina Coladas please, waiter!" 

The human mind is a delicate thing.  The most qualified medical professionals tread ever so cautiously in their investigations of the sub-conscious and the mystery of mental perception.  And that takes far too long for busy hero with a day's heroing ahead of him.  So if you really want to put a quick fix on the old noodle the only thing to do is shoot an energy beam at it.  Job done, what's next?!

What is the one thing that is even cooler than being an intergalactic space-cop?  Being a freakin' robot intergalactic space-cop, that's what!  The thing I don't understand is why Green Lantern ever turned himself back into a human again.  Ok, there is the little problem of your hand falling off every time you put the old KAPOW! on somebody, but what's a little welding matter when you get to be a FREAKIN' ROBOT INTERGALACTIC SPACE-COP?!! Exactly.

Not enough Top Ten nerdtasticness for you yet?  Then get clicking on the links below for even more Super-Blog Team-Up 'Ultimate Top Ten'!!!  What are you waiting for?!  And tell 'em Flodo sent ya.



Thursday, 26 March 2015

Are You a Guy's Guy?

The year was 1993.  The continuity was somewhere between The Death of Superman and Zero Hour.  Guy Gardner had been drummed out of the Green Lantern Corps and was dealing out his own brand of justice with a yellow ring he had stolen from the lifeless hand of Sinestro.  DC Comics were trying every trick in the book to grab the attention of their readers.  They even released a story with two titles!  The arc running through the eponymous Guy Gardner #11 - #14 was subtitled ‘Guy Gardner: Year One’ …and ‘Yesterday’s Sins’.  Our hero (anti-hero? deluded fool?) faces his worst nightmare as he is forced to relive his childhood.

As part of their marketing campaign for the book DC printed a short quiz based on Guy Gardner’s own history in the letters columns of related titles.  The catch was that none of the answers had been published yet and you had to read GG: Year One to learn the answers.

But that was then and this is now, so I thought it would be fun to test the knowledge of visitors here at Flodo’s Page and dare to ask the question, “Are you a Guy’s Guy?”  (Remember, this was waaayy before the New 52 and all that namby-pampy ‘cop with a heart of gold who had to make the tough calls in life and sacrifice his own future for that of his fellow man’ Guy Gardner.  This was ‘self-righteous jerk with a heart of jerk’ Guy Gardner).

The questions:

1.       Guy has a relative we’ve never met before [as of GG #11].  This is his…

   A.      cousin, Roy Harper.

   B.      brother.

   C.      sister.

   D.      None of the above.  Guy ain’t got no relative.  He was raised by wolves.

2.       When Guy was a kid he…

   A.      spent time with his dying grandfather.

   B.      collected GENERAL GLORY comics.

   C.      did his homework and ate his veggies.

   D.      fed Alka-SeltzerTM to his pigeons, and watched them blow up.

3.       The terrible secret of Guy’s past is that…

   A.      he was adopted.

   B.      someone in his family was a drug addict.

   C.      his parents were killed by a super-villain.

   D.      Hal Jordan was his idol.

4.       In GUY GARDNER: YEAR ONE, Guy teams up with…

   A.      all four new Supermen.

   B.      a group of new Green Lanterns.

   C.      the gardner guy.

   D.      Rex the Wonder Dog

5.       Guy will…

   A.      be replaced in the JLA by his really evil twin!

   B.      become leader of the JUSTICE LEAGUE TASK FORCE.

   C.      change his costume, adding a cape and a domino mask!

   D.      have a sex change, thanks to some nasty aliens, and be “Guy no more!"

So how do you think you did?  Some easy.  Some not so easy.  And at least one for true nerds only!  Check your answers below and tweet me or sound off in the comments section at the end of this post.

The answers:

1.       A. Guy’s mysterious relative turned out to be his ‘golden-boy’ brother, Mace.

2.     B. Guy collected General Glory comics - a fact that in later life led him to inadvertently restoring the long-lost powers of General Glory himself.

3.       B. Guy’s terrible secret is that his brother Mace, the apple of his father’s eye, is actually a no-good dope fiend!

4.       B. In Year One Guy teams up with a never before seen band of Green Lantern misfits led by the [now] legendary Lost Lantern, Graf Toren.

5.       A. The premise behind Guy being captured and made to take the unwelcome walk down the memory lane of his childhood is so that his enemies can download his memories into an evil clone.

And yes, once they found out, the JLA were just as horrified at the thought of two Guy Gardners lose in the world as you are!

Friday, 13 March 2015

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Construct of the Week #33

Generated by: Hal Jordan

Construct: $100 bill

Appeared in: Green Lantern #31 (vol.2), 1964

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

The Ballad of Two Green Lanterns

In a city known as Gotham, on a world some call Earth Two

A hero leaps into the air to get a better view

Of a cascading meteor on a fiery assault.

He shoots a beam of energy to bring it to a halt.

Mysteriously the shooting star disappeared before his eyes

And left our hero open mouthed at a marvellous surprise.

The hero was Green Lantern, wood the Achilles of his ring.

Until that fiery meteor gave him power over everything.

Immediately he hatched a plan, hesitation he had none

As he cleaved vibratory barriers to the world some call Earth One.

He vowed to find his counterpart, the Green Lantern of this place

And tell him of the meteor that fell to Earth from space.

His friend deserved to hear the news, he was an amazing fellow

But he had a weakness too you see, it was the colour yellow.

Unfortunately when GL arrived all was not as he had thought

His ring had lost control of wood, his journey was for naught.

An answer was required, decided Earth Two’s Alan Scott,

And so his magic power ring revealed an evil plot.

An immortal was the cause of all, Krona was his name.

He had schemed to use Alan’s powers to further his own game.

Krona had been imprisoned for the evil he had done

And could not escape the meteor unless he travelled to Earth One.

He knew that Alan would go at once to try and help his friend

If he could fix his power ring and bring its weakness to an end.

Krona’s plan had worked, of course. He was once again the master,

He set about to plague the world with disaster after disaster.

Hal Jordan, Lantern of Earth One, leapt to action straight away

To stop the winds and floods and quakes as he tried to save the day.

His Earth Two pal was at his side to lend a helping hand,

For our two heroes were mighty brave, with Will at their command.

But this not the end of things, even as the dust began to settle

Krona had one more trick to play to test the Lantern’s mettle.

He unleashed stupendous mental strength and took over Alan’s body

(Perhaps he liked the hero’s garb, so colourful and gaudy!).

I’m sure this is the fight that fans would like to see,

Green Lantern and Green Lantern locked in adversity.

Hal Jordan was much less impressed, he had no wish to duel

His friend from another world; how could Krona be so cruel?

Even so he joined the fray, a duty to fulfil,

He’d beat the villain, free his chum and show the power of Will.

Alas it was not meant to be, Krona was far too clever.

He used his stolen Lantern powers to scupper Hal’s endeavour.

All the while Alan Scott had hid in Jordan’s ring,

He appeared now in the nick of time to take care of everything.

The two Green Lantern’s merged their thoughts, their brains became as one.

Convinced that joined together, they’d see the scoundrel’s scheme undone.

In the end the simple dupe of switching rings was all was needed.

With Krona beat, the world was saved, our heroes had succeeded!

In a city known as Gotham, on a world some call Earth Two

A hero leaps into the air to get a clearer view

Of a burning meteor on a path of mass destruction.

But it’s no match for his Lantern power, an energy ring construction.

I hope you enjoyed my little ballad inspired by the parallel world adventure originally told in Green Lantern #40, (vol. 2), 1965. For more fun and frolics from alternate realities and other worlds please click the links below and join the Super-Blog Team-Up as they introduce you to a myriad of mysterious lands and strange places the like of which you have never seen before!

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