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:
ULTIMATE TOP TEN LISTS!!!
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!!!
10. CROOK BUSTER!
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.
9. YA MISSED ME!
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!
8. NOW YOU SEE IT, NOW YOU DON'T!
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.
7. GHOST LANTERN!
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!
6. ATOM WHO?!
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.
5. OPPOSITES ATTRACT!
Magnetize your enemy so that they stick to the metal walls of their space ship. Brilliant!
4. MASTER OF DISGUISE!
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!"
3. DOCTOR WHO... WHO?!
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?!
1. METAL MAN!!!
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.
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