- The Green Lanterns gain an instant family
- A good person is valued most
- Technology like nothing else
- We should be jealous because of what the GLC has seen
Before I ramble on about great the GLC is, I'd like to make a few things clear. I am aware that there are other Lanterns out there other than Green. And in their own way, they are also noteworthy. But for now, I just want to put focus on the most popular of all the colors. For those who are not exactly familiar with the GLC, check out the Green Lantern Corps Wiki Here.
Now whether you read the wiki, or already know plenty about the GLC, I hope to point out some of the most amazing things about the GLC in comparison to other Super Hero content.
This might be one of the most overlook things about this group. As some might know, the ring chooses the person. And as soon as the person puts the ring on, instantly they are part of a large family.
Why do I say family? And not army or group or team? Well it is commonly known that on the battlefield soldiers look to those next them them as brothers. They hold them in as high regard as they would their own brothers. There is a bond that is often made.
In this case, Green Lanterns generally look out for one another. They take offense to anyone causing harm to one of their own. And they do what they can to strengthen each other.
Compare this to any other group. The X-Men? Not everyone is able to join them easily. Simply being a mutant just isn't enough. Yes, being in the GLC also comes with the expectations of carrying ones own weight and being there when needed. But the thing to take from this, is the GL's generally don't ever have to question if the person was worthy of the position. The ring makes sure of that. And this one great benefit of joining.
You remember the cliche' things your parents told you when you were little? Things like, "It doesn't matter what you look like as long as you are a good person" and what not. Well to get into the GLC, they take that thing serious.
It doesn't matter what you look like, if you are a genius, billionaire playboy, a product of a genetic mutation or accidental experiment or just burned by the depravity of mankind.
If I were to dumb down the the requirements of being in the GLC, I'd say it is three requirements.
1) Being a good person.
2) Having a strong sense of will/willpower.
3) Being the closest one to the ring if it is looking for a host. Obviously there is more to it, but this is a good foundation of understanding.
I know we understand that the power is channeled from the ring. But lets look at this technology in comparison to anything else in fantasy. We would think that this is Magic, but in reality it is not. This is actually technology that is able to make choices and perform based upon a hosts emotion. When we think of tools and tech, we think of how we can use it based on how our minds make it so.
Although the GL does have to think about the actions they take when creating constucts, they do not have to do so when breathing in space, hearing and translating every known language in the universe and fully clothing themselves. This is not so much a tool that is primarily controlled, but a symbiotic relationship. If at any point in time, the GL disobeys their moral code, the ring will abandon the user.
Think hard about this. What else in the known fantasy universe has such unique technology that isn't magic?
The GLC oath is one of the most impressive things about them. Not so much that they can simply recite some words to tap into more power or charge their rings. But it is the oath itself that tells me who they are and what they are about.
The GLC oath goes like this
"In brightest day, in blackest night,
No evil shall escape my sight.
Let those who worship evil's might
Beware my power--Green Lantern's light!"
The GLC is a massive army with tremendous power that span the entire universe. If we ask ourselves the same question about them, in the least we know that they are held to a certain standard of good. Does this mean that nothing bad or harmful could never come from a GL? No, that is not what I am saying. We know because of who they are and what drives them, that they must abide by good in order to continue. Obviously we know that Sinestro is a case where what I am saying doesn't always apply. But overall, we can trust that their intentions are good.
What does that have to do with the Oath? Whether they say it because they believe it, or say it to just get the charge they need, the point is that generally the oath is a declaration of who they are and how they will live their lives.
Another element of being in the GLC that i feel is overlooked is the experiences they will have. Have you ever watched a travel show where someone goes to all of the places you wanted to go. Or have you ever just wanted to experience something new for once? We are limited to our planet, but what would you say if I told you were could go anywhere in the universe?
In the GLC, you not only can go anywhere in the universe, but will be asked to. Think about what it would be like to be right next to a star and not burn up or go blind. Think about what it would be like to be just close enough to a black hole without being sucked in. Think about the countless lifeforms you will encounter. In the GLC, I dare say they have seen more of reality than any other non-godlike being. The GLC allows normal, mortal creatures experience more that one could imagine. Being able to experience new things is one of the greatest things about life. In the GLC, they live it everyday.
Or maybe you think that there is something I am missing? Let's talk about it.