Green Lantern is one of the most legendary characters of the DC Universe, a member of an elite group of intergalactic police known as the Green Lantern Corps. The most commonly-known power of the Green Lantern Corps is their ability to create anything they can imagine out of green energy, objects that are called constructs, and are only limited by the willpower and imagination of the ring-bearer.
The Green Lantern constructs have been a wide-ranging bunch like the old standards of boxing gloves or arrows or rockets, but then there have been much stranger and more unique constructs. With rumors that Green Lantern will make an appearance in the new “Justice League” movie, it’s time CBR counted down the top 15 weirdest Green Lantern constructs.
15. BYE BYE BATS
Green Lantern Guy Gardner and Batman have a long-standing rivalry, mostly because Batman’s stoic nature clashes against Gardner’s wild persona perfectly. The two have fought many times over authority, including the epic “one punch” Batman used to take down Gardner in 1987’s “Justice League” #5, but it’s never settled things between them. In 2005’s “Green Lantern Corps: Recharge” #1 (written by Geoff Johns and penciled by Patrick Gleason), Gardner and Kyle Rayner were on their way out of the Justice League’s space station when Gardner decided to say goodbye in the best way possible. Flying outside, Gardner pressed his naked butt against a glass window with “Bye Bye Bats” written out as a construct over it.
The best part about Gardner mooning Batman is also the weirdest part. He could have just cursed out Batman from inside the space station, but he waited to do his business out in deep space. He could have also just pulled down his pants and left it to do the talking, but Gardner felt the need to use his power ring to send the message loud and clear. What a Guy.
14. GREEN ARROW
“Green Lantern: Rebirth” #4, written in 2005 by Geoff Johns and inked by Prentis Rollins, brought a devastating attack on the orbital Watchtower satellite of the Justice League. Sinestro attacked using the full power of his yellow ring, which easily smashed Kyle Rayner and his constructs with the harnessed energies of universal fear. With him down and Hal Jordan fighting against the Parallax entity, it was left to Green Arrow to stop Sinestro. He put on Green Lantern’s ring to make an arrow to shoot Sinestro in a surprise attack.
What’s weird about this one isn’t so much the arrow construct, but the fact that when given the chance to make anything he could imagine, all Green Arrow could imagine was the same thing he uses without the ring. Also, it took all of Green Arrow’s strength to create the construct, and all he could come up with was a single arrow. That says some interesting things about the relationship between a Lantern and his/her/its ring, but more importantly, one arrow still almost killed him. He just really likes arrows.
13. HAL’S FAVORITES
Hal Jordan has been accused of a lack of imagination throughout his career, mostly because he has a collection of constructs he likes to fall back on, which includes giant boxing gloves, giant fists, baseball bats, gatling guns and sharks. They’re simple, especially compared to Kyle Rayner’s, but they tend to get the job done.
In “Justice League of America” #1 (2015), Jordan took it up a notch. The issue was written by Bryan Hitch and inked by Daniel Henriques, and put the League up against one of Superman’s deadliest enemies, the Parasite. Parasite has the power to absorb energy and superpowers, and this time, he was able to absorb power from all the League members, including Green Lantern’s ring-energy. When Jordan was able to charge his ring up again, he surrounded Parasite with all his favorite constructs at once. It’s weird that he decided that, instead of trying to come up with something new and more powerful, he decided to use all the ones he’s used before to see if that would work. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it we guess.
12. A SPACE STATION
One of Green Lantern’s biggest constructs was in “Kingdom Come,” a 1996 four-issue miniseries written by Alex Ross and Mark Waid, and drawn by Alex Ross. “Kingdom” is set in an alternative future where superheroes have become just as violent and dangerous as supervillains, and the old-school heroes like Superman return to try to impose order. One of those heroes is the Green Lantern Alan Scott, who has created a space station with his power and (in issue #3) provided the station for the Justice League to use as their base of operations.
It’s an awesome sight, but it’s not the smartest move when you consider the League’s very lives relied on Green Lantern’s willpower. If he lost his concentration or ran out of power, the whole thing would collapse and disappear, leaving the League members floating unprotected in outer space. That might not be a big deal to Superman, but Hourman would definitely have a problem with it.
11. GIANT LIQUOR BOTTLE
In 1984’s “Green Lantern” #173 (written by Len Wein with art by Dave Gibbons), Hal Jordan was flying over the city when he saw a car veering out of control and smashing through a barrier. Acting quickly, Jordan created a ramp to send the car over oncoming traffic and brought it to a stop with a giant pillow. When he checked the driver, he discovered the man was fast asleep, drunk as a skunk. Green Lantern left him trapped inside a giant liquor bottle for the police to find.
The bottle was certainly an ironic punishment, although it wasn’t the best choice to hold someone for the police. A cage would have been more appropriate. For that matter, Jordan could have just carried the driver to the police himself instead of waiting for them to find him. For the sake of the driver, we hope the bottle was opened. Also, Jordan would have continued to keep his concentration on the bottle, even when he wasn’t there, otherwise it would have disappeared, leaving the drunk to go on his merry way.
10. LADY BLOWING KISS
In 1995’s “Green Lantern” #60, written by Ron Marz and pencilled by Darren Banks, Kyle Rayner faced the Quorum, a secret government agency that had powered superheroes. During a brawl with the villainous Militia in a secret complex under Washington D.C., Rayner also fought an army of commandos. The fight was hard, but he won by knocking them out with a blast from a ring-made water cannon. As one of them fell over, Rayner made a green construct of a woman blowing the soldier a kiss as he toppled.
It’s weird that he did this at all, considering the guy was already about to fall unconscious and was no longer a threat, Rayner could have just watched the soldier fall and moved along. Instead, he used the limited energy in his ring and expended precious willpower just to make a virtual girl to humiliate an enemy that he’d already knocked out. That’s not just weird. That’s kind of petty.
9. DRAG RACING HELICOPTER
In the 2011 “Green Lantern” movie, Hal Jordan was at a fancy party when the villain Hector Hammond broke a helicopter’s blades off and the helicopter began to crash. It seemed like a typical superhero situation, one where Superman would have just flown up and caught it. Instead, Green Lantern slapped some wheels on the helicopter, created a glowing green race track and drove the car-helicopter over the track for a few seconds before setting it down.
The reason this one is so weird is that a race car was an odd choice. In the comics, Jordan would have used his power ring to make some new blades on the helicopter so it could land safely or maybe he would have made a giant hand to catch the helicopter and set it down. Even better, Green Lantern could have just brought the helicopter to a stop instead of roaring it over everyone’s heads. At least this weird construct has an explanation: the movie had a promotional deal with Hot Wheels.
8. ELECTRIC CHAIR
The Green Lanterns are known for their commitment to peace and justice, but don’t tick them off. In “Green Lantern” #55 (1994), the supervillain Major Force wanted Green Lantern’s power ring, and went to horrific lengths to get it. In the previous issue, Major Force killed Rayner’s girlfriend Alexandra Dewitt and stuffed her corpse into a refrigerator (in the incident made famous by Gail Simone’s “Women in Refrigerators”). In a rage, Rayner went after Major Force in a knock-down, drag-out battle. During the fight, Kyle created a green construct in the form of an electric chair to strap Major Force into and shock him with ring energy.
Let’s skip over the fact that Green Lantern could have just made a lightning bolt, instead of a full-scale electric chair. The weird thing about this construct is how sadistic it was. At that point, Rayner’s ring wouldn’t allow him to use lethal force, so the electric chair couldn’t have killed Major Force. It just hurt him a lot. Since when is torture a good use for the power ring? Would Rayner have put glowing bamboo shoots under Major Force’s fingernails, too?
7. GIANT CREAM PIE
The supervillain Black Hand has the ability to absorb green energy and use it to create his own constructs. He also likes to create visual puns. Before he threatened the universe as the leader of the Black Lantern Corps in “Blackest Night,” Black Hand fought the Green Lantern Corps in “Green Lantern” #205 (1986, written by Steve Englehart and penciled by Joe Staton). He attacked purely for the chance to absorb some green energy to wield. Oddly, though, one of his first attacks was a gigantic pie filled with whipped cream.
Of all the constructs in the universe he could create, it’s hard to imagine anything less dangerous than a giant cream pie. It’s the Green Lantern equivalent of the Joker’s joybuzzer, if his joybuzzer didn’t electrocute people. That’s what makes it a weird choice, as well as the fact that its purpose was to humiliate instead of hurt. Still, we’re sure the pleasure of seeing his hated enemy covered in glowing green goo was worth it to Black Hand.
6. ESCAPE-PROOF CAGE
In 1964, “Justice League of America” #29 hit the stands under the creative prowess of Gardner Fox and Mike Sekowsky. In it, the League first met the Crime Syndicate of America. The CSA was an evil version of the Justice League from a parallel universe that would commit crimes instead of stopping them. When they became aware of the mainstream DC universe, the CSA cross over to invade their Earth.
All the League members had analogues in the Syndicate, making them particularly deadly as they began to fight. At one point, Green Lantern went up against Owlman, sort of the alternate universe’s version of Batman. To stop him, Hal Jordan created what he called an escape-proof cage to hold Owlman, but Owlman immediately pointed out that the bars of the cage were wide enough for him to step through. When Jordan tried it again, there wasn’t even a roof on the cage, making it just the opposite of escape-proof. It turned out Owlman had mental powers that made Green Lantern screw up his constructs, but it still counts as super weird.
5. GIANT PENCIL
In “Green Lantern: Rebirth” #6, written by Geoff Johns and inked by Ethan Van Sciver, the Green Lantern Corps joined together to fight the enormous fear entity Parallax. As they worked together to beat it, Hal Jordan reflected on how each of Earth’s Green Lanterns built constructs differently. As he watched, Kyle Rayner created a giant floating pencil to literally draw his constructs, which in this case was a gigantic spiky gag… thing?
The moment showed how Rayner drew on his background as an artist to build his creations, but it didn’t really make sense. Besides the weirdness of a giant pencil floating around, he didn’t really need it. The ring creates anything he can imagine already. Rayner used his willpower to make a pencil that turned around and made the construct he wanted when he could have just made the construct to begin with. That’s like building a robotic arm, so you can use the arm to build a robotic arm. Rayner likes to make things difficult.
4. PAIN KILLER
In 1969’s “Green Lantern” #69 by John Broome and Gil Kane, Hal Jordan was captured by aliens who wanted to get him out of the way. To make sure Green Lantern wasn’t a threat, they put him in a stasis field that paralyzed him and caused him searing pain if he used his power ring. In order to overcome it, Green Lantern made a pill that contained a “super concentrated” painkiller, and Jordan was able to break free with the pill’s help.
The idea that Green Lantern can make medicine for himself with his ring isn’t necessarily weird, but it doesn’t really make sense. Once the pill is in his body, he would have to keep concentrating on it as it dissolved and affected his cells. If he lost focus, the pill would disappear and become useless. Also, since when is Jordan enough of a doctor to know how to make medicine? He could have suffered some serious side effects, like death.
3. GIANT SCREWDRIVER
The loveable and furry animal Green Lantern Ch’p has been one of the most popular members of the Corps since his introduction in 1982, but readers never really knew where he came from. In 1986’s “Green Lantern Corps” #203 (written by Steve Englehart and penciled by Joe Staton), we learned the origin of Ch’p and how he became a Green Lantern. An important part of the story was the mad scientist Doctor Ub’x, who made a bunch of different machines, including a giant robot at one point. To stop it, Ch’p made a giant screwdriver to disassemble the robot.
It might seem weird that Doctor Ub’x made the robot with enormous screws on it that Ch’p could so easily unscrew, but Ub’x was actually testing Ch’p’s abilities. What’s weird is that Ch’p decided to carefully take the robot apart screw by screw instead of just smashing it with a giant hammer or something. Thank goodness Ch’p is so cute, because he isn’t that bright. R.I.P. though.
In “Green Lantern: New Guardians” #20 (2013), writer Tony Bedard and penciler Andres Guinaldo created a more thoughtful episode, where Kyle Rayner travelled around Earth with Saint Walker to reflect on the changes he’s seen since becoming the White Lantern. Along the way, he put his powers to good use by solving problems and saving lives, including putting out a burning fire on an oil rig. To stop it, Rayner created a gigantic firefighter to drench the rig.
Besides the weirdness of making a firefighter the size of a skyscraper to put out a single fire, there’s also the fact that it’s entirely unnecessary. The firefighter sucked up water from the ocean to pour onto the fire, which Rayner could have been done by just making a big hose or even a bucket to pour the water. The firefighter was overkill. We would also like to point out that Rayner gave the firefighter an oxygen mask, even though, a) the firefighter is not inside the burning oilrig full of smoke ,and b) the construct doesn’t actually need to breathe.
1. GIANT HEAD DRINKING
In “JLA” #11 (1997), Lex Luthor formed a new Injustice Gang to oppose the Justice League. One of the Gang’s first attacks was caused by Ocean Master teleporting a portion of the Indian Ocean right into the San Fernando Valley. To keep the city from drowning, Rayner created a gigantic floating head of an old man sucking up the water with a massive straw. As Rayner points out, every politician would probably want one.
This one is just so weirdly specific. There’s something that he needs to suck up, like the ocean, so he made a floating head with a straw. Once again, we wonder why Rayner likes to make things complicated. He could have just made a giant vacuum to suck up the water or a bubble to draw the water into. It also looks just plain weird to have a gargantuan politician’s severed head in the air above him.
What do you think of Green Lantern’s constructs? Do you know of any sillier ones? Let us know in the comments!
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