Soon after Geoff Johns brought Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps back in Green Lantern: Rebirth, he followed it up with a series of plots that all led to a major event called Blackest Night. You see, for years the only rings out there were the green rings of the Green Lantern Corps and the yellow ring that Hal Jordan’s nemesis, Sinestro, wore. Johns, though, introduced the idea of a whole Sinestro Corps, filled with other yellow ring wielders (all known for their ability to instill fear in others).
Soon, it was revealed that there was a whole power emotional spectrum in the DC Universe, with rings that went with different emotions like love and anger. The Green Lantern Corps met with all of them on the way to Blackest Night, but even in the wake of Blackest Night, these other Lantern Corps have continued to exist. They are so popular that many artists have wondered which superheroes from other universes would go best with which ring. We’ve already spotlighted 15 Marvel characters as Green Lanterns, so now see 15 Marvel characters as different parts of the Power Color Spectrum! Ten of these pieces are brand-new drawings by artists from The Line it is Drawn!
15. RED LANTERN WOLVERINE
When Wolverine was added to the X-Men, writer Chris Claremont (who joined the book early on) did a lot of work with the idea that Wolverine was practically unhinged. He was the sort of guy who would go into a berserker rage at the drop of a hat. John Byrne, who eventually joined Claremont as the co-writer (and penciler) on the series, once joked that the perfect Wolverine story would involve him stabbing Kitty Pryde at breakfast because she looked at him the wrong way.
Even when Claremont and Byrne began to mellow Wolverine out, Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief insisted that they keep that edge in the comic, leading to a scene in Byrne’s final issue where Nightcrawler kisses Wolverine’s girlfriend under the mistletoe and Wolverine tries to stab him (luckily, he teleported away). Therefore, it’s quite natural that Wolverine would be one of the anger-driven Red Lantern Corps. This one was drawn by Matt Sandbrook.
14. BLUE LANTERN CAPTAIN AMERICA
One of the things that angered people the most about the Secret Empire storyline where Captain America was revealed to have been a sleeper agent for Hydra for decades (a result of the Cosmic Cube known as Kobik altering reality when she gave Captain America his Super Soldier Serum-enhanced body back) was not only the fact that Cap was now, in effect, a Nazi, but that it robbed the Marvel Universe of its greatest single symbol of hope.
There’s a great bit in the 1990s Spider-Man crossover, “Maximum Carnage,” where Spider-Man is deeply lost and ready to break when suddenly a red-gloved hand stuck out and gave him a literal (and figurative) lift. Captain America is that inspiring and that’s why he made a perfect member of the Blue Lanterns, who are powered by hope. This one was drawn by SakaeofShiva.
13. BLACK LANTERN CAPTAIN MARVEL
Writer/artist Jim Starlin had a lot of problems with Marvel in the 1970s, even as he was writing and drawing his classic run on Warlock. This followed his excellent run on Captain Marvel, in which Starlin brought in Thanos, a character he introduced in a fill-in story in Iron Man, into cosmic battle with Captain Marvel. He famously even compared his work at Marvel to being the rare diamond mixed in with the garbage that the publisher was producing. He wrote this in an actual issue of Warlock and Marvel published it!
In the 1980s, though, Marvel wooed him back with its creator-owned Epic line, where Starlin did his own creation, Dreadstar. He also launched Marvel’s new graphic novel program with the Death of Captain Marvel. Mar-Vell’s death is one of Marvel’s most famous, making him a great selection for a Black Lantern. This one was drawn by Gene Guilmette.
12. STAR SAPPHIRE JEAN GREY
While many of these colored lanterns are called just that, ____ Lantern Corps, there are a couple of exceptions. One of them are the Purple Lanterns, who are actually the Star Sapphires. They have been around for a long time; in fact, they were initially Amazonian beings who turned Carol Ferris, Hal Jordan’s on-again-off-again girlfriend into the powerful Star Sapphire. They are powered by love.
When it comes to the X-Men universe, the character who most exemplifies love has got to be Jean Grey. After all, she was at the center of one of the most famous love triangles in X-Men history, between herself, her longtime boyfriend-cum-husband Cyclops and Wolverine. Logan was of course a later recruit to the X-Men who scared Jean in how much she liked his (forgive the pun) animal magnetism. This one was drawn by Jean Sinclair.
11. YELLOW LANTERN M.O.D.O.K.
As times passes, Jack Kirby’s classic work at Marvel Comics seems like it almost took place in another dimension. Kirby had a creative mind that few artists could ever hope to match and he had a striking sense of designing outlandish creatures that still worked visually. One of his most unusual designs was for the creature created by Advanced Idea Mechanics (A.I.M., an evil scientist group) known as M.O.D.O.K.
The Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing is a giant, grotesque head surrounded by little arms and legs. Nowadays, the design has become almost humorous, but at the time it was just as scary as Kirby intended for it to be. M.O.D.O.K. would definitely fit in well with Sinestro’s corps of fear-inducing Yellow Lanterns. This one was drawn by Brendan Tobin.
10. INDIGO TRIBE SQUIRREL GIRL
The Indigo Tribe is a tricky part of the emotional power spectrum, since it consisted of a group of former criminals who were, in effect, brainwashed into becoming an obedient “tribe” through the power of compassion. In other words, the concept that made the group a bunch of do-gooders was one that is, in and of itself, probably a bit evil.
However, for the sake of this piece, let us concentrate more on the idea that they are powered by the power of compassion. In that case, then one of the best fits for the group in the Marvel Universe would have to be Squirrel Girl, who is one of the most compassionate heroes around. Not only that, but her good will towards all has led to her to sort of having her own “tribe,” this one made up of squirrel friends! This one was drawn by Paul Shinn.
9. RED LANTERN SCARLET WITCH
For years, the Scarlet Witch rarely made decisions for herself. When she was young, her twin brother, Quicksilver, made almost all of their decisions. When they joined the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, Magneto made their decisions for them. When they left to join the Avengers, Captain America told them what to do. Then Scarlet Witch fell in love with her teammate, Vision, and he was soon the “boss” of their relationship.
When Vision was taken from her and then it turned out that the two kids she had with Vision were not real, Scarlet Witch took control for the first time and she was not happy. She briefly snapped and became a villain before returning to the Avengers… then she snapped again and almost destroyed the Avengers in “Avengers Disassembled.” She has more than enough rage for the Red Lanterns. This one was drawn by Nick Perks.
8. BLUE LANTERN MEGGAN
Introduced during the iconic Alan Moore and Alan Davis run on Captain Britain, the mutant known as Meggan was born with the ability to sense others emotions and alter her appearance to fit those emotions. When people reacted negatively to her, she became monstrous. However, as she came to know Captain Britain, she proved herself to be a wonderful person. So wonderful that she showed her inner beauty and became a beautiful young woman. She especially liked how much it pleased Captain Britain that she looked so good.
She joined Excalibur and her pureness of heart and soul made her one of the most hopeful mutants around (she also finally married Captain Britain), making her a strong fit for the Blue Lanterns. This one was drawn by Xum Yukinori.
7. ORANGE LANTERN NORMAN OSBORN
Driven by abuse that he suffered from his parents, Norman Osborn was always driven to become a success in business. However, once he achieved that goal, he could not stop. There was never enough to sate his desire for more and he pursued more and more power. This ultimately drove him insane and made him become the Green Goblin, longtime arch-rival with Spider-Man.
Years later, after successfully warding off his bad reputation, Osborn took control of S.H.I.E.L.D. and re-named it H.A.M.M.E.R. Had he just stopped there, he could have been one of the most powerful people in the world. Instead, he continued to pursue more and more power, even defying the President when he decided to invade Asgard. He then lost it all. He’s too resilient to stop there, though. He’ll always come back for more, making him a good fit for the Orange Lantern. This one was drawn by Axel Medellin.
6. BLACK LANTERN WAR MACHINE
In the world of comic books, there is a notable cliche that goes along with major crossovers. You seemingly can never take a crossover seriously if a notable superhero doesn’t die. This was introduced during Crisis on Infinite Earths, in which many major heroes (like The Flash and Supergirl) met their final fates, but it has become a bit of a truism over the years.
Thus, during Civil War II, when it came to find something that would drive a wedge between Iron Man and Captain Marvel over the latter’s use of an Inhuman who could tell the future, it was War Machine’s time to die. James Rhodes was Tony Stark’s best friend and Carol Danvers’ boyfriend, and so his death affected both of them deeply. As a symbol of “crossover death,” War Machine makes for a good Black Lantern. This one was drawn by Simone Placchi.
5. WHITE LANTERN SILVER SURFER
The Silver Surfer was an unusual creation, as most of the time, Jack Kirby and Stan Lee would discuss the plot of an issue of Fantastic Four before Kirby went off and drew the story (after which Lee would then add dialogue). In the introduction of Galactus, though, Kirby went off book and decided to add a herald for Galactus. Lee loved the character and they soon had the Surfer be a noble alien who turned against his master.
Lee then liked the character so much that he became the “personal” writer for Silver Surfer for decades, writing almost all of his solo stories and keeping his guest appearances in other titles to a bare minimum. Lee often treated Surfer as a Messiah-like figure, which would work well with him as a White Lantern. This one was drawn by David Jacob Duke.
4. YELLOW LANTERN THANOS
You could make a strong argument for Thanos being a Black Lantern, due to the fact that he is literally obsessed with Death, having devoted himself to Mistress Death since he was a young boy. Plus, he has actually died on a number of occasions and always comes back from the dead. Also, his very name is derived from the Greek personification of death, Thanatos.
However, at the same time, Thanos certainly has been wildly known as one of the most fearsome people in the universe, so we think that he fits well with the Sinestro Corps, as well. He surely can put the fear of death into nearly anyone. Although, we imagine that it wouldn’t be long before he would try to make it the Thanos Corps instead of the Sinestro Corps. This one was drawn by SpiderGuile.
3. ORANGE LANTERN GALACTUS
The Marvel Universe is an unusual one because of its cosmic concepts. For instance, the Phoenix Force is certainly a cosmic force, right? However, when it destroyed a planet (killing billions of sentient life in the process), it was determined that Phoenix needed to be punished for her actions. Thus, Chris Claremont was quite irritated when he saw the Fantastic Four decide that they ultimately had to save the planet-eating Galactus because he was “part of the cosmic order.”
This led to John Byrne having to have a cosmic trial for Reed Richards to demonstrate that, yes, Galactus was necessary for the balance of the universe. Therefore, the universe was cool with him devouring all of those planets. His vast hunger could also be viewed as a sort of gluttony, leading to him making for a good Orange Lantern. This one was drawn by toonartist.
2. STAR SAPPHIRE INVISIBLE WOMAN
In the Fantastic Four’s early days, the Invisible Woman had a strange role on the team. Her ability to turn invisible was darn near useless. In those early issues, her “power” seemed to be getting taken hostage by villains. She was taken hostage a remarkable 13 times in the first 50 issues! She was so seemingly superfluous that Stan Lee and Jack Kirby actually took time out of an issue to have Reed Richards and Ben Grimm address the audience directly to argue that Sue was necessary because she inspired them due to their love for her.
She has since gained force field abilities and is now the most powerful member of the team, but it remains true that she is one of the most loving heroes in the Marvel Universe, making her a good fit for the Star Sapphires. This one was drawn by Jerry L. Schick.
1. INDIGO TRIBE BETA RAY BILL
Again, while noting that the Indigo Tribe had their negative attributes forcibly oppressed, we’re still looking at the fact that they are powered by compassion. After all, John Stewart has wielded an Indigo ring and it didn’t affect his demeanor one iota! In the same way, that driving force is at the heart of the decision to include Beta Ray Bill as a member of the Indigo Tribe.
Beta Ray Bill, you see, is literally the member of a “tribe” of aliens. Their planet was destroyed so the survivors had to go into suspended animation and fly through the universe looking for a new home in a spaceship convoy. One member was trusted to protect them on their journey and that was Beta Ray Bill. When his convoy came too close to Earth, Thor attacked, thinking that they were hostile. Beta Ray Bill fought him and got a hold of his hammer and proved to be “Worthy.” He is certainly worthy of the Indigo Tribe, as well. This one was drawn by Phil Cho.
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