Friday, May 8, 2009

The Lantern Corps described.......

With the "Blackest Night" mini series having already started, alot of new lantern corps have been introduced into the DC Universe. When all of this started, I was afraid it was going to be too much like Power Rangers. Little did I realize that the color of lanterns is very little part of the story. The emotion and stories behind each light is where it's most important. and Geoff Johns does not dissapoint! below is a list descrbing what each corps is all about.

The ones readers are most familar with are the green lantern and yellow lantern (sinestro corps) Corps. All the others are most recent......

The Green Lantern Corps - Will power
This intergalactic police force is gifted with great willpower. The Green Lantern Corps patrols the reaches of space under the leadership of the Gaurdians of the Universe, a race of immortals. The Guardians created the Green Lantern Corps some three billion years ago and the force has survived multiple rebellions, murders, and collapses from within and outside. The Guardians administer the Corps from the planet Oa at the center of the universe. The Guardians divided the universe into 3600 “sectors” and choose two natives of each sector to serve as that sector's protectors. Thus the Corps holds 7,200 members, plus additional numbers serving in roles not linked to particular sectors (such as drill instructors and the honor guard). Each Green Lantern is given a power ring, a weapon and artifact granting the bearer incredible power limited only by their willpower. Their oath goes:
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!

Although the connection between the Guardian Oans and the origin of the Green Lantern symbol has yet to be clarified, it has been revealed that the lantern itself has its roots in the first life in the universe. Allegedly, the first life in the galaxy emerged on an unnamed foggy world, and when they developed a police force - the first in the universe - the constabulary carried a lantern lit with a green chemical flame, hence a corp of Green Lanterns. It is intimated that this idea was adopted and spread throughout the galaxy as a symbol for law and justice and its ability to pierce confusion and uncertainty, eventually resulting in the formation of the Green Lantern Corps, with requisite Power Rings and Lantern-shaped batteries along traditional lines. Initially consisting of only a few dozen agents at a time, the Corps radically increased its numbers approximately 1000 years ago. The Guardians sought to bring order to the planet known as Apokolips. Home to Darkseid, a galactic tyrant, Apokolips was and is a stronghold of evil. Green Lantern Raker Qarrigat sought to remove Darkseid from power, only to be humbled by Darkseid's might. Raker returned to Oa, where he convinced the Guardians that taking Apokolips would require an army. Authorized to start a massive recruitment, Raker and his fellow Lanterns inducted thousands of new members, bringing total membership up to 3600.

The corps has gone through many trials and tribulations. They were once completely obliterated due to Hal Jordan obsorbing so much power from the central power battery became Parralax. The Green lantern Corps has since then rebuilt itslef and has allowed Hal Jordan back into the corps despite misguided past as Parralax, however many members of the corps do not trust him.

The Yellow Lantern Corps/Sinestro Corps - fear
Lead by rougue Green Lantern, Sinestro, this lantern corps light hold the power of generating great fear. The Green Lantern corps power for a long time was unable to fight aginst anything that was the color of yellow. The GL Corps has over come this weakness, but for a long time, the Sinestro corps were a very dangerous threat to the Green Lantern Corps.

Sinestro was once dubbed the greatest Green Lantern. but as time went on, his lust for power became so great that he was kicked out of the GL Corps and discovered the yellow light which enstills great fear. Sinestro proudly took this and created his own version of the Corps. Dubbed the "Sinestro Corps", it recruits beings capable of generating great fear. Armed with yellow Power Rings and Lanterns manufactured on Qward, the Sinestro Corps recently staged an attack on Oa, killing dozens of GLC officers, kidnapping Kyle Rayner, and freeing Superboy-Prime, Parallax, and the Cyborg Superman from the Corps' supervision.

As the Sinestro Corps' campaign of terror spreads, the Guardians, in desperation, rewrite the first Law of Ten in the Book of Oa, enabling the remaining Lanterns to use lethal force.
They have a separate oath:
In blackest day,
in brightest night,
Beware your fears made into light.
Let those who try to stop what's right,
Burn like his power... Sinestro's might!

Blue Lantern Corps - Hope
Created by Ganthet and Sayd, their rings are powered by the blue light of hope. Saint Walker is the first Blue Lantern to appear. The second is an elephant like alien monk named Warth. According to Geoff Johns, there will be a Blue Lantern walrus named Baboo. Blue Lanterns appear capable of harnessing the hope of those around them to fuel their abilities, such as reviving a dying star and saving an entire planet by harnessing the hope of the individuals on the planet. Unlike the Green Lanterns, whose constructs are determined by the one creating them, the Blue Lantern constructs are based on the mind of one they are being used on. The Blue Central Power Battery is located on the planet Odym, which orbits what humans call the North Star. Saint Walker indicated that Ganthet and Sayd intend for Hal Jordan to leave the Green Lantern Corps and become the new leader of the Blue Lantern Corps. Walker is mistaken, as Ganthet intends Jordan to lead them as a Green Lantern and to be their power source.They have their own separate oath:
In fearful day,
in raging night,
With strong hearts full,
our souls ignite
When all seems lost in the War of Light
Look to the stars...For hope burns bright!

The Indigo Tribe/Indigo Lantern Corps - Compassion
The Indigo Tribe wield staffs powered by the indigo light of compassion. The wielders resemble shaman and tattoo their bodies with the symbol of their Corps. They didn't make their presence known but they appear to be neutral in the war helping injured on both sides. It remains to be seen if they'll have their own oath and where their Central Power Battery is located. They are currently being sought out by the Blue Lantern Corps. It has been revealed that the leader of the Indigo Tribe is a woman named Indigo. The corps will be fully introduced in the Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps mini-series. We have yet to learn the Oath of this corps.

Star Sappires/Violet Lantern Corps - Love
Created by the Zamarons and ruled by Queen Aga'po. Their rings are powered by the violet light of love. The Star Sapphire functions as their Central Power Battery located on the planet formerly known as Maltus. The first recruit was Miri Riam of the planet Lartnec, who had just lost her husband to an attack by Mongul. The second Star Sapphire to be recruited is the villain Fatality, who has plagued the Green Lantern Corps in the past. The Zamarons openly take members of other corps (although all female) and convert them mentally into Sapphires, even openly reavealing this to the Guardians of the Universe. In addition to their violet rings the Sapphires also still have their original crystal ,which they themselves cannot see but use to show others their true love.As they are on the direct opposite side of the spectrum as Red, it is likely violet rings have great influence over their wearer as well. They have their own separate oath:
For hearts long lost and full of fright
For those alone in blackest night
Accept our ring and join our fight
Love conquers all
With violet light!

Red Lantern Corps - Hate
Created by the remnants of the Empire of Tears, their power rings are fueled by the red light of rage/hate. Atrocitus is the first to become a red lantern and also was the one who forged the Red Central Power Battery which stands before a great lake of blood on the prison planet of Ysmault. A former "lost Lantern," Laira, is quickly recruited as well. Another recent member includes Dax-Ur, an alien cat who is the first to attack a member of another corps. Upon putting on a charged red ring, the wearer's heart is destroyed and ejected in vomit, as is the wearer's blood. The ring then pumps liquified rage into the body, which is also ejected through the mouth. Although the Red Lanterns have been seen creating energy constructs most of their energy blasts appear as flame which can burn in space. They have their own separate oath:
With blood and rage of crimson red,
Ripped from a corpse so freshly dead,
Together with our hellish hate,
We'll burn you all-
That is your fate!"

Orange Lantern Corps - Greed
Their rings are powered by the orange light of avarice (greed) which was being sought by the Controllers. Green Lantern #39 introduces the corps as well as the revelation that the Orange Central Power Battery is located on the planet Okaara in the Vegan star system. The Orange Lantern Corps are quite different from the other corps in that, Larfleeze (referred to as Agent Orange by the Orange Light) is the only physical Orange Lantern. New Orange Lanterns are recruited by being killed by Larfleeze, or by one of the other Orange Lanterns, and having their identity consumed and processed by the Orange Light and having your image projected by the Orange Light under the control of Larfleeze. While to this date it remains to be confirmed, it appears that their own oath is simply the word "Mine".

Black Lantern Corps - Death
Besides the seven colour corps mentioned above, there's also an eight colour corps that represents the black light of death. Almost nothing is known about these Black Lantern Corps, whose power rings reanimate the dead and draw power from a Central Power Battery built from the corpse of the Anti-Monitor and located on the Dead World of Ryut in space sector 666. The Black Lantern power rings bear the symbol of Black Hand. Since the Black rings symbolize a total absence of emotion and life their power source remains unknown. Black Hand is the first Black Lantern to appear and had already recruited the deceased Ronnie Raymond aka Firestorm. Also the Guardian of the Universe known as Scar has some connection with the Black Corps and that Connor Kent appears to be a candidate to become a Black Lantern. Others to be candidates to become a Black Lantern are the Earth 2 Superman, the Martian Manhunter and Aquaman. But truly, anyone who has died is a condidate for the Black Lantern corps. (wait, could that mean Thomas and Martha Wayne could rise?) They have their own separate oath:
The Blackest Night falls from the skies
The darkness grows as all light dies
We crave your hearts and your demise
By my black hand
The dead shall rise!

There has been talk of a white Lantern corps and that Hal Jordan will be leader of that Corps. However, that has not been confirmed and is very unlikrly.

No comments:

Post a Comment