The Green Lantern Corps Podcast

Hope for Justice

Posted in Blue Lantern Corps,Brightest Day,green lantern,JLA,Superman by Podcast on February 13, 2011

Hope Burns Bright

He came in saying “All will be well. In March, Saint Walker will shed the light of hope on the Justice League of America starting in issue 55 as part of the new arc “The Rise of Eclipso” and will tie into “The Reign of Doomsday. The featured storyline pits Doomsday against the JLA as they interfere with his quest to find Cyborg-Superman, who has managed somehow to escape his fate at the hands of Alpha Lantern Boodikka back in Green Lantern Corps #52. Some have been wondering what kind of effect Walker would have with his Blue Lantern ring if there isn’t a Green Lantern near by. Well, that comes in the form of Justice League member, Jade. However, many may say that her power with the Starheart cannot help Saint Walker’s ring and unleashed the full power of the Blue Light of Hope on either Doomsday or Henshaw. Jade has the same Starheart energy manipulating powers as her father, Alan Scott, the Golden Age Green Lantern with the difference that her powers do not come from a ring or lantern, but are channeled through her body (specifically, the star shaped birthmark on her palm). As with all Green Lanterns, she can will green energy constructs to “life” and can use this energy in almost any way possible; the only limitation being her will, imagination and endurance. Of the many things she can do with her powers, the most common uses are shields from bodily harm, flight, flying unaided through space, great speed and, as said earlier, willing constructs to life of any shape and size. She is technically a mutant, having been born with her powers as well as green hued skin, dark green hair, green eyes and the aforementioned star shaped birthmark on her palm. Due to their shared mystical connection with the Starheart, with even the slightest focus, she can sense where either her twin brother or her father is anywhere on Earth at any time. For a time, Jade and her brother shared a telepathic connection, but it is not known at this time if they still do. One of the major distinctions between the Green Lanterns of Oa and herself (and her father) is that the emerald energy she wields is often manifested as green fire surrounding her. Secondly, while regular Green Lanterns have to charge their rings after a time, Jade has access to near unlimited stores of power and has no need to recharge. A third distinction between her and the Green Lantern’s power is that while they have a weakness to the color yellow (which now can be overcome with effort), she has the same vulnerability to wood that her father has (In that her power has no effect on anything made of wood).
With all that said, it won’t be very hard for Saint Walker to use the powers of his ring on Doomsday. All Blue Lanterns are armed with a blue power ring, fueled by the emotion hope. While hope is the most powerful of the seven emotions, Blue Lanterns must be near an active Green Lantern’s power ring to tap into their own rings’ full power. Otherwise, the rings are only capable of the default abilities of flight and a protective aura. This is a result of the fact that the power of hope is nothing without the willpower to enact it. Blue rings must be fueled by true hope in order to operate at their user’s command.


While under the influence of a nearby green power ring, Blue Lanterns can heal wounds. The ring’s power can be supplemented with the hope of other living beings. A blue ring can negatively impact the performance of rings on the opposite side of the emotional spectrum. It can neutralize the corruptive effects of red power rings, block the energy-stealing properties of orange rings (as well as nullify its side effects on the bearer of it), and drain the power of yellow power rings. Conversely, a blue ring can charge a green power ring to twice its maximum power level. This effect can also negatively impact a green ring, as close proximity to the Blue Central Power Battery will overcharge a green ring, causing it to implode (taking the user’s hand with it). Blue power rings manifest their constructs mainly by reading the target’s psyche, but can make constructs like the other corps. Blue rings can also grant precognitive visions to their wielders.
So, pretty much Saint Walker should be able to kick ass and take names with either Cyborg-Superman or Doomsday. However, what would the full power of the blue ring give to these two? For Henshaw, most likely that he will eventually die and rejoin his wife but what about Doomsday? We don’t know why he is back or why he wants to destroy the entire line of the Superman family or any one associated with it for good or bad. Which might mean, Saint Walker might egg Doomsday on to complete his task even more but what that is, won’t be revealed until the end of the “Rise of Eclipso” story arc.


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