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Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Red and Orange Lanterns

If you have been following the late Sinestro Corps war storyline, you know that they have come up with a virtual rainbow of colors and corresponding emotions to fit. The Green Lanterns are the ones in the middle, they serve to "balance" out the other ones. On one side of the spectrum, you have the Red Lanterns, which symbolize Hate or Rage. Then the Orange Lanterns are Greed, the Yellow Lanterns are Fear of course. On the other side of the Green, are the Blue Lanterns for Hope, Indigo for compassion or something, and finally, the Zamarons, and Violet for Love.

This is all very interesting of course, and I can hardly wait to see what Mr. Johns is going to be doing with the concept in the future. However, it occured to me this morning, that I have a perfect candidate for either the Red or Orange Lanterns.

Mace.

Ok, granted, Mace Gardner is supposed to be dead. Harumph to that, I say! If I remember, Major Force killed him, and his body was taken by the Quorum. We never saw it after that did we? Kalinara once pointed out that it would be so very easy for them to resurrect Mace.

Mace is a great character. He's Guy's older brother, the golden child, the parent's favorite, and he could do no wrong. Everything was easy for Mace...unlike poor Guy. Mace was a bit on the lazy side however, and certainly came across as having a real sense of entitlement. He gave up on college and became a cop instead. Then, he became a dirty cop. Unfortunately for Mace, he ended up getting shot and paralyzed, so he dragged himself over to the canal, and all they found was his wheelchair. Except that the Quorum found him, fixed him up and gave him a supersuit and used him for any number of missions.

You would think that this would be enough to make ol' Mace happy, but he just couldn't deal with the fact that his little brother had managed to make something of a success out of his life and ALSO became a superhero. Mace's resentment and jealousy made him REALLY eager to take Guy down a peg, and they had some pretty spectacular fights there for a while back in the old "Guy Gardner" series.

All of which makes me think that if...IF...they could resurrect Mace, he'd be tailor-made for either the Hate or Greed corps. I really don't think that he inspires fear, so he'd be pretty useless to Sinestro, and heaven knows, he isn't much for compassion, hope or love. He's a selfish little bastard, and he wants WHAT he wants,and he wants it now! I actually think that he'd be better as an Orange Lantern than a Red one. He's been a greedy little snot his whole life.

Plus his hair would look MUCH better in an orange outfit than a red one. Red would clash.

9 Comments:

At 6:39 PM, Blogger Sea_of_Green said...

I like that Orange Lantern theory MUCH better than the Lex Luthor theory. :-)

Originally, I thought Amon Sur was a good candidate for an Orange Lantern -- but he must actually be dead this time (as opposed to when he got his head blown off) since his ring abandoned him. :-(

 
At 7:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unless Amon tricked his ring. Maybe Ungarans are really hard to kill unless they die crashing into the planet Earth because of Demonic Prophecies...

I think he could be a Orange Lantern yet...

 
At 6:00 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

Amon Sur is a snivelling little weasel. So yes, he'd be great as an Orange Lantern, if Laira's attack doesn't...er...take.

 
At 9:34 PM, Anonymous Reed Solomon said...

Mace wasn't jealous of Guy. He's still Guy's older brother, after all, and generally looked out for him. He only went after Guy originally because of the clone situation, and because it was an assignment from the Quorum. There was likely no sibling rivalry involved. Mace probably is alive. As an assassin it would be in the Quorums interest to keep him on staff and alive, and really, you're not supposed to notice Militia. He's only there when he's supposed to kill you or take you out.

 
At 6:07 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

I dn't know Reed. He sure seemed to go after Guy with a lot of...zest! And when they fought up in the Arctic, after Guy had gone to find Ice, Mace flat out told him that HE was supposed to be the hero in the family...not Guy.

Mace is just ornery like that.

 
At 12:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's dead, he could be a perfect black lantern, and I think there's a mblack hand in all this

 
At 8:16 PM, Blogger Brendan McGinley said...

Shoot...Mace really WOULD be a perfect Orange Lantern.

I just wish he'd get a haircut.

 
At 11:12 AM, Blogger ghost said...

I always thought that Warren "Great" White would be great as an Orange Lantern. He's a relatively new character, last I saw him he was in Arkham ASylum. he started out as a White-collar criminal who plead innocence due to temporary insanity, and was sent to Arkham. he definitely fits the "greed" bill, he cheated hundreds of thousands of people out of millions of dollars (out of their retirement plans) in a series of junk-bond scams.

He's not a Green Lantern character, but he fits the bill pretty well.

 
At 9:32 PM, Anonymous Sith One said...

Mace will not be an Orange Lantern, but a Black Lantern. I expect the Black Lanterns to be linked to the Green Lanterns past, hence very tough to defeat. Could Guy fight Mace?

 

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