I’m a firm believer that one of the largest and most fruitful assets DC Comics has is its Lantern portion of the universe. Seventy-two hundred Lanterns alone make up the Green Lantern Corps, and you could roughly extrapolate that to the Sinestro Corps, the Star Sapphires, and (what was) the Blue Lantern Corps. All 3,600 sectors of the universe are their domain. So it’s always a bit surprising to me how it can be a bit overlooked.
Now, that’s not saying that DC Comics doesn’t explore that sector (see what I did there?), but it has, for the most part, plateaued out.
Ever since “Blackest Night” and “Brightest Day,” it’s been more or less same old, same old. The most ground breaking, limit testing we’ve seen has come from Robert Venditti (who will sadly be leaving HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS with #50 being his last). From introducing a revelation bringing character like RELIC to reimagining the classic villain SONAR, Venditti has left his mark on my favorite portion of the DCU.
And it seems like more limit testing is coming, but now from the fallout of Scott Snyder’s upcoming “DCU forever changed” event — “No Justice.”
The solicit for JUSTICE LEAGUE #3 reads,
John Stewart: Ultraviolet Lantern? Believe it! Under the influence of the Ultraviolet Spectrum, John Stewart engages in some ultraviolence against his teammates Flash, Wonder Woman and Aquaman.
The direction that Snyder is headed with the Ultraviolet Spectrum (and what could be an Ultraviolet Lantern Corps) is something I had actually thought about over the years after various discussions with fellow comic book fans at my local comic book shop. It’s a logical progression, if you know about the spectrum of light, and could make for interesting stories to come out of this.
The quick science lesson I’m bringing to you will hopefully be helpful in understanding where I’m coming from in saying this could be great for future Lantern stories, as the Ultraviolet spectrum of light is normally invisible to us. So the Lantern Corps are made up of the various colors in the spectrum; red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. Though, there’s also white and black, but the latter isn’t an actual color of the spectrum. It’s the absence of the spectrum, and thus rightfully death.
Using a spectrum that’s normally invisible could touch on various aspects of that, and bring about plenty of twists and turns for all of the Corps. My big complaint that I have with this is that it seems to be falling back into the “same old, same old” grove, with the choice of John Stewart being its Lantern of choice. I say this because Stewart had just recently received a Star Sapphire Power Ring at the end of Van Jensen’s GREEN LANTERN CORPS run. This would’ve been a great chance to introduce a new character to build out an Ultraviolet Lantern Corps, and ultimately be someone who fans could grow with.
Outside of that, my only other concern is whether or not this will tie in to the main continuity seamlessly? Or will it be another “it happened in the main universe but no other title matches up with it” deal that we comic book fans are used to getting (a.k.a. the short end of the stick)? I don’t know, and honestly we won’t until we reach that point. So for now, all I can say is that I’m feeling a bit like Saint Walker, hopeful.