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Subj: Re: Hal's ring
Posted: Mon May 21, 2018 at 04:38:22 pm EDT (Viewed 735 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Hal's ring
Posted: Sun May 20, 2018 at 02:26:47 pm EDT (Viewed 765 times)


    Hal's trajectory towards where he is now has been slowly built ever since Geoff Johns withdrew him from the Parallax abyss he had fallen into.
    He came out of the experience strengthed, stronger and more focused, subsequent experiences in wielding other Spectrum energy likely added to this and it was Geoff Johns' final issue that suggested Hal is a font of pure willpower, something Robert Venditti has embraced as even in his first issues he had Hal being the only Green Lantern able to overpower and punch a hole through Relic's absorbtion drones...

Agreed. And I'm now going to hunt down that feat. Thanks for mentioning it. \^_\^

    In recreating his own personal Power Ring Hal was following the standard creation methods previously set by the Guardians - ALL rings are created from solidified willpower, something Ganthet showed us when he briefly became a Green Lantern, but it was only a Guardian who was capable of achieving such a feat. Again this was proven as we watched Ganthet create his own Power Ring, and the strain of doing so demonstrated just what a feat it is when Hal subsequently conjured his own using the same methods that Ganthet did...

Except, Hal showed considerably less strain in the creation of his ring than Ganthet did when creating his own. Does that mean Hal had an easier time?

    So while it may appear that Hal's Ring is something special, really it isn't. There is nothing different between the methods he and Ganthet showed us in how Power Rings are manufactured. \(yes\)

In the way it was created, yes. But in other ways, I believe Hal's ring is special. When the Alley Rat used it, he seemed to act like Hal. He also seemed to have felt a surge of power as well. The alley rat even managed to hold his own against Zod for a limited time, something he couldn't do with Ursa with his own, regular, ring. Lastly, Hal himself says that he "is" his ring, which in itself makes it special since it's only an extension of Hal himself. Hal can even sense when his ring is near him as he sensed the Alley Rat approaching Zakuul and even what the Alley Rat intended to do before he even did it when Kyle sent Hal his own ring back to him.

    None of this alters the valid questions as to what it is Hal is now however. He's clearly still flesh and blood, still physically vulnerable, but with the ambiguity of the emotional spectrum he taps (is he linked to it?) and the fact that his power derives from the mind it does reprise the old suggestions of previous era's of the character that humans can potentially evolve to become something akin to the next Guardians. Able to tap power direct from the Main Power Battery and/or Emotional Spectrum...

Indeed. Maybe someday we'll get these answers. I hope so. Venditti won't be writing GL for forever so I hope we'll get these answers before he leaves.

It's interesting that a hero/villain performs one amazing feat, or use a power they haven't used for 20+ years, and that automatically propels them to a high status despite scans and evidence to the contrary. I don't know what is worse, selective feat picking that has only been done once or twice 20, or more, years ago or ignoring evidence from scans or the lack thereof. We need to stop putting our favorite heroes/villains on pedestals and start putting them where they really belong. But it's evident that people never will because they would rather accuse others of cherry picking feats, when they don't, and being 'morally superior' when they aren't. I guess being honest and as fair as possible only opens one up to being the target of childish accusations and fault finding by those who insist on acting petty and childish. What happened to a good debate between two civil, mature, adults?
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