Tuesday, March 24, 2009
The Best Superhero Gadget: (Second Reader Nomination)
The rebuttal to Sio's sterling nomination of The Lens as The Best Superhero Gadget was also originally left as a comment on my Wordpress compilation. Here is Maurice Kane, who kinda backs me up, but also kinda more backs up being very selective about which ring we're discussing.
I agree that the Silver Age Green Lantern’s power ring is the premiere, inimitable gadget in the annals of superherodom because of its near-infinite multi-use versatility as an offensive weapon, communications device(including Starfleet-like universal translator capabilities), generator of force-fields, and provider of rapid transportation through any medium imaginable. It is simple, it is portable, and only requires a periodic charge and the user’s willpower.
The update is that the impurity which renders ring-bearers vulnerable to the color yellow is no longer operative; apparently it relates to the fear-entity Parallax. And even with “yellow” as a weakness, that impediment was still easier to surmount than the susceptibility of the Golden Age Green Lantern (Alan Scott) to wood. Wood is , or at least in the pre-plastic 1940s when the Golden Age GL was most active as a crimefighter, omnipresent: trees, furniture, picture frames, running boards on cars, building construction.
Did you catch it, in there? Maurice is trying to hint that I don't know what I'm talking about. Sure, he doesn't come right out and say it, but he claims that wood is also a weakness that the Green Lantern had. Which is something I never heard. So I am going to settle this the only way I know how.
No, not declaring myself correct. That only works in parenting, and on some Jeopardy! categories. Instead, I will google it. Here we go...
Googling Was wood a weakness of the Green Lantern reveals that Wikipedia -- of course-- has answers, and those answers are "Richmond, Virginia." Not helpful. There's another site, though, that says wood was his weakness -- but that's in a comment, so that's not helpful, either. So we'll have to go with Wikipedia's entry, after all, and, having done that, we've determined that Richmond, Virginia was a weakness of the Green Lantern's.
Thanks, Maurice, for the nomination.
Sio nominated The Lens as Best Superhero Gadget.
The Original Best Superhero Gadget Post.
The Best Book To Read If You Were A Kid Who Pretended To Be A Superhero.
Readers -- submit your own, via comment or email. Email me at thetroublewithroy[at]yahoo.com. Note that it's a "TBOE Nomination" in the subject line. If I really like your nomination, I'll send you a free t-shirt of your choice.
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