The latest issue of Legion of Super-Heroes featured the official debut of a couple of the newest Legionnaires, including the Gold Lantern.  HIs origins are unknown and his powers may or may not be related to the Emotional Spectrum from Green Lantern, though I’m not actually sure if gold is actually a color in a light wavelength sense.  Either way, he’s a new Legionnaire, which means that he’ll probably be forgotten by the next writer before being retconned away in the next future spasm, so we should enjoy him while he lasts, leading to today’s metallic query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) honestly isn’t sure if I like it, but I enjoy how much he reminds me of the Sixth Rangers of Super Sentai, making me wonder about the existence of a Silver Lantern, asks: Gold Lantern: Genius or Cheese Sandwich?


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  1. Robert Hulshof-Schmidt on

    Cheese sandwich with Miracle Whip (TM) on really stale Wonder Bread (TM). Feels like a whole lotta hoopla for just one of many Legionnaires. It also ties worryingly into Bendis’ over-reliance on 21st Century DC characters and continuity rather than letting the Legion stand on its own two (fifty?) feet.

  2. Daniel Langsdale on

    Is gold really any different than yellow?

    Geoff Johns making the rainbow panoply of lanterns was Cheese Sandwich. This is the moldy remains of that sandwich unearthed a thousand years later. The Legion of Superheroes are meant to be the future, but with each 20th/21st century character allusion it’s becoming more and more mired in the past.

    As ironic as it may sound, this is a whole new kind of miring in the past when compared to the endless restarts that felt they had to tell the same stories that were told fifty years ago, so at least there’s that.

  3. Malone_hasco on

    If they play it with right tone, like Super Sentai or shonen battle anime over the top transformation, it could be genius. I highly doubt that’s the case here.

  4. Todd Ramsey on

    I like the original ideas about the lanterns, but then the White Lantern thing kinda stretched it too far for me. The probably with having a lantern, Kryptonian or Dr. Fate in the Legion is it creates a lot of power disparity between members who can only become shrink or bounce.

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