The 80th anniversaries of Flash and Green Lantern have come and gone, with focus mostly on a Flash or a Green Lantern who aren’t actually 80 years old.  That said, it does at least give you a chance to compare their respective schticks: Moving at speeds unimaginable, and creating constructs out of thin air.  On the one hand, a Green Lantern ring SEEMS like a good idea, until you remember that Hal Jordan has been at the mercy of little blue people from space for sixty years.  And while the benefits of super-speed are quite cool, you have to remember that every single Flash has spent a noticeable period of time dead.  Still, it’s two of the most basic super-powers in existence competing head-to-head, which is perfect for today’s speedy green query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) would take super-speed over most super-powers, even flight, asking: If you had to choose one, would choose to be a Flash or a Green Lantern?


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  1. At first glance, the speedster thing seems like the better deal, but then you realize you could tear a hole in time and reality if you sneeze while running, and there’s that whole highlander “everybody tapping into the same speedster midichlorians” bs, and it gets to be more trouble than it’s worth.

    I’d go with Lantern. You know what your limitations and weaknesses are, you generally know who’s coming for you (at least if you’re a rank and file corps member), and you could armor up a little if uhhh…running around in a streamlined red onesie isn’t a good look for you.

  2. Jarmo Seppänen on

    Alan Scott style Green Lantern seems useful in most situations. No space cop responsibility thing for ne, thanks.

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