In Blackest Night, Geoff Johns pulled a giant deus ex machina out of his hat when he revealed that each “New Guardian’s” ring can create one additional ring. I’m sure Johns picked DCU characters he thought would be cool and fit the story, but what if he wasn’t limited to the DCU? What if any cartoon or comic book character was available to him? I imagine if that was the case we’d see a much, much different alliance. One that would look something like this.
Hulk – The Hulk is all about rage: the madder he gets, the stronger he gets. There’s even a red one out there running around these days, busting things up and acting like a jerk. Just picture him constantly vomiting up blood and you’re already there.
Runner Up: Yosemite Sam
Ash Ketchum – Ash is the greedy little kid determined to capture one of every animal (excuse me, pokemon) in the world, to the detrimtent of every relationship he’s ever been in. That describes avarice much better than a mad scientist who wants to rule the world because Superman made him lose his hair when he was a boy.
Runner Up: Bender
Gargamel - The Scarecrow is a terrific if obvious choice for the yellow ring. Much like Parallax is the only thing to scare Green Lanterns, there’s only one thing Smurfs fear, and that’s Gargamel. He takes delight in capturing them, either to eat them or turn them into gold. That’s fairly scary if you’re Belgian.
Runner Up: Starscream
Hank Hill – Have you ever met one of those people who seem like they can do anything by sheer force of will? Hank Hill is that guy. Slap a ring on him and as long as you assure him it’s a military weapon and not hippie jewelry or an improv prop he’ll get the job done.
Runner Up: Panthro
Blue Lantern Corps (Hope)
Superman - Of all the characters Johns had to play with, I can’t believe he didn’t go for the obvious choice to represent Hope: Superman. If Barack Obama had a cape, superpowers, had saved the world hundreds of times )and the universe dozens), then MAYBE he could sit in on a lecture Superman gave on how to give people hope. Superman could be caught with a live boy AND a dead girl and people wouldn’t lose hope. He’s like Michael Jackson and R. Kelly wrapped up in a cape and with heat vision, that’s how much people believe in him.
Runner Up: Charlie Brown
Optimus Prime - Optimus Prime’s only weakness is his compassion for all living creatures. Being part of the Indigo Tribe would allow him to turn that into his greatest strength. Of course, a giant metal robot covered with tribal tattoos and holding a tiny stick wouldn’t be very imposing, but it would be compassionate.
Runner Up: She-Ra
Star Sapphires (Love)
Tenderheart Bear - Wikipedia says “Tenderheart Bear helps everyone show and express their feelings and helps his fellow Care Bears be the most caring they can be. In the 1980s movies and cartoons he was the leader of the Care Bears. He is orange (originally brown) and his tummy symbol is a big red heart with a pink outline.” That sounds about right. What do I know about Care Bears?
Runner Up: Hello Kitty
Those are my thoughts. Did I get someone right? Or very, very wrong? Hit us up in the comments sections.