Ranx the Sentient City

Ranx the Sentient City is a fictional character, a supervillain in the DC Comics universe. He is typically portrayed as an enemy of Mogo the Living Planet, a Green Lantern character introduced in comics a year prior to Ranx.

Ranx the Sentient City
Art from Green Lantern Corps vol. 2 #16; pencils by
Patrick Gleason and Angel Unzueta.
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceTales of the Green Lantern Corps Annual #2 (1986)
Created byAlan Moore (writer)
Kevin O'Neill (art)
In-story information
Alter egoRanx
Team affiliationsSinestro Corps
Notable aliasesThe Sentient City
AbilitiesQwardian power ring
Can naturally alter and manipulate its cityscape

Publication history

Ranx the Sentient City first appeared in the short story "Tygers", written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Kevin O'Neill within the pages of Tales of the Green Lantern Corps Annual #2 (1986).

Fictional character biography

Its origins are unknown; according to folklore, Ranx is as old as the stars.[1]

Ranx first appeared in Tales of the Green Lantern Corps Annual #2 (1986) in a prophecy told to Abin Sur by Qull of the Five Inversions, one of the demons sealed in the tombworld of Ysmault, former base of the magically-based Empire of Tears. The demon promised Sur to answer three questions, free of charge. The third question involved the end of the Green Lantern Corps. The prophecy stated that, during a battle with the unbound Empire of Tears, Ranx would detonate a blink-bomb in the center of Mogo, killing the sentient planet and ending the Green Lantern Corps once and for all.

Ranx appears in present times, where it faces off against Guy Gardner and the Lantern Chthos-Chthas Chthatis who are in pursuit of one of the Children of the White Lobe. According to Chthos-Chthas Chthais, Ranx was once a bustling port until it allowed itself to become a center for crime and vice. The Green Lantern Corps shut it down and diverted its trade routes elsewhere. As a result, only drifters and fugitives inhabited Ranx, causing the city to develop a deep-seated grudge against Green Lanterns. The city interferes with their investigation until Gardner threatens to destroy its central processor. When Guy and Chthos-Chthas Chthatis cornered the fugitive, she unleashed a powerful "blink bomb", causing Ranx to void its digestive system, expelling the Lanterns into space and humiliating Ranx greatly.[2]

Ranx later returns, allied with the Sinestro Corps, apparently under the promise of revenge against Gardner. Increased in size many times, it is at the front line of the Sinestro Corps' attack on Mogo.[3] Many Green Lanterns take the fight into the interior of Ranx. Chthos-Chthas Chthatis is targeted and slain at the particular urging of Ranx, who still remembers the assistance he gave Gardner. Ranx is destroyed by Sodam Yat at the end of the Battle of Mogo, shortly after the Green Lanterns are authorized to use lethal force: Sodam destroys Ranx's power core, obliterating it.[4]

This would be far from the end of the living urban area, as a seedling of Ranx's consciousness would go on to survive long after the Sinestro Corps War and the dissolution of said corps by the hand of its founder, Thaal Sinestro.[5] After he had reinstated the fear lantern presence following the destruction of Korugar at the hands of the First Lantern, Sinestro's followers took the armada-spanning firepower and technological systems of the intergalactic space station Warworld from its previous proprietor, Mongul. Arkillo and many of the other corpsmen were present as the Ranx Seed peeled away from its cocoon and, shooting itself into the artificial crust of Warworld, seeded into its vert technosymatic megastructure. Ranx eventually would completely integrate into the very core of the planet-satellite and go on to become Warworld in and of itself, with Sinestro at the helm of its trek through space, turning the space station into a mobile headquarters for the Sinestro Corps.[6]

Powers and abilities

Circuitry running across and through each quadrant of the city enables Ranx to observe and act upon anything in its vicinity. Ranx can control gravitational forces in virtually any area and control the very ground itself. Data feeds connect to a command center with a central processing unit, perhaps a quasi-organic brain.

As a member of the Sinestro Corps, it used a yellow power ring fueled by fear and capable of forming constructs out of yellow energy. As of recent publishing, Ranx has now been integrated into the planet-crushing weapons and technological systems of the mobile satellite Warworld, able to manipulate its surface and interior structure with but a thought.

In other media


  • In the TV series Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Ranx appears as an abandoned planet which is under attack by a large force of Manhunters. Here, the highly advanced technology of Ranx is corrupted by the torn-off head of the Anti-Monitor after it was blown off by Aya. The power of the head of the Anti-Monitor surrounded the planet with a forcefield that kept the Manhunters at bay.


  • Although never referred to by name, the Qwardian Yellow Battery built for Sinestro is modeled after Ranx in the animated film Green Lantern: First Flight.

Video games

  • Ranx the Sentient City appears as a villain in the Wii version of the video game Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters.
  • Ranx the Sentient City appears in DC Universe Online. He is seen in the "War of the Light" Pt 1 DLC fighting Mogo in the sky.


  1. ^ Green Lantern Corps (Vol. 2) #5
  2. ^ Green Lantern Corps (Vol. 2) #5–6
  3. ^ Green Lantern Corps (Vol. 2) #14
  4. ^ Green Lantern Corps (Vol. 2) #16
  5. ^ Green Lantern Corps (Vol. 5) #2-5
  6. ^ Sinestro (Vol. 1) #12

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