DC Day: The Evolution Of Green Lantern Jessica Cruz From New 52 Into Rebirth

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In ‘Justice League Odyssey’ (2019) #12, Jessica Cruz faces Darkseid at full power. AP Photo/DC Comics.

IN REDEMPTION

NEW 52: JESSICA CRUZ DEVELOPED PTSD FROM AN ATTACK BY MOBSTERS

In ‘Justice League’ (2014) #31, Jessica Cruz becomes the new Power Ring. Four years ago, Jessica and her friends went on a hunting trip. On the way, they stumbled upon mobsters who were burying a body. Murderously, they decided to not leave witnesses and shot Jessica’s friends. Incredibly, Jessica managed to escape. Consequently, the young girl developed anxiety and PTSD from her trauma. As a result, she has locked herself in her room for four years.

Sinisterly, the Ring of Volthoom has revealed these things to her. Upon the death of Harold Jordan of the Crime Syndicate, the Ring has chosen her as its new host. In fact, her fear attracted it to her, a weapon it can use for destruction. When Jessica shoots the Ring with a shotgun, it only becomes angrier. Violently, the Ring forces itself upon her finger. Later, in control, Jessica realizes she needs help. Fortunately, the Doom Patrol offers to help.

In 'Justice League' (2014) #31, the Ring of Volthoom chooses Jessica Cruz as the new Power Ring.
In ‘Justice League’ (2014) #31, the Ring of Volthoom chooses Jessica Cruz as the new Power Ring. AP Photo/DC Comics.

NEW 52: DURING DARKSEID WAR, JESSICA CRUZ BECOMES A GREEN LANTERN

In ‘Justice League’ (2015) #41, Grail summons Anti-Monitor. After an attack on the Justice League, Green Lantern and Power Ring are on the scene. While Jessica is on crowd control, Hal confronts Grail. However, during the battle Grail breaks Hal’s willpower. Instead, Grail uses the Ring of Volthoom to summon Anti-Monitor to Prime Earth. In ‘Justice League’ (2016) #47, the Justice League breaks the Crime Syndicate out of Belle Reve. Cyborg, Power Ring, Mister Miracle and Big Barda break into the penitentiary.

Unfortunately, proximity to the Crime Syndicate causes Jessica to lose control and for the ring to possess her body and mind. Then, Jessica becomes Volthoom. Nevertheless, when Cyborg attempts to override the ring, Volthoom activates the Grid virus. In ‘Justice League’ (2016) #49, Jessica’s mind is trapped inside the Ring of Volthoom. Previously, at Belle Reve, Cyborg downloaded his consciousness into the ring as a contingency plan to help Jessica.

In 'Justice League' (2016) #50, Jessica Cruz regains control of Power Ring to save Flash in one second.
In ‘Justice League’ (2016) #50, Jessica Cruz regains control of Power Ring to save Flash in one second. AP Photo/DC Comics.

In ‘Justice League’ (2016) #50, Jessica Cruz becomes Sector 2814’s new Green Lantern. Inside the ring, Cyborg describes the ring’s programming as 0s, 1s and fear.

Fortunately, Cyborg manages to hack the tech in time for Jessica to save Flash from the Black Racer in one second. Seemingly, Jessica is killed by the Black Racer. In reality, we learn Black Racer has claimed the life of Volthoom. For her ability to overcome great fear, Jessica is chosen as Sector 2814’s new Green Lantern.

In 'Justice League' (2016) #50, Jessica Cruz becomes Sector 2814's new Green Lantern.
In ‘Justice League’ (2016) #50, Jessica Cruz becomes Sector 2814’s new Green Lantern. AP Photo/DC Comics.

REBIRTH: DURING JUSTICE LEAGUE: ODYSSEY, JESSICA CRUZ DIES AND IS RESURRECTED AS AN OMEGA LANTERN

Previously, the Guardians of the Universe assigned Jessica Cruz to the Ghost Sector. In ‘Justice League Odyssey’ (2019) #1, Cyborg, Jessica Cruz, Starfire and Azrael head to space to confront a new menace. In the Ghost Sector, thousands of shrunken planets imprisoned on Colu have been released into the universe. Initially, Starfire joins the team in order to investigate the return of her home world Tamaran. However, the Ghost Sector, is a highly unstable region of space. Sinisterly, Darkseid offers to help the Justice League Odyssey. In ‘Justice League Odyssey’ (2019) #12, Darkseid reaches his full power. Previously, Darkseid had been born into baby from Superwoman in “Darkseid War.”

Slowly, he manipulated Hypertime to assemble the Justice League Odyssey and build Sepulkore. Using Starfire to activate the station, Darkseid soon returns to full power. While Cyborg, Starfire and Azrael have been converted into New Gods, only Jessica Cruz opposes Darkseid’s return. At four percent ring power, Jessica delivers Darkseid a devastating punch. Powerfully, Darkseid responds with a backhand that leaves Jessica on the floor, close to death. With one final blast of his Omega Effect, Darkseid reduces the Green Lantern to ashes and bones. In ‘Justice League Odyssey’ (2019) #13, the Omega Effect resurrects Jessica as an Omega Lantern.

In 'Justice League Odyssey' (2019) #13, Jessica Cruz becomes an Omega Lantern.
In ‘Justice League Odyssey’ (2019) #13, Jessica Cruz becomes an Omega Lantern. AP Photo/DC Comics.

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REBIRTH: JESSICA CRUZ BECOMES A YELLOW LANTERN AND JOINS THE SINESTRO CORPS

In 'Green Lantern 2021 Annual' (2021), Jessica Cruz becomes a Yellow Lantern.
In ‘Green Lantern 2021 Annual’ (2021), Jessica Cruz becomes a Yellow Lantern. AP Photo/DC Comics.

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SOURCES

Justice League Odyssey Vol 1 12 in DC Database.
Justice League Vol 2 31 in DC Database.
Justice League Vol 2 41 in DC Database.
Justice League #47 in Comic Vine.
Justice League #49 in Comic Vine.
Justice League #50 in Comic Vine.
Justice League Odyssey: The Ghost Sector #1 in Comic Vine.
Everything You Need to Know About ‘Justice League Odyssey’ in Comicbook.com.
Justice League Odyssey Vol 1 13 in DC Database.
Green Lantern 2021 Annual Vol 6 1 in DC Database.
Justice League: The Darkseid War in DC Database.

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