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DC Day: Driven Mad By The Destruction Of Coast City, Green Lantern Hal Jordan Gives Into The Darkness And Becomes The Demonic Entity Named Parallax

DC DAY

In ‘Green Lantern’ (1994) #50, Hal Jordan becomes a host of Parallax. AP Photo/DC Comics

IN SUPERVILLAINS

GREEN LANTERN OVERWHELMED WITH GRIEF AFTER THE DESTRUCTION OF COAST CITY IS DRIVEN MAD

In ‘Green Lantern’ (1994) #48, Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) is driven mad over the destruction of Coast City and gives into the darkness. In the ‘Reign Of The Supermen’ storyline, Cyborg Superman recruits Mongul I and the help of Warworld, in order to destroy Coast City. Angered at the destruction of Coast City, Green Lantern goes toe to toe with and defeats Mongul I in combat.

After the return of Superman from the dead, Green Lantern is overwhelmed with grief over the destruction of Coast City. He sees the huge crater created by Cyborg Superman megalomaniacial ambitions and remembers the death of Abin Sur who in his dying breaths sent the ring to select him, Hal Jordan, as his replacement. Then, Hal wants to do anything with his ring. Even, yes, recreate Coast City with power ring constructs.

In ‘Green Lantern’ (1994) #48, Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) is driven mad over the destruction of Coast City and gives into the darkness. AP Photo/DC Comics.

FEAT: A MAD GREEN LANTERN RECREATES COAST CITY WITH HIS POWER RING IN MINUTE DETAIL AND CONVERSES WITH THE CONSTRUCTS

In ‘Green Lantern’ (1994) #48, Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) is driven mad and recreates Coast City in minute detail with his power ring. AP Photo/DC Comics.

THE ORIGIN OF PARALLAX

Fast forward along the timeline after the destruction of Coast City and Hal Jordan becoming Parallax then bonding to the Spectre. In ‘Green Lantern: Rebirth’ (2005) #3, the demonic insectoid entity named Parallax is coming to Earth. And it is coming to claim Hal Jordan’s soul bonded to the Spectre. As the JLA finds itself with Hal Jordan’s dead body on the Watchtower, Green Lantern Kyle Rayner tells Green Arrow the story of Parallax.

On the tenth planet from the sun Pagallus, Green Lantern was warned of the arrival of Parallax and one of their elders told him Parallax’s origin story: Originally, Parallax was born at the beginning of sentience. It was a demonic monster that infected planets with fear causing entire civilizations to be eradicated by paranoia and violence. Parallax fed on fear while the Guardians of the Universe used willpower to forge the Central Power Battery of Oa and to combat the threat.

In ‘Green Lantern: Rebirth’ (2005) #3, the demonic insectoid entity named Parallax is coming to Earth. AP Photo/DC Comics.

The opposite energies could not destroy each other. So the Guardians imprisoned Parallax “put into a comatose state” on the Central Battery of Oa.1 Over the millennia, Parallax became known as the yellow impurity. That explains why the power ring could initially not work on the color yellow. Kyle added that “only someone able to overcome great fear would master the power ring.”1

Parallax was apparently dead for billions of years. Then, one day, Parallax was weak, hungry and looked through the Central Power Battery AI to reach a power ring of a suitable host with a strong will. It found Hal Jordan. Over the years, it worked subtly to influence Hal, sowing self-doubt and fear. The first signs were the streaks of white hair. And then, the destruction of Coast City warped Parallax’s control over Hal Jordan causing his decimation of the Green Lantern Corps. Until Hal Jordan became… Parallax.

In ‘Green Lantern: Rebirth’ (2005) #3, Green Lantern Kyle Rayner tells the origin of Parallax. AP Photo/DC Comics

DRIVEN MAD BY PARALLAX’S POSSESSION, GREEN LANTERN DECIMATES THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS

In ‘Green Lantern’ (1994) #48, Hal Jordan’s constructs of Coast City fade because his 24 hour power ring charge has finished. A Guardian of the Universe appears and asks him to come to Oa at once for disciplany action over transgressing a Green Lantern rule: using his power ring for personal gain.

Hal exclaims it is about personal loss and ends up destroying the head of the construct. With a mad grin on his face, Hal intends to go to Oa. What follows in the following issue, is a complete decimation of the Green Lantern Corps by Hal Jordan. Hal’s battles are bloody, vicious and to the death!

In ‘Green Lantern’ (1994) #49, Green Lantern decimates the Green Lantern Corps. AP Photo/DC Comics

CHECK OUT THE STORY: THE POWER COSMIC.

GREEN LANTERN BESTS SINESTRO IN MORTAL COMBAT, KILLS THE GUARDIANS OF THE UNIVERSE AND BECOMES… PARALLAX

In ‘Green Lantern’ (1994) #50, Hal Jordan arrives on Oa and grieved over the destruction of Coast City, gives into the darkness. He is greeted by Sinestro who has been freed from the Central Power Battery to battle him as a last line of defense. Hal has stolen the power rings of the Green Lanterns he has killed and agrees to use only one power ring in order to make the fight fair. The fight commences. Both combatants are evenly matched. However, in one final blast, there is an explosion and both combatants’ costumes are tattered.

The fight turns into a fist fight and Hal soon has the upper hand. Finally, Sinestro seems to surrender by saying “Wuh-We’re… Fuh- Finished, all right…”2 At that moment, Hal takes Sinestro into a bear hug and snaps his neck. Then, Hal walks dramatically towards the Central Power Battery. Suddenly, he is punched by Kilowog. However, he responds by incinerating Kilowog with a blast. Then, after an argument over his rampage and the destruction of Coast City with the Guardians, Hal begins to absorb its energy. It is at this time that the Parallax entity is freed and is bonded to Hal’s soul. Parallax emerges and kills all the Guardians of the Universe save Ganthet.

In ‘Green Lantern’ (1994) #50, Hal Jordan goes toe to toe with Sinestro. AP Photo/DC Comics

SOURCES

Green Lantern Vol 3 50 in DC Database.
Green Lantern Vol 3 48 in DC Database.
Green Lantern: Rebirth Vol 1 3 in DC Database.
Green Lantern Vol 3 49 in DC Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Green Lantern: Rebirth #3.
  2. Green Lantern #50.

Feat: White Lantern Corps, ‘Blackest Night’ #8

WHITE LANTERN CORPS
NEW EARTH

In ‘Blackest Night’ (2010) #8, titled “Blackest Night, Part 8”, the White Lantern Corps performs an energy projection feat. In a battle to the death with Nekron, Lord of the Unliving, Hal Jordan and the White Lantern Corps pulverizes Nekron with a powerful blast of white light of the Emotional Electromagnetic Spectrum.

How much energy projection does it take to blast Nekron with the white light of the Emotional Electromagnetic Spectrum?

In 'Blackest Night' (2010) #8, the White Lantern Corps performs an energy projection feat.
In ‘Blackest Night’ (2010) #8, the White Lantern Corps performs an energy projection feat. Photo/DC Comics
In 'Blackest Night' (2010) #8, the White Lantern Corps performs an energy projection feat. The White Lantern Corps pulverizes Nekron with a powerful blast of white light of the Emotional Electromagnetic Spectrum.
In ‘Blackest Night’ (2010) #8, the White Lantern Corps performs an energy projection feat. The White Lantern Corps pulverizes Nekron with a powerful blast of white light of the Emotional Electromagnetic Spectrum. Photo/DC Comics

THE WHITE LANTERN CORPS BLASTED NEKRON WITH THE WHITE LIGHT OF THE EMOTIONAL ELECTROMAGNETIC SPECTRUM.

THE WHITE LANTERN CORPS GENERATED THE EQUIVALENT OF THE ENERGY OF THE LIFE ENTITY THAT IS THE ENERGY OF ALL LIVING THINGS IN THE UNIVERSE.

ENERGY PROJECTION FEAT:

UNIVERSAL

                       

For our database entries of DC Power Levels, visit the DC page!

Head over to ‘Which Lantern Corps Is The Strongest?’

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SOURCES

Blackest Night Vol 1 8 in DC Database.
Emotional Electromagnetic Spectrum in DC Database.
Life Entity in DC Database.

Battles Of The Week: Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) vs Mongul I

BATTLES OF THE WEEK

In 'Green Lantern' (1993) #46, Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) battles Mongul I in Engine City over Cyborg Superman's destruction of Coast City.
In ‘Green Lantern’ (1993) #46, Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) battles Mongul I in Engine City over Cyborg Superman’s destruction of Coast City. Photo/DC Comics

Enter the two contestants in Engine City. On the right side is Green Lantern (Hal Jordan), the Emerald Knight and on the right side is Mongul I.

Let’s look at the stats.

Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) – New Earth
SUPER-STRENGTH: CONTINENT
SUPER SPEED: COSMIC
DURABILITY: PLANETARY
ENERGY PROJECTION: SOLAR SYSTEM
FIGHTING SKILLS: COSMIC
INTELLIGENCE: LEADER
PARAPHERNALIA
  • Green Lantern Power Battery.
  • Green Lantern Power Ring:
    • Energy Construction Creation.
    • Energy Projection.
    • Flight.
WEAKNESSES
  • Vulnerability to Yellow.
Mongul I – New Earth
SUPER-STRENGTH: PLANETARY
SUPER SPEED: SUBSONIC
DURABILITY: PLANETARY
ENERGY PROJECTION: PLANETARY
FIGHTING SKILLS: WARRIOR
INTELLIGENCE: GENIUS
PARAPHERNALIA
  • War World (Formerly).
  • Dimensional Inversion Cubes (Formerly).
  • Chest Cannon Module.
  • Black Mercy.
  • Golden Fury.
  • Sinestro Corps Ring.
WEAKNESSES
  • None.

CHECK OUT THE ACTION: DEATHSTROKE VS THE JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA.

THE FIGHT

In ‘Green Lantern’ (1993) #46, Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) battles Mongul I in Engine City over Cyborg Superman’s destruction of Coast City.

The battle to decide the cosmic conqueror!

OUTCOME: GREEN LANTERN (HAL JORDAN) WINS BY KNOCKOUT

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GREEN LANTERN (HAL JORDAN) IN COMICS

‘Showcase’ (1959) #22, marks the first appearance of Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) in DC continuity. It is the origin story of the Green Lantern and features the dying Abin Sur in search of a successor.

Showcase' (1959) #22, marks the first appearance of Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) in DC continuity.
Showcase’ (1959) #22, marks the first appearance of Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) in DC continuity. Photo/DC Comics

SOURCES

Green Lantern Vol 3 46 in DC Database.
Hal Jordan (New Earth) in DC Database.
Mongul the Elder in Comic Vine.
Showcase Vol 1 22 in DC Database.

The Mightiest Punch! In The Modern Age Of Comics: Ranking (Part II)

Some rules:

  1. Only the four major companies: DC, Marvel, Image and Dark Horse were selected!
  2. Only the Modern Age of comic books from 1985 to the present.
  3. Punches were selected based on levels of power and importance in determining the outcome of events, not on importance only.
  4. Read rule 3. As a result, they included mostly 100-ton characters and above.
  5. 10 punches were selected for the title of The Mightiest Punch!
  6. The punches were weighed but must still be voted to determine which is The Mightiest Punch! In The Modern Age of Comic Books.

See Part I and Part III. Today, we go cosmic!

Captain Marvel, ‘Captain Marvel #6’ (2014)

Having faced the Spartax invasion of the refugee planet Torfa, Captain Marvel is ordered to blow up the Vibranium mines exploited by the Spartax that were poisoning the refugees. She punches her way out, blowing them up!

In 'Captain Marvel #6' (2014), Captain Marvel punches out Vibranium mines on the planet Torfa to repel a Spartax invasion.
Photo: ‘Captain Marvel #6’. Marvel Comics.

The Mightiest Punch! Super Feat:

Solar System

Super-Strength: Able to destroy planets, stars, and solar systems with their punches, attacks and lifting strength.
Peak human Metahuman City block Mountain Continent Planetary Stellar Solar System Universal Multiversal Boundless

Hellboy, ‘The Wild Hunt’ (2009)

Hellboy punches out a giant “somewhere” destroying the entire location in his refusal to wield Excalibur to save the world! Classic!

In 'Hellboy: The Wild Hunt Chapter 7' (2009), Hellboy punches out a giant in his refusal to wield Excalibur to save the world.
Photo: ‘Hellboy:The Wild Hunt Chapter 7’ (2009). Dark Horse Comics.

The Mightiest Punch! Super Feat:

Mountain

Super-Strength: Able to lift and destroy buildings, cities and mountains with their punches, attacks and lifting strength.
Peak human Metahuman City block Mountain Continent Planetary Stellar Solar System Universal Multiversal Boundless

Green Lantern, ‘Green Lantern #62’ (2011)

Green Lantern Hal Jordan battles Krona in Sector 2814 in his attempt to gather the Emotional Entities. Hal blast-punches Krona then imprisons him.

In 'Green Lantern #62' (2005), Green Lantern Hal Jordan punch-blasts Krona in its attempt to gather the Emotional Entities.
Photo: ‘Green Lantern #62’ (2005). DC Comics.

The Mightiest Punch! Super Feat:

Multiversal

Super-Strength: Able to destroy planets, stars, galaxies, universes and the multiverse with their punches, attacks and lifting strength.
Peak human Metahuman City block Mountain Continent Planetary Stellar Solar System Universal Multiversal Boundless

Infinity-Man, ‘Death Of The New Gods #7’

Infinity-Man “Prime Agent Of the Source’s Will” Punches Superman! An Attack That Earns Him Superman’s Earth-Shattering Punches!

In 'Death Of The New Gods #7' (2008), Infinity Man "The Prime Agent of the Source's Will" punches Superman!
Photo: ‘Death Of The New Gods #7’ (2008). DC Comics.

The Mightiest Punch! Super Feat:

Universal

Super-Strength: Able to lift and destroy planets, stars, galaxies, and the universe with their attacks and lifting strength.
Peak human Metahuman City block Mountain Continent Planetary Stellar Solar System Universal Multiversal Boundless

Stay tuned for the next last two multiverse-shattering punches of The Mightiest Punch! In The Modern Age of Comics.

DC Day: Green Lantern Corps

Today, we talk about the Green Lantern Corps! The Green Lantern Corps is an inter-galactic police force set up by the Guardians of the Universe.

The origin of the Green Lantern Corps is told in History of the DC Universe. Following the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths, Harbinger gathers data on the Monitor’s files in order to tell the History of the DC Universe.

The origin of the Green Lantern Corps is told in History of the DC Universe. Photo/DC Comics

We begin our story with scientist Krona on the planet Oa at the beginning of the young universe. Despite legend that attempting to discover the origin of the universe would lead to calamity, Krona did experiments on the origin of the universe. He showed results to the Guardians on Oa and calamity ensued.

“…and the Universe exploded.”

This led to the creation of the positive matter and the anti-matter universes: a multiverse.

“-and with the unleashing of the anti-matter universe there came a wave of evil that spread throughout fifty million worlds, corrupting what had been a paradise.”

The Guardians saw it as their responsibility to safeguard the multiverse from the evil that one of them had created. At first, they experimented on genetics in order to create “the perfect warrior”. They created a race of “genetically transformed lizards” known as Psions which was a failure.

Afterwards, they created the Manhunters, “a corps of android soldiers” whose purpose was “to combat the evil”. In the end, the Manhunters rebelled and “their legions disbanded”.

The Guardians of the Universe finally met success with the Green Lantern Corps. They harnessed the energies of the Emotional Spectrum from the emotional energy of will which the Guardians of the Universe stored in the Central Power Battery on Oa. It was to create green power rings to equip “the bravest from each sector of space”. (History of the DC Universe #1)

The Green Lantern Corps is directed by the Guardians of the Universe and derives its power from the Central Power Battery on Oa. Each green lantern is given a green power ring and is tasked with re-charging it after a 24 hour day with a power battery or the Central Power Battery on Oa. The green lantern is tasked with a sector of space which he or she patrols. There are 3600 space sectors.

In 'History of the DC Universe' #1, the Manhunters rebelled and "their legions disbanded".
In ‘History of the DC Universe’ #1, the Manhunters rebelled and “their legions disbanded”. Photo/DC Comics

The green lantern power rings have great power and have been described as “the most powerful weapon in the universe“. They have the ability to generate green light constructs based on the wielder’s willpower. The power rings can also create energy blasts, detect energy signatures, protect its wielders from the rigors of interstellar travel, and generate a protective aura around the green lantern, finally, enable to translate all languages and have access to the Central Power Battery on Oa, a computer in this regard.

The green lantern power rings enable the green lanterns to perform super feats such as Kyle Rayner holding Solaris the solar computer in a green light construct “plasma bottle” in the 853rd century in DC One Million with the help of Superman One Million’s force vision.

SUPER FEAT: In ‘DC One Million’ #4, Green Lantern Kyle Rayner holds Solaris in a plasma bottle helped by Superman One Million’s Force Vision.

SUPER FEAT: In 'DC One Million' #4, Green Lantern Kyle Rayner holds Solaris in a plasma bottle helped by Superman One Million's Force Vision.
In ‘DC One Million’ #4, Green Lantern Kyle Rayner holding Solaris in a plasma bottle with Superman One Million’s Force Vision. Photo/DC Comics

Hal Jordan of Earth, Space Sector 2814, is regarded as one of the most powerful green lanterns of the Green Lantern Corps, or at least its greatest. His willpower is unrivaled and his power is immense, as well as his heroism.

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