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.

Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner)

Green Lantern – New Earth
NAME: KYLE RAYNER

RELATIVES: AARON RAYNER, MAURA RAYNER (DECEASED)

BASE OF OPERATIONS: OA, FORMERLY NEW YORK CITY, LOS ANGELES

AFFILIATION: GREEN LANTERN CORPS, NEW GUARDIANS, FORMERLY JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA

CHARACTERISTICS

HEIGHT: 5’11 (2.03 M)

WEIGHT: 175 LBS (79.38 KG)

ALIGNMENT: GOOD

OATH

In brightest day, in blackest night,

No evil shall escape my sight.

Let those who worship evil’s might,

Beware my power…Green Lantern’s light!

ORIGIN STORY


Kyle Rayner was a gifted but struggling graphic artist living in Los Angeles. When, Hal Jordan became mad over the destruction of Coast City, he went on the murderous rampage and killed the Green Lantern Corps. He also decimated the Guardians of The Universe. Ganthet, the sole remaining Guardian found Kyle and gave him the last Green Lantern power ring. He became … Green Lantern.1

JOINING THE JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA

Green Lantern struggled to establish himself within the superhero community due to his inexperience, the menace of Parallax and the destruction of the Green Lantern Corps. When Sun-Eater attempted to destroy the Sun, Green Lantern contacted Parallax on the Source Wall. Parallax was able to save the Earth, but at the cost of his life.

Soon after, Green Lantern joined the Justice League of America (JLA). The JLA established its headquarters, the Watchtower, on the surface of the moon.2

POWERS


POWERS
  • Reality Alteration: While bonded to Ion, Kyle Rayner can alter reality.
ABILITIES
  • Indomitable Will: Green Lantern has a very strong will enabling him to form energy constructs out of his imagination with the Green Lantern power ring. He once withstood an assault by Mageddon (the Weapon of the Old Gods) trying to disable his ring.
  • Artistry: Kyle Rayner is a skilled and gifted artist. He has been an artist since his birth.
  • Hand-to-Hand Combat: Kyle Rayner was trained by Martian Manhunter and can engage in combat even without his ring.

PARAPHERNALIA


EQUIPMENT
  • Green Lantern Power Battery.
WEAPONS
  • Green Lantern Power Ring:
    • Energy Construction Creation.
    • Energy Projection.
    • Flight.

STORY ARCS

  • Zero Hour.
  • The Final Night.
  • Circle Of Fire
  • Ion

NOTABLE COMIC BOOK BATTLES

  • Green Lantern vs Oblivion.

FOOTNOTES

  1. The DC Comics Encyclopedia TPB.
  2. The Final Night #1-4.

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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