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DC Day List: 5 Popular Myths About The Guardians Of The Universe

 
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Writer(s)

Larry Niven, John Byrne


Penciler(s)

John Byrne


Colorist(s)

Matt Webb


Cover

John Byrne


Publisher

DC Comics


Publication Date

November, 1992

IN READING GUIDES, LISTS, REVIEWS

In Green Lantern: Ganthet’s Tale (1992), Ganthet tells the origin story of the Guardians of the Universe. Let’s list five common myths about the Guardians of the Universe in ascending order.

5. THE GUARDIANS OF THE UNIVERSE FIRST CREATED THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS

In History Of The DC Universe (1986), Harbinger records data on the Monitor’s files after Crisis On Infinite Earths. On Oa, Krona’s forbidden experiments led to calamity.

As a result, the Malthusians became the Guardians of the Universe to combat the evil in the DC multiverse. Originally, it is a myth that the Guardians first created the Green Lantern Corps.

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”.

DC Day: Green Lantern Corps, Database Comics
Manhunters.
Manhunters. DC Comics.

4. THE GUARDIANS ARE LITTLE BLUE MEN

Generally, one popular depiction of the Guardians is as serious little blue men. Though this is their current incarnation, it is a myth. Originally, the Guardians are from the planet Maltus. Possibly, the first life-forms in the DC Universe. At the beginning, they were tall blue humanoids with dark hair. At first, they engaged in constant war. Later, they began to study science and became scientists. In History Of The DC Universe (1986), Harbinger tells of the origin of the multiverse.

After Krona’s experiments on the beginning of time, the DC multiverse was created. Hence, evil emerged in the universe. In order to combat evil, they relocated to Oa, the center of the DC multiverse. They became the Guardians of the Universe. With their immense powers, they sought to bring order to the universe. Particularly, the Guardian Ganthet has the power of size alteration. When he appears with the Quintessence, he appears as a giant blue man.

In 'Justice League' (2020) #39, Ganthet appears as a giant blue man along the Quintessence.
In Justice League (2020) #39, Ganthet appears as a giant blue man along the Quintessence. DC Comics.

3. THE GUARDIANS ARE WEAKER THAN MAGIC

In Tales Of The Green Lantern Annual (1986) #2, the Guardians of the Universe tame magic. To begin, GL Abin Sur is above the planet Ysmault. Curiously, he inquires information from his ring about the planet. Millennia ago, as the ring tells, it was the throneworld of the Empire of Tears. At the time, the Empire of Tears spanned three galaxies. In fact, it reigned supreme and its “regents” committed abominations.1

In the early universe, magic was a powerful and chaotic force. Newly formed, the Guardians sought to create order. On the planet, they arrived and defeated the demons. Powerfully, they chained the disembodied minds on Ysmault. In this way, they turned it into a corpseworld. After the war, the Guardians gathered the mystical forces of the universe in an orb called the Starheart. Over the ages, its fragments fell to Earth. Eventually, it became the JSA’s Alan Scott’s ring. Thus, it is a myth that Guardians are weaker than magic.

In 'Tales Of The Green Lantern Corps Annual' (1986) #2, Abin Sur's power ring tells the tale of the Empire Of Tears.
In Tales Of The Green Lantern Corps Annual (1986) #2, Abin Sur’s power ring tells the tale of the Empire Of Tears. AP Photo/DC Comics.

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2. THE GUARDIANS ARE AN IMMORTAL RACE

Really, the Guardians are an immortal race from Oa. In fact, they may be as old as the DC Universe. And they have lived for billions of years. Though they are effectively immortal, Guardians can die. In Green Lantern (1994) #48, Hal Jordan is driven mad by the destruction of Coast City. At the orders of Cyborg Superman, Mongul used Warworld to annihilate it.

In Green Lantern (1994) #50, Hal Jordan becomes pssessed by the demonic entity named Parallax. Terribly, the Green Lantern has defeated the Green Lantern Corps. On Oa, he heads for the Central Power Battery. As a last ditch effort, the Guardians sacrifice themselves to create the most powerful power ring. Only Ganthet survives and he teleports away to seek the Last Green Lantern. As it turned out, it was struggling L.A. artist Kyle Rayner.

In Green Lantern (1994) #50, Ganthet is the last surviving Guardian of the Universe.
In Green Lantern (1994) #50, Ganthet is the last surviving Guardian of the Universe. DC Comics.

1. THE GUARDIANS DON’T FEEL EMOTIONS

Eventually, the Guardians and the Green Lantern Corps do come back. After a battle with Ion, Hal Jordan resurrects them with a wish. Nevertheless, they remain as detached and manipulative as before. Peculiarly, a characteristic of the Guardians is to be above emotions.

Ironically, they forged the most powerful weapon in the universe using willpower. In Green Lantern (2007) #22, Sinestro tells Kyle that the Guardians actually feared emotions. Millennia ago, they sought to control the fear entity, namely Parallax. Eventually, this gave birth to the yellow impurity.

In Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps Special (2007), Kyle Rayner meet the parasitic entity named Parallax.
In Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps Special (2007) #1, Kyle Rayner meet the parasitic entity named Parallax. DC Comics.

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LINKS

History of the DC Universe (1986—1986) in DC Database.
Crisis on Infinite Earths in DC Database.
Tales of the Green Lantern Corps Annual Vol 1 2 in DC Database.
Starheart in DC Database.
Green Lantern Vol 3 48 in DC Database.
Green Lantern Vol 3 50 in DC Database.
Guardians of the Universe (New Earth) in DC Database.
Green Lantern Vol 4 22 in DC Database.
Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps Special Vol 1 1 in DC Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Tales of The Green Lantern Corps Annual #2.
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DC Day: The Evolution Of Green Lantern Jessica Cruz From New 52 Into Rebirth

In 'Justice League Odyssey' (2019) #13, Jessica Cruz becomes an Omega Lantern.
 
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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.