Tag Archive: Green Lantern

I just finished reading the collected Blackest Night hardcover edition and really loved the entire story from beginning to end. Death has been a revolving door in the DC Universe and it feels like this is finally addressed, at least for now. But the more I was reading this story, the more I just realized that certain pieces were falling into place concerning the Justice League. Is it possible that the original seven will eventually reform the Justice League? I pose this question because of the players involved.

Infinite Crisis re-established that Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Green Lantern (Hal Jordan), Flash (Barry Allen), Aquaman, and Martian Manhunter are the original seven who formed the Justice League of America. At some point, every single one of these heroes have died and returned, some more than others. Don’t believe me. Take a look at the running stats.

Superman—died at the hands of Doomsday (Superman); killed during the Obsidian Age (JLA)
Wonder Woman—killed by demons (Wonder Woman); killed during the Obsidian Age (JLA)
Batman—killed during the Obsidian Age (JLA)
Flash (Barry Allen)—died saving the world (Crisis on Infinite Earths)
Green Lantern (Hal Jordan)—died reigniting the sun (Final Night)
Aquaman—died saving Atlantis (Aquaman)
Martian Manhunter—killed during the Obsidian Age (JLA); killed by Libra (Final Night)

As you can see everyone has tasted death and returned, even Batman. Now all the players seem to be back in place for a resurrected Justice League of America revival, in the same vein that Grant Morrison did with JLA. The difference this time is having the original members back in play. Once Bruce Wayne returns from his jaunt through time, can this possibly in the works? Considering how DC Comics is pushing Green Lantern to super stardom and hopefully the start of a new DC movie continuity, it would be in DC’s best interest to put all their eggs in the basket again with the original Big Seven in the Justice League.

I have been loving the animated films from the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line ever since it was first announced back in 2006. The first animated feature Superman: Doomsday did a great job of adapting the popular “The Death of Superman” storyline in 1992-93. From there so many great stories have made it from the comic book to the big screen. I got ambitious and made a quick guide of the movies made to date that can be found over here. I hope you enjoy this cheat sheet.

“In Blackest Night”

Hal Jordan was considered to be the best Green Lantern ever, a pretty impressive statement considering he is only one of the 3600 members who belong to the fabled Green Lantern Corps, an intergalactic police force that patrol the universe to maintain the peace. Only those born without fear could wield the most powerful weapon in the universe fashioned in the form of a tiny power ring and fueled by the ring bearer’s tremendous willpower. Jordan possessed these and much more. Unfortunately even the best can fall from grace, and when they do, they fall harder.

Hal Jordan went mad after the alien warlord Mongul destroyed his hometown of Coast City. This led him to lose control, become corrupted, and seek more power in order to resurrect what was lost. He made sure nothing would stand in his way. Not his masters, the Guardians of the Universe, or even his comrades of the Green Lantern Corps, slaying many of them to obtain the energies from the Central Power Battery, the source of all Green Lanterns’ power.

The Central Battery was destroyed along with all but one of the Guardians of the Universe. The Green Lantern Corps fell. And Hal Jordan became a cosmic force called Parallax, trying to recreate the universe in his own image. He failed after being thwarted by his former friends and teammates of the Justice League. However, when the Earth was threatened Hal Jordan reappeared and made the ultimate sacrifice to reignite the sun. Everyone thought this would be the final end of Hal Jordan.

But in comicdom, no one stays dead forever. Hal Jordan came back when his soul was joined to the Spectre, the Wrath of God, and a new chapter in Hal Jordan’s life began.

Even though Jordan was back, it still wasn’t the same and the comic book fans clamored for him to return as his rightful role as Green Lantern. The trick, however, was how to undo all that came before he plunged into this downward spiral.

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