The Green Lantern Corps Podcast

Feena Sik, her art is deadly

Posted in Profiles by mrread7 on April 30, 2008

Just before kicking off with the true countdown to Final Crisis. I’m showing a very interesting Sinestro Corps member, Feena Sik, who’s an artist like Kyle Rayner. However, I don’t think Kyle ever had ideas like this with his artwork. Not to mention, Nero could take lessons from her.

Feena Sik was a sector-famous artist when she discovered a ritual that would bring her paintings to life. The ritual required blood, lots of blood, so that night Feena killed her husband in the name of her “art”. At her next show, the paintings sprang to life and went on to slaughter everyone who was present. All of Feena’s works are currently deemed hazardous and unprintable, for fear that even one of her reprint sketches could come to life and kill. She takes the blood of Green Lanterns she kills to bring her future works to life.

Wow, hope she never joins the Blue Man Group.


Infinite Crisis

Posted in Uncategorized by mrread7 on April 29, 2008

Continuing my Countdown to Final Crisis, today we look at the story line from two years ago, Infinite Crisis. Back in 2006, Geoff Johns recreated the Multi-verse that was destroyed during Crisis on Infinite Earths. He brought back a slew of characters and realigned DC Comics continuity as a result. The story line was massive and ended up re-imagining Superboy-Prime into the destroyer of realities.

The story begins in the wake of the four lead-in limited series, with Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman feuding, the JLA Watchtower destroyed, and the heroes of the world all facing a variety of menaces. Over this backdrop, Kal-L (the Earth-Two Superman), along with Earth-Two Lois Lane, Earth-Three Alexander Luthor, and Superboy-Prime escape from the pocket universe where they had been left at the end of Crisis on Infinite Earths. Kal-L seeks out his cousin, Power Girl, also a survivor of Earth-Two. Believing Lois’ health will improve on her native world, he hopes to replace the current Earth with Earth-Two, which he considers perfect.
Kal-L tries to enlist Batman’s support, stating that the Post-Crisis Earth’s inherent “bad” nature caused Batman’s recent mistrust and hostility. Batman refuses. Afterward, he learns Superboy-Prime destroyed the JLA Watchtower.
Alexander reveals to Power Girl that he and Superboy-Prime had been leaving their “paradise” for some time, manipulating events to help create an inter-dimensional tuning fork. Using the Anti-Monitor’s remains and captured heroes and villains specifically attuned to former universes (Power Girl among them), Alex restores Earth-Two, un-populated except for the Earth-Two heroes transported there.
Superboy-Prime attacks Conner Kent, this world’s Superboy. Multiple super-teams intervene. Superboy-Prime kills several heroes before the Flashes and Kid Flash force him into the Speed Force, assisted by speedsters already within it. Jay Garrick, the only speedster left behind, says the Speed Force is now gone.
Seeking to create a perfect world, Alexander restores many alternate Earths. The Earth-Two Lois dies, and an aggrieved Kal-L and the younger Superman Kal-El fight until Wonder Woman separates them. Bart Allen (wearing Barry Allen’s costume and aged to adulthood) emerges from the Speed Force, warning that he and the other speedsters were unable to hold Superboy-Prime, who returns wearing armor that stores yellow sun radiation to empower him.
Batman’s strike force destroys Brother Eye. Alexander selects and merges alternate Earths, trying to create a “perfect” world, until Firestorm blocks his efforts. Conner, Nightwing, and Wonder Girl release the Tower’s prisoners. Fighting each other, Conner and Superboy-Prime collide with the tower, destroying it. The multiple Earths recombine into a “New Earth” as Conner dies in Wonder Girl’s arms.
When a horde of supervillains attack Metropolis, heroes, current and retired, fly off to the rescue. They are joined by the National Guard. The battle results in multiple deaths on both sides, including many by Superboy-Prime himself, who kills villains and heroes alike. During the battle, Superboy-Prime takes off to destroy Oa, planning to collapse the Universe. Superboy-Prime kills about thirty Green Lanterns before Kal-L and Kal-El carry him toward Krypton’s remains, now essentially a huge cloud of kryptonite. Flying through Krypton’s red sun, Rao, destroys Superboy-Prime’s armor and causes all three Kryptonians’ powers to dissipate. Landing on the sentient planet (and GLC member) Mogo, they fight. Kal-El finally knocks Superboy-Prime out and the older Superman Kal-L dies of his injuries in the arms of his cousin, Power Girl.
Back on Earth, Batman, struggling with Superboy’s death and Nightwing’s severe injuries, sustained during the Metropolis battle, contemplates shooting Alex. He is discouraged by Wonder Woman. Alex manages to escape.

Wonder Woman, Batman, and Superman later meet up in Gotham. Wonder Woman plans to find out who she is. Batman plans a similar journey of self-discovery, revisiting the training of his youth, this time with Dick Grayson, now healthier, and Tim Drake joining him. Superman retires from superheroics until his powers return.
Hiding in an alley in Gotham City and making new plans, Alexander Luthor is found by Lex Luthor and the Joker. Angry at being left out of the Society, the Joker kills Alex.
The Green Lantern Corps imprison Superboy-Prime inside a red Sun-Eater. The series ends with him carving an S into his chest with his bare hands and declaring that he has been in worse places than his current prison and has escaped.

Hard to believe that massive story line was about four years in the making and that ended up with one hell of an ending the death of so many beloved characters and the start of the death of the Teen Titans. Not to mention, Superboy-Prime becoming this damn right evil villain who would go on to be a part of the Sinestro Corps, start the domino effect to The Blackest Night and is currently ready to lead the Legion of Super Villains against Superman and the Legion of Super Heroes this summer.

The Blackest Night preludes for Final Crisis

Posted in Uncategorized by mrread7 on April 26, 2008

DC Comics has stated besides the one shot Final Crisis: Rage of the Red Lanterns there will also be preludes for the Blackest Night during Final Crisis. I’ll be getting more into this later this week with my countdown to Final Crisis.

Keeper of the Book of Oa, Tomar-Tu

Posted in Profiles by mrread7 on April 25, 2008

Here we go, the great Green Lantern of Tomar-Tu. I’ve always enjoyed old fin head and in fact I was very sadden when I thought he was originally killed in Emerald Twilight. Thank God he came back and even more how he’s been such a focus on both Green Lantern books over the last year. Tomar is very loyal to the Guardians even though they are doing a lot of questionable things lately in light of the Sinestro Corps War. However, like his father, Tomar-Tu will not turn his back on his friends and fellow corpsmen. Here comes Wiki.

The story of the Xudarian who would one day become the second Green Lantern of Xudar with the name ‘Tomar’ began years before his birth when one of the guardians of the universe went mad. This renegade Guardian ‘Apa Ali Apsa’ had made it his point of duty to capture entire cities from other planets. These captured cities were then incorporated into his world Oa. The collection of these separate pieces of other worlds flung together became known as the Mosaic world. Tomar Tu originally came form one of the cities from Xudar, which was home world of his hero, the late Green Lantern Tomar-Re from Space Sector 2813.
Despite the strangeness of their new surroundings the Xudarian’s persevered. Tomar was one of three Xudarian’s who ventured to a neighboring earth town to seek out allies on this new world. Earthling’s true to form attacked them on sight out of fear. When it seemed that the mob would have killed the three brave souls the mob was dispersed by Hal Jordan who was on his way to confront the mad guardian. Tomar was instrumental in the fall of the mad guardian as he was contacted by Hal Jordan to monitor for the arrival of Guy Gardner who was to arrive from earth to help Jordan deal with the mad guardian. When Gardner finally arrived Tomar gave Jordan the signal necessary for him to create a diversion and tap into the central power battery.
When Jordan’s plan did not end with Apa Ali Apsa’s defeat he punished the Xudarian’s for their betrayal. His people suffered many losses and would have been totally eradicated if not for the timely arrival of the Guardians of the universe who had just returned from another dimension. Temporarily safe, the Xudarian’s continued to defy their would be master and mounted a defense for the green lanterns. During this climatic battle Hal Jordan was downed and would have been killed if Tomar Tu had not risked life and limb to save him. Hal Jordan, thankful for the assistance went on to defeat the mad guardian with the help of John Stewart, Guy Gardner and the guardians of the universe.
Realizing that return to Xudar was not forthcoming, Tomar and fellow Xudarians tried to promote unity between the races of the mosaic world. To this end Tomar lead a group of his kinsmen to the neighboring town from earth. Once there they put forward the idea of an interspecies union. While there another human settlement was attacked by a neighboring race known as the horde. In their zeal to protect themselves some humans used this as a reason for anti-alien dogma. This led to further separation of the distinct species found on Oa. To prevent further violence John Stewart separated the Horde from the rest of the Mosaic world with stone walls.
Concerned about their neighbors Tomar and fellow Xudarians visited the human settlement only to be attacked by overzealous dogmatic humans. When the Xudarian’s heard of what had taken place they responded in kind. This led to their city being invaded by humans. Seeing no alternate way to deal with the problem John Stewart erected walls to separate all the settlements on the mosaic world to prevent further violence.
This was only temporary however as the walls were soon torn down and the different factions of the mosaic world went to war with each other. Luckily Hal Jordan and some other lanterns arrived in time to help Stewart separate the warring factions. Stewart then imprisoned the leaders and instigators of the war. As an attempt to promote peace again, Tomar Tu and representatives from the other cities were brought together to help build the mosaic world in a way that all could benefit.
While the group discussed ways to ensure interdependence between the races their meeting was interrupted when John Stewart was contacted by Hal Jordan. Star Sapphire was again on the loose and an enraged John flew off to confront her despite Tomar’s best efforts to stop him. During the battle Tomar and Kreon proved their worth and impressed Hal Jordan. When the conflict was over and Star Sapphire returned to her Carol Ferris state, Tomar Tu and Kreon where both invited to become Green Lanterns.

As a rookie Lantern he was trained by the strong but gentle Kilowog, who often regailed them with tales of great Green Lanterns from the past. His first recorded mission was to face a the villain Eclipso who had taken control of Hal Jordan [8]. While him and his fellow Lanterns fought bravely they were not able to free Jordan. They were soon called back to Oa as the planet was under attack from the Qwardians led by Guy Gardner. They were no match for their opponents as Hal Jordan and Kilowog were still on earth and the unity required for them to hold the line was jeopardized by the bickering of Kreon and Boodikka. Luckily Gardner returned to their side once he had acquired the yellow power ring which once belonged to Sinestro.
His later missions as Green Lantern included a fight against Entropy. Despite the fact that he did not believe in the cause he was fighting for, he still stood by and protected his fellow Green Lanterns . Yet in another mission, he was called to the planet Maltus to aid Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps against the Triarch. On the Guardians’ homeworld, the Green Lanterns fought alternately against and alongside the L.E.G.I.O.N. and the Darkstars.
Tomar Tu’s finale mission was the interception of Hal Jordan as he made his way to Oa. Tomar received transmissions as Hal Jordan paved a way to Oa by defeating KE’Haan of Varva, General Kreon, Boodikka, Graf Toren, honor bound Laira and even rebellious Jack T. Chance. With each passing minute Tomar knew that the worst had happened the greatest Green Lantern had turned renegade and was destroying the very Corp he helped create. Tomar was no match for the more skilled Jordan and fell to his rage and might. He was then stripped of his ring and left for dead. As he drifted into what seemed to be oblivion all he could think was ‘kill Hal Jordan’.

After his apparent death him along with Tomar-Re and John Stewart were honored by the remaining inhabitants of the Mosaic world. Statues were erected in there visage and the story of the Xudarian seemed to come to an end.
After Hal Jordan had been resurrected and relieved from Parallax he returned to duty as Green Lantern of earth, the Corps also began to be rebuilt. Mysteriously he crash landed in the middle of a ceremony involving Jordan and two other Air force pilots, Colonel Shane Sellers, and Captaen Jillian Peralman. Jordan was visibly shaken when he realized that their unwelcome guest was Tomar Tu who he had ‘killed’ years before.
Jordan returned the injured Lantern to Oa where he was checked on by the green lantern medical specialist, Soranik Natu. He remained in critical condition, all the while uttering “Kill…..I will kill Hal Jordan”. His return prompted Jordan and Gardner to check the man hunter planet Biot for other missing lanterns. When the other Lost lanterns where freed they revealed to Jordan and Gardner that Tomar had been held captive by the Manhunters, but had escaped to kill Jordan in revenge.
He was returned to active duty soon however and was seen with the other Lost Lanterns as they dined in the mess hall right before the Sinestro Corps attacked. Apparently he has not recovered fully from his injuries as he was the only lost Lantern member to be seriously injured in the ensuing battle. He is then seen again aiding the Lost Lanterns sent to Qward to rescue Ion. He then joins Hal Jordan and Graf to rescue John Stewart and Guy Gardner. Following the end of the Sinestro Corps War, Tomar-Tu was named the new Keeper of the Book of Oa, just like his father.

Could the War of Light and The Blackest Night finally shake Tomar’s blind loyalty to the Guardians? We’ll see once Final Crisis is over.

Evil doppleganger, Romat-Ru

Posted in Profiles by mrread7 on April 23, 2008

Ah, back to Sinestro Corps members profiles, and today we’ll do Romat-Ru who is pretty much the evil version of Green Lantern Corps member, Tomar-Tu. This character had a lot of panel time but not a lot of dialogue during the Sinestro Corps War. However, he’ll be facing his good look-a-like during War of Light next year.

The xudarian called Romat-Ru is one of the vilest creatures in the galaxy of Sector 2813. Following his arrest on a minor charge, the police force sent to investigate his house found the bones of thousands of children. As he was being escroted to his life-cell, a Sinestro Corps power ring appeared and recruited him. During the invasion of Earth, Romat-Ru looked forward to attacking the children of the planet. He has recently returned to his sector of space.

And you thought Kryb was nasty to children, then came Romat-Ru.

Crisis on Infinite Earths

Posted in Uncategorized by mrread7 on April 22, 2008

With Countdown to Final Crisis ending tomorrow and DC Universe #0 next week. I’m finally going to kick off my look at Final Crisis and what it means for the DC Universe and Green Lanterns. I was a young lad of 7 when Crisis on Infinite Earths started, in fact I remember passing by the comic rack and seeing the various issues that summer. I remember looking through them but at that time, I didn’t know what to make of it. It would be another 7 years before I did (I matured a lot at 14). So, here’s the over view of the original and classic Crisis on Infinite Earths, the story that lead to the death of the Multi-verse and the rebooting of the DC Universe for the next twenty years.

The story introduces readers to two near-omnipotent beings, the good Monitor and the evil Anti-Monitor, who had been created as a result of the same experiment that created the Multiverse. The Monitor made cameo appearances in various DC comic book series for two years preceding the publication of the series and at first appeared to be a new supervillain, but with the onset of the Crisis, he was revealed to be working on a desperate plan to save the entire Multiverse from destruction at the hands of the Anti-Monitor. The Crisis series highlighted the efforts of DC Comics’ superheroes to stop the Anti-Monitor’s plan. Under the initial guidance of the Monitor, a select group of heroes was assigned to protect massive “tuning forks” designed to merge the surviving Earths into one that could be protected from the antimatter that had already annihilated untold numbers of alternate Earths. Eventually the conflict grew, and nearly every DC hero became involved in the battle.
The Monitor is murdered by his own assistant, Harbinger, while she is temporarily possessed by one of the Anti-Monitor’s “shadow demons,” but he expected the attack and allowed it to happen so his death would release enough energy to protect the last five parallel Earths (the homes of the known DC Universe) long enough for the heroes to lead an assault on the Anti-Monitor, under the guidance of the Monitor’s assistants, Harbinger, Alexander Luthor, Jr., and Pariah. The villain is forced to retreat, but at the cost of Supergirl’s life.
This lull in the war provides some breathing room for the heroes, but the various supervillains join forces under Brainiac and Lex Luthor to conquer the Earths, while the Anti-Monitor causes chaos on the Earths by forcing the Psycho-Pirate to manipulate the emotions of their inhabitants. The second Flash dies stopping the Anti-Monitor’s backup scheme of destruction (to use an antimatter cannon to penetrate the protective aura). The Spectre halts the hero/villain conflict, warning that the Anti-Monitor is traveling to the beginning of time to prevent the Multiverse’s creation. Heroes and villains join forces in response with the heroes traveling to stop the Anti-Monitor, and the villains traveling to the planet Oa in antiquity to prevent the renegade scientist Krona from performing a historic experiment that would allow the Anti-Monitor to succeed in his efforts.
The villains fail, and Krona proceeds with his experiment, while the heroes support the Spectre, whose battle with the Anti-Monitor creates an energy overload that shatters space and time. With that, a single universe is created and all the superheroes return to a present-day reality where the various elements of the five Earths were fused into one, with no one except the people present at the battle at the dawn of time remembering the original reality.
The Anti-Monitor attacks one last time, transporting Earth to the Anti-Matter universe and summons a massive horde of shadow demons. However, he falls to a carefully planned counter-attack, culminating in a battle with Kal-L (the Earth-2 Superman), Alexander Luthor of Earth-3, and Superboy of Earth-Prime, with some unexpected last-second help from the New Gods’ adversary, Darkseid. As the Anti-Monitor crashes into a star and dies, Alex sends himself, Earth-2 Superman, Earth-2 Lois Lane, and Earth-Prime Superboy into a paradise reality.

The aftermath of the crisis plays out a few pages later, including Wally West becoming the new Flash. The final page shows the Psycho-Pirate, who was now imprisoned in Arkham Asylum, talking to himself in a monologue:
“I’m the only one left who remembers the infinite Earths. You see, I know the truth. I remember all that happened, and I’m not going to forget. Worlds lived, worlds died. Nothing will ever be the same. But those were great days for me… I had a good friend in the good old days, really. He was the Anti-Monitor. He was going to give me a world to rule. Now he’s gone, too. But that’s okay with me. You see, I like to remember the past because those were better times than now. I mean, I’d rather live in the past than today, wouldn’t you? I mean, nothing’s ever certain anymore. Nothing’s ever predictable like it used to be. These days… y-you just never know who’s going to die… and who’s going to live.”

Little did anyone know what this would mean when Infinite Crisis would happen 20 years later but I’ll get more into that at a later date.

The Road to Final Crisis

Posted in Uncategorized by mrread7 on April 20, 2008

So, begins my own Countdown to Final Crisis. Over the last twenty years, there have been three crisis. The original was back in the mid 80’s, Crisis on Infinite Earths, followed by the sequel just two years ago, Infinite Crisis that brought back Superboy-Prime and Alexander Luthor and turning them from heroes to two of the greatest villains around. Now, as the Fourth Wold dies, the Final Crisis is upon us and the day evil wins will be declared. So, it begins.

The flying fish, Flayt

Posted in Profiles by mrread7 on April 19, 2008

Since I have two very special profiles in mind for next week for the Green Lantern and Sinestro Corps. I decided to turn to one of the more weirder members on the SC, Flayt. This guy didn’t get a lot of panel time outside a few shots during the Sinestro Corps Annual, Green Lantern #25 and the two page spread for the War of Light coming up next year. The way sting rays have been in the news the last few years, I thought I would give Flayt a try.

Flayt is a tristram power-ray, latching onto the sides of passing ships and sucking their powers cells dry in Sector 2751. Flayt left hundreds of ships stranded without power or life support during the Tristram-Zanner Imperial War, in which he was one of the main soldiers in the field. He is known to latch onto Green Lanterns and suck both them and their power rings dry.

What a little vampire this guy is, makes you want to think twice before going fishing.

His first love, Carol Ferris

Posted in Profiles by mrread7 on April 18, 2008

With everything that has happened to me and some other things currently going on in my life. I thought I would take a look at the women of Hal Jordan’s life before heading into Final Crisis next week. I decided to start out with the first love, the woman who would forever change the life of Hal Jordan, Carol Ferris. I always thought of her as the one for Hal (I’m a romantic). However, like most lovers, problems would be a problem, if it wasn’t Hal’s duel life or Carol dealing with the curse of the Star Sapphire or later her ex-husband and company. I think these two would have found themselves down the aisle. With so much coming up in Secret Origin for the two and after that, here is Carol’s story.

As Ferris Aircraft’s Vice President, Carol Ferris, the only child of aerospace mogul Carl Ferris, hired Hal Jordan and quickly found herself attracted to the fearless test pilot, who was secretly the superhero Green Lantern. However, the young couple’s romance quickly became complicated when Carol took over the company from her father and the Zamarons crowned her the new Star Sapphire. When the Zamarons discovered that she was in love with Green Lantern, a servant of their estranged mates, the Guardians of the Universe, they sent her to defeat Green Lantern in battle as Star Sapphire.
Over the years, Star Sapphire and Green Lantern would duel again and again, but each time Jordan would defeat Ferris and revert her to normal. When Carol Ferris was cured of her evil Star Sapphire persona, she developed a third subconscious identity, the male “Predator”. Deprived of Hal Jordan’s love at the time, Carol found everything she wanted from a man in the Predator – masculinity, strength, and care. Physically separated from Carol’s body, the Predator repeatedly appeared as a mysterious figure, protecting Carol’s beloved company Ferris Aircraft from the threats of Eclipso, the Demolition Team and Jason Bloch. He also established the company Intercontinental Petroleum (Con-Trol) to let her regain control of Ferris Aircraft. Finally, the Predator started to court Carol (who did not know that the Predator was a part of herself) and battled Hal Jordan for her love. Hal defeated the Predator and witnessed him merging with Carol into Star Sapphire.
Later, the Predator reappeared and revealed that he was actually an ancient parasite from the planet Maltus. With Jordan powerless, the Predator transformed Carol into a totally evil incarnation of Star Sapphire (who eventually murdered Katma Tui), and he impregnated Star Sapphire with a demonic entity.
Still later, Carol became the administrator of Extreme Justice’s Mount Thunder facility. Soon, both the Predator and Star Sapphire were completely separated from Carol, and Star Sapphire actually gave birth to the child. It was revealed that Carol Ferris and Star Sapphire are two separate beings, and Sapphire was not Carol transformed as had previously been believed, but some sort of energy-based being who inhabited Carol’s body. Shortly afterwards, the parents (Predator and Star Sapphire) were killed by Neron, who departed with their baby in his arms. (Extreme Justice #10-11)

In Green Lantern Vol. 3 #119, Hal (as the Spectre) decides to visit Carol. He makes himself visible and tells Carol he is going to help her, but that she won’t remember his visit. He reaches into Carol and pulls out the Star Sapphire gem, which causes Star Sapphire herself to re-emerge (it appeared she was previously killed by Neron, but somehow a part of her survived in Carol). The Spectre detains Star Sapphire and puts her back into the gem. He hands the gem to Carol and lets her finish the job, which she does (essentially finally killing the Star Sapphire persona that would take control of her), and starts feeling much better.
In Green Lantern: Rebirth #6, Hal and Carol finally come to terms with their relationship. In Northern California at Ferris Aircraft, Carol Ferris asks Hal whether he remembers anything from when he was the Spectre. Hal says he remembers it as if he were watching it from the outside. How Spectre thinks, and who he talked to beyond this life, Hal can’t recall. Hal apologizes for everything Carol had to go through. Carol says she survived and that she’s not going to sell the airbase. She says that if Hal can rebuild his life, so can she and that she’s going to do so with her husband, Gil. Carol says that she can use a good pilot. Hal says that he appreciates the offer, but he has other plans. In Green Lantern Vol. 4 #18, The Star Sapphire crystal briefly possesses Carol, before detecting that Hal Jordan had feelings for his fellow pilot Cowgirl, and left Carol’s body. She and Hal worked together to free Cowgirl from the crystal. Knowing that she still loves Hal and knowing that it isn’t fair to her husband, she filed a divorce in order to win back the man she truly loves.

In DC: New Frontier, Brook Shields did the voice of Carol Ferris and I thought she did an incredible job and the move focused a lot on her and Hal’s story. It was a great story and still is.

What if Zoom joined the Sinestro Corps

Posted in News by mrread7 on April 17, 2008

Artist Ethan Van Scriver came up with an art commission if Zoom of the Rogues joined the Sinestro Corps. It’s a very cool visual and I have to say, Zoom on the Sinestro Corps would be a very bad thing but you have to admit he can create great fear.

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