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Green Lantern #33 Review

Posted in green lantern by mrread7 on July 31, 2008


Secret Origin book 5

At the Hand Mortuary in Coast City, a young William Hand is looking at one of the bodies in his father’s morgue. His mother soon yells at him to stop that. William responds he just wanted to look. His mother can’t understand him at all. Why he can’t be a good christian like his brothers and respect the dead. He replies: “I don’t know.” Back at Ferris, the now powered up Hector Hammon is mentally attacking both Hal Jordan and Carol Ferris. Thanks to his new powers, Hammon discovers all of Hal’s secret, even the fact that he is really Green Lantern. He tells Hal to give him his ring but Hal won’t budge. Soon, he shows that Hal is really in love with with Carol. Hector is furious, Carol his is and Carol is shocked by these revelations. Hal says he doesn’t want Carol but Hector calls him a liar and throws him against a jet. Hector tells him he sees it all, how Hal has tried to prove his father’s death didn’t make him afraid but made it so exciting. That he hasn’t showed it to anyone until now. Hal tries to get his ring to stop Hector but couldn’t so he did the next best thing with it. He blinded him with it.

Hal rushes to Carol’s side while Hector is distracted but Hector soon returns showing them that Hal’s father’s death caused both of them to become so cold to others. He tells Carol that she doesn’t have to be that way anymore with him. He then metally tosses a jet at them both but Hal gets them out of the way. Before Hector can do more, Sinestro shows up telling Hector that he has broken several interstellar laws and his attacking a fellow Green Lantern. He then encases Hector Hammon’s head in a green bubble and slowly removes the air causing Hector to pass out. Sinestro finds it astonishing that a new inexperience telepathy caused Hal to have problems with his ring. He soon grabs Hal away from Carol and takes off leaving the beaten Hector Hammon. Meanwhile, at a gun shop, Atrocitus has killed several men and used their blood to help him create a device to locate William Hand . Not to far away, Sinestro explains how he defeated Hammon and then continues to lecture him. Hal tells him that he learned what he did from Kilowog but Sinestro doesn’t care. He tells Hal that all these “tests” were futile that he has truly learned nothing. Hal then talks about why yellow causes their rings to not work. Sinestro soon explains he has asked the same questions and that Guardians put it there themselves but was dismissed from further questions.

The two soon land near Abin Sur’s crash site and Hal asks if Sinestro
”knew him?” Sinestro soon explains that Sur was his mentor and friend. Before the corps, Sinestro was an independent thinker and didn’t really fit in with the Green Lantern Corps. That’s why he questioned the rules of the Guardians so much and questioned his fellow corpsmen. Abin changed that, showed him how to trust and helped him with “other things.” Hal beings to ask what these “other things” were when his ring lights up. They discover that Abin Sur left a message for Sinestro and it soon begins. He explains that he has not been as righteous or effective of an officer of late like Sinestro. He never wanted to be surpassed by his student but Sinestro’s success is all he has hoped for. Abin goes on to tell them that he has learned the Secrets of Life and that a great tragedy is coming, one completely unfathomable. He then tells about long before the Green Lantern Corps, the Guardians of the Universe created the Manhunters. Machines devoid of motion that would bring justice to the cosmos. However, the Manhunters came to an understanding that to have order, life had to be exterminated. So, came the massacre of Sector 666, the Manhunters annihilator the entire sector where trillions existed, only 5 survived.

These five became the Five Inversions lead by Atrocitus and the evil Qull. They used their inner darkness and blood rituals to peer into the future. They say darkness so great that that not even the Guardians light could pierce it. The darkness would destroy the very universe and that Sinestro had to stop it. The message soon ends and Hal comments how Abin looked “scared”. Sinestro asks if there was another body in the crash. Hal tells him now and that he thought Abin’s injuries were caused by the crash and not by someone else. Sinestro realizes that Atrocitus must have survived and gone looking for the source of the “darkness.” Later, at a funeral, William Hand surveys the crowd and the moves towards the body there but before he can touch it, Atrocitus busts in looking for him. He uses the coffin to knock William’s mother away and then goes back after William. Atrocitus tells William that he holds the power of the darkness in him and he will have it. Soon, Sinestro and Hal show up and tie Atrocitus in chains but he soon busts free and uses his device to drain their power rings. Sinestro tells Hal that he better have more in him because they are in for a fight with Atrocitus.

Five issues later and Secret Origin continues to be great. Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis just keep this story flowing. Now of course there are some updates and changes with Green Lantern’s history such as Atrocitus being the creator of Black Hand’s power device or that Abin was killed by Atrocitus not the crash. It makes for a very compelling retelling and modernizing of the story. However, the best part is the reveal about Sector 666 and where Atrocitus rage and anger is coming from. You feel for the guy and if I was him, I would want revenge too but not like this. Like they say, there is handling things and there are handling things wrong. Atrocitus proves that point very well.

Flash: Rebirth

Posted in News,Profiles by mrread7 on July 28, 2008

The biggest news this past weekend is that the creative team behind Green Lantern: Rebirth are bringing us Flash: Rebirth. As Barry Allen the Silver Age Flash returns during Final Crisis and finds himself back in Central City and back into his old life. But the world has changed since Barry was last around. From the cops to the Rogues to his old friends and family. Read the interview to learn more.

What do you guys truly want to see?

Posted in Uncategorized by mrread7 on July 26, 2008

I’ve had a crazy couple of weeks in the web world. I finally finished up my works on Spider-Girl’s World and The Avengers’ Files. Now, originally, I wanted to work on a Blue Lantern site that was going to be based off the War of Light and Blackest Night. However, the more and more I tried to work out the details. I found it it just didn’t work. Plus, my brother’s Flash website went down and the two of us are currently trying to find a new host for the site. Since he doesn’t want it to go away and my Warriors’ Mix site. Which, I worked damn hard on also had a server lost. Now all files are backed up and give a few days and a new hosting site. They can come back with no problem. However, I’m still wanting to create something unique to me and another blog has come to mind. However, and play close attention. I wanted it to be kind of a word press theme that focused on my favorite books, stories and up coming releases. I’m a big Geoff Johns fan but I’m also a Brian Michael Bendis fan, a Gail Simon fan, Kurt Busiek, Ed Brubaker and so forth. Here is what I want to ask you guys. Do you want me to do a type of blog that focuses on my favorite books, story lines, monthly themes and other in-between stuff that isn’t Green Lantern or Avengers based? I’m not doing a poll for this. I want everyone who can post, general thoughts. I also want to do a side entry every week that focuses on my job working in coffee. Kind of a “brew of the week” idea. His isn’t a personal blog on my life, I have that over at myspace. I want to ask you guys, the fans, creators and other people who come to my blogs here and like what they read. Let me know.

Green Lantern Corps #26 Review

Posted in green lantern corps by mrread7 on July 23, 2008


Ring Quest: Conclusion

With the Green Lanterns defeated at the hands of Mongul. He approaches Mother Mercy on why they have not been consumed yet. He looks around and finds familiar and unfamiliar faces among them. He then grabs a part of Mother Mercy and rips it off of her body. She tells him to stop but Mongul counters saying he is no full. Her peaceful gestures may have been well received by the Green Lanterns but her “delusions of hope” are at an end. He tells her he will not sway from spreading fear to the universe and that her dreams of freedom will end in her extinction. Mongul then tells Mother Mercy to absorb the Green Lanterns into the soil and then extract their rings. Mother Mercy says that when their rings leave she will inform the rest of the Green Lantern Corps but Mongul stops her. He then orders Duel to wait for their rings and then join him. The two argue with each other. One saying he will rip and tear anything that gets in his way while his mother half tells him he will just follow Mongul’s orders. Tired of this prattling, Mongul uses his ring and slices Duel in half. Finally separating the two and using his ring to form their missing halves so they will not die. He takes the part of Duel that has the ring with him and leaves the other half to wait for the rings.

Mongul then tells Mother Mercy he will return and take what he needs and then burn her world so she will inhale the ashes of her children for eternity. He then leaves with his Duel side. Mother Mercy sees each of the Green Lanterns worse fears as she talks to them. Kyle sees himself once again taken control by Parallax. While Stel finds himself being turned into a yellow power ring to bring fear to the Universe. Iolande sees herself torn apart by her duties to her world and the Guardians of the Universe. Leaving her family and people dead in her wake. While Vath sees a world and universe at peace and no longer able to fight. So he commits suicide and Ismot finds himself being feasted on by his fellow Thanagarians, nothing but low life. Natu finds herself having her heart torn out by Sinestro and becoming just like him. Bzzd finds his ring leaving him on his world and watching as the Universe passes him by and forgotten. Finally, Guy Gardner sees himself losing Ice in his arms again and his best friends, Kyle, John and Hal murdered before him. Tired of watching, the other Duel half tells Mother Mercy he is tired of waiting and wants them digested. Mercy agrees but inside the ground she removes her children from their bodies and soon Guy Gardner’s ring emerges from the ground. Duel approaches it but is soon blasted apart.

Shocked, Natu explains that is the first time she has seen Guy use lethal force with her ring. Guy tells her he isn’t talking about it now and to o get Mongul. Mother Mercy tells them where he went and to show “No Mercy.” Mongul and his Duel half soon see the Sinestro Corps ring fly on his hand and while Duel is excited he is soon blasted apart by the Green Lanterns leaving Mongul to get hit with a full size Green Lantern Logo by the Green Lanterns. They soon attack him all together and make him crash on the near by moon. Mongul screams out: “You dare!” He then blasts them with his rings but the Green Lanterns fight back. Ismot tries to strangle Mongul while Kyle and Guy keep hitting him. Sodam and Arisia then attack with their powers but Mongul smashes them together before Kyle tells them to do a frontal assault. Mongul continues to fire at them and a large explosion separates them but Mongul isn’t done. He tells them to keep coming at them and he will fight them to the death, Kyle responds: “If that’s what it takes Mongul.” Mongul prepares to fight back when suddenly he is over come and soon green light is piercing holes around his body and finally Bzzd flies out of Mongul’s left eye.

Kyle tells them to blast Mongul into Mother Mercy’s orbit and they soon do and he is forced down back into the planet and consumed by Mother Mercy. Sodam tells them to go back after them, which Iolande agrees but Kyle tells them that Mother Mercy has her own justice to do to him and Natu and Guy agree. Guy then says he wants to shake Bzzd’s wing for stopping Mongul but they find him in Natu’s hand, dying. He tells them: “…Did… what I could do…” Guy tells him that Bzzd gave them the opening they needed. Bzzd asks if everyone’s ok and Guy tells them they are, thanks to him. Bzzd finishes: “…Good… that makes it… easier… to let… go… it was an honor… to serve with you..” With that, Bzzd dies and his ring leaves him to find a replacement. The ring quickly heads to the planet and so does Duel’s ring and they both go on Mother Mercy telling her she both over comes and instills great fear. The Green Lanterns meet up with her and tell her she has a choice now and Mother Mercy replaces by removing her Sinestro Corps Ring and giving it to the Green Lanterns. They welcome her into the corps and Mother Mercy tells them she is sorry for their lose. Mother Mercy then tells them not worry about Mongul, his body will feed her children well. They then take off with Bzzd’s body in a green construct coffin, heading back to Oa.

Ring Quest had a great conclusion and while I’m sad to see one of my favorite go, his death mattered. Bzzd went out as a hero and faced his greatest fear of not being remembered. He did what he was meant to do, protect the Universe and safe guard his friends and fellow corpsmen. If you can believe a space fly can die and you care about it, this was the story. I am also satisfied with the defeat and apparent death of Mongul. However, The Blackest Night is coming we know a Black Lantern Ring will find Mongul’s body now. You can’t keep a good villain down, even in death. I give my hats off to Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason, this was a great story. Thanks for giving us Bzzd.

Don’t mess with the Union, Goldface

Posted in News,Profiles by mrread7 on July 22, 2008

I decided to do a quick post on a former Green Lantern and Flash Rogue, Goldface. I barely remembered this guy from the early days until he showed up leading the Keystone City Union during Geoff Johns’ run on the Flash. He’s a pretty cool character and I’m hoping we see him next month in Rogues’ Revenge. So, here’s the story on Goldface “Don’t mess with the Union.”

Keith Kenyon is a criminal scientist. He drinks a gold-based serum he has been working on. This grants him superhuman strength and invulnerability. He also exhibits a golden glow.
Gold being yellow gives him a great advantage over the superhero Green Lantern, as his powers do not work on that color. However, he is defeated while trying to steal sunken gold needed for his endeavors.
Goldface creates gold-plated armor and a ‘gold-gun’ which sprays liquid gold. After many clashes with Green Lantern, Kenyon decides to change his motif and ruthlessly began taking over criminal empires.
He eventually moves to Central City and becomes a foe of the Flash II (Barry Allen). After serving time, he moves to Keystone City and, following in his father’s footsteps, became an honest Commissioner of Union 242. Over time, his elixir has slowly turned his skin into an organic gold flesh. He was most recently a supporting character in the stories of Wally West, the previous Flash, prominently featured in a story arc that had his ex-wife, Blacksmith and her rogues taking over Keystone and Central City.

Green Lantern for October 2008

Posted in green lantern,News by mrread7 on July 21, 2008

DC Comics has released it’s previews for Green Lantern and Final Crisis related books for October 2008. The War of Light is about to begin, here comes the Red Lantern Corps, the Star Sapphire Corps and the Orange Lantern Corps.

FINAL CRISIS: RAGE OF THE RED LANTERNS


Written by Geoff Johns; Art and covers by Shane Davis and Sandra Hope

The prelude to “The Blackest Night” begins here! They come from a place of great anger and hatred. They are
the Red Lanterns and they will have their revenge against the greatest Green Lantern – Sinestro. That is, unless the Guardians have theirs first.

DC Universe | 40pg. | Color | $3.99 US

On Sale October 15, 2008

GREEN LANTERN CORPS #29


Written by Peter J. Tomasi; Art and Cover by Pat Gleason and Drew Geraci

The lead-in to “Blackest Night” begins with “The Sins of the Star Sapphire.” Catch a glimpse into the beginning of the latest Corps being formed and what it will mean to the Green Lanterns. Plus, Ice proposes to Guy Gardner!

DC Universe | 32pg. | Color | $2.99 US

On Sale October 8, 2008

GREEN LANTERN #36

Written by Geoff Johns; Art by Doug Mahnke and Christian Alamy; Cover by Shane Davi

The prelude to “The Blackest Night” continues, building off of FINAL CRISIS: RAGE OF THE RED LANTERNS! Hal and the Green Lanterns venture to the prison planet Ysmault to face the full fury of Atrocitus and the Red Lantern Corps. Meanwhile, the war lights ignite across the universe as the Controllers seek out the Orange Lanterns.

DC Universe | 32pg. | Color | $2.99 US

On Sale October 29, 2008

FINAL CRISIS #5 (OF 7)


Written by Grant Morrison; Art and covers by J.G. Jones, Carlos Pacheco and Jesus Merino

Humanity enslaved! Time shattered and bleeding! Anti-Life triumphant! Can Earth’s demoralized, beaten heroes rally their scattered forces for the ultimate super-battle against the nightmare armies of Apokolips when the forces of good meet the forces of evil on the bridge to Blüdhaven? As Darkseid’s presence causes reality itself to sicken and the lights to go out across the universe, as even the Guardians fall, the true power of the evil gods finally reveals itself, and a major character returns for a shocking conclusion.

Does the secret of humankind’s salvation lie in a mysterious cave painting and a bolt of lightning? Or has the Last Day come for us all?

DC Universe | 40pg. | Color | $3.99 US

On Sale October 29, 2008

FINAL CRISIS: SUBMIT

Written by Grant Morrison; Art by Matthew Clark and Norm Rapmund; Covers by Matthew Clark and Rodolfo Migilari

In a world overrun by Darkseid’s Anti-Life Equation and his relentless storm troopers, do you choose to SUBMIT? As the lines between Super Hero and Super-Villain become blurred, the ultimate odd couple of Black Lightning and Tattoo Man, in what could be their final adventure, battle against the odds to save a family from the great darkness.

DC Universe | 40pg. | Color | $3.99 US

On Sale October 1, 2008

FINAL CRISIS: REVELATIONS #3 (OF 5)

Written by Greg Rucka; Art by Philip Tan, Jeff de los Santos and Jonathan Glapion; Covers by Philip Tan

The Anti-Life Equation has infected Gotham City, turning friend, foe and family into mindless slaves of Darkseid, and the might of the Spear of Destiny has left The Spectre powerless. Can The Question find the answer to restoring hope inside the one being capable of saving the world?

DC Universe | 40pg. | Color | $3.99 US

On Sale October 8, 2008

FINAL CRISIS: RESIST

Written by Greg Rucka and Eric Trautmann; Art by Ryan Sook; Covers by Ryan Sook and Rodolfo Migliari

In a world overrun by Darkseid’s Anti-Life Equation and his relentless storm troopers, do you choose to RESIST? The world’s only hope for survival depends on one-time JLA mascot Snapper Carr, Mr. Terrific, and Checkmate. With the aid of the villainous Cheetah, Snapper must rally the various factions of Checkmate and awaken an evil from a Crisis past. Could this actually be the end?

DC Universe | 40pg. | Color | $3.99 US

FINAL CRISIS: LEGION OF THREE WORLDS #3 (OF 5)

Written by Geoff Johns; Art by George Pérez and Scott Koblish; Covers by George Pérez

The Legion of Super-Heroes call in the reinforcements against Superboy Prime and the Legion of Super-Villains
as the Crisis of the 31st Century continues. While Superboy Prime comes face-to-face with the last of the Green Lanterns, Brainiac 5 and XS attempt to ignite an electrical storm using the lightning rod, which is destined to turn the tide of the war. And what are Polar Boy, Dawnstar and Wildfire up to in the 20th Century?

DC Universe | 40pg. | Color | $3.99 US

On Sale October 22, 2008

At long last, Rage of the Red Lanterns begins, we see the last Green Lanterns of the 31st Century cut lose on Superman-Prime and the Star Sapphire Corps is unleashed. Now looking at Green Lantern Corps, interesting that Ice is proposing to Guy and that Kyle and Natu are shown together. I can’t wait for these issues and the lead in to The Blackest Night begins as the War of Light starts.

Revenge of the Rogues

Posted in Uncategorized by mrread7 on July 16, 2008

Today, I thought I would take a look at a group of villains that are making a big come back this month, the Rogues. The long time Flash foes the last three years have sunk to a new low, they killed a Flash. Bart Allen to be specific, in doing so, they became the most hated villains in the DC Universe. They were exiled to Salvation along with the rest of the villains of the DC Universe and now… they’re back. Deciding to turn their backs on the Secret Society and with Inertia, back. They want pay back but what will the Rogues do now with Barry Allen back too? Let’s take a look at the main group of Rogues.

Captain Cold

Leonard Snart was raised by an abusive father and took refuge with his grandfather, who worked in an ice truck. When his grandfather died, Len grew tired of his father’s abuse and set out to start a criminal career. Snart joined up with a group of small-time thieves and in planning out a robbery, each was issued a gun and a visor to protect their eyes against the flashes of gunfire. This visor design would later be adapted by Snart into his trademark costume. In recent years he has added a radio receiver to them which picks up the police band to monitor local law enforcement. Snart and the other thugs were captured by the Flash and imprisoned, but Leonard Snart is a man who holds a grudge. He decided to go solo, but knew he had to do something about the local hero, the Flash.
Snart read an article that theorized that the energy emissions of a cyclotron could interfere with the Flash’s speed. He designed a weapon to harness that power and broke into a cyclotron lab, intending to use the device to charge up his experimental gun. As he was finishing his experiment, a security guard surprised Snart. Intending to use his gun only to scare the guard, he inadvertently pulled the trigger and discovered that his weapon had been altered in a way he had never imagined. The moisture in the air around the guard froze. Intrigued by this twist of fate, Snart donned a parka and the aforementioned visor and declared himself to be Captain Cold – the man who mastered absolute zero. Snart then committed a series of non-lethal crimes. But after Barry Allen’s death, during the Crisis on Infinite Earths, Captain Cold became a bounty hunter with his sister Lisa, the Golden Glider.

During the events of Underworld Unleashed, Captain Cold lost his soul to Neron but Wally West brought it back to the land of the living. He soon returned to crime, this time a member of Wally’s Rogues Gallery. The Golden Glider had abandoned her bounty hunter career and had started partnering with a series of thugs who she dressed in a costume, armed with a copy of Captain Cold’s signature Cold Gun, and called Chillblaine. Already distraught over the death of her lover, the Top, it seemed that the supposed death of her brother pushed her over the edge. But the last Chillblaine was a little smarter and more vicious. He murdered the Golden Glider, prompting Captain Cold to hunt him down, torture him and kill him by freezing his outer layer of skin and then pushing him off a high rise building. Not long after that, Snart was framed by a new incarnation of Mister Element. He used his Element Gun to simulate Cold’s gun, using ice and cold to murder several police officers before Captain Cold and the Flash discovered who was actually responsible. With the death of his sister, and having killed Chillblaine and Mr. Element in vengeance, Cold has again become an unrepentant criminal. However, during a confrontation with Brother Grimm, Cold actually worked with Wally West to defeat the powerful magic user, although this was mainly because he and Mirror Master had been betrayed by Grimm and wanted revenge.
Most recently Captain Cold was declared the leader of the Flash’s Rogue’s Gallery. His skill and experience have made him a strong leader to the likes of the Weather Wizard, the new The Trickster, the new Mirror Master, and the new Captain Boomerang. Len seems to have taken the young Captain Boomerang under his wing, after the elder Boomerang was recently killed. Tabloids rumoured that Captain Cold’s sister, the Golden Glider, was Boomerang’s mother, making him Captain Cold’s nephew. This turned out to be false, however, as the new Boomerang’s mother has been revealed to be Meloni Thawne, who is also the mother of Bart Allen. Despite his more ruthless nature as of late, Captain Cold’s heart isn’t completely frozen… evidenced by having sent flowers to honor Sue Dibny, murdered wife of the Elongated Man.
Traditionally, Captain Cold is driven by three things: money, women, and the desire to beat Barry Allen. Although not the lech that Captain Boomerang was, Len Snart has an eye for the ladies, particularly models. When Barry Allen died, Captain Cold drifted for a while, jumping back and forth over the lines of crime and justice. He was captured by the Manhunter and served time in the Suicide Squad, worked with his sister as a bounty hunter (Golden Snowball Recoveries), and, with his longtime friend and sometimes nemesis Heat Wave, encountered Fire and Ice of the Justice League. He has teamed up with various villains over the years other than the many Rogues… including Catwoman and the Secret Society of Super Villains. His favorite baseball team is the Chicago Cubs. “Plays ’em regular and dumb,” according to Mark Shaw, the Manhunter.
Cold takes his position as head of the Rogues very seriously. He employs a no-drugs rule (evidenced by his brutal beating of Mirror Master for his cocaine habit), docks pay for senseless violence (a 90% payout cut for the new Trickster’s antics with stray dogs and T-bombs), and will kill only on certain occasions (he killed the Top for setting the newer rogues against him and his set of rogues).

Captain Cold was not entirely as cold hearted as his name suggests. He deeply cared for his sister, aka the Golden Glider, and looked out for the well being of his fellow Rogues at all times, going so far as to arrange a secret funeral for Captain Boomerang. Even after killing the supervillain Chillblaine in revenge for his sisters murder, he was still sitting at his coffee table, lost in a bottle of brews and unable to even open the door for his usual prostitute, realizing, “My heart’s not always made of ice.”
One Year Later, he and several other Rogues are approached by Inertia with a plan to kill the Flash (then Bart Allen). Though Inertia was defeated, Captain Cold, Weather Wizard, and Heat Wave killed Bart with a combined barrage of their elemental weapons. He, Heat Wave, and Weather Wizard, seemed to express guilt, however, after learning the identity of the Flash and how young he was.
On the cover of Justice League of America #13 (Vol.2), it shows Captain Cold as a member of the new Injustice League and is one of the villains featured in Salvation Run.
He was seen as the member of Rogues who joined the Libra’s Secret Society of Super Villains. In “Final Crisis: Rogues’ Revenge” #1, however, Cold and the rest of the Rogues reject Libra’s offer, wanting to stay out of the game. Before they can retire, they hear of Inertia escaping and decide to stick around long enough to get revenge for being used.

Mirror Master

As a baby, Scottish mercenary Evan McCulloch was left on the doorstep of an orphanage run by a Mrs. McCulloch, with nothing but his first name and a photograph of his parents. He grew up as a fairly normal child, until one night he got in a fight with a rapist bully and killed him. He was never caught, and, at age 16, Evan left the orphanage, again with nothing but his parents’ photograph.
He settled in Glasgow, where he took up a life of drinking and partying that eventually led to crime. Robbery and extortion eventually led to murder, and Evan began to hire himself out as an assassin. He was an excellent killer, and quickly became one of the most renowned mercenaries in the United Kingdom.
One day, he had two hits scheduled. His eye was injured in the course of the first, leaving him with impaired vision. Evan couldn’t shake the feeling that the second target seemed familiar, but only after he pulled the trigger did he recognize the man as his father from the photograph. At the funeral, Evan saw his mother.

Over the next few days, he tried to work up the courage to see her, but by the time he had, she had committed suicide. Stricken with grief, Evan was about to turn himself over to the authorities when a shady consortium of U.S. government and big business interests offered him the costume and weapons of the original Mirror Master in exchange for his services.
His first assignment was to scare Animal Man into abandoning his animal-rights stance, a mission he failed thanks to the furious kickings of the hero’s wife. After he was fired and replaced by another assassin for refusing to actually kill Animal Man’s wife and children (and for his pay being withheld), McCulloch helped Animal Man to track and fight the same men who gave McCulloch his weapons, but his heroism was short lived. He continues to work as a criminal and a supervillain-for-hire. On occasion, he has also worked out of costume as a mercenary in Britain (as seen in the Vertigo series Mobfire).
He later moved to Keystone City, and came into conflict with the third Flash. He discovered a “Mirror Dimension” which enables him to travel through any reflective surface. During the events of Underworld Unleashed, the Rogues had accepted him as Scudder’s successor. After being betrayed by the devil Neron, McCulloch and four of the other Rogues died and went to Hell, but returned later due to a confrontation between Neron and the Flash. For a brief time, McCulloch then joined Lex Luthor’s Injustice Gang and fought the Justice League of America.

He worked with Blacksmith in her takeover of Keystone and Central City. When her plan failed, he became a member of Captain Cold’s gang. He also battles an addiction to cocaine, which has gotten him a beating from Cold. He seemed to have sobered up since the death of Captain Boomerang.
McCulloch subsequently joined Alexander Luthor’s Secret Society after the Rogue War. He, Captain Boomerang and Captain Cold battled the Outsiders before Infinite Crisis. In Infinite Crisis #7, they fought in the final battle being defeated by Martian Manhunter.
One Year Later, Evan is a member of the new Suicide Squad in Checkmate #6. He is again using cocaine. He was last seen with a tracking device on his neck, taking incriminating photos of Sasha Bordeaux and Michael Holt together. He is currently seen in Salvation Run.
He was seen as the member of Rogues who joined the Libra’s Secret Society of Super Villains.
In Final Crisis #1, he is seen teamed with Doctor Light. They are sent by Libra to recover Metron’s chair. They are briefly challenged by Empress, Sparx and Mas Y Menos, but defeat them easily by combining Light’s beams with Mirror Master’s Mirrors.

Weather Wizard

Escaping a prison transport, Mark Mardon fled to his brother’s house only to find him dead. Mardon’s brother, Clyde, a scientist, had just discovered a way to control the weather before dying of a heart attack (although recent evidence implies that Mardon murdered his brother and either lied about or blocked out the memory of finding his body). Mardon took Clyde’s notes and used them to make a wand to generate weather and embarked on a criminal career as The Weather Wizard, sometimes using his powers on a small scale (such as zapping someone with lightning) and sometimes a larger scale (imprisoning a town in winter), almost always facing defeat by The Flash (Barry Allen).
After Barry Allen’s death during the Crisis on Infinite Earths, The Weather Wizard went into semi-retirement for a while, until, during Underworld Unleashed, he teamed up with other Rogues which included Captain Cold, Heat Wave, Captain Boomerang, and Mirror Master, as part of a ploy for greater power. Ultimately, it ended with their deaths and the release of the demon Neron. They were later resurrected as soulless demons, by Neron to use against Barry Allen’s successor Wally West, who manipulated Neron to return the Rogue’s souls. The Weather Wizard and the others, save Heat Wave, returned to a life of crime.
Weather Wizard joined up with Blacksmith and her rogues. Through her, he learns he has a son from a one night stand with Keystone City police officer Julie Jackham. Their son, Josh, had exhibited internalized weather-controlling abilities and Mardon wanted to have the same ability without the use of his wand. He tried to kidnap Josh from Wally’s wife, Linda and dissect him to understand out how his son gained that ability, but hesitated to harm the child when he notice that the child had “my eyes…my brother’s eyes”. He was stopped by Flash and sent to Iron Heights, but escaped. After Blacksmith’s group disbanded, the Weather Wizard, along with Mirror Master and Trickster, joined up with Captain Cold, who declared himself the leader of the Rogues. Mardon was also the representative of the rogues for the Secret Society of Super Villains.
One Year Later, he and several other Rogues are approached by Inertia with a plan to kill the Flash (then Bart Allen). Inertia destroyed Weather Wizard’s wand and used 30th century psychological therapies to remove the mental blocks which prevented him from using his powers without it. Though Inertia is eventually defeated, the other Rogues successfully beat Bart to death, Weather Wizard using his control over lightning to electrocute him. After Allen’s identity was revealed, Mardon was surprised and horrified to discover that the Rogues had “killed a kid” (All Flash #1).
Weather Wizard is also one of the exiled villains featured in Salvation Run.
He was seen as the member of Rogues who turned their backs on Libra’s Secret Society of Super Villains.

Heat Wave

Born on a farm outside Central City, Mick Rory became fascinated with fire, as a child. This fascination turned into an obsession and one night, he set his family’s home ablaze. His obsession was so great, that he simply watched the flames engulf his house, instead of running to get help.
After this event, Rory went to live with his uncle. His pyromania continued and he was forced to run away after locking a schoolmate in his house and setting it on fire, after the boy locked Rory in a meat locker during a field trip. He took a job as a fire eater with a traveling circus. This did not last long either, as he ended up setting the circus on fire.
It was these events that made him desperate to fight his fire obsession and after seeing the Rogues in action in Central City, he decided to use his mania to become a villain. He created a protective costume made of asbestos (this was back before the dangers of asbestos were known), built a gun-sized flamethrower and became Heat Wave. As he was committing crimes in Central City, it was inevitable that he’d run into the Flash, which he did quite regularly. Subsequently, he also ended up in jail quite regularly. He also became an adversary of Captain Cold, due to his aversion to cold temperatures (see below). It was Captain Cold who introduced Heat Wave to the Rogues.
Eventually, Mick went straight, due largely to the manipulations of the Top. He took a job as a firefighting consultant, using his vast knowledge on fires and heat. He also became good friends with Barry Allen, whose secret identity as Flash was discovered by Rory years before. All good things must come to an end though, and Rory succumbed to an offer by Abra Kadabra of gaining respect and infamy in the world. He and four other members of the Rogues sacrificed themselves, quite unwittingly, to unleash the demon Neron.
Neron returned the soulless bodies of the five to Earth, in a plan to force Flash into a deal. The five Rogues each possessed incredible powers and wreaked havoc, death and destruction before Neron was forced by Flash to halt their actions and return their souls to their bodies.
Heat Wave would only briefly return to his criminal ways before abandoning them to study with Zhutanian monks. Afterwards, he worked for Project Cadmus as a backup agent, but eventually quit that too and moved to the Quad Cities, Illinois area. He eventually got a job at the FBI, along with other reformed members of Rogues. This was a spectacular failure and Rory became a villain once again after the Top arrived and undid the mental program that had kept him reformed.
In Infinite Crisis, Heat Wave became a member of the Secret Society of Super Villains.
One Year Later, after a being caught by the police, he and several more of the Rogues are approached by Inertia with a plan to kill the Flash (then Bart Allen). Though Inertia is defeated, he, Weather Wizard, and Captain Cold shot Bart to death and are now on the run. He, Weather Wizard, and Captain Cold seemed to express guilt immediately after Bart’s death.
He is later seen among the exiled Supervillains in Salvation Run.
He was seen as the member of Rogues who turned their backs on Libra’s Secret Society of Super Villains.

The Trickster

While the first Trickster was working for the FBI, teenager Axel Walker stole all of Jesse’s gadgets and shoes and became the new Trickster. He joined Blacksmith’s Network and destroyed files from Goldface and Hunter Zolomon for her. He was also given new “toys” in addition to Jesse’s originals. After the defeat of Blacksmith, he was invited to join the new Rogues led by Captain Cold, and accepted. He remained with the new Rogues until the “reformed” Rogues attempted to stop Cold. While the two Tricksters were fighting, the Top gave Jesse’s memory back. The original Trickster then defeated his successor and told him never to become the Trickster again.
After some time, Axel escaped from prison and returned to Keystone City. However, he was quickly defeated by the Flash.
Axel’s only appearance since then was in Helmet of Fate: Detective Chimp, where he answered an ad from four college students asking for an experienced superhero to train them. He had dinner with them and then killed all four of them. His crime was discovered when Detective Chimp found the Helmet of Fate, put it on, and used it to help deduce who the murderer was. Axel was then arrested. While the Rogues were on Salvation, Axel had brought several of his friends to one Rogues’s hideouts and after the Rogues returned, they ended up taking out two members of the group until Axel walked in. Axel wanted back into the Rogues.

There’s the group, what a bunch of bad asses and never have you ever wanted to root for these guys. I’ll be back later in the week to talk about two Rogues, one who had a connection to Hal Jordan for years and one… who is the ultimate Rogue.

Green Lantern and Love

Posted in Uncategorized by mrread7 on July 13, 2008

I was reading James Robinson’s Superman yesterday and I was really taken away with the talk between Superman and Hal Jordan. They were talking their love lives and Superman was going on how he had Lois. What I really got a kick out of was Hal’s thoughts on romance in his life. Saying that being tied down isn’t a bad thing but it’s not really for him. He also admitted that his Lois Lane was Carol Ferris, which he would have settled down with. I think this a really great look into the mind of Hal Jordan. Now we know Hal has a lot of regrets in his life that he is finally starting to address. The two biggest being his mother and his brother but how he let Carol Ferris get away. Sure, now she’s divorced and there has been small showings that Carol still loves Hal even if he is involved with Jill Pearlman. Hal reminds me of this one guy I’ve known since junior high. Fun guy but had a thing about who he considered he should date. About half way through college he met someone and they got engaged but it fell apart a few months later. Not quite how my engagement fell apart back in March but there were similarities. Well, he decided to be very cautious the next time. He did meet someone two years later post college but once again, didn’t work out. However, four years ago, he finally me that right person and they have been married for almost three years now. He told me, sometimes you just have to wait and you run into the right person.

Which brings me to Guy Gardner, Guy has had similarities with Hal Jordan when it comes to woman. However, there has been one, great true love in his life and that is Tora, better know as Ice. Not even death could keep these two apart and while they have reunited. They are taking things very slowly. The difference between Hal and Guy is that Hal moved on when things got too serious with someone but always had something for Carol Ferris no matter what. Which was why the Star Sapphire’s preyed on Hal for some many years instead of the other Green Lanterns. With both John Stewart and Kyle Rayner, these guys I relate too the most when it comes to relationships. In John’s case, things seem to be going right but then some unknown element or situation he can’t control or deal with takes the women out of his life. With Kyle, sad to say they keep getting killed by someone. They both believe in love and like Kyle, I do believe that someday I will find my true love and finally walk down that aisle and tie the knot. However, like John I’m cautious but when someone let’s me in, I let them in all the way. However, is it the way to true love, or is it set up for great hurt. Something I know too much about. Which brings an even greater questions about the Star Sapphire Corps showing up in October in the Green Lantern Corps. They’re to spread love but as we know, love can hurt. What happens to their rings if they are rejected by their potentials? Are they a united force like when two people truly come together and is hate really their “yellow”? It’s a question that all of us ponder as we go in life, doesn’t matter if we’re straight or not, when love comes in, we handle it differently. The question is, will that next time, truly be the last?

Final Crisis: Requiem Review

Posted in Final Crisis by mrread7 on July 12, 2008

The story begins on Mars where we see a peacefully laid to rest J’onn J’onzz in a transparent coffin as Superman gives a eulogy for him in front of many super heroes and friends of the Martian Manhunter. Superman, Batman, Hal Jordan, Wonder Woman, Green Arrow and Black Canary are shown taking it the worse. We flashback to a few days ago as Dr. Light and Effigy have taken J’onn hostage from Planet Salvation and hit him up with pyro-tranq darts. The fire induced darts leave J’onn unable to move or even use his telepathy. Effigy then encases the Martian Manhunter in an aurora of fire to make sure he isn’t going anywhere. Dr. Light questions how long this will keep the Martian Manhunter immobilized and Effigy places his hand above J’onn’s chest and burns him again through the darts. They then take him to Libra. Later, Libra goes on how this will mark the end of the age of heroes and tells Effigy and Dr. Light to keep the Manhunter, Groggy until he does what he can. We see J’onn open up his eye and look at Libra and then Libra plunges his staff, which is now on fire into his back and all the way through his chest. Burning in pain, J’onn starts to shape shift back into his original martian form but then apparently tosses Libra to the side and takes out the staff. There is a huge explosion and J’onn attacks the Secret Society. Soon, Superman, Batman, Hal Jordan, Captain Marvel, the Flash, the Elongated Man and the original Aquaman break into the room. J’onn replies: “Do you think I fight the good fight alone, fools?” Completely shocked, Superman rams his fist through Lex Luthor’s chest, while Hal Jordan encases Effigy in a cylinder of green energy with the air starting to run out as he tries to burn himself free. The Flash vibrates through Gorilla Grodd’s skull so fast his face is starting to fall apart. While Captain Marvel shoves a bunch of Mr. Mind larva into Dr. Sivana’s mouth saying: “What’s the matter Sivana, worms got your tongue?!?”

Batman kisses Talia taking her out of the fight and Aquaman plunges his trident through Ocean Master’s chest and Elongated Man starts to squeeze the life out of Dr. Light saying: “Revenge is sweet, Light! I’m going to squeeze you hard and slow until every bone and organ in your body is jelly.” The Human Flame cowards in fear while J’onn phases his hand through Vandal Savage’s head making him scream in pain. Libra soon recovers and tells the Society it’s all a trick.
That the martian is in their minds. Libra then once again stabs the Martian Manhunter through the chest, which causes the rest of the Secret Society to see they are all unharmed and not under attack. Libra continues to stab J’onn when J’onn looks up to him and says: “It is you…” “… that will no longer pose a viable threat.” Soon, Dr. Light and Effigy help Libra and finish off J’onn. As J’onn lies dying, Libra asks if he has any last words. J’onn soon answers: “I know how it all ends…” “Your kind will fail… your kind always fail… defeat is your destiny Libra… now and forever.” With those final words, the Martian Manhunter sends out one more telepathic message and then dies. Else where, Superman, Batman, Black Canary, Gypsy and Hal Jordan all on various missions feels J’onn’s final moments. In New York City, Nightwing on patrol gets an level one omega signal from the Justice League and soon finds J’onn strung up on a model of Mars, dead.

Some time later, Hal Jordan and Oliver Queen look over J’onn’s body in the Hall of Justice. Hal looks at his dead friend and wants to close his eyes but no matter what he does, he can’t. Ollie tells him that shutting them would make it seem real, that J’onn was truly gone. Hal talks about J’onn’s final telepathic message and that it wasn’t a cry for help but his farwell. Hal’s ring sparks and he says it’s never felt heavier. He tells Ollie that he wants to burn the people who did this to their friend and make them pay. Ollie tells him that isn’t Hal’s way, that isn’t there way but if it came to it. He wouldn’t lose any sleep over it. He final says: “He’s gone Hal.” “I’ve got no doubt that J’onn’s soul is exactly where it should be, hugging it out with his family and friends from Mars right about now.” “And as long as we’re still here sucking air, our job is to carry the light and chase away the shadows away like he would’ve wanted us to.” “He was my favorite martian.” Hal answers: “He was mine too” and finally closes J’onn’s eyes. At Wayne Manor, Bruce Wayne awakens talking in martian and then starts to talk in English. He makes his way down to the Batcave as Alfred watches. We soon see that J’onn’s final message to his friends was his life story. We see Superman, Hal Jordan, Black Canary and Gypsy all write and tell J’onn’s story from beginning to end. His final words are: “No matter what ordeals we may face, there is one thing we do know for certain.” “There is always a beginning.” “And always endings.” With that we switch to Gypsy being comforted by her friend, Ice and in the Gobi Desert, Superman carries off J’onn’s martian pyramid into space with Hal Jordan, Kyle Rayner, John Stewart and Guy Gardner caring members of the Justice League and J’onn’s friends to Mars. There they all lay him to rest in his ancestor home and as they all leave something on his coffin. The last scene is Batman leaving a choco cookie on his coffin and mutters: “Goodbye old friend.” He then leaves. The last image is of J’onn reunited with his family and he looks happy.

Where do I begin? This has to be one of the best DC stories I’ve read in the last year. Peter J. Tomasi gave us one great good bye to our favorite martian, J’onn J’onzz. Every thing from J’onn’s final moments to his friends coming to terms with his death is just beautiful. Doug Mahnke gave us one of his best illustrated stories to date with the help of Christian Alamy and Rodney Ramos. I have really nothing more to say, this was just such a great one-shot and fitting ending for the Martian Manhunter. We’ll miss you old friend.

The Nova Corps…?

Posted in Uncategorized by mrread7 on July 7, 2008

I’ve been wanting to do this for a while and now the time has come. Today I’m going to take a look at the Nova Corps from Marvel Comics. Now when Marv Wolfmann created Richard Rider, the man known as Nova back in 1978. They said that the Nova Corps was taken from the idea of the Green Lantern Corps in Green Lantern. Let’s see: The Nova corps are a universal peace keeping force, originally the militia of Xandar. Lead by Centurion Nova Prime, the corps was made up of 500 Xandarians before being destroyed by Zorr of the Luphomoids. Following the restructuring of the surviving cities of Xandar, the Nova corps reformed and its members vowed to take a more active role in the universe. The surviving Xandarians used their Worldmind as their guide to explore and protect not only Xandar itself, but to see to threats in the rest of the Andromeda and Milky Way Galaxies.
The Nova corps have fought extensive battles against the Luphomoids, Skrulls and Dire Wraiths but despite great hardship and loss of Xandarian life, they have emerged victorious in every conflict.
Their base of operations is on Xandar in the star system Tranta in the Verge Galaxy.

Well, just like the Green Lantern Corps, the Nova Corps have the same mission… however as you also read there aren’t really enough members to police the entire universe. Even more, since the Green Lantern Corps has two Lanterns per sector of space, which equals 7200 members. While even before the destruction of the Nova Corps in the original Annihilation series. They back just over 2000 members. That is still pretty shy of anything the Green Lantern Corps is. Plus, the Nova Corps are a police force for Xandar that have jurisdiction outside their planet, similar to the FBI. Almost all planets are aware of the Nova Corps and usually work with them. The Green Lanterns are different they go where they have to be and a lot of planets and races don’t like that. Earth or more so other countries on Earth have almost killed Green Lanterns for getting in their way. Races that encounter the Nova Corps might not like them but in the end they know they are cops.

Something the Green Lanterns Corps doesn’t have is the World Mind. The Xandarian Worldmind, also known as The Living Computer of all Xandar, is the primary source of knowledge and energy on Xandar. It makes all decisions regarding the use of the Nova corps and is made up of the accumulated intellect and knowledge of all deceased Xandarians. Now, Green Lantern power rings do have a central A.I but the rings are all individuals and have all knowledge put into them by the Guardians of the Universe. The Worldmind is the soul of Xandar and the Nova Corps. As long as their is a World Mind, Xandar will always live. Sure there is Ion, which is the embodiment of will power and the source of the Green Lantern Corps’ power but… that is more intone with the Nova Force. The Nova corps ar imbued with the Nova Force by the Worldmind. This energy force provides powers like the ability of flight, super strength and a connection to the Worldmind itself. Those who are more experienced are able to tab into more powers like the ability to open stargates, energy blasts and the release of a brief electromagnetic static burst. Now that sounds like Ion or even Parallax to a degree.

Now how about Kyle Rayner and Richard Rider? How similar are they? When one member was dying, he chose, at random, Richard Rider to receive his powers. This was a lot for the teenaged Rider but he started a super hero career with them. When the Skrull Empire threatened Xandar, Rider went to give his aid. The Skrull attack force was defeated and Rider longed to return to Earth. Rider agreed to give up his portion of the Nova force powers to be used on Xandar to live a normal life.

A few months later he was approached by Night Thrasher. Night Thrasher was starting a new super hero team and believed that Rider still contained the power inside him. To prove this, he threw Rider off of a rooftop. Luckily, he was right. They formed the New Warriors with other teenaged super heroes and fought on many missions. Nova spent his time with the Warriors and on his own.

After fighting Super-Nova, a Xandarian that had gained the rest of the Nova force and was driven mad, with the help of former Galactus’ heralds, Firelord and Air-Walker, Nova became the Centurion Prime. He was to be the guardian of Earth’s sector of space.

The New Warriors broke up and reformed a few times. The last time they were stars of a reality TV show. They traveled across the country to small towns without super heroes and battle criminals on television.

Shortly before the horrible incident that resulted in the Warriors death and the start of the Superhero Registration Act, Nova was called back to Xandar to assist the Nova Corps in fighting the Annihilation Wave. The wave destroyed Xandar and the entire corps. Nova was the only survivor and inherited the entire Nova-Force. He also gained Worldmind, the Xandarian living computer that contains the record of Xandar’s history and helps Rider retain his sanity with the Nova-Force.

Later, Nova discovers Drax The Destroyer and Cammi on the surface of Xandar, the only other two apparent survivors of the onslaught. They escape the planet which has been knocked out of orbit of it’s star, which between that and the damage it suffered from the Annihilation Wave is quickly becoming uninhabitable.

Nova opens a gate to the planet Nycos Aristedes, several light years away. The engines of their vessel cut out and they begin to fall into the atmosphere. They are saved by Quasar.

Quasar talks Nova into helping him evacuate the planet from the oncoming Annihilation Wave, despite Nova’s fears of losing control of his power. They hold their own against the wave and even attempt to kill Annihilus himself, but Quasar is killed in the process and Nova barely escapes with his life.

Nova heads up a a resistance movement against the Annihilation Wave with Peter Quill (Star-lord) as his second-in-command. After losing a major battle they decide to dissolve the resistance and form a small strike team to the end of one goal, to kill Annihilus.

As the final battle looms Nova is able to challenge Annihilus to single combat and as he looks like he’s about to die at Annihilus’ hands, Phyla-Vell manages to steal the Quantum-Bands Annihilus had taken upon killing Quasar, which turns the tide in Nova’s favor, and he manages to kill Annihilus.

Following the events of Annihilation, Nova becomes overwhelmed with work rushing from one crisis to the next. Worldmind cautions him of over work and burn out by accident Nova is forced to travel home to Earth. Upon arrival he finds himself in post civil war marvel u where he must face Speedball, Iron Man, and family.

Nova discovers while he was fighting for the fate of the universe the heroes at Earth were squabbling over secret identities. This in addition with his family viewing him as a criminal causes him to return to space and land right back into the middle of Annihilation Conquest and the Phalanx invasion. An event that he is ill prepared for at first.

Upon entrance to Kree space Nova is attacked by Gamora who has become one of the phalanx select. He is knocked to Drez-Lar where a stranded Kree ship finds him and Ko-Rel is given a portion of Nova’s power in order to protect him. He is shortly captured by Gamora and becomes one of the Phalanx select by being infected with the transmode virus.
As one of the select he captures Drax The Destroyer and helps to kill Ko-Rel. As a result a portion of his power is returned allowing him to hold of the transmode virus. His fight of the transmode virus would cause him to discover Knowhere where he would travel to the phalanx home world.
When he arrives on the home world he encounter Warlock and his young ward that cure Nova of the transmode virus and also Drax The Destroyer and Gamora. Nova then returns in time to assist in the liberation of Hala and defeat of Ultron and his Phalanx horde.
Following the events of Conquest, Nova continues responding to urgent distress signals the first being a direct confrontation with Galactus and Silver Surfer on planet Orbucen. While assisting in the evacuation Nova apprehends Harrow, a psycho kinetic serial killer. Nova directly confronts Galactus trying to buy the people of Orbucen enough time to evacuate the planet, and forces a battle with Silver Surfer. Unfortunately during his battle with Silver Surfer, Harrow escapes forcing Nova to delay his own departure from the planet and becoming trapped as Galactus prepares to devour Orbucen. He later escapes back into space thanks to one of the power tubes feeding off of Orbucen.

Yep, there are a lot of similarities, however Kyle was chosen to be the last of the Green Lanterns and later rebuild the Corps. Nova was the other way around, he got his powers similar to Hal Jordan and then later became the lone Nova Corps better known as Nova Prime. Both grew up in their role over the years but Kyle was given the power of Green Lantern as torch bearer. Rich was given the role as Nova Prime by default. Rich wants to rebuild but he needs to do it slowly. Kyle did the same but later just basically put Ion back in the Central Power Battery, the Guardians were reborn and basically told Ganthlet: “Here you go, talk to you later.” There are similarities and you can tell that several stories were based on others but that happens in real life as well. The Nova Corps might have started off as spin-off from the Green Lantern Corps but over the years they went their own ways. Later they found themselves back to similar again but have now branched off into different roles. Richard is the one man cop like Kyle was but he wants to make sure when the Nova Corps is rebuilt it’s done right so they aren’t constantly destroyed like in the past. While Kyle is at a cross roads with the Green Lantern Corps as doom is approaching with The Blackest Night. Pretty much, this debate will go on for a while but until The Blackest Night is over next year and Richard starts rebuilding his corps. We won’t know how similar and how different they will be again.

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