The Green Lantern Corps Podcast


Kingdom Come versions becoming modern versions

Posted in Profiles by mrread7 on December 14, 2008

With Thy Kingdom wrapping up in a week over in Justice Society of America. I wanted to talk about the prime DC characters that have started reflecting their Earth-22 counter parts. I’m not talking about the Kingdom Come Superman, I’m talking about Alan Scott, Jay Garrick, Obsidian and Wild Cat II. Let’s take a peak shall we between the two:

Green Lantern/Alan Scott

Ending his vigil among the stars, Alan Scott returns to Earth and joins Superman’s crusade. He needs no power ring, having incorporated the lantern that fueled the ring into his armor. At the conclusion, he becomes a UN charter member under the nation of “New Oa”. On New Eartha, the harder battles that require Alan to use his full power causes him to armor up with the green flame protecting almost his entire body and forging a sword from it. He’s been using it more since JLA/JSA Virtue and Vice. He has used it against both versions of Gog and Magog in the current story line. Seems Alan is pouring more full power into his harder battles now.

Flash/Jay Garrick

After melding with the Speed Force, the Flash’s molecules have become unstable and as a result, he is constantly in motion. He is referred to as “Wallace West” in the novelization; Waid later confirmed this Flash to be Wally West in The Kingdom. On New Earth it has been Jay Garrick who is being transformed into the Earth-22 version of the Flash. Gog used the power of lightning and parts of the Speed Force to transform Jay’s body into complete Speed Force so he could be an alternate power source instead of coal, nuclear or cold fusion energy. His transformation was stopped midway by the Earth-22 Superman but Jay’s body is still transforming. With the upcoming Flash: Rebirth it seems that most likely that Jay is going to become his Earth-22 counter part.

Hawkman/Northwind

Now a literal ‘hawk-man’, he has become a guardian of nature, though also referred to as an ecological terrorist. The story does not specify which version of Hawkman this is, apart from “combining the spirit of the old with the otherworldly flesh of the new”, which suggests Carter Hall in the body of the post-Zero Hour “Hawkgod”. He is killed in the nuclear blast. Since Gog’s arrival in Kandaque, Northwind has started channeling more of what Carter Hall became on Earth-22. Weather he takes up this new role or not remains to be seen until after the Black Adam story line is over.

Obsidian/Todd Rice

Alan Scott’s son, Todd was raised in an abusive adoptive home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He finds out in his late teens that he has a twin sister, Jennie-Lynn Hayden, alias Jade. They meet, discover they both have superpowers and, operating under the assumption that Green Lantern was their father (which they did not know for certain at the time but did eventually learn to be true), decide to follow in his footsteps. After years of battling the shadows, Obsidian apparently inherited a potential for mental illness from his mother, Thorn. Corrupted by Ian Karkull, Obsidian turns evil, using his shadow powers to first steal all shadows from an entire city, then to spread darkness over the entire world. His father, with the aide of other JSA members, defeats him. Obsidian retreats to the Shadowlands, the otherdimensional plane from which he derives his powers. Later, he joins the mystical villains Mordru and Eclipso to seek vengeance (unsuccessfully) on Green Lantern and the JSA. Following his defeat, Obsidian is cured of his mental imbalance. He has however like his Earth-22 counter part become more one with the shadows, making him a very dark being.

Cyclone/Maxine Hunkel

Although not named as such at the time, the character who would eventually become known as Maxine Hunkel first appeared (as a new Red Tornado) in Kingdom Come #2 (1996) by Mark Waid and Alex Ross. On New Earth, Maxine Hunkel is the granddaughter of the original Red Tornado, Abigail “Ma” Hunkel, an honorary member of the Justice Society and current caretaker of their headquarters. Maxine grew up idolizing her grandmother’s allies in the JSA.
As a 6-year old, Maxine was once kidnapped by T.O. Morrow, the mad scientist who created the second Red Tornado, a powerful android. Morrow infected Maxine with “nanobytes” that are the apparent source of her powers. She is a more up beat and very talkative 19 year-old and not as serious as her Earth-22 counter part.

Lightning/Jennifer Pierce

Lightning first appears in the DC Comics miniseries Kingdom Come by Mark Waid and Alex Ross, a tale of a dystopian possible future. She is among the lawless generation of superheroes who arise after the retirement of Superman. Though not identified within the story, supplemental material in the collected edition of the series refers to her as “Black Lightning’s metahuman daughter.”
During the course of the story, Lightning joins forces with Batman’s covert team of heroes as they attempt to reclaim the planet for normal humanity. It is unclear whether she survives the bomb blast that kills most of the superhumans at the story’s conclusion. On New Earth, Jennifer Pierce is the youngest daughter of the superhero Black Lightning (Jefferson Pierce) and his ex-wife Lynn Stewart. She inherits a metagene from her father which causes her to manifest superpowers when she becomes a teenager. However, she lacks the ability to properly control her electrical powers. This results in the shorting out of any electronic device that she touches. This side effect has left her feeling alienated and freakish among her peers, who have access to cell phones, televisions, the internet, and other conveniences of the modern world.
Jefferson initially forbids his daughters from following in his footsteps as a costumed hero until after they complete their education. After seeing the rough road that his eldest daughter Anissa follows when she disobeys this order as the heroine Thunder, Jefferson decides that Jennifer will need guidance. He contacts the Justice Society of America, who are in the middle of a recruitment drive.
Upon joining the Justice Society, Jennifer immediately forms a bond with fellow teen heroines Stargirl and Cyclone. She also attracts the romantic interests of Jakeem Thunder, another younger member of the team. Jennifer is at first unsure of a superhero codename, believing that her sister will “kill her” if she adopts the name Lightning as a counterpoint to Anissa’s own. Nonetheless, this is the name she eventually settles on when she first goes into battle with the JSA.

Judomaster/Sonia Sato

A female version was seen in Alex Ross and Mark Waid’s comic Kingdom Come, as a member of Magog’s Justice Battalion, along with the rest of the Charlton ‘Action Heroes’. She was apparently killed with the other members when Captain Atom was killed.
In the final issue of 52, a new Multiverse is revealed, originally consisting of 52 identical realities. Among the parallel realities shown is one designated “Earth-4”. As a result of Mister Mind “eating” aspects of this reality, it takes on visual aspects similar to the pre-Crisis Earth-4, including Judomaster and the other Charlton characters. The names of the characters are not mentioned in the panel in which they appear, the Judomaster is visually similar to the Rip Jagger Judomaster. Sonia returned in Justice Society of America #11 the issue in which her name, origin and powers were revealed. Sonia’s metahuman talent allows her to project an “aversion field” which prevents her from being hit by attacks specifically aimed at her, though not ones with wide-effects like explosions. With the help of the JSA she stoped Yakuza assassins led by Tiger. Mysteriously, she has lost her command of the English language she had in Birds of Prey.

Starman/Thom Kallor

Star Boy is a member of the Legion of Super-Heroes, a group of young heroes existing 1,000 years in the future. He was born with the superhuman ability to temporarily increase the mass of an object, up to the mass of a star. He was born on an observatory satellite orbiting the planet Xanthu, to astronomer parents. He temporarily gained Kryptonian level powers like those of Superboy when he was caught in the tail of a comet, but in time those faded leaving only his original density power. He was expelled from the Legion for killing in self-defense his girlfriend Dream Girl’s ex-boyfriend, Kenz Nuhor, thus breaking the Legion’s non-killing rule. After this, he and Dream Girl joined the Legion of Substitute Heroes for a time before returning to the Legion. Star Boy originally wore a purple uniform with a white cape and five-pointed yellow star on his chest, but his best known costume was a full-body starfield suit with white gloves and boots. The Starman presented in the pages of Justice Society of America (vol. 3) is revealed to be a Thom Kallor who appears similar to his original pre-Crisis incarnation, rather than the Star Boy currently appearing in Legion of Super-Heroes (vol. 5), raising questions of co-existing timelines. He traveled from his future to the Kingdom Come universe (recently re-created as Earth-22 at the conclusion of 52), and then to the present day. Kallor claims to hear voices in his head and has been diagnosed as a borderline schizophrenic. When not performing his superheroic duties, he resides at the Sunshine Sanitarium (a mental hospital) and takes medications for his illness (both of which he does voluntarily); his favorite day at the hospital is Wednesday as that is the day sloppy joes are served. It is revealed that his schizophrenia was brought about soon after he acquired his abilities, which resulted in him spending several years in a mental asylum. His condition was brought under control with 31st century technology. However, medication in the present day (which Dream Girl views as barbaric) failed to keep it in check. Still incapacitated and in a sanitarium, he adopts a civilian identity, Danny Blaine, the name of his favorite pulp hero on Xanthu. Soon after, the god-like Gog restores Thom’s sanity, something Thom believes is a bad thing. During a battle with the Justice League Infinity of Earth-2, it is revealed that his starfield suit was designed by three Brainiac 5’s and in actuality is a map of the recreated multiverse.
The rest of the JSA arrive, having learned from Sandman that Gog is rooting himself into the Earth, and if he remains for one more day, the Earth will die if he ever leaves, leaving them with the one option of killing Gog and seperate his head from the Earth, which is the only way to save the planet. The other society members following Gog attempt to protect him, until they see him attempt to attack a society member. All of the followers take up the fight, and Gog punishes them all by taking away his blessings, including Starman’s sanity.

Wildcat II/Tommy Bronson

In Kingdom Come, Alex Ross (and writer Mark Waid) portrayed Wildcat as a humanoid panther with the soul of Ted Grant. He is seen working with Batman’s group (with the other offspring of the Justice League). It is not really clear if he dies or not at the end of the comic, when the UN unleashes a nuclear attack against the metahumans. On New Earth, It was later revealed that Ted Grant has a son that he never met before by the name of Tom Bronson. Tom’s mother was a woman with whom Ted had a one-night stand. Tom does not appear to be bitter toward Ted for not being involved in his life, but states that he does not believe he will ever be the next Wildcat (stating that he hadn’t been in a fight since the 8th grade, and lost that one).
It was revealed that Tom is a metahuman. When Wildcat is attacked by Vandal Savage, Tom turns into a werecat, very similar to the Kingdom Come version of Wildcat. Tom manages to hold out in the fight against Savage until help arrives, despite the near-immortal’s desire to kill (and eat) him.
Tom (after some initial reluctance) agrees to share the “Wildcat” codename with his father, and is introduced to the Justice Society. In a team-up with the Justice League, he talks to Vixen and indicates the presence of enhanced animalistic senses.
When the JSA become divided on how good the god-like being Gog is, Tom believes in the being while his father opposes him.

There we have it, how much of the Kingdom Come story line will effect these characters in the prime DC Universe. We’ll find out in a few short weeks.

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