The Green Lantern Corps Podcast

The Guardians just don’t get it

Posted in green lantern,green lantern corps,Profiles,Rants,War of Light by Podcast on February 17, 2011


The Guardians of the Universe are a race of immensely powerful blue immortals living on Oa, the planet at the center of the universe, who founded and run the Green Lantern Corps.
An immortal race as ancient as life itself, the benevolent Guardians of the Universe desire a peaceful, orderly existence for all living beings, as well the pursuit of their own enigmatic agendas. They never allow emotions to infect their thoughts and actions because after all “emotions bad!” Well, you would think after the War of Light, where the Guardians return to their Citadel, and realise they could never have stopped the War of Light, watching it blaze across the universe. They decide to prepare for it, and are about to execute a Code Zero, when on Ryut, the Black Lantern Central Power Battery spews out billions of black rings. Scar reveals herself at last, seizing one of her fellow Guardians and viciously killing him. Using her powers of the Black, she immobilises the other Guardians before they can act, and reveals that she’s been dead since the Anti-Monitor touched her. She teleports them to Ryut, and shackles them to the Black Battery, telling them that she is only fulfilling their ancient promise to bring order to the universe, and forcing them into a sleep.
Upon the Battery coming to 100% power, she warps it, herself, and the Guardians to earth, where Black Hand summons Nekron to rise.
Several attempts are made by the Flash, Ganthet and Sayd, the New Guardians, and other heroes to free the Guardians from their imprisonment, but all are unsuccessful. Nekron murders one of them, Black Hand using his gutted innards to summon the Life Entity, which Ganthet explains is the origin of all life. He also explains that the Guardians, upon finding it, realised life first began on earth, despite the Guardians being the first sentient beings, and that they hid the Entity, and the earth, so as to protect the Entity from exploitation. There would be a more focus on maybe starting to ‘feel’ after everything happened in the Blackest Night but noooooo! Back when the scientist known as Krona broke their highest law by constructing a machine capable of looking back into the dawn of creation. Krona had been repeatedly admonished against this heresy but had ignored all warnings in his desire for knowledge and power.
As a result of his arrogant disobedience, Krona unleashed an explosion of anti-matter which wiped out billions of years of time and created evil throughout the universe. Krona’s rash act further resulted in the creation of the Anti-Matter universe and the Multiverse, the fracturing of time resulting in countless alternate dimensions. Feeling responsible for their brother’s actions, the Maltusians banished Krona, turning the madman into a being of pure energy sent on a wandering course throughout the cosmos. More seriously, the Maltusians knew that, as it had in the past, the universe would one day contract upon itself to be reborn by a new “big bang”. Due to the anti-matter unleashed by Krona, the universe was deprived of sufficient matter necessary to ignite a new “big bang”. As a result of the actions of one of their own, the universe and all existence would one day simply die out, never to be reborn.

The Maltusians decided to dedicate their species to policing the universe. By keeping evil and chaos in check they calculated that they would be able to preserve a sufficient amount of the existing universe to ignite the next “big bang”. Through order and conservation the universe would be saved from extinction. Calling themselves the Guardians of the Universe, a group of Maltusians left Maltus and settled on the planet Oa, located at the center of the universe. The Guardians believed that emotion had clouded Krona’s mind and was at the root of his evil. Emotion, they reasoned, was a fatal flaw of lesser creatures that lacked the vision and foresight of immortals such as the Guardians. While a creature with a lifespan measured in years could afford to act on concepts of love, honor, and duty, the Guardians must measure their actions against the fate of an entire universe over billions of years. Emotion was therefore a luxury they could not tolerate and, if they were to successfully steward the universe, the Guardians would need to forgo emotion all together. Now with Krona collecting all of the Emotional Entities for an unknown purpose. The first act of Krona’s plan occurs with his abduction of the fear entity Parallax during the finale of Blackest Night, imprisoning the creature within the confines of an ancient temple marked with the symbols of the Emotional Spectrum.


Krona then proceeds to remove Ion from Sodam Yat, effectively turning Daxam’s sun from yellow back to red and killing hundreds of Daxamites in the process. Over the course of the story arc, Krona is shown working with Hank Henshaw, telling him that enslaving and altering the qualities of the Alpha Lanterns will restore his mortality and also lead to the destruction of the Green Lantern Corps. In addition, he is shown working with the telepathic Zardor in his plot to brainwash rookie members of the Green Lantern Corps for his own purposes.
Krona later appears on the Eastern Seaboard of the United States — with an obedient Parallax in tow — to Hal Jordan, Nicole Morrison, Larfleeze, Saint Walker and the Indigo Tribe, seeking to obtain both Adara and Proselyte for his entity collection. When confronting Jordan and the others, Krona reveals that, prior to his banishment by the Guardians, he was the caretaker responsible for protecting the entities, and that is why he can control them and the abilities they possess. Now the Guardians have once again seen the use of emotions to be far too dangerous to be left unchecked and now they are seeking to get rid of GLC members such as Hal Jordan and putting the other corps at such a far distance to keep Krona from winning, they once again set themselves up for war.
What is it going to take for the Guardians to just let people ‘feel’ and they can just let things play out naturally but since they feel having emotions causes too much strife and in their long lives has shown that there is no order or protection with the 7 emotions out there for Krona to manipulate all the other corps with, they just want to kick out those who are causing trouble instead of sitting down and talking with them. Yep, nothing good is coming to come out of this. Great job Guardians, remind us why you are in charge again? You seem to cause all these problems instead of help.


Is Sodam Yat really that great?

That’s the question, do we really need Sodam Yat around. The who would be considered the greatest Green Lantern of all as told by the original prophecy of the Blackest Night from Alan Moore back in the 80s. As we all know, Sodam became the new host for Ion during the Sinestro Corps War and then went on to be imprisoned in the Daxam Sun when he used his powers to free his people from Mongul. While Geoff Johns, JT Krul and Peter Tomasi have revealed that Sodam will be a main focus for the “New Guardians” story line currently playing in the pages of the Green Lantern titles during Brightest Day. After all our new villain is collecting the various emotional entities of the Emotional Color Spectrum. Sodam is going to be a main target, not to mention the fact that the Daxamites play a part in the War of the Supermen going on right now. Plus, finally Yat will play a large role in the newly launched Legion of Super Heroes title with the formation of the 31st century Green Lantern Corps.
Is Sodam really this great to be getting so much focus. Well, yes and no. The good news is, he isn’t over exposed the way Superboy-Prime has been the last few years. He also got some wonderful character development during the last two years leading to Blackest Night and currently into Brightest Day. While the Will Power entity of Ion is important to the Green Lantern mythos. I do feel that Sodam is being forced down our throats a bit too much. I do like the role he is going to play in the pages of Legion of Super Heroes (even if he needs a new haircut). I just feel that once Sodam is freed from his planet’s sun, we’re pretty much stuck with him being the host for Ion for like… forever. This makes sense since that’s why he is still alive over in the page of Legion.
I think what’s really been rubbed the wrong way with Sodam is that he was supposed to play this important role in Blackest Night but instead he was more of a story catalyst for War of Supermen and Brightest Day. I do love the way Peter Tomasi got the character from being a cardboard cut out who can’t use the powers of a giant green space whale. To being a much more rounded character with a lot of pain and grief on his shoulders thanks to his people. Even worse that he gave them super powers by turning their sun yellow so they could fight back against Mongul and the remnants of the SInestro Corps. However, he has to play the clean up man once he is free from the planet’s sun. Even worse, his lead poisoning has majorly progressed before he became stuck in the star. Plus, I find it so stupid that something as powerful as Ion can’t reverse the lead poisoning the same way Mon-el got the treatment in the pages of Superman and Legion of Super Heroes. Or at least have the lead poisoning put down to like 1% and means he has to keep the ring on forever so that it doesn’t kill him and Ion leaves him for the time being. Only to be reunited at a later date to set up Legion of Super Heroes continuity.
That in my opinion would make Sodam Yat worth it.

Captain Boomerang: Live!

Posted in Brightest Day,flash,Profiles,Rants,Uncategorized by Podcast on May 8, 2010

Greetings everyone, it’s been a long time but I’m back and plan on doing a regular postings of my favorite Green Lantern talk. Now you are probably wondering how that is going to happen since I’ve dropped comics due to financial reasons. Well, that’s the handy thing about working at Borders now and again on the side. You get access to free comics every week. However, for what I’m going to be doing here, doesn’t require me to be reading any book monthly. Well… my brother gets Flash and Brightest Day, so I guess I have a leg up here. I decided to start taking a look at the various characters that have been brought back to life at the end of Blackest Night. I’m starting today with Captain Boomerang, who has been a favorite of mine since his days on the Suicide Squad. Digger Harkness was the illegitimate son of an American soldier and an Australian woman. He lived in a life of poverty until he discovered his skill in making boomerangs and using them as weapons. He would later be hired as a performer and boomerang promoter by a toy company which was, unbeknownst to him, owned by his biological father W.W. Wiggins. He was ridiculed by the audience, and his resentment caused Harkness to begin using his boomerangs for crime.

He became a recurring villain for the Flash ( Barry Allen). Digger was sent to prison for his crimes, but he plantedspecial boomerangs in every jail within one hundred miles of Central City. They would remain invisible until he concentrated his brain waves to materialize them. He would later use one to escape prison. Barry Allen was at the seen working as a police scientist and was attacked by Captain boomerang. Barry quickly changed into the Flash. Flash hit Boomerang with a gust of wind by spinning his arms, but Harkness contorted his body into a boomerang and flew back at the flash knocking him out. Captain Boomerang sent Flash to an alternate dimension filled with monsters, using a machine that turned him into a boomerang. However Flash knew that if he stayed in the form of a boomerang he wouldcome back to the sender and was able to defeat Captain Boomerang.

Digger drifted from great Flash rogue to completely losers in the early 2000s. Going from in shape athlete to a balding over weight D-list characters. In 2005, writer Brad Meltzer decided to kill off the villain during Identity Crisis and replace him with his younger, super powered son who was the half-brother of Kid Flash (Yeah you read that right). Harkness found himself an obsolete villain regularly going up to the supervillain satellite looking for jobs. Harkness finally decided to reach out to his abandoned son, Owen Mercer. The two began to bond until Harkness was hired to kill Jake Drake father of Tim Drake. Digger had been sent by the real killer to attack Jack Drake, only the killer double crossed Digger and sent Drake a warning and a pistol to defend himself. Digger managed to kill Drake but not before he was shot himself. The loss of Harkness caused Mercer to take up his father’s mantle as Captain Boomerang.

However, despite the great work that was put in Owen Mercer, writers seemed to want him to more than a second generation rogue. At first he joined the Rogues, but soon changed his ways. He was able to move past his feeling and help Robin with one of his cases.. He joined the Outsiders and became friends with Supergirl. Eventually he left to be in the Suicide Squad, due to Batman’s restructuring of the team. He worked with the rest of the Suicide Squad to catch villains to send to planet Salvation.
During Blackest Night, Owen thought he could resurrect his father. Putting Black Lantern Digger in a pit, Owen threw people in for Digger to feed on. Digger had convinced Owen that if he took the hearts from enough people he would come back to life. After dealing with the undead Rogues at Iron Heights, the live Rogues found Owen. Seeing that he had been killing women and children, Captain Cold pushed him into the pit with his father. Digger took Owen’s heart, and he became a Black Lantern. Captain Cold then froze both Captain Boomerang’s and left them.

Of course in the last issue of Blackest Night, the White Light entity brought Digger back to life but back in his early 30s, restored to his youth and height of his abilities for unknown reasons. While, some people were happy and others said that Owen just wasn’t given a chance. The truth is, Owen was ruined once they decided to make him part of Judd Winick’s Outsiders. The character had this sudden “change of heart” and then after a few months was tired of it and decided to be part of the Suicide Squad. It didn’t make any sense. Especially after the Rogues killed the adult Bart Allen and he turned on them, then a couple of years later is happy to rejoin them to mourn his father just before Blackest Night started? I mean huh? Digger Harkness was not as obsolete as he was made to be. It was just lazy writing and while I love Brad Meltzer’s work, I really think other writers just don’t seem to let him do what he wants to do. Despite what people want to say about Geoff Johns returning Digger and his handling of Owen. The truth was, Geoff wanted Owen to be the next generation Captain Boomerang the way the second Mirror Master was created to replace the original. Of course while writers got behind Evan, it seems that other writers were like: “He’s Bart Allen’s half-brother, he has to be a hero or anti-hero in some way.” Nope, he was a made into a villain and that’s how Owen should have been but it all got drop. So, welcome back Digger, now don’t screw up.

Driq the first undead Green Lantern

Posted in blackest night,Profiles by mrread7 on December 18, 2009

  With his return happening Green Lantern #49 next week. I thought I give everyone a quick history lession thanks to the DC Guide on Driq. A master strategist, Driq was a valued member of the Green Lantern Corps of the Klyminade. Unfortunately, they were no match for the combined power of Sinestro and MadGod Sector 3600. The Green Lanterns were mercilessly destroyed.

The only living survivors were Flodo Span and Olapet. Strangely, Driq was killed but his ring would not allow his life force to leave his body. Driq was in some form of half life that has not been fully explained.

[Green Lantern Vol. 2 #217]

The remains of the warriors of the Klyminade joined with members of the Green Lantern Corps of Earth to battle Sinestro. Though Driq had at times been blasted apart, his power ring was capable of gathering the pieces of Driq’s body, reforming him to his after death state.

[Green Lantern Vol. 2 #217-219]

With Flodo Span, Driq was used to help bind the sentient sector through the might of the power ring. Flodo Span spread his consciousness to envelope the sector. When Driq was blasted apart, his power ring pulled his body back together and contracted Flodo Span’s body. The sentient sector was contained in dark sphere the size of a baseball. The Green Lanterns then easily captured Sinestro.

[Green Lantern Vol. 2 #219]

Both Corps separated, but Driq would wander the spaceways. On Orinda, he attempted to rescue Harbinger from the android Manhunters. Harbinger had gone to the Manhunters’ homeworld to recover her history of the universe, which had accidentally fallen into Manhunter hands.

Members of Earth’s Justice League International, including Green Lanterns Hal Jordan, Arisia, and Katma Tui Stewart, traveled to Orinda to shut down the Manhunters, who were threatening the Earth during the Millennium event.

Firestorm, a member of the Justice League’s strike force, sensed Harbinger’s call for help. He mistook Driq as an enemy and the two had a brief skirmish. After things had been sorted out, the Green Lantern and the Nuclear Man had an interesting conversation.

[Justice League International Vol. 1 #10]

Captain Atom, Harbinger, Driq and Firestorm managed to break free of the Manhunters as Orinda broke up into fragments beneath them. Driq’s appearance was more welcome than that of G’nort of G’newt.

[Firestorm, the Nuclear Man #68]

After defeating the Manhunters, the JLI quickly took leave of Orinda, leaving G’nort in space. The spacefaring heroes attempted to follow the Highmaster, the Manhunters’ leader, in his attempt on the Guardians’ extra-dimensional stronghold. The spell cast by Doctor Fate was less than successful, and the heroes’ survival depended on combining their life forces into that of Hal Jordan and Superman. The two heroes were able to destroy the Highmaster, which was the central power source for the rest of the Manhunters.

Back on Earth, Driq, the Floronic Man (one of the New Guardians) and Hal Jordan went to a barbecue at Hal’s brothers Jim and Jack. They were sucked up by a sudden tornado which they quickly dispersed. The Green Lanterns discovered Myrwhydden was behind the tornado and a series of disasters across the globe. All these attacks were designed to funnel power to Sinestro who plotted with the mage to break each other’s imprisonments. The two villains were easily defeated by the Green Lanterns.

[Green Lantern Vol. 2 #220-221]

After the final transformations of the Chosen, Driq joined the Earth based Corps in their journey to Oa. For the first time since the end of the Crisis, the Green Lantern Corps had assembled for the trial of Sinestro. Driq was reunited with Flodo Span and Olapet. The Korugarrian’s guilt was not in doubt, he freely admitted his actions. For Sinestro’s crimes, the Corps would seek the ultimate punishment, death.

[Green Lantern Vol. 2 #222]

Though his body was physically dead, Sinestro had managed to escape again. He had transferred his consciousness into the nearby Central Power Battery, causing it to implode. The power rings of the assembled Green Lanterns were absorbed back into the battery. Driq was one of the first Green Lanterns to lose his power ring. Without the emerald energy to sustain him, Driq collapsed, his body crumbled, finally at peace.

[Green Lantern Vol. 2 #223]

It was only the actions of Hal Jordan, Flodo Span, and Guardian Appa Ali Apsa that halted the battery’s final collapse. Flodo Span died in the attempt and Appa Ali Apsa found his Guardian powers returned to him. Of the assembled members of the Corps, only Hal Jordan’s power ring remained. The Corps disbanded, the powerless Green Lanterns spread through the universe.

  Driqu has been brought back as a Black Lantern recently but a small part of him remains tethered to the living world thanks to his power ring but is he friend or foe now?

Mon-El in the here and now

Posted in Profiles,Rants by mrread7 on December 15, 2009

  Since my review of Blackest Night: Flash has been delayed a bit due to lots of Christmas Shopping. I thought I would express my thoughts on Mon-El at the moment. As you may or may not know, for the last year, Mon-El has been brought back to the Superman books as a fill in while World of New Krypton has been going on. Brought out of the Phantom Zone and currently cured and immune to the effects of lead thanks to Brainiac 5. Mon-El took on the identity of John Kent in memory of Superman’s adoptive father and joined the Science Police and the Justice League while Superman tried to hault his people from going to all out war with Earth.

  I’ve always loved the character of Mon-El since I was a little kid reading the Legion of Super Heroes but it bothered me they just left his character in the Negative Zone and only used him when the story fits. Now, how does now differ from then? Well, Mon-El has been a realitively untapped character, only used for flashbacks, or when the planet Daxam was used for a story. James Robinson has used the character pretty well in the last few months. I know that in the end that Mon-El will go back to the Phantom Zone, since that’s his future no matter what Earth he’s on. I have loved the fact that while he has none of Superman’s weaknesses that doesn’t mean he isn’t invincible especially due to his powers sputtering as of late.

  I might not be a fan of his new costume (I think Ma Kent is losing her touch) but I love the character and I’m enjoying the story and that’s what is important.

Who is Vril Dox

Posted in blackest night,Profiles,Sinestro Corps by mrread7 on November 11, 2009

 The current leader of the R.E.B.E.L.S and the former leader of the O.M.E.G.A Men. Who is this strange and magnificent bastard? let’s take a looksy shall we: Brainiac – originally known as the human, Milton Fine, a circus performer of negligible success and duplicitous nature. Fine’s life was forever altered when the alien consciousness of Vril Dox took control of his mind. Lex Luthor ultimately captured and revitalized Dox and used him as a weapon against Superman. Dox, however, was too powerful to stay under Luthor’s control – and ultimately broke free. Using a rejuvenated body, he eventually kept Superman at bay with his stunning telepathic powers – and fled Earth to an undetermined location.

The computer tyrants of Colu had been brain washing the populous of Colu for centuries, as a means of control. Every so often a genius was born that they would not brain wash unless he/she refused to serve them willingly (primarily because the brain washing could reduce the level of their intelect). Vril Dox (Senior) was one such genius who chose to willingly serve the tyrants.
Vril Dox Jr grew up was also spared the effects of brain washing as teh tyrants believed he would serve them to. He grew up watching his faher betray their race and despised him for it.   Studying his father’s technology,. However, Brainiac never much cared for the boy and considered him a poor prodginy. Vril developed a machine to increase his intelligence and soon was nearly as intelligent as Brainiac himself .The computer Tyrants gave him to the Dominators in order to cement an alliance between the two races when the dominators were begining the invasion of Earth.
Eventually, Vril rebelled against the Dominators, leading an escape from stalag and fought against them during their invasion of Earth. Vril then moved on to found L.E.G.I.O.N., an intergalactic police force. Using is vast intelligence, Vril became a cold, calculating leader, turning L.E.G.I.O.N. into a force to be reckoned with.  He briefly lost control of L.E.G.I.O.N TO HIS SON Lurl, and has recently lost control again to an unknown indivividual. After coming in contact with his wife, now revived as a Black Lantern he was in an area in which a Sinestro Corps member was murdered by another Black Lantern. When the ring started to search for a new host, it selected Dox, he now is part of the Sinestro Corps.

Post Blackest Night Threats: New Krypton

Posted in blackest night,Profiles,Red Lantern Corps by mrread7 on September 13, 2009

  A few days ago, I talked about the threats that will linger after Blackest Night is over. Today, I’m turning over to another immediate threat, the World of New Krypton. Following the events of the “Brainiac” story arc, the entire city of Kandor now resides near the Fortress of Solitude in the North Pole, populated by 100,000 Kryptonians.

Although distracted by the recent death of his adoptive father, Jonathan Kent, Superman attempts to aid the Kryptonians in their assimilation with the rest of the Earth, something very few Kryptonians seem interested in, including the city’s leaders, Zor-El and Alura, Supergirl’s parents.
After the first televised meeting between the President of the United States and a delegation from Kandor is interrupted by a rampaging Doomsday, Zor-El and Alura form a task force determined to preemptively end any future threat to Kandor by capturing Superman’s worst villains and trapping them in the Phantom Zone. However, several human police officers are killed when they refuse to hand over the Parasite, enraging Superman.
At the same time, Lex Luthor, who has been recruited by General Sam Lane to halt the Kryptonian “invasion,” gains control of Brainiac and unleashes his robot army from within the depths of the alien’s spaceship, currently being held in Kandor. During the fight, Metallo and Reactron, who are working for Luthor and General Lane, are brought into Kandor as Trojan horses containing Kryptonite. Reactron manages to kill Supergirl’s father, Zor-El.
Alura’s anger causes her to denounce humanity. Members of the Justice League and Justice Society arrive in Kandor, lead by the Guardian demanding the city turn over those who murdered the police officers, and a large-scale battle erupts, with Superman in the middle. It only ends when Kryptonian scientists manage to use Brainiac’s technology to lift Kandor off the Earth and grow an entirely new planet underneath it, called “New Krypton,” on the other side of the solar system, directly opposite the Earth, and therefore hidden by the sun.
Alura tells Superman that he is not welcome on New Krypton, although Supergirl takes up residence there with her mother. In the end, Alura frees General Zod from the Phantom Zone to help her lead their people.

When Superman decides to see what life is like on New Krypton he is drafted into the Military Guild under General Zod. Zod and Superman maintain a mistrustful professional relationship, which despite their past, neither seems preparing to behave openly aggressive towards one another. When Zod orders that Superman and his people kill a Kryptonian criminal, Superman circumvents the order, feeling that killing the criminal would be not only unnecessary but wrong. Although the criminal is arrested without further fatalities, Zod accusses Superman of treason, of which he is found guilty. However, before being executed Superman gives a heartfelt speech about morality. Much to the surprise of everyone, Zod is seemingly moved by the speech, and requests the the Religious Guild give Superman absolution, and thus overturn the guilty charge. As a result, Superman is cleared of all charges. When asked why he did not go through with the execution of the son of someone who he hated, Zod explain that despite everything that had happened before, Zod realized that his military would be stronger and better for having Superman in it. As a result it appears that there is a level of mutual respect, if not peace, between Zod and Superman. However during a Krytonian ceremony, Zod is shot by the Kryptonian Ral-Dar, who is working with Sam Lane. It is later revealed to Superman that Lane is still alive after tracking down Ral-Dar and discovering that he has been behind all the attacks on his people since Kandor was returned to normal. After he leaves Earth, the general populace of Earth now has a huge distrust of Superman. Which unsettles Kal-El, fearing that a full war will soon erupt between Earth and New Krypton.

Post Blackest Night Threats: Starro

Posted in Profiles by mrread7 on September 5, 2009

  With Blackest Night taking up most of the DCU talk these days. I thought I would start with a look at what is going on with other threats ready to take center stage in the post Blackest Night DCU. I’m going to look today at Starro, the conqueror. This former Justice League of American villain was usually just a giant star fish from space. Out to take over all the planets it encountered. However, it was recently revealed in the pages of R.E.B.E.L.S that this is not the case. Starro is actually something and someone else complete different: Vril Dox, upon losing control of his L.E.G.I.O.N. robots is forced to flee and is followed to Earth by a team of bounty hunters (one of which turns out to be Amon Hakk, an ex-member of Vril’s original team). He finds Supergirl and has her heat vision encrypt a file onto a cd. Brainiac 5 of the Legion of Super-Heroes had contacted his ancestor and told him to do so. Upon uploading the disc, Brainiac 5 contacts Vril directly and offers him the entire data catalogue on the Legion of Super-Heroes in order for Vril to set up a new team and to guarantee the survival of the Brainiac lineage into the 31st century. Instead of using the heroes, Vril Dox decides to use the data of their villains. The Omega Men are also seen fleeing from attackingL.E.G.I.O.N. robots. Vril manipulates Hakk into shooting the other bounty hunter. He takes a device that was used to control Tribulus and implants it into his own head. He gains control over Tribulus and they take the bounty hunter ship as their new headquarters. Vril finds Wildstar old and sick and convinces her that he can heal her. After luring her onto his ship he shoots her with an energy gun, leaving her in an energy form and trapped in a containment suit. Wildstar contemplates killing Vril, but instead helps him escape her home planet and the two of them hunt down Strata and Bounder. Strata tries to convince Wildstar that she will be turned on soon enough if she stays with someone like Vril Dox. The Omega Men discover a secret plot involving Starro.

Starro takes over L.E.G.I.O.N. in a greater plot to take over the universe. In R.E.B.E.L.S. #5, Starro is revealed to be a humanoid alien who controls the giant starfish “Starro”, himself controlled by a smaller Starfish on his chest, whose tentacles weave themselves parasiticalky through his body. This updated Starro is shown leading an army of traditional Starro drones with stars on their faces, and deadly soldiers with stars attached to their backs, allowing them to keep their free will.

  Looks like we’ve got problems besides Black Lanterns in the coming months. 

The Doctor is in

Posted in Profiles by mrread7 on September 3, 2009

 Yesterday, I talked about the return of Dr. Fate to the DCU. Now it’s time to know the helmut and the man behind it. The helmet resurfaced a year after the events of Infinite Crisis, crossing paths with various heroes, and once again resembling the half-helm that Kent Nelson used during the 1940s. These appearances were depicted in a series of one-shots collectively titled The Helmet of Fate.

It first returned again to the possession of Detective Chimp, who found he could now wear the altered helmet. After acting as Doctor Fate for a short time, he decided he did not have the temperament to wear the helmet and sent it on its way.

As it traveled from place to place, the helm was interrupted by the spirit of Sargon the Sorcerer, who diverted it in an effort to protect his grandson, David. David bestowed something of himself into the helmet before returning it to its journey.
Black Alice was the next recipient, who unsuccessfully tried to make the helm obey her. When the helmet started to indiscriminately punish everyone who wronged her, including her loved ones, she realised the helmet would fulfill her desires, but destroy her life in the process. Black Alice then relinquished it.

Next, the helm came into the possession of Ibis the Invincible, and attracted the attention of the dark god Set. Set defeated Ibis, forcing the hero to retreat into hibernation as a mummy to heal. Ibis’ last act was to choose his replacement. The new Ibis confronts Set, retrieved the helmet and then sent it on.[25]
The helmet crossed paths with the angel Zauriel, who also passed it along after removing it from a tyrant of another solar system.

Ultimately, the helmet falls to Doctor Kent V. Nelson, grandnephew of the original Kent Nelson, who becomes the new Doctor Fate. This was originally meant to have been depicted in a new Doctor Fate ongoing series written by Steve Gerber and drawn by Paul Gulacy. However, Steve Gerber’s health problems led to scheduling delays and the material written for the Doctor Fate ongoing series was instead incorporated into the Countdown to Mystery limited series as the lead feature, (along with a back up strip featuring Eclipso), which Gerber was unable to complete before his death.

Kent V. Nelson

Doctor Kent V. Nelson, divorced and out of work, is beaten up by a former patient for a Bumfights knockoff and is thrown in a dumpster, his pay stolen. The Helmet of Fate has fallen into the dumpster, and Nelson uses it to cover his wounds, as it has started to rain. The helmet reveals its entire history to him, and despite his attempts to pawn it, the helmet returns to him.

Nelson learns spells gradually and uses the helmet for gambling. He meets a woman named Maddy, who runs an occult bookstore, where he goes into an intense inter-dimensional meditation exploring the pains of his psyche. He drags her along into his vision. After this incident, Kent uses the magic in the real world to fly, but sinking into self-pity and depression after forgetting both his daughter’s birthday and the magic word for flying, he falls into a large, nearby fountain and nearly drowns until he is saved by an intrepid young comic writer named Inza. The potential reunion between reincarnated lovers is tragically cut short when Inza is completely liquefied while Nelson is taking a shower – the doing of Negal, a demon Kent thwarted in the beginning of his adventure. After the death of Inza, Kent V. Nelson seems all but certain to retreat further into alcoholism.

Despairing, Nelson decides he has had enough of this mystic interference in his life, and gives the helmet to Maddy. He is immediately captured by Negal. On her first attempt at using the helmet Maddy is also brought to despair by Negal’s sidekick, Ymp, and brought to him alongside the captured Nelson and the remains of Inza.

Four potential endings to the story were written by different writers following Gerber’s death.

In the first, by Adam Beechen, Maddy is inspired by Kent’s efforts to overcome his self-absorption to distract Negal with an image of Inza’s character Killhead. This gives enough time for an elf with a gun to shoot Negal. The elf then departs, as a quacking voice invites him to share a beer with the “big guy”, “Thunny”, “Megs” and “Bev” before the big guy has to “head upstairs”. Nelson and Inza recover, and Maddy gives him back the helmet. As they return to Vegas, Nelson says that whatever happened, it took all three of them, and that the helmet still has a lot to teach them.

In the second, by Mark Evanier, Nelson sees his life flashing before his eyes, as Negal gloats that he will now destroy Dr. Fate forever. Nelson seizes on the happy moments in his life, and claims that killing him never achieved anything, and he should know. He tells Negal that Dr. Fate is an ideal, and has returned before. Since Nelson is no longer consumed by self-pity, Negal (lord of the self-despised) is powerless and returns them all to where he left them, claiming that he will return. With Inza back in her apartment and Maddy back at the bookshop, Nelson returns to the casino, reflecting that every journey must end, through chance or fate.

In the third, by Mark Waid, Maddy tries to wake Nelson, but cannot. In his dream, Nelson has a conversation with one of his patients, Mr. Mardillo, who is drawn to resemble Steve Gerber, and the scene takes the form of a text piece, a common occurrence in Gerber’s work. Mordillo explains fate is the hand you are dealt, but destiny is the way you play it. Negal hates fate because, as a demon, he has no way of changing his destiny. Mardillo points out that Nelson seems resigned to the same thing, and talks him through his problems. As in the previous story, Nelson’s newfound hope gives him power against Negal and, although he acknowledges his depression will return, for the moment he is able to use the helmet to free himself and the others, briefly gaining the original Dr. Fate’s costume while doing so. Back in Vegas, he is astonished to find a note from Mardillo in his pocket, but is unable to read the handwriting.

In the final piece, by Gail Simone, Maddy is “tripping” on the power in the helmet and unable to use it effectively. Upon seeing Kent awaken, she gives him the helmet. Finding Inza is now a living statue, he asks her if she wants to live and, when she says yes, points out to Negal that she still has hope, and is therefore beating him. Using his psychiatric skills, he diagnoses Negal’s obsession with causing and feeding on misery as indicating an addictive personality with narcissistic tendencies. Acknowledging his own faults, he adds that he was still good at his job, and offers to help Negal. The final panel shows Kent flying across Vegas, with Inza and Maddy in tow, reflecting on how well Negal’s therapy is going and that he may be falling in love with Inza.

Kent V. Nelson has made sporadic appearances in the Reign in Hell mini-series, in the finale he helps a group of magic-using heroes escape from Hell.

Kent V. Nelson next appears in the Justice Society of America storyline “The Bad Seed”. He is brought in by Jay Garrick to help when the JSA is overwhelmed by a group supervillain attack. Although still quite inexperienced, the mere sight of Doctor Fate was enough to send most of the villains fleeing, allowing the JSA to defeat those who stayed. Jay offers Kent a place on the team, although he is initially reluctant, due to his lack of experience

The Predator of Love

Posted in Profiles,Star Sapphires by mrread7 on August 22, 2009

Hello everyone. It’s been a while but I haven’t had time to do a profile on anyone in a while. So, I decided that I would take a look at the Violet entity of the Star Sapphire Corps, the Predator. You might wonder just what this thing is or that it’s just some new character created for The Blackest Night. Well, the truth is, the Predator has been around for a while and it all started with Carol Ferris herself. 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)
An entity named (by Scar) as “the Predator” was later revealed (or retconned, if it’s in fact the same being) as one of the manifestations in the emotional spectrum; the living embodiment of love. The entity is shown being held by the Zamarons on their home world.

Brings new meaning to the word: “love bug.”

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