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

Duh!

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


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.

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Ring After Effects

Since Blackest Night ended and Brightest Day began, we’ve been shown that the exposure to the different power rings has been having side effects to various characters. So, to have a little fun today before the July 4th weekend, I thought I would take note of a few.

Red Lantern Power Ring
While we’ve seen Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner and Mera affected deeply by the red power ring due to their inner rage, it’s the aftermath of the rings that have affected regular users of the Power of Rage. Thanks to both Hal and Guy’s will power, they were able to bend the red light to make constructs. Something, none of the other Red Lanterns, including Atrocitus were able to do until now. Atrocitus now can create anything he wills his rage into. From weapons to various constructs, which are fueled by his hatred. Even Dex-starr and Bleeze are being shown to now be able to do more with their rings than just spewing acid blood on everything.
One final note, the Red Power Rings has shown that they attach to their users after they have suffered some great lost. With Laira, it was losing her title as a Green Lantern. For Hal Jordan it was after Sinestro killed Laira in front of him, Guy when Kyle was almost killed by the Black Lanterns. Dex-starr after his owner was killed by a break in and then Bleeze after her betroth was killed in front of her. Finally for Mera watching all those she loved being twisted into Black Lanterns. It makes sense since at that moment, their hatred is pure and at the beginnings of forming, hence they are the perfect target for the rings.

Orange Lantern Power Rings
Now with Avarice, we’ve seen how Ophidiate’s power has on all its users or those that taste its power. We’ve already seen Larfleeze’s problems but with Lex Luthor, he gained an insight on how all the various power rings work and how much he wants to have that power for himself. Being effected by the Orange Light causes a user to be like an addict going through withdrawal. Even Hal Jordan explained that he felt a bit of wanting the light again but being effected by Parallax drove it out of him all the way. Now with Sayd being the Orange Lantern Guardian, she has also started feeling the effects of the light, even though she is more of Larfleeze’s royal visor than controlling or bending the light.

Black and White Lantern Power Rings
As it’s been shown with the resurrected heroes and villains that the two ring exposures have had strange effects on them; Captain Boomerang is now able to form boomerang constructs out of dark matter in times of distress. Osiris is torn between following his dark ambitions with Deathstorke or casting it all off to be a White Lantern. Hal Jordan and Sinestro are still connected to the Entity and have a view on life and the various Emotional Spectrum beings. Professor Zoom was able to channel the Negative Speed force thanks to be connected to both lights. Aquaman and Firestorm’s powers are out of wack between the living and the dead. Hawkman and Hawkgirl not only are restored to their former selves and memories but can also recall their full history from beginning to end.

We haven’t really seen any negative effects of the Green, Yellow, Violet, Blue or Indigo rings. At least as of yet, time will tell if there are any full effects from being a former user. At least as dramatic as the other rings have done to their former users.

Brave Friends Bold Heroes: Alan Scott and Jay Garrick

Posted in flash,green lantern,Rants by Podcast on June 29, 2010

Before there was Hal and Barry, before there was Kyle and Wally there was Alan Scott and Jay Garrick, the original Brave and the Bold. Starting today, I’m going to look at the friendship between Green Lantern and The Flash. While many believe Hal Jordan and Barry Allen to be the true first Brave and the Bold; Jay and Alan were their first. Going back to the early days of Keystone City when Jay first gained his powers and Alan was passing by on his train. The two were fighting the likes of the Shade and the Fiddler before the formation of the Justice Society of America. What was very unique about the two characters at the time is you took a scientist and a hard working union man and made them into very blue caller super heroes of the day.
The two through all their troubles, Alan with his first marriage and Jay dealing with problems having children with his life at such a young age, allowed the two to bound outside the role of capes and super powers. Then when Jay disappeared with Keystone City thanks to the Shade, the Fiddler and the Thinker; Alan did his best to carry on without his friend before ending up in Limbo with the rest of the Justice Society for years to come. Following their freedom from their prisons, the two joined back together and their friendship endured hard times with Jay dealing the Spirit King causing him to murder his fellow Justice Society teammate, Mr. Terrific and Alan dealing the reunion of his two children, Jade and Obsidian, which turned into a Jerry Springer episode for a long time until recently.
Now, the two have worked through some hard times once more to come back out on top and prove to the world and to their fellow super heroes, they are truly the first ones to be known as the Brave and the Bold.

Getting Lost with the Main Characters

Posted in flash,green lantern,green lantern corps,Rants by Podcast on June 22, 2010

Running Barry's Shadow


Seems that when you bring a long lost character back from death or limbo, the main star of a book tends to get left in the background or almost forgotten. I know that has been going on a lot in the last two years with John Stewart and Wally West. Well, I know things with Wally might be a bit early but considered how much Barry has been written as being the only Flash that is now back in after Final Crisis and Flash: Rebirth. I see how many people can think that a character is left alone in the dark waiting to be brought back in the light. Let’s face it, not long before Infinite Crisis started; John Stewart was very present with Hal Jordan after Green Lantern: Rebirth. Then we didn’t see really anything of him until Wanted; Hal Jordan and after he was a focus during the Sinestro Corps War and Alpha-Lantern intro story. After Final Crisis, John did a disappearing act until recently.
Now, we see the same happening to Wally, while Jay, Jesse, Bart and even Max Mercury are getting more lime light as of late. Sure, we are seeing Wally show up in Titans and get mentioned right now in Flash. However, we don’t know the future of the speedster of Keystone City. Since so much focus is being shifted back to Barry and Central City. Let’s face it, when Geoff Johns hit the scene what? 7 years ago in Flash, he not only brought Wally back to greatness after Mark Waid left but revitalized the Rogues, made Keystone City and it’s people stand up on it’s own feet and even mentioned how Central City had scene better days since Wally took over as the Flash over 20 years ago.
In a sense, Wally has been given a bit of a rest after so much focus over the last decade, a bit of a break would be fine; however the break time went a little too far. Pretty much leaving him in limbo for over a year so they could focus more on Bart being the Flash, which pretty much backfired, not to mention the build up of Barry’s return over the last few years, Wally seemed to get the shaft. Now, while the new Flash series is only 3 issues in and we already know all the Flashes will get a bit part in the upcoming Flashpoint cross over next year. The fans want Wally, I want Wally, and we need Wally. I’m hoping since all DC books are going to the $3.99 price tag here in the next few months, we get some nice back ups with the adventures of Wally and family followed by some nice Bart and Max Mercury co-features and then add them to main stories when possible. This way, they get their lime light without pulling too much focus from Barry as the Flash gets going the rest of the year.

Give me that old time religion

Posted in blackest night,Brightest Day,Rants by Podcast on June 9, 2010

You know I was getting to these guys; sure it took me a while since I’ve doing that thing called moving and dropping of comics. Hence, it took me until now to finally talk about the other 4 emotional beings from the Emotional Spectrum in the Green Lantern Mythos. As we learned in Green Lantern #50 that the White Entity was the first being that spawned life in the regular DC Universe. In doing so, the first creature that willed itself to move became Ion. While thousands of years later, the first insect to feel fear became Parallax. Then even more time passed and the first beings to feel love, which of course were Adam and Eve gave birth to the Predator. A creature that like love when left unchecked could become powerful and dangerous, which leads me to talking about our first of the other entities, Ophidian.

Mine!

Yes, the serpent from the Garden of Eden that decided to take that apple that was on the sacred tree, which it didn’t need and became the embodiment of Avarice. This even explains while Larfleeze and other beings have always had this undying hunger they cannot control. This “mine” feeling that they constantly ache for because the serpent just needed to take that apple. I have to admit when I first saw this, it kind of surprised me, and I mean forget that life originated on Earth according to the DC Guide to a Universe by Geoff Johns. The whole Adam and Eve thing I could understand, I mean for those who have ever read or heard of the story or are a good church going person. They really did show both the good and bad about love. However, then we go into the fact that the whole domino effect happed after that. The serpent comes and then we have the emotional entity in Ophidian and then we move on to more of a mess that started.

Rage

The Butcher, which was born out of Cain murdering his brother Abel, who was the children of Adam and Even and the bull that is the Butcher, is over the calf they fought over in certain texts. Now, we are going into a bit too much Sunday School for my tastes, not that I’m having a huge problem with it and going to pick up the torches and pitchforks against DC Comics over it. I just think we got a little too Book of Genesis by this point. Even though they were already going catholic with Black Hand and how he became the first Black Lantern and the Death Entity for the DC Universe. However, when you look at it, what really are the Book of Oa, the Book of Parallax and the Book of Black? Bibles. At this point, I see where they were going with how the rest of the Emotional Spectrum went.

Hope

With Adara, she was born out of prayer and if you look at your bible, you will realize that while Adam and Even and Cain and Abel talked to God, they never really prayed until after they were all gone. So, then of course, man is walking around Earth while other beings are living through out the universe, so of course the Blue Bird of Happiness would be born out of the first prayer. While others will argue with me, when you do pray, there is hope in your voice. While it might not be asking for hope when a person prays for any reason. There is that sense of a better outcome then you might feel at that moment or that you want that sense of hope. Hence we get Adara out of it and that it’s a bird since in another religious sense, birds have always been an avatar for peace, prayer and hope. After all, the Holy Spirit is usually associated with a bird; hence this embodiment makes sense just like the others.

Cuddle

Now getting into the last piece of the puzzle with Proselyte, the emotional being of Compassion, which is a squid/octopus/cuddle fish creature. Now, I get how when you are compassionate you put yourself in some one else’s shoes and you wrap yourself in their lives. Hence, having a giant indigo colored squid makes sense in the long run. I mean it’s still kind of silly but we have the new spokesman for Red Bull in the form of the Butcher and psychology takes a whole new meaning with Adara, so at this point, a creature like Proselyte isn’t really that far fetched.

A whale that willed itself to move, an insect that felt fear, a creature that felt but had no true form. A bull born out of murder, a snake taking what it didn’t need, a bird that was spoke to and apparently a fisherman throwing a squid back because he felt sorry for him. Its comics, there is logic and then there isn’t logic too it. I can move on from it and when I eventually get Brightest Day in trade next year and the other Green Lantern books are collected in 2011. I’m sure I’ll still smile so, I’m good with it, after all: “Can’t we all just get along?”

Welcome back Anti-monitor

Posted in Brightest Day,Rants,Sinestro Corps,Uncategorized by Podcast on May 22, 2010

That Anti-monitor, he’s been considered one of the biggest DC villains in the last twenty odd years. He caused the original Crisis, was reborn after Infinite Crisis. Was killed and turned into the power source for the Black Lanterns and then resurrected again by the White Light and then sent back to the Anti-matter universe of Qward. Now he’s back again and after the source that brought him back to life for the second time. You really have to wonder what they are going to do with the Anti-monitor. The Sinestro Corps main guardian is back and so is the Cyborg-Superman. So, is the Anti-monitor out to destroy the Multiverse again and in doing so make sure Nekron never comes back? Is he just power hungry for something new in the form of the White Light or is he just pissed?
I’m happy that he’s back because he isn’t your typical super villain. Darkseid might be one of the New Gods but he’s all about big speeches, controlling of life of all existence. Lex Luthor just wants everyone to know he’s the best and not Superman and the Joker are just mad. No, with the Anti-monitor it’s about more, he’s about existence and being the only being that should exist anywhere. He isn’t a puppet but he’s not above doing a super villain rant. The only problem is, he can be a one trick pony if not written right, just like Lex Luthor, the Joker and Darkseid have been now and again. You just have to keep him interesting and motivated.

Let’s keep Hawkman and Hawkgirl right now

Posted in blackest night,Brightest Day,Rants,Uncategorized by Podcast on May 18, 2010


It’s taken over ten years but Carter and Sheira Hall are finally back together again after the events of Blackest Night. Both Hawks back among the living and back in love with each other. I think back to the original Return of Hawkman over in JSA almost ten years ago. I liked the concept of reincarnated lovers where for the first time, one was rejecting the other. However, what really became a pain for a long time were Hawkman’s anger issues. It was fine at first and the fact that he was a warrior first before a super hero. It worked well but after a while it got very tiring. Also, how much more did Kendra Saunders has to force fed that she was before she finally accepted that she was Sheira Hall?
As much as people want to hit Geoff Johns on the head about continuity these days, they at least never changed things with how he wanted Hawkman to be. However, it seemed that editorial and other writers sans Justin Grey and Jimmy Palimati just didn’t like the merged history and constant resurrection with Hawkman and Hawkgirl. At least both Brad Meltzer and Geoff Johns decided to move the characters into the pages of the relaunched Justice League and Justice Society of America books for a little while. To give the characters room to deal with issues and grow as characters again. However, that didn’t last long. We were then back to Carter’s: “Bah, I’m angry” and Hawkgirl’s: “I’m not Sheira Hall” attitudes again.
Now, thanks to Brightest Day, we get the classic Hawks back and even better they are finally going to deal with Hawkworld and all the other crap that other writers have been trying to throw out the last few years.
So, welcome back Carter and Sheira, let’s hope they keep the road clear of “made up” history again when Brightest Day is over.

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.

Aquaman: Long Live the King

Posted in Aquaman,Brightest Day,Rants by Podcast on May 12, 2010

Thousand of comic book fans jumped up and down after seeing the preview cover for Brightest Day #2 that showed that Aquaman would return to the land of the living after Blackest Night was over. Then in Blackest Night #8, Arthur Curry was brought back to life, hand and all and reunited with his wife, Mera. Though the cost was high, as Garth, better known as Arthur’s adoptive son, Tempest would not be so fortunate. As well as Arthur and Mera’s own son along with the original Aquagirl, Tula and Dolphin. Closing a large chunk of Teen Titans’ history and repairing Aquaman and Mera for a new era and direction. For many of us, having the original Aquaman back makes a lot of us do the happy dance, including my brother-in-law and my two nephews who have been fans of the character for years.
However, with his return comes a bit of fear we all hope to let go off in the year ahead. The character drifted so much (no pun intended) until Peter David decided to dramatically change the character’s direction and attitude in the early 90s. Giving him a very Conan look and losing his left hand and having it replaced by a hook. While, dramatic and cool at first, as the years went on. Aquaman became very one note as his book went through writing and artistic changes and soon the title came to an end. Leaving Aquaman to be “killed off” time and time again. Only for him to return in some new direction that really didn’t go very far. The biggest move was giving him a new under water city to protect, a magically enchanted water hand (long story) and returning him to happier days. However, then once again, it wasn’t enough so they mutated the character and brought in a completely new character to be Aquaman. While writer, Kurt Busiek did some wonderful stories and made me care about one of the side characters, King Shark. They then decided the best way was to just completely kill off Arthur and leave it there.
With the “new” Aquaman now front and center, most of DC thought that this was the best way to get the character to replace the old once. Despite the fact that Tempest was around and was more of a worth inheritor of the mantle of Aquaman. As we all know that just didn’t work and Tempest starting to get the same treatment in stories as his predecessor got. Now, thanks to Brightest Day, we have the original back and have lost most of his family in the process. I’m a bit wary and I hope we have Arthur reclaim his lost fame that he got back in a way 20 years ago. He’s more than a guy who can talk to a fish; he’s a hero, a king, a dedicated husband and father. I don’t know about you but that makes a very well rounded character with a lot of history with any super hero in the DC Universe.

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.

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