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Emerald Twilight is the name for the story that was detailed in Green Lantern Vol. 3, Numbers 48-50, and written by Ron Marz. It was one of the most controversial stories told, as it took a well-established super-hero and drove him over the edge to become a villian who would kill anyone who got in the way of his quest. Ron Marz is an American comic book writer. ...


Coast City's Destruction

In Green Lantern #46, as part of the "Reign Of The Supermen" storyline, the character Mongul had teamed up with the Cyborg Superman (passing himself off as one version of Superman) in using a series of bombs to destroy Coast City, Hal Jordan's home (their intention was to use Coast City as one of four way-stations for a giant engine, to create Earth into a massive spaceship). Hal was too late to do anything except take his anger out on Mongul. In issue 47, he teamed up with Green Arrow for a completely different mission, and at the end of the issue, his thoughts once again turn to Coast City. Mongul is a fictional supervillain considered one of the best, yet least known, of Supermans enemies. ... The Cyborg was created by Dan Jurgens as a way to use the Supermans Death story-line as an arc to the Four Supermen Story. ... Superman, nicknamed The Man of Steel, is a fictional character and superhero who first appeared in Action Comics #1 in June of 1938 and eventually became one of the most popular and well-known comic book icons of all time. ... Coast City was a fictional city that appeared in stories published by DC Comics. ... Green Arrow (Oliver Ollie Queen) is a DC Comics superhero. ...

Emerald Twilight

Cover to Green Lantern #50 (March 1994). Hal Jordan becomes Parallax. Art by M.D. Bright.
Cover to Green Lantern #50 (March 1994). Hal Jordan becomes Parallax. Art by M.D. Bright.

Issue 48 begins with Hal in the center of what used to be Coast City, clutching the remains of a doll - the only physical evidence that there was anything there. In a moment of pure anguish, Hal uses his ring to 're-create' Coast City, down to including people who had previously died, including his critical father. When his energy eventually gave out, a projection of one of the Guardians of the Universe told him he was in violation of one of the principal rules for all members of the Green Lantern Corps - you cannot use your ring for personal gain. Enraged, Hal siphoned off the energy from the projection and made his way to Oa, with the intent of bleeding off all the energy from the main Power Battery so he'd have enough energy to permanently re-create Coast City. Issue 49 saw him going up against a series of Green Lanterns, each of whom fell against Hal, until he got to Oa. Download high resolution version (400x604, 443 KB)Cover to Green Lantern #50 (March 1994). ... Download high resolution version (400x604, 443 KB)Cover to Green Lantern #50 (March 1994). ... March is the third month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... 1994 was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ... The Guardians of the Universe as depicted in Justice League Unlimited The Guardians of the Universe are fictional characters in the DC Comics superhero universe. ... A selection of members of the Green Lantern Corps on duty, as depicted in Justice League Unlimited The Green Lantern Corps is a fictional, intergalactic police force of Green Lanterns that existed in the pages of DC Comics, chosen to patrol the vast reaches of the Universe, fighting evil whever...

Issue 50 saw Hal battle Sinestro on Oa, snapping his neck. He also killed Kilowog and made his way to the Main Battery. The Guardians, realizing that their cause was lost (since they, themselves, refused to act in any way), gave all their remaining energy to Ganthet, who became the sole Guardian after Hal took all the energy in the Main Power Battery. When Hal emerged from the Main Power Battery, he had a new costume and took the name Parallax for himself. Sinestro is a fictional supervillain within the DC Comics universe. ... Kilowog is a fictional character from DC Comics. ... Ganthet Ganthet is a fictional character from DC Comics who made his debut in the graphic novel Ganthets Tale. Ganthet is a Guardian, part of the Guardians of the Universe. ...


Hal Jordan attempted to re-create the universe during the Zero Hour storyline. Ganthet went to earth and found Kyle Rayner (who was briefly introduced at the end of issue 48 when he saw Hal fly off and mistook his green flight streak for a shooting star) and gave him a power ring, thus making Kyle at the time the last Green Lantern. Zero Hour was a weekly comic event miniseries/crossover published by DC Comics in the summer of 1994. ... A meteor is the visible path of a meteoroid that enters the Earths (or another bodys) atmosphere, commonly called a shooting star. ...

A New Twist

The miniseries Green Lantern: Rebirth put an additional spin on the events of Emerald Twilight.

It was retconned that Parallax, the name that Jordan took after he absorbed the energy of the Central Power Battery, was actually the name of a yellow-colored bug-like parasitic creature that was basically sentient fear.

During the events of Emerald Twilight, Parallax, who was trapped in the Battery at the time, had tried to possess Hal Jordan for quite some time (A side effect was turning the hair at his temples gray). When Coast City was destroyed, Parallax was able to get a hold in Jordan's psyche and use him to destroy the Battery. Parallax was freed took over Jordan.

The retcon also helped explain why the Silver Age GLs' rings were ineffective against yellow. Many fans accepted the retcon, because they believe it actually allowed Emerald Twilight to make some sense.

The storyline remains despised by most of the comic fan community and caused mass hatred of Marz (who to be fair did the best he could with an editoral mandate). Recently his series Sojourn and laterly his run on Witchblade seem to have repaired some of the damage.

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