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Parallax


The Parallax creature.
Art from Green Lantern: Rebirth #3 by Ethan Van Sciver. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 667 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1200 × 1079 pixel, file size: 403 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) The true entity of Parallax is revealed to in fact be the embodiment of fear in Green Lantern: Rebirth #3 This image is from a... Cover to Green Lantern: Rebirth #5 as drawn by Van Sciver. ...

Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Green Lantern vol. 3, #50 (March 1994)
Created by Original Concept:
Ron Marz
Darryl Banks
Parallax Creature:
Geoff Johns
Ethan Van Sciver
Characteristics
Team
affiliations
Sinestro Corps
Abilities Hal Jordan:
Large-scale reality alteration,
Control over time.
Parallax Creature:
Flight,
Possession,
Mind-control,
Fear-induction,
Solid energy constructs

Parallax is a fictional character, a supervillain from DC Comics. Created by writer Ron Marz and artist Darryl Banks for Green Lantern vol. 3, #48 (January 1994), Parallax was devised as the new supervillain identity for former Green Lantern protagonist Hal Jordan. The character's revamp as a villain, as well as his replacement as Green Lantern by the Kyle Rayner character, was controversial with many fans. [citation needed] DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... In comic books, first appearance refers to first comic book to feature a character. ... Ron Marz is an American comic book writer. ... Darryl Banks is an African-American comic book artist. ... Geoff Johns (born 25 January 1973 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American comic book writer, best known for his work for DC Comics. ... Cover to Green Lantern: Rebirth #5 as drawn by Van Sciver. ... The Sinestro Corps is a group of fictional characters, a villainous analogue to the Green Lantern Corps in the DC Universe led by the supervillain Sinestro. ... Reality warping is a form of superpower normally associated with comic books--Marvel comics in particular--though it was likely DC comics who started it all with Mr. ... Alice, a fictional character based on a real character from the work of Lewis Carroll. ... Doctor Doom, one of the most archetypal supervillains and his arch-enemies The Fantastic Four (in background). ... DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... A writer is anyone who creates a written work, although the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. ... Ron Marz is an American comic book writer. ... Darryl Banks is an African-American comic book artist. ... For the DJ, see DJ Green Lantern. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... Hal Jordan is a fictional character, a DC Comics superhero. ... This article is about the DC Comics character. ...


After further changes for the Hal Jordan character over the subsequent years (sacrificing his life in order to reignite Earth’s Sun in the 1996 crossover storyline Final Night, and Jordan’s soul subsequently became the newest host of the Spectre in the 1999 miniseries Day of Judgment), 2004's Green Lantern: Rebirth once again cast Jordan as a heroic Green Lantern and retconned Jordan's villainous career as the result of the influence of an alien parasite. Furthermore, with the exposure of the true Parallax, the power rings of the rebuilt Green Lantern Corps are now stronger than ever before with the newfound ability to directly affect the color yellow with some emotional effort. Final Night was a 1996 comic book miniseries and crossover storyline published by DC Comics, which featured prominently the main heroes of the DC universe along with some of old. ... The Spectre is a fictional cosmic entity and superhero who has appeared in numerous comic books published by DC Comics. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The three of the four (Alan Scotts Starheart powered ring exlcuded) known variants of the power ring Zamaron (magenta), Oan (green), and Qwardian (yellow). ... The fictional Green Lantern Corps is an intergalactic police force featured in DC Comics, particularly series featuring the superhero Green Lantern, Earth’s member of the group. ...

Contents

History

Cover to Green Lantern vol. 3, #50 (March 1994). Hal Jordan becomes Parallax. Art by M.D. Bright.
Cover to Green Lantern vol. 3, #50 (March 1994). Hal Jordan becomes Parallax. Art by M.D. Bright.

In 1994, DC Comics decided to do away with Hal Jordan, who had been Earth’s Green Lantern since his first DC Comics appearance in 1959, hoping to replace him with a new, younger character Kyle Rayner, in order to attract new readers. The storyline began in Green Lantern vol. 3, #48 (January 1994). Following the complete destruction of his home town Coast City by the villain Mongul, Hal Jordan descended into madness. Jordan went on a rampage, destroying the Green Lantern Corps, and all of the Guardians except for Ganthet. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (400x604, 87 KB)Cover to Green Lantern #50 (March 1994). ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (400x604, 87 KB)Cover to Green Lantern #50 (March 1994). ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... Mark D. Bright is a American comic book artist. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... Hal Jordan is a fictional character, a DC Comics superhero. ... This article is about Earth as a planet. ... For the DJ, see DJ Green Lantern. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the DC Comics character. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... Coast City was a fictional city that appeared in stories published by DC Comics. ... Mongul is a DC Comics supervillain created by Jim Starlin and Len Wein. ... The fictional Green Lantern Corps is an intergalactic police force featured in DC Comics, particularly series featuring the superhero Green Lantern, Earth’s member of the group. ... Ganthet is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe. ...


This provoked outrage among some fans, and so, Jordan was exonerated in the 2004/2005 miniseries Green Lantern: Rebirth, written by Geoff Johns, and pencilled by Ethan Van Sciver, in which it was revealed that Parallax was actually a demonic parasitic entity dating back to the dawn of time. The parasite was the sentient embodiment of fear, traveling from world to world and causing entire civilizations to destroy themselves out of paranoia. This retcon, however, was also controversial. Some fans thought it was original for a major hero to become evil through his own free will, and that freeing the character from blame was a cop out. Geoff Johns (born 25 January 1973 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American comic book writer, best known for his work for DC Comics. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


The Guardians of the Universe imprisoned Parallax within the central Power Battery on Oa using fear's opposite energy, willpower. Parallax had lain dormant for billions of years, its true nature hidden by the Guardians to prevent anyone from trying to free it. Being yellow in color, Parallax eventually came to be referred to as simply "the yellow impurity."


This was the reason why the rings were useless against the color yellow: Parallax weakened its power over the corresponding spectrum; hence only someone with the willpower to overcome great fear could master the power ring. Thus, when recruiting new Green Lanterns the Guardians were careful to look for recruits that were largely fearless. When the renegade Sinestro was later imprisoned in the Power Battery himself, his Qwardian yellow power ring tapped into Parallax's power and awakened it. Sinestro is a fictional alien supervillain in the DC Comics Universe. ...


Since Sinestro hated Hal, Parallax chose Jordan as its tool to free itself. Parallax spent years influencing Hal, causing him increasing self-doubt and notably his premature whitening at the temples. Parallax's control over Jordan became nearly complete with Jordan's grief over the destruction of Coast City, and it was Parallax who was responsible for Jordan's subsequent murderous activity, his apparent killing of Sinestro (which was later revealed to be an energy construct created by Parallax and Sinestro's manipulation to the creature's creation with his own Qwardian ring, created as the final stage of Jordan's susceptibility to the impurity in order to break his will), and Jordan's destruction of the Central Battery, which allowed Parallax to graft itself onto Jordan's soul.


Despite Parallax’s seeming conquest of Jordan’s soul, Jordan’s heroic tendencies managed to manifest themselves enough for him to sacrifice his life in order to reignite Earth’s Sun in the Final Night crossover storyline. Jordan’s soul (with Parallax still grafted onto it) subsequently became the newest host of the Spectre, the vengeful spirit of God’s wrath in the 1999 miniseries Day of Judgment, written by Geoff Johns.[1] Sol redirects here. ... Final Night was a 1996 comic book miniseries and crossover storyline published by DC Comics, which featured prominently the main heroes of the DC universe along with some of old. ... It has been suggested that Gaming crossovers be merged into this article or section. ... The Spectre is a fictional cosmic entity and superhero who has appeared in numerous comic books published by DC Comics. ... This article discusses the term God in the context of monotheism and henotheism. ... This article is about the year. ... A miniseries (sometimes mini-series), in a serial storytelling medium, is a production which tells a story in a limited number of episodes. ... Geoff Johns (born 25 January 1973 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American comic book writer, best known for his work for DC Comics. ...


Since Parallax was gone from the Oan Power Battery, the final power ring conferred to Kyle Rayner did not have any weakness against yellow. The Spectre eventually ejected Parallax from Jordan's soul, then departing in order to move onto the next recipient of the Spectre, while Ganthet guided Jordan's soul back to his own body, preserved after Jordan reignited the Sun during Final Night. The Spectre is a fictional cosmic entity and superhero who has appeared in numerous comic books published by DC Comics. ... Final Night was a 1996 comic book miniseries and crossover storyline published by DC Comics, which featured prominently the main heroes of the DC universe along with some of old. ...


His soul and thoughts finally clear for the first time in years, Jordan was resurrected, again taking his place as a Green Lantern; even regaining some of his lost youth (evidenced by his hair becoming brown again).


Together, Jordan and Kyle Rayner, along with fellow Green Lanterns John Stewart, Guy Gardner and Kilowog freed Ganthet, whom Parallax had possessed after his expulsion from Jordan's soul, and imprisoned the parasite back in the Central Power Battery on Oa. John Stewart is a fictional comic book superhero in the DC Universe, and a member of the intergalactic police force known as the Green Lantern Corps. ... Guy Gardner is a fictional character, a comic book superhero published by DC Comics. ... Kilowog is a fictional superhero from DC Comics, and a member of the Green Lantern Corps. ...


Despite this re-introduction of the "yellow impurity", which is now referred to as the Parallax Fear Anomaly, the power rings' weakness against yellow no longer applies, as experienced wielders are now able to consciously recognize its source, and overcome the fear associated with it. It is still, however, a considerable weakness for new GL recruits, who are ignorant of the impurity's nature or of how to combat it. During training, new recruits' rings may falter at times against yellow objects, and/or when a recruit is experiencing panic or fear, as seen with Soranik Natu and other recruits in Green Lantern Corps: Recharge #4 (December 2005). Soranik Natu is a fictional character, a superhero who is an extraterrestrial from the planet Korugar and a member of the intergalactic police force known as the Green Lantern Corps. ...


Sinestro Corps

Kyle Rayner becomes Parallax's newest host. art by Ethan Van Sciver.
Kyle Rayner becomes Parallax's newest host. art by Ethan Van Sciver.

The Sinestro Corps capture Kyle Rayner with the intention of making him Parallax's new host. Sinestro reveals to Kyle that Ion is actually an energy entity that needs a host, similar to Parallax. Sinestro removes the Ion entity from Kyle, who is immediately taken over by Parallax. Parallax then clothes itself in a new uniform, (which appears as a combination of Kyle's original Green Lantern costume and the costume Hal Jordan wore as Parallax), and returns to Qward with the Sinestro Corps (He also turns the hair on the top of Kyle's head grey, as he did Hal's temple hair). Parallax becomes a herald of the reborn Anti-Monitor alongside Hank Henshaw, Superboy-Prime and Sinestro himself.[2] After the massacre of several Green Lanterns, Parallax leads an assault against Hal Jordan, John Stewart, and Guy Gardner, and brings them to Qward.[3] The "Lost Lanterns" arrive to rescued the captured Lanterns. During the battle, Parallax murders Jack T. Chance after making him experience his repressed fear of his abusive family. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 379 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (957 × 1515 pixel, file size: 173 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Panel from Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps Special. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 379 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (957 × 1515 pixel, file size: 173 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Panel from Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps Special. ... This article is about the DC Comics character. ... Cover to Green Lantern: Rebirth #5 as drawn by Van Sciver. ... The Sinestro Corps is a group of fictional characters, a villainous analogue to the Green Lantern Corps in the DC Universe led by the supervillain Sinestro. ... The Anti-Monitor is a fictional comic book supervillain, the antagonist of the 1985 DC Comics miniseries Crisis on Infinite Earths. ... The Cyborg Superman is a fictional supervillain in the DC Universe and is primarily an enemy of Superman and Green Lantern. ... Superboy-Prime is a fictional character, a superhero turned supervillain in the DC Universe. ... Sinestro is a fictional alien supervillain in the DC Comics Universe. ... Jack T. Chance is a fictional character featured in comic books published by DC Comics he is a Green Lantern from the world of Garnet also known as Hellhole. ...


The One Shot

As seen in the one shot "Parallax" issue (released September 19, 2007) Kyle is currently trapped within his own mind. He is able to witness all that Parallax does and says from a 3rd person view, but is unable to stop it. Parallax confronts Kyle's personality inside a room constructed by Kyle's thoughts. Kyle "transforms" into Ion (as his mind allows him to dream up anything, he dreams up his powers), and the two battle. After being blasted back by Parallax and losing his Ion form, Kyle forms a power ring, places it on his finger, and appears in his original costume. Although putting up a valiant fight, Kyle loses. Parallax reveals Kyle's fear is that he has to live without his mother (the fear which allowed Parallax to possess Kyle's body). Before he leaves, Kyle stabs Parallax in the eye with a pencil. The creature, unnerved, comments that Kyle will always remain trapped, and with that, leaves. Kyle is about to smash a painting in frustration when he realizes that his mother secretly painted it years ago. With renewed faith in himself, Kyle walks into the painting and ends up in a field walking towards a bright, green star.


Imprisonment

Kyle (as Parallax) is finally confronted by Jordan after threating his brother and his family. Hal actually manages to beat Parallax until his rings power runs out. Parallax then absorbs Hal as John Stewart looks on in horror. John orders Guy to retrieve the real life painting seen in the one-shot of Parallax. As Guy returns and shoves the painting into Parallax's eyesight, Hal (who turns out to be the bright green light seen at the end of the one-shot) tries in vain to help Kyle fight Parallax, which has now begun sucking Kyle and Hal himself into the "ground". Kyle finally breaks free and with Hal escapes Parallax. Just as Parallax (now back in his monster form) attacks the lanterns, Ganthet and the other guardian, Sayd, arrive and suck Parallax into into four separate lanterns (Hal, Kyle, John, and Guy's, respectively). The four men then take their lanterns and hearing the Sinestro Corps oath, recite the Classic Green Lantern Oath. [1]


Powers and abilities

Parallax has immense fear-casting and mind-control powers, strong enough to easily scare and control the likes of Superman and Wonder Woman, except those who are capable of understanding and conquering inner fear such as Kyle Rayner and Batman. It can take possession of someone's body when they feel even the slightest fear. Parallax is also capable of creating solid energy constructs, such as creating a convincing Sinestro energy-duplicate for Hal Jordan to kill. Parallax can create both green and yellow objects with Kyle whereas in the past, he was only able to create yellow objects. Superman is a fictional character and comic book superhero , originally created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian artist Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. ... For other uses, see Wonder Woman (disambiguation). ...


Alternate Versions

In Booster Gold #2 (2007), one panel shows an alternate timeline where the Sinestro Corps are formed years earlier then they should have. In this alternate timeline, Tomar-Re is shown to be Parallax's host. Booster Gold is a fictional character, a superhero in publications from DC Comics. ... The Sinestro Corps is a group of fictional characters, a villainous analogue to the Green Lantern Corps in the DC Universe led by the supervillain Sinestro. ... Tomar Re is a fictional DC Comics character. ...


References

  1. ^ http://www.comics.org/series.lasso?SeriesID=7101
  2. ^ Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps Special #1 (Aug, 2007) DC Comics
  3. ^ Green Lantern (vol. 4) 21 (2007)

External links

  • Alan Kistler's profile on Green Lantern
  • The Origin of Parallax at DCComics.com

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