"Emerald Twilight, Part One: The Past": The issue begins with Green Lantern Hal Jordan in the middle of a huge crater that was once his home, Coast City, after it was destroyed by the combined efforts of Mongul and the Cyborg Superman during the Reign of the S
- It would be tempting, wouldn't it? All it would take, really, is the will. Oh, certainly, every last vestige of willpower that could be summoned. But it would be tempting. Think of it. The power to resurrect that which no longer exists... or create that which only exists in the mind's eye. All of it perfect in every detail. The power to make the dead live again... to redress any wrong... to rewrite history with a happy ending.
Synopsis for "Emerald Twilight, Part One: The Past"
The issue begins with Green Lantern Hal Jordan in the middle of a huge crater that was once his home, Coast City, after it was destroyed by the combined efforts of Mongul and the Cyborg Superman during the Reign of the Supermen arc. As he is remembering his past, including the time he met the dying alien Abin Sur, who before dying bequeathed his ring to Hal, is thinking that his power ring has enough power to recreate Coast City in his image and does so. He first meets with his father, Martin Jordan, and the two Jordan's have a talk about their relationship. Hal wants his father to be proud of him, since Martin only cared about Hal's two other brothers more than he did. Martin then disappears through the smoke and his fighter plane appears, the recreation of his death is played out in front of Hal when a construct of his mother comes behind him and tells him that the best thing to do is to move on, but it's not enough for the Green Lantern. Instead of just creating constructs of his memories, he proceeds to create Coast City as if it was never destroyed. Hal then finds a girl named Jennifer, his childhood sweetheart before Carol. As they are walking back to Hal's house, they reminisce about the times when they were together and how the biggest mistake Hal made was leaving her. When they reach his house, Jennifer gives Hal a kiss and disappears. Hal then goes inside and finds his father sitting at the dinner table. As he's about to tell Hal that he's proud of him, the ring's power dies out and the construct of Coast City fades away and Hal is back in the crater. Then, an image of one of the Guardians of the Universe appears and tells him that by creating a construct of Coast City, he has violated one of the most sacred laws of the Green Lantern Corps, to never use the ring for personal gain. Hal contends that it was because of his personal loss instead of gain, but the Guardian refuses to listen and orders Hal to surrender his ring and return to Oa immediately. However, desiring more power, Hal destroys the construct of the Guardian and absorbs the energy from it and proceeds towards Oa, but to destroy the Corps, as a couple is looking up in the sky and notices a streak of green flying across the sky and makes a wish for escape.
Appearing in "Emerald Twilight, Part One: The Past"
- Martin Jordan (As an illusion only)
- Jessica Jordan (As an illusion only)
- Jennifer (As an illusion only)
- Coast City (In ruins)
- This issue is reprinted in the Green Lantern: Emerald Twilight and Green Lantern: Emerald Twilight/New Dawn collections.
- Green Lantern Recommended Reading
- Green Lantern (Volume 1)
- Green Lantern (Volume 2)
- Green Lantern (Volume 3)
- Green Lantern (Volume 4)
- Green Lantern (Volume 5)
- Green Lantern (Volume 6)
- The Green Lantern (Volume 1)
- The Green Lantern: Season Two (Volume 1)
- Green Lantern Corps (Volume 1)
- Green Lantern Corps (Volume 2)
- Green Lantern Corps (Volume 3)
- Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors (Volume 1)
- Green Lantern: New Guardians (Volume 1)
- Green Lanterns (Volume 1)
- Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps (Volume 1)