"Emerald Night": Parallax has followed Cyborg Superman to the end of the universe. That is literally the case as both face each other at the so called Wall - the boundary between the known universe and the Source. Finally, Parallax wants to
- I knew I was a hero and I didn't give a good damn what anybody else thought. To me, bein' a hero means doin' the right thing, no matter the odds or anybody's opinion. You do what you gotta do.
Parallax: Emerald Night #1 is a one-shot with a cover date of November, 1996.
Synopsis for "Emerald Night"
Parallax has followed Cyborg Superman to the end of the universe. That is literally the case as both face each other at the so called Wall - the boundary between the known universe and the Source. Finally, Parallax wants to erase Cyborg from existence because he destroyed Coast City. Cyborg does not go down without a fight, but in the end Parallax annihilates his opponent. Suddenly Kyle Rayner, Hal Jordan's successor as Green Lantern, appears and tells Parallax about the Sun-Eater and how earth is on the verge of destruction. Kyle asks Parallax for help but does not get an immediate reply. Instead, Hal wants to be left alone to think about it.
In the process, Parallax travels to earth to visit the people who were most important in Hal Jordan's life. First up is Guy Gardner. They often fought each other, but in the end Hal could not think of anyone better to watch his back. Second comes John Stewart who lies in hospital. Parallax not only talks to him, but also heals John so that he is able to walk again. After spending some time at the grave of Oliver Queen, Parallax visits Tom Kalmaku, the best friend in his non-superhero life. And last but not least Hal talks to Carol Ferris. She immediately recognizes something important is about to happen in his life, so she says that she loves him and wishes him goodbye.
Then Parallax returns to the former center of Coast City and materializes Ganthet whose essence somehow was within him all the time. Despite Hal's betrayal, Ganthet still thinks Jordan was the most heroic Green Lantern of all. He offers Hal a ring again, but disappears after Parallax denies his offer. After that Parallax contacts Kyle Rayner. He shall tell the other heroes that Parallax will help them to save the earth ...
Appearing in "Emerald Night"
- Coast City (In ruins)
- New York City
- Source Wall
- The Sun
- This issue is reprinted in The Final Night and The Final Night New Edition.
- Rather than just an anti-heroic identity for Jordan, years later, the miniseries Green Lantern: Rebirth will establish that Parallax is an evil entity composed of pure fear that was possessing Hal.
- Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) became Parallax back in Green Lantern (Volume 3) #50 where he also killed the Guardians of the Universe and destroyed the Green Lantern Corps. He references trying to change the world to make it a better place, that was the premise for Zero Hour.
- Cyborg Superman and Mongul destroyed Coast City in Superman (Volume 2) #80, see excerpt. However, Mongul was already killed in Underworld Unleashed #1.
- It's mentioned that Kyle Rayner and Hal Jordan have fought before on two separate occasions. These are Green Lantern (Volume 3) #0 and Green Lantern (Volume 3) #63-64.
- Hal mentions that he pursued the Cyborg "across the universe and even into another", referencing the events of Green Lantern Silver Surfer: Unholy Alliances. Ron Marz, who (co-)wrote the vast majority of the DC/Marvel crossovers at the time, has been pushing for them to be in continuity for the DCU on several occasions, including an appearance by Access in Green Lantern Vol. 3 #87.
- Hal Jordan references Guy Gardner almost becoming Green Lantern back in Green Lantern (Volume 2) #59, and then finally getting the position in Green Lantern (Volume 2) #195. The two of them fought it out for the position in Green Lantern (Volume 3) #25.
- The statues of Lanterns on display in Warriors are Salakk, Larvox, Brik and Bruun.
- John Stewart was crippled in a fight with Grayven while working for the Darkstars in Green Lantern (Volume 3) #74-75.
- The scene at Oliver Queen's grave will be heavily elaborated upon much later in Green Arrow: Quiver.
- Tom Kalmaku's mentioned family are his wife Tegra, and his children Keith and Kari.
- 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)
Links and References
The Final Night Crossover