"From Beyond the Unknown": The Green Lantern introduces herself to the readers and tells three tales from three deceased individuals. In which she uses her magical lantern in resurrecting the deceased so they can perform their task in bringing themselves to rest in peace.
Tangent Comics: Green Lantern #1 is a one-shot with a cover date of December, 1997.
Synopsis for "From Beyond the Unknown"
The Green Lantern introduces herself to the readers and tells three tales from three deceased individuals. In which she uses her magical lantern in resurrecting the deceased so they can perform their task in bringing themselves to rest in peace.
Captain Comet was a fallen hero of the war in Czechoslovakia. He was a African-American college student of the 1960s who received his powers from a freak accident when a glowing comet enters over his campus, which one of its pieces broke on impact and pierced his skull. He became a hero for the next decade and broke the racial boundaries of a "black superhero" by proving himself his patriotism for his country in which he entered into the war with Russia. While defending the Pilsen U.S. Army base, he encountered a Soviet missile carrying the Red Tornado mist-virus. He valiantly tried to divert the missile, but was distracted by an unexpected explosion that destroyed the Pilsen base and inadvertently causing the missile to detonate and killing him.
Resurrected by Green Lantern, Captain Comet angrily barged into the household of Senator Edward Manson in the middle of his party at his art gallery display. After subduing Manson's guests the Flash and the Atom, Comet whisk Senator Manson away to a isolated area. Captain Comet then talk to Manson, recalling the destruction of the Pilsen base and that Manson was happen to be stationed there in which he now knows that Mason was a Russian spy who had planted a bomb at Pilsen. Following the war, and given that his spy status was hardly known by the Russian high command, Manson defected to America and entered into politics. Manson admits of his crime and reveals that the bomb he was to plant was unintended, as it was to be use at a later date. When he was given a mission by the Americans and left the base, his possessions were relocated to the base's new barracks. Theorizing that moving them must have activated the bomb. Given to circumstances, he would've died if he still stayed there. Manson tries to convince Captain Comet that staying in America made him a good man and that his espionage was a duty that he was thrust upon by his Russian heritage. Captain Comet still want revenge, but refuse to kill Manson as it is not a personal vendetta. He wants justice for the loved ones of those who died at Pilsen. Instead, he knows what price Manson will pay for once he returns to his home before making his leave.
Some hours later, Manson reaches his home that is set on fire. He learns that Captain Comet came and incinerated his paintings, which he greatly cherish. Captain Comet returns to his grave with justice having been served.
Tales of the Unexpected
King Faraday was a Moldavian exile who'd love solving crimes. While being a guest with airplane pilot Arthur Curry, of Captain Boomerang's stunt pilots, an engine malfunctioned and forcing Faraday and Curry to eject from the airplane's cockpit. But the rapid expulsion for Faraday's large form snapped his neck. He now returns from his grave and meet his friend Roy Raymond, publisher of the House of Mystery, for publishing his last mystery he hadn't yet solve. Hoping that this last tale would bring him peace.
Faraday was solving the murder of millionaire Ralph Digby, who was shot in the head. There was no clues, witnesses, nor motive. But Faraday learned that Digby had wronged both business partners and rivals. Among his latest was Alfred Pennyworth, whose publishing empire Digby had bluntly seized. Faraday met Pennyworth, and though Pennyworth disliked Digby there wasn't any mild hatred trace within him to even kill Digby. However, Pennyworth did opened his records to Faraday which led him to learn that Digby intended to shutdown failing magazines and book departments and then sell the more streamlined, profitable result to a group of buyers by turning them into more video magazines.
Faraday recalls that there was one clue left at the scene of Digby's murder: a bullet lodged in a wall exactly six inches away from where Digby stood. The killer had missed the first shot. Also, Faraday reveals to Raymond that Pennyworth's records shows that one of the failing companies that Digby was to close down was Raymond's House of Mystery. Which following after Digby's death, Raymond paid nearly everything to pull his company out of debt. Faraday then concludes that Raymond is the killer. He acknowledge that Raymond loved his company and cannot afford to lose it. Furthermore, he was a good shooter before suffering a hunting accident that caused him to lose his right eye. With his loss of his eye to correctly aim, Roy failed to kill Digby on the first shot and he had to angled his gun to the side to shoot Digby again.
Faraday tells a guilty Raymond that he will not report him to the police and that he only came to gain his final rest by reporting his final mystery to Raymond, as he had always done, and that there is no reason to go on, given Raymond the decision to publish the story or not, and Digby was never a good man. Before leaving the mortal plane, Faraday and Raymond have a farewell toast together.
Return to Sender
A reporter from World's Finest interviews pilot Arthur Curry, the newest member of Captain Boomerang's fliers, about how he came to be a pilot and Captain Boomerang's life story.
During World War II, Captain Boomerang was known as Adam Clay who lived on his Australian family's plantation in Burma. When the Japanese invaded, Clay's family were killed and only he escaped in the family's old cropduster plane. Soon later his tragic experience changed him to becoming a fighter pilot and found a group of disenfranchised pilots from around the world like himself affected by the Axis. Forming a private air corps, and due to Adam's Australian background he called himself Captain Boomerang. Most especially after the team's planes, with their distinctive V-wing formation. Boomerang and his team fought throughout World War II and on many adventures. After fighting other wars in the fight for freedom, Clay stayed young from genetic surgery and thus never having to retire or stand down as leader. But despite his illustrious life, Clay is still deeply sad; not just the loss of his family but someone he had loved as suspected by Arthur.
Curry himself unexpectedly found himself on Boomerang's squadron during an aerial exhibition among the spectators when a team of aerial villains known as the Darkstars attacked. During their dogfight, Boomerang's squadron didn't noticed that a single Blackstar broke away and came for the crowds. Arthur took the initiative, got himself into a plane and shot it down. This incident and his admiration for flight earned his recognition on Boomerang's fliers. Even when he was involved for the death of his passenger, King Faraday, he was vouched by Boomerang from being booted out. Arthur also reveals that he doesn't have family (aside from his aunt) as his mother, Michelle Curry, was a war reporter during the war in Czechoslovakia who was killed in the Pilsen base explosion. He doesn't know much about his father and that Captain Boomerang and his fliers are the only surrogate family he has.
The reporter is intrigued and shows Arthur a letter from his mother and along with photos that reveals Captain Boomerang is Arthur's father. It is revealed that Michelle and Clay were close lovers, and that Clay had tried to propose Michelle but her independence left her undecided. But when pregnant with Arthur, she intended to inform Clay that she would marry him via a letter. Unfortunately, after Arthur was born (which she'd was unsure of telling this to Boomerang) this didn't happen since her untimely death in Czechoslovakia. Very surprised, Arthur hurry off to tell this to Captain Boomerang. Unknown to Arthur, the reporter is a resurrected Michelle Curry as she returns to her grave, happy to see that her message to her son and husband came through.
Appearing in "From Beyond the Unknown"
- Senator Edward Manson
- Roy Raymond (Single appearance)
- Arthur Curry
- Michelle Curry (Single appearance)
- The Atom (Adam Thompson)
- The Flash (Lia Nelson)
- Ralph Digby (Dies)
- Alfred Pennyworth
- Metal Men (Cameo)
- Sam Schwartz (Cameo)
- Raven (Cameo)
- House of Mystery Publications
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