"The Final Knight": Lex Luthor devises yet another plan in the hopes of saving Earth. With the foreknowledge that the sun will soon go supernova, Luthor has designed a network of interlinking force-field relay switches. The Flash manufa
- I've always done what I truly believed was right. At first, people called me a hero for it ... and then a villain. As the memory of what I've done — and been — fades, I hope I will be seen ... in a different light.
- — Parallax
Synopsis for "The Final Knight"
Lex Luthor devises yet another plan in the hopes of saving Earth. With the foreknowledge that the sun will soon go supernova, Luthor has designed a network of interlinking force-field relay switches. The Flash manufactures a half million of these items in under twelve hours. Working together, the machines should create an energy grid large enough to protect Earth from the sudden explosion of solar energy. The only problem lies in the fact that they must be physically deployed at the point of nova. Invariably, the person responsible for such a task is not likely to survive the experience. Superman volunteers to pilot the ship that will deploy the force fields.
While the others discuss the situation amongst themselves, Ferro sneaks aboard Dusk's craft, and takes off. He refuses to allow someone as important as Superman to sacrifice himself.
Parallax arrives and offers to help. With the exception of Batman, most of the other heroes are happy to see him. Batman still remembers Parallax as the self-appointed god who attempted to recreate the universe.
Parallax flies out toward the sun and pulls Ferro away from the edge of the sun's corona before it has a chance to kill him. Generating a wave of green energy, he sends Ferro back home. Parallax then turns his attention on the sun. While chanting the oath of the Green Lantern Corps, Hal flies into the center of the sun, destroying the Sun-Eater. He releases all of his vast power to reignite the sun, but at the cost of his own life. Earth is safe once again.
Appearing in "The Final Knight"
- Captain Marvel
- Flash (Wally West)
- Green Lantern
- Lex Luthor
- Parallax (Hal Jordan) (Apparent Death)
- Wonder Woman
- Legion of Super-Heroes
- Sun-Eater (Dies)
- Aquaman (Cover only)
- Big Barda (Cover only)
- Black Canary (Dinah Laurel Lance) (Cover only)
- Doctor Light (Kimiyo Hoshi) (Cover only)
- Green Arrow (Connor Hawke) (Cover only)
- Impulse (Cover only)
- Martian Manhunter (Cover only)
- Mister Miracle (Cover only)
- Superboy (Cover only)
- The Final Night was shipped on a weekly publishing schedule.
- This issue is reprinted in the The Final Night trade paperback.
- The events from this issue take place after Parallax: Emerald Night #1.
- This issue is the last official appearance of Hal Jordan as Parallax. He appears next as a spirit in Day of Judgment #2. By issue #5 of the series, he will become the new host for the Spectre.
- It takes Superman several weeks before his Kryptonian powers fully return to normal.
- A number of characters that are depicted on the cover do not appear with in the story itself. These include:
- The tagline for this issue is "Week Four: Emerald Dawn". Emerald Dawn was also the name of two Green Lantern limited series published in 1989 and 1991. They were titled respectively, Green Lantern: Emerald Dawn and Green Lantern: Emerald Dawn II.
- This issue includes a S.T.A.R. Labs Earthwatch Web page and timeline.
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The Final Night Crossover