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Quote1 Dark things cannot stand the light, and I've always been a creature of the dark. It took a lot to let go, to accept that I would never be a beacon of light like my father or sister. I would be something else. It took even more to accept who I was, and how much of my true self I had tied to the darkness I was trying to suppress. Quote2
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Todd Rice is a Justice Society of America and Infinity, Inc. member known as Obsidian.

Origins

Todd was adopted as a young child by an abusive family and grew up troubled. Later, alongside his sister Jennie-Lynn, they became founding members of Infinity Inc. Unbeknownst to them both, they were the children of Alan Scott, the golden age Green Lantern.

Todd frequently struggled with mental illness, and at one point while off of his medication attempted to 'cloak the world in darkness.[4]

Doomsday Clock

Todd Rice was supposed to exist on Prime Earth but his existence was erased after Doctor Manhattan prevented Alan Scott from becoming the Green Lantern and, as a consequence, his death prevented the creation of the Justice Society of America and Todd's birth.[5]

Later, Doctor Manhattan undid his actions and allowed Alan Scott to become once again the Green Lantern and form the Justice Society. Todd Rice was brought back to life and, as the superhero known as Obsidian, was part of the Justice Society that helped Superman defeat the metahumans who were ravaging Washington, D.C..[6]

Infinite Frontier

When Alan was called to be the sentinel overlooking the Totality of their world, he decided to have a frank conversation with his twin children before he left. Having remained closeted for much of his life and inspired by his own son's openess, Alan came out as gay to his children. Todd and Jennie-Lynn accepted their father's truth, supporting him unconditionally.[2]

Immediately after he reached his sister on the roof where they received an alert but Jade could not remember what it signaled as she was struggling to remember parts of her life after her return. They traveled through the Shadowlands to a mountain region where they heard music and saw that a man was about to commit suicide by walking off a cliff, Todd saved him and noticed that he was hypnotized by the music. He and Jade followed the music to the source and found there Chroma, an old enemy. Chroma had promised not to come to Earth for another million years but due to the fact that the universe had been recently remade he wanted to sing the newly remade planet to oblivion. Jade prepared herself to attack them but Todd avoided the battle by teleporting everyone to the Shadowlands, where Chroma decided to sing about for a period between twenty minutes and fifteen million years. They returned to Earth where Jade confided in him her fears and doubts but Todd conforted her and helped her to regain confidence in herself.[4]

Powers

Weaknesses

  • Schizophrenia: Todd displayed many symptoms of schizophrenia, but he takes anti-psychotic drugs to prevent outbursts.[4]


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