Thursday, April 9, 2009

Green Lantern #81 (12/1996)

For those coming in late, Coast City, home of the Green Lantern Hal Jordan, was destroyed by Mongul and the Cyborg Superman Hank Henshaw. After apprehending Mongul, Jordan appeared to go mad, slaughtered the Green Lantern Corps, and became the villainous Parallax. After a variety of cosmic mischief, Jordan gave his life to reignite the sun during Final Night.

The Manhunter from Mars sat next to Aquaman at the service, with the rest of the third row pew empty, except for Wonder Woman at the far end. Why the pair were so isolated was not explained. Superman and his family were seated in the next row up, while Flash's fellow speedsters were a row back. From there, seats were filled by intermingled Justice League teams and random heroes, including the Task Force. Speakers at the service included Superman, Guy Gardner, John Stewart, Black Canary, Flash (Wally West), Carol Ferris and Green Lantern Kyle Rayner.

Later, outdoors, Green Lantern Alan Scott offered some words and an emerald eternal flame on the Coast City Memorial. Swamp Thing reintroduced vegetation to the desolate land. Martian Manhunter joined other heroes in flying over the new Eden. J'Onn J'Onzz landed to get a look at the Hal Jordan statue created by Kyle Rayner, but only from the furthest reaches of the crowd.

"Funeral For A Hero" was by Ron Marz, Darryl Banks and Romeo Tanghal.

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