Thursday, January 5, 2012

Grandmother J'onzz

On the grandmother of J'onn J'onzz:

"When he was a boy on Mars, his grandmother told him tales of H'ronmeer, the God of Death... and Fire. How Grandmother's stories thrilled and terrified him! How often he imagined glimpsing H'ronmeer himself, a shadow among shadows, dancing through the warm Martian nights!

Grandmother, so many years gone, so long unremembered, fills his thoughts now. He weeps for her. For a moment, as the flames draw in closer, as the heat drains his strength, he thinks he hears her, calling him. He rises and calls out in answer. But Grandmother isn't there.

'I took her long ago, J'Onn J'Onzz,' a voice whispers. 'Just as I must now take you.' It is the voice of childhood fancy; nightmare and delight. It is the voice of Mars. The voice of fire.


'Are you ready, J'Onn J'Onzz-- to leave this world of strangers? She's waiting. Will you come?'


First Appearance: Justice League of America #256 (November, 1986)

Created by J. M. DeMatteis & Luke McDonnell

Note: The above image was most likely intended to be a H'ronmeer prototype. Since this in no way resembled the version later established by Mark Badger, and J'onzz's grandmother was being referenced, I co-opted it.


LissBirds said...

I don't remember ever reading an appearance of grandmother J'onzz...! Do they mention other family in JLA #256 or just her?

Diabolu Frank said...

By my recollection, just her. I'm reading the 1988 mini-series now, and they dropped some bombs about J'Onn's parents that the reboot immediately reversed.