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Friday, January 8, 2021

The Final Night (Superhero)


by Karl Kesel, Ron Marz, Stuart Immonen (Illustrator), Mike McKone (Illustrator)

Publisher : DC Comics (March 1, 1998)

Softcover, 144 pages

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This was one of those major events which ran rampant throughout DC and Marvel. Every year it seemed some new event swept across all the various series, meaning that at least one - if not two - issues of your favorite comic was interrupted by some overarching plot which you may or (more likely) may not care about. The collection of The Final Night series contains only the original series without the cross-over issues. As such the focus from issue to issue is a little haphazard, shifting this way than that

Unlike other crossover events published by DC, the conflict of The Final Night did not revolve around a conventional villain. It was primarily a story of survival that focused on the main characters performing disaster response, while attempting to prevent impending mass extinction of all life on Earth. At the end of each issue was an in-story website feature written by S.T.A.R. Labs, giving information updates and emergency support to residents of the DC Universe as the crisis progressed.

There is quite a lot of background needed to understand this book. Superman's enemies destroyed his home city, driving Hal insane and causing him to destroy the Green Lantern Corps, giving up his role as Green Lantern and becoming the nigh-omnipotent Parallax in the process. In a few years, Hal went from being an iconic hero to a murderous villain.  Hal Jordan, the Silver Age Green Lantern, suddenly went nuts and destroyed the Green Lantern Corps and seemingly half the universe in Emerald Twilight. Jordan turned up as the master villain behind Extant in Zero Hour. With Final Night, this cycle comes to a merciful close.

Basically this book was the attempt to redeem Hal Jordan while giving him a swan song. The plot is weird but basically revolves around an old Legion of Super-Heroes villain called the Sun Eater coming to devour Earth’s sun. The world is saved in the end, of course, and by an unlikely hero.

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