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  • What could have been... the ORIGINAL Emerald Twilight

    I just found this info online, and I did some checking, and its all seems legit. There used to be more info on it, aparently, including 2 full comic scripts for GL #48 and #49, but they have since been removed by request of DC comics, themselves. So... have you ever wondered what Green Lantern would be like if the now well known story of Hal becoming Parallax had never happened?


    It's no secret that "Emerald Twilight" (the story arc that destroyed the Corps and turned Hal Jordan into Parallax) was planned at the last minute. Gerard Jones himself has said on numerous occasions that something entirely different was set to run in GREEN LANTERN #48, #49, and #50. It was, unfortunately, deemed by Kevin Dooley too uninteresting to grab new readers. Mike Carlin, Paul Levitz, Archie Goodwin, and Dennis O'Neil were then assigned to plot "Emerald Twilight", which was eventually scripted by Ron Marz.

    The decision to run "Emerald Twilight" was so sudden, in fact, that the original plans for GREEN LANTERN #48 and #49 had already been solicited by many preview magazines used by retailors (which are released about three months before the issues they solicite). DC even ran advertisements in some of its other titles for the storyline, such as the one to the right, taken from DARKSTARS #15.

    PREVIEWS Vol. III #8 (Aug 1993), solicited GREEN LANTERN #48 like this:

    "Superman and the Justice League gather by Green Lantern's side as Hal confronts the horror of the destruction of Coast City. Meanwhile on Oa, the Guardians of the Universe find themselves fighting a lethal battle against...the Guardians of the Universe?"

    Also, the November 1993 COMICS SCOREBOARD, said this:

    "Green Lantern is caught up in a battle raging between two equally powerful groups of the Guardians of the Universe. Hal's side loses, and the winners' first act is to take away the power rings' 24-hour time limit, and their yellow impurity. Their second act is to appoint a new leader of the Green Lantern Corps---Sinestro. This issue leads directly into the landmark GREEN LANTERN #50, a major turning point for the series."

    Now tell me, does an all-out war between several hundred Green Lanterns sound uninteresting to you? By the next issue of COMICS SCOREBOARD, GREEN LANTERN #48 was resolicited as part one of "Emerald Twilight".


    What follows is a Plot Outline of the story that never was by the writer, himself, Gerard Jones.

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    Green Lantern v3 #48-54

    The destruction of Coast City and his breakup with Carol make Hal realize that he can't find the roots he wants on earth. He's inspired by the memories of the dead, especially his father, to become a better hero; he decides he must affirm himself first and foremost as a Green Lantern, finding his community in the Corps.

    But when he goes to Oa for the big swearing-in ceremony of all the new GLs, a new group of Guardians appears, claiming to be the true Guardians. These "New" Guardians claim that the "Old" Guardians are impostors who plan to use the GL Corps to reduce the universe to chaos. The Old group counters that the New ones are impostors who plan to use the GLs to subject the universe to tyranny in the name of "order."

    Adding credence to the New Guardians' claim--and raising the stakes--are the Zamarons, convinced that they are their husbands. The Zams are about to give birth to the ultimate Cosmic Children, whose power will be such that whoever controls them can control the cosmos. The fate of the universe--chaos or tyranny--hinges on whichever set of Guardians can win over the GL Corps and gain control of the Children.

    Hal--who knows the Guardians as no other GLs do, having seen the Old Timer at his most human and vulnerable, and having gone through his conflict with them and his "act of faith" in GL 35--knows in his gut that the New Guardians are the impostors. But the weight of evidence is against him and he can't convince the other GLs (the "Twelve Angry Men" dynamic).

    Hal has a choice: break with the GL Corps, now his only hope for community and belonging; or collide with something he feels will reduce the universe to tyranny.

    Hal chooses the former. He enters the battery to increase his power, fights the Corps and takes the Old Guardians into hiding as he seeks a way to convince his fellow GLs or beat the New Guardians. The stakes for Hal are high: if he's RIGHT about the New Guardians, but they WIN, then the universe is doomed. If he's WRONG in his gut-feeling and HE wins, then HE'S doomed the universe. If he's WRONG and he LOSES, then the universe is okay but Hal is ostracized from the only group that means anything to him. The pressure is on him not only to win, but to be damn sure he's right.

    The New Guardians announce their new leader of the GL Corps: Sinestro, renowned for his devotion to order before he broke with the GL Corps. He whips the Corps into a paramilitary group and starts a program of "good" but ruthless acts: like destroying the Khund homeworld.

    Hal sends his only ally, Star Sapphire, to appeal to her fellow Zamarons. She learns some things about the way the New Guardians convinced them of their legitimacy that suggest to Hal that the power behind the New Guardians is ENTROPY.

    Hal contacts the confused but sympathetic Arisia, trying to argue his point with other GLs through her. But Sinestro has them all wowed or cowed...and when Kilowog throws in with Sinestro and his tough new approach, Hal feels like his struggle to win over the Corps is becoming hopeless.

    Hal returns to the Coast City monument, to commune with the memory of his father, whose grave was destroyed along with the city. But the Hunter GLs--revived by Sinestro to police the Corps' internal affairs--catch him there. He escapes for the moment, but they've destroyed his ring. His low-point gets lower than ever...

    But the inspiration of Hal's dad makes him want to find a way to keep fighting, and he discovers that he has power within him. His trip into the battery enabled him to internalize his power, but he couldn't realize that as long as he felt he needed his ring, and the Corps.

    Hal fights back, knowing he may have to fight alone to his death, and defeats the Hunters. Sinestro reacts to this by getting even tougher with the Corps and speeding up his acts of "purification," and some GLs begin to wonder if Hal was right.

    The Zamarons, meanwhile, are about to give birth, which would give the New Guardians the power they need to take control of the universe no matter what Hal does. The clock is ticking faster and faster.

    Star Sapphire, acting under Hal's instructions, learns enough about the New Guardians through the Zamarons to start forcing Entropy to show his hand.

    Hal gathers DC earth-heroes to join him against the Corps.
    When Sinestro tries to send the whole Corps against Hal and his allies, Arisia rediscovers her nerve and fights back against him. Other disaffected GLs join her--but not enough to stop the rest. Arisia's splinter group flees into space, is nearly caught and destroyed by Sinestro's group...but are saved at the last moment by Hal.

    Hal now leads his rag-tag band of heroes and rebel GLs against Sinestro on Oa. But Entropy, through the New Guardians, throws him a curve: they reveal to Hal that his father didn't die by accident; his death was arranged by the Old Guardians, who saw the potential for a great GL in Hal but foresaw that he would need a trauma to make him the fearless man he could be. At the moment before the final conflict, Hal is shaken to the core: can he fight to defend the beings who killed his father?

    Hal realizes that his private grief and rage means nothing against the fate of the universe. He fights for the old Guardians despite what they did. The babies are about to be born. The New Guardians capture Sapphire and are about to kill her. The battle begins. Hal goes head to head with Kilowog, the most painful battle of either of their lives. In the heat of conflict, though, Sinestro begins to reveal his true, wretched self. Hal tricks him into showing his true colors. Kilowog realizes he's been suckered. Enraged, he joins Hal's side.

    Sinestro's support collapses. The New Guardians dissolve, revealing themselves as mere manifestations of Entropy, and Entropy throws himself personally into the fray. His goal all along has been to reduce the universe to lifeless entropy by robbing it of its life, its ability to change. Too much order (Sinestro) is essentially equal to too much chaos (Entropy). The Old Guardians represent the right way, the way of Life. Now he's about to seize the Children as they're born...

    The Old Guardians show up--thanks to Hal's power--and tip the battle. They snatch the babies from Entropy at the last moment. The GLs turn on him. He's destroyed.

    All seems well. Deceived GLs are forgiven. The Guardians send the Corps off to do its thing while they tend to the Children who will become the greatest powers in the universe. But all isn't well with Hal. He fought for the Guardians, because it was right, but he can't go on serving the cosmic manipulators who killed his father. They say they don't do things like that anymore, but it's too late. Hal has his own internal power now, and he's learned that he fights best alone. He won't be manipulated again. And so he goes off to become The Protector.

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    There is also this small image, which is aparently an original sketch from the issues that never were.




    I have yet to decide whetehr or not this information will go on our website, but there is a chance that it will go in a lost issues section in Volume 3's comic listings. I just thought you would all enjoy this information, though, I know I did. Kind of an interesting glimpse into what could've been.
    Parrylakks
    Neko Samurai
    Last edited by Parrylakks; 06-26-2007, 07:44 PM.
    Do good. Be well. Make happy.

  • #2
    Ehhh, sounds like that would have just been a smoke and mirrors story, with things returning to norm after a few issues. Better the bold approach that was taken with Marz' take on things.

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    • #3
      I agree, I love the story of Parallax (obviously) from madness to death. Still its interesting to see stuff like this. Its all that wonder created when thinking about it, that is most enjoyable.

      The story sounds kinda goofy, but does present some really interesting aspects. It was also during a time in DC history where things rarely returned to normal, even when Superman came back, he was fairly different, in look as well as attitude. I also find it interesting, that alot of the aspects of the story remained for the story that actually took place. The story was entirely different, but a lot of the concepts and occurances still happened.
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      • #4
        Whoever came up with Emerald Twilight should be drug into the street and shot.

        This is all.

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        • #5
          I'm sure it was Denny O'Neil who came up with the idea to make Hal Jordan insane. O'Neil always had something against Hal.

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          • #6
            Whoever had the idea, it was Marz who wrote the issues.
            He later went on to write Ion, which apparently was viewed as a mistake already.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Parrylakks View Post
              Whoever had the idea, it was Marz who wrote the issues.
              He later went on to write Ion, which apparently was viewed as a mistake already.
              It matters to me whose idea it was. Marz was just the hired hitman. Everything he wrote for Emerald Twilight was basically dictated by that fat bastard O'Neil and his cronies. I hate Denny O'Neil with a passion.

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              • #8
                I really dont know why every one hated the Ion maxi so much ??? I enjoyed it and if they used anything from it then it would be good
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by GLJIMT View Post
                  I really dont know why every one hated the Ion maxi so much ??? I enjoyed it and if they used anything from it then it would be good
                  I think the biggest problem with the Ion series was it didn't go anywhere. It was a year long build up to nothing. I kept waiting for some big revelation or twist. I still couldn't really tell you what the main plot was. Did it even have one?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by 5-ball View Post
                    I think the biggest problem with the Ion series was it didn't go anywhere. It was a year long build up to nothing. I kept waiting for some big revelation or twist. I still couldn't really tell you what the main plot was. Did it even have one?
                    Sadly, I agree. I'm the hugest Kyle fan, and I kept waiting, keeping the faith that -- in the end -- there would be some kind of huge climax and revelations that would shake the foundation of the character and just own our asses. There really wasn't... his mom dies and he tangles with Grayven (who he's already beaten when he was just a regular GL... now with god-like powers of Ion he fights him again and we're supposed to care?). Nevertheless, it set a sound enough stage to launch an ongoing series...

                    And Ranger's probably quite right about O'Neil. He's always said that Jordan is someone you write around, not for (Johns' run thus far only supports this, IMHO).

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                    • #11
                      Jordan can be written for, you just need to know the character, which most writers apparently don't, it would seem. As for Ion, I wish they would've made an ongoing series. It was good enough, but leave it to DC to abandon any good ideas in order to retcon something back to more familiar territory. Its almost like DC is afraid of change... perhaps all their failed experiments with Superman have made them overly paranoid?
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Andrew NDB View Post
                        Ehhh, sounds like that would have just been a smoke and mirrors story, with things returning to norm after a few issues. Better the bold approach that was taken with Marz' take on things.
                        Well, given that either one would have ended up with Hal out of the Corps, and presumably with a new GL, that doesn't seem like status quo to me.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Parrylakks View Post
                          Jordan can be written for, you just need to know the character, which most writers apparently don't, it would seem. As for Ion, I wish they would've made an ongoing series. It was good enough, but leave it to DC to abandon any good ideas in order to retcon something back to more familiar territory. Its almost like DC is afraid of change... perhaps all their failed experiments with Superman have made them overly paranoid?
                          Superman is too well known to change I mean Electric shock Superman who thought that was ever a good Idea

                          Oh and the big Own our asses thing is in the Sin Corps

                          I also thought that the splash of pure white with Kyle holding his mom was one of the best panels I have ever seen It was so pure really conveyed the emotion of Kyle feeling small and helpless even though he is nearly a God
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                          • #14
                            Electric Superman was the worst move in DC history, and that is saying alot... and I still think that is what makes the DC writers and editors wary of new things. I mean, what else has failed that miserably?
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Parrylakks View Post
                              Electric Superman was the worst move in DC history, and that is saying alot... and I still think that is what makes the DC writers and editors wary of new things. I mean, what else has failed that miserably?
                              Did it really fail, though? It was never supposed to be a permanent thing, just provide a temporary boost, which it did.

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