Green Lantern: TAS – Season Two Preview by Jerry Whitworth
At San Diego Comic-Con 2012, the second season of Green Lantern: The Animated Series was previewed introducing us to what can be assumed the primary antagonist of the season, namely the Anti-Monitor and the Manhunters. What maybe surprising about the preview is the lack of any non-GL power ring wielders as the first season focused on the emergence of the Red Lantern, Star Sapphire, and Blue Lantern Corps (with some thinly-veiled allusions to the Sinestro Corps). Essentially, the appearance of Sinestro, Larfleeze, and the Indigo Tribe was all that was needed to open up the War of Lights which would’ve been the logical direction for the show. However, as commented in <a href=”http://comicartcommunity.com/2012/06/review-green-lantern-tas-season-one/”>my review for the first season</a>, taking a step back from the various Corps could be a welcomed development as the program began boiling down to which Corp the Lanterns were dealing with for that week’s episode which performs a disservice for the larger rogues gallery of the character. It’s my hope with the introduction of Guy Gardner and a subplot about the threats to Earth we can see some of Green Lantern’s other foes like Sonar, Dr. Polaris, Goldface, Black Hand, or Shark (or even another galactic threat like Evil Star or Myrwhydden).
An unnamed large humanoid is introduced in the preview entering the space above Biot (the Manhunters’ homeworld) that unleashed an anti-matter wave reactivating the Manhunters. Sharing a similar appearance to the Anti-Monitor, the comment about wielding an anti-matter wave largely confirms this individual as being the antagonist of the Crisis on Infinite Earths. Introduced in the aforementioned series, the Anti-Monitor was created when Oan Krona builds a machine to observe the birth of the universe (an act forbidden by his people), inadvertently changing the make-up of the universe generating a multiverse and anti-matter universe (it was this act that inspired the Oans to become the Guardians of the Universe). The Monitor came into being to observe the burgeoning multiverse while his counterpart Anti-Monitor was born for the anti-matter universe. However, while the Monitor avoided becoming involved with the happenings of his realm, the Anti-Monitor conquered his universe and sought to do the same with the multiverse. Their battle led to both becoming inert for many years, re-emerging in modern times.
The anti-matter universe, specifically its central world Qward, became the Guardians’ nemesis in time, its Weaponers and Thunderers rivaling the might of the Green Lantern Corps. When the renegade Green Lantern Sinestro was exiled to Qward, he struck a bargain therein to obtain a yellow power ring and become another great thorn in the Corps’ side. The Anti-Monitor would re-emerge and stage an assault on the multiverse, consuming multiple universes before his defeat in the pages of Crisis on Infinite Earths (though, while defeated, only a single universe remained). The Anti-Monitor would return again alongside Cyborg Superman and Superboy-Prime to form the Guardians of the Sinestro Corps for the Sinestro Corps War culminating in a battle on Earth between the Green Lantern and Sinestro Corps (the Anti-Monitor’s defeat leading him to become fuel for the power battery of the Black Lantern Corps for Blackest Night). Anti-Monitor would escape, battle Nekron, and become exiled again to the anti-matter universe.
After Krona broke the Oan taboo of observing the birth of the universe, his brethren became the Guardians of the Universe to pay for his crime to creation. Their first attempt to help fix the chaos wrought by Krona was assembling an army of androids called the Manhunters. However, the Manhunters’ lack of emotions made them harsh officers of order leading to wiping out most of the beings in sector 666 (giving rise to the Five Inversions and their Empire of Tears and the Red Lantern Corps) and trying to usurp their Guardian masters (later, it was revealed these events were engineered by Krona). Largely wiped out, the Manhunters hid on various worlds occasionally returning to menace the Guardians (who went on to initiate other officers in the Hallas before settling on the Green Lantern Corps). The army of androids wouldn’t rise to the threat they posed again until coming under the rule of Cyborg Superman, who upgraded them into significantly more dangerous weapons equipped with power batteries able to drain the charge of power rings, with Biot acting as their base of operations. The Cyborg even developed Manhunters able to destroy planets using Green Lantern Corpsmen as living batteries, employing lost Lanterns thought killed by Hal Jordan when he was under the influence of Parallax. Cyborg Superman would align with the Sinestro Corps, the Manhunters acting as mobile, fighting power batteries for members to recharge their power rings. The Cyborg would nearly be destroyed, reduced to only a head, but was revived by his Manhunters (and later captured by the Guardians leaving the Manhunters without their master). The Manhunters of the preview (and described in the first season) largely resemble the story of their printed counterparts, with the change that they are brought back on-line by the Anti-Monitor on Biot.
When Hal Jordan was selected to be a Green Lantern, there were other people on Earth who qualified for the role but were further away. One such candidate was Guy Gardner, a teacher for children with disabilities, who Jordan befriended and selected as an alternative Lantern for Earth should he become indisposed elsewhere (or to help Jordan with the growing threats popping up on Earth). On one occasion in which Gardner acted as Green Lantern, he recharged his power ring with Jordan’s power battery that was damaged by the villainous Crumbler, exploding in his face and casting his spirit in to the Phantom Zone. Believed dead, Jordan began comforting Gardner’s fiance Kari Limbo, eventually falling in love and seeking her hand in marriage. The while, Gardner was tortured by General Zod and the prisoners of the Zone as he watched Jordan replace him in the arms of his love. Kari, a psychic, finally heard Guy’s pleas from the Zone before she married Jordan, sending the Green Lantern to search and rescue his friend from there. Brain damaged and comatose, Gardner was hospitalized until summoned and healed by the Guardians of the Universe to assemble Earth’s super-villains in an assault on the Anti-Monitor’s base during the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths. This Guy Gardner was drastically different from before going into the Phantom Zone replaced with a bitter, arrogant, juvenile, violent, and erratic fool. Gardner continued down this path, toned down eventually when with his girlfriend Ice (a heroine Guy met and fell in love with on the Justice League who later died saving the world), until losing his power ring and left without the great power it brought. Becoming a world adventurer, Gardner matured into a dependable, forthright hero, eventually regaining a power ring and rejoining the Corps, becoming first in its Honor Guard. In the preview, Guy Gardner was assigned as Green Lantern of Earth in Hal Jordan’s absence and has the personality of the post-Phantom Zone era while having never met Jordan. He is voiced by Diedrich Bader (Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Zeta Project, The Batman).
Green Lantern of the planet H’lven, Ch’p is one of the most recognized members of the entire Corps, serving in the same training class of Hal Jordan, and is the nemesis of Dr. Ub’x (whose creation the Sucker Stick is a tool that rivals, perhaps exceeds, the power ring). Following the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths, Ch’p discovers his timeline was written out of his homeworld prompting him to join an assemblage of Green Lanterns on Earth along with his best friend and fellow Lantern Salakk. Ch’p would later die a rather meaningless death before John Stewart, an image that has often haunted the hero. In the preview, Ch’p is shown as a trainee under Kilowog who battles Hal Jordan as part of a bet where he thoroughly lays out the elder Lantern with ease.
Serving on the Green Lantern Corps Honor Guard alongside Apros and K’ryssma, Tomar-Re is one of the most recognized Lanterns in the history of the Corps. Perhaps his most well known adventure was early in his career when he attempted to stop the explosion of Krypton, a planet in his sector, instead only slowing it long enough for Kal-El and Kara Zor-El to escape. Heralding from the planet Xudar, Tomar-Re was close friends with Abin Sur and the first Green Lantern Hal Jordan met after joining the Corps (becoming his closest confidant and mentor during his training period). Tomar had retired only to return to duty for the Crisis on Infinite Earths where he died at the hands of Goldface during the conflict. He passed his ring on to John Stewart to act as his replacement in the Corps. Later, his son Tomar-Tu would join the Corps.
To see the preview: http://comiccon.thewb.com/2012/green-lantern-comic-con/