"Beware My Power!": As Green Lantern charges his ring, an earthquake hits Coast City. He investigates, saving lives, including that of his friend Guy Gardner who is injured after being hit by a bus. Hal worries tha
- Man, that's pretty corny... except for the part that says, "Beware my power!" Mmm-hmm... I do dig those words!
- -- John Stewart, on the Green Lantern Oath
Appearing in "Beware My Power!"
- Green Lantern (John Stewart) (First appearance)
- Jeremiah Clutcher (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "Beware My Power!"
As Green Lantern charges his ring, an earthquake hits Coast City. He investigates, saving lives, including that of his friend Guy Gardner who is injured after being hit by a bus. Hal worries that with Guy out of commission, there will be no one to replace him if something goes wrong. Suddenly, the image of one of the Guardians of the Universe appears, stating that there must be an alternate replacement selected.
The Guardians lead Green Lantern to a ghetto where John Stewart is standing up to a police officer. Hal has his doubts about Stewart, but the Guardian is insistent. After Hal explains the job, John Stewart accepts, joking that he will need to be called the "Black Lantern". Hal teaches John the Oath, and gives John a ring. Hal creates a Green Lantern uniform for John, but John refuses to wear the domino mask; he tosses it aside, saying "This black man lets it all hang out! I've got nothing to hide!"
Together, the Lanterns deal with a protest against a racist senator, but John seems ambivalent. Hal assigns John to protect the senator, to teach him a lesson, but when a would-be assassin attacks the senator, John refuses to act, and Hal is forced to chase the assassin down by himself. Despite his earlier inaction, John thwarts a gunman from killing a nearby policeman.
When Hal returns to chastise John Stewart, John reveals that he had seen both gunmen earlier, and allowed the assassin to escape because he knew the gun contained blanks. Both shootings were part of a ploy to make it seem as though black men were on a rampage, and the senator was a hero. Afterwards, Hal admits that he's not a fan of John's style, to which the other replies that style is no more important than the color of one's skin.
Appearing in "What Can One Man Do?"
Synopsis for "What Can One Man Do?"
Star City Mayor Jack Major decides not to run for re-election, prompting his staff to search for a suitable replacement, and Oliver Queen's name comes up. Meanwhile, Oliver is struggling with feelings of uselessness, and wonders whether his alter-ego of Green Arrow is worth keeping up.
When the Mayor's representatives present their offer to Oliver, he calls up his Justice League friends for advice, but they are all discouraging. He resigns himself to being Green Arrow, and heads to Dinah Lance's place across town.
On his way, Oliver comes across an angry mob, and as he wades through it, he watches as a young black boy is shot in the back before his eyes. He carries the boy to one of the many ambulances waiting on the periphery, which rushes the boy to the hospital, but unfortunately the youngster dies in the operating room. A devastated Green Arrow walks away into the night.
Later, Oliver visits Dinah, where he reveals that his experiences dealing with the riot have inspired him to run for mayor.
Appearing in "Earth's First Green Lantern!"
- Abin Sur (Flashback only)
- Ungara (First appearance) (Flashback only)
- Athmoora (Flashback only)
- Pendara (Flashback only)
- Orlana (Flashback only)
- Abin Sur's Starship (Flashback only)
Synopsis for "Earth's First Green Lantern!"
This story is reprinted from Green Lantern (Volume 2) #16.
As Hal recharges his ring and changes back into his civilian guise, Pieface has some questions regarding about the Green Lantern that he succeeded: Abin Sur. Like why he never wore a mask and why he flew in a spaceship when Hal found him instead of using his power ring to fly like the other Green Lanterns. Hal tells Pieface that shortly after he became the Green Lantern, he asked his power ring the same questions, and it recounted Abin Sur's last adventure prior to crashing on Earth:
Abin Sur was inspecting the planet Athmoora which has been perpetually stuck in a neo-medieval stage instead of being in an atomic age. Probing one of the inhabitants' minds he learns that the energy beings known as the Larifars have stunted their progress by robbing them of their intelligence.
Abin then traveled to the Larifar home planet and imprisoned the entire race, except for Balzona, who was on another planet waiting for his fellows to arrive and drain the intelligence of another planet. When Balzona learns of his races fate, he goes after Abin Sur and terrorizes his home planet. Abin agrees to free the other Larifars, however convinces Balzona that his power ring wouldn't have the power to bring them to that location in time. Boarding a shuttle, Abin Sur uses the long space flight to trick Balzona is distracted by flying near Sirus's green radiation belt, Abin Sur is able to recharge his power ring without Balzona noticing. Abin then uses his power ring to imprison Balzona and send him to join his fellow Larifars. During the flight home however, Abin was struck by a yellow radiation belt negating his power ring long enough to be unable to prevent his shuttle from crashing on Earth -- and his destined meeting with Hal Jordan.
Finishing his story, Hal gives Pieface the title in which he'll call the story once he writes it down in his case book "Earth's First Green Lantern."
- First appearance of John Stewart. He appears next in Justice League of America #110.
- Guy Gardner appeared last in Green Lantern (Volume 2) #59, this is his second appearance. He appears next in Green Lantern (Volume 2) #116.
- "Beware My Power" is reprinted in:
- "What Can One Man Do?" is reprinted in:
- In "Beware My Power", John Stewart stops an out-of-control fuel truck from ploughing into a crowd at the airport. The truck is shown to bear the name SOES, which is an obvious anagram of ESSO — the international tradename of ExxonMobil, the American multinational oil and gas corporation.
- The sequence in "What Can One Man Do?" involving the death in hospital of the young black boy shot during the riot, and the deeply-saddened Green Arrow walking away through the darkened streets, is accompanied by part of A Farewell to Arms, the 1929 semi-autobiographical novel by Ernest Hemingway.
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