Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!
Today we look at the first Alan Moore moment on this list – it’s courtesy of one of his awesome Green Lantern stories.
In Tales of the Green Lantern Corps Annual #2, Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill produced an eerily effective look at the career of Hal Jordan’s predecessor as Green Lantern – Abin Sur. Moore came up with a chilling explanation for a seemingly odd aspect of Abin Sur’s death – why, as a Green Lantern who could travel the world just on ring power, was Abin Sur flying in a spaceship when he crash landed on Earth?
Moore explains it with a visit by Sur to Ysmault, a prison planet for an ancient race of demons, the Empire of Tears.
Abin Sur asks the demons three questions, and after the first one turned out well enough (the whereabouts of a ship that crash landed on the planet), Sur was pushed to ask another question, and it was here that the demons “got” him (click on all of these pages to enlarge).
Abin Sur asks about any current danger he might be in, and the demons tell him that he would die from his ring running out of power.
While Sur claims not to believe them, we see almost instantly that he does take them seriously, and right there, they “win” – it’s just a matter of time.
Finally, it leads to the cool comic book moment of the day, where we see how the answer, years later, led to Abin Sur’s death, just as the demons planned all along.
Pretty damn awesome.