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Abandoned Love: How Did Hal Jordan ORIGINALLY Take the Destruction of Coast City?

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Every installment of Abandoned Love we will be examining comic book stories, plots and ideas that were abandoned by a later writer while still acknowledging that the abandoned story DID still happen. Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of Abandoned Love. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

This time around, we look at how Hal Jordan’s position on the destruction of Coast City changed abruptly when he got a new writer on his title. NOTE: This is part 1 of a two-part sort of crossover, as Abandoned an’ Forsaked tomorrow will deal with the retcon of this storyline! But for today, we’re dealing just with how Hal went from being over the destruction of Coast City to, well, becoming the opposite of “over it”…

In 1993’s Superman #80 by Dan Jurgens and Brett Breeding there as a dramatic turn of events. The Cyborg “Replacement Superman” is revealed to be a bad guy when he and another one of the “Replacement Supermen,” the Eradiactor, visit Coast City (original home base of Hal Jordan when he first became Green Lantern) ostensibly to stop the evil Mongul from attacking it. Instead, we learn that the Cyborg Superman is working WITH Mongul!




Green Lantern tied in with this Superman storyline beginning with Green Lantern #46 (by Gerry Jones, MD Bright and Romeo Tanghal), where Hal Jordan shows up at Coast City looking for revenge for his dead friends (at this point in time he believes the love of his life, Carol Ferris, is among the people killed by Mongul)…



He gets his revenge on Mongul later in the issue…



At the end of the issue, after the bad guys are defeated (events mostly told in the pages of Superman #83), Hal reflects on what he has lost…



Seems pretty adjusted, no?

The next issue was Gerry Jones’ last issue as writer (he had written this entire volume to this point). He was originally going to continue on the series, but interestingly enough #47 (drawn by a young Scott Kolins and Romeo Tanghal) reads as a wrap up of Jones’ run since even if Jones had stayed on the book, he planned to dramatically shake up the title as well, including introducing a brand-new Green Lantern to star in the book. Jones, though, was just not going to have Hal Jordan go nuts. Here is how Jones left things with Hal and Carol and Green Arrow and Hal’s other ex-girlfriend, Olivia Reynolds…


A hopeful end for Hal, no?

Well, DC decided that Jones’ plan to have Hal Jordan break from the Green Lantern Corps was not dramatic enough (for more details of Jones’ original plan, check out this old edition of Comic Book Legends Revealed) so even though they had already solicited the first two parts of Jones’ version of Emerald Twilight, they decided to redo the storyline and hire an entirely new writer and start over. So they hired Ron Marz and paired him with a couple of fill-in artists for #48 and #49.

In Marz’s first issue, Hal has lost it and is actually trying to recreate Coast City using his ring…



And when the ring charge runs out…




So basically Hal has snapped. He then proceeds to destroy the Green Lantern Corps over the next two issues, including actively killing his close friend, Kilowog. A pretty dramatic abandonment of Jones’ final issue. But then again, this is obviously one of the most famous examples of an abandoned storyline ever.

If YOU have a suggestion for an abandoned storyline, drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com.

Come back tomorrow to see the second part of this look at Hal Jordan’s descent into madness as we see how later writers retconned Hal’s behavior during Emerald Twilight (so hold off on discussing the retcons until tomorrow)!