Abandoned Love - Remember When Hal Jordan Was Totally Okay With Coast City's Destruction?

Every installment of Abandoned Love we will be examining comic book stories, plots and ideas that were abandoned by a later writer without retconnng away the previous story. 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.

Today we look at the abrupt turnabout that led to the creation of Emerald Twilight, the story where Hal Jordan went nuts...

During the Reign of the Supermen storyline in the Superman title, one of the returning Supermen, the Cyborg SUperman, turned out to be a villain. Working alongside Mongul, he destroyed the entire city of Coast City, which is where Hal Jordan used to live.

So in Green Lantern #46 (by Gerard Jones, Mark Bright and Romeo Tanghal), Jordan took on Mongul...

Mongul then distracted him by pointing out that Hal was accessing the kryptonite gas that powered the alien craft they were aboard. This led to Mongul beating up Hal, breaking a number of bones, but Hal was able to fix himself up and take Mongul out...

Nice stuff.

So the next issue, Jones' last issue on the title, Green Arrow comes out to help Hal deal with things (Hal was relieved to learn that Carol Ferris survived the attack) and Hal, well, deals with things...

The problem, was, though, that DC wanted to do something drastic with the title to shake things up, and Jones' plans weren't drastic enough.

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