Hector Hammond

Lucy W. brings us to Green Lantern once again, but not for a corpsman: this time we’re seeing the movie’s secondary villain, Hector Hammond, portrayed by Peter Sarsgaard. In the movie, he’s a childhood friend of both Hal Jordan and Carol Ferris, as well as a high school science teacher who for some reasons is called by the government to perform an autopsy on Abin Sur‘s corpse: in the process, he’s infected by Parallax, and he becomes and insane telekinetic monster enslaved by Parallax’s will…the same master who’ll eventually consume him. In the comics, believe it or not, his head is even bigger, but Parallax doesn’t give orders around. Let’s see together! (after this, the blog will be on hiatus for some days: see you soon!)

As it usually happens, there are (at least) two different version of Hector Hammond’s story. According to the first one, Hammond was a petty criminal born in Coast CityCalifornia. Resourceful but non particularly brilliant, Hammond was on the run from the law after an umpteenth heist, and he was hiding in the forest when he saw a meteorite crash in the surroundings. It was the same meteor that in Africa forced the evolution of the apes from Gorilla City, and Hammond spied from a distance some scientists who approached the space rock to study it. Much to Hammond’s surprise, the scientists evolved before his very eyes into super-intelligent beings…whose free will, however, had vanished in thin air. Wanting to exploit the situation, Hammond appeared in front of the scientists and started giving them orders, transforming them into his genius slaves. The futuristic tech the slaves produced, Hector sold on the market, becoming an insanely rich man in a ridiculously amount of time. Now a celebrity, Hammond gained a lot of attention…even unwanted one. The superhero Green Lantern found Hammond’s sudden wealth fishy, and he started investigating on him. Green Lantern’s Power Ring was however a tool Hector was interested in, so he kidnapped the hero and stole his weapon…only to find out he had abducted a decoy, Thomas Kalmaku, with a replica. The real hero appeared, and after a brief struggle Hector was captured, while the scientists were brought back to their normal state. Needless to say, the villain was locked in jail, with a few hopes of coming out in a short time.

Hector Hammond however didn’t have any intention of making his time, and he escaped from prison with one thing in mind: he came back to the meteorite, and deliberately exposed himself to it, in a much greater capacity than the scientists before him. His brain grew to grotesque proportions, and his intellect grew exponentially, adding untold psionic abilities…unfortunately, his body couldn’t keep the pace, and all the energies at disposal of Hector’s organism went to his now futuristic mind. Unable to move or even to speak, Hammond was stranded in the woods…until he started realising how his mind powers worked: he could use his telekinesis to fly his own body from place to place, and he could control other people’s mind to bend them to his will and use them as manual labourers. He couldn’t speak anymore, but his telepathy supplied for that as well. Using his mind to steal an invention of Amos Fortune, he attempted once again to steal Green Lantern’s Power Ring, and he actually managed to do so. Unfortunately, right before wielding the Ring, Green Lantern “ordered” the weapon to drain itself of all its power, so that it was useless for the villain. While the immobilised genius was still trying to figure the alien tech out, a powerless Green Lantern knocked him out in the most traditional (and effective) way of all. Following this defeat, Hammond changed approach, and always taking inspiration from Fortune he gathered a number of minor criminals to create the second Royal Flush Gang, maneuvring everyone from behind the curtains. This time he was unfortunate enough to find on his path an equally gifted mind, Martin Stein, who overpowered him on the Astral Plane in a clash of intellects. Every time he was defeated, however, Hammond learnt something more: soon, he would have been too formidable for anyone to oppose.

Hector Hammond is a greedy and ambitious individual, a criminal who’s been given a superior mind, and who uses it for the same, petty purposes. He’s an incredibly powerful telepath, able to read and control any mind, to project illusions and to erase other people’s memory, but he also can use telekinesis, moving things (himself included) with his mind and projecting powerful mental blasts; he’s also immortal. One of the greatest minds on the planet, Hector Hammond also possesses a frail and useless body: as time passes, he regrets more and more what he’s lost, and he now sucks on other people’s life experiences like a parasite, desperate to feel through others what he can’t experience on his own.

Nathan Christopher Charles Summers (Cable)

We’ve been waiting for it since the very first announcement in the Deadpool post-credit scene, and we finally have it: our first look at the fan-favourite time-traveler Cable, portrayed by professional badass Josh Brolin. Nothing is known about Cable’s role in Deadpool 2 so far, except that he’ll come to blows with the Merc with a Mouth (not that this comes as a surprise, actually). His look is simply amazing, and it comes straight from the comics. The teddy-bear attached to his suit may be a relic from his childhood in the future, but it may also hint at the presence of a famous baby he took along recently… Speculate all you want, but in the meanwhile we’ll take a look at the original Cable from the comics.

Nathan Summers‘ birth was long planned before he was even a possibility. The geneticist Mr. Sinister, as always blocked in an immortal clash with his rival Apocalypse, studied the genetic templates of many mutants, until he found out that the potential son of Scott “Cyclops” Summers and Jean “Marvel Girl” Grey would have been an extremely powerful mutant, one that he could control and use against Apocalypse. Since Jean Grey was at the time presumed dead, Sinister created a clone of her, Madelyne Pryor, and arranged things so that Summers met her; shocked by Madelyne’s resemblance to his one true love, Cyclops fell for it, and he fell in love with the clone. The two got married and had a child, Nathan of course, and when Cyclops lost the leadership of the X-Men the entire family moved to Alaska. Here, the marriage between Scott and Madelyne grew wary, and things definitely fell apart when Jean was found alive, and Scott left both Madelyne and Nathan to reach her. Before Madelyne could be exposed as a clone, Sinister sent his Marauders to kill her and kidnap baby Nathan: the woman survived, but Nathan was brought to a secret lab, where Sinister experimented on him for months. The precog Destiny led Scott and Jean to the lab, but in the meanwhile Madelyne had sold her soul to the demons N’astirh and S’ym to become the Goblin Queen, promising her new masters to sacrifice Nathan. Jean managed to defeat the Goblin Queen, and by doing so she even absorbed her memories of rising baby Nathan; she decided to raise the baby with Scott, but the Riders of the Storm, a group of Apocalypse’s followers, kidnapped the baby once again, knowing he was the one destined to kill their master. Before X-Factor could saved the baby, the Riders infected him with a Techno-Organic Virus, that would have killed him spreading organic steel in his body. A woman, Sister Askani, appeared before Cyclops, telling him she could bring the baby to the future to save him, as he was a messianic hero in her time, but that she would have been unable to make another time jump to bring him back. Wanting to save his son’s life, Cyclops entrusted him to the woman, and she left with him to her future, never to return.

The future Sister Askani took Nathan to was a despaired world ruled by Apocalypse: in here, Nathan was awaited as the Askani’son, the one who would have killed Apocalypse and freed the world. Mother Askani, a time-displaced version of Nathan’s sister Rachel Summers, realised the virus had progressed too far to be erased, and she cloned the baby to have a savior…but Nathan survived, thanks to the previous intervention of the sentient Ship. The clone was later abducted by Apocalypse, and Mother Askani brought to her future both Cyclops and Jean to protect their son, as she had been wounded by Apocalypse’s Canaanites. Under the alias of Redd and Slym Dayspring, the two time-travellers raised and protected Nathan, and also trained him in the use of his growing powers, with Redd teaching him how to use his telekinesis to contain the virus. Eventually, when he was only eight years old, Nathan faced Apocalypse with Redd and Slym, and apparently managed to kill him by severing his connection with Stryfe, his clone meant to be the tyrant’s new host. Redd and Slym disappeared, sent back to their time, and Nathan was left alone, wandering the world while Stryfe created a new military dictatorship. As Sryfe guided his New Canaanites, Nathan founded the Clan Chosen, an organised rebellion to oppose the tyranny. The war went on for years, forging Nathan into a superb warrior and tactician, a guide despite his young age. Accompanied by his best friend Tetherblood and his love interest and eventually wife Aliya, Nathan battled Stryfe and his regime over and over, facing many losses. Aliya was abducted and raped by Stryfe, and when she came back she was pregnant: she gave birth to Tyler, a son Nathan accepted as his own. The woman was later killed in an attack, while Tyler was abducted and transformed into an agent against Nathan: by this time, the man had become much harsher and colder than he had been before. Eventually, however, the war was lost, and Nathan found himself in a world he didn’t want as his own. Wanting to do what he could to fix things, he travelled back in time with Celestial technology, trying to kill En Sabah Nur in Ancient Egypt before he became Apocalypse. Ironically, he set in motion the very events that created Apocalypse, and he came back to his time defeated. After years of war, Stryfe came back to the XX Century to replace Apocalypse, and Nathan followed him. He arrived to Muir Island, where he started his new mission. Introducing himself as Cable, he started his search of Stryfe, back to what he didn’t know was his original timeline.

Nathan Summers is a man hardened by years of war, a tough-as-nails and no-nonsense warrior who went through atrocities and losses, and emerged as a warmachine used to keep his coscience quite justifying his debatable means with noble ends. As Cable, he’s an extremely powerful mutant, a telepath who might be even more powerful than Professor X gifted also with a devastating telekinesis, able to control consciences and to manipulate matter to any extent, being also able to teleport anywhere and anywhen in time and space; unfortunately, he can’t use his powers most of the time, since he needs them to contain the virus killing him; the virus itself, making him nearly a cyborg, grants him superhuman strentgh, durability, speed, stamina, agility and reflexes, and even without said abilities he’s an excellent fighter, an expert hand-to-hand combatant and an infallible marksman, with quite a taste for impossibly huge guns and for futuristic gadgets. A warrior who crosses time and space to fight his battles, Cable has been driven to extreme measures, and he’s now so used to them that he barely takes in consideration routes other than violence and murder: truly a hound of war, Cable constantly fights for keeping alive what remains of his humanity, from the virus as well as from the monster the battlefield made him become…

Green Man (Green Lantern)

A day may come when there are no more Green Lanterns in Lucy W.‘s request, but it is not this day! Next in line is another one of the many nameless cameos in the Green Lantern film, a background character who’s spotted during Hal Jordan‘s first visit on Oa: among the many weird aliens, there’s one who looks like a giant frog. That’s Green Man, the heroic protector of Sector 2828. In the movie, he looks quite different from his comicbook counterpart, who’s definitely green, but not so froggysh. If you think the name doesn’t sound like a true name at all, you are perfectly right, but there’s a reason to it…a reason we’ll see together.

The alien known as Green Man was born on Uxor, a planet with a unique characteristic: on that world, individuality was morally deplorable, and the amphibian Uxorians lived following the certainty that “All are one”, that everybody was just a part of the collective identity. Uxorians didn’t have any personal possession, not even a name, and only communitarian needs and goals were taken into consideration, while the individual being simply ceased to exist in the collective society. A single misfit, however, resisted to this kind of society, an outcast who desired an individual identity. Mantaing the sense of self in such an environment required an incredible willpower, such that it didn’t go unnoticed even outside the planet: one day, one of the Guardians of the Universe visited Uxor, and he offered the outcast a chance to join the Green Lantern Corps. The misfit immediately accepted the offer, considering a true treasure both his personal Green Power Ring, and the name “Green Lantern” he could now call himself with: he was finally an individual being. He also had to swear never to come back to his home star system, as it was part of a non-interference agreement between the Guardians and the Psions of Vega. This particular oath, however, he didn’t respect, as he was constantly trying to protect Uxor and the nearby planets from the incursions of the Spider Guild, a group of brutal conquerors who took refuge in the Vega System everytime they wanted to escape from the Green Lanterns, and came out of it any time the Omega Men (protectors of Vega) chased them. In order to accomplish something against them, Green Lantern discovered another shocking act of individuality: he disobeyed his orders, he took contacts with Kalista of the Omega Men and arranged a meeting with them.

Green Lantern met the Omega Men on planet Rashashoon, and with them he planned the attack on the Spider Guild’s home planet. They succesfully destroyed it, but the Guardians found out about what could become a diplomatic incident with the Psions: they ordered the Uxorian to come back to Oa, but he simply couldn’t leave the Omega Men in trouble. His Power Ring and Power Battery were remotely deactivated, but he chose to stay nevertheless, helping his allies to escape from the planet. The Omega Men, grateful, brought him back to Oa, where the Uxorian was spoiled of his Green Lantern title; proud of what he had accomplished nevertheless, the alien started calling himself “Green Man”, not wanting to give up on the individual identity he had fought so much for. After a time of penalty, however, the Guardians chose to reintegrate him in the Corps, recognizing the heroism of his action despite his rebellion: he became a Green Lantern again, provided that he never entered the Vega System. Not only Green Man respected the condition, but he also prevented fellow Lanterns Kyle Rayner and Guy Gardner to approach Vega during their search for missing recruit Soranik Natu. Following the new policy of the Corps, Green Man was partnered to Stel, and together they patroled Sector 2828. Despite his best efforts, however, Green Man was dragged once again to the forbidden sector, this time not by his own free will: the Psions abducted him, and brought him to Wombworld, their research planet, in order to study him and the Power Ring. Freed by his friends from the Omega Men, the Green Lantern lived other adventures in the forbidden sector, crossing paths with the prisoner goddess X’Hal, with the golden skinned Tamaranians and many more, in a long quest to come back home. Whether the Guardians would have forgiven him this time or not, remained to be seen.

Green Man is a man who fought his entire life for the privilege of considering himself an individual being, a proud and determined corpsman who deeply values his newfound freedom. As an Uxorian, he’s an amphibian able to breathe also under water, he possesses limited telepathic abilities, and his blood is highly toxic and poisonous for most races; as a Green Lantern, his Power Ring allows him to fly, to survive in the void of space, and of course to create energy constructs fueled by the wielder’s willpower. An Uxorian like no others, and a Lantern like no others, Green Man treasures his status as a corpsman as to him it stands for his very individual existence…but his thirst for justice is even greater than his love for his new life, and he’s ready to sacrifice it all to do the right thing.

Glorious Godfrey

Next character from Lucy W.‘s request is Glorious Godfrey, one of the most dangerous and deceiving New Gods around. As most of his other peers, Godfrey only appeared in Smallville Season 10, but his origins were changed quite a bit: in the series, Michael Daingerfield portrays perfectly human radio jockey G. Gordon Godfrey, a man briefly possessed by Darkseid who uses his influence over people to spread a message of hatred towards all superheroes. Freed by Darkseid, Godfrey becomes one of his prophets of his own free will, and joins DeSaad and Granny Goodness in Darkseid’s Unholy Trinity…only to be killed by Green Arrow in the day that was supposed to be the one of his triumph. In the comics, Gordon Godfrey is only an alias Glorious Godfrey uses to pose as a human, rather than the other way round, and his influence is not limited to his charisma. Let’s see together.

Glorious Godfrey was born on Apokolips, a New God fiercely loyal to Darkseid and to his vision. He had a sister, Amazing Grace, and with her he shared quite an incredible power: the siblings’ rhetoric, in fact, was such that they could convince anyone to do anything they wanted, but while Grace focused on manipulating people, Godfrey honed the skill of persuasion, so that his targets were eventually convinced that they were the true authors of the thoughts they were basing their actions upon. Considering his skills and his devotion, Godfrey was made a member of Darkseid’s Elite, a restricted number of New Gods who formed the Apokoliptian tyrant’s inner cyrcle. Godfrey was also put in charge of creating the Justifiers, a special army composed of people he personally brainwashed until they were emptied of everything that made them individuals, transforming them into lethal drones fueled by the Anti-Life Equation; he was also in charge of the Justifiers, using them as his personal militia and justifying any single action he brought them to accomplish, even the most monstrous ones, through Anti-Life. Because of the nature of his powers, Glorious Godfrey was sent by Darkseid to worlds he meant to conquer to prepare his path, corrupting the conscience of the planet’s inhabitants and planting the seed of Anti-Life in their minds. When Darkseid set his eyes on Earth, he sent Glorious Godfrey there, where he started “recruiting” humans to add to the ranks of the Justifiers. Earth, however, was guarded by the Highfather, Darkseid’s father and leader of the New Gods from New Genesis, and he had sent there a team of heroic New Gods as protectors, the Forever People. Inevitably, Godfrey clashed with them, and he sent all his Justifiers against them…but the Infinity Man alone was able to vanquish his army. Only a divine intervention could save him from the Infinity Man…luckily enough, Godfrey served a god who listened to his prayers.

Darkseid personally intervened to stop the Infinity Man, capturing him and entrusting him to DeSaad’s attentions, while Godfrey was left to deal with the other Forever People: he nearly killed Serifan and Super-Cycle, but this time it was Highfather who intervened, ordering his children to retreat for the time being. After the battle with the Forever People, Glorious Godfrey stayed behind, continuing his work to prepare Earth for Darkseid’s arrival. Disguised as WHIZ-TV host G. Gordon Godfrey, the New God spent more than a decade to plant the seed of doubt against Earth’s greatest protectors, superheroes, everytime pointing out the damage they dealth to cities and private properties, accusing their lack of accountability, convincing people they were nothing more than vigilantes who operated outside the law. At first only a bunch of people followed Gordon Godfrey, then more, until they became a true army of followers: Godfrey became one of the most influent people in the United States of America, and his voice became the people’s voice. The pressure he put on the government was so strong that he forced the President‘s hand into outlawing superheroes, succesfully completing phase one of his plan. He then collected a number of volunteers for a march on Washington D.C., volunteers that he readily transformed into Warhounds, bonding human hosts with Apokoliptian cybernetic creatures. Robin, in the meanwhile, had discovered that children were immune to Godfrey’s “spell”, and he led a counter-march that intercepted Gordon’s one on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. In here, the children spoke to their parents, trying to convince them that the world needed heroes, but as the young heroes present started destroying the Warhounds by separating them from their hosts Godfrey lost his temper and hit one of the kids, Lisa Sutton. All the popularity he had conquered vanished in a single moment, and the adults rebelled to him. Trying to regain his lost power, Godfrey attempted an extra boost wearing the Helmet of Fate, but Nabu‘s magic was too much for his mind to handle, and he fell to insanity, being later imprisoned in Bellereve. Godfrey was freed and brought back to Apokolips, where he would have healed, ready to come back to Earth to finish what he had started…

Glorious Godfrey is a cunning and deceiving New God, a dangerous manipulator blindly loyal to Darkseid, and deadly jealous of anyone who obtains his favours in his stead (DeSaad especially). Besides immortality and mild superhuman abilities coming from his nature of New God, Godfrey is gifted with the power of persuasion, being able to brainwash anyone who listens to him long enough, convincing anyone of anything and even making them believe they’re the origin of even the most deranged and brutal ideas. Despite not possessing the destructive power of Darkseid, Kalibak or other New Gods, Glorious Godfrey is definitely among the most dangerous ones, able to mind-control an entire planet by simply spreading fake news and hate speeches, proving that manipulating consciences is a weapon much more terrifying that annihilating cities…

G’Hu (Green Lantern)

Another Green Lantern from Sally W.‘s request, that means another cameo from the Green Lantern movie, albeit this one is a little bit more meaningful. When the threat of Krona/Parallax becomes blatant, the Guardians of the Universe form an elite team to face it, chosing among the most powerful Lanterns at their disposal. Among these there’s a somewhat insectoid guy with tentacle-like hair: that’s G’Hu, played by Paul Parducci. Unfortunately, G’Hu doesn’t survive his encounter with the Fear Entity, but considering the upcoming reboot of the Green Lanterns it’s likely we’ll see him again in some capacity. In the meanwhile, let’s take a look at the original.

It’s unknown where in the galaxy G’Hu was born, but his homeplanet was most likely located in Sector 2937. As an adult, he found a job as a prison guard, but he was assigned to one of the most dangerous places in the universe: Takron-Galtos, the main penitentiary facility in the universe, holding all the worst criminals from all corners of the galaxy. As it was easy to foresee, the job wasn’t an easy one at all, as violence was a daily issue on Takron-Galtos. One day, G’Hu was involved in a massive prison riot, as the inmates got out of their cells and captured him, using him as a hostage to ensure their escape. While the other guards were planning a way to save him, however, G’Hu took the matter in his own hands, and took down each and every prisoner with his bare hands (and tentacles). When the other guards finally made it and broke in to “save” him, they found him sitting in the middle of the room, just waiting for the door to open. He barely said anything to his colleagues, and he resumed his regular work as nothing had happened. This deed obviously made him renowned in the entire galaxy, as well as it made him be noticed by the Green Lantern Corps: such a strong willpower couldn’t go wasted, and they offered him a place within their ranks, promising him he could have continued his work of protecting people and keeping order, only on a much wider scale. Needless to say, G’Hu accepted the offer.

G’Hu passed the selection and the training without the slightest difficulty, and he became a full member of the Green Lantern Corps without breaking a sweat. He was just as able as a Green Lantern as he had been a prison guard, and he was paired with Harvid, a veteran of the Corps, whom he guard Sector 2937 with. Harvid had been retired for a while, but he had come back to the Corps to hunt for his brother, who had joined the Sinestro Corps and was now a sworn enemy to the Green Lanterns: G’Hu helped him in that, but he also held him down to keep him focused on his main task rather than wandering the universe in search of his brother. Among the other Lanterns, Salaak took a special interest in him, and kept monitoring his progresses, assigning him different and diverse tasks to prove his skills. When G’Hu failed to prevent Guy Gardner, a rebellious Green Lantern Honor Guard, to disturb the Guardians of the Universe, Salaak took notice, and he sent G’Hu to combat riorientation to hone his skills, in order to make him an even better Lantern. Salaak, however, wasn’t the only one to have set his eyes on the promising new Lantern: Warden Voz was “courting” him as well, considering his past deeds. Voz was warden at the Sciencells, the Guardians’ prison on Oa, holding the most dangerous criminals the universe had ever known. Someone with G’Hu’s experience was the perfect choice for being the head guard of the Sciencelles. For G’Hu, a lot of promising paths opened, and he owned it all to his abilities.

G’Hu is a very serious and self-confident peace-keeper, a man fully aware of his skills and his potential, always careful that this self-awareness doesn’t border in arrogance. His alien physiology grants him superhuman strength, as well as four prehensile “tails” sprouting from his hands, and talons sprouting from hands and feet; as a Green Lantern, his Green Power Ring allows him to fly, to survive in open space, to speak and understand every language, and of course to create anything his mind can think of, fueling this constructs with his indomitable willpower (his energy constructs usually come from his jailer past, as he prefers jails, chains, batons etc). One of the most powerful Green Lanterns of his generation, G’Hu has still to express his full potential…and he promises to accomplish great things in the future.

Galius Zed (Green Lantern)

After quite some time, we’re back to Lucy W.‘s request (the Scribblenauts one), and the next character in line is another Green Lantern. In the Green Lantern movie, among the crowd on Oa, there’s an alien who appears weird even in the middle of all the other weird ones, a guy who seems to be all head: that’s Galius Zed, the heroic but short-tempered protector of Sector 3544. In the comics, his appearance is quite different, with his head/body being more circular than the movie counterpart; even his Sector varies, as well as several other things. Let’s see together.

Galius Zed was born on planet Noc’sag, a world on the outern rim of the galaxy characterised by an extremely strong gravity. People on Noc’Sag were as stubborn as they were strong, and the planet also attracted many warriors who wanted to test their power with Noc’sag’s extreme conditions. Even among his peers, Galius emerged for his valor and, of course, his unbreakable willpower, and he was chosen by the Guardians of the Universe as a perfect candidate to join the Green Lantern Corps. Zed accepted the offer, and he became the protector of Sector 1123, his planet’s one. Always ready for a fight and not exactly diplomatic, Galius Zed became an inspiration for many other Lanterns, as he was always the first one to volunteer for risky missions, and also the one everybody could trust to tell the truth, as uncomfortable as it may be. Once he even stood against the Guardians themselves as he found out that, hidden on Oa, there was a Power Ring apparently impervious to the others’ weakness, the color yellow. Believing the Guardians had purposefully let many of his comrades die to an avoidable flaw in their weaponry, Galius Zed publicly accused them of treason, gathering quite a number of other Lanterns around him. This situation was solved as soon as the Guardians explained the mystery behind the yellow impurity in the central Power Battery, and Zed obtained an adequate protection for himself and his comrades. He went along pretty much with everyone on Oa, with a few exceptions among the Green Lantern, most notably Hal Jordan.

Once, as he was chasing a crime syndicate, Galius Zed abandoned his Sector and travelled to Earth to stop the criminals: Jordan, the protector of the planet, believed Zed had simply considered him unfit for the task and had invaded his jurisdiction, while Zed was “simply” used to finish every fight he began, with not much regard for burocracy. Albeit the two later fought side by side during the war against Krona and Nekron, a certain enmity always remained between them. Despite this, Zed agreed to be part of the test to confirm Jordan was fit for being a Green Lantern, and later joined him and a selected number of others to Qward, in the anti-matter universe, to destroy the Anti-Green Lanterns, an elite corp created by the Weaponers of Qward to invade the positive matter universe. After many battles fought and won, and after surviving a cosmic chrisis, Galius Zed lost, as all his fellow Lanterns, his Power Ring during the trial of Sinestro, an event that caused the destruction of the main Battery on Oa and the following dismantlement of the Green Lanterns. Without a purpose anymore, Zed came back to his own planet, but he didn’t stay there for long: a fellow ex-Lanter, John Stewart, had been entrusted by the Controllers to fill the void left by the Lanterns by creating a new corps, and Zed was among the ones summoned by Stewart. Zed was part of the new group, the Darkstars, during its entire activity, facing threats like the telepath Psimon, Grayven son of Darkseid, and the usurper Hyathis, all victories added to Zed’s long list of successes. A new threat, however, was emerging: a serial killer, Fatality, who was cutting down all former Green Lanterns in revenge for her dead planet, a threat that not even Zed’s battle prowess could counter…

Galius Zed is a brave and quick-tempered warrior, a man of action who doesn’t care much for rules or etiquette and who always speaks out what he thinks, even before the maximum authorities in the universe. Being from Noc’sag, he possesses superhuman strength and durability, being quite powerful despite his odd appearance; as a Green Lantern, his Power Ring allows him to fly, to survive in open space, and to create energy constructs commanded directly by its owner’s thought: usually Zed doesn’t lose much time in thinking of elaborate constructs, and his creations are always quick and functional, bolts of energy or whips, with no grace or fantasy whatsoever. A warrior born and a trustworthy ally, Galius Zed is a Lantern who truly believes in keeping order and defending justice, and he’s usually willing to make evil taste his fists to make the message clear.

Neena Thurman (Domino)

Promotional images from Deadpool 2 are surfacing, and of course we get a look at one of the most anticipated new additions to the cast: Domino, the mutant assassin portrayed by Zazie Beetz. We don’t know much of her role in the movie, apart from the fact that she’ll be a mercenary, and that she’ll retain her unique ability from the comics, albeit it’s surely one of the most difficult powers to display on screen so far. Regarding her looks, she’s surely quite different from her comicbook counterpart, since instead of an albino woman with a black eye tattoo she’ll be an African-American woman with a white spot on her eye caused by vitiligo. Her appearance is intriguing nevertheless, and seeing her in the same pose of Deadpool in the promotional material for the first movie, using the anti-hero’s costume as a bear skin, is pretty fun. As always, let’s wait the whole movie before judging…and let’s take a look at the one and true Domino.

Neena wasn’t born in the most natural way: her mother, a woman named Beatrice, was part of government top-secret program called Project: Armageddon, aimed to create, through selected breeding, the perfect human weapon. Neena was the only one among her peers to survive, mostly because of her mutation: her X-Gene, besides giving her skin a chalk pigmentation, allowed her to manipulate probability in order to assure “good luck” to herself. Despite this, however, even Neena was deemed a failure by Armageddon, and fearing she would have been suppressed, her mother fled the base in the EvergladesFlorida, along with the baby. The two escapees reached Chicago, where Beatrice entrusted her daughter to Father Rudolpho Boschelli, of the Church of the Sacred Heart. Boschelli raised the child the best he could, but eventually Neena grew wary of the church, and when she was thirteen years old she ran away. With only her original purpose and her mutant abilities to count on, Neena became a mercenary, and changed her name into “Domino”. Her skills didn’t go unnoticed, and when she was still extremely young she started working as an agent for NSA. She earned the respect of her superiors with her first mission, during which she stopped Project: Jericho, a plan that saw a soldier remotely control a robot: Domino destroyed the warbot and killed the pilot, all without suffering the slightest damage. Apreciated by the high spheres, Domino was entrusted with a delicate mission: to protect Dr. Milo Thurman, a scientist far too brilliant for his own sake. Domino became Thurman’s bodyguard, and the two eventually fell in love. Thurman, a fan of Dante‘s Divine Comedy, started calling Domino “Beatrice“, stating that it came from the Latin word for “lucky”, jocking on her powers: Domino grew fond of the name, and she used it for a while. Domino and Thurman eventually got married, and were inseparable…at least until, during a raid from AIM agents, Milo escaped, believing Domino to have been killed. Without knowing where her husband was, with her mission failed, Domino left NSA and resumed her previous life.

As a mercenary, she joined the mutant group known as the Six Pack, and she first met the time travelling Cable, a man who would have changed her life. The two became close, then intimate, and Cable earned Domino’s trust and loyalty…even when the entire Six Pack was angry at their leader, since he had aborted a mission as soon as he learnt that the Six Pack’s contractor, Mr. Tolliver, was an ally of Stryfe, his personal nemesis. Between clashes with AIM and Hydra, the fight between Cable and Stryfe excalated quickly, until it destroyed the team: with Cable missing after his enemy, Domino left once again, moving on her own. It was around this time that Mr. Tolliver abducted Domino, and had the shape-shifting Copycat replace her. Copycat spied on Cable, who was now leader of the New Mutants, while the real Domino was guarded and abused by Pico Halfghanagan for over a year in a secret location in Italy. Domino was eventually found by Cable, who freed her and killed both Halfghanagan and Tolliver. The two escaped, fighting their way through Tolliver’s bodyguard Deadpool, then she joined X-Force in place of Copycat, in a sort of way taking her rightful place in the team. Domino even acted as the leader of the group during Cable’s many absences, and it was thanks to X-Force that she found Milo Thurman, who had been captured by Donald Pierce and Lady Deathstrike, who were trying to download his impossibly brilliant mind into a computer to weaponize it. Domino managed to stop the villains from doing so, but interrupting the process costed Milo’s life, so that she had to watch her husband die moments after finding him again. Domino also briefly joined X-Corporation, and when her friend Risque was murdered, she asked for the X-Men‘s help to investigate; the team-up exposed a plan from John Sublime who was harvesting mutants’ body parts to create a “third species”, the U-Men. During this investigation, Domino learnt that Project: Armageddon was still active and, wanting to know something about her mother, she travelled to Florida. In the facility she met Lazarus, a boy who looked just like her, and who was the true success of the secret project. Domino tried to save him, but she was faced by a religious cult known as the Armajesuits, who considered Lazarus an abominion and wanted to kill him. Once again, Domino faced a difficult choice, as she realised her long-lost mother was now the head of the Armajesuits…

A strong and tough woman, Neena Thurman is a warrior born, shaped by tragedies and hardened by choices not many people would have taken, and that she’s learnt to bear the weight of. Trustworthy and loyal to a fault, she can prove the best friend (or lover) for her teammates and allies. As Domino, she’s able to subconsciously use “micro-telekinesis” to affect probability in her field of vision, thus giving the illusion of causing “good luck” for herself and “bad luck” to her enemies: her abilities make her able to move in a storm of bullets avoiding each one of them, or to hit an impossible target or even cause unlikely accidents to her enemies (such as being struck by lightning), but they don’t work if she just stands still waiting to avoid incoming threats; she’s also an extremely skilled martial artist, athlete and markswoman, with incredible agility and reflexes and a nearly infallible aim; she possesses a war equipment varying from an extremely resistant body armor and Forge‘s night-vision lenses. Beautiful and lethal, Domino can be a blessing for any ally, but she’ll surely bring a lot of bad luck to whoever’s fool enough to oppose her…