How DC Turned a Major Green Lantern Into a New Flash
Flash’s speedster powers are temporarily granted to Hal Jordan in Lazarus Planet Omega. He immediately puts them to use against King Fire Bull.
This article contains spoilers for Lazarus Planet – Omega #1, currently available from DC Comics.
Hal Jordan quickly gains Flash’s speed due to the magical storms plaguing Earth at Lazarus Planet Omega #1.
The unpredictable nature of storms can disrupt magic and throw metahuman abilities out of whack. Earth’s heroes, up against King Fire Bull, and the Devil Nezha suddenly discover their bodies are betraying them. Their powers vanish and they are replaced by entirely new abilities from other heroes.
Hal is a speedster, so he forgoes his Power Ring attacks and vibrates his arms at a high frequency to generate a whirlpool, which knocks King Fire Bull down. “Ha!” Hal exclaims. “I’ve watched Flash do it for years!” Hal exclaims. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for years!
The Flash is now able to use his super strength to take out King Fire Bull. Others heroes aren’t as open to their new abilities — Superman, Jon Kent, and others find their minds overwhelmed by the Telepathy of Martian Manhunter.
Flash is More Than Fast
The Speed Force, the cosmic power that is connected to velocity in DC Universe, has given DC’s Flashes a variety of abilities. These abilities include the ability to run through time and fly by rotating arms and legs at supersonic speed. They also have the ability to transform velocity into infinite body weight to deliver punches with a hefty white dwarf star — a technique Barry Allen used recently in Dark Crisis#1 and knock out the Anti-Monitor throughout the multiverse. The Flashes are able to make costumes from Speed Force energy, similar to Green Lantern’s ability to create structures by focusing on a Power Ring.
Lazarus Planet has included seven comics and nine tie-ins. They all explore the new powers that Earth’s metahumans are entrusted with. These include Lazarus Planet, Alpha, Assault on Krypton and We Once Were Gods.
Lazarus Planet Omega was written by Mark Waid. It is illustrated by Riccardo Federici, and Mike Perkins, and colored by Brad Anderson. The lettering by Steve Wands was done by Steve Wands. This one-shot includes a main cover by Alejandro Sanchez and David Marquez, as well as variant covers by Edwin Galmon and Riccardo Federici. Lazarus Planet – Omega is available now at DC