In spite of having been corrected by many, many readers who say that Nekron is the presumptive winner here, I’m going to present the second five of my list of “suspects for the Black Lantern Guardian” and the reasons for why I think they could be in the running. To be honest, some of the candidates have changed in my brain as a result of talking with fans (I’d forgotten completely about the Mad God of Sector 3600) but I’m going to present the ones originally written and let y’all discuss them along with some of your admittedly cleverer ideas!
As last depicted (in Johns’ own Sinestro Corps War), Henshaw is obsessed with death, craving it although it can never come for him. The Anti-Monitor (who is the power source for the black battery) had association with another guy kinda like that—Pariah—and he forced Pariah to live a life full of pain and misery for years. Were Henshaw to learn of Pariah—and of the character’s eventual (short-lived) death—it would stand to reason that he might use the Anti-Monitor himself to bring about his own ending.
Why not him? Henshaw isn’t in any position to have much interest in the seven million dead of Coast City rising from the ashes with power rings.
Anti-Life has always been his obsession, and bringing about death on a broad scale one of his methods. So is it a stretch to think that the despot of Apokolips might be serving Death with a Big D in some capacity? Also, he was last seen as being on his way to transitioning into the Fifth World, living as sort of ambient energy after his body was killed, so it’s a fair guess that he could be the disembodied voice that Black Hand is hearing…AND that would speak to the hints that we’d start to get some Bruce Wayne clues during Blackest Night.
Why not him? Aside from just having been shot by the Bat-God-Killing-Gun at the end of Final Crisis, there’s the fact that…well, he was the VILLAIN in Final Crisis. Using him again so soon would seem a little uninspired.
Most folks don’t remember it, but at the end of Green Lantern: Mosaic, John Stewart was at least briefly imbued with the powers of a Guardian of the Universe. I was never entirely clear on when that power was taken away (maybe a reader can tell me), but my position is that, first of all, when Appa Ali Apsa started taking on human characteristics, it drove him mad—so what might happen when a human gets Guardian-powers? I wonder if subconsciously some part of his mind and some fraction of the powers he was granted have been working on this for years. This would be a serious twist AND fit Johns’ bill of a very, very dangerous badguy.
Why not him? It’d seem pretty random and arbitrary. Plus, he’s one of DC’s few reasonably popular African-American heroes and was “The Black Guy” on Justice League Unlimited, so at a time where the company is looking for diversity, it’s hard to imagine DiDio signing off on making Stewart a mass-murderer.
As mentioned by a reader in the previous installment of the list, Hammond is a classic Green Lantern villain who has made brief, menacing appearances in Johns’ current run and who has mind-control capabilities. While he’s never undertaken anything on this scale, it’s safe to say that anyone who turns out to be this story’s villain, will never have attempted anything so big before.
Why not him? Apparently Johns has made convention comments fingering Hammond as the first post-Blackest Night bad guy. Also, the scope of his power has never been great enough that Hal couldn’t overcome it with time and/or a little help—so the notion of his controlling a Martian Manhunter with even a portion of his original memories and powers seems a little preposterous.
Seriously? Come on—“Blackguard, the Black Guardian?” How cool would that look on a business card? And he’s got beef with Booster Gold and the JLI, so raising Beetle would be a natural. He was last seen in one of the Giffen-DeMatteis JLI miniseries (which apparently are non-canonical to some extent anyway) as part-owner of a bar with Guy Gardner, giving him a connection to the GLs.
Why not him? He’s a putz with little or no power, who really had no business putting up a fight against Booster twenty years ago. Also, he was last seen in one of the Giffen-DeMatteis JLI miniseries (which apparently are non-canonical to some extent anyway) as part-owner of a bar with Guy Gardner.