Douglas "Doug" Mahnke is an American comic book artist and penciller. Mahnke's first prominent work was for The Mask, he has since worked for DC Comics on JLA, Batman with writer Judd Winick, Seven Soldiers: Frankenstein with Grant Morrison. Mahnke's work on Batman included the controversial story detailing how the deceased second Robin, Jason Todd, was alive and working against Batman's interests as the Red Hood. Mahnke worked on the critically acclaimed prestige one-shot Batman: The Man Who Laughs with writer Ed Brubaker, his work includes titles such as Major Bummer, Superman: The Man of Steel, Team Zero and Justice League Elite. He was the original artist for the Dark Horse Comics title X, a run inked by Jimmy Palmiotti, as well as being the cover artist for King Tiger/Motorhead, a two-issue series set in the same universe as X. In 2005, with comic book inker Tom Nguyen, Mahnke produced. In 2006, he took over the art for Stormwatch P. H. D. for Wildstorm Comics. His work in 2007 included the DC mini, Black Adam: The Dark Age written by Peter Tomasi, detailing Black Adam's mourning over his wife Isis and regaining his powers.
In 2008, he reunited with Tomasi to pencil an issue of Nightwing for the writer. Mahnke was an important collaborator with writer Grant Morrison on DC's event series Final Crisis, pencilling the Requiem one-shot and the two-issue Superman Beyond 3D tie-in. Mahnke pencilled the final pages of the main series' 6th issue featuring the "death" of Batman, replaced artist J. G. Jones on the series finale issue #7 over concerns of Jones' speed. Starting in July 2009, Mahnke became the ongoing artist for DC's Green Lantern with writer Geoff Johns, right at the beginning of the Blackest Night storyline, he drew The Multiversity: Ultra Comics, the eighth issue of Grant Morrison's The Multiversity project. Comics work includes: Silver Sable and the Wild Pack #26 Doug Mahnke at the Grand Comics Database Doug Mahnke at the Comic Book DB PLuGHiTz Live! An interview with Doug Mahnke
Ganthet is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe and he first appeared in the 1992 graphic novel Green Lantern: Ganthet's Tale, by Larry Niven and John Byrne. Ganthet is one of the Guardians of the Universe. However, where most of the Guardians are stern'by-the-book' characters, Ganthet has a personality, more human-like, including displays of empathy and concern for an individual, instead of only thinking of the Green Lantern Corps. In various DC crossover limited series such as Kingdom Come, Ganthet is shown as being part of the Quintessence, a group of gods who oversee the universe in its entirety, although they seem to focus on Earth. Although he has been portrayed as looking like the other Guardians, Ganthet is distinguished by tying his hair into a long ponytail, as the other male Guardians have shorter, unkempt hair. In the Green Lantern: Secret Origin story, Ganthet asks Sinestro to investigate the death of Abin Sur, thus leading to Sinestro's first meeting with Hal Jordan, happening on Earth.
The graphic novel Ganthet's Tale by John Byrne from a story by Larry Niven tells the story of Hal Jordan's first encounters with Ganthet. Jordan is asked to help Ganthet battle a renegade Guardian, Dawlakispokpok, trying to use a time machine to change history. In the early era of the planet Oa, a scientist named Krona attempted to use a time machine to see the beginning of time. In using his time machine, Krona somehow'bled' the universe of a billion years of life. Dawly is going to use his own time machine to thrust Krona to the end of time, preventing him from following through on his plan. In battling Dawly, however, it turns out that Dawly is responsible for the mishap that caused the universe to be'born old'; when Dawly's family is brought before the Guardians, Ganthet shields Jordan's mind, allowing him to retain his memory of one of the biggest secrets of the Guardians. After the destruction of Coast City, the subsequent "insanity" of Hal Jordan, the destruction of the Main Power Battery, the Guardians decide to focus all of their remaining power into Ganthet, recognising that he was the only one of them to foresee a catastrophe like Hal Jordan's current attack on them.
As such, he becomes the last Guardian. Ganthet goes to Earth, he appears before Kyle Rayner and hastily hands him the ring, muttering "You shall have to do". Guy Gardner claimed that Ganthet first went to him but Gardner turned him down. During Rayner's first few months as Green Lantern, Ganthet is less than satisfied with Rayner and attempts to take back the ring. Rayner earns the respect of Ganthet by facing Parallax without his ring. Ganthet became part of the circle of gods, including Shazam, Zeus and Phantom Stranger, committed to observing the universe and counseling one another; when Rayner became the godlike Ion, he possessed more power than Hal Jordan did as Parallax. Realizing that he could not continue as Ion without losing his humanity, Kyle traveled to the restored Oa to recharge the Central Power Battery. By doing so, he created a new set of Guardians, this time as small children, with the intent that Ganthet, as their "father figure," will look after them and teach them how to be better Guardians than their predecessors.
After one of the children, went missing and was revealed to have aged prematurely, Ganthet invited the Zamarons to Oa to help raise them with him. When the Martian Manhunter reverted to the'Burning Martian' identity that the Guardians of the Universe had locked away long ago and attacked the Justice League, Ganthet teleported John Stewart to safety and treated his injuries when the rest of the League teleported to the Fortress of Solitude to escape the Burning's initial attack. Ganthet was able to tell John the history of the Burning Martians and teach him a way to'reroute' his mind to think in the first language of the universe so that he could rescue his teammates from Fernus in a hit-and-run attack, allowing them to come up with a plan to defeat Fernus. Ganthet played a crucial role in resurrecting Hal Jordan, revealed to be possessed by the fear entity Parallax during Green Lantern: Rebirth. Following the return of Hal Jordan, all the Guardians are aged to adulthood and are just as cold and manipulative as before.
The only change is. Ganthet, of course still retains a sense of individuality amongst the Guardians, believing that they should retain their emotions. During the Sinestro Corps War he and Sayd are banished from the council for embracing emotions, discovering that they have romantic feelings for each other. Just as Parallax attacks the Lanterns for freeing Kyle Rayner and Sayd arrive and draw Parallax into four separate lanterns, reasoning that the Earth Lanterns had proven their superior ability to overcome fear and the division would prevent anyone from being able to release Parallax again; as Ganthet explains, he and Sayd were kicked out of the Guardians of the Universe. Ganthet's final act as Guardian is offering Kyle his power ring, he asks if Kyle is willing to downgrade himself to a normal Green Lantern, which Kyle accepts. The four men take their lanterns and
Milton Finger, known professionally as Bill Finger, was an American comic strip and comic book writer best known as the co-creator, with Bob Kane, of the DC Comics character Batman, the co-architect of the series' development. Although Finger did not receive contemporaneous credit for his hand in the development of Batman, Kane acknowledged Finger's contributions years after Finger's death. Finger wrote many of the original 1940s Green Lantern stories featuring the original Green Lantern, contributed to the development of numerous other comic book series, he was posthumously inducted into the comic book industry's Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1999. The Bill Finger Award, founded by Jerry Robinson and presented annually at the San Diego Comic-Con to honor excellence in comic-book writing, is named for him. Bill Finger was born in Colorado in 1914 to a Jewish family, his father, Louis Finger, was born in Austria in 1890 and emigrated to the U. S. in 1907, while his mother Tessie was born circa 1893, in New York City.
The family included two daughters and Gilda. The family moved to The Bronx, New York City, where during the Great Depression Louis Finger was forced to close his tailor shop. Finger graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School in The Bronx in 1933. An aspiring writer and a part-time shoe salesman, Finger joined Bob Kane's nascent studio in 1938 after having met Kane, a fellow DeWitt Clinton alumnus, at a party. Kane offered him a job ghost writing the strips Rusty and Clip Carson. Early the following year, National Comics' success with the seminal superhero Superman in Action Comics prompted editors to scramble for similar heroes. In response, Kane conceived "the Bat-Man". Finger recalled Kane:...had an idea for a character called'Batman', he'd like me to see the drawings. I went over to Kane's, he had drawn a character who looked much like Superman with kind of... reddish tights, I believe, with boots... no gloves, no gauntlets... with a small domino mask, swinging on a rope. He had two stiff wings.
And under it was a big sign... BATMAN. Finger offered such suggestions as giving the character a cowl instead of the domino mask, a cape instead of wings, adding gloves, removing the red sections from the original costume, he said his suggestions were influenced by Lee Falk's popular The Phantom, a syndicated newspaper comic strip character with which Kane was familiar, that he devised the name Bruce Wayne for the character's secret identity. As Finger described, "Bruce Wayne's first name came from Robert Bruce, the Scottish patriot. Wayne, being a playboy, was a man of gentry. I searched for a name. I tried Adams, Hancock... I thought of Mad Anthony Wayne." Kane decades in his autobiography described Finger as "a contributing force on Batman right from the beginning... I made Batman a superhero-vigilante. Bill turned him into a scientific detective." Finger biographer Marc Tyler Nobleman described, "Bob showed Bat-Man to Vin — without Bill. Vin promptly wanted to run Bat-Man, Bob negotiated a deal — without including Bill."Finger wrote both the initial script for Batman's debut in Detective Comics #27 and the character's second appearance, while Kane provided art.
Batman proved a breakout hit, Finger went on to write many of the early Batman stories, including making major contributions to the Joker character. Batman background artist and letterer George Roussos recalled: What was good about Bill was that whenever he wrote a plot, he did a lot of research for it. Whether the setting was a railroad station or a factory, he would find a photo reference from National Geographic, give Bob all the research to draw from, he was orderly and methodical. His only problem was that he couldn't sustain the work... he couldn't produce material enough. Robin was introduced as Batman's sidekick in Detective Comics #38; when Kane wanted Robin's origin to parallel Batman's, Finger made Robin's parents circus performers murdered while performing their trapeze act. Finger recalled: Robin was an outgrowth of a conversation I had with Bob; as I said, Batman was a combination of Sherlock Holmes. Holmes had his Watson; the thing that bothered me was that Batman didn't have anyone to talk to, it got a little tiresome always having him thinking.
I found. That's. Bob said he was going to put a boy in the strip to identify with Batman. I thought it was a great idea". Comics historian Jim Steranko wrote in 1970 that Finger's slowness as a writer led Batman editor Whitney Ellsworth to suggest Kane replace him, a claim reflected in Joe Desris' description of Finger as "notoriously tardy". During Finger's absence, Gardner Fox contributed scripts that introduced Batman's early "Bat-" arsenal. Upon his return, Finger created or co-created items such as the Batmobile and Batcave, is credited with providing the name "Gotham City". Finger wrote the debut issue of Batman's self-titled comic book series which introduced the Joker and the Catwoman. Among the things that made his stories distinctive were a use of giant-sized props: enlarged pennies, sewing machines, or typewriters. Two of the prevalently featured trophies in Batman's Batcave, a full-size animatronic Tyrannosaurus Rex and a giant replica of a Lincoln penny, were both introduced in stories written by Finger.
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Thaal Sinestro is a fictional supervillain appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. Sinestro is a former Green Lantern Corps member, dishonorably discharged for abusing his power, he is founder of the Sinestro Corps. The character was created by John Broome and Gil Kane, first appeared in Green Lantern #7. In 2009, IGN's ranked Sinestro as the 15th Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time. Sinestro was born on the planet Korugar in space sector 1417, his dedication to preserving order manifested in his previous career, an anthropologist specializing in reconstructions of ruins of long-dead civilizations. One day while he was on one such site, a Green Lantern named Prohl Gosgotha crash-landed into the site and dying, he gave his ring to Sinestro, just in time for Sinestro, who even understood what the ring could do, to defend himself from the Lantern's pursuer: a Weaponer of Qward. Afterwards, Gosgotha turned out to still be alive and asked for his ring back to keep him alive long enough to get help.
Sinestro, knowing this would mean not being a Green Lantern himself, instead let him die and took over his post. The Guardians were unaware of his actions. In Green Lantern #45, his wife is shown for the first time in a flashback and revealed to be the sister of Abin Sur; when Hal Jordan joined the Green Lantern Corps, Sinestro was assigned to be his instructor. Jordan was horrified at his new mentor's totalitarian methods, though Sinestro maintained that his iron-fisted rule was necessary to protect his people from alien forces. During his training, Jordan helped Sinestro repel an attempted invasion of Korugar by the alien warlords known as the Khunds; when Jordan called for help from the other Green Lanterns, Sinestro's dictatorship was exposed and he was forced to appear before the Guardians for punishment. Katma Tui, the leader of a Korugarian resistance movement who felt that Sinestro's "protection" kept her people from growing as a society through contact with other alien races, was recruited as his replacement in the Corps.
Though Katma Tui grew into one of the most respected Green Lanterns and the rest of Korugar resisted her appointment to the Corps. For using the power of the Green Lantern to instill fear rather than combat it, the Guardians banished Sinestro to the antimatter universe, a counterpart to the "real" universe made up of "negative matter". Sinestro ended up on the antimatter world of Qward, that universe's counterpart of the Guardians' homeworld Oa, ruled by a race of warriors and scientists known as the Weaponers of Qward, who bore a fierce hatred of the Guardians and all Green Lanterns. By exiling Sinestro to a world ruled by evil beings who hated him as a Green Lantern, the Guardians hoped to humble him. However, their attempt at punishment would be a major miscalculation. Sinestro believed himself to have been wronged by his former masters and now hated them just as much as the Weaponers did. Through their mutual hatred of the Guardians and the Weaponers became allies, with the Weaponers offering to help Sinestro gain revenge on the Guardians and the Corps.
Creating a yellow power ring for Sinestro to use, the Weaponers sent him back to the "positive matter" universe to seek his revenge. Sinestro became the Green Lantern Corps' most powerful nemesis due to a weakness in their power rings that prevented them from directly affecting the color yellow. Despite this, skilled Green Lanterns like Jordan, Sinestro's most hated enemy, always found ways to defeat him. Pre-Crisis Sinestro first met Hal when he had made an alliance with Qward. Hal had beaten the Weaponers three times. Sinestro tried to kidnap him using a device which could transport people to Qward and was able to imprison him in a yellow bubble by threatening to kill 100,000 people, kidnapped with the device when he used it on a city Hal was supposed to be at; however Hal used his ring to speed up a clock. When he released Hal from the bubble to eliminate him, he was defeated and imprisoned in a green bubble by Hal, who did not take him back to his universe as it would go against the jurisdiction of the Guardians.
However he escaped using a ring that could drain the Green Lantern's ring-power and continued to menace Hal. He tried to attack the Guardians after trapping Jordan, before disguising himself as Hal so he could occupy a meeting of Green Lanterns and absorb power from their rings by casting an illusion of a monster so that they would use their rings. However, Jordan escaped and defeated Sinestro on Oa, placed in a green energy container which would orbit the Universe by the power of many Green Lanterns, but he escaped with a power ring hidden in his boot, he was adept at escaping the ways the Guardians tried to imprison him. Before the Guardians took a leave of absence from their universe to attempt mating with their female counterparts, the Zamarons, they constructed an inescapable prison for Sinestro and thousands of others on Oa. Sinestro managed to free himself through the mental manipulation of the Mad God of Sector 3600. Wielding nearly unlimited power, Sinestro murdered entire star systems until he was subdued by the Green Lantern Corps of Earth.
Guilty of multiple acts of genocide, Sinestro was put on trial again by the assembled membership of the Green Lantern Corps. Finding him guilty, they condemned him to death and executed him, but Sinestro managed to cheat death it
Snowbirds Don't Fly
"Snowbirds Don't Fly" is a two-part anti-drug comic book story arc which appeared in Green Lantern/Green Arrow issues 85 and 86, published by DC Comics in 1971. The story was written by Dennis O'Neil and Neal Adams, with the latter providing the art with Dick Giordano, it tells the story of Green Lantern and Green Arrow, who fight drug dealers, witnessing that Green Arrow's ward Roy "Speedy" Harper is a drug addict and dealing with the fallout of his revelation. Considered a watershed moment in the depiction of mature themes in DC Comics, the tone of this story is set in the tagline on the cover: "DC attacks youth's greatest problem... drugs!" In the first part, Green Arrow runs into muggers. Strangely, the weapon is loaded with his own arrows. Tracking down the attackers, Green Arrow and his best friend, Green Lantern Hal Jordan, find out that the muggers are junkies who need money for their addiction, are surprised to find Queen's ward Speedy among them, they think he is working undercover to bust the junkies, but Queen catches him red-handed when he tries to shoot heroin.
It becomes evident that the stolen arrows are indeed Queen's, which he shares with Harper when they fight crime together. In the second part, an enraged Green Arrow lashes out at his ward. In shame, Harper withdraws cold turkey, one of the junkies dies of a drug overdose. Queen and Lantern tackle the kingpin of the drug ring, a pharmaceutics CEO who outwardly condemns drug abuse, visit the funeral for the dead junkie. During the 1960s, Green Lantern was on the verge of cancellation, which gave writer Denny O'Neil a great deal of creative freedom when he was assigned the series. O'Neil recounted that "my journalism background and laid-back social activism had led me to wonder if I couldn't combine those things with what I did for a living.... So this was my chance to see, it was a situation. And I think that writing about things that concerned me pulled out of me a higher level of craft, it gave me real problems to solve in terms of craft which I hadn't faced before." The first of these "socially motivated" Green Lantern/Green Arrow stories was written with Gil Kane slated to be the artist, but Kane dropped out and was replaced by Neal Adams.
The O'Neil/Adams run met with a high level of media attention and critical acclaim including five Shazam Awards at the May 1971 ceremony, but by the time of "Snowbirds Don't Fly", Adams felt that they had run out of steam and were producing stories which lacked true relevance. He responded by pushing for a story dealing with drug addiction, an issue both he and O'Neill had been wanting to tackle, had encountered firsthand: Adams was chairman of his neighborhood drug rehabilitation center, O'Neil lived in a neighborhood with a large number of addicts. O'Neil recounted, "I saw people nodding out from heroin every day on the street. I had friends with drug problems, people coming over at 3 a.m. with the shakes." When Adams first drew the cover showing Speedy with heroin paraphernalia, editor Julius Schwartz rejected it, since it would not have been approved by the Comics Code Authority. O'Neil said that Schwartz "was supportive" during his run on Green Lantern, that he found the Comics Code to be his biggest restriction when confronting social issues.
Amazing Spider-Man #96–98 was published by rival comic publishing house Marvel Comics, which showed major supporting character Harry Osborn struggling with drug addiction. It was the first comic from a major publisher to be published without the Comics Code Authority's seal of approval since 1954, when the Comics Code Authority was founded. Adams said: "We could have been the ones to make a big move. Popping a pill and walking off a roof isn't the sort of thing that happens, but heroin addiction is. Anyway, the publishers at DC, Marvel and the rest called a meeting, in three weeks, the Comics Code was rewritten, and we did our story."Questioned why Roy Harper was chosen to illustrate drug abuse, O'Neil said that "We chose Roy for maximum emotional impact. We thought an established good guy in the throes of addiction would be stronger than we... some character we'd have made up for the occasion. We wanted to show that addiction was not limited to'bad' or'misguided' kids."O'Neil's original ending to the story had Speedy overcoming his drug habit on his own and reconciling with Green Arrow.
Adams protested. When O'Neil said he disagreed, Adams showed them to Schwartz. Schwartz had it published instead of O'Neil's ending. In a 1975 article for The Amazing World of DC Comics, O'Neil stated that he still felt Adams's conclusion was not as good as the original ending: "I disapprove of the implied conclusion of that story. What’s implied is that a punch in the mouth solves everything." The "Snowbirds Don't Fly" arc won the 1971 Shazam Award for "Best Individual Story". In addition, New York Mayor John Lindsay wrote a letter to DC in response to the issue commending them, printed in issue #86. In 2004, Comic Book Resources author Jonah Weiland called the "Snowbirds Don't Fly" arc the start of an era of relevant Green Lantern/Green Arrow comics, a slant which opened up the DC world to other minorities and climaxed in the character of Mia Dearden (Roy Harpe
Ron Marz is an American comic book writer, known for his work on titles such as Batman/Aliens, DC vs. Marvel, Green Lantern, Silver Surfer, Witchblade. Marz is known for his work on Silver Surfer and Green Lantern, as well as the DC vs. Marvel crossover and Batman/Aliens, he co-created Genis-Vell in Silver Surfer Annual #6. Marz worked on the CrossGen Comics series Scion, Mystic and The Path. At Dark Horse Comics he created Samurai: various Star Wars comics, he has written for Devil's Due Publishing's Aftermath line including Blade of Kumori. In 1995, he had a brief run on X-O Manowar for Valiant Comics; the following year, Marz wrote the DC/Marvel: All Access limited series, an intercompany crossover between DC and Marvel characters. While writing Green Lantern, Marz wrote the "Emerald Twilight" storyline, in which the character of Hal Jordan, stricken with grief, became a mass murderer, leading to the destruction of the Green Lantern Corps, Kyle Rayner being chosen at random as the last Green Lantern.
Marz's 2000s work includes a number of Top Cow Productions comic books, including Witchblade, which he wrote from issue #80 to issue #150, plus a number of specials and crossover stories featuring the character, such as Witchblade/The Punisher in 2007 and Witchblade/Devi in 2008. His other Top Cow work includes Cyberforce #1–6 in 2006 and Cyberforce/X-Men in 2007. For DC Comics, he has written Ion, a 12-part comic book miniseries that followed the Kyle Rayner character after the One Year Later event, Tales of the Sinestro Corps Presents: Parallax and Tales of the Sinestro Corps Presents: Ion, two one-shot tie-ins to the Green Lantern crossover, The Sinestro Corps War. Marz wrote Moonstone Books' 2006 Annual featuring The Phantom, was responsible for getting writers Chuck Dixon, Mike Bullock, Tony Bedard, Rafael Nieves to participate with chapters for the book. Marz became an editor of three of Virgin Comics' Shakti Line titles in 2007 and oversaw Devi, Ramayan 3392 A. D. and The Sadhu. He wrote the Beyond series, based on a story created by Deepak Chopra.
In 2008 Marz wrote Broken Trinity, which featured the characters Witchblade, The Darkness, Angelus, as well as the tie-in series, Broken Trinity: Witchblade, Broken Trinity: Angelus, Broken Trinity: Aftermath. He signed an exclusive contract with Top Cow which entailed three comics a month - two "Top Cow Universe" titles and a creator-owned project. In 2011, Marz was the writer on Voodoo, part of DC Comics' company-wide title relaunch, The New 52. Chimera #1–4 CrossGen Chronicles #1–2, 5 Mystic #1–17 The Path #1–18 Scion #1–39 Sojourn #1–24 Dark Horse Presents #101–102, 138 Star Wars: Darth Maul #1–4 Star Wars: Empire #19–22, 24–28 Star Wars Tales #1–2 Batman/Aliens #1–2 Batman/Tarzan: Claws of the Cat-Woman #1–4 Darkness/Superman #1–2 Green Lantern Versus Aliens #1–4 DC vs. Marvel/Marvel vs. DC #1, 3 DC/Marvel: All Access #1-4 Green Lantern/Silver Surfer: Unholy Alliances #1 Angelus #1-6 Artifacts #1-13 Broken Trinity #1-3 Cyberforce vol. 3 #1-6 Dragon Prince#1-4 First Born #1-3 Magdalena vol. 3 Witchblade #80-150 #170-185 Ravine Unholy Union #1 X-O Manowar #44-49, #50-X, #50-O Beyond #1-3 Ron Marz's blog Ron Marz at the Comic Book DB Official message board m Comicbloc.com
Shadow Lass is a fictional comic book superheroine appearing in books published by DC Comics. She first appeared in Adventure Comics vol. 1 #365, was created by Jim Shooter and Curt Swan. Her real name is Tasmia Mallor and her homeworld is Talok VIII, she has the power to project darkness. Like all Talokians native to Talok VIII, she has pointed ears; the Talokians of Talok III such as Mikaal Tomas have light blue skin. She and her cousin Grev received their powers from their ancestors, whose spirits reside in a cave on Talok VIII; as her ancestors before her from the past thousand years, Tasmia is the hereditary shadow champion of Talok VIII. Her 20th century ancestors, Lydea Mallor and Lyrissa Mallor, were shadow champions and members of the interstellar police force L. E. G. I. O. N, her cousin Grev, who wielded the shadow power thanks to his bloodline, went on to join the Legion Academy as Shadow Kid, though aware that he could never join the team while she was an active member, he hoped to be better prepared to protect Talok in Tasmia's absence.
Shadow Lass joined the Legion. She helped the Legion to defeat them. After joining, she became romantically involved with Lar Gand and married him after he was mortally wounded fighting the Time Trapper as part of the conspiracy to avenge Superboy's death at the Trapper's hands, their marriage was rocky for many years despite their strong feelings for each other, Tasmia went into mourning when Gand died. The mourning was temporary, as he returned to her, inhabited by the Time Trapper's essence, until a cataclysmic battle erased the Trapper from existence and rewrote reality. In 1994, after the Zero Hour event, the Legion of Superheroes continuity was restarted. In this storyline, Shadow Lass used the codename Umbra and exhibited a much more aggressive and businesslike attitude. While Umbra never became involved with the Post-ZH reimagining of Lar Gand, she did make several attempts to garner his attention, only to be rebuffed. Tasmia Mallor was the latest in a long line of Shadow Champions of Talok VIII.
At birth she was taken from her mother, the then-current Champion, in a bid to ensure that no single accident or attack could claim both of them, saw her only seven times during her lifetime, all at solemn ceremonies in which they were forbidden to speak. As she grew up, she was raised by priests and was trained in combat and drilled in the order of her bloodline, she loved it. One day, her mother was killed in battle and she was brought before the leaders of Talok VIII's twelve tribes - the only time they would congregate peacefully - before entering the Shadow Cave, where she met the spirits of her mother and the other prior Champions. After they chastised her for never wondering how her mother died, she took to heart their counsel to protect Talok VIII and they told her to Go In Power. On leaving the cave, she found the inhabitants of Talok VIII on their knees, waiting for a sign - which she provided when she let the Shadows loose. After that, she became the Champion, using her position to give orders to leaders and priests, all in maintenance of the Old Ways.
This lasted. The United Planets ship came in peace, proselytizing the benefits of U. P. membership. Sent to greet the "invaders," she understood none of it, she set about dismantling the "hideous" ship and crew. Despite their best efforts, she caused an explosion. After that, the priests kept. Profoundly disturbed by the cultural influx and Talok's "captitulance", she was "dismissed", told to study the galaxy to "open her mind." She made her way to Earth, entered the Legion tryouts and was accepted as Umbra, although her curt attitude irritated Sensor. As part of the Legion, she fought Mordru, played a key part in saving Wildfire - despite, after her initial fierce compassion, being disgusted at the thought of the forcible integration of his two original souls. Far the Blight enslaved most of Earth, including all but a few of the Legionnaires. Umbra was not among these escapees; when she was freed, she began to have a mental breakdown, prompted not only by the fact of her enslavement and what she'd been forced to do, but by the fact that the Blight's touching of her mind had meant that she'd enjoyed it.
Shortly thereafter, she became one of the Legionnaires lost through a space rift and catapulted into another galaxy. There, she became harder and colder than in lieu of breaking down and showing the fear that now guided her, while the voices of her ancestors from the shadow became faint and hard to understand. Saturn Girl tried to telepathically calm her, it all went wrong - a telepathic matrix over a whole planet interfered with her powers, the result left Saturn Girl in a coma, a shadow-creature fueled by Umbra and Saturn Girl's combined pain and fear loose on the ship - and an Umbra without pain or anxiety, leaving only anger and arrogant self-confidence, she went down to the planet, where she began to fight Singularity, for whom the telepathic illusion which had caused the trouble was being maintained. When Ultra Boy and Monstress went down to get her, she began to fight them too, she was knocked out by Singularity while the Legion, having captured the shadow-creature and realized what it was, knocked out the illusion cau