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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Star Sapphire Key Issues Part 2


Alright, we're at Part 2 of this Star Sapphire key issues series, and this one definitely ends it. Most, if not all, of these keys are bargain bin issues or not at all sought out. 

These are definitely Modern Age key issues, but they are key issues. Some are more important than others concerning the Star Sapphire mythos.

Unfortunately, this subgroup within the Green Lantern mythos was expanded on a bit more during this era than the Silver Age or Bronze Age. So, if you missed Part 1, that link will bring ya back. Otherwise, let's wrap up this series. Here's more Star Sapphire key comics.




GREEN LANTERN #83 VOLUME 3
1st appearance of Fatality

Yrra Cynril made her debut as a Xanshian foe to the Green Lantern Corps, as one of its members was responsible for the destruction of her homeworld Xanshi. The Green Lantern responsible would later be revealed as none other than John Stewart.

She would later the join the Sinestro Corps, and after the Sinestro Corp War, she was captured by the Zamarons. They encased her in a crystal and hoped to remove the anger in her heart and fill it with love.

Fatality would end up joining the Star Sapphire Corps, but not in this issue. That would happen over a decade later. If we are talking about foes of John Stewart here, Fatality is definitely one worth noting.

Actually, she is currently John Stewart's love interest as well. If the upcoming Green Lantern Corps movie has John Stewart in it, which is an extremely high possibility, Fatality just may show up in the future of the movie franchise. That's if they cover the entire emotional spectrum of all the Lanterns.

After all, Geoff Johns is one of the co-creators of this character. Fatality's first appearance in Green Lantern #83 from the 3rd series was published February, 1997.

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GREEN LANTERN #1 VOLUME 4
1st appearance of Jillian Pearlman

Issue #1 to the 4rth Green Lantern comic series, and Hal Jordan is back and stars in this series. Once again, Geoff Johns helms this come back series and would introduce a new supporting character. Green Lantern #1 from the 4rth series sees the first appearance of Jillian Pearlman.

Pearlman is also a test pilot with the call sign Cowgirl. They were intimate for a while and she was even possessed by the Star Sapphire gem and became Star Sapphire temporarily.

There is a variant cover for this issue by Alex Ross. July, 2005 was when this comic was published.

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GREEN LANTERN #18 VOLUME 4
1st cameo Jillian Pearlman as Star Sapphire

Jillian Pearlman doesn't have that many appearances as Star Sapphire but she does appear as the character in a last page cameo within this issue. The Star Sapphire gem realizes that Hal Jordan also desires Jillian Pearlman and switches from Carol Ferris to possess Jillian Pearlman.

Pearlman does not become part of the Sapphire Corps, but she is a major supporting character and love interest for Hal Jordan in the Green Lantern volume 4 comic series. I think she has a total of 3 appearances as Star Sapphire, but the story arc within those 3 issues does see the creation of the Star Sapphire Corps.

Jillian "Cowgirl" Pearlman's first cameo appearance as Star Sapphire in Green Lantern #18 (4th series) was published May, 2000, and it is still pretty much a bargain bin for now. Not that surprising there. 

Nonetheless, it is a Star Sapphire related key issue though pretty minor. The character as Star Sapphire shows up on the last page of this issue as depicted in the image provided to the left there. You can click on it to see the larger image if you desire.

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GREEN LANTERN #19 VOLUME 4
1st full Jillian Pearlman as Star Sapphire

While Jillian is shown as Star Sapphire at the end of issue #18 to this comic series, she is the character throughout most of this issue. Nobody is noting this key as anything, and it's pretty much a minor key issue for Green Lantern and the Star Sapphire mythos.

If you're into Modern Age keys and a fan of both Green Lantern and Star Sapphire, this one is such but probably not the best. Green Lantern #19 from the 4th volume was published June, 2007.

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GREEN LANTERN #20 VOLUME 4
1st appearance of Star Sapphire Corps

Despite being a Modern Age key, this issue here that sees the first appearance of the Star Sapphire Corps just might have potential. Realizing that the gem or the power of the Star Sapphire was too great to control, the Zamarons forged a power battery and power rings.

The violet energy is fueled mostly by love but can also fuel rage within the wielder. Unlike the gems, those who wield the Violet power rings are aware of their actions and could control the negative impulses of love, which is often rage.

Not only does this issue see the first appearance of the Star Sapphire Corps, it also sees the first appearances of the Star Sapphire ring and power battery. Carol Ferris also joins the Star Sapphire Corps or Violet Lanterns in this issue, and Green Lantern #20 was published July, 2007.

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GREEN LANTERN #36 VOLUME 4
1st appearance of Fatality as a Star Sapphire

Out of all the old Sinestro Corps members that the Zamarons encased in crystal and hoped to rehabilitate, Fatality is one of the only ones that was successful in removing the anger and fear from within them. Therefore, in this issue, Fatality emerges from her crystal case as a Star Sapphire and becomes part of the Star Sapphire Corps.

She would then set out to find John Stewart once again, but this time to express that she has romantic feelings for him. The two would become an item, and Fatality would become a major supporting character as a Violet Lantern. 

May be a Modern Age keys issue for Star Sapphire fans to consider. Green Lantern #36 from the 4th series was published December, 2008.

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GREEN LANTERN CORPS #29 VOLUME 2
1st appearance of Miri Riam

Miri Riam is another character that would eventually become part of the Violet Lantern Corps or the Star Sapphire Corps. She was created by Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason.

Due to the grief she felt for her lost love that murdered by Mongul, a Star Sapphire ring was drawn to her by the immense power of love she felt for her fallen husband. The ring told her of the great love she possessed and that the universe needed those like her to protect love and those hearts that chose it.

Miri Riam accepted the offer and trained on Zamaron before she was appointed a member of the Star Sapphire Corps by Queen Aga'po. Miri Riam is part of the Star Sapphire Corps and has been in quite a few important story arcs concerning the group.

December, 2008 is the publishing date for Green Lantern Corps #29 from the 2nd series.

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GREEN LANTERN CORPS #30 VOLUME 2
1st appearance of Queen Aga'po

Queen Aga'po is the Zamaron queen, and although she doesn't have that many appearances in the Green Lantern comics, she has been shown in various other media. Queen Aga'po was in the Green Lantern game Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters that came out in 2011.

Her first appearance is in this issue, and this issue is part two to the story line, "The Sins of the Star Sapphire". Queen Aga'po was created by Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason, and Green Lantern Corps #20 was published January, 2009.

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GREEN LANTERN #21 VOLUME 5
1st appearance of Nol-Anj

Not all the new Star Sapphires would be good guys. Nol-Anj was an intergalactic criminal before she was caught by a Green Lantern and imprisoned on Oa. 

When Larfleeze of the Orange Lantern Corps attacks Oa, a Star Sapphire comes to the aid of the planet but is killed. This Star Sapphire's ring then searches for another who has the love that is worthy to wield it.

Sensing her love for her Clann, the Star Sapphire ring finds Nol-Anj in her sciencell. Nol-Anj would then trick the Green Lantern and guard named Cossite into believing that she loves him.

Unfortunately for Cossite, he had already fallen in love with Nol-Anj and was easily manipulated into letting her out. She then acquired the Star Sapphire ring and uses the power to kill Cossite and escape.

I'm not sure in what issue Nol-Anj first appears as a Star Sapphire. It might be issue #22 or #23. Issue #23 does have the first cover appearance of Nol-Anj as a Star Sapphire though.

Nol-Anj was created by Robert Venditti and Billy Tan, and this issue was published August, 2013.

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Just a few more Star Sapphire characters are introduced during the Modern Age as noted above, and the 1st appearance of the Star Sapphire Corps is pretty much a good one to have in case that group debuts in a future Green Lantern movie. As for a long-term investment hold, I wouldn't bet too strongly on any of these in Part 2.

Perhaps, the first appearance of Fatality might be a cheap short-term investment buy as well. The character is greatly connected to John Stewart as a villain and love interest, and introducing that character just might be cool if the Green Lantern movie franchise wants to get into the whole Sinestro Corps War or even the Blackest Night story line that follows.

Anyways, this key issues list is probably best for fans of the Star Sapphire character who don't care much about the comic investment aspect, but who knows what the future holds for this character. Hope you enjoyed and see ya next time.


6 comments:

  1. Thank you sir! In my humble opinion the Star Sapphire key issue list is a great masterpiece. Love it! Only thing I' m missing is a cosplay photo gallery... ;-)

    Max Rebo

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    1. Funny, Mr. Rebo, I was contemplating a Star Sapphire cosplay write up. Some of the cosplay looks amazingly hot for the character. Yowza, definitely on my list of things to write up!

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  2. GREAT CHARACTER FIND 2015 ALERT!!!

    Howdy Mayhem,

    I stumbled upon Strange Tales 158 because it is on my Marvel Monopoly Edition. I didn' t know why it had been put there, because the game board only featured big guns like Incredible Hulk 181, Silver Surfer 1 and so on. I did some research and found out that it featured the first full appearance of the living tribunal, a quite powerfull cosmic being. What do you think, Mayhem? Could we have the next Thanos here? I heard that the character is somehow related to the power of the infinity gems.

    Would be great to hear from you...

    Ace

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    1. Great find Ace! Definitely one with a lot potential since the living tribunal regulates the balance of the Marvel Universe. Would be a good entity to throw out there in the cinematic world since he first appears in a Dr. Strange story and does have a role in the Infinity Gauntlet series.

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  3. THANK YOU; TCM. I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS LISTING; MAYBE I CAN START BUYING SOME SILVER AGE GREEN LANTERN BOOKS BEFORE THE MOVIE COMES OUT.

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    1. Glad you liked it, Oraldo. Silver Age Green Lantern is pretty hot for certain keys right now. 1st Guy Gardner and John Stewart being two of them. Also first Kyle Raynor as well.

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