(Editor’s note: This is another in a series of irregularly-scheduled columns by Managing Editor Byron Brewer, mainly dealing with cosmic comics and their many denizens. Mr. Brewer’s opinions do not necessarily reflect that of CosmicBookNews.com. He welcomes both raves and opposing views.)
By Byron Brewer
If you are not reading “The Hunted” in DC’s new Threshold anthology book, you should be!
It stars a dynamic although flawed Green Lantern like none you have ever encountered before by the name of Jediah Caul. He is quite a mystery, and he has gotten himself caught in a deadly game by just trying to help out Carol Ferris. How many Lanterns has this happened to? lol
Although little is known about Caul’s past, here (courtesy of the stories by cosmic fan fave Keith Giffen, father of Annihilation and Guardians of the Galaxy) is what we know thus far:
Caul was a deep cover operative that worked in the Tenebrian Dominion, cut loose by the Guardians of the Universe when they started their Third Army War. As said, he introduced Star Sapphire (Carol Ferris), Saint Walker and Arkillo to the Star Rovers, who were to smuggle Star Sapphire into the Tenebrian Dominion where she tried to persuade the powerful Lady Styx to join in the fight cause against the Third Army at the behest of the Zamarons.
Caul, none too happy about being discovered in the first place (deep cover, remember) helped Saint Walker and Arkillo get Ferris to safety because she was caught and became part of the cosmic TV game show called The Hunted. Later, Caul was knocked unconscious by Arkillo and left on the same planet where he became part of the same game. (Thanks for the help, Jediah!)
So much for Star Sapphire’s “love.”
After he was released within society, his power ring mysteriously embedded in his chest but with no power, he became the next target of The Hunted. The others easily recognized him and started attacking him, but when he was on the run Caul was saved by the girl named Ember. Later, he left her (at least shortly) and went on his own way.
Since then, he has battled an unconscious Blue Beetle (also there as part of The Hunted) armor, Captain K’Rot and met other contestants (Stealth) who are banding together under the leadership of T’om T’morra.
The city of Tolerance where much of the TV show’s action takes place has been captured by Superman foe Brainiac and bottled like Krypton’s own city of Kandor. It will be interesting to see where friend and foe of our boy Jediah Caul go from here.
Now go out and start reading Threshold. We need this one to stay!