Oct 31, 2016
The 40 Years of Comics Project - Day 613: Cosmic Odyssey #2, 1988
No, that wasn't a hoax or a dream. The Anti-Life Equation is a sentient anti-matter creature.
So, anyway, its plan is to destroy a bunch of star systems in order that a gateway between its dimension and our own is formed, thus allowing it to take control of everything in the universe. The superheroes pair up and head off to stop the destruction of these planets.
What we have in this issue is a John Stewart Green Lantern that I don't think I've ever encountered, really. I don't remember him being quite this arrogant in Crisis on Infinite Earths, and he's certainly not this way in more recent fare. But here, he thinks he's such hot shit that he'll leave J'onn J'onzz behind and try to defuse an extra-dimensional super-god-bomb by himself. I don't imagine it's any surprise that he fails.
Well, actually, it kind of is. Superheroes don't fail in these kinds of situations. The planet full of innocent beings never blows up, especially not because the hero was too proud. You might think I'm being facetious here, but I'm not. It's a rare occurrence that results in the destruction of an entire civilization due to a superhero's negligence. That's what happens here.
The really infuriating part of this is that I was recently reading something featuring John Stewart, something outside of the Project, and they reference his failure at Xanshi. And the older, wiser John Stewart carries that burden, and it's what makes him the hero that he is currently (or, rather, last time I read/watched him).
So some bits are retconned, and some are not. Onward!