The Anti-Monitor is the antagonist of the 1985 DC Comics miniseries Crisis on Infinite Earths. He first appeared in Crisis on Infinite Earths #2, and was destroyed in Crisis on Infinite Earths #12, only to return after a long absence in Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps Special #1 (2007). At the end of the Sinestro Corps war, the Anti-Monitor’s shriveled and glowing form crashed on an unknown planet. He was recognized by a dark voice that bade him rise. Too weak to resist or escape, a Black Power Battery formed around him. In Green Lantern issue 43 this was revealed to be the planet Ryut in sector 666, homeworld of Atrocitus- last of the Five Inversions and founder of the Red Lantern Corps. First the Black Lantern Corps rose from the Crypt on Oa decimating the planet and many Lanterns in their horrific path. Then Kyle Rayner’s brush with death and a Black Lantern ring resulted in Guy Gardner being blinded by great rage as he transformed into a Red Lantern killing machine. All this tragedy and devastation led to the collapse of the Green Lantern Central Power Battery.
How could writer Peter J. Tomasi and artist Patrick Gleason make things any worse for our Emerald Warriors? How about the return of one of the greatest threats the DC Universe has ever known: THE ANTI-MONITOR? When the battery is brought to Earth, the Anti-Monitor stirs within, demanding to be let out. He begins draining the white energies of Dove in order to affect an escape.
Life is never easy but in the DC Universe it is very very hard. Geoff Johns has painted a picture of no hope and he is going to amaze us I am sure with the remainder of story. The Black Lantern saga is better than Final Crisis and it makes the other pieces of history in the DC Universe fit together. It also gives direction to DC that it really needs. Good or bad it has got my attention and I will not miss the conclusion bar a nuclear holocaust. See you at the comic shop. Stay tuned comic faithful for More. 🙂 Walt