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Off My Mind: Will Eclipso Corrupt the DC Universe?

Eclipso is coming back and everyone better watch out.

There's a familiar evil coming back to town. We know comic book characters don't often catch a break and the Justice League of America are no exception. This current incarnation is still in its new stage and they are about to face a deadly threat--a threat known as Eclipso
 
Everyone has a darkness in them and Eclipso, a vengeance demon, will be seeking that out and using it to his advantage. Eclipso is summoned by feelings of rage and revenge. Eclipso has tried take over Earth before but failed. In order to succeed this time, Eclipso has to corrupt powerful heroes in order to use their strength and skills for his own means. That's where the Justice League of America comes in. 
 
The current roster is made up of several powerful characters. They do have their share of experience fighting evil but are still getting used to fighting together as the Justice League. If Eclipso can fully corrupt the Justice League, his next target will be the Spectre. It was the Spectre that gave Eclipso a sound defeat recently. In order to succeed this time, Eclipso needs to take out Spectre quickly. If it fulfills any need for revenge, I'm sure that will be okay with Eclipso.  
 
What is Eclipso's true motive? Does he simply want to try to take over the Earth again? 
 == TEASER == 
In the upcoming "The Rise of Eclipso" story arc in next month's Justice League of America, the Lord of Darkness will begin his attack against mankind. It might seem odd that Eclipso could so easily corrupt  such noble characters as the members of the Justice League. In the past, he's simply been able to corrupt heroes by attaching to their rage. How could heroes not feel any anger or rage when they're faced with a never-ending battle against evil. These heroes are only human after all...well, most of them are. If even Superman can get possessed, the new Justice League can as well. 
 
We've seen the big stories where evil tries to win but always gets defeated. When Eclipso starts to unravel his plan, it's going to be bigger than anything he's tried before. Villains should learn from their mistakes. Eclipso has made several in the past. That's what will make his so dangerous this time. Despite the feeling of Brightest Day in the DC Universe, there's is still darkness. 
 
It appears that Eclipso's attack will also bring in a new Lantern to the Justice League, Saint Walker the Blue Lantern. We will see if his power of hope is strong enough to cut through the darkness Eclipso unleashes. 
 
Does Eclipso stand a chance? Besides Saint Walker, are there heroes free from anger and rage? Superman recently lost his fellow Kryptonians on New Krypton, Batman just needs to be reminded of the evil that takes away innocent lives, Hal Jordan has the memory of the destruction of Coast City and being possessed by Parallax. We know that Jade and Obsidian will play a part in balancing the darkness. It will be interesting to see what hidden rage the heroes are hiding inside. If they can't contain and overcome it, Eclipso will win.
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Posted by marvelunivers_deleteme

big fan of  your articles

Posted by Billy Batson

good article

Posted by dondasch

Eclipso should just target/team with Atrocitus for an unending well of rage

Posted by Final Arrow

i've missed Eclipso and his battles with Lar Grand, it was some of the best stuff coming out back in the 90's. One of my fav bad guys with a lot to offer. great article G-dude

Posted by G-Man
@Final Arrow: I just re-read that issue of Eclipso The Darkness Within. My copy still has the little plastic diamond on the cover. Still kinda freaks me out. I don't want to touch it and become corrupted. 
 
@marvelunivers: @Billy Batson: Thanks guys! I appreciate it!
Posted by Final Arrow
@G-Man: OMG TOUCH IT.... see a future staff video appearing in his head. Seriously though this is really exciting news for me, the stuff they did with Eclipso in 52 was a little weak for my liking, never really caught the true menace of the character.
Posted by ComicMan24

Looks good. I might check it.

Posted by karrob
@marvelunivers said:
" big fan of  your articles "
Edited by ohrenclez

that's funny...yesterday i read some old issues of the brave and the bold with green arrow, the butcher and the question and there was an ad for eclipso the darkness within...and i thought i gotta read that story arc :)...now i'll read it for sure

Posted by Doctor!!!!!

First it was the Red Skull in the Marvel Universe, now Eclispo...... well he is Demon of Darkness 
he has a better shot at total universe corruption...... Just Sayin'

Posted by thecheckeredman

Can DC just move on from the Rainbow Brite lanterns already? 
 
Do they have to be involved with everything at DC?  I'm waiting for the return of 'Mazing Man as a lantern in some sort of an epic storyline that will change DC forever!

Posted by Supreme Marvel

This is when they call in Captain Marvel!!!!  Also Eclipso is one of my favourite villains.

Posted by Final Arrow
@Supreme Marvel said:
" This is when they call in Captain Marvel!!!!  Also Eclipso is one of my favourite villains. "
High five that sh!t
Posted by Supreme Marvel
@Final Arrow said:
" @Supreme Marvel said:
" This is when they call in Captain Marvel!!!!  Also Eclipso is one of my favourite villains. "
High five that sh!t "
UP TOP!!
Edited by Supreme Marvel

Hopefully this is where James Robinson corrects his mistake in Cry for Justice and just brings in Billy Batson as Captain Marvel and pave the way for a series written by Grant Morrison...
 
Too much?

Posted by ComicMan24
@Supreme Marvel: Most likely but I like the way you are thinking lol
Posted by Dr. Detfink

Since when has the Spectre been getting his butt kicked in every comic book out there? 
 
Nice to see Brett Booth (Backlash) get a job again...

Posted by darksoul7th

Awesome I LOVE Eclipso!!!!!!

Posted by sora_thekey

I know nothing about Eclipso.... but is it me or is his return somewhat similar of Fear Itself?

Posted by ImBumblebeesLover

Woah o_o

Posted by HaHaManHV

OKay, gotta ask it, who cares? It's a single storyline. Eclipso won't do anything crazy and the most this arc will do is effect the next Justice League Arc or too, and maybe the Spectre. I don't really see the need for an article on a storyline when there are like 50 storylines 
 
As it stands though, I like the Spectre and I like Eclipso, especially in his Justice League two-parter. So hopefully he gets good treatment here and Robinson doesn't suck the life out of the story like he normally does

Posted by Decept-O

This sounds great!  I can't believe I forgot about Eclipso.  Looking forward to this one.
Posted by comicfetish

is the Eclipso storyline going to spread across other DCU titles or is it going to be contained in the JLA issues and have Eclipso job against this lame incarnation of the JLA in an attempt to make them look better?
Posted by moffattbooks

I'll stick to Flashpoint this year, my wallet already hates me enough

Posted by TheShame

It''l be difficult to manipulate Batman, he's able to process some pretty stressful stuff, as morrisson's run has shown.  Same with Hal Jordan and overcoming Parallax.  Superman will probably be most vulnerable, what with his father, uncle and fellow kryptonians dying within such a short span of time+he's vulnerable to magic, so the choice may be out of his hands...

Posted by KNIGHT SAVIOR

can't wait for the issue  to come out
Posted by ld12278

Yeah Saint Walker!!!! Blue Lanterns for the win!! (I'm such a groupie)

Posted by Fantasgasmic

As someone who never even considered Eclipso part of MY DC universe, I gotta say, this sounds like it MIGHT be worth reading.

Posted by the_fallen11

I love Eclipso, but his apperance in the JL book does nothing for me :( I really wish that the title lead continuity instead of following it :/
Posted by Darkmount1

AND it's Bruce Gordon back as Eclipso. I thought Gordon should have stuck with a normal life, but...
Posted by JonesDeini
@sora_thekey said:
" I know nothing about Eclipso.... but is it me or is his return somewhat similar of Fear Itself? "
Well the big two are ever so fond of parroting each other these days...
Posted by TDK_1997

It will be an interesting arc.

Posted by NightFang
@dondasch said:
" Eclipso should just target/team with Atrocitus for an unending well of rage "
That would be a pretty cool to story.
Posted by omegaiceman

Hopefully after this arc the JLA will become stacked again. I do not like the current roster

Posted by Yung ANcient One

so after the BRIGHTEST DAY
we
have
a
Eclipse?
 
wow

Posted by CraigWayne

So Jean Loring is not Eclipso anymore?
Posted by charlieboy

i am really looking forward to this. i love the current lineup of justice league.  and i think eclipso is a good villain.
Posted by JonesDeini
@comicfetish said:
" is the Eclipso storyline going to spread across other DCU titles or is it going to be contained in the JLA issues and have Eclipso job against this lame incarnation of the JLA in an attempt to make them look better? "
LMAO 
My dude, who's even on their squad these days? I've noticed Congorilla, only because he's a golden ape that is not of Saiyan origins. 
Posted by jakob187

OH HEY!  MARVEL IS DOING FEAR ITSELF, SO OBVIOUSLY DC NEEDS RAGE ITSELF!  RIGHT? 
 
T_T  I'm getting sick of the "similarities" in these events.  At least Marvel's vampire thing is something original.  =  /

Posted by TheMinister707
@Yung ANcient One: Mindf*ck!!!
Posted by Eyz
@CraigWayne said:
" So Jean Loring is not Eclipso anymore? "
...good news..?
Edited by Caligula

Doubtful because Villains usually fail. Although Norman did rule the Marvel Universe for like a year (which was awesome). So maybe but it's highly unlikely that Eclipso succeeds. (unless this is gonna be DC's answer to Dark Reign)

Posted by Out_of_Space

Seriesly !? Eclipso !?

Posted by Skaddix

Yes, Spectre jobbing to another opponent.

Posted by G-Man
@jakob187: This has been in the works since before Marvel had their Fear Itself announcement. This is also coming out before. I don't think they'll be closely related.
Posted by Theodore

I'm hoping for a good JLA story from this.

Posted by sweatboy

once in the battle forums (Martian vs the Flash) someone said Wally West could THINK so fast that no one can conquer his mind. If he KNEW Eclipso was on to him, i wonder if he could guard himself from Eclipso

Posted by The Stegman
@Caligula: technically dc did a Dark Reign- like story first when Lex Luthor was president and hunting down heroes like Batman and Superman