Blackest Night has come and gone, and Brightest Day is rounding the corner as well, and yes it was these two series that made me a big fan of the green and black ring slingers. I already have my personal prediction that Deadman would be the perfect choice as the new White Lantern, but that’s another topic. Of the many things that stood out to me in the Blackest Night series, the one thing which many may think is quite small is the fact that I personally believe that Jonathan Crane a.k.a the Scarecrow should not only become a member of the Sinestro Corps once again, but could possibly be one of the most powerful ring slingers to rival Sinestro or Hal if given the chance.
Let’s face it…as one of the many villains in the Batman story arc he’s gone from top dog to sublevel, aside from his ability to make fear inducing toxins which Batman and company manage to overcome time and time again he’s not really that much of a threat as opposed to a Joker or some of the new heavy hitters coming out of the wood works.
But you put a yellow ring on him, and he could possibly be one of the most dangerous men in the DC Universe. Yes Sinestro knows fear, but Crane is the master of fear having studied for most of his life. His mere obsession with it has made it where he’s completely immune to it other than when he goes against Batman. I could see an entire character build on Crane where he’s shot off into outer space and spends some time (a year or two) on adventures learning how to master his ring, become a better skilled fighter, and put a little more muscle on his bone.
A brand new opponent for Hal to deal with and he could even come back and give the Bat family some hell.
Not to mention other than Hal Jordan, John Stewart, Kyle Rayners, Black Hand and Carol Danvers there’s no other human that’s a ring slinger. Very rarely do we see villains evolve and become stronger than the hero, it’s usually the hero that develops a new power or ability. I think the Scarecrow has stood out enough to me to earn the right to become a major character in the Green Lantern series.
Batman has enough villains to deal with he can afford to be without the Scarecrow for awhile, and I think that Crane could develop to be an even stronger nemesis than the Black Hand.
Anyway that’s my two cents…what do you guys and gals think?