Art by: Bill Willingham
This is the first issue of the Emerald Twilight story arc, leading to Hal Jordan's fall, and the birth of Kyle Rayner's time as the Green Lantern. This story was set up during the Reign of the Supermen event, which had Cyborg Superman team up with Mongol to destroy Coast City, making way for a way-station to turn the Earth into Warworld. While the station was destroyed, the damage was done; Coast City was destroyed.
It has been years since I first read this, and now it's time to see if it holds up.
We open the book with a Hal Jordan kneeling in agony of the hole that was once Coast City. He looks to his ring as a narrator explains why this was such a huge loss for Hal; how this was the city that created the man he was to this day. He then raises his ring into the sky to create a bubble around the hole, leaving himself inside.
Inside the bubble, he creates apparently a sentient construct of his father. The pair talk, leading Hal to ask his father for his approval. This actually surprised me reading it then and now, as Hal never really seemed like the man who always wanted approval from his father. The pair argue from there, and it
Things get a bit stranger when his mother appears, and tells him that everything will be okay, and he can move on....except he ignores that and with all the power in his ring, recreates the entirety of Coast City and it's people.