Joining the World’s Greatest Super Heroes (JUSTICE LEAGUE vol. 2 #30-39, 2014-2015)
During the invasion of the Prime Earth by the evil Crime Syndicate, Jessica Cruz was a shell of her former self, never leaving her apartment due to the incident that took the lives of her friends and left her traumatized. Sensing her fear and despair, the Ring of Volthoom chose her as its owner upon the death of its previous wearer. Unlike a Green Lantern’s power ring, the Ring of Volthoom forced itself on its wearer, leaving Jessica no choice in the matter.
After asserting control of the ring with Batman’s assistance, Jessica was granted provisional membership in the Justice League under the name Power Ring. During this time, the League was faced with the threat of the Amazo virus, a synthetic plague meant to rob metahumans of their superpowers. Proving herself worthy during the outbreak, Cruz was asked by Hal Jordan to take his place in the League.
Breaking Free of Volthoom (JUSTICE LEAGUE vol. 2 #41-50, 2015)
When the evil Darkseid’s long-lost daughter Grail arrived on Prime Earth, she forced Jessica to open a portal to Earth-3, former home of the Crime Syndicate. This allowed the powerful Anti-Monitor, the cosmic being responsible for the Crisis on Infinite Earths, to cross over into the Prime Earth.
Grail forced a confrontation between Darkseid and the Anti-Monitor, a confrontation the Justice League was ultimately swept up in. During this crisis, Jessica positioned herself as a victim of the Black Racer, the embodiment of Death itself from the realm of the Fourth World. In doing so, she hoped to save the life of her teammate, the Flash, for whom she’d developed feelings. Instead, the Racer killed Volthoom itself, shattering her power ring. Due to her courage, a true Green Lantern ring chose Jessica as the latest human to join the Corps.
Rebirth (GREEN LANTERNS, 2016)
After the Darkseid War, Jessica became a true member of the Green Lantern Corps, and was assigned as the official Lantern of Sector 2814. She was, however, reluctantly partnered with fellow rookie Lantern Simon Baz, who would train her while Hal Jordan was off in space with his fellow Corps members. When Cruz and Baz showed they still had much to learn, Hal Jordan fused their power batteries into one, forcing the pair to put aside their differences and come together as a team.
During her time as Earth’s protector, as well as a member of the Justice League, Jessica Cruz has fended off the likes of the Red Lanterns, the Phantom Lantern and old foes of Hal Jordan’s like Doctor Polaris, slowly but surely proving herself a force to be reckoned with.