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Not exactly. I don’t remember seeing Power Ring’s battery mutate people into monsters in the most recent stories. However, the current version of the Ring of Volthoom does corrupt its wearer by feeding off their fears. This was most recently exhibited in the latest Crime Syndicate series. So, not exactly the same but the ring still has a corrupting influence.
Yes, Volthoom’s background has changed a lot since then and now. The Volthoom mentioned in this issue is in line with how he was characterized in Justice League of America #29:
In the modern stories, Volthoom was retconned as the “First Lantern” or the first creature in the Multiverse to wield a power ring. Power Ring’s Ring of Volthoom is now powered by a part of Volthoom’s soul and there are now Overlords of Oa from Earth-3 that oversee their Power Ring agents.
Hey! My boy gets a win!!! It was great to see Captain Comet finally come out on top and against enemies as powerful as the Crime Syndicate! He’s a jobber no more!
Honestly, I can’t remember ever seeing him use it. I even flipped through a lot of the Secret Society issues to try and double-check. It could be that I missed something, but I didn’t see it. My best guess is that he must’ve used it at some point during his original run in Strange Adventures.
One, last thing: This issue kind of threw me because we are introduced to Earth-3’s Lois Lane. This kind of confused me because I associate Super-Woman as being Earth-3’s Lois. After doing more research, I came to the conclusion that was because of Grant Morrison’s JLA: Earth Two. That story makes the alternate Earth’s Lois Lane into Super-Woman and that stuck with the character into Forever Evil and Convergence. Prior to that, Super-Woman was just an evil Amazon.