White Lantern Corps
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|White Lantern Corps|
|First appearance||Blackest Night #7 (April 2011)|
|Created by||Geoff Johns (writer)
Ivan Reis (artist)
The first White Lantern Corps member was created when Sinestro of Korugar bonded with the Entity, the embodiment of life itself. However, the Entity is removed from Sinestro by Nekron, and then claimed by Hal Jordan who, joined by the Flash, uses its power to rescue Superman, Superboy, Wonder Woman, Donna Troy, Ice, Animal Man, Kid Flash, and Green Arrow, who have all been turned into Black Lanterns by Nekron, as well as the Anti-Monitor. Jordan then uses the power of the Entity to revive Nekron's tether to the living world, Black Hand. The revived Black Hand regurgitates twelve white rings that destroy Nekron's body, and revive the Martian Manhunter, Aquaman, Deadman, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Jade, Firestorm (Ronnie Raymond), Osiris, Hawk, Maxwell Lord, Captain Boomerang, and Professor Zoom.
After the defeat of Nekron, all heroes that have been turned into White Lanterns are discharged from the Corps, save for Deadman, who is shown to be the only resurrected character retaining a white power ring as of Brightest Day #0.
The Entity tells Deadman that it is dying, and that he needs to find the "chosen one" to replace it; this becomes Deadman's assigned task. Deadman considers Hal Jordan to be the perfect candidate, and tells the Entity to take him to him. Instead of taking him to Hal Jordan, the White Lantern Ring takes Deadman and Dove to Aquaman and Mera. Aquaman explains what the White Lantern has told him: to find Jackson Hyde. Deadman questions why the Lantern has taken him to Aquaman when he should be searching for the Entity's replacement, and the ring replies that to find the new Entity, Deadman must help all the other resurrected complete their tasks. Aquaman understands what is at hand and explains to Deadman that for him to succeed, he must find and help others and explain to them what needs to happen.
Meanwhile, the White Lantern is acquired by Deathstorm (the Black Lantern version of Firestorm) who, by infecting it with his essence, is able to generate Black Lantern duplicates of the twelve heroes and villains resurrected by the Entity, apparently with the goal of preventing the resurrected from completing their tasks.
When his white ring reaches 100%, Deadman approaches Hawkman and Hawkgirl after their mission on Hawkworld. As a secondary labor, the Entity has asked them to live separate lives so that they may strengthen their existence, but they object. Hawkman tries to remove the White Power Ring from Deadman by force, but the Entity reduces them to white dust in front of Deadman's eyes. Meanwhile, Deathstorm and the Black Lanterns are shown delivering the White Battery to someone on Qward .
Deadman commands the ring to resurrect the two heroes, but the ring refuses, saying that this is part of The Entity's plan. It is revealed that when Nekron attacked the Earth, not only was The Entity mortally wounded, but the contamination of the planet was also heightened. Furthermore, the corruption will rise up in the form of another "dark avatar" of the darkness who will try to destroy the Star City forest, which is the key to save Earth's soul. The Entity resurrects the twelve characters with different purposes. Some of them, like Hawk, Maxwell Lord and Jade, are supposed to prevent further disasters and give Deadman and the Entity more time. But five of them (Aquaman, Firestorm, Martian Manhunter, Hawkman and Hawkgirl) are resurrected in order to overcome what held them back in life (what the Hawks already did by destroying the curse that haunted them) and by completing their tasks. Thus, their life force is purified and the ring takes their essences back because they are essential in saving Earth. Deadman also has a secondary purpose: to supply the white ring with power by embracing life.
Later the ring takes Deadman to the beach where Aquaman and Aqualad are battling Black Manta and Siren. There the Entity reveals to Deadman that it was the Entity that freed the Xebel soldiers from the Bermuda Triangle in order for Aquaman learn the truth about Mera. Aquaman's alliance sends the soldiers of Xebel back to the Bermuda Triangle, therefore completing Aquaman's task, but the Entity reduces Aquaman to water, to Mera's sorrow.
As Martian Manhunter completes his task, he is approached by the Entity, who tells him to choose between Mars and Earth. Martian Manhunter chooses Earth, and as he returns to the planet and reaches the forest in Star City he is again approached by Deadman. Deadman pleads for forgiveness, and the Martian Manhunter replies he understands since it's "part of the plan"; the Entity then merges the Martian Manhunter's essence with the planet Earth. Meanwhile, Firestorm discovers that the Anti-Monitor seeks to harvest the life energy within the White Lantern in order to grow stronger. Firestorm takes the Lantern and attempts to fight the Anti-Monitor, but is defeated. Deathstorm then brings Professor Stein out of his Matrix to taunt the two. Deathstorm attempts to turn Ronnie to salt, but the Professor takes the brunt of the attack. Angered, Ronnie decides to truly work together with Jason to avenge the Professor. The Entity then declares that Ronnie has accomplished his mission, returning life to him in a burst of white energy that obliterates the Black Lanterns, returns Jason's father to his home, and deposits Firestorm in the Star City forest. Ronnie angrily attempts to make the Entity resurrect the Professor, but is refused. Deadman then arrives demanding that he be given the White Lantern.
When the "Dark Avatar" makes his presence known, Deadman is forced to collect Ronnie's essence, turning Firestorm into one of the Elementals. The life forces of Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, Hawkman and Hawkgirl are also revealed to be part of the Elementals, which guard the forest located in Star City. They have been transformed by the Entity to represent the elements of Water (Aquaman), Fire (Firestorm), Earth (Martian Manhunter), and Wind (Hawkman and Hawkgirl). These elements protect the Star City Forest from the "Dark Avatar", which is revealed to be the Swamp Thing corrupted into a Black Lantern.
The Entity reveals that Alec Holland perished in an explosion in his lab, and that the present Swamp Thing is not actually Holland but rather an elemental being that thinks it is Holland as a result of absorbing his memories. The Elementals end up fighting Swamp Thing, and The Entity explains that Alec Holland must become the new Swamp Thing. While the Entity tries to familiarize itself with Alec Holland, Captain Boomerang arrives to take part in his labor; it is revealed that Captain Boomerang's mission was to free Hawk as an Avatar of War from the Lords of Chaos, because his act of saving Dove would have broken their hold on him to be his own self. However, he fails to catch the boomerang he threw and instead it is caught by Boston Brand. Because of this, Boston Brand dies and uses his final act to transfer his white power ring to Alec Holland and bring him back to life, allowing him to become the new Swamp Thing and cleanse "The Green" from Nekron's influence by destroying the corrupted Swamp Thing. As Swamp Thing, Alec Holland restores life to natural areas around the world and declares that those who hurt "The Green" will face his wrath. He also restores Aquaman, Firestorm, Hawkman, and Martian Manhunter to normal.
In the aftermath, Aquaman and Mera are reunited and are seen examining the Xebel technology, which turns out to be made from Atlantean technology. Ronald Raymond and Jason Rusch must find a way to contain their Firestorm matrix from the explosion less than ninety days hence. Hawkman discovers that Hawkgirl has not been restored to normal and goes off to look for her. Doctor Erdel's daughter Melissa begins to lose her mind, and the Martian Manhunter helps remove a piece of debris from her head. The book ends with Swamp Thing killing several businessmen who have engaged in polluting activities.
The New 52
During the events of the "Rise of the Third Army" storyline as part of The New 52, Kyle Rayner begins uniting the powers of all seven Corps to stop the latest threat, despite Kyle's uncertainty about his ability to channel the powers. After Kyle has mastered the seven powers of the emotional spectrum, he is transformed into a White Lantern with the ability to destroy some members of the Third Army, and now will apparently be able to stop the threat of the Guardians of the Universe. Later, Kyle and Carol Ferris arrive at the destroyed planet Korugar. Sinestro attacks them both, blaming them that his home planet is destroyed by the villainous First Lantern. He notices that Kyle has become a White Lantern and demanded that Korugar be restored, but Kyle fails to resurrect Korugar. Sinestro struggles with Kyle for the white ring, attempting to become a White Lantern himself, but the ring rejects him. The white ring then comes into the possession of Simon Baz, but he is rejected as well. The white ring then returns to Kyle's ownership.
Powers and abilities
Each White Lantern possesses a power ring that lets the user create white energy constructs powered by life itself. The original wielder of the Entity, Sinestro, displays the ability to eradicate swarms of Black Lanterns effortlessly and is described as "godlike". He also appears to survive a seemingly fatal wound from which he recovers within minutes. When Hal Jordan wields the power, he demonstrates the ability to create additional rings and restore heroes claimed by Nekron to life.
When Deadman possesses a white ring, he demonstrates the ability to resurrect a dead bird. He is also able to transform the area of land devastated by Prometheus into a lush forest. However, this seems to be the work of the Entity, as Deadman had been unable to access the ring's powers himself.
Similar to black rings, white rings initially have no charge. As the wearer embraces life again the ring rises in power level. What happens when a white ring reaches one hundred percent charge remains unknown. The only thing known is that the ring as it charged itself gave Deadman the sensation that someone would die. As the ring reached 100%, it forced Deadman to meet the Hawks where the ring tasked them a second labor, however when Carter and Shiera refused to obey, both lovers were apparently reduced to white dust in the process.
A green ring can be altered to function like a white ring if the user can master the emotional spectrum. This version of the ring is similar to a much more powerful version of the standard green ring, and ignores the Third Army's resistance to Lantern constructs, but displays no other special properties thus far. This white ring was unable to perform the resurrection to a planet's worth of beings that had died all at once, but it has not yet been tested on an individual basis to determine if this is a limitation of function or simply scope; Kyle claimed that he can only heal rather than raising the dead, but this may be an assumption rather than a fact.
- Kyle Rayner - After mastering the seven colors of the emotional spectrum into his own ring, Kyle created the white light and became a White Lantern. Kyle is the only White Lantern whose powers did not originate from the Entity or being chosen by the ring.
- Sinestro – Possessed by the Entity and discharged from the Corps after Nekron removed the Entity from him. During the events of "Wrath of the First Lantern", Sinestro tries to become a White Lantern once again so he could reconstruct Korugar and resurrect all its inhabitants, stealing Kyle Rayner's white ring, but the ring found him unsuitable as a host.
- Batman – Chosen by Deadman, but discharged after the ring reveals that Batman was not the true heir to the White Light.
- Deadman – Chosen to be the vessel of the Entity. Discharged from the Corps after giving his life to protect Dove and create the new Swamp Thing.
Nekron unearths a creature referred to as the Entity. Like Nekron, the Entity does not belong to the Emotional spectrum, but instead is the embodiment of the white light that creates life. It assumes the shape of a massive winged humanoid creature. There is no telling if the birth of the Entity was by accident or with purpose. As the light fought against darkness, stars and planets were born including a planet at the very spot the Entity entered - Earth. As the Entity's influence spread, life was created and, with life, emotions. As emotions began to manifest, so did the seven emotional embodiments.
It appears that the Entity resided inside the White Power Battery that landed in Silver City, New Mexico and communicated with Deadman through his white ring. The Entity also allowed itself to be corrupted by Deathstorm, the Black Lantern version of Firestorm, and brought back the Black Lantern versions of the twelve resurrected heroes and villains. It was later moved to Qward in the Anti-matter universe only to take some kind of information from the Anti-Monitor. The White Power Battery has since been returned to Earth and after locating the Chosen One that took the Entity's place, the Entity and the White Power Battery left for parts unknown.
Labors of the Twelve
The Entity reveals that it is dying and that the twelve heroes and villains were resurrected with the express purpose to complete a task before they can truly live again.
The tasks are as follow:
- Deadman – Locate "the chosen one" that will take the Entity's place. Mission accomplished, after being mortally injured saving Dove, his lifeforce was used to resurrect the Swamp Thing.
- Hawkman – Prevent Queen Khea from leaving Hawkworld. Mission accomplished. Given a second task – Must live life separately to live life stronger, but Carter refused to be separated from Hawkgirl again so the Entity collected his lifeforce to became part of the Air Elemental. He was restored to normal when Swamp Thing became the new Life Entity and is now forced to life life separately from Hawkgirl, since she was the only one to stay as an Elemental.
- Hawkgirl – Prevent Hath-Set from killing Hawkman. Mission accomplished. Given a second task – Must live life separately to live life stronger, but she refused to be separated from Hawkman again and her lifeforce was collected by the Entity to became part of the Air Elemental. When Swamp Thing became the new Life Entity, he forced the two lovers to live life separately, as Hawkgirl was the only one to stay as an Elemental while Hawkman was restored to normal.
- Martian Manhunter – Burn down the newly-formed forest on Mars. Mission accomplished. His lifeforce was merged afterwards with the planet Earth to create the Earth Elemental. He was restored to normal when Swamp Thing became the new Life Entity.
- Aquaman – Locate Jackson Hyde before Xebel's Death Squad does. Mission accomplished. His lifeforce was collected by the Entity afterwards to create the Water Elemental. He was restored to normal when Swamp Thing became the new Life Entity.
- Firestorm (Ronald Raymond and Jason Rusch) – Learn from each other and defeat the Black Lantern Firestorm (currently calling himself Deathstorm) in the Firestorm Matrix before he destroys the Entity. Mission accomplished. Ronnie's lifeforce was collected by the Entity afterwards to create the Fire Elemental. Ronnie was restored to normal when Swamp Thing became the new Life Entity.
- Hawk – Catch the boomerang that Captain Boomerang throws at Dawn Granger. Mission failed as the Avatar of War cannot be influenced by the Life Entity.
- Professor Zoom – Free Barry Allen from the Speed Force. Mission was already accomplished in The Flash: Rebirth.
- Captain Boomerang – Throw a boomerang at Dawn Granger. Mission accomplished.
- Osiris – Save his sister Isis from her fate. Mission accomplished.
- Maxwell Lord – Prevent Magog from plunging the world into war. Mission accomplished.
- Jade – Help her brother Obsidian to "balance the darkness". Mission accomplished.
In the alternate timeline of the "Flashpoint" event, an infant version of the Entity slumbers deep beneath the Earth's surface. Concerned for its safety, the Guardians of the Universe ordered Abin Sur to evacuate it from Earth and bring it back to Oa before the planet Earth itself would be destroyed. When Abin Sur enters the Earth and becomes the Earth's hero, the Guardians contact him once again to retrieve the Entity which he refuses stating that he will retrieve the Entity after he helps the Earth population against the Atlantis/Amazon war. The Guardians grow impatient with Abin, discharging him from the Corps. During the climactic battle of the Atlantis/Amazon War, a device triggered by the Atlanteans begins a shattering earthquake. Abin leaps into a crevice in an attempt to stop the destruction only for his ring to run out of power. The Entity then joins with Abin giving him the power to restore the Earth as Abin Sur flies out into space.
In other media
- Blackest Night #7 (February 2010)
- Blackest Night #8 (March 2010)
- Brightest Day #0 (April 2010)
- Brightest Day #8 (August 2010)
- Brightest Day #9 (September 2010)
- Brightest Day #11 (October 2010)
- Brightest Day #18 (January 2011)
- Brightest Day #19 (February 2011)
- Brightest Day #20 (February 2011)
- Brightest Day #21 (March 2011)
- Brightest Day #22 (March 2011)
- Brightest Day #23 (April 2011)
- Brightest Day #24 (April 2011)
- Green Lantern: New Guardians #0 (September 2012)
- Green Lantern: New Guardians #16 (January 2013)
- Green Lantern: New Guardians #19 (April 2013)
- Green Lantern vol. 4 #52 (March 2010)
- Brightest Day #17 (January 2011)
- Brightest Day #14 (November 2010)
- Brightest Day #7 (August 2010)
- Birds of Prey vol. 2 #4 (August 2010)
- The Flash: Rebirth #1-6 (April 2009-February 2010)
- The Flash vol. 3 (September 2010)
- Titans vol. 2 #26 (August 2010)
- Titans vol. 2 #32 (February 2011)
- Justice League: Generation Lost #7 (August 2010)
- Justice League: Generation Lost #13 (November 2010)
- Justice League of America vol. 2 #48 (August 2010)
- Flashpoint: Abin Sur - The Green Lantern #1 (June 2011)
- Flashpoint: Abin Sur - The Green Lantern #2 (July 2011)
- Flashpoint: Abin Sur - The Green Lantern #3 (August 2011)