BLACK LANTERN CORPS (DEATH)
- The Blackest Night falls from the skies,
- The darkness grows as all light dies,
- We crave your hearts and your demise,
- By my black hand--The dead shall rise!
- In the concluding issues of the Sinestro Corps War story-arc, Superboy-Prime hurls the Anti-Monitor into space. He crashes onto the dead planet of Ryut and is encased within a Black Power Battery of unknown origin. The symbol on black power rings (a triangle pointing downwards, with five lines radiating upward from the base) is the same symbol used by Green Lantern super-villain Black Hand. It is also the symbol of the Hand family's mortuary. Black Hand becomes the first Black Lantern after killing his family and committing suicide. Scar comes to him and regurgitates the first black power ring. It places itself on his finger and bids him to rise. Scar then explains that Black Hand is the living embodiment of the Black Lantern Corps as Ion, Parallax, and the Predator are to the green, yellow and violet lights of the emotional spectrum respectively. Black power rings are wielded by the deceased. In addition to the abilities granted to them by the rings, Black Lanterns retain any superpowers they may have had in life.If the ring bearer's body is severely damaged or destroyed, the black ring will partially reconstruct the body, restoring it to a working state. During the creation of Blackest Night, Johns wanted to resurrect the Black Lanterns in a way that seemed horrifying and emotionally disturbing to the living characters they encountered. To accomplish that effect, the Black Lanterns have personalities and actively seek out those who will be affected by their appearance. Well known DC characters resurrected as Black Lanterns include: Earth-Two Superman, the Martian Manhunter, and the original Aquaman and Firestorm. The first black power rings possess no charge, but each time a Black Lantern kills someone and removes their heart, .01 percent power is restored to every ring in the Corps. The exact limitations of black power rings have not yet been fully explored; however, even at low power levels, black rings enable their user to fly and create black energy constructs. They are also immune to magic. Black power rings are capable of regenerating typically fatal injuries inflicted upon their users (including decapitation). Black Lanterns are also able to read the emotions of the living as a colored aura that correlates to the emotional spectrum (red for rage, violet for love, etc). The black rings produce a tar-like substance that "roots" them into the host body, making it nearly impossible for them to be removed through physical force. In Blackest Night #2, Ray Palmer shrinks himself to a size where he is able to observe that black power rings are composed of a similar material to dark matter. During the Blackest Night event, heroes theorize that the members of the Black Lantern Corps aren't the dead revived, but rather their black power rings are using their forms to attack. This is confirmed in Doom Patrol #4, when the ring resurrecting Celsius intones "memory download complete" upon her conversion to the Corps. This is repeated when black power rings state the same while converting Ted Kord and Terra in Booster Gold #26 and Outsiders #24 respectively. Black Lantern rings appear to be vulnerable to assorted methods. The most effective means is that of an intense white light, called "white light of creation" by the Guardians. This can be created not only by assorted light-based heroes (such as Doctor Light, but also when the green, yellow, violet, blue, orange, red and indigo lights are combined. Dove also seems to naturually give off this light since the death of Hawk. The Black Lanterns are also weak against powerful light emotional manipulations like Psycho Pirate's mask., and the intense power of love strengthened by the Greek Goddess Aphrodite. The Indigo Corp's power also seems to cause the Black Lanterns pain. Also, if a creature is frozen, the Black Lanterns are incapable of sensing their emotions, leaving them essentially 'blind'