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Atrocitus of the Five Inversions, Red Lantern

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Alien Physiology, Claws, Sharp Teeth

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Founder & Leader of the Red Lantern Corps, former Master of the Five Inversions


Image:Quote1.png Revenge will be mine! Image:Quote2.png
-- Atrocitus

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History

Long ago, when the rogue Manhunters rampaged through Green Lantern Sector 666, Atrocitus was one of only five beings in the entire sector to escape death. He and the other four survivors formed a terrorist cabal known as the Five Inversions, bent on the destruction of the Guardians of the Universe and all who served them, with Atrocitus serving as their leader. The Five Inversions performed a ritual that allowed them to peer into the future and discover the prophecy of the Blackest Night, which decreed that all life in the universe would end. They ruled a massive domain known as the Empire of Tears, until the Guardians of the Universe defeated the Five Inversions and imprisoned them on their capital, Ysmault.

After Abin Sur arrived trying to locate survivors of a crash, he went to the imprisoned demons and asked for their assistance. Atrocitus refused to help him, but his comrade Qull freely offered to answer three questions: the location of the survivors, the fate of Abin Sur, and the prophecy of the Blackest Night. Sur told this to the Guardians of the Universe, in turn kept the Five Inversions on Ysmault instead of transferring them to Oan sciencells. Following this, Sur began to make periodic visits to Ysmault, to learn how to prevent the Blackest Night. Sur even went so far as to free Atrocitus from his imprisonment so he could lead the Green Lantern to Earth, the birthplace of "the black" that would end the universe. Caged in Sur's starship, Atrocitus instilled fear in Sur, allowing the yellow impurity to seep into his willpower constructs and weakening them enough to escape. After slashing the Green Lantern in the chest, mortally wounding him, Atrocitus jumped from a point high in Earth's atmosphere to escape Sur's failing ship.[1]

Atrocitus continued his violent rampage on the planet Earth. After killing an unspecified number of Air Force troopers, Atrocitus recited an oath that will possibly become the battle cry of the Red Lanterns and performed a ritual that gave him the name of the herald of the Blackest Night: William Hand. Atrocitus created a device using gun parts which acted as a cosmic divining rod, and used it to lead him to Hand (the device eventually became Hand's criminal weapon). Once he tracked down the human who, it is said, will play a prominent role in the coming of the Blackest Night, he attacked, and planned to take Hand's innards back to Ysmault. Before his plan proceeded, Sinestro and rookie Green Lantern Hal Jordan intercepted him, spiriting William Hand to safety. Atrocitus used his newly-constructed device to sap the power from their rings, leaving them with only their wits to defend them before the master of the Five Inversions.[2] Sinestro is able to restore their rings' powers through his power battery, but Atrocitus still has the upper hand. Just as he is about to crush Sinestro with a power shovel, Hal uses his ring to blow up the yellow vehicle, surprising Atrocitus greatly, as he believes Green Lantern rings do not work on yellow. Defeated, Atrocitus is contained by Sinestro, and taken to Oa.[3]

After Sinestro dropped Atrocitus back on Ysmault, Atrocitus and the other Inversions imparted a prophecy of the eventual rebellion of Sinestro's homeworld of Korugar. Sinestro didn't believe his lies and told Atrocitus unlike Abin Sur, he would not fall to fear.[4]

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Connection to The Blackest Night

Atrocitus is shown in the aftermath of the Sinestro Corps War to be the first to forge a Red Lantern power battery, utilizing the power of rage.[5] He said that his first new victim would be the one who called himself "the greatest Green Lantern:" Sinestro, who had long since abandoned the Green Lantern Corps to forge a Corps in his own namesake. His Red Lantern power battery needed to be christened with blood, and he used it to beat Qull to death.

Swearing to destroy Sinestro, Atrocitus became the first member of the Red Lantern Corps. Killing the other inversions, Atrocitus used their blood to form a Central Power Battery, as well as form a power ring. Sending more rings into space, Atrocitus soon formed an army of victims of the Sinestro Corps. Once they were ready, Atrocitus led the Red Lanterns in an attack on the Green Lanterns escorting Sinestro back to Korugar to face execution, who were already suffering an ambush from the Sinestro Corps. Atrocitus tore one Green Lantern in half, as the Red Lanterns killed any and all between them as Sinestro. Once they captured Sinestro and a number of his Corps, they retreated to Ysmault, leaving the Green Lanterns to die.[6]

Returning to Ysmault, Atrocitus had Sinestro crucified to a Red Lantern symbol, vowing to use his blood to form new Red rings for his Corps, which would destroy Korugar, the Sinestro Corps, and the Green Lantern Corps. Sinestro was not intimidated. Further incensed that he was unable to frighten Sinestro, Atrocitus used the heart of a dead Sinestro Corps member to learn his enemy's secrets. The ritual showed the truth to Atrocitus, who vowed to destroy the one thing which Sinestro had hidden from all others—his daughter.[7] Following this, Hal Jordan arrived with the Blue Lanterns Saint Walker and Brother Warth, as the Sinestro Corps launched another rescue attempt. Atrocitus knew that the Blue Lanterns needed Jordan's Green ring to make their Blue rings reach their full potential, and told Jordan that he would rebel again and destroy the Guardians.[8] When Jordan was possessed by a Red ring, Atrocitus took the fight to Walker, breaking his wrist and revealing the truth of the Blue Lanterns weakness. Walker countered by placing his own ring upon Jordan, breaking the Red light's hold over Jordan and destroying the Red ring, injuring Atrocitus. Sinestro and his corps escaped to Qward, while Atrocitus and his Red Lanterns retreated to the dark side of Ysmault. There, Atrocitus performed another a ritual to reveal the location of the Blue Lanterns homeworld.[9]

Spoiler Warning: Plot or ending details follow. Please skip this section if you do not want foreknowledge of this plot.

During The Blackest Night, Atrocitus is shown fighting singlehandedly with Green Lantern Honnu and is holding his own. This fight is eventually interrupted by the resurrection of The Five Inversions (excluding Atrocitus) as Black Lanterns who attempt to harvest the heart of Atrocitus after enraging him to his peak. However, since the Red Power Ring acts as a synthetic heart to Red Lanterns Corps, Atrocitus, nor any other Red Lantern requires one. After escaping the clutches of the Black Lantern Inversions, Atrocitus appears to the fleeing Larfleeze on Okaara and demands his Power Battery for an unknown reason.

Powers and Abilities

Powers

Superhuman Strength

Superhuman Durability

Claws

Sorcery: Using blood magic, he is able to call upon the necromantic powers formally used by the Empire of Tears and later the Five Inversions. This magic is steeped in ancient and complex rituals.

  • Precognition: By using blood rituals, he is capable of opening himself to discern the future. General prophecy is easier to ascertain than specific knowledge. He and other inversions were able to foretell the Blackest Night prophecy and determine the beginning of the fall of Sinestro from the Green Lantern Corps. But when he was upon Earth looking for William Hand, he had to enact a blood ritual to discern specific details of his whereabouts.

    Abilities

Boundless Rage: Over countless millennia of imprisonment, Atrocitus has developed a tremendous rage and hatred for his jailers, the Guardians of the Universe and their Green Lantern Corps.

Inventive

Occultist

Paraphernalia

Equipment

Red Power Battery

Transportation

Flight

Weapons

Red Power Ring

See Also

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Green Lantern Villain(s)

This character is or was primarily an enemy of the Green Lantern of Earth, or the Green Lantern Corps as a whole. This template will categorize articles that include it into the category "Green Lantern Villains."


This article uses material from the "Atrocitus (New Earth)" article on the DC Comics wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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