In times past, the Guardians of the Universe had created the Manhunters to bring justice to the stars. When the Manhunters failed, the Guardians formed the Green Lantern Corps. Each group had inherent strengths and weaknesses, but the Green Lantern Corps was the more successful of the two.
In more recent times, the Guardians have had to deal with renegade Green Lanterns, the most famous being Sinestro of Korugar. The robotic Fists of the Guardians were sent to arrest Sinestro, but as of this writing there have not been any other circumstances where they were pressed into service.
[Green Lantern: Emerald Dawn II #4-#6]
When the Green Lantern Corps was reborn following Hal Jordan's return and the defeat of Parallax, Sinestro also returned. The renegade Green Lantern recruited thousands of the most fearsome villains across the universe into his own Sinestro Corps. This in turn led to the Guardians of the Universe to rewrite the Book of Oa, with ten new laws. The first law allowed lethal force against the Sinestro Corps, the second law expanding lethal force against all enemies of the Green Lantern Corps.
[Green Lantern Vol. 4 #27-#28]
To ensure the new laws would be obeyed, including the remaining eight yet to be introduced, the Guardians of the Universe created the Alpha-Lanterns. The Alpha-Lanterns scanned the Green Lantern Corps for candidates with the ability to enforce justice. The Alpha-Lanterns would patrol their sector as well as investigate potentially renegade behavior within the Corps. The Guardians originally planned for six select members of the Green Lantern Corps to accept the extended duty, but Green Lantern John Stewart declined, at least until he had more information. The other five candidates, Chaselon, Green Man of Uxor, Boodikka, Varix, and Kraken agreed without question. The lantern intended for John Stewart scanned the rest of the Green Lantern Corps for a candidate. As of this writing the candidate is not yet known.
Those that accepted were taken for "cosmic surgery" to transform them into the Alpha-Lanterns. The surgery appeared particularly brutal, as their bodies were cut apart and power batteries were placed into their chests. The minds of the Alpha-Lanterns would be mainlined directly to the Book of Oa. As their bodies were linked directly to the Central Power Battery, there would be no need to recharge the power rings, or sleep. Their faces resembled the Manhunters, in that the facial plate would fold open, showing a power skull beneath which could drain the energy of a Green Lantern's power ring.
[Green Lantern Vol. 4 #27]
The Alpha-Lanterns were present at the trial of the Green Lantern of Sector 112. Laira of Jayd was charged with the murder of Sinestro Corps member 2814, Amon Sur of Ungara. It was fellow "Lost Lantern" Alpha-Lantern Boodikka who rendered the judgement and carried out the sentence, expulsion from the Green Lantern Corps.
[Green Lantern Vol. 4 #28]
Thus far, only the actions of Alpha-Lantern Boodikka have been revealed. She reprimanded Green Lantern Harvid of Sector 2937 and earned her second power ring during the investigation of her sister and new sector partner Zale of Bellatrix.
[Green Lantern Corps Vol. 2 #21-#22]
In days of peace
In nights of war
Obey the laws forever more
Misconduct must be answered for
Swear us the chosen
The Alpha Corps!
- Green Lantern Vol. 4 #27
(See individual listings for each Green Lantern)
|CREATIVE TEAM (First Appearance)|
Concept: Grant Morrison
Writer: Geoff Johns
Penciller: Mike McKone
Inkers: Andy Lanning, Marlo Alquiza, Cam Smith
Letterer: Rob Leigh
Colorist: Jo Smith
Assistant Editor: Adam Schlagman
Editor: Eddie Berganza
The Alpha-Lanterns were created by Grant Morrison for appearances in Final Crisis, but introduced in Green Lantern and the Green Lantern Corps.