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Bleez

Bleez
Publication information
First appearance Final Crisis: Rage of the Red Lanterns #1
Created by Geoff Johns, Shane Davis
In-story information
Full name Bleez
Place of origin Havania, Sector 33
Team affiliations Red Lantern Corps
Partnerships Atrocitus
Abilities Red Power Ring

Bleez is a fictional anti-hero and supervillain in the DC Comics universe, a member of the Red Lantern Corps. She is an alien from the planet Havania who was inducted into the Red Lanterns after being abused and tortured by members of the Sinestro Corps during the Sinestro Corps War. Created by Geoff Johns and Shane Davis, she made her first appearance in Final Crisis: Rage of the Red Lanterns #1, and has since featured prominently in several other DC titles.

Fictional character biography

Origin

Bleez was once a princess on the planet Havania, renowned for her great beauty. Many men sought her hand, but she rejected them all, often in an extremely rude and abrasive manner. Two of her suitors, especially humiliated, sought out a Sinestro Corpsman and tempted him with stories of Bleez's beauty. He went to Havania, where he murdered Bleez's mother and captured Bleez, taking her to Ranx the Sentient City. For some time during the events of the Sinestro Corps War, Bleez was raped and tortured by members of the Sinestro Corps, but managed to escape when Ranx came under attack during the Battle of Mogo. The Sinestro Corpsman who had originally abducted her pursued and caught her, and forced her to kiss him. As she was being pushed to her limits by this final indignity, a red ring found Bleez and inducted her into the Red Lantern Corps. Her blood was transformed into burning plasma, and she vomited it into the Corpsman's throat. Before he could recover, she killed him in a blind fury. Later, she was among the strike force that ambushed the Green Lanterns transporting Sinestro back to Korugar for execution.

Blackest Night

During the Blackest Night, Bleez and the Red Lantern Corps fought alongside the other Corps against the Black Lantern Anti-Monitor.

Brightest Day

During the Brightest Day, Guy Gardner and Ganthet made a pact with Atrocitus to search for the Emotional Entities in response to a prophecy seen by Gardner. Gardner was sent to patrol the Unknown Sectors for the Entities, and Atrocitus sent Bleez to "help" him. When Gardner attempted to have himself purified of the red energy of Odym Bleez stopped him.

The New 52

New Guardians

In The New 52, Bleez was tasked with finding and recovering a red power ring that had mysteriously abandoned its bearer.[1] This assignment led her to confront Green Lantern Kyle Rayner, who had been chosen by the wayward ring as its new bearer. Subsequently, Bleez, along with representatives of the other Lantern Corps (including Arkillo, Munk, Glomulus, Fatality, and Saint Walker) tracked Rayner to Oa, intending to take back the stolen Red Lantern ring.[2] When they arrived on Oa, they became embroiled in a battle with the Guardians of the Universe, during which the Orange Lantern Corps attacked the Oan Citadel.[3] As the battle escalated, Rayner ordered Munk of the Indigo Tribe to teleport the assembled Corps members away from Oa. They escaped to the planet of Okaara. When Saint Walker attempted to heal her with his blue power ring, Bleez fled and returned to Ysmault to report on what she had learned.[4] When she arrived on Ysmault, she was unable to communicate her findings to Atrocitus, due to the immense rage clouding her mind. Frustrated, Atrocitus threw her into the Blood Ocean of Ysmault, an act that restored not only her memories, but also her self-control, thus enabling her to fully be in control of her actions and behaviour. She later rejoined the other New Guardians as they fought the Archangel Invictus at the Orrery.[5] After Rayner convinced Invictus to let them go in exchange for assassinating Larfleeze, Bleez accompanied Rayner to Earth so that he could recharge his ring, which brought them into a brief conflict with Blue Beetle and an alien bounty hunter.[6] Afterwards, she returned to Ysmault on unspecified business, only to be brought back to the team by Munk on Rayner's orders.[7] She joined with the rest of the Guardians to defeat Larfleeze and Invictus, and was present when Sayd admitted to having stolen the six power rings in order to help Rayner learn to master the emotional spectrum so that he could save Ganthet. Like the other New Guardians, Bleez refused to have anything more to do with a team built on deceit and murder, and once again departed for Ysmault.[8]

Red Lanterns

In the aftermath of the War of the Green Lanterns and the death of the rogue Guardian Krona, Atrocitus felt his rage dimming, and feared that he might be losing control of his Corps.[9] He decided to uplift one of his Red Lanterns, making them almost his equal. He chose Bleez as his new second-in-command, and hurled her into the Blood Ocean in order to restore her intellect and memories. After she emerged from the ocean, he took her back to her home planet of Havania, where she confronted Count Liib and Baron Ghazz, the men who had been responsible for her kidnapping and torture by the Sinestro Corps. After killing Ghazz, she and Atrocitus disagreed over Liib's fate. Bleez wanted to leave him alive and hunt him down later, but Atrocitus, uninterested in her 'subtleties', simply killed him outright.[10] Despite this initial clash, events seemed to progress smoothly. Bleez was able to regain some measure of control over the Red Lanterns, but Atrocitus came to believe that she was manipulating the Corps for her own ends. When Atrocitus decided to immerse three more Red Lanterns in the Blood Ocean to keep Bleez in check, she attempted to dissuade him, noting that the trauma of regaining their memories might drive them insane.[11] After Krona's body disappeared from Ysmault, Atrocitus attacked Bleez, believing her to be responsible. She held her own against him, causing the other Red Lanterns to realize that Atrocitus was losing his rage and his focus.[12] Bleez subsequently seized control of the Corps, leading them on a galaxy-wide hunt for Sinestro, whom she held ultimately responsible for her condition.[13]

Powers and abilities

Bleez wears a red power ring, from which she derives all of her abilities. The ring channels the red light of rage, and grants her most of the same abilities as other power rings, including flight, enhanced strength, forcefield generation, energy projection, and the formation of "hard light" constructs. The ring has also transformed her blood into a fiery, highly corrosive plasma. She can regurgitate this plasma as an offensive weapon; it is capable of eating through nearly any known material, destroying Black Lanterns faster than they can regenerate, and corrupting other power rings beyond repair. Since the ring has replaced her heart, she cannot remove it without risking death by cardiac arrest. She is also vulnerable to blue and violet light, which can reverse the effects of a red ring. Due to being immersed in the Blood Ocean of Ysmault, she has regained her intellect and her memories, unlike many of the other Red Lanterns.

In other media

Television

Video games

Toys and Collectibles

Bleez has appeared as a Heroclix figure in the War of Light set, and as a figurine in the DC Comics Super Hero Collection Blackest Night/Brightest Day line released by Eaglemoss Publications. A 12" statue of Bleez is set to be released in November 2015, as part of the DC Cover Girls line.

References

  1. ^ Green Lantern--New Guardians #1 (Sept 2011)
  2. ^ Green Lantern--New Guardians #2 (Oct 2011)
  3. ^ Green Lantern--New Guardians #3-#4 (Nov-Dec 2011)
  4. ^ Green Lantern--New Guardians #4 (Dec 2011)
  5. ^ Green Lantern--New Guardians #7 (March 2012)
  6. ^ Blue Beetle vol 6 #9 (April 2012)
  7. ^ Green Lantern--New Guardians #11 (July 2012)
  8. ^ Green Lantern--New Guardians #12 (Aug 2012)
  9. ^ Red Lanterns #1 (Sept 2011)
  10. ^ Red Lanterns #3 (Nov 2011)
  11. ^ Red Lanterns #4 (Dec 2011)
  12. ^ Red Lanterns #6 (February 2012)
  13. ^ Red Lanterns #7 (March 2012)