Who is Fatality and what is her strange connection to John Stewart and the Green Lantern Corps?
the Green Lantern Corps has made its fair share of enemies over the years. At the same time, the Green Lanterns themselves haven’t had the best luck with romance. These two aspects of the Green Lantern myths intersected in the form of John Stewart’s enemy-turned-romance, Fatality.
Fatality was born Yrra Cynril on the planet Xanshi. Yrra was born into the royal family of Xanshi and was sent to the Warlords of Okaara at a young age. In Okaara, Yrra was trained as a warrior, acquiring her fighting skills fairly quickly. Yrra was in Okaara when her home planet was destroyed in Cosmic odyssey # 2 by Jim Starlin and Mike Mignola. Xanshi was destroyed thanks to an error in judgment on the part of John Stewart, who was supposed to protect the planet.
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Not knowing which Green Lantern was actually responsible for the destruction of his planet, Yrra blamed the entire Green Lantern Corps. As Fatality, Yrra embarked on a slaughter of old Green Lanterns. At this time, however, the body no longer existed. Only Kyle Rayner still wielded a Green Lantern ring. In Green Lantern # 83, by Ron Marz and Darryl Banks, Fatality chased after Kyle and tried to kill him. This was the first of many confrontations between Yrra and the Green Lantern of Earth. Early in their fighting, Fatality learned that John was responsible for the destruction of Xanshi. Yrra went after John several times, despite John’s attempts to make amends with the villain.
When the Green Lantern Corps returned, Fatality reappeared in Green Lantern Corps: Reload # 3, by Geoff Johns, Dave Gibbons, and Patrick Gleason. Fatality was hired as a bounty hunter to hunt down the resurgent Green Lanterns, joining others who had grudges against the body.
During “The Sinestro Corps War”, Fatality received a yellow power ring and was inducted into the Sinestro Corps. After the war, in Green Lantern Corps # 30 by Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason, Fatality was taken by the Zamorons and transformed into Star Sapphire. Filled with love, Fatality went to find John Stewart.
Fatality approached John in Green Lantern # 41 by Johns, Philip Tan and Eddy Barrows. Yrra appeared before the Green Lantern, confessing that she felt purposeless when Xanshi was destroyed, so she spent her life hunting Green Lanterns. Fatality implored John to forgive himself for destroying Xanshi before disappearing.
Now an ally, Fatality would appear to assist during the events of “Blackest Night”, making peace with the Green Lantern Corps. In Green Lantern: New Guardians # 1, by Tony Bedard and Tyler Kirkham, Fatality teamed up with Kyle Rayner’s team to investigate why rings from across the emotional spectrum were drawn to Green Lantern.
After completing this mission, Fatality returned to John Stewart in Green Lantern Corps # 14 by Tomasi and Fernando Pasarin. Yrra asked John’s help with a rock fragment that was luring her to an unknown location. Together, Fatality and John tracked the fragment’s trail into deep space, realizing that these fragments were reassembled pieces of Mogo. After helping the Green Lanterns take on the Guardians, the Third Army, and the First Lantern, Fatality helped John rebuild Mogo. Once the living planet was reassembled, Yrra and John began a relationship. Unfortunately, it seemed that this relationship was not going to last.
In Green Lantern Corps # 34, by Van Jensen and Bernard Chang, it was revealed that Fatality had been abducted by shapeshifting Durlans. When John found Yrra, his Star Sapphire ring had been destroyed and his hatred for Green Lantern had been rekindled. Fatality claimed that she had never loved John and that the ring had forced her to have those feelings.
Still, Yrra’s fate is up in the air, considering the end of Green Lantern # 20, by Johns, Gleason, Doug Mahnke, Cully Hammer, Aaron Kuder, Jerry Ordway, Ivan Reis, and Ethan Van Sciver. In this particular finale, John Stewart was elected state senator and became leader alongside Yrra. Given the turbulent nature of Fatality’s relationship with Green Lanterns, her future is still very open to further change.
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