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Laira
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Laira. Art by Travis Charest.
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Green Lantern Corps Quarterly #6 (1993)
Created by Ruben Diaz
Travis Charest
In-story information
Alter ego Laira Omoto
Place of origin Jade
Team affiliations Green Lantern Corps
Red Lantern Corps
Black Lantern Corps
Abilities Green Lantern Power Ring
Red Lantern Power Ring
Black Lantern Power Ring

Laira Omoto is a fictional character in comic books from DC Comics. Laira is originally introduced as a female humanoid Green Lantern with purple skin and auburn hair. She first appeared in Green Lantern Corps Quarterly #6 (Autumn 1993) in the story entitled "What Price Honor?"

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Fictional character biography

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Early years

Laira is born on the planet Jayd in space sector 112. She is trained by her father Kentor Omoto to take over his role as a soldier of the Guardians of the Universe; a Green Lantern of her sector. Her training is also one strict with tradition and honor. During her training she becomes exceptionally adept at her native martial arts. Throughout his time with his daughter, her father never hides the fact that the ruling council of his planet are not doing things the way he would. He sees their rule as weak and disreputable.[1] After the disappearance of her father during the Crisis on Infinite Earths and the proclamation by the Guardians that he is dead, she is considered for the post of ring bearer and Green Lantern of her sector. Her instructor turns out to be Ke'Haan of Varva: Kilowog's second in command, known for his tough as nails training. Eager to please and finding a kindred spirit of honor within her teacher, she becomes his prized pupil.[2]

Green Lantern of Sector 112

To complete her training, Laira is sent to the city of X'ol on her home planet. Her mission is to put an end to the "Golden Dragon." Upon coming face to face with her target, he is revealed to be her previously believed dead father: Kentor Omoto. He describes his return from the Crisis on Infinite Earths to his home planet, where the years of sitting idly by finally break him. He is disgusted by the behavior of the people of X'ol and crosses the same ethical line as Sinestro; using his ring to influence the people's behavior as well as that of the ruling council. When the Guardians discover his actions, he is charged with political interference, stripped of his power ring, and returned to Jayd. The ruling council exiles him upon his return. Having lost everything, he creates his Golden Dragon identity so that he can remake X'ol in his image. Omoto pleads with Laira to ignore her training. Realizing her father endangers not just X'ol but all of Jayd, she fights and defeats her father. Omoto asks Laira to kill him, as honor demands his blood for what he had done, but she refuses; forcing him to commit ritual suicide.[1]

Her mission completed, Laira returns to Oa angry at the Guardians for hiding the true nature of her mission from her. The Guardians, impressed with her loyalty and skill, make her the Green Lantern of her sector and induct her into the Green Lantern Corps.[1] As a Green Lantern, Laira is known as one of the Corps' fiercest warriors, and her martial arts skills are without comparison. She is noted as never looking at her target, so that every attack is a surprise. Due to her time with Ke'Haan, a rumor circulates among the Corps that their relationship extends beyond that of student and teacher (despite Ke'Haan having a family).[2] Though they do develop feelings for one another, neither act on them.

Emerald Twilight and beyond

Laira bestowed with the ring of a Red Lantern. Art by Mike McKone.

In Green Lantern (vol 3) #49, after Hal Jordan goes rogue, Laira and her mentor, Ke'Haan, engage Hal Jordan but fall to his increased power and near psychotic rage. She and Ke'Haan are both stripped of their power rings and left for dead.

She is later discovered by a reformed Hal Jordan and Guy Gardner being held captive by the Manhunters with the other "Lost Lanterns" including Kreon and Tomar-Tu.[3][4] With the help of Jordan and Gardner, the Lost Lanterns put an end to the Manhunter planet of Biot and return to Oa. She then resumes her duties as Green Lantern of her sector.[2][5]

During the Sinestro Corps War event, Laira and the Lost Lanterns come to Hal Jordan's aid on Qward.[6] The group splits up, with Laira, Ke'Haan and Boodikka searching for Ion, and Hal, Graf Toren, and Tomar-Tu looking for John Stewart and Guy Gardner.[7] Laira's group encounters the Anti-Monitor, who kills Ke'Haan in an instant, but they are able to recover Ion and return to Oa.[8][9]

After preventing the invasion of Coast City by the Sinestro Corps, Laira visits the Crypt of the Green Lanterns to mourn Ke'Haan's death. Hannu reveals their attraction to one another to Boodikka, but explains that (before his death) Ke'Haan refuses Laira because he has a family on his home planet. Laira and the Lost Lanterns set out to his homeworld to deliver news of his death, only to find that his family has been murdered by Sinestro Corps member Amon Sur. The killer willingly submits to the Lanterns, so that news of his actions will spread. Enraged by this, Laira kills Amon.[10] Afterwards, Laira is held in custody on Oa, while the Lanterns with her when she kills Amon Sur testify against her. She is placed in the custody of the newly founded Alpha Lanterns, and tried by the Guardians, who find her guilty and strip her of her power ring.[11][12]

After her trial, Laira is arranged to be transported back to her homeworld, Jayd, by Hannu. However, a red power ring attacks their ship and chooses Laira as its bearer; making her the second Red Lantern.[12][13] Under the influence of the red light, Laira's personality degenerates to the point where she is little more than a snarling beast; obsessed with revenge against Sinestro and showing no recognition when confronted by Hal Jordan and John Stewart.[14] During a skirmish on the prison planet Ysmault with multiple Lanterns, Hal begins to free Laira from the red power ring's influence, but she is killed by Sinestro before being able to fully recover.[15][16] Learning of her demise, the Guardians view her as dying in disgrace as a Red Lantern and renegade despite Jordan's protests.[17]

Blackest Night

Laira as a Black Lantern. Art by Doug Mahnke.

During the Blackest Night event, Laira's fellow Lost Lanterns head to Ysmault to retrieve her body.[18] While trying to fend off the Red Lanterns and return to Oa with their former friend, black power rings descend upon the planet to reanimate the bodies of the deceased and recruit them to the Black Lantern Corps; one of the rings attaches itself to Laira's body, turning her into a Black Lantern.[19][20] Laira attacks Tomar-Tu and Graf Toren, severely slashing Tomar's chest. As a Black Lantern, Laira appears to have maintained her degraded, animalistic mental state from being recruited to the Red Lantern Corps.[21]

References

  1. ^ a b c Green Lantern Corps Quarterly #6
  2. ^ a b c Green Lantern (vol. 4) #12 (July 2009)
  3. ^ Green Lantern (vol. 4) #3 (August 2005)
  4. ^ Green Lantern (vol. 4) #11 (May 2006)
  5. ^ Green Lantern (vol. 4) #13 (September 2006)
  6. ^ Green Lantern (vol. 4) #21 (July 2007)
  7. ^ Green Lantern (vol. 4) #22 (August 2007)
  8. ^ Green Lantern (vol. 4) #23 (September 2007)
  9. ^ Green Lantern (vol. 4) #25 (December 2007)
  10. ^ Green Lantern (vol. 4) #26 (December 2007)
  11. ^ Green Lantern (vol. 4) #27 (January 2008)
  12. ^ a b Green Lantern (vol. 4) #28 (January 2008)
  13. ^ Newsarama.com: GEOFF JOHNS: SECRET ORIGINS AND BLACKEST NIGHT
  14. ^ Final Crisis: Rage of the Red Lanterns #1 (October 2008)
  15. ^ Green Lantern (vol. 4) #36 (December 2008)
  16. ^ Green Lantern (vol. 4) #37 (January 2009)
  17. ^ Green Lantern (vol. 4) #39 (April 2009)
  18. ^ Green Lantern (vol. 4) #40 (May 2009)
  19. ^ Green Lantern (vol. 4) #44 (September 2009)
  20. ^ Green Lantern (vol. 4) #45 (September 2009)
  21. ^ Green Lantern (vol. 4) #47 (October 2009)

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