The being known as Atrocitus (real name Atros) was born on planet Ryut, and was a survivor of the infamous Massacre of Sector 666, during which the Manhunters wiped out the life in an entire space sector (including his wife and his daughter) except for five life forms. These five became the terrorists known as the Five Inversions, led by Atrocitus, and sought revenge against the Guardians of the Universe and gained powers through dark magic. Over time, the demons would build themselves a strong following of worshipers and become known as the Empire of Tears. When the Guardians decided to rid the universe of magic to make way for order, the Empire crumbled and the Five Inversions were imprisoned and crucified on the planet Ysmault to serve out a long sentence for the crimes they had committed. However, the demons were still far from powerless. Through rituals and sacrifices, they discovered a black power so dark it was beyond the power of the Guardians' light.
Much later, Atrocitus was outraged with his associate Qull for revealing the prophecy of the Blackest Night to the Green Lantern Abin Sur. However, Qull's manipulations of the Green Lantern did aid Atrocitus in being released from Ysmault. Abin Sur took him from the planet against orders of the Guardians, traveling to Earth to use Atrocitus to help him find the source of this black power that was prophesied to consume the universe. In transit, Atrocitus exploited the fear these dark prophecies had infected Abin Sur with to free himself from his restraints. He severely wounded Abin Sur and caused them both to crash to Earth's surface, though Atrocitus fell from the ship while it was still airborne.
Atrocitus survived the fall and committed himself to locating the source of the black power on Earth. He used his blood rituals to discover it was to be found in a human named William Hand. He also constructed a cosmic divining rod to contain the power.
In finding William Hand, he was in turn found by two Green Lanterns, Sinestro and a rookie Hal Jordan. He used his cosmic divining rod on them to drain the power from their rings. With them no longer a threat to him, he continued his pursuit of William Hand. The two Green Lanterns managed to recharge their rings and catch up to him in time, but he was still a physical match for their power. He nearly killed Sinestro with a yellow crane and would have succeeded if Hal Jordan not surprisingly overcome the yellow weakness to stop him. Stunned, he was rendered unconscious by Sinestro, who triumphantly proclaimed himself the greatest Green Lantern.
Sinestro returned Atrocitus to Ysmault and renewed his crucifixion. But before the Green Lantern left, Atrocitus and his fellow Inversions had a prophecy for him. His home world of Korugar would descend into violent chaos as he focused on other worlds, and it would all spin out of his control. Sinestro disregarded the prophecy at the time, but Atrocitus succeeded in planting the seeds of fear in Sinestro that would see to his eventual downfall as a Green Lantern.
Atrocitus was created by Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver. Atrocitus made his first comic book appearance in Green Lantern #25. Although chronologically Atrocitus would have made his first appearance during the story " Secret Origins" in Green Lantern #29.
Atrocitus began as a brutish monster. Then with the destruction the Manhunters brought to his planet of Ryut he became an enraged beast hell bent on vengeance.
Leader of the Red Lantern Corps
When Atrocitus created the Red Lantern Corps he was still filled with feelings of vengeance and anger still but he was more calculating and malicious then his brutish former self.
Major Story Arcs
Rage's Red Light
For More Information: Rage Of The Red Lanterns
After the Sinestro Corps War years later, Atrocitus came to realize a new source of power that would grant not just an escape from Ysmault but his revenge, as well. Qull's blood would pay for it, because it was his manipulations of Abin Sur that led to the Five Inversions being left to rot on Ysmault rather than being transferred to Sciencells as was originally planned by the Guardians. Atrocitus bludgeoned Qull with a red lantern, christening it in blood and awakening the power of the Red Light of Rage. Atrocitus swore he would have his vengeance upon Sinestro.
Rather than leave Ysmault behind, Atrocitus constructed his Central Power Battery on the planet and made it the home-world of his Red Lantern Corps. Red power rings were dispatched, bringing back to him an army of beings overcome with rage. At the root of their rage for many of them were actions committed by the Sinestro Corps, and Atrocitus favored them as they fed directly into his plans. Knowing that Sinestro was being transferred to Korugar by the Green Lantern Corps to face his execution, Atrocitus led his Red Lanterns on an attack to intercept that transfer. He and his Red Lanterns tore through the combined forces of the Green Lantern Corps and Sinestro Corps, succeeding in bringing Sinestro back to Ysmault.
Atrocitus had Sinestro crucified and intended to have Sinestro's blood fuel his power battery. But first, he taunted Sinestro with the knowledge that he was aware of Sinestro's daughter. Hal Jordan arrived to take Sinestro back, but Atrocitus was prepared for his arrival and had him captured. Atrocitus had a prophecy for the human also, and it was one that said he would betray the Guardians again. However, it was with the arrival of a Sinestro Corps unit and then two Blue Lanterns that caused his plan to go awry. He did not fear the Blue Lanterns, knowing that their rings would be useless without Hal Jordan's green aura. He watched as Hal Jordan's rage against Sinestro turned him into a Red Lantern and encouraged Sinestro's death. Saint Walker interfered, freeing Hal Jordan of the red ring's influence with a blue one. Atrocitus was then attacked by a Hal Jordan struggling with three different rings and stunned, allowing for all parties to escape Ysmault.
With all his prey having escaped, Atrocitus used his blood ritual magic to search for the Blue Lantern Corps' home-world.
For More Information: Blackest Night
During the Blackest Night the Lost Lanterns came to Ysmault to retrieve Laira's body, but were opposed by Atrocitus and the Red Lanterns. During the conflict, several black power rings descended onto Ysmault, reanimating the bodies of Laira and Atrocitus's fellow Inversions. The reanimated Qull ripped out Atrocitus' heart; However, because Red Lantern rings effectively replace their wearer's hearts, the attack did not kill Atrocitus.
Atrocitus later appeared on Okaara to steal Larfleeze's power battery. However, Hal Jordan, Carol Ferris, Sinestro, Saint Walker, Ganthet, Sayd, and Indigo-1, save the two from Black Lanterns and stop Atrocitus. He was then brought back to Ryut, where his rage subsided into grief for his lost world. He agreed to help in the fight against the Black Lanterns, but promised to kill the Guardians when the conflict was over. Following the Black Lantern central power battery to Earth, the Corps leaders combined their lights to form the white light of creation, which, despite Indigo-1's claims, failed to destroy the battery, instead making the force behind it stronger. Ganthet then duplicated the leader's rings, in an attempt to bolster their forces. The duplicate of Atrocitus' ring found its way to Mera, temporarily inducting her into the Red Lantern Corps. When the Corps leaders and their deputies being attack by a Black Lantern Spectre, Atrocitus senses the spirit's true nature despite being influenced by the black ring; an embodiment of rage and vengeance. Atrocitus desires to harness The Spectre's powers for his vendettas against the Guardians after the spirit is free from the Black Lantern Corps. When Parallax frees the Spectre, Atrocitus attempts to convert him into his own rage entity, but fails, the Spectre warning him that the true rage entity is not to be trifled with.
For More Information: Brightest Day
Following Nekron's defeat, back on Ysmault, Atrocitus is in the midst of planning his assault on the Guardians when he is approached by Ganthet and Guy Gardner requesting his assistance on a mission back to Earth, presumably involving the White Lantern.
Later he is seen upon Earth during a hostage train situation. On the train Dex-Starr appears following Atrocitus. He allows the citizens to leave while they burn the hostage takers. Using the blood of the hostage takers, they are able to create a map of where the the entities are located. But Parallax and Ion could not be found. Then suddenly Atrocitus and Dex-Starr are interrupted by Hal, Carol, and Sinestro. He defends himself saying "I used Lethal force only in defending innocents." but Carol senses love in his heart. Outraged, he blasts everyone from the ground above. Above, Atrocitus reveals he has learned things about the universe of how he is under a "sacred mission" and he learned to construct ( a giant form of Mera is formed). In the middle of the fight, Lobo sweeps in to grab Hal by the neck. Atrocitus and Dex-Starr escape the attack to find the White Lantern Battery Core. Atrocitus battles Lobo, and both of them battle hard. Soon, after a while, Lobo leaves. Hal Jordan realizes that there was something wrong with Lobo, saying that he is usually a hard opponent to beat. Hal, Carol, and Sinestro then join forces with Atrocitus to find whoever is taking the entities. Later on, Atrocitus thanks Lobo for his services. Lobo then asks why does Atrocitus wants to join Hal and the others. Atrocitus just says, "I have my reasons. I've paid for your services. Now go away." It is revealed that Atrocitus gave Lobo a red ring as payment.
When searching for the Red Lantern Corps entity, the Butcher, Atrocitus ran into trouble with both, his entity and the Spectre ( Crispus Allen). In Deer Lodge, Montana, a messed up family couple was traveling in the mountains. When the husband, Jake, was explained to be abusing his wife (Jenny), he told his wife that they would be together forever, and if she refuses he will kill her. As Atrocitus is searching for his entity on Earth, he needs blood to find the entity and decides to kill the horrible couple. Dropping down in front of the Jake and Jenny, the impact of Atrocitus' stop made them break their neck while flying out of the window. Burning the blood, Atrocitus saw where the Entity was headed. To an execution of a psychopath! The murderer named, Hayes, killed a man's daughter with horrible brutality. When the entity broke into the room, it talked to James Kim (the father who got his daughter killed) and said that he had great rage in his heart, however before he could get controlled by the entity Spectre came roaring in. In the end, Spectre was talked down by Atrocitus to not kill the human that was controlled by Butcher, and the two left away from the scene.
When Atrocitus tries to help combat Krona, Krona sense the Butcher's rage on Atrocitus. Ophidian controlled Hector Hammond then uses his powers to steal Atrocitus's memories to find where Atrocitus had hidden The Butcher. Ophidian tells Krona Atrocitus had hidden it in his lantern's pocket dimension, which Krona then finds and steals the Butcher. Krona then knocks out Jordan, Indigo-1, Larfleeze and Atrocitus and retreat to the lost sector.
DC's New 52 Relaunch
DC Comics announced that they would be relaunching their entire line of comics during the month of September 2011. This would be done through the release of 52 brand new #1 titles. Atrocitus will be appearing in a new ongoing series as part of the relaunch titled "Red Lanterns". The first issue came out September 14, 2011 and is written by Peter Milligan with art by Ed Benes and Rob Hunter.
Blood and Rage
While passing through space Sector 666, Atrocitus comes across a group of hunters who have taken hold of Dex-Starr. He tears into their ship and slaughters them all. While returning to Ysmault to he begins to contemplate the meaning of his Lantern's mission and the pureness of his rage. He watches over his fellow lanterns, savage with rage and lacking intelligence. Atrocitus retreats to the body of Krona, which he keeps as they are "married in rage" though his death was stolen from him by Hal Jordan. It was Krona who programmed the Manhunters to terminate everyone on Ryut to show that emotions were needed to police the galaxy. Atrocitus makes a blood sacrifice from Krona and sees a universe crying out for vengeance. Atrocitus finds faith in his mission to punish those truly worthy of his vengeance.
While deciding which of his Lanterns to give intelligence, Atrocitus recalls a time on the planet Ghan IX and a war between its native Ghanites and the Yuevers. Two Yuever pilots accidentally fire upon children and kill them, One child is left alive and her cries for vengeance reach out to Atrocitus. He comes to the planet and kills the Yuevers who try to plead it was a mistake and who would avenge his child's vengeance. Atrocitus reasons that this child's would be the purest of rage.
Atrocitus decides to cast Bleez into the blood pool, putting her through her most painful memories again in order to regain her intelligence. She emerges and immediately begins to question and challenge Atrocitus. Atrocitus offers her a chance to seek vengeance upon the two suitors she rejected who ordered her wings be stripped. They travel to Havania where Bleez kills one suitor in front of the other, leaving him alive to live with the consequences of his actions. Atrocitus turns and kills him as well and say there is no room for pity in vengeance. Upon their return to Ysmault, Atrocitus notices how the other Lanterns, though savage, gather around Bleez.
Atrocitus chases a savage Skallox and interrogates him as to Bleez's true intentions. He is unable to get answers so he bites into Skallox's neck and drinks his blood. This allows Atrocitus to see his memories as he observes the savage Red Lanterns gathering around Bleez and possibly saying to kill Atrocitus. Atrocitus casts Skallox, Ratchet and Zilius Zox into the Blood Ocean to regain their sanity. He returns to Krona's corpse and vents his worries about Bleez. Atrocitus leaves the planet to clear his mind and heads to sector 495 where a young girl has just been blinded in a ritual. Her cries of rage bring Atrocitus to the temple where he kills the priests and destroys the temple. He then travels to sector 2814 where he kills a man who abandoned and abused his wife and family. When Atrocitus returns to Ysmault he discovers that Krona's body is missing. He immediately takes after Bleez and beats her, demanding to know where Krona is. She calms him down, for a moment as he storms off searching for Krona. He is attacked from behind but does not see his attacker. Atrocitus regroups with his Lanterns and again accuses Bleez of conspiring against him. This time Skallox stands to her defense and as Atrocitus begins to explain his actions he stops and wonders why he is doing so.
Atrocitus goes to the Abominable Zone on Ysmault where he first created and buried his attempts at Lanterns. He is attacked by Abysmus, one of his failed experiments who has eaten Krona and is wearing his skin. Killing him will be the closest Atrocitus can come to killing Krona which sends him into a rage. As Atrocitus is about to kill Abysmus, Rankorr crashes onto the planet. Briefly distracted, Atrocitus is impaled by Abysmus.
Rankorr helps Atrocitus recover from Abysmus' attack as he stops Zilius Zox from attacking Rankorr. The Red Lanterns begin to die as their power source has been corrupted. Atrocitus heads toward their central power battery to find it in ruin. He returns to his lanterns who continue to fight with Rankorr. Atrocitus explains to Zilius that it was Abysmus who is responsible for the attack on them all. Bleez returns to Ysmault with a contingent of Lanterns looking to oust Atrocitus as their leader. As the warring factions of Red Lanterns battle each other the planet itself begins to break apart. Atrocitus declares the Red Lanterns must abandon Ysmault in search of their true enemy. He takes off alone after Abysmus.
During his search through space for Abysmus, Atrocitus and Dex-Starr track a signal to the Eye of the Storm. Atrocitus rips into the ship and finds Stormwatch in possession of an injured Skallox. He takes on all of Stormwatch in an attempt to free Skallox until Martian Manhunter looks into his thoughts to find out what he's after. Atrocitus leaves with Skallox and Dex Starr as they continue their hunt. They arrive on the planet Arkimedes in sector 1939 where Atrocitus preforms a blood prophecy which weakens him. Abysmus comes through the blood and attacks Atrocitus, totally overpowering him. Atrocitus watches as Dex-Starr suffers a brutal hit and is reminded of his rage. With his last bit of power he fires a signal flare into space, calling out to any remaining Red Lanterns. Rankorr answers his call and unleashes the power of all the deceased Red Lanterns on Abysmus. This allows Atrocitus to deliver the killing blow and tear out a "blood seed" from Abysmus' chest. Atrocitus returns to Ysmault with his Lanterns and uses the blood seed to repower their power battery which saves the Red Lanterns.
Rise of the Third Army
for more information: Rise of the Third Army
Atrocitus and his Lanterns arrive on planet Arthky, Sector 2967 in answer to the rage of a girl, sold into slavery during a civil war whose sister has just been murdered. After slaying her captors Atrocitus, Skorch, Rankorr and Bleez are attacked by the Third Army. They tear off Skorch's arm and turn her into one of them. Atrocitus realizes they retain their eyes and kills her by stabbing through them. They return to Ysmault to study one of the corpses as Atrocitus discovers they have been created by the Guardians. He sends his Lanterns to retrieve blood to power their battery for the coming battle and demands that Rankorr return to Earth and confront the origin of his rage to grow stronger. Bleez accompanies him and Dex-Starr follows. Atrocitus returns to Ryut believing that he must use the disabled Manhunters to combat the Third Army.
After the battle with The First Lantern Atrocitus decides that the Red Lantern Corps need to become stronger as they have spent too much time fighting other peoples battles. To do so he tried to get Rankorr blood to gain his ability to make construct by having them drink his blood. Although he was repelled, unknown to all Dex-Starr was able to drink his blood. When Guy Gardner attempted to join the Red Lanterns Atrocitus attacked him and was subsequently defeated and had his ring taken. This actually killed him as all Red Lanterns die when they remove their ring. Dex-Starr was able to take and escape from Ysmault. Dex-Starr was able to use his new found ability to make constructs to make a replacement heart for Atrocitus, thereby reviving him. Vowing to get revenge on Guy Gardner, Atrocitus then went to Sector 718 to look for an replacement ring. When he reached the planet Styge Prime, he found the embodiment of Rage The Butcher in captivity. After he and Dex-Starr defeated his captors, Atrocitus was able to possess the Butcher, thereby regaining his powers and possibly becoming more powerful.
Powers & Abilities
Atrocitus is a physically powerful being capable of great strength and resistance to injury. He is also very adept with blood magic, which he can use to perform such feats as conjuring omens of the future and divining secret truths. He has also learned how to form constructs with his ring.
Atrocitus has better control over his red power ring than other Red Lanterns. He is not reduced to a mindless rage like the others but retains all the power it imbues such as flight through space and breathing destructive red napalm.
Atrocitus is able to survive his heart being ripped out and continues to act and behave normally (for him that is). It is unknown if this is an innate power, a result of his connection to his ring, or a standard ability of all Red Lanterns. One theory is that the rage is so great in his heart that it blinds him to everything even the concept of death thus preserving his life indefinitely. It is mentioned that a Red Lantern's heart is replaced by their ring, and Hal Jordan was informed that removing Laira's ring would be fatal to her.
Atrocitus might be a feared being, however he is only the way he is today because of great pain. Having his pain being bottled up for so many years has made him cold, but not to the world. He is angry at the guardians for creating the manhunters, that eventually broke control and went on a rampage of destruction. While a red lantern ring is deadly as it is powerful, he is in full control of every member of his Red Lantern Corps. He also understands that sometimes not everyone needs to be killed (as seen in Green Lantern #61), when he convinced the Spectre to not kill an innocent man. While he is deadly, he does have great emotions of hope.
Atrocitus is a bearer of the Red Lantern Ring and is considered the most powerful of his Corps. The abilities the ring grants him are:
- Animating: A Red Lantern can will things to move how he wants.
- Caustic Effect: Red Lantern power can damage and drain away the power of other lanterns almost like a poison. For example green lanterns who survive a Red Lantern attack will begin to lose power from the almost napalm like attacks of Red Lanterns.
- Communicator: The ring can act as a personal communicator between Lanterns.
- Costumes: The wearer of the ring may create any costume they choose, based on their personal preferences, whenever they choose. The ring projects the costume over any clothes already worn at the time. While Red Lanterns have no costume code they all are red and black with the Red Lantern symbol displayed.
- Energy Projection: The rings can also project beams, form protective bubbles and force fields, and fire destructive blasts. The attacks often come from the mouth from a Red Lantern.
- Energy Constructs: The rings can construct anything the wearer can imagine from hard-light energy, as long as they are willing to make it. The more determined the wearer is, the more complex and intricate these things can be. The constructs can even be so complex as to form working machines, computers, and even people. Red Lanterns seem to have difficulty creating constructs. Atrocitus is one of a hand full that have been able to do it.
- Flight: The ring allows the wearer to fly in atmosphere or in space, and can achieve incredible speeds, moving from planet to planet in a matter of hours.
- Heart Replacement: Red Lantern Rings replace the heart of the lantern who wields them so removing a Red Lantern ring is often fatal without medical attention or the presence of a Blue Lantern. Atrocitus had his heart ripped from his body and was able to return to the fight within seconds since his ring serves as his heart.
- Mirages: The Ring can create mirages/illusions.)
- Recharging: The rings need to be recharged by means of a Power Battery. Other large sources of power may be used to recharge a power ring, however effectiveness may vary. The internal power source of a Manhunter Android is, in effect, the same as a power battery, and can be used to recharge a power ring. During the JLA / Avengers crossover, a Cosmic Cubewas used to recharge a depleted ring, although this is not an ideal solution and is available if there are no other options.
- Ring Duplication: Each ring can duplicate itself, creating a second ring which may be given to another as a backup, for protection, or to help the lantern in times of great need. This duplicate ring is exactly like a normal ring.
- Temperature Control: The Ring can increase or decrease the temperature of anything, even something as large as stars, or even create bubbles of intense heat or cold, even down to Absolute Zero.
- Electro-magnetic scanning: The ring can allow(through the use of x rays) the user to see through walls, without the people on the other side knowing. it can also scan along the Electromagnetic spectrum.
- Wormhole/Warps: The ring can open wormholes to cut down on distance.
In the Reverse Flash altered world of Flashpoint, Atrocitus was successful in his murder of Hand. Doing so unleashed Nekron and the Black Lanterns. For this, Atrocitus was crucified on the planet Ryut. He is later approached by Sinestro, inquiring about the prophecy of the Flashpoint.
In Other Media
Green Lantern: Emerald Knights (2011)
Atrocitus, voiced by Bruce Thomas, appears in the "Abin Sur" segment of the DC Animated Movie. In the film, he attempts to kill Abin Sur by stealing his Power Battery and smashing it until it becomes a bomb that threatens a planet. Fortunately, Sinestro arrives for backup and the duo defeat Atrocitus, but not before Atrocitus tells them about a future where Sinestro falls as a Green Lantern and founds the Sinestro Corps.
Green Lantern: The Animated Series (2012)
Atrocitus, voiced by Jonathan Adams, is the main villain of the series, he first appears in the 2 part pilot where he sets up the destruction of the planet Hal and Kilowog are on. In the episode Reckoning it is revealed he killed Razer's girlfriend and a little more history of the Red Lantern Corps is heard. From episodes 12-13 Atrocitus attacks the Guardians and the Green Lantern Corps but is stopped by Hal and the group.
Injustice Gods Among Us - Atrocitus appears in the background of the Metropolis stage fighting Kilowog and causing a lot of damage to the city, even knocking down the big globe on top of the Daily Planet. Atrocitus also appears during one of Sinestro's S.T.A.R. Labs missions.