As her normal self (or, in other words, when she wasn't being Star Sapphire), Carol's character has remained fairly constant all the way from her first appearance in 1959 up through to the present day.
She's lived her life, had her ups and downs (both business related and in regards to her personal life), but mostly she's been portrayed fairly constantly throughout.
It is true that, as time has gone on and cultural sensibilities have changed, she's undergone significant changes in how her character was written, but no more so than would be the case with any other character who's had such a long publication history (1959-present). As a comparison, her character has changed in portrayal a fair amount less than, say, Lois Lane's has.
In recent years though, with the advent of the Star Sapphire Corps, and the accompanying ability her new ring granted her to remain herself as Star Sapphire, the major event in her life is that she's started to act as Star Sapphire, as a hero, on a regular basis, spending much of her time out among the stars, while still returning to Earth periodically to keep up with the company she owns.
As Star Sapphire
Unlike her civilian identity, Carol's alter ego, Star Sapphire, on the other hand, has gone through some very significant changes as time has gone on.
Femme Fatale (1959-1987)
Throughout this period, Carol's Star Sapphire persona was more prone to strong emotion, or being controlled or compelled by the Zamarons. She had varying degrees of control over her actions. Her main motivation often had a lot to do with winning Hal Jordan's heart, and/or seeking to be the Zamaron queen.
She didn't really act in any way that could be considered truly malicious. And, in fact, would more often help Hal than vex him.
During this time, her modus-operandi shifted and she moved towards some seriously dark territory. Slavery, mind control, torture, even murder. Her relationship with her Star Sapphire persona changed towards something more like a split-personality, one that she very much wanted to be rid of.
During the War of Light storyline, the Zamarons rethought their strategy in bringing love to the universe. They became less cynical, and acted with more open hearts when they gave up sending out Star Sapphire crystals, and instead forged rings that let the bearer retain most of, or even complete control over themselves (depending on their ability to control and focus their own emotions). They founded the Star Sapphire Corps, and sought out Carol to lead and guide them.
Carol accepted the charge and has sense fought to defend Zamaron from first the Sinestro Corps, then the Black Lanterns. Following that, she fought against the Blackest Night, helped guide The Predator to be a positive force, aided Hawkgirl and Hawkman against Queen Shrike during Brightest Day, fought against Krona in the War of the Green Lanterns, and has since joined Kyle Rayner's New Guardians team to continue her heroics.
(In Green Lantern #29-35 May-Nov 2009)
As a little girl, Carol was brought to watch the plains take off by her father, Carl Ferris (then owner of Ferris Aircraft). A young Hal Jordon was there too, watching his father's test flight. Carol and Hal talked, and found that they both wanted to be pilots when they grew up. Tragedy struck however, and Hal's father' plain crashed.
Years later, a grown woman, Carol's father had retired from running his company and left it to Carol to run. Prior to that, Carol had been fulfilling her dream of being a pilot, but she gave that up to run the company becasue she felt it was her responsibility.
Two years after she assumed control of the company, she went to a meeting at Arden Air. She was making a deal to buy the company from Ken Arden. Hal Jordon, who still blamed Carol's father for his dad's death (Carl Ferris had skied on materials to cut costs on the plane Hal's father had been flying that day), was working there.
There was a test flight flying out of Arden that day, and it went wrong. Hal, in his debut appearance as Earth's Green Lantern, saved the flight. Carol saw the whole thing, and was immediately smitten with him, much to Hector Hammond's consternation. Hammond, one of Carol's employees, had been trying to get Carol to agree to go out with him for some time, though Carol had continually refused him.
A week later, Carol was having trouble keeping her company afloat becasue some of the people who would have given her design contracts didn't respect her the way they had her father (presumably becasue she was a woman and, at that time, there was more than a little gender prejudice going around about things like women running businesses). For the same reason, she was getting a lot of resignations from former Arden employees who didn't like the change in leadership.
At the same time, Hammond was exposed to something and mutated into a highly disfigured telepath. When Hal came into her office to throw in his resignation with the rest (though, in his case, it had more to do with the grudge her still had against her father). Carol let him vent a little about his grudge, but then asked if he wanted to fly again. Hal had just recently crashed a test flight (when he'd gotten his Green Lantern ring) and prior to that, he had a real reputation as a risk-taker and a hot-head. Ken Arden had only kept him on becasue he'd known his dad. No one wanted to hire him either, just like no one seemed to want to fly for her. Hal took the job.
Hal flew his first test flight for Carol the next day, and when he landed the plain, Hammond attacked, intent on his feelings for Carol. Hal saved her though, but disappeared afterward mysteriously.
A couple days later, Hal showed up at Carol's house at night and demanded to see her father. It was then reveled that Carol Ferris was sick, dying really. Carol told Hal that the guilt he had about his father's death had eaten him up inside over the years. Hal and Carol made a real connection that night, Hal telling Carol he was so sorry for what she was going through, and that she wasn't alone.
From there on, Carol ran Ferris Aircraft with just Hal Jordon and Tom Kalmaku as her employees. Hal asked her out on a date, but Carol just smiled and said "Oh Jordan, everyone knows. I don't date employees". She went on to make her company into a success.
Note: This origin story is somewhat different, and more completely told, that the one told in the 1959-1960 Green Lantern books. The difference can be accounted for by the various events that would reshape reality in the DC Universe, such as Crisis on Infinite Earths, Zero Hour, and Infinite Crisis.
(In Justice #6-#7 Aug-Oct 2006)
In the midst of another crisis, where the villains have learned the heroes secret identities, John Stewart comes looking for Hal Jordan at Ferris Aircraft. Later, fearing for Carol's safety, Hal breaks up with her (again). He tells Carol he's just self-centered, and Carol cries hearing it.
The War of Light
(In Green Lantern #18-20, 38, 45, and Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps #2 May 2007-Sept 2009)
Carol's first major story arc after Hal's return, in which the two reconcile some of their emotions for one another. Unbeknownst to Carol at the time the Zamarons were consolidating the power of the Star Sapphire and creating their own intergalactic corps, the Star Sapphire Corps. In doing so they created instead of the Star Sapphire a number of Violet Power Rings.
In preparation for the anticipated events of Blackest Night, Carol was once again confronted by the power of the Zamarons, except it was in the unfamiliar version of the power ring. This allowed Carol to enact a degree of control over the ring which she never had previously, and in which she maintained control of her conscious mind during when she wore the ring. She was thus identified by Queen Aga'Po as the one that could be able to tame the sentient embodiment of love, the Predator.
As the events of the War of Light began to come to a head, she was instructed by the Zamarons that she was to be the leader of the Star Sapphire Corps, and that if she didn't accept, she wouldn't be there to help Hal when he would really need it.
On Zamaron, she helped to build the ranks of the new Star Sapphire Corps, and when Sinestro attacked, intent on freeing the female members of the Sinestro Corps who were imprisoned there in sapphire crystals awaiting a time when those crystals would be able to draw out the love in their hearts and reform them. The process and already worked on Yrra Cyrill (formerly known as Finality), and Yrra joined Carol in defending Zamaron.
Carol and Sinestro fought in a pitched battle in the midst of the conflict, but their fight was interrupted by onset of the Blackest Night.
(In Green Lantern #45-48, 50-51, Blackest Night #1-8, and Blackest Night: Wonder Woman #3 Sept 2009-May 2010)
When the Blackest Night fell over the universe, Carol was on Zamaron, defending it and her Corps from attack by the Sinestro Corps. Carol was battling Sinestro himself, when the Black Lantern Corps arrived on the scene and attacked both Corps. Carol and Sinestro called a true to fight back against them, then Hal Jordon teleported in with the aide of Indigo-1 and Munk of the Indigo Tribe (note: members of the Indigo have the ability to teleport, and they are the only type of lantern in the spectrum that can do so).
The new additions (minus Munk whom Indigo-1 sent to Oa) joined Carol in her fight, but the battle was effectively lost when two Black Lantern rings entered the Sat Sapphire central power battery and called Khufu and Chay-ara, whose dead bodies (frozen in an eternal embrace) were being used to power the battery.
The battery was destroyed, the Star Sapphires and Zamarons fled Zamaron, The Predator broke free of it's crystal prison, and Carol teleported away with Indigo-1, Hal, and Sinestro. Indigo-1 teleported them to Korugar, Sinestro's planet of origin. Indigo-1 told them that they had to unite all the Corps to battle the Black Lanterns. She'd brought them to Korugar so that Sinestro could retake control of all of his Corps from Mongul. Sinestro won, and then two Black Lanterns arrived there too. Carol helped the others destroy them, and then they (Carol, Indigo-1, Hal, and Sinestro) traveled to Odym, home of the Blue Lantern Corps. Larfleeze the Orange Lantern's constructs were attacking. They were about to aid the Blues when his constructs evaporated becasue Larfleeze was under attack by Black Lanterns.
Carol's group, now joined by Saint Walker of the Blue Lanterns, teleported to Okaara to aide Larfleeze and, as it turned out, find Atrocitus of the Red Lantern Corps as well. Carol joined the others in destroying the Black Lanterns there.
The leaders of all seven Corps brought together, they traveled to Ryut in Space Sector 666 to meet Ganthet and Sayd to plan their next move. That done, they traveled to Earth, where the final battle would take place, and came to the rescue of a group of Earth heroes, including Wonder Woman.
They destroyed the rouge Guardian of the Universe, Scar, and attacked the Black Lantern central power battery. That was when Nekron (the being behind Blackest Night) turned the Earth heroes into Black Lanterns, even though they were still alive.
They fought and came up with the plan to deputize some of Earth's heroes to help in the fight, one to each Corps leader. Carol chose Wonder Woman as her partner.
That was when The Spectre, who had been turned into a Black Lantern, attacked. Carol and Diana fought along with the others against him, but he was too powerful, even for all of them combined. Hal got the idea of letting Parallax free and letting it possess him again so he'd have enough power to fight and beat Spectre. Hal and Spectre fought, and when it was over, Carol was able to pull back Hal and get him free of Parallax again.
After that, The Entity manifested, there was a huge fight, and the heroes won the day.
In the aftermath, once the deputations were withdrawn, Queen Mera was dying becasue her heart wasn't beating any more thanks to her having been a Red Lantern. Carol used her and Arthur's love to restart her heart and save her life.
The New Guardians
(In Green Lantern #53-58 June-Dec 2010)
Following the events of Blackest Night, Carol and Hal went to get drinks and eat at the bar at Ferris Air in Coast City. They talked a while, but it seemed to Carol they were just talking in circles, not getting to anything real, so she told Hal that they never did have much luck talking with a table between them and suggested they take their conversation airborne. So they both suited up, got in the cockpits, put on their flight helmets (which had their call-signs on them, "Sapphire" and "Highball"), and took off in a couple of planes from the nearby hangers.
Carol asked Hal what he wanted, why he'd come out with her when he was still seeing Cowgirl. Hal was just about to answer when Sinestro came flaying right at them and blew up their planes by flying into them, head-on, at high speed. Luckily, both Carol and Hal had been wearing their power rings and were able to shield themselves and power up to meet the threat.
They battled with him, but he insisted he came in peace. It turned out Sinestro wasn't looking for a fight, he'd basically just been being a jerk when he destroyed their aircraft. He'd actually come to ask for their assistance.
Apparently, after Nekron and his Blackest Night had been beaten back, The Entity left in it's wake a white lantern power battery. So the three of them traveled to where it was, in Silver City, New Mexico. They all took turns trying to lift it, no no avail. Then they tried all lifting it together; it didn't work, but The Entity did tell them "Help Me Live" and showed them a vision of the seven Emotional Embodiment Entities - The Predator, Adara, Proselyte, Ion, The Butcher, Parallax, and Ophidian - telling them that they were in danger and needed to be saved.
It then teleported them to New York City and told them to seek help from Atrocitus. They found him in the subways, calling for a blood prophecy, and Carol had to stop Hal from starting a fight with him. That's when Lobo showed up, ostensibly trying to collect a bounty on Atrocitus. Carol mostly stayed out of the fight, though at one point she did attempt to encase Lobo in a sapphire crystal to bring out whatever love he may have had in his heart. He apparently didn't have much to work with though, becasue it didn't work and he broke free.
Carol, Hal, Sinestro, and Atrocitus finally manages to drive Lobo away, and Hal reluctantly agrees to work with Atrocitus becasue he wants to stop the seven entities so much. He thinks they're all bad news, mostly becasue of his horrific experience with Parallax. Carol disagrees though, saying what if the entities are like the different Corps, some good and some bad?
From there, the group splits up. Carol goes after the Predator, Hal after Ophidian, and Sinestro and Atrocitus go after The Butcher.
Carol tracks The Predator to Las Vegas, Nevada, where she gets a message through her ring from Queen Aga'po of the Zamarons that she needs to find her quarry soon, becasue the Star Sapphire Corps central battery is losing power. Unbeknownst to Carol, Aga'po has been giving the battery her own power, her own immortal life-force and beauty, to keep it going since the Black Lanterns destroyed the previous power source the battery used. Aga'po is planning to use The Predator as the new power source, but cautions Carol that The Predator is dangerous and violent. Carol, whose been possessed by The Predator in the past when her heart was broken by Hal once upon a time and she had lost faith in love, doubts what Aga'po says about the Predator being violent by nature is true, but none the less continues her mission to find it.
What she finds though, is Larfleeze in a casino making trouble becasue of an all you can eat buffet he's spotted. That's when The Predator makes it's appearance, having possessed a man named Abraham Pointe. Abraham was a shy loner type who had a crush on a kind and pretty woman named Lisa who worked at that casino. He'd been coming to that casino and taking her picture for a long time, but had never believed in himself enough to think that someone as good and amazing as her would return his feelings.
The Predator, attracted to his despair and wanting to heal it, possessed him and brought him to Lisa, but basically charged in like a bull in china shop while doing it. Carol fought the possessed man, trying to get him to stop, believing that The Predator was being driven by the man it had possessed, and not the other way around. The Predator was just too powerful though, but not really interested in fighting her back that much. That's when Hal came on the scene and started to fight The Predator.
Carol used the detraction to talk to Lisa and discover that she had no idea who Abraham was, that they'd never met. That's when Carol figured out what was going on. She talked to the possessed man, calmed him down, told him that we all want to be loved and that it was okay to feel that way, then she kissed him and The Predator left him.
Having achieved her objective, the Zamarons teleported Carol, The Predator, Hal, Abraham, and Larfleeze to Zamaron.
On Zamaron, Aga'po and the other Zamarons wanted to put The Predator into their central power battery to stop it's power from fading away, and to keep The Predator contained so it wouldn't be a danger to others. Carol argued that The Predator shouldn't be locked away, that it seeks out hosts that don't know what love is in order to heal them. That the damage done is the fault of those hosts who take a rocky path towards discovering their path towards love, and not due to any violent intent on the part of The Predator. After all, a heart that does not believe in love is a lonely one, prone to acting out it's sorrows, frustrations, and pain.
Further, she says that they don't even need The Predator to power their battery, that none of the other Corps use anything save belief to power their batteries (though it's worth noting that, in the case of the Red Lanterns, that is not actually true, becasue they use the blood of the guilty for that purpose). Queen Aga'po takes Carol's words to heart, and pronounces that Control is right. She goes to the central battery and gives it the remainder of her life and her power in an act of faith in the power of love. With her last words, she names Carol as her successor as queen. With Aga'po's gift, the power battery blazes with new life and power and the Star Sapphire Corps are saved. (A statue is later built on Zamaron in Aga'po's honor.)
Carol then decides to stay on Zamaron to rebuild the Star Sapphire Corps and carry out her duties as the new queen. Hal argues with her that they need to continue hunting for the remaining entities on Earth, to protect them from the danger the white lantern warned of, saying that she can't seriously want to leave her life on Earth for being the queen of Zamaron. Carol says that, on the contrary, that's exactly what she's going to do. That if The Predator comes under threat, she and the Star Sapphire Corps will be there to defend it from harm.
Hal asks when she's going to return, and Carol says that she'll tell him the same thing he told her so many times "I'll be back when the job is done." At that, they part ways, and Hal goes back to Earth.
(in Brightest Day #13 and #17-#18 Jan-Mar 2011)
On Hawkworld, high above the clouds of Nth City, Hawkgirl's mother, Khea Taramka (a.k.a. Queen Shrike) captured her and Hawkman and used them as part of a portal that would take her to Zamaron. When she arrived with her army of manhawks, Carol and The Predator were there waiting to confront them.
She fought her way through the manhawks to free Hawkgirl and Hawkman. While they had been battling her minions though, Khea had been attempting to make the Star Sapphire's central battery her own. They attacked her to try to stop her, but while Khea and her daughter were fighting, The Predator sensed Khea's black heart and was drawn to her, to bring her it's light and try to heal her. It possessed her, and Khea attacked them with The Predator's power.
Carol told them that the only way to release The Predator from inside Khea would be to get her to feel love. Just after she told them that though, Khea imprisoned her within a sapphire crystal. She was only freed when Hawkgirl and Hawkman killed Khea and freed The Predator that way.
The battle over, Carol told them both that the love they had for one another was what had given them the power to kill Khea. She then teleported them back to Earth.
War of the Green Lanterns
(In Green Lantern #63-64 and 67 May-Aug 2011)
Hal, Indigo-1, Atrocitus, Saint Walker, and Larfleeze were gathered in space to discuss their next move against Krona when Carol was thrown through a teleportation portal into their midst, Krona's voice in her wake telling them that he now had all seven entities.
It's unknown weather Carol was thrown there by Krona for some reason, or if Carol escaped and came to warn them that Krona had captured the Predator and Krona simply used her escape portal to brag of his victory. In either case, the result was the same.
Moments later, Sinestro showed up to round out their team again. The seven of them tracked Krona's energy signature to Ryut, Atrocitus's dead home-world. They followed the trail into some caverns, where they found seven obelisks with seven glowing symbols one them, one for each Corps, ranging from red on one side to violet on the other. In the center of the obelisks was the Book of the Black. The book opened, and dark energy chains came out, striking them all in their eyes, showing them visions.
The chains released them and from the book appeared Lyssa Drak, the story vampire and a former member of the Sinestro Corps. She had changed allegiances to Krona, since Sinestro had abandoned her during Blackest Night, Lyssa attacked them with more chains, and they were all but helpless. All of them, save Hal, whom Sinestro was able to knock free just in time, were drawn into the book.
Inside the book, Carol and the others experienced alternate versions of what their lives might have been. In Carol's case, she lived an illusory life where she and Hal were together and in love.
Hal, with Kyle Rayner's help, eventually was able to free them all, and Carol got her Sapphire ring back. Hal was stripped of his ring by the Guardians of the Universe, and Carol followed him back home to Earth.
(In Flashpoint: Hal Jordan #1-3 Aug-Oct 2011)
Trying to torment Barry Allen (The Flash), Professor Zoom (The Reverse Flash) went back in time and changed history so that he never became The Flash in the first place, and this resulted in a changed history for the entire world - the world of Flashpoint.
In this world, Carol still grew up being childhood friends with Hal Jordon, and the both of them still dreamed of being pilots when they grew up. They still both witnessed Hal's father die in a crash. But in this world, Hal never became Green Lantern. Instead, he and Carol grew up together and both followed their dreams to become pilots.
That dream turned into something of a nightmare though, when the war between Atlantis, the Amazons, and the human race came to America.
Ferris Aircraft was drafted to provide coastal defense, and both Carol and Hal began flying defense patrols along the coast as private contractors for the air force.
They were first attacked by Shark (an agent of Atlantis) and then had to defend against an assault by the Amazons who flew invisible jets and dropped a mythological monster on their base. Together, Carol and Hal successfully repelled both attacks.
Hal soon after volunteered for a mission against the Amazon's capital city in England. He was to fly a nuclear bomb, named the Green Arrow, to their capital and drop it.
Carol joined the mission and flew with him and a squadron of other jets, including one flown by Blackhawk. The Amazons had an energy shield, and they were attacked on many fronts.
They received new orders for Hal to bomb the shield. Carol flew in with him to give him cover. Hal's plane was damaged, his electrical system stopped working.
They settled on the plan that they would fly their planes into the shield and bail out together before they hit. Only Hal's ejection system wasn't working, and he didn't tell Carol that, so he died in the explosion while Carol lived. The shield was taken down though.
Back at base, Carol was given Hal's effects, which included a journal where he confessed that he'd always loved her but had been afraid to say so, and a wedding ring he'd been planning to give her.
Barry Allen eventually recovered his memory of the timeline where he was The Flash and was able to rewrite history again, bringing about the world of DC's New 52.
Post-Flashpoint, Carol and Hal's story would remain essentially the same as it was pre-New 52 and pick up where it left off before the Flashpoint event, although many other characters within the DC Universe would undergo quite radical alterations.
(In the New 52's Green Lantern #1, 3, 5-7, and 12 Nov 2011-Oct 2012)
After the events of the War of the Green Lanterns, Hal was grounded on Earth. Carol hung up her own ring for a while too, to unwind from everything that had happened, to help Hal, and to have her life on Earth back.
Hal was going stir crazy though, and getting into trouble. He'd been cut from the air force for going A.W.O.L. for so long, and Carol had to bail him out of jail when he tried to play hero and messed it up. He asked her to get him back in the sky again, with a job at Ferris Air, but she had to turn him down becasue, with his track record, she couldn't insure any plane he was flying. She told him she would hire him, just not as a pilot. He changed the subject and asked her out to dinner.
Carol assumed it was a date, it was a fancy restaurant and everything, but it turns out he asked her to co-sign his car loan. She threw her drink in his face and walked out on him. He chased after her but really said all the wrong things (seriously, if he'd been any more dense, it would have been quite a trick) and she drove off and left him there stranded without a ride home
When she got home, she got a phone call from Tom Kalmaku, who told her turn turn on the TV. The news showed Hal as a Green Lantern again, working with Sinestro, also a Green Lantern (it happened at the end of War of the Green Lanterns). She could barely believe what she was seeing.
Hal left Earth with Sinestro, and didn't come back for more than a day. When he did return, Sinestro dumped him in an alley, again without a ring. He sought out Carol at Ferris Air. She asked him what the hell was going on, him working with Sinestro, and he kissed her and asked for a chance to explain himself.
He told her he'd been through something bad with Sinestro and the only thing that had got him through was thinking of her. He told he that he knew they'd never work out but that he wanted to try anyway. He asked for a second chance. Carol pointed out that, technically, it would be his tenth, but, none-the-less, she said yes, and they kissed.
A little while later, they went on a date to the Coast City Aeronautical Museum, and it went pretty well. They ended up back in bed at her place, and Hal was being attentive and romantic. It was great. Then a Green Lantern ring flew into the room and Sinestro showed up.
He told Hal he needed his help again - high stakes, fate of the universe in the balance, etc... Hal turned him down flat, twice. Sinestro didn't take no for an answer, and attacked Carol, wrapping her in a green energy construct and holding a green energy construct gun to her head, threatening to kill her if Hal didn't do what he asked. Hal decked him. They fought. The Indigo Tribe showed up and tried to capture both Hal and Sinestro. Carol put on her ring, and went to help Hal, but by the time she got there, the Indigo Tribe had teleported Hal and Sinestro off-world.
Shortly after this, Amanda Waller tried to recruit her for her new Justice League of America team. She turned her down and lied, tolling her she didn't have her power ring anymore.
Rise of the Third Army
(In the New 52's Green Lantern: New Guardians #0, 13-16 and annual #1 Dec 2012-Mar 2013)
Carol went to Ferris Air after hours, meaning to check on Hal's power battery to see if he'd come back for it. There, she ran into Tom Kalmaku who was working late. Carol had Tom pick the lock on Hal's locker. Inside, they found his power battery untouched, as well as quite a few pictures of her, both with and without Hal in them, and, lastly, but perhaps most significantly, they found a wedding ring that Hal had been keeping there, which let Carol know he'd been planning to propose to her (or at least he was strongly considering it).
It was at this point that they saw a green figure flying towards them. Carol, naturally, thought it was Hal coming back to her, but it turned out to be Kyle Rayner instead. he'd come looking for Hal, seeking his help after what the other Guardians of the Universe did to Ganthet (his mentor).
Tom called them over to the TV then, and there they saw Hal and Sinestro battle Black Hand in a graveyard. Carol told Kyle to get to the cemetery as fast as he could, that she'd be following along right after him as soon as she could go get her ring.
When they got there, they found a bunch of the dead that Black Hand had risen from their graves attacking a contingent of the police. She and Kyle destroyed some and drover the rest back, telling the police that they would go in and handle the situation. They went in and found a crater where Kyle said he could sense that a yellow power battery had blown up there. Carol questioned him on why he could sense that, and he told her that, since he'd worn rings from six different corps at once (during the events of New Guardians #1-12), he'd been able to tap into some of the other colors of the emotional spectrum. Next they were beset bay a huge army of the the risen dead.
Things weren't looking that great when Kyle tapped into hope and will (blue and green) both at once to generate a large light flare that destroyed all their attackers. Carol told him that Hal had always said he was something special. Kyle asked his ring to locate Hal, and his ring told him that Hal was dead.
Carol refused to accept it, even when Kyle told her that Hal's ring had already found his replacement. She told him that she shared a heart tether with him and that it was still in tact, so he couldn't be dead.
Kyle was doubtful, Carol used her power to show Kyle a vision of his future drawn from his heart. It showed that he would have to combine the light of the seven corps himself. She said he would have to, if they were going to save the man she loved.
From there, Carol recruited Atrocitus to train Kyle in how to tap the red power of rage. Kyle could tap will (green) of course, and, thanks to his experience during War of the Green lanterns, he could tap hope (blue) reliably too, but not so the others.
Atrocitus took Kyle to Alex Dewitt's grave (his dead girlfriend who'd been murdered), hoping to tap into his rage that way. It wasn't working, Kyle just felt very sad, and Carol had a hard time letting Atrocitus keep beating him. Atrocitus finally confronted Carol, but she told him that of all the lanterns in the universe, she was the one he should be most afraid of becasue love was at the root of his rage. Atrocitus was actually quelled by this, but insisted on taking Kyle elsewhere to complete his training where Carol wouldn't interfere.
When Kyle came back, he'd learned what he needed from Atrocitus, and Carol had rebuilt Alex's grave from when Atrocitus had demolished it before.
From there, they parted ways for a time. Kyle went for training with Indigo-1, and Carol returned to Zamaron to report to them what she was doing with Kyle. The Zamarons' new queen made a show of discouraging her from helping Kyle at first, ordering her to return to her own space sector as all other Star Sapphire corpswomen were recently ordered by them to do (in actuality, this was a ruse on the part of the Zamarons to gain the Guardians of the Universe's trust so that they would be in a better position to stop their plans to rid the universe of free will through their third army; the Guardians were listening, so they had to put on a show for Carol). Carol defined them, telling them that she was on a mission to save a lost love, and wasn't that what the Star Sapphire Corps was all about? The Zamarons accepted her reasons and let her go on her way (the watching Guardians thought they did so so that they could use Carol to track Kyle).
Carol caught up with Kyle later, just as he was finishing his training with Arkillo, the last of the fear lanterns. From there, they left to go to Okaara to visit Larfleeze so Kyle could learn to wield avarice (orange). Larfleeze wouldn't help at first, but Carol convinced him, after she read his heart and saw that the thing he wanted most was to be reunited with his family. She promised to use her power to find them, if he helped Kyle, and he actually agreed.
The training was a success, but no sooner was it complete than the Third Army attacked. Sayd (who had promised to serve as Larfleeze's guardian to win his cooperation during Blackest Night) was able to hold them off though while they made their escape.
From there, they returned to Zamaron so that Kyle could learn to wield love too, the last emotional power he had yet to learn (and, for him, the most difficult one). While there, the Zamarons explained their ruse regarding the Guardians of the Universe and why they had acted as they had towards her before. They further assigned Carol the task of contacting Lady Styx, ruler of the Tenebrian Dominion, and seeking her help in the coming battle with the Guardians of the Universe and their Third Army.
Carol left on her mission, with Arkillo and Saint Walker as her partners. They managed to get themselves smuggled into the Dominion, but the place was pretty much nuts. Carol did manage to get a fairly brief audience with Lady Styx, but the infamous ruler turned her down and refused to help. She and her teammates were hunted by the local authorities and only just made it out by being very daring.
Carol made it back just in time to join in with Kyle and the Zamarons' battle with Ganthet, who had come to Zamaron to deal with Kyle. Ganthet was being powered by energy he and the other Guardians of the Universe were siphoning off of Volthoom the First Lantern, so he was much more powerful than one of his race usually would be (otherwise he would have stood no chance whatsoever against the forces arrayed against him). Carol and her team joined in the battle against Ganthet, but Ganthet was only finally driven off by Kyle when he finally learned to tap into the sapphire light of love, becoming a while lantern.
Wrath of the First Lantern
(In the New 52's Green Lantern: New Guardians #18-19 and Green Lantern #20-21 Apr-Aug 2013)
Carol, Kyle, Arkillo, and Saint Walker went to Oa to fight against the 3rd Amy, but instead found Volthoom (the first lantern) free. He trapped them all in alternate versions of their lives that were seemingly positive at first but all designed to end in tragedy so that he could feed on their emotions (his favorite emotion to feed on being despair).
In Carol's alternate life, she never took over her father's business, never gave up her dream to become a pilot. Her father died disappointed in her, Ferris air was bought by a company called Leviathan, and she ended up joining the air force, leading a squadron of fighter planes. Hal Jordan was one of the pilots under her command. It turned out that Leviathan (the company that also designed the defense systems on the aircraft carrier she was on) was a front for Atlantians, and they attacked. The Leviathan systems went off line and they were all but defenseless.
Carol took her plane up, intending to ram it into the Atlantian command ship to disable their control over the carrier's defense systems. She intended to bail out before it hit, but (notably reminiscent of how Hal died in the world of Flashpoint, Carol's ejection system jammed). However, as she was about to die, she felt love for her unit, for the people she was fighting for, and that let her transcend Volthoom's alternate reality and access her power as a Star Sapphire. She remembered who she really was and began to use her power to fight against the Atlantians. Volthoom saw this, and, his emotional meal spoiled by Carol's triumph, and Carol attacking him with he squadron backing her up, he ended the alternate world he crated.
Carol broke free of Volthoom and sped all out across the ocean to rescue Kyle, who wasn't faring nearly so well against Volthoom's attack on him. He'd sunk into despair. Volthoom was gone by the time she got there, but Kyle was in a bad way. She helped him to his feet and talked to him to snap him out of his despair. She told him he needed to use his ring to contact the other New Guardians to warn them about Volthoom. They couldn't reach anyone except Sinestro, who was now a Green Lantern.
They teleported to where he was, the remains of Korugar, Sinestro's home-world, which Volthoom had destroyed to 'teach him a lesson'. Kyle was caught up in sensing so much death, when Sinestro attacked them, thinking Kyle was in league with Volthoom becasue he wore a white ring. Carol defended Kyle, blocking Sinestro's attack. Sinestro got though, but Carol rallied and they fought until two Green Lanterns, B'dg and Simon Baz, showed up and they finally managed to connive Sinestro that Kyle wasn't in league with their enemy.
Sinestro all but begged Kyle to use his power to resurrect Korugar. Kyle tried, but couldn't. Sinestro stole his ring, and Carol saved Kyle from suffocating in space until the ring, rejecting Sinestro, returned to Kyle. Carol, Kyle, Baz, and B'dg faced off against Sinestro, ready for a fight, but he left, intent of finding Volthoom and getting revenge, now that he no longer held out any hope of returning Korugar to life again.
From there, Carol, Kyle, Baz, and Saint Walker gathered and led an army of Star Sapphires, Green Lanterns, and Blue Lanterns against Volthoom. As the battle ranged, Hal came on the scene as a Black Lantern, leading an army of Black Lanterns to fight Volthoom. In the end, Hal summoned Nekron to kill Volthoom, Hal was returned to life, and he and Carol were reunited.
Carol and Hal returned to Earth together, and Hal seemed to want to pick up where they'd left off when Sinestro had come to call at the start of the whole thing, but Carol, as it turned out, Carol just felt like she couldn't go through with it again. That she couldn't try to make it work with him again when it always seemed to go wrong again and again, and hurt her every time. She told him that she wanted to be with him, but felt she couldn't keep loving him unless it was at a distance. They broke up and went their separate ways, Carol deciding she wanted to follow her heart and become a Star Sapphire again. She told him maybe they would meet again out there among the stars.
The Quest Begins
(In the New 52's Green Lantern: New Guardians #21-23)
On Earth, Hal having left, Carol stayed put for a while to keep up with her duties as the owner of Ferris Air. She also helped Kyle Rayner back up his things and put them into storage in prior to his going off into space with the Guardians of the Universe (the ones who had been guarding Volthoom for so very long). Kyle left, and she went back to her company.
Some days later, the Guardians tapped into her ring and teleported her across the universe becasue Kyle needed her help again. He'd been captured by a new threat called Relic. Relic had placed him in a dream world where he was tricking him into telling him everything her knew about all seven corps. She was able to focus her power through Exeter's energy channeling apparatus and break though Relic's shield, and enter into Kyle's dreamworld. Because of the trust they'd developed between them, she was able to convince Kyle that what he was experiencing was a trick and that he had to snap out of what Relic was doing to him and fight free. It worked, and kyle was able to make his escape.
Relic left after that though and did not attempt to recapture Kyle or retaliate against Carol, Exeter, or the Guardians. He left to attack the Blue Lantern's new home-world, Elpis, though, so she, Kyle, and the Guardians followed along behind him to try to stop him. They all tried to stop him. Carol attacked Relic head on in fact, but he was able to withstand it becasue he felt love for everything, all of creation. Carol and the others didn't give up though, and kept pressing their attack.
In the end though, they couldn't stop him. Relic murdered all the Blue Lanterns and destroyed their battery. Kyle teleported them away to Oa, where they assumed Relic would strike next.
(In the New 52's Green Lantern #24, Green Lantern Corps #24, and Green Lantern: New Guardians #24, Red Lanterns #24, Green Lantern Annual #2, and Green Lantern #25 Dec 2013-Jan 2014)
Carol and company arrive on Oa. They explain to Hal (who's been made leader of the Green Lantern Corps recently) that Relic is on his way. There's not much time to talk about it though before he shows up. They try to reason with him, but it doesn't work, there's a battle, the Green Lantern central battery is blown up, and then so is Oa itself. They leave before it happens, and Carol tells Hal not to blame himself for what happened.
Hal wants to lead his lanterns in another battle against Relic, but Carol talks him out of it, telling him he can't win and he needs to be responsible becasue his corps is counting on him. Then The Predator, Adara, Proselyte, Ion, Ophidian, and The Entity show up and possess Kyle, who takes off for parts unknown.
Carol and Hal chase after him. Carol tries to reach Kyle the same way she did before when he was trapped in a dream world by Relic, but The Predator stops her, saying that it loves her, but what their doing with Kyle is too important to stop.
They aren't able to stop the possessed Kyle and he gets away from them. From there, they go to Ysmault to recruit the Red Lanterns to their cause. They manage to convince them, but don't know where to look for Kyle or Relic. Carol reluctantly confesses that she can find Kyle. Hal understands the implication of that, that if she can do that, then... she must love him (that's part of the way it works for a Star Sapphire). He accuses her of lying to him before about why she broke up with him, that it wasn't becasue of him, it was becasue she had feelings for someone else - Kyle. Carol avoids the conversation by telling him that now isn't the time, that they have to stop Relic. It's the truth of course, so Hal lets it go for the moment and Carol lets loose a heart tether and takes them all to where Kyle is.
They find him and Relic at The Source Wall. There's a battle, Relic is trapped in the wall, and Kyle apparently is trapped on the other side of the wall, inside The Source itself. Carol tried to save him of course, but this time she couldn't - Relic stopped her. Carol and the others think that means he's died, sacrificed himself.
On Mogo, where the Green Lanterns have regrouped with their new power battery (that Mogo made), Hal tells his people about this plan he's got for the Green Lanterns to start policing the other Corps to get rid of their rings. He doesn't explicitly say Star Sapphires will be targeted too, but he does strongly elude to that being a distinct possibility. Carol confronts him about it and basically tells him he's being an arrogant jerk, that the Green Lanterns have messed up and done way too much harm to take the moral high ground. She tells him she's going to report to the Star Sapphire Corps what he's doing and that love will be ready to stand it's ground against him if he decides to make himself their enemy.
She leaves for Zamaron to make her report.
(In the New 52's Green Lantern: New Guardians #25-26)
On Zamaron she told the Zamarons that she didn't really think Hal would follow through on the letter of his threat, at least not yet, but that they needed to be vigilant in case things with the Green Lanterns got out of hand (again). She also advocated reexamining the way the Star Sapphire Corps operated, to see if they could do better. Before she could really discuss that with them though, she got a call from the Guardians of the Universe who'd been traveling around with Kyle before his death. They told her that she needed to come meet them to 'address a matter of concern regarding lantern Rayner'.
She took off into space right away to go meet them, leaving her discussion with the Zamarons for another time. She was expecting it to be a funeral or something. When she got to the meeting place (a planet named Exuras) though, she found Kyle alive and well. She called him a jerk for not contacting her himself to tell her he was alive. They had a few words, but she ended up hugging him and telling him how happy she was he wasn't dead.
Apparently, she was the only one, besides the Guardians, whom he'd decided to tell he was alive so far. He didn't want it getting back to Hal for some reason (becasue he had 'things to figure out').
After that, she asked why they were on Exuras, and she found out that it was becasue the planet was a paradise that it's people had made into a paradise in only a few years time (before that, they were pretty much an average, not particularity remarkable planet). They even had this amazing technology in the air that protected them from harm and maintained their society. The Guardians wanted to know if this paradise world was a genuine thing, or if there was some dark secret underneath it all. If it was genuine, then they wanted to replicate the success throughout the universe so there would be no need for a Green Lantern Corps.
Carol, Kayle, and a Guardian named Zalla found out that what was going on was that the people of Exuras were manipulating their own timeline, stealing positive outcomes (or 'happy endings') from other timelines. This was obviously not what they were hoping to find - even less so, when one of those other timelines figured out what their 'neighbors' had been doing to them and chose that moment to come through the portal to attack.
Carol and Kyle fought to prevent killing, and ended up stopping the threat, but when it was over, Kyle basically threatened the people of Exuras that if they didn't clean up their act, make reparations, and then destroy their timeline manipulation devise, then he would come back and the consequences wouldn't be pleasant.
In space afterwards, Carol confronted him about it, telling him that laying down edicts like that wasn't what she'd come to expect from him. She asked him if he really thought that what he'd said was the right way to have gone about it. He told her that he couldn't think of a better solution, and flew off, ending the conversation.
Powers & Abilities (2006-present)
As Carol Ferris
Pilot: She's wanted to be a pilot since she was a young girl and has been flying planes ever since she could get a license. She grew up around them and is just about as skilled an aviator as anyone can be.
Business Woman: She's run her family's business, Ferris Aircraft, successfully ever since her father fell sick and left the company to her. Prior to that, she helped her father run the business and learned the trade.
Leadership: She learned to be a leader running Ferris Aircraft for many years, and recently she was named queen of the Star Sapphires by a dying queen Aga'po. Since then, she's often acted as the leader of the Star Sapphire Corps.
Aviation Expertise: While not a trained engineer or designer, she grew up in the business and knows a lot about the technical aspects of aircraft design and manufacture.
As a Star Sapphire
Flight and Space Travel: She can surround herself in an energy field and fly within a planet's atmosphere or through outer space. In space, she can generate an interstellar space warp to travel between solar systems at great speed.
Energy Blasts, Shields, and Constructs: She can fire energy beams with destructive power, generate energy shields for defense, and create energy constructs that can take the form of anything she can imagine. The power of these is proportional to her ability to tap into and believe in the love within her heart.
Sapphire Crystals: She can surround others in a prison of sapphire crystal to show them what they love most, as well as bring out the love that may be buried in their hearts.
Heart Tethers: A heart tether can bring her to someone she loves or guide her to where love is threatened out among the stars.
Teleportation: She is able to teleport herself and others on an interstellar scale, provided she can harness enough love to power it. (Example: She once teleported Hawkgirl and Hawkman from Zamaron back to Earth.)
Healing: She can use the power of love to heal even normally fatal wounds (as she did once for Queen Mera). Conceivably, she could also even bring someone back from the dead (as fer fellow Star Sapphire Corpswoman, Miri Riam, did once).
Heart Prophecies: She can use her power to look into someone's heart and show them a vision of their future.
Emotional Control: Carol, having had more experience with the power of the Star Sapphire than almost anyone save, perhaps, for the Zamarons, has a comparatively high ability to harness love's power and not be carried away or overwhelmed by it as some others may be.
Other Star Sapphire Corps Abilities: Other members of the Star Sapphire Corps have demonstrated a few other abilities, or variations on Carol's established abilities, that Carol herself hasn't yet used. In theory however, she should have the ability to do them as well.
The Secret Life of Star Sapphire!
(In Showcase #22-24 and Green Lantern #1-7, 10-13, and 15-16 Sept 1959-Oct 1962)
Carol's father left her in charge of the family company, Ferris Aircraft, while he and his wife took a two year trip around the world. Prior to that, she'd been dating one of their test pilots, Hal Jordan. After, however, she decided, because she was his boss now, she should keep things professional between them and refused to date him any longer.
Around this time, Green Lantern showed up (who was, of course, secretly Hal), and since Carol wouldn't date him as himself any longer, Hal, as Green Lantern, went to a party Carol would be at and proceeded to ask her to dance. He later took her out to a balcony to be alone, where they were about to kiss, when Hal left to stop a missile.
What followed was a halting sort of romance between Carol and Green Lantern, all the while Hal, as himself, was still trying to get Carol to like him as him and not Green Lantern. Carol still liked Hal of course, but still wouldn't date him. At one point, Carol had a dream that Hal and Green Lantern were the same person, and she confronted him about it, but he tricked her into thinking it wasn't true.
This fake love triangle went on until Carol decided to ask Green Lantern to marry her. She had a hard time pinning him down, because Carol had confided her plan to Hal (who'd told her it was a terrible idea and that she should merry him instead). When Carol proposed though, Green Lantern basically ran away.
After that, Carol wasn't so fond of Green Lantern anymore and actually found herself agreeing to date Hal again, even though he was still her employee. Hal often ran off on her, claiming that he had to work (an excuse to go off and be Green Lantern), which Carol, as his boss, couldn't exactly fault, but as his girlfriend grew increasingly annoyed by.
The trouble was, in dating Hal, the positions were sort of reversed. Hal wanted to marry her, but Carol couldn't make herself want to say yes because she still had feelings for Green Lantern. (It should be noted that, though it may seem a bit odd to today's sensibilities, being so singularly focused on marriage in the way Carol and Hal were was more the norm during the late 50s to early 60s than would be usual today.)
One day, when Carol was enjoying herself piloting her airplane, Lady Carol, having been receiving piloting lessons from her boyfriend Hal, her plane was somehow mysteriously forced down to land in the desert. She hit her head in the rough landing, and when she woke moments later, she was confronted by three women in armor and skirts who called her 'your highness' and told her she was their queen. They said they were from the planet Zamaron, which meant the land of lovely women, and that they'd come to Earth to find her.
They explained to her that they were from a world that was tremendously scientifically advanced, populated only by women, and that everyone who lived there was immortal - all save one, their queen. They further explained that, by tradition, their queen was always mortal and always had to look the same, and that Carol looked exactly right to be a match and that they'd been looking all over the galaxy to find her.
They told her that they had to leave Earth right away so that she could be crowned Queen Star Sapphire on Zamaron. Carol protested that she couldn't leave Earth, couldn't be their queen, because she was in love with Green Lantern.
The Zamarons told her that even the lowest Zamaron was superior to any man, that men were weaklings, even Green Lantern who was a champion on her world. Carol asked how they could prove something like that, and they said that she would prove it herself. They gave her the Star Sapphire costume that their queen would wear for hunting and exploration, and gave her the Star Sapphire gem to give her some of the powers she would have if she were to become their queen.
She could fly through the air, and the Zamarons told her that was just the start of what she could do. They said they'd set things up so that, when Carol went into Coast City, Green Lantern would seek her out and try to imprison her but that she must defy him. That, in that way, she would see what they said was true, that men were inferior and that her destiny lay with them.
Unable to help herself for some reason, she felt compelled to do as they asked and head into the city. When she encountered Hal as Green Lantern, she couldn't help but challenge him to a battle, telling him that she was going to break into the museum of ancient glass if he didn't stop her. She passed him by and went to the museum where she took a mirror, though, unbeknownst to Hal, it was a mirror the Zamarons had teleported into place there, so she wasn't actually even stealing anything, just pretending to.
Hal shoots at her with an energy beam, Carol dodged it and fired back with an energy beam of her own, knocking him into a building and knocking him out cold. In her head though, she was trying to stop herself from doing what she was doing, but she didn't seem to be in control of her actions, it was like she was two people at once.
His ring saved him from the impact and he would later wake up to find his attacker gone. Carol's mission satisfied, she'd headed back to the desert to meet the Zamarons again. Back on their space ship, the Zamarons told her that it proved they were right, that men were inferior. Carol asked them to give Green Lantern one more chance to defeat her though, and reluctantly the Zamarons let her have her way.
As Carol left, her thoughts were telling her that she had to defeat Green Lantern, no matter what. The Zamarons sent a telepathic signal to him, telling him where she would be, and, having been showed up once, Hal was eager to have a second battle with her. He waited in ambush and trapped her in a green energy cage, but Carol simply teleported herself free. They fought a duel of energy beams and shields. It seemed they were fairly evenly matched, when Hal detected that there was a transmission being sent to her and surrounded her in an energy field that cut off the transmission. Free of the Zamarons' influence, Carols stopped fighting him and passed out.
Hal dropped the force-field, and the Zamarons teleported her back to their ship. They told her that because she lost, she wasn't worthy to be their queen after all. They took away her memory of their encounter and left. Hal found her and took her back home. He also found a Star Sapphire gem in the desert and took it to the police, not knowing what to make of it.
Star Sapphire Unmasks Green Lantern
(In Green Lantern #17, 20-26 Dec 1962-Jan 1964)
After her experiences with the Zamarons, Carol went about her life as if it had never happened because the Zamarons had erased her memory of those events. She invited Hal over to her place for dinner, but, after she'd made the dinner for him, he made a very bad excuse and left without eating it (so he could go off and be Green Lantern, of course).
Sometime later, there was a mysterious vanishing epidemic in the Coast City area, where in people would get pale and sick and then, poof, disappear into thin air. People were coming down with it left and right, and Carol volunteered at one of the hospitals to help take care of the sick and fading because there weren't enough healthcare workers to go around.
It turned out to be a plot by aliens, and Carol ended up being kidnapped by them too. Green Lantern, with help from the Flash, saved her and everyone else from them and got them back to Coast City. After that, she started to think that maybe she should give it another try with him, even though he'd run away after she'd proposed to him previously.
It was around this time that her parents came back from their around the world trip, and her father was so impressed by how she'd handled the company in his absence that he decided to retire and turn over ownership of Ferris Aircraft fully to her.
She and Green Lantern started dating again - going out to dinner, having a picnic, attending a charity bazaar, etc... She remained friendly with Hal, but had given up on dating him.
At one point though, Carol felt a strong compulsion draw her to seek out the Star Sapphire gem again. She found it, and was once again transformed into Star Sapphire. The Zamarons had left it on Earth because they wanted Carol to have it as a gift, so her life would be better (by their standards, at least). Only if someone called her by her real name, Carol Ferris, would she return to herself.
As Star Sapphire, she set out to beat Green Lantern at his own game, catching criminals, and doing it better than he could - thinking that if she beat him, he'd have to admit defeat and marry her (the goal was her own, the way of thinking was Zamaron). There was a group of robbers called the Copter Gang, who used helicopters and subterfuge to rob banks. They'd never been caught before, and the Coast City police had asked Green Lantern for help. Carol used her Star Sapphire powers to distort Green Lantern's perception of time so he wouldn't show up in time and she'd have time to stop the Copter Gang herself before he could get there.
She made short work of them, turning their bullets into snowflakes, one of the helicopters into a magic carpet, and using her mind over matter powers to capture the other two copters using other similarly inventive means. Green Lantern showed up and demanded to know what she was up to, accusing her of only stopping them to steal their loot for her own.
Carol said that wasn't it, and she'd prove it by taking the thieves into the cops with him. He went along, and, even as the chief of police was congratulating and thanking Carol for her help, Green Lantern protested that she was still wanted for the thefts she committed last time she'd appeared in Coast City. The chief explained that, upon investigation, nothing had actually been stolen, so she wasn't wanted for any crimes after all.
They flew off together when news of an attack by alien creatures on Ferris Aircraft came in. Green Lantern boasted that he would take care of it himself, and that she didn't even need to come along. Carol told him that she was coming along alright, and that when he inevitably failed, she would be there to save the day, and then he'd have to marry her.
Green Lantern tried to stop the creatures (which Carol had secretly created herself using her mind over matter power and the background cosmic radiation that was always present on Earth ñ and, since they were attacking a company she herself owned, and since she was controlling them completely and would stop them before they did any harm at all, again, there was no real crime being committed). She made them so they were living a few seconds ahead in the timeline, so Green Lantern's power seemed to just slide off of them. After a few failed attempts, Green Lantern looked like he might be catching on to the ahead of time element and so might be close to figuring out how to stop them, so Carol stepped in before he could and destroyed the creatures herself, telling him that he'd lost and she'd won and he had to marry her now.
He was close to agreeing, because she'd sapped his will power some, but he resisted one last time, challenging her that if she could remove his mask, only then would he marry her. She agreed, but couldn't do it because he was focusing all of his remaining will power on keeping it in place. Undaunted though, she left, but secretly followed him back to his power battery and took him unawares, unmasking him as Hal Jordan.
Hal, defeated, agreed to marry her. He said though, that it was only fair that he should remove her mask too, if they were going to get married. She let him, he saw that she was Carol, and he spoke her name in surprise, reverting her back to her normal self and causing her to faint and forget what she'd been doing as Star Sapphire.
Hal thought to himself though, that whether it was Hal and Carol, or Green Lantern and Star Sapphire, this meant that they were definitely destined to get married one day.
The Secret Life of Star Sapphire
(In Green Lantern #27-29, 32, 34-39, 41, 43, 46, 48-49, and 53 Mar 1964-June 1967)
Carol continued to date Green Lantern after that, Hal Jordan firmly relegated to friend status. She got caught up in a few perilous exploits along the way. Kidnapped by The Shark (along with Tom Kalmaku and his wife Terga), attacked by a giant Green Lantern statue brought to life at a fairground, and she had some of her airplane designs stolen. All three times, Green Lantern saved the day.
When next she was drawn to take up the Star Sapphire gem again, she was attacked while a flying platform that her company had invented and she was testing out. The rails of the platform came to life and grabbed her. Green Lantern, who was at the fairgrounds too, came to her rescue. She was knocked unconscious. When she woke later that night, the Star Sapphire part of her recognized that she was under threat and she drove to Ferris Air and found her Star Sapphire Gem, using it to again become Star Sapphire.
She tracked down the enemy who attacked her and found it was a woman named Dela Pharon from the planet Xanador, whom the Zamarons had found and made their Star Sapphire queen after Carol had turned down the position becasue of her love for Hal. She and Dela looked incidental, as the Zamarons only chose women to be their queen who looked like Carol did. She and Dela batted and carol lost.
Dela was jealous of how some of the Zamarons regarded Carol so highly, so she tricked Green Lantern and the Zamarons into thinking she was Carol, sending carol to Xanador and giving her her own memories so Carol would think she was Dela.
Hal saw through the deception and rescued Carol, and got Dela to return Carol's mind to the way it was and promise to leave her alone from then on. He took Carol back to Earth where she again didn't remember anything from her time as Star Sapphire.
Carol received a package from an anonymous source containing proof that Hal was Green Lantern along with detailed information such as names, dates, where his power battery was, how his ring worked, pretty much everything. Her friend, Iris West, also received a similar package regarding her boyfriend Barry Allen and how he was actually The Flash. They both confronted their romantic interests about it and Hal and Barry had to cop to it. Carol and Iris got together to compare notes and they set up a double date with Hal and Berry, where their boyfriends were squirming a little but were also generally good sports about the whole thing. The one behind it was a criminal called Major Disaster who set the whole thing up as a trap. There was a battle, and everyone in the city lost some memory, and Hal and Barry used the opportunity to not restore their girlfriends' memories of their secret identities.
Carol continued to date Green Lantern, though she went to the company dance with Hal (but only as friends). Some time later, Carol went to the premiere of a movie called "The Magnificent Girl In The Flying Machine". Green Lantern was also attending. The movie was about Carol's grandmother, actually, and she was looking forward to spending time with her date, so she was very happy about the whole thing. The woman playing her grandmother's character in the film was named Zu Zu Lamar, and Zu Zu started coming on to Green Lantern, and she wasn't being subtle about it at all. Carol thought that there was no way her date would take the actress up on it, but he started flirting with her back. That was bad enough, but when he asked Zu Zu to dance instead of Carol when Carol was sitting right there with him, that was just too much.
Carol dumped Green Lantern. It's worth noting that Hal danced with Zu Zu thinking that if he got Carol mad at his alter ego, then she'd want to go out with him as Hal, his regular self, again. Carol didn't go back to Hal though. By that point, she'd had enough of both of them (or rather both of him).
Some time later, she met a handsome man named Jason Belmore, and, after a whirlwind courtship, agreed to marry him. She told Hal about it and said she wanted to remain friends. Hal was clearly floored by the news, but none the less wished her well with Jason.
Hal left his job at Ferris Aircraft though, and left Coast City becasue he couldn't stand to stay. When Carol asked Hal's friend, Tom Kalmaku (one of the mechanics she employs), about it, he told her that Hal was in the northwest and that he'd taken a job as an insurance investigator of all things. Carol was sad, and also a little incredulous at the odd change of jobs. From test pilot to insurance investigator? She told Tom that she hoped he found happiness though.
From Space Ye Came, and To Space Ye Shall Return
(In Green Lantern #69, 73-74 June 1969-Jan 1970)
Since agreeing to marry Jason, Carol had postponed the wedding date twice so far and was slowly coming to the obvious conclusion that maybe her heart was conflicted about it. She realized she wanted to see Green Lantern one more time before she took the plunge, to see if there was anything still there between them, so she traveled to where he'd been operating lately: Evergreen City in Washington State (in his recent wonderings around the country, Hal had lately moved there and taken up a job as a toy salesman, and naturally his Green Lantern persona had followed along).
When she got to Evergreen City, she heard that Green Lantern had just captured some thieves, so she called the police station, hoping to catch him there. She got lucky and was able to reach him. She asked him to meet her, and he named the park across the street from police headquarters as a meeting place. Carol agreed and took a cab over to meet him.
She told him that she'd canceled her wedding to Jason twice, but was going to be married tomorrow morning. She said she just wanted to say goodbye to him, and asked him if there was anything he wanted to say to her. Hal, still hung up over the fact that Carol liked him better as Green Lantern than as Hal Jordan (conveniently forgetting that he had no one to blame for that state of affairs but himself because he'd ruined every chance Carol ever gave him as Hal, mostly so he could go off and be Green Lantern, though Carol, of course, couldn't have known that was why he'd acted like that), told her that he was happy for her, that her husband to be was a lucky man, and that he'd always be utterly devoted to her. Carol told him to stop and ran away back to her waiting cab, Green Lantern not following after her.
Carol didn't end up going through with the wedding though, she called it off and broke up with Jason.
A while later, Green Lantern returned to Coast City and Carol crossed paths with him on the beach of Santa Clara where he'd just stopped an oil spill and was being congratulated by the city's new mayor. The mayor, ignorant of the extent of their past together, introduced them. His attention was right on her, he wasn't even paying attention to what the mayor was saying anymore. They shook hands, and he swept her up in his arms and carried her away from the mayor and the crowd that had gathered around him to congratulate him on his success and his return to the city.
He carried her off to a secluded part of the beach where they walked together on the sand and talked. She told him that she knew he would return one day, and that she still had feelings for him. That she hadn't gone through with the wedding, and that she'd realized she'd just been using Jason to try to get over him, but that it hadn't worked. He started to say something back, but then they just ended up kissing. He flew off though, without explanation, leaving Carol to wonder yet again what was going on in his head. It seemed to her that they were getting closer but also getting farther apart. She just couldn't seem to figure him out.
She went home from the beach and found her star sapphire gem their waiting for her in a jewelry case. She opened it and picked it up, and, as soon as she did of course, she became Star Sapphire again.
She used her power to first recreate the oil spill, but this time make it nearly impossible for Green Lantern to contain it. He managed it in the end though, just barely. Next she generated a haunting at the hotel where Hal was staying (as Star Sapphire, of course, she knew perfectly well that Hal and Green Lantern were one and the same). When Hal was helpless before the apparitions she'd made, she dissolved them into mist. She was going to do something else to weaken his will next, but he sensed where she was hiding behind a nearby curtain and pulled it back, seeing her.
He was surprised, and tongue-tied. She told him that she'd been doing what she'd been doing to weaken his resistance and force him into becoming her royal consort, but that since he'd discovered her, she'd have to take a more direct approach. She attacked with a power beam, and he defended with a shield.
This time though, instead of trying to battle her directly as he had in the past (battles which Carol would always win), he attacked her mind this time and focused all of his will power on getting her to revert back to her regular self as Carol Ferris. It was working, but, unwilling to lose their contest completely, Carol struck back at him in the same way, transporting him to outer space and robbing him of his memory of ever being Green Lantern (his ring would automatically keep him alive, so it wasn't a death sentence, just a way to prove to him that he couldn't beat her).
She went back to being just Carol again, with no memory of what she'd done as Star Sapphire.
Later that evening, Carol took a walk on the beach to clear her head, when Green Lantern flew down to meet her (having recovered from what she'd done to him before). She ran over to greet him, but, as she did, she found herself transforming into Star Sapphire again, even without having her gem this time.
That's when Sinestro showed up and tossed her her gem so she'd have all her powers. She didn't know what was going on, but decided to take the opportunity to use this new adversary of Hal's to weaken him as she'd planned to do before. She fought him alongside Sinestro and they defeated him. He was helpless and Sinestro was going to kill him, but Carol stopped him and told him that Hal was hers, destined to marry her and become her royal consort.
Sinestro ignored her warning, and tried to kill Hal yet again. They fought, and it was looking like they were fairly evenly matched. While they battled, Hal crawled away to recharge his ring. They were still battling when he returned. Hal attacked her while she was focused on Sinestro, and Sinestro used the opening to attack her as well. She fell to the beach, transforming back into her regular self again.
Sinestro revealed that he had given Carol her star sapphire gem this time to get her help in defeating Hal. It hadn't worked out like he'd planned though, so he made his escape to plan a different attack on him another day.
In the aftermath, Hal helped Carol to her feet and told her in no uncertain terms that she was Star Sapphire and that she was guilty of trying to hurt him several times (though the part about her hurting him was only partly accurate). She couldn't believe it was true and ran away crying. Green Lantern, again, didn't chase after her.
...And A Child Shall Destroy Them
(In Green Lantern/Green Arrow #83-84 and 89 May 1971-May 1972)
Slave of the Star Sapphire
(In Superman #261, Flash #235, and Green Lantern/Green Arrow #93-94, 96-97, 99, 104-106, 108-109, and Justice League of America #157 Feb 1973-Oct 1978)
The Fantastic Fall of Green Lantern
(In DC Comics Presents #6 Feb 1979)
Powers & Abilities (1959-1987)
As Carol Ferris
Business Woman: She was first the acting head of Ferris Aircraft, then later it's outright owner. She ran the business so expertly, that her father was very confident in her abilities. Even though he'd at first been disappointed that she wasn't a son, he came to realize that she was every bit as capable of running the business as the son he'd imagined having.
Aviation Expertise: While she is not a trained engineer, she has long participated in and has a keen understanding of the design and construction of aircraft.
Pilot: She was trained as a pilot by her boyfriend, test pilot Hal Jordon. She has a plane that she owns privately for her own use, it's named Lady Carol.
Administrative Work: Growing up, she helped her father with his administrative duties at Ferris s Aircraft, taking on more and more responsibility as the years went by.
Event Coordination: She's organized a number of community events, many of them for charity.
Surfing: She knows how and does so recreationally from time to time.
As Star Sapphire
Mind Over Matter: With this ability, she can transform one thing into another, create life forms, and compel inanimate objects to act as she directs.
Time Manipulation: She can slow down or speed up objects and people in time. Make a person experience time at a slower or faster rate, or make a person or object exist seconds ahead of time while appearing to an observer to be in the here and now (thus making that person or object impervious to many forms of attack).
Flight: She can fly.
Energy Beams and Shields: She can generate powerful blasts of white energy, strong enough to knock even Green Lantern out of the sky.
Teleportation: She can teleport herself and objects. The range of this ability is unknown.
Energy Manipulation: She was able to influence Green lantern's power battery to do her bidding.
Mind Manipulation: She is able to influence subconscious thought to a degree.
Strategic Thinking: The Star Sapphire gem the Zamarons gave her let her maintain her own basic motivations in many respects, while changing her thought process to be more Zamaron in nature. Making her more of a tactical thinker, and more forceful and driven to achieve her goals.
(in Emerald Dawn #1-2, 4, 6 and Emerald Dawn II #1, 6 Oct 1989-Spet 1991)
A post-Crisis on Infinite Earths revamping of Carol and Hal's origin story.
(In Legends of the DC Universe #28-#29 May-June 2000)
The Meaning of Fear
(in Action Comics #601-606 May-June 1988)
Eclipso: The Darkness Within
(In Green Lantern Annual #1, Adventures of Superman Annual #4, and Eclipso: The Darkness Within #2 Jan 1992)
(In Green Lantern #21-24 Feb-May 1992)
Predators and Prey
(In Green Lantern #26-45 June 1992-Sept 1993)
Reign of the Supermen
(in Green Lantern #46-47 Oct-Nov 1993)
(in Extreme Justice #10-11 Nov-Dec 1995)
(in Parallax: Emerald Night and Green Lantern #81 Nov-Dec 1996)
When the Final Night falls, and Earth's son almost gone, having been nearly completely consumed by the Sun Eater, Kyle Rayner seeks out Hal Jordan/Parallax for help, believing his power might just be the only thing that can save Earth. Hal returns with him to Earth, but is fearful that he can't do what's asked of him.
He goes to see Carol and tells her his fears, offering to take her away from Earth, save her life if no one else's, so that they could be together like she always wanted. Carol flatly turns him down. Saying that it's never been about that with them. It's always been about what's right, about helping people. She tells him that, no matter what he's done as Parallax, she still believes in him. Still believes he's a good person at heart.
They kiss one last time and Hal goes off, successfully reigniting the son, and giving his life in the process.
In the aftermath, she attends his funeral and gives a eulogy. Saying that their relationship had had it's ups and downs, and they'd broken up several times, but that in the end, she felt that Hal was true to her. That in the end, Hal had been true to everyone. She said hat she'd always love him, and that it it was up to those he'd left behind to pick up the peaces and carry on without him.
(In Green Lantern #102 Aug 1998)
The Hal Jordan from years ago, back when he'd just gotten his ring, time travels to the present. Carol and Tom are working on a new aircraft design. Hal shows up for a reunion. Kalibak attacks.
Spectre of the Past
(in Green Lantern #119 Dec 1999)
Hal, having become the Spectre after his death, comes to visit Carol at Ferris Aircraft, the company she owns. Her prospects of keeping her business afloat aren't looking too great. The company is still recovering from it's losses when Coast City was destroyed, and the new prototype aircraft she has in development that she's pinning her hopes on isn't performing as well as she'd hoped it would.
Hal appears to her, and tells her he's here to help, but that she won't remember him ever having been here. He draws out a Star Sapphire gem from her heard, and tells Carol that she's been blaming herself for what she's done as Star Sapphire in the past, but that she shouldn't anymore. That she needs to let go of her past, and let go of him, to move forward.
When he leaves, and she forgets he was there, she feels better and says to herself "You know, I think I'm going to be okay."
Redeeming The Demon
(In Legends of the DC Universe #33 and The Spectre #1-5 Oct 2000-July 2001)
The Last Will and Testament of Hall Jordon
(In Green Lantern: Legacy #1 Jan 2002)
The Resurrection of Sinestro
(In The Spectre #21-23 Nov 2002-Jan 2003)
Green Lantern: Rebirth
(In Green Lantern: Rebirth #1-2, 4, and 6 Dec 2004-May 2005)
Powers & Abilities (1987-2005)
As Carol Ferris
As Star Sapphire
Flight and Space Travel
Ring of Evil (1994)
In this story, the world is plagued by Nazis, including Hal Jordan and Guy Gardner. In this world, John Stewart is the Green Lantern and Carol is his lover. Hal gets a yellow fear ring, but John wins in the end, the Nazi's are toppled, and he and Carol get their happily ever after ending.
Justice League: The Nail (1998)
Carol made an appearance in JLA: The Nail. On her way to visit Zamaron, she encountered a seemingly impenetrable energy barrier surrounding Earth. She sent out a phoney distress call to attract Hal Jordon's attention and when he answered it, she let him know about the energy barrier. He described her as a petty criminal, which would probably mean thief. Carol subsequently left to go to the south of France to wait out the crisis.
Green Lantern: Evil's Might (2002)
In turn of the century New York City, Carol is part of the movement to give women the vote.
Justice League: Another Nail (2004)
In Another Nail, Carol, along with Black Orchid and Power Girl, who seem to have had a past history of working together as a team, first kidnapped The Chief from the Doom Patrol, then stole an inanimate Amazo from The Metal Men. While the group had the reputation for being criminals of some sort (the specifics of that were never explained), in this case they were working with Black Canary to save a dying Oliver Queen's life by getting the Chief to implant his brain into Amazo. By the end of the Story, Carol, Orchid, and Power Girl all ended up joining the Justice League.
DC: The New Frontier (2004)
(in issues #2-6)
Ame-Comi Girls (2012)
(in Ame-Comi Girls #8-10 Oct-Nov 2012 "The Chosen" parts 2-4)
Green Lantern: the Animated Series (2011-2013)
Carol makes a brief appearance in the pilot episode. She eventually plays a major role in "Love and War," where she is kidnapped and forcibly transformed into a Star Sapphire by the Zamarons. Delirious as a result of her teleportation from Earth, Carol goes berserk and battles Hal before being calmed down. After wishing Hal luck on his mission to stop the Red Lanterns, she is returned to her home. She reappears in the season finale, where she helps Hal regain his memories after he begins suffering from a similar form of amnesia to the one she experienced while under the thrall of the Star Sapphires. At the close of the episode, the two celebrate Hal's victory by going out for dinner.
Young Justice: Invasion (2012-2013)
Carol appears in "Depths," where she orchestrates the launch of a satellite meant to make contact with Mars. She gives a press conference with M'gann (disguised as her uncle J'onn) and has to deal with G. Gordon Godfrey's antagonistic questions. Kaldur'ahm leads an assault on the satellite, but is repelled by Nightwing and Artemis. Unfortunately, Black Manta destroys the satellite shortly after takeoff anyway with an explosive devise he'd had planed aboard previously. She was voiced by Kari Wahlgren.
Carol also makes an appearance in the comic book based on the series. In Young Justice #11 she is again launching a rocket, this time towards the ozone layer and again it's sabotaged, this time by Talia and her father Ra's al Ghul.
Justice League: Doom (2012)
Star Sapphire appears as one of the lead villains of the film and a member of Vandal Savage's Legion of Doom. She is once again voiced by Olivia d'Abo, though she does not use the English accent from the Justice League animated series.
Green Lantern: First Flight (2009)
Carol plays a minor role in the film. Olivia d'Abo reprises her role from the Justice League animated series.
Justice League: The New Frontier (2008)
Carol appears as a supporting character in the film. In the closing montage scene, she is shown as Star Sapphire. She was voiced by Brooke Shields.
Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2008)
Carol appears as the primary antagonist in the episode "Scorn of the Star Sapphires!" In the episode, a brief flashback to her origin is given, showing that she was abducted by the Zamarons and forcibly made to serve as the vessel for their queen. She is shown to have no control of her body when the Star Sapphire entity emerges, and is unaware of her transformations. Star Sapphire terrorizes Hal Jordan and Batman, and subsequently kidnaps and frames an English reporter named Georgette Taylor for her crimes in order to divert suspicion from herself.
After Batman and Hal rescue Georgette, Star Sapphire attempts to open a portal to Zamaron that will allow the planet's military to arrive on Earth in order to conquer it. While Batman battles the Zamaron soldiers, Hal pleads with Carol and eventually convinces her to return to her senses. After she does so, she expels the Star Sapphire from her body and loses all of her memories from her time as the entity's vessel. Carol was voiced by Rachel Quaintance while Star Sapphire was voiced by Vicki Lewis.
Justice League / Justice League Unlimited (2001-2006)
Although never specifically identified as such the character of Star Sapphire appears in numerous episodes of the animated series Justice League Unlimited, and often as the member of the Injustice League. She was voiced by Olivia d'Abo.
In the Justice League episode "Fury", she teamed up with Aresia and Tsukuri to try to kill every man on the planet with a mystical disease. She agreed becasue she seemed resentful of men; one man in particular (presumably, Hal Jordon, though it was never so stated). The plan was eventually stopped by Wonder Woman and Hawkgirl, though it went far enough that all the planet's men, including those on the Justice League, were incapacitated.
Live Action Films
Man of Steel (2013)
Carol Ferris is played by Christina Gren in the film, and is seen as secondary military officer throughout the pic’s military-focused scenes. She has a notable line towards the end of the film wherein she calls Henry Cavill’s Superman “kind of hot,” If you look closely at the picture below you can see the words Ferris on the left of her top.
Green Lantern (2011)
In the 2011 live-action film, Carol Ferris is played by Blake Lively. This film details the early adventures of Hal Jordan so much so that staple villains such as Hector Hammond and Sinestro are regarded as friends and allies (though Hammond is later corrupted by the power of Parallax.) As such Carol is portrayed in her pre-Star Sapphire persona. She serves as both the romantic interest for Hal as well as his moral compass, as she helps him to deal with his long standing fear over the death of his father.
Infinite Crisis (2014)
Universe of Origin: Prime
Quote: “For hearts long lost and full of fright. For those alone in blackest night. Accept our ring and join our fight. Love conquers all--with violet light!” –Star Sapphire Oath
Origin Story: As President of Ferris Aircraft, Carol Ferris was a busy woman in a competitive industry. She hired Hal Jordan for his skill as an ace pilot, and though she vowed to never date employees a romance soon blossomed between them. When she learned Hal was actually Green Lantern, their relationship became even more complicated.
That complexity reached its apex when Zamarons, a tribe of immortal aliens, chose Carol as their new Star Sapphire. While love shines as one of the strongest lights, it is not without drawbacks. Each light in the emotional spectrum had manifested an entity, and for love it was the parasitic Predator.
This entity, which resided within love’s light, warped Carol's feelings for Hal into a murderous jealousy. As Green Lantern and Star Sapphire, their fights were many.
A time came when Carol fought and overcame the Predator’s influence, acquiring such control that she now acts as “keeper” for the powerful and sentient manifestation of love.
Gotham Heights: Star Sapphire lacks escape skills and needs Manifest to be fully effective. Try taking her down bottom to solo farm and gain a few levels. In a solo lane she can play very aggressively with Crystal Bomb and using Violet Harvest to clear drones. When she hits level six and unlocks Manifest she becomes an invaluable asset in team fights. Using her ultimate to root multiple people, Star Sapphire can secure kills and besiege capture points.
Coast City: Star Sapphire excels in top lane. She has great lane presence with the range on her Crystal Bomb ability and high burst when combined with her Violet Harvest skill. If any enemy does get to close to Star Sapphire, use your Bonds of Love to keep them at a distance, or use your ultimate to root them in place and blast them with Crystal Bomb.
Star Sapphire’s range enables her to harass enemies attempting to capture Power Relays. With the Predator Manifested she’s also great at checking bushes and investigating the Doomsday Device.
Gotham Divided: Star Sapphire shines in solo mid-lane, able to easily clear drone waves without missing too many last-hits. While farming Credit and experience, harass your opponent by throwing out Crystal Bomb and leaving it behind your enemy’s drones. Try to maintain a safe distance from your enemy while doing this and you’re less likely to burn through your Will.
Put cameras in both stealth pads to help you survive the early levels. If you’re jumped by the enemy while in your lane, Violet Harvest will reattach the Predator, giving you bonus move speed and helping you escape.
If hit with a surprise attack from the jungle, you can use Crystal Bomb the nearest attacking champion. Immediately follow with Bonds of Love, binding the enemy to the Predator giving you an opportunity to pull them away.