Dex-Starr's real name is Dexter and he was just an ordinary house cat from Earth. He was abandoned at and later adopted from the Brooklyn Animal Shelter. His new owner loved Dexter because he was always there to keep her company. She even said that Dexter made her life a lot better, and that he would say the same thing too if he could speak. One night someone broke into their home and Dexter scratches the burglar. As he screamed in pain, Dexter's owner woke up and called for help, but unfortunately help never arrived. The next day, two cops outside the apartment talked about how it was a burglary that went bad as Dexter sat outside the door and the fate of Dexter's owner is unknown.
Just then the cops kicked Dexter out saying that the cat could contaminate the scene (apparently unknowing that Dexter was a resident of the apartment). Dexter was left homeless for an unknown amount of time, living in a box on the street when two thugs called him out and bag him. To their amusement, they decided to throw Dexter (while still inside the bag) off the Brooklyn Bridge to see him drown. Just as they throw him to the river and discuss whether or not he will die on impact, a Red Power Ring flies in detecting the rage in his heart and turned him into a Red Lantern and thus embraced his new identity as Dex-Starr.
To this day he remembers his owners last kind words to him" "You make my life better you silly cat, and I know if you could talk, you would tell me the same thing." Dexter, having the red ring express his rage in coherent thoughts, vowed to find the person who hurt his owner and then killed him because he is a good kitty.
Dex-Starr first appeared in Final Crisis: Rage of the Red Lanterns #1, however his first appearance was more along the lines of a joke, by artist Shane Davis. The writer Geoff Johns decided to utilize the character more, given him a larger role, and positive fan reaction helped solidify Dex-Star's legitimacy as a comic book character. Dex Star is named after Shane Davis's own cat Dexter. As part of the New 52 one of the new titles released was "Red Lanterns". Dex-Starr plays a prominent role in the first issue which was released September 14, 2011. It was written by Peter Milligan with art by Ed Benes.
Dex-Starr became a member of the Red Lantern Corps. Despite having the appearance of a cute little cat, according to Geoff Johns, Dex-Starr is one of the most malicious Red Lanterns.Dex-Starr's favorite tactic is to fly up, looking deceptively innocent and cute. With his opponent off-guard, he then spews energized blood. A Sinestro Corpsman fell prey to this trick in Final Crisis: Rage of the Red Lanterns.
Major Story Arcs
Dex-Starr accompanied the other Lantern Corps during a truce to fight off the Black Lanterns. John Stewart made a comment that he hated cats, and further that he did not trust them after witnessing Dex-Starr kill a black lantern. Dex-Starr was present to defended Earth against the onslaught of black lanterns when Guy Gardner used Star Trek's "Tholian Web" tactic. The feline even went up against the Anti-Monitor, who was trapped inside the black lantern power battery at the time.
Dex-Starr was originally meant to have larger part in the Blackest Night however. He was originally meant to have a large battle with Krypto, then the two would be forced to battle an undecided Black Lantern. However, the creators decided to scrap the idea, and had Krypto more involved with Superboy turning Black Lantern.
After Brightest Day, Atrotcitus and Dex-Starr spend some time on Earth, observing the environment and the people. During this time, a robbery occurs in New York City on the E- train. The robbers run onto the train, however Dex-Starr and Atrocitus are there and Dex-Starr incinerates one the thieves while making a cute face. Later Atrocitus is seen divining information from the corpse of one of the dead thieves while Dex-Starr nibbles on them. Hal Jordan arrives and uses a boot construct to kick poor Dex-Starr from his new found meal. It would appear that John Stewart is not the only Green Lantern that doesn't like cats.
Lobo was contracted to stage an attack on Atrocitus on earth; Atrocitus being the one who hired Lobo. During this attack, Dex-Starr went one on one with Dawg, Lobo's bulldog, and defeated him with out even breaking a sweat. This humiliated Lobo to some degree, however Lobo's payment for the contract was a red lantern ring. Dex-Starr may very well be seeing Dawg again in the near future, but Dawg will not be looking forward to it.
Blood and Rage
While flying through Space Sector 666, Dex-Starr comes across some aliens who enjoy torquring lesser races. Dex-Starr attacks them but soon becomes over whelmed and injured, this is when Atrocitus arrives and kills the aliens for "hurting his cat." Atrocitus then takes Dex-Starr back to Ysmault to heal.
Later after Atrocitus has confronted Bleez, he finds Dex-Starr standing guard of Krona's corpse. Atrocitus picks Dex-Starr up and starts to pet him. An act Dex-Starr still loves.
Then, later, after Krona's corpse is stolen, Artocitus blames Bleez and attacks her. Bleez tries to get compasion from Dex-Starr, but he just hisses at her, taking his master's side. After the battle between Bleez and Atrocitus Dex-Starr is seen by Atrocitus's side once again.
The Death of the Red Lanterns
Powers & Abilities
Dex-Starr is a bearer of the Red Lantern Ring and has all the powers that come with it. 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 have difficulty creating constructs due to their anger.
- 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 Cube was 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.
The Red Power Ring
Just like all the other Red Lanterns, Dex-Starr wears a red power ring. The Red Lanterns' power rings grant them the ability to manipulate red energy, typically in the form of red light. The rings can fire blasts of "rage" energy in the form of "rage-energized blood", projected from the mouth of the Lantern or focused through the ring. This blood is flammable, the "flames of rage" somehow burning even in the void of space. The flames can burn through the energy auras of other ring wielders from across the emotional spectrum and corrupt the rival's power ring. The rings can create protective force fields and allow their wielder to fly at high speeds.
Similarly, Dex-Starr's Red Lantern power ring provides flight, force fields, protection from space and will powered constructs. The red ring's specially replaces his heart and energizes his blood. This allows him to spew a fiery, acid-like substance that burns anything. Red rings increase the wearer's anger, diminishing his self-control, so like other Red Lantern's he can barely make constructs.
- Red Lantern Status: Active
- Space Sector: 2814
- Sector Partner: Rankorr
- Homeworld: Earth
- Predecessor: Inapplicable
- Successor: Inapplicable