- Status: Active
- Space Sector: 700
- Sector Partner: R'amey Holl
- Homeworld: Durla
- Predecessor: Unknown
- Successor: Inapplicable
Few, if any, members of the Green Lantern Corps are aware of the existence of the "the Corpse", the top secret Black Op's unit of the Guardians of the Universe, or of its leader, Von Daggle.
Von Daggle is a Durlan and possesses the shape shifting powers of that species. Over the years, Von Daggle and a select few Green Lanterns operated as the Guardian's top secret unit that, in his words, "lives in places too dark for the light of the Corps".
Members of the Corpse do not possess power rings for fear of being linked to the Guardians if their activities are discovered. To ensure that there are no ties to Oa or the Corps, prior to their mission, a Corpse member will swallow a small black disc which will grant that member "ring-like" power for the equivalent of 5 earth days.
Instead of a standard Green Lantern uniform, the disc creates a jet black body suit ideal for covert work. In addition, the disc manifests purple energy, rather then the green light of the Oan rings.
Von Daggle served the Guardians loyally for years until the destruction of the Central Power Battery by the Parallax-possessed Hal Jordan. With the dismantling of the Corps, Von Daggle and his undercover operatives were stranded under deep cover in the worst parts of the universe. They found themselves powerless and without backup or chance of extraction. Von Daggle has indicated that many of his men "died alone" and holds a grudge against Hal Jordan which he intends to rectify someday.
Von Daggle survived, and remained in retirement on the frozen planet of Corona Seven until Guy Gardner and the rookie R'amey Holl were sent to find him and convey a message from the Guardians. Upon arriving, Von Daggle refused the request to return to Oa, and used his shapeshifting ability to easily defeat Gardner and Holl. They awoke to find that Von Daggle had apparently left them for dead in the frozen wasteland outside.
However, this was simply a test of the two "recruits" ability, with Von Daggle mimicking the “injured” R’amey Holl. Although Gardner was again easily fooled, Von Daggle agreed to listen to the Guardians message, and was prompted into accepting their mission when the Guardians told him, "help us again, and we will help you". The message went on to cryptically state that "we know where she is".
The identity of this mystery woman has yet to be revealed, however the promise of reuniting with her was enough for Von Daggle to accept the mission. The Corpse was to obtain an ancient artifact capable of radically evolving an organism to its highest evolutionary state, which had fallen into the hands of the Dominators.
Accompanied by Guy Gardner and R'amey Holl, both in Corpse gear, Von Daggle led the unit into the Dominator home world, and later to Earth. During the mission the Corpse defeated the super-evolved Dominator and his apostle, the Khund. Upon the destruction of this menace, Von Daggle stated that he was not impressed by Gardner's unwillingness to kill and informed Guy that he didn't have "what it takes" to be in the Corpse. So he ordered R'amey Holl to altered Guy's memory to remember nothing about his encounter with Von Daggle, except his failing to locate Von Daggle on Corona Seven.
Von Daggle left with the now super-evolved and more ruthless R'amey Holl, taking her on as the first recruit in his new and rebuilding Corpse.