The Green Lantern Corps Podcast

Love lorn, Carol Ferris

Posted in Star Sapphires by mrread7 on February 1, 2009

Hello everyone, welcome to Star Sapphire month here on the Spotlight. Since it’s February I thought I would start taking a look into the Star Sapphire Corpos. Starting with the most infamous Star Sapphire, Hal Jordan’s long time love interest, Carol Ferris. Plagued with the curse of the Star Sapphire since Hal Jordan’s earliest days as Green Lantern. Carol has either tried to be one with Hal Jordan or destroy him. Here is here long troubled history:

As Ferris Aircraft’s Vice President, Carol Ferris, the only child of aerospace mogul Carl Ferris, hired Hal Jordan and quickly found herself attracted to the fearless test pilot, who was secretly the superhero Green Lantern. However, the young couple’s romance quickly became complicated when Carol took over the company from her father and the Zamarons crowned her the new Star Sapphire. When the Zamarons discovered that she was in love with Green Lantern, a servant of their estranged mates, the Guardians of the Universe, they sent her to defeat Green Lantern in battle as Star Sapphire.
Over the years, Star Sapphire and Green Lantern would duel again and again, but each time Jordan would defeat Ferris and revert her to normal. When Carol Ferris was cured of her evil Star Sapphire persona, she developed a third subconscious identity, the male “Predator”. Deprived of Hal Jordan’s love at the time, Carol found everything she wanted from a man in the Predator – masculinity, strength, and care. Physically separated from Carol’s body, the Predator repeatedly appeared as a mysterious figure, protecting Carol’s beloved company Ferris Aircraft from the threats of Eclipso, the Demolition Team and Jason Bloch. He also established the company Intercontinental Petroleum (Con-Trol) to let her regain control of Ferris Aircraft. Finally, the Predator started to court Carol (who did not know that the Predator was a part of herself) and battled Hal Jordan for her love. Hal defeated the Predator and witnessed him merging with Carol into Star Sapphire.
Later, the Predator reappeared and revealed that he was actually an ancient parasite from the planet Maltus. With Jordan powerless, the Predator transformed Carol into a totally evil incarnation of Star Sapphire (who eventually murdered Katma Tui), and he impregnated Star Sapphire with a demonic entity.
Still later, Carol became the administrator of Extreme Justice’s Mount Thunder facility. Soon, both the Predator and Star Sapphire were completely separated from Carol, and Star Sapphire actually gave birth to the child. It was revealed that Carol Ferris and Star Sapphire are two separate beings, and Sapphire was not Carol transformed as had previously been believed, but some sort of energy-based being who inhabited Carol’s body. Shortly afterwards, the parents (Predator and Star Sapphire) were killed by Neron, who departed with their baby in his arms. (Extreme Justice #10-11)

In Green Lantern Vol. 3 #119, Hal (as the Spectre) decides to visit Carol. He makes himself visible and tells Carol he is going to help her, but that she won’t remember his visit. He reaches into Carol and pulls out the Star Sapphire gem, which causes Star Sapphire herself to re-emerge (it appeared she was previously killed by Neron, but somehow a part of her survived in Carol). The Spectre detains Star Sapphire and puts her back into the gem. He hands the gem to Carol and lets her finish the job, which she does (essentially finally killing the Star Sapphire persona that would take control of her), and starts feeling much better.
In Green Lantern: Rebirth #6, Hal and Carol finally come to terms with their relationship. In Northern California at Ferris Aircraft, Carol Ferris asks Hal whether he remembers anything from when he was the Spectre. Hal says he remembers it as if he were watching it from the outside. How Spectre thinks, and who he talked to beyond this life, Hal can’t recall. Hal apologizes for everything Carol had to go through. Carol says she survived and that she’s not going to sell the airbase. She says that if Hal can rebuild his life, so can she and that she’s going to do so with her husband, Gil. Carol says that she can use a good pilot. Hal says that he appreciates the offer, but he has other plans. n Green Lantern Vol. 4 #18, The Star Sapphire crystal briefly possesses Carol, before detecting that Hal Jordan had feelings for his fellow pilot Cowgirl, and left Carol’s body. She and Hal worked together to free Cowgirl from the crystal. Knowing that she still loves Hal and knowing that it isn’t fair to her husband, she filed a divorce in order to win back the man she truly loves.

Green Lantern #30 (Vol. 4) Carol and her father are shown as having bought Ken Arden’s company where Hal Jordan works. She also encounters Green Lantern for the first time. Carol also makes sure that her employees know their place reminding Hector Hammond that what they went on was a business dinner. In #32 all of the pilots besides Jordan have already quit rather than work for what they seem to think is the spolied daughter of a rich man with no business running an aircraft industry. Hal Jordan is about to quit too but Carol convinces him to stay saying that she needs a pilot and he needs a job. By the end Carol is regretting the decision as Hal has practically crashed the plane and as she is reading him the riot act Hector Hammond shows up wanting revenge on both of them. She also tells Hal eventually that her father did not retire to Florida but is sick and guilt ridden about what happen to Martin Jordan. Also by the end of Secert Origin Carol tells Hal she doesn’t date employees.

The chapter between Hal Jordan and Carol Ferris is far from over but will these true ever find happiness away from the curse of the Star Sapphire or the Green Lantern Corps?

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