The Green Lantern Corps Podcast


Post Blackest Night Threats: Starro

Posted in Profiles by mrread7 on September 5, 2009

  With Blackest Night taking up most of the DCU talk these days. I thought I would start with a look at what is going on with other threats ready to take center stage in the post Blackest Night DCU. I’m going to look today at Starro, the conqueror. This former Justice League of American villain was usually just a giant star fish from space. Out to take over all the planets it encountered. However, it was recently revealed in the pages of R.E.B.E.L.S that this is not the case. Starro is actually something and someone else complete different: Vril Dox, upon losing control of his L.E.G.I.O.N. robots is forced to flee and is followed to Earth by a team of bounty hunters (one of which turns out to be Amon Hakk, an ex-member of Vril’s original team). He finds Supergirl and has her heat vision encrypt a file onto a cd. Brainiac 5 of the Legion of Super-Heroes had contacted his ancestor and told him to do so. Upon uploading the disc, Brainiac 5 contacts Vril directly and offers him the entire data catalogue on the Legion of Super-Heroes in order for Vril to set up a new team and to guarantee the survival of the Brainiac lineage into the 31st century. Instead of using the heroes, Vril Dox decides to use the data of their villains. The Omega Men are also seen fleeing from attackingL.E.G.I.O.N. robots. Vril manipulates Hakk into shooting the other bounty hunter. He takes a device that was used to control Tribulus and implants it into his own head. He gains control over Tribulus and they take the bounty hunter ship as their new headquarters. Vril finds Wildstar old and sick and convinces her that he can heal her. After luring her onto his ship he shoots her with an energy gun, leaving her in an energy form and trapped in a containment suit. Wildstar contemplates killing Vril, but instead helps him escape her home planet and the two of them hunt down Strata and Bounder. Strata tries to convince Wildstar that she will be turned on soon enough if she stays with someone like Vril Dox. The Omega Men discover a secret plot involving Starro.


Starro takes over L.E.G.I.O.N. in a greater plot to take over the universe. In R.E.B.E.L.S. #5, Starro is revealed to be a humanoid alien who controls the giant starfish “Starro”, himself controlled by a smaller Starfish on his chest, whose tentacles weave themselves parasiticalky through his body. This updated Starro is shown leading an army of traditional Starro drones with stars on their faces, and deadly soldiers with stars attached to their backs, allowing them to keep their free will.


  Looks like we’ve got problems besides Black Lanterns in the coming months. 

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