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Alexandra "Alex" DeWitt worked as a photographer for a newspaper in Los Angeles and was Kyle Rayner's first ally as a Green Lantern.

Alex was an ex-girlfriend of Kyle's who broke things off because she found him too immature.[1] When he later came to visit her and revealed that he received a Green Lantern Power Ring, she was at first apprehensive. She eventually agreed to help him train himself to use this new power, having heard that Green Lantern Hal Jordan vanished a few weeks prior. She helped Kyle design his first costume and defeat his first villain, Ohm.

Sadly, Alex's time with Kyle was short lived. A few days later, when Kyle returned home, he discovered that Major Force had strangled Alex and stuffed her in his refrigerator.[2] This drove Kyle to attack Major Force, nearly beating him to death.

Legacy and Memory

After her death, Kyle was offered twice to have Alex resurrected. The first came from Parallax[3] when he tried to recruit Kyle to help him rebuild the timeline. The second was by Neron when he offered to trade the life of Alex in exchange for Kyle's soul. Kyle refused both times.[4]

Regardless, Alex was never far from Kyle's thoughts, and he subconsciously created constructs of her with his ring during times of grief and loneliness.[5] Kyle once tried to summon more Green Lanterns from different times and universes to help him defeat Oblivion; Alexandra showed up as a Green Lantern from a universe where it was Kyle who had been the one killed by Major Force. After she, Kyle and the other alternate-dimensional Green Lanterns defeated Oblivion, Kyle realized that she was only a manifestation of his psyche.[6]

Alex remained weakness of Kyle's throughout his life, though her memory also inspired confidence in him, like Mogo did before the Sinestro Corps War.[7]

Blackest Night

Alex was revived as a Black Lantern during Blackest Night. She confronted Kyle when he travelled to Earth with the other seven Corps to battle Nekron. Influenced by her Black Lantern ring, she made Kyle watch Major Force kill her in a attempt to break Kyle's will. However, Kyle overcame this trauma and quickly defeated Alex with the help of Munk, laying her to rest by destroying her ring.


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  • Alex and her brutal manner of death are the namesake for the critical concept "Women in Refrigerators Syndrome", coined by writer Gail Simone. The concept explores the narrative trope of female friends, lovers, and relatives being murdered to advance the plot of a male character.

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