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Carol Ferris is the boss and occasional love interest of Hal Jordan. Her family owns the Ferris Aircraft company, where she acts as an executive, and sometimes as a pilot. She is also Star Sapphire, a once villainous character occupying another part of her personality entirely. In the Star Sapphire Corps, where she fights for love across the universe, she has taken on a more heroic role.

Origin

Carl Ferris, owner of the Ferris Aircraft Company, decided to retire and travel the world, leaving his daughter, Carol Ferris, as president of his company. Carol hired Hal Jordan and quickly found herself attracted to the fearless test pilot, but would not date him because he was her employee. Carol Ferris also fell in love with the hero, the Green Lantern, unaware that he was Hal Jordan himself. [1]

Star Sapphire

Becoming Star Sapphire

Coincidentally, Ferris was selected to become the queen of an immortal race of extraterrestrial women warriors, known as the Zamarons. However, Carol did not desire to leave Earth, because of her love for the Green Lantern. Desperate for a queen, the Zamarons brainwashed Ferris into thinking Green Lantern was her enemy. After she was defeated by the emerald warrior, the Zamarons deemed Ferris unworthy of leadership, thus removed her memory of being Star Sapphire, although they left behind both the gem and a subconscious knowledge of her powers.[2]

The gem was taken to the Metropolis Museum and when it was taken accidentally by Lois Lane, it triggered Carol's memory. She travelled to Metropolis to retrieve the gem and became Star Sapphire once again. With her powers, she made Superman her slave, as she believed he had killed Green Lantern. She was eventually defeated and after learning Green Lantern was alive, her personality returned back to Carol Ferris, but she kept the gem.[3]

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. Even after Green Lantern revealed Carol that she was Star Sapphire[4], her alternate persona used Zamaron technology to wipe her memory.[5]

As Carol Ferris, she had a troubled relationship with Hal Jordan, having periods were they enjoyed a romantic relationship and others where she treated him as a cold-hearted boss. For a time, she was engaged to a man named Jason Belmore. The news of that engagement broke Hal's heart, which lead him to leave Coast City for a time[6]. During one of their periods of romance, Hal revealed his identity as Green Lantern, strengthening their bond[7]. Their relationship reached its strongest point when Hal found himself in a crossroads: leaving a happy life with Carol Ferris or leaving as a Green Lantern. Moved by his love for Carol, Hal retired from the Corps.[8]

Predator

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 the Demolition Team[9], Jason Bloch[10], and Eclipso[11]. He also established the company Intercontinental Petroleum (Con-Trol) to let her regain control of Ferris Aircraft.[5] 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.[12]

Queen of the Zamarons

This time, Star Sapphire was more evil than ever, and she took her rightful place as the queen of the Zamarons. However, the Zamarons withdrew with the Guardians of the Universe to another dimension to breed the next generation of immortals.[13] With no one to rule, Star Sapphire turned her attention to get revenge against Green Lantern, teaming up with Hector Hammond[14][15]. Trying to get to Hal indirectly, Star Sapphire sneaked into his apartment, where John, Katma Tui, and Arisia where also staying temporarily, and killed the first person she found: Katma Tui.[16] When Hal confronted her, she was kidnapped by an alien[17], and taken captive by a fleet who wanted to sell her to the highest bidder.[18]

Regeneration

Hal found out about their plans, and he led a group of the newly recruited Green Lanterns to rescue her. John learned about Star Sapphire's location, and he wanted to get revenge for Katma's death. When John was about to kill her, Hal convinced him to help him free Carol from the Star Sapphire's influence. Together, they purged the Zamaron personality out of her, and Hal took Carol back to Earth.[19]

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Later, the Predator reappeared and revealed that he was actually an ancient parasite from the planet Maltus, and he impregnated Star Sapphire with a demonic entity.[citation needed]

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.

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 smash the gem (essentially finally killing the Star Sapphire persona that would take control of her), and she starts feeling much better.

As Hal reaches a crossroads in his time as the Spectre, he further tries to help Carol. He uses his powers to repair the long abandoned Ferris Aircraft runway, abandoned since Coast City's destruction. However, at the same time, Hal learns that his actions as Parallax were caused by a demonic parasite of the same name, which was the source of the old Yellow Impurity in the rings. Hal is able to fight off Parallax with the Spectre's help, and is reborn. Afterwards, 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.

Mystery of the Star Sapphires

The Star Sapphire crystal briefly possesses Carol, before detecting the Hal Jordan had feelings for his fellow pilot Cowgirl, and left Carol's body. Carol managed to learn some of the truth about the Zamarons, such as how the Star Sapphire is a conduit for the emotional energies of love. Carol is able to pry the Sapphire of Cowgirl's body, freeing her, while Hal tricks the Sapphire into latching onto one of the Zamarons. Hal tries to talk with Carol about what happened, but she quickly leaves to avoid an awkward scene. The following day, Hal talked with his old friend Tom Kalmaku, and learned that Carol recently got divorced.

Following the announcement that Sinestro was going to be executed, Hal went to talk to Carol as she was flying a plane. As Hal explained what Sinestro had done and how close they had once been, Carol commented that he sounded like he needed justification, and gave it to him, reminding Hal that Sinestro was the one who put Parallax inside him.

Blackest Night

The New Guardians

A few days later, Carol called Hal, only getting Cowgirl instead. Uneasy, she took Hal's old plane for a flight. While flying, a Star Sapphire Ring broke through the cockpit and attached itself to her. Carol soon left for Zamaron to be inducted into the Star Sapphire Corps. Although she initially declined to become a member of the Star Sapphire Corps, she later accepted the ring when she was informed about the Blackest Night and that Hal was suppose to die. She was seen battling Sinestro, before joining forces with him, Hal, and Indigo-1.[20] Indigo explain that the combination of lights can destroy the black rings, so they start to recruit of the representative of the other Corps, after Sinestro defeated Mongul. They called themselves the New Guardians. After they recharged their rings they went to Coast City fight Nekron and the black lanterns. After a foiled attempt to combine the light of her Power Ring with the six lights coming from the other Corps-Leaders makes Nekron able to possess resurrected heroes, Ganthet forces a secret protocol in her ring, forcing Carol to seek for a deputy. Eventually, she deputizes Wonder Woman as a temporary Star Sapphire, due to her great ability to feel love, thus undoing Nekron's control on the Amazon. The Lanterns are then attacked by the Black Lantern Spectre. In an attempt to stop the Spectre, Hal releases Parallax's essence, deciding to join with him again to fight back. Carol tries to stop Hal, but he refuses to be swayed. Carol kisses Hal, telling him "I love you", before Hal allows Parallax to possess him. Nekron is defeated afterwards with the help of the Entity.

Brightest Day

Carol wants to talk to Hal about their relationship, but Sinestro interrupts their talk by crashing their planes. The three visit the White Lantern to see if any of them can lift it. Later, she is sent to Las Vegas to retrieve the Predator. She finds that the Predator has possessed a man who is obsessed with a young woman to the point of stalking her. She kisses him to make him feel loved so she can free him of the entity. After that Carol and Hal are taken to Zamaron. The Queen gives her life to sustain the Central Power Battery and announces that Carol Ferris will be the new queen of Zamaron.

Later, Queen Khea opened a portal from Hawkworld to Zamaron. As she started an invasion on Zamaron with her menhawks, they are approached by Carol and the Predator. Carol battles the Hawk family Hawkman and Hawkgirl to a stand still while trying not to destroy the universe. She is saved by Hawkman and Hawkgirl. She then tells Hawkman the reason is because they have a great love, one greater then she and Hal Jordan could ever have. Afterward Carol arrives, and tells Hal and the others what happened on Hawkworld.

War of the Green Lanterns

Carol and the rest of the New Guardians make their way to planet Ryut. Krona and the Emotional Entities are nowhere to be found but the group does come upon the Book of the Black. When former Sinestro Corps member Lyssa Drak appears, she quickly subdues the New Guardians, trapping all but Hal in the Book of the Black. Hal escapes with the rings of the New Guardians. Carol's ring is not used until it is needed to crack the Central Power Battery and free Parallax. The New Guardians are freed from the Book of the Black, Carol included. After Hal defeats Krona, killing him in the process, Sinestro is inducted into the Corp and Hal is stripped of his ring and sent back to Earth.

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This history is continued in The New 52 at Carol Ferris (Prime Earth).
The DC Universe was rebooted in 2011 as part of the Flashpoint event. This was an attempt to simplify continuity, and make DC Comics more accessible to new readers. Prior to this, mainstream comics took place in New Earth continuity since the Crisis on Infinite Earths in 1985. The continuity established following Flashpoint is Prime Earth.



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  • Although this character was originally introduced during DC's Earth-One era of publication, their existence following the events of the 1985–86 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths remains intact. However, some elements of the character's Pre-Crisis history may have been altered or removed for Post-Crisis New Earth continuity, and should be considered apocryphal.

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