“I’m not afraid.”
—Soranik Natu (Gibbons and Johns 28)
Soranik Natu—neurosurgeon, inhabitant of Korugar, child of Sinestro, Green Lantern—first appeared in Geoff Johns, Dave Gibbons, and Patrick Gleason’s Green Lantern Corps: Recharge #1 in November 2005 and was one of the many new Green Lantern recruits after Hal Jordan devastated their ranks due to being possessed by Parallax (Wikipedia).
Because Natu, being a Korugar, initially rejected everything that the Green Lantern Corps were and stood for.
For very good reason.
Sinestro—The Wicked—who obtained his Green Lantern Ring dishonestly and then used it to enslave and oppress the people of Korugar (Comic Vine “Sinestro [Character]”).
Ostensibly because Korugar’s 10-year long Civil War made Korugar not an ideal place for Sinestro and Arin Sur to raise Natu (according to Sinestro; DC Wikia “Soranik Natu”) but more because Sinestro took that Green Lantern Willpower thing to the nth level of ridiculousness which becomes obsessive dictatorial micromanaging.
Interestingly, Natu possesses that same level of willpower, but due to being a doctor (as well as growing up on a Korugar not embroiled in a Civil War and free of Sinestro’s oppressive rule due in no small part to Katma Tui, the second Green Lantern of Korugar, also known as The Lost; DC Wikia “Katma Tui”), Natu’s willpower becomes creativity becomes resourcefulness becomes ingenuity.
And, we see this progression in Natu’s first appearances during the course of Green Lantern Corps: Recharge where Natu only accepts the Power Ring initially in order to save her patient (by creating a complex machine of her own design), her rejection of the position of Green Lantern on moral grounds, her attempt to perform the Rites of the Dead upon her predecessor Tarkus Whin. We see it in how, when faced with too many opponents and an unknown situation, Natu instructs her Power Ring to make her appear dead and swallows her Ring not knowing if her mayday messages would reach anyone. We see it in how Natu fights and collaborates with the other Green Lanterns in order to save—not only Oa—but the rest of the universe from the Spider Guild’s invasion.
Natu’s just impressive.
And, yeah, a lot of that has to do with what she did and became after Natu accepted the Power Ring and became a Green Lantern, but most of what makes Natu amazing is just her: her intellect, her determination, her compassion, her understanding.
All characteristics that very easily lend to Natu’s ingenuity and ability to lead, characteristics that remain despite being strung up like so much meat, despite the horror of the Spider Guild and the events of The Black Lanterns, despite loving and losing and resurrecting and losing all over again Kyle Rayner, despite learning that her biological father is the person who made all of Korugar hate and despise the Green Lanterns (Comic Vine
Who ensured that, in taking up her Power Ring, Natu would be just as feared and reviled as Sinestro.
Except—not so much.
Because Natu, unlike Sinestro, had her doctoring call and began to minister to the homeless, poor, and marginalized of Korugaran society, and they, in turn, saw Natu as their hero, their emblem of revolution against an oppressive elite (Wikipedia).
Natu becomes the Savior of Korugar—just as Sinestro had tried, and failed, to do—and in being that person, in being herself in all of her willful, stubborn, snarktastic, holier-than-thou, uber-brain self, Natu helps to save the universe—the Multiverse—time and again.
And, Natu brings the Green Lanterns back to Korugar.
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