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"Anger is a beautiful thing. That feeling when you’re cornered and all hope is lost. Where you feel defeated and lack the will to live. When the thing you fear appears. The moment you lose all that you loved. When your enemies have stolen everything you’ve collected and when they take advantage of your compassion'. It’s the only thing you have left..."
Red Lantern Uproar, (real name Ezekiel Johnson), is a meta-human Red Lantern and a member of the Justice Force. Before bestowal, Zeke was a simple college student attempting to find his passion in life. While he desired greatness, Zeke grew unsatisfied with the sins of the world. The corruption of humanity and the selfish distribution of power and wealth became a constant furnace in his heart. A rage and anger so primal and ancient, so detached that it became a beacon of sorts. However, he was still a man seeking simplicity and happiness, chasing after his dream and living a life he could call his own. Unfortunately after a horrific assassination attempt, a Red Lantern ring sought the young adult and transformed him into the newest member of the Red Lantern Corps. Although expected to become a normal feral soldier of Atrocitus, the Red Lantern leader hadn’t counted on Ezekiel's infamous stubbornness and tremendous willpower. One which allowed him to force his consciousness over the madness which overtook his body. He began his new life as a rage induced vigilante.
He terrorized corporations and criminal organizations alike, earning a spot on the most wanted list of both villains and heroes. Eventually, after saving a falling train, he was approached by Hal Jordan who placed a wager. Defeat within three minutes and he would have to join the Justice League’s newest team, Young Justice. Having a Red Lantern would not only boost their power but also add a touch of emotional diversity. A new perspective to strengthen the "boy-scout" teachings of superman. Thus adding various viewpoints to different situations. Now, Uproar must adjust to his life as a hero while learning the value of friendship and overcoming his own personal vendettas.
Uproar revealed that he desires to master his power ring and eventually eliminate Atrocitus. Ezekiel states that those who wear the Red Lantern ring are perhaps the most empathetic and tortured souls. They are beings bent on vengeance rather than good or evil. They can feel the crimes committed across the galaxy well before the Green Lantern corps receive the first distress signal. This is often seen during meetings where Uproar senses trouble before his team is aware. However, in order to truly stand a chance against Atrocitus, Uproar must hone his emotion and gain a deeper comprehension of himself.
The Red Lantern suit is considered a layer of skin to those who wear the ring. The reliance on it for life support makes it impossible for him to take it off. So instead, he uses his ring to construct a unique armor for himself. A silver plating armor which allows for extra protection without sacrificing physical maneuverability. At the top, crimson cloak which covers his face and wraps into a long scarf. Casting a shadowy cover of his face, due to being nothing more than an illusionary construct the hood seems to never fall despite his maneuvers.
Unlike other Red Lanterns, Uproar possesses the rare ability to create masterful constructs which also act as a suppressant of his rage. This unique ability to generate clothing and what not allows him to pass through daily life without alerting civilians and potential threats of his identity. And such, he takes on the appearance of his once human self. Wearing a simple t-shirt, sweatpants and a nice coat.
Red Lanterns are perceived as the most villainous of the Lantern corps. Their uncontrollable rage and reliance on infinite anger for power often causes others to distrust them and seek their total destruction. However, some would say that the Red Lanterns are the true heroes of the universe. As their ability to sense anger and rage allows them to vicariously witness atrocities committed from a distance. And such, Ezekiel possesses an extremely empathetic link with the surrounding life. He is able to sense their emotional pain and source of their rage, sympathizing with them further. He is a sensitive man. But one quick to overreact and anger. Something which attributed to his first meltdown. However, to call Ezekiel the typical Red Lantern bent on emotional destruction would be foolish. Hal Jordan explained that emotions are immune to the notions of good and evil. His primary example, Adolf Hitler, possessed enough willpower to subjugate the world into a gigantic war. The idea that each emotion belonged to a specific moral compass betrayed the truth. Even the Green Lantern guardians committed atrocities and caused massive genocide - one of which lead to the creation of the Red Lanterns. Pis the primary example of utilizing a particular emotion behind a specific intention. Although rage flows through his veins, this anger is often directed towards a specific goal - creating an extremely powerful focus on success. He utilizes this endless anger as motivation rather than power, drawing upon its enhancing factors to increase his own powers. Thus achieving Tranquil Fury, a state of existence said to have been recorded in the Book of Rage eons ago.
Red Lanterns are beings of vengeance. They are the true judges and such are often perceived in the Anti-hero light. However, as a member of Justice Force, Ezekiel struggles with the idea of following the common ideals of justice and morale. Whereas he encounters many of the Joker's impersonators and prodigies, his first instinct is to remove them from society completely. During his earlier days as a Red Lantern, Ezekiel went on a rampage of horrific vengeance. This ideal has forced Pantheon to remind him of the proper process which often leads to excessive arguments. He is quick to overreact. First to talk and rarely takes a second to completely think out his actions. His rawness and ability to peer deep within the hearts of others have made him valuable when dealing with troublesome situations. But one not for the art of diplomacy.
Still, Uproar claims that he often feels a sense of duty. As one who can feel the suffering of all around him, Ezekiel has noted that the hero life was something he could not deny. The Red Lantern ring is not a curse but rather a tool meant for one to use. To find those in pain and suffering and free them. A monster meant to travel through hell in order to save the others.
Contrary to popular belief, Red Lantern's aren't completely mindless beings. After regaining their conscious, they retain their normal mental state. Ezekiel compares it to a minefield. Whereas the landscape is completely peaceful and tranquil but the wrong step will set off several hundred explosions. Still, Ezekiel retains his happy go lucky mentality when not drawing upon the rings power. He is known for joking and laughing with his team, even helping prank other members. Unfortunately he is prone to overreact if he does not take several seconds to contemplate the situation.
Red Lantern Ring Mastery: Uproar is considered a prime selection for the Red Lantern Ring. A man whose heart was so accustomed to rage that he could use it for a source of power, it is said that the ring chose him at birth and took two decades to actually reach him. When Ezekiel bore the Red Lantern ring, he underwent the madness induced by the immense rage for several days before adjusting and adapting to the endless rage. It is quite rare for Red Lanterns to possess the power to create the infamous hard-light constructs that other rings are capable of. However, his stubbornness and refusal to submit completely to rage has gifted him the ability to retain his intelligence. Hal Jordan states that, while his constructs are quite sloppy, they possess the power and strength of his anger. When utilized by Uproar, spectators and those within his range often witness the afterburner of his intense thoughts flowing about him. Enemies have noted that his red light constructs possess an immense burning sensation. One which surpasses the chemical reactions which normally generate heat. It is a spiritual, emotional flame capable of burning through most defenses. After an almost fatal encounter with (Atrocitus’s Second Hand), it is revealed that his mastery stems from his extremely volatile personality and the dormant rage hidden from his traumatic past combining with an extremely hopeful and bright light within. His sentient ring has began to actually bond Ezekiel. Red Lanterns tend to have one crucial weakness. They bear their ring out of vengeance. And once they are able to carry out their divine mission, their ring abandons them as they come to peace. Uproar, whose ring came out of anger at himself, is capable of wielding different types of anger. As long as the Red Rage of Light is inflicted upon all sentience, he is able to draw upon it from both external sources and his own internal reservoir. He draws upon the imbalances of the universe, the unfairness of nature and cruelty of the universe as the source of his anger.
Rage Plasma: Uproar has the ability to vomit plasma, which burns hotter than napalm. It is capable of burning through almost all defenses without the necessity of a source, allowing for him to utilize it in the vacuum of space. He can use it to either incinerate his targets or ignite the dormant rage hidden within all living creatures. It also possesses the power to burn through the energy of an opponent or corrupt the power rings of the other corps - effectively depleting their reservoir at an exponential rate. When used against Hal Jordan, the famous Green Lantern stated that Uproar’s ability to use this annoying skill certified him as a Red Lantern. After a year of training, Ezekiel has gained the power to blast this corrosive liquid as a concussive force capable of leaving a trail of destruction or continuously manipulate it to form different constructs. Uproar states that this liquid’s heat is directly correlated to the anger he is experiencing. *Rage Plasma Constructs:Compared to other Red Lanterns, Uproar's usage of Rage Plasma is considered unique. For he often manipulates it mentally. Essentially allowing him to create constructs comprised of this burning plasma.
Energy Constructs: Unlike the feral soldiers of Atrocitus, Uproar’s stubbornness allowed him to retain his intelligence and thus granted him access to the famous energy constructs of his brethren of the other corps. His constructs are aggressive, and possess a certain unique touch of destruction and mayhem. However, they are extremely powerful and quite sturdy, especially against the perfected constructs of Green Lanterns. This power is only limited by his imagination, allowing him to craft items and structures as the situation requires. His constructs are comprised of red energy and are fueled by his anger directly, thus possessing a direct correlation to the rage accessible from within. Additionally, as Red Lanterns are literally able to absorb surrounding feelings of hatred and anger and convert it to their own fuel, he is able to increase the power of his constructs through the environment directly, essentially feeding off enemies and converting their emotions into weapons used against them. When battling against raging opponents, Hal Jordan often deploys Uproar for his constructs will literally absorb the rage from his target and grow in strength. Both pacifying threats and using their rage to create stronger restraints. However, the concentration required to hold his constructs together through the surge of rage hinders the complexity and number. He can only focus on a single construct as opposed to the multi-tasking ability of his Green Lantern brethren. Still, the sheer focus of his construct creation allows him to form deadly weapons, tools and even constructs which resemble monstrous beings.
Illusion Generation: An advance power of his hard-light constructs and a skill rarely seen in other Red Lanterns, Red Lantern Uproar is able to create sophisticated constructs around himself in order to perform a feat akin to shapeshifting. He compares it to wearing an extremely crafted costume. However, the complexity of his construct requires immense concentration. So much that he is unable to utilize his ring for other purposes.
Berserker Boxing Gloves: Uproars own personal weapons and his favorite constructs, these gauntlets appear like other red light constructs but are more similar to crimson boxing gloves made of the hardest and most compact material. They are a weapon which carries the force of a speeding bullet yet are as light as a feather.
Red Light of Genesis: A technique he derived from his ability to create elaborate disguises using his constructions. As a sign of mastery, his constructs are rarely hollow. And such, by using the application externally, Uproar is able to create complex and simple creatures that are nearly indistinguishable from their organic source...
Kraken of the Blood Sea: A massive construct created after Uproar read a story to his younger sibling. It is the story of a gigantic sea beast which was capable of devouring several hundred ships....One of Uproars more stronger constructs, he uses it against enemies and opponents which are capable of outmatching him in strength and size. It is a construct which is without definite size, for he alters its physical characteristics depending on the situation at hand. However, he has created a variant that is several stories high with incredible length and power. He is able to transfer his plasma throughout this construct, firing it through the Hydra's mouth as a concentrated blast. For smaller situations, Uproar is known for creating the kraken's tentacles for different purposes.
Force-Field: Uproar’s ring is able to create various shapes of different sizes to protect him and those he value. It allows him to maneuver through the vastness of space without hindrance, often making him Pantheon’s primary teammate in dangerous situations. He is protected from radiation, dangerous matter and random debris which float through space at fatal speeds. He can withstand extreme atmospheric pressure and survive against impressive gravitational stresses. The ring keeps him in a skin layer field that resembles earth’s conditions, providing him with continuous oxygen, maintaining his biological equilibrium and removing any waste. This continuous source of life support is infinite and and automatic, allowing him to focus on complex task without worrying about sustainability.
Mind Reading: Red Lanterns are able to read minds, particularly to see the source of a being's rage. Although Uproar dislikes such a invasive process, he is known for using it to assist with the task at hand. However, he refrains from using it against his allies.
Flight: Uproar can utilize the Red Power ring to fly through different atmospheres and space. He has used it to chased down villains and heroes alike, while often escaping to the quietness of space afterwards. The speed upon which he is capable of reaching is rather impressive, breaking the sound barrier during several chases.
Rage Absorption: Uproar has displayed the power to absorb ambient rage, adding it to the strength of his constructs and his own physical output. It is a power he is hoping to harness yet afraid to utilize, for it makes him susceptible to the temptations of boundless rage.
Rage Transformation: The Red Lantern Ring has transformed his body both mentally and physically. Mentally, he is susceptible to extreme fits of anger and volatile outburst followed by a destructive tendency. However, it has also increased the fortitude of both his stubbornness and personal desire - enhancing his willpower to levels which rival Green Lantern Guy Gardner. This increase in mental power allows him to naturally resist mind interference and different forms of mind manipulation. He has shielded himself from telepathic invasions and other forms of intrusive acts. Upon a deep interrogation, *** stated that entering Uproar's mind is equal to jumping into an endless ocean of blood. Where each drop of water is the scream of a nearby victim. Physically, his body has undergone an extreme transformation at a more genetic level. One which has turned him into a superhuman capable of withstanding intense training regiments and battling against aliens deemed far beyond human capacity. When combined with his mastery over hand to hand combat, he is able to trade blows against threats of high caliber. A sign of his mutation was the whitening of his hair, said to have been caused by the amount of stress his body underwent during the initial transformation.
Rage Empowerment: Battling alongside Uproar has shown to be dangerous for his teammates, for he is able to empower the anger and hatred felt by those nearby. During their first battle against ***, his power spiraled out of controlled and almost caused *** to obtain a Red Lantern Ring from the anger they felt when *** was harmed. However, he has used this ability to increase the physical prowess of his allies during deadly situations. Afterwards he absorbs their anger to protect them from crossing the threshold.
Rage Telepathy: Uproar has shown the ability to sense the rage in the heart’s of others. Although a more subtle power, he has used it to read certain situations and obtain information as people often become angry when captured. Uproar has also utilized this unique power to help the relationships between his teammates, for he is able to delve deep into the mind utilizing rage as a bridge. It serves as a powerful tool in tracking hostages. However, certain individuals possess a rage too dangerous for Uproar to attempt to connect or he will risk succumbing to madness and deterioration himself. This ability to sense the rage in the hearts of others grants him a certain organic distress signal which allows him to sense problems and situations well before other teams and organizations are aware of it. His telepathy is shown to reach the bounds of a city. However, he can sense massive disturbances should they occur simultaneously from greater distances.
Homo-Superior Physiology: Ezekiel was born with a rare muscular disorder which effected less than 15% of the human population. While it hadn't imposed on his daily life, it was still a unique disorder which baffled many of the medical field alike. While little was known, it was shown that this disorder had a direct connection to his dormant meta-gene. The metagene often remains dormant until one experiences extreme biostress which serves as a catalyst for their physical being to undergo a "genetic change" thus resulting in superhuman abilities. In Ezekiel's case, it was the donning of the Red Lantern ring which pushed his body through the excruciating ritual of regurgitating his blood and heart while transforming his body into one suitable of becoming a Red Lantern. Simultaneously,the amount of stress undergoing his body not only whitened his hair but also activated his metagene. Resulting in a sort of evolution that transformed his muscular disorder into a superhuman ability. In essence, his superhuman power was an evolution of sorts into a being beyond human. Thus granting him a superhuman body capable of matching infamous aliens. When used in tandem with his Red Lantern powers, he is able to exponentially amplify his Homo-Superior physiology, allowing him to potentially surpass the limitations of various alpha level metahumans. Perhaps the greatest attribute of his Homo-superior Physiology is the ability of continual growth. Through exorcise and battle, his body is able to grow back stronger than before. Allowing him to gain physical experience from his battles.
Enhanced Strength: Naturally, Ezekiel is capable of easily lifting and moving several tons over an extended period of time. His body is built with dense bone and natural lean muscle as opposed to the large muscle of other strength oriented beings. Analyst have compared his build to that of an athlete as opposed to a bodybuilder. One which focuses on efficient strength as opposed to mass and size. And thus he is capable of performing various athletic feats. In situations where he has to avoid flight, Ezekiel can leap over large buildings and cover massive distances in a single bound. However, despite his massive strength, Ezekiel's combat style utilizes speed to deliver the force of his body behind his strikes.
Enhanced Speed: Ezekiel is an agile warrior. Speed based, he uses the immense strength of his body to generate speed. From which the rotational power in his punches can deliver devastating force. Although nowhere near a speedster, Ezekiel is capable of outrunning speeding cars while retaining impressive maneuverability. Combining his speed with frightening agility transformed Uproar into a Red Lantern like none other. One who relies on finding and striking his opponent's openings as opposed to mindlessly bashing through his opponent's defenses. This speed based style of combat has helped him retain his sanity during moments of immense rage. For he must think tactically.
Enhanced Durability and Endurance: Even without the Red Lantern ring's protection, Ezekiel possesses immense durability and endurance. He can survive toe to toe against heavy hitters such as Pantheon and beings born of alien physiology. Iris once stated that he possesses the hardest right hand out of the hundreds of humans she have fought against.
Enhanced Healing Factor: Ezekiel possesses a superhuman healing factor. He has healed from wounds in a matter minutes and returned from fatal damage in hours..
Survival Empowerment: The human body is one which grows through survival. As muscle dystrophy is the growth of muscle through the destruction of previous muscle, his evolution enacted this phenomenon throughout the entirely of his body. Through defeat or survival, Ezekiel's body regenerates to an enhanced state. Allowing him to return stronger, faster and more durable than before.
Hand to Hand Combat: Taught by his mentor, Hal Jordan, Uproar is considered a master of hand to hand combat. Studying boxing, his fighting skills were boosted exponentially by the physical enhancements granted by the Red Lantern Ring. Unlike other Lanterns, Uproar prefers to confront his opponent in a more personal manner.
Indomitable Willpower: Hal Jordan stated that his willpower would have been enough to make him a green lantern, had he not possessed the extreme sensitivity of his heart...
"Uncontrolled fire will burn down an entire forest in minutes. But under supervision, will provide the sustenance needed to ensure survival. What's the different? Intention and control."
"The Red Light of rage is not a power of reaction. The corporations respond to situations as they occur. But as you've seen, reacting often means getting involved too late. But I wield a power that allows for proactiveness. Only by finding those that have suffered greatly, can the light act through us to bring retribution to others. To feel the rage of others and act proactively. So that others will never suffer as we have. That's the purpose of the Red Lantern corps!"