Alpha Lantern of the Green Lantern Corps
Sector Partner: Unknown
Varix is a venerable law enforcement officer on the planet Naktos. He was given his ring by the aging Green Lantern Ghrelk after he was forced to retire due to a mysterious illness that destroyed his brain. Interestingly enough, Varix himself is a hypochondriac. In addition to his predecessor's fall to disease, half of his world was decimated by the yellow plague of Ghera.
After the destruction of the Green Lantern Corps, John Stewart was chosen by the Controllers for the Darkstars. To fill the void left by the Corps, Stewart recruited a number of former Green Lanterns, including Varix, Galius Zed, Charlie Vicker, and Hollika Rahn. Their first mission was to Talyn, a planet which had been devastated by Psimon. Varix later assisted on Earth, driving out an alien crime syndicate. With the restoration of the Green Lantern Corps, Varix returned to protecting his sector of space. Following the Sinestro Corps War and the return of the Lost Lanterns, the Guardians of the Universe thought it prudent to create a "corps within the corps" to ensure that all Green Lanterns follow the laws written within the Book of Oa. The Alpha Lanterns act as Internal Affairs for the Green Lantern Corps and Varix was one of the first chosen to join their ranks.
Major Story Arcs
Varix is one of the Alpha Lanterns who arrest and trial John Stewart for the murder of Kirrt Kallak, the Green Lantern of Space Sector 2541. Varix and the other Alpha Lanterns sentence John Stewart to death, but while John Stewart is being held in the Alpha Tower, awaiting execution, he is freed by Guy Gardner and several other fellow lanterns. The Alpha Lanterns fail to track John Stewart and Guy Gardner down, and therefore start interrogating the other Green Lanterns who helped the two escape. However, Varix starts to question the Alpha Lanterns, saying that they are bending the law to fit their needs. Later, the Alpha Lanterns are attacked by all the Green Lanterns in a final attempt to free John Stewart and Guy Gardner but are overpowered by the Alpha Lanterns, and Varix arrests the John and Guy once again. However, Varix realises the wrong that the Alpha Lanterns are doing, and so he frees John and Guy and kills all the Alpha Lanterns.
Sadly, Varix takes his own life after killing the Alpha Lanterns, feeling guilty for all that he did with them and for not acting sooner against the Alpha Lanterns.