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Green Lantern

Purgatory

Purgatory

IDENTITY: Paul Christian

BASE OF OPERATIONS: New York, NY

FIRST APPEARANCE:
as Paul Christian:
GREEN LANTERN 3rd series # 66
(September, 1995)
"Fast Friends? Part One"

as Purgatory:
GREEN LANTERN 3rd series # 68
(November, 1995)
"Hellfire and Ice"

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION:
Male human
Hair: light brown, with beard
Eyes as Paul Christian: Brown
Eyes as Purgatory: Green
Height: unknown
Weight: unknown

KNOWN RELATIVES: none

HISTORY:

Paul Christian lost his legs in a subway accident, but little did he know his troubles were just beginning.

He had the misfortune of being outside the New York Public Library during a fight between Green Lantern Kyle Rayner and an attacker in high tech battle armor. Thrown by his opponent's energy blast, Rayner was slammed into Christian, toppling the man over in his wheelchair.

After the battle, Rayner apologized and tried to make amends. He gave part of his ring power to Christian, the handicapped man used his own willpower to create new legs from the emerald energy.
[GL3 # 66]

Christian's restored mobility gave him a new lease on life. Willpower was all that was needed. He was climbing the stairs of the Statue of Liberty when his hand was slashed open by a patch of torn metal railing.

The shock of pain caused Christian to break his concentration. The momentary distraction cost him his legs, and they faded to nothingness. Christian vowed he would find a way to make sure he would not lose them again.
[GL3 # 67]

The demon Neron offered to augment Christian's power, giving him greater control. He was hesitant at first, but he eventually agreed to Neron's deal.

As part of Neron's deal, Purgatory was to destroy Green Lantern. Rayner and Darkstar Donna Troy were fighting a Neron-enhanced Mr. Freeze when Purgatory attacked. Purgatory used the green energy as fire, capable of burning anything thrown at him. Unfortunately for Christian, he didn't count on being thrown at Freeze. The heat and cold cancelled each other out. Freeze was brought to the Slab, a metahuman prison. Purgatory had escaped.
[GL3 # 68]

Neron caught up with Purgatory in a New York City alleyway. Despite Christian's objections, the devil expected the bargain to be upheld.

Purgatory found Green Lantern in his apartment. Though Rayner couldn't take back the energy he gave Christian, he guessed he could overload his attacker. Purgatory was changed back to normal, but his fate was already sealed. His soul was claimed by Neron. Purgatory vanished in a blast of green flame.
[GL3 # 69]

Purgatory became one of an army of Neron's minions fighting the heroes of Earth on their quest to his master's lair in Hell. He has not been seen since.
[UU # 3]


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