First Appearance: GREEN LANTERN vol. 2 #2, 1960
Team Affiliation: The planet Qward in the Anti-Matter Universe
The Anti-Matter Universe is a twisted mirror of the DC Super Heroes’ Universe. There, instead of the planet Oa—home base of the Guardians of the Universe and their troops, the Green Lantern Corps—there exists the planet Qward in Sector -1. Worshipping “gods of carnage,” the humanoid Qwardians are obsessed with conquest, personal gain and violent domination. They view qualities such as mercy and altruism as weaknesses. Their engineers and weapon makers are known simply as the Weaponers of Qward, and they are led by their Weaponslord.
The Green Lantern power rings have often had problems affecting anything colored yellow, and most of the weapons made by the Weaponers are yellow or gold in color. The Weaponers are responsible for the creation of the first yellow power ring, wielded by the former Green Lantern known as Sinestro.
The most notorious Weaponer creation is the Qwa-bolt, created by Chief Yokal, the first Weaponslord. Charged with “Q-energy,” the Qwa-bolts are the weapon of choice of the Qwardian warriors known as Thunderers. Resembling golden lightning bolts, when thrown through the air they deliver a variety of effects—including explosions, extreme heat and atomizing energy blasts. Even Superman can suffer life-threatening injuries from a Qwa-bolt assault.