The Darkstars were created and run by the
Controllers, an offshoot of the
Guardians of the Universe. Though their goal was to establish order in the universe, the ancient Maltusian race known as
Controllers were isolationists by nature.
Controllers created NEMO, the Network for the Establishment and Maintenance of Order, for the purpose of isolating the troubles of the galaxy away from the Controllers' domain. Over the millennia the Controllers realized they would have to take a more active stance by attacking chaos at its roots. Despite all the good they did, there were too many NEMO operatives in too many different places. NEMO and the Controllers devised a new plan to ensure order, which resulted in the creation of the Darkstars. The first of these new protectors was named
Druu, one of a thousand to carry the name Darkstar.
The first Darkstar to arrive on Earth was named Ferrin Colos. He arrived on Earth while tracking the supervillain
Evil Star. He was authorised to appoint two humans as his deputies, giving them less powerful versions of the Darkstar uniform.
Controllers expanded the Darkstar project after the collapse of the
Green Lantern Corps Central Power Battery on
Oa. The Darkstars would fill the void left by the failure of the
Guardians' legions. After the Corps' collapse, many former Green Lanterns served in the Darkstar organization. Former Lantern
John Stewart was appointed field leader.
Donna Troy also joined their ranks.
As time went on, the Controllers expressed concerns about the effectiveness of the Darkstars. More specifically, they were troubled that Darkstar agents were mostly looking after their own agendas rather than those of the Controllers.
They withdrew their support from the Darkstars. This made many of the early Darkstar uniforms useless, as they relied on energy transmitted from the Controllers. The later, self-contained suits were unaffected. Many Darkstars were killed or lost their battlesuits in combat against
Grayven, son of
Darkseid, on the planet
Rann. Grayven also crippled John Stewart, paralyzing him from the waist down.
Green Lantern Kyle Rayner ended the battle, but the Darkstars were shattered by the losses. In the end, only four Darkstars remained to help rebuild Ranagar.
Later, the last of the Darkstars (Ferrin Colos, Chaser Bron & Munchuk) gave their lives saving the universe from the energy vampire called
Starbreaker. They siphoned off a considerable amount of power from him, which helped save the day, but their suits ruptured and all were disintegrated.
In the 2006
Omega Men and
Mystery in Space
miniseries, an organization called the Darkstars is active in the
Vega system, serving as
clergy and missionaries for
Lady Styx. It is implied that Styx merely appropriated the old Darkstars' uniforms and equipment and gave them to her minions.
Among the equipment stolen by prosecutor Kate Spencer when she becomes the eighth
Manhunter is an exo-mantle which formerly belonged to an unnamed Darkstar. As seen in Manhunter #32 (September 2008), the exo-mantle reacts adversely to a Reach scarab bonded to
Blue Beetle Jaime Reyes. It appears as if
Controllers programmed an instinctive hatred of the Reach into all exo-mantles, just like the
Guardians of the Universe did with the
Power Rings worn by the
Green Lantern Corps.
The Controllers reveal themselves to be on the brink of extinction, and started kidnapping the Guardians of the Universe in order to use their DNA to create new conditions. By trapping them in a machine, the Controllers mined the Guardians' ancient Maltusian genes and twisted them into their own image, transforming them into Controllers. They are able to add three Guardians of the Universe to their number before being defeated by the Green Lantern Corps, and now they plan to launch a new set of Darkstars' uniforms into the universe in order to match the power of the Guardians of the Universe.