Women of DC Comics – Pt. 5

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Starfire

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A princess who became a slave. A slave who became a warrior. A warrior who became one of the world’s greatest super heroes.

Betrayed by her own sister and forced into slavery, Princess Koriand’r of Tamaran experience torture, exploitation and experimentation at the hands of others—but instead of it breaking her, it only made her stronger. Breaking free and fleeing to Earth, she discovered a world filled with heroes, people who fought for the oppressed, who used their powers and abilities to save those in need. And it was then that Koriand’r made a decision that changed her place in life forever. She decided to become the super hero known as Starfire.

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Like all Tamaraneans, Starfire’s alien physiology allows her to absorb ultraviolet radiation and convert it to energy in order to fly. However, due to the experiments conducted on her during her imprisonment, she can also channel and project that same energy as destructive blasts.

Despite the hardships she experienced early in her life, Starfire remains a courageous and dedicated hero, who despises seeing anyone else experience the pain she went through herself. She is incredibly loyal and optimistic and lives to see and experience everything the universe has to offer.

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Character Facts

Powers: Energy absorption, Energy blasts, Flight, Combat skill
Real Name: Koriand’r
First Appearance: DC COMICS PRESENTS #26 (1980)
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First Appearance New 52: RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #1 (2011)
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Supergirl

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Superman: The most powerful being on the planet. Able to leap tall buildings and outspeed bullets. But what would have happened if he wasn’t raised by the decent, humble souls that gave him his morals? What if he arrived on Earth a teenager—with all the attitude and rebellion that comes with the territory?

Well… he’d be Supergirl.

Teenager Kara Zor-el was rocketed to Earth from the dying planet Krypton. Faced with an entire world completely unrecognizable from the one she grew up in, she’s the ultimate new girl in school—with a planet-splitting right hook. A lonely girl with astounding might, she struggles to find her identity on her new reluctant home.

As the most powerful teenager on the planet, the Girl of Steel possesses all of Superman’s powers—from superhuman strength, speed, and invulnerability all the way down to his flight and enhanced senses. Still learning to control her awesome powers and lacking her cousin’s self-restraint, she may even be more dangerous than the Man of Steel. Disconnected from a world she’s still struggling to comprehend, she’ll find non-stop action and violence from her first minute on this planet.

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Character Facts

Powers: Super strength, Flight, Invulnerability, Super speed, Heat vision, Freeze breath, X-ray vision, Superhuman hearing, Healing factor
Real Name: Kara Zor-El
First Appearance: ACTION COMICS #252 (1959)
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First Appearance New 52: SUPERGIRL #1 (2011)
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Vixen

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The speed of a cheetah. The charging force of a bull. The ferocity of a tiger. The strengths, abilities and attributes of the entire animal kingdom are at the beck and call of Mari McCabe—who channels these powers through a magical family heirloom to battle those who would harm the natural world as the super hero Vixen.

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As a child, Mari saw the greed and corruption that she fights against lead to the deaths of her parents. Later, Mari discovered that the mysterious Tantu Totem—the powerful necklace she inherited from her parents—granted her the ability to take on the attributes of every animal on Earth. She could fly like a hawk, breathe underwater like a fish and even strengthen her skin to the protective levels of a rhinoceros. Adopting the moniker Vixen, Mari seeks to protect and defend all innocents, humans and animals alike.

Although short-tempered and sometimes overly self-righteous, Mari possesses compassion that gives her a strong and unwavering moral compass. Beyond her role as a super hero, she is a model and animal-rights activist, allowing her to use both aspects of her life to protect from humanity those creatures unable to protect themselves. Throughout her career as Vixen, she’s fought along some of the greatest heroes in the DC Universe and has even served as a member of the Justice League.

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Character Facts

Base of Operations: Detroit
Powers: animal-driven abilities, combat skill, flight, enhanced speed, enhanced strength, superhuman agility
First Appearance: ACTION COMICS #521 (1981)
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First Appearance New 52: Justice League International #1
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Wonder Woman

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OK, let’s just come out and say it: Wonder Woman is the most famous heroine of all time. No offense to the Lara Crofts, Buffys, or Disney princesses of the world, but none of them have been plastered on as many magazine covers, adorned as many T-shirts, or sold the countless comics, dolls, and action figures that Wonder Woman has. The full package of beauty, brains, and brawn, she’s been a feminist icon since her star-spangled intro in 1941.

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Wonder Woman is Princess Diana of the immortal Amazons from Greek mythology.  When army pilot Steve Trevor crashes on the warriors’ secluded island paradise, Diana wins the right to escort him home and make her people known to the world. Entering our cynical world for the first time, there’s a lot she must wrap her head around, especially our ways of war, hate, and, well… dating. Helping her are her superhuman strength and speed, as well as the trademark bulletproof bracelets, but it’s probably her Golden Lasso of Truth most people really wish they had.

Torn between a mission to promote peace and her own warrior upbringing, Wonder Woman fights evil while hoping to unlock the potential of a humanity she doesn’t always understand.

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Character Facts

Powers: super strength, invulnerability, flight, combat skill, combat strategy, superhuman agility, healing factor, magic weaponry
Alignment: Hero
Real Name: Diana Prince
Occupation: Amazon Princess
First Appearance: ALL-STAR COMICS #8 (1941)
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First Appearance New 52: WONDER WOMAN #1 (2011)
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Zatanna

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With a name like Zatanna Zatara, becoming a professional stage magician almost seems like an unquestionable career choice. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the illusions she creates and the spells she weaves to dazzle the audience just so happen to be real.

Intelligent, confident, self-assured and able to manipulate reality itself with her vast magical abilities, Zatanna balances her time as a skilled stage illusionist with battling the dark arts alongside some of the world’s greatest super heroes. By reciting spells backwards, she can invoke anything her imagination wills, and her inventiveness often allows her to find creative solutions to even the trickiest of problems.

However, Zatanna is no stranger to the dangers of magic, having lost her father to the dark arts. Although this left her without a mentor and relatively inexperienced in the world of magic, it only furthered her resolve to stand against anyone seeking to use magic at the cost of others. But if Zatanna hopes to escape her father’s fate, she’ll have to quickly master her craft before facing down the world’s most powerful mystics.

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Character Facts

Real Name: Zatanna Zatara
Powers: Magic / Backwords Magic
Occupation: Former stage magician
First Appearance: HAWKMAN #4 (1964)
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First Appearance New 52: JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #1 (2011)
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