Lauren Haley

This week’s episode of Supergirl brought quite a surprise in terms of new characters introduced, as it dug up a character from the Earth-One continuity as a new regular. At the end of Ahimsa, in fact, after too many failures and the umpteenth direct order disobeyed, President Baker understandably decided to put the DEO under the Army‘s supervision, and Director Alex Danvers is now babysit by General Lauren Haley, portrayed by April Parker Jones. The character has apparently made quite a career since her comicbook appearances, as she was originally just a Lieutenant, and also her ethnicity has been changed. With some luck, she’ll bring some practical sense in a now semi-anarchic DEO, but considering the show’s general tone it’s not something we can hope for. Anyway, let’s take a look to this classic character… who has ties to another superpowered woman from the DC Comics, the one and only Wonder Woman.

Not much is known about Lauren Haley’s early life: she came from a military family, and as a young woman she joined US Air Force, distinguishing herself for being an extremely proficient and trustworthy officer. She climbed the ranks to become a Lieutenant, and she earnt the attentions of her superior officers. Regarded as one of the best officers of her year, she was sent to Washington D.C. to work for General Phillip Darnell, in her first assignment for the Secret Intelligence. This could be a precious opportunity for her military career, but it was also a risk: Senator Bradley Covington had just formed a Committee to target Darnell’s office, and the General had ordered Lt. Keith Griggs to come back to Tropidor, a remote nation in Central America where he had investigated possible weapons smuggling the previous year. The General clearly wanted to polish the name of his office, but he was ready to use Griggs as a scapegoat if the mission was a failure; being the newest arrival, it was clear that Haley could have been Griggs’ scapegoat in turn, ending up taking all the blame for a possible debacle. For the young lieutenant, however, this only meant she had to do her best and impress her new superiors, and she took even this huge and concrete risk as an opportunity to shine.

Just a few days after their first meeting, Haley and Griggs traveled together to Tropidor, as the country had fallen into a bloody civil war. They pretended to be Linda and Kurt, two reporters working for National Geographic, and as they arrived in the country, they were immediately approached by two actual reporters, Gene Lewis and Nick Jones, who had just been sent away from a battle zone by a local militia and had been taken their cameras in the process. Haley immediately realized that being undercover wasn’t exactly Griggs’ talent, and she took the lead, compensating her partner’s hostility with her charm, and bonding with the two reporters. Among the two, Gene Lewis was particularly inquisitive, asking why would National Geographic send someone in a war zone, but “Linda” defended herself well, and vanquished all the other’s doubts. When they left, Griggs scolded her for being “too friendly” while they were supposed to keep a low profile, but Haley remarked that his attitude would have been more suspicious than her friendliness for the reporters. They left for some reconnaissance before meeting their contact, code named Hot Tamale, but unbeknownst to them the bartender had reported them to the government, and they soon found themselves surrounded by soldiers. Lauren acted swiftly, and knocked some of them down… but Griggs was not so fast nor capable, and he was taken hostage, forcing also Haley to surrender. Much to their surprise, the two officers weren’t taken to a government palace, but to an ancient Aztec temple (along with Gene, who had been caught following them). Inside the temple they were greeted by Captain Montez, the man commanding the Contras they had been tasked to find… but he dropped his mask, and revealed himself as the Mad God Tezcatlipoca, demanding their living hearts as sacrifices in his honor. This time, Lt. Haley was definitely out of her league…

Lt. Lauren Haley is a capable and professional military officer, a woman with a strong sense of duty and a genuine will to serve her country and her people, ambitious enough to be always willing to do her best in any situation and in every mission. She’s a well-trained soldier, an expert pilot and a skilled martial artist, perfectly able of defending herself in nearly every situation. As pragmatist and level headed as she is, though, Haley might be too unprepared to face situations that go far beyond what she’s been taught in the academy, and in this particular cases, the help of someone like Wonder Woman turns out to be more then well received…

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Manchester Black

Last episode of Supergirl introduced yet another fan-favorite character from the comics, but a few people realized it. Poor Fiona Burn has been ruthlessly killed by Agent Liberty, and in Fallout J’onn investigates on her disappearance. Entering her apartment, he finds some photos of Fiona with her fiancĂ©e… who’s not exactly the most forgiving man in the world, and it’s more than likely that he’ll wreak quite a havoc when he’ll know what happened to his future wife. The man in question is Manchester Black, who’ll be portrayed as a recurring guest star by David Ajala. In the comics, Manchester is one of the most violent antiheroes around, and he sports a much more distinctive look than the one he’s been given in the show. Let’s hope this is the only change from the original we’re going to meet here.

Very little is known about Manchester Black’s early life. We know he was born in London, England, and that he had a sister, Vera Black. He loved heroes as a kid, and truly believed they would have protected him… but nobody came, as Manchester (and most likely Vera as well) was repeatedly abused, both physically and sexually, by his own parents. As he grew up, he lost all love for heroes, and saw them for what they were: hypocrites and cowards, who hid behind steel-strong moral principles because they didn’t have the courage to do what it really needed to be done. A hero (usually) never kills, while killing villains is the only effective way to keep them down, so Black thought. As he grew up, he turned out to be a metahuman with remarkable psionic powers: a good way to demonstrate to the world he was right about his way of thinking. He gathered other superpowered beings who had his same ideas: the American Coldcast, who could control the electromagnetic spectrum, the Japanese magician The Hat, and the Puerto Rican Menagerie, bonded with a powerful symbiotic organism. Together, they were The Elite, and they had just declared a war to the universe’s villains. Powerful, determined and not abiding any law, Manchester Black and his team slew a number of criminals from Earth, but also from other planets and realities, and even enslaved a sentient bacterial colony, nicknamed Bunny, and transformed her into their headquarters. They were more popular than ever, and people apparently agreed with their extreme methods. Then, after a mission in Tripoli, Libya, where The Elite vanquished a terrorist group, killing them all and causing a number of civilian collateral victims, Manchester Black was contacted by the greatest hero on the planet: Superman, the one he believed to be the incarnation of all the hypocritical values that he so much despised, the one he wanted to wipe away in his new era of crime fighting.

The first meeting, aimed to be a diplomatic one, didn’t go too well, but Superman was stubborn, and he arranged for a second one, in space, on the moon Io, a place where no collateral victim could fall in a potential crossfire… and Manchester Black made sure that there was a crossfire. This time, he and the Elite didn’t go easy on Superman, and moved a rapid series of attacks to cripple the Man of Steel. Black used his telekinesis to cause a stroke in the hero, and Coldcast made him explode in a thermal blast… but Superman didn’t die, nor he showed to be too hurt. Quite the opposite: he proceeded to swiftly kill Coldcast, Menagerie and the Hat, until only Manchester Black remained. Terrified, he tried to defend himself, but he found out he couldn’t use his powers anymore: Superman had used his telescopic vision in combination with his heat vision, and had burnt a microscopical spot in his brain that gave him his superpowers. Crying, Black pointed at the inconsistency of the hero, who had turned out to be a murderer just like him… but then Superman dropped the act: Coldcast, Menagerie and Hat weren’t dead, but merely unconscious, and he hadn’t even taken out Black’s powers permanently, as he had only caused him a micro-concussion and his powers would have eventually come back. Manchester Black, humiliated, swore vengeance, but the Man of Steel remarked that he would have never taken a life, and that he still believed his method to be the one that told heroes and villains apart. Following the events on Io, The Elite disbanded, and a still powerless Manchester Black was arrested. His powers returned months later, and President Lex Luthor hired him to lead Steel, Chemo, Shrapnel and Plasmus in a new Suicide Squad to awaken Doomsday and destroy Imperiex. The mission was only a partial success: Doomsday actually killed all members of the Squad, and Black used his powers on him to turn the monster against Imperiex, before fleeing. He had more important things to do: he had to find a way to make Superman take a life, even if it was his own, in order to expose him as the poser he was.

Manchester Black is a ruthless and gratuitously violent man, a self-righteous vigilante who never offers a second chance and who believes that (generously) dispensing death is the only way villains can be dealt with. He’s a metahuman with powerful psionic abilities: he’s mastered telepathy enough to control the minds of a vast number of people at once, even imbuing them with information and then cancelling their memory with no effort, and once he proved to be strong enough to swap the minds of Superman and Bizarro making them exchange their bodies; he also masters telekinesis, practicing with it like a surgeon with a scalpel. Terribly sure of himself, cynical and sarcastic, Manchester Black is a new kind of hero, one who’s not afraid of getting his hands dirty to do what needs to be done… so dirty, actually, that it becomes increasingly hard to tell what the difference between him and the villains he so efficiently slain is…

Nura Nal (Dream Girl)

The last thing one would think that Supergirl needed was more politically-correct, but somebody at CW is clearly of different ideas. This year, the show will introduce a new character who’ll certainly generate discussions: Nia Nal aka Dreamer, the first transgender superhero on tv, portrayed by real-life transgender Nicole Maines. We can take a good look at this new addition to the CatCo team and future superhero in the first pics from the premiere episode The American Alien. She is based on an existing character from the comics, whose name is actually Nura Nal, and whose super-name is Dream Girl, albeit she does go by Dreamer in other continuities. Considering that Nura lives in the future, it’s possible that we’ll learn that Nia Nal is some kind of ancestor to the original one. Also, since the original is a member of the Legion of Super-Heroes with close ties with Brainiac 5, who’s rumored to become Kara‘s new love interest, it’s possible that we’ll see some sort of love triangle… let’s hope not, anyway. One way or another, let’s take a look at Dream Girl the way she’s portrayed in the comics.

Nura Nal was born in the XXX Century on planet Naltor. Every Naltorian had a genetic predisposition to foresee the future in their dreams, and Nura’s mother, Kiwa Nal, was the most powerful and accurate precog on the planet, the High Seer of Naltor… until it became clear that her daughter surpassed even her abilities, being able to foresee the future with an accuracy not witnessed in generations time. Nura Nal grew up with her sisters, Myra Nal (the future White Witch) and Xola Aq, and she kept surprising her teachers with her bright intelligence. As a teenager, she was already an expert of Naltorian science, being by far one of the smartest minds on the planet, a trait that many tended to underestimate as she was also stunningly beautiful. Nura wasn’t certainly someone to get lost behind compliments, and she kept studying hard and improving her precognitive abilities, until she had the dream that changed her life, prompting her to act: she saw with utmost clarity the members of the Legion of Super-Heroes, the group that patrolled the galaxy ensuring peace and justice, dying in an explosion in space. Nura wouldn’t have forgiven herself if her prediction came to reality without her trying everything she could to prevent it, so she left Naltor. She introduced herself to the team as Dream Girl, playing the vain woman and making the male Legionnaires fall for her in order to be voted inside the team (one of the Legionnaires, Star Boy, actually fell in love with her at first sight). Needless to say, this also got her the ire of the female Legionnaires, but since they were a minority, Nura Nal had nothing to fear from their vote. Once inside the team, she worked hard to find a way to save the doomed heroes, and she could think but one: to have the Legionnaires she dreamt of expelled from the team before they died in the accident, allowing them in in a second moment… all in absolute secrecy, so that she didn’t change too many variables in the timeline.

Dream Girl’s plan proceeded at its best: she successfully sabotaged some of the Legionnaires, even using Naltorian science to apparently remove Lightning Lass‘ electric powers (it turned out they had been changed into gravity-manipulation ones, so that she later rejoined as Light Lass), and everyone believed her to be too light-headed to be the one behind all the “accidents”. Finally, the day of the tragedy arrived… and it turned out that the Legionnaires that Dream Girl had seen dying in the explosion were in reality extremely accurate crash-test robots, built for an experiment involving exposure to the void of space. Recognizing her terrible mistake, Nura Nal confessed, and had the Legionnaires she had caused the expulsion of reintegrated in the team. The other heroes recognized that she had acted with their best interest in mind, so they offered her to stay in the Legion nevertheless, but Nura believed she had still much to learn about her powers not to make dangerous mistakes, so she declined the offer, preferring to join the Legion of Substitute Heroes, a sub-team of reserves that had still something to perfect about themselves or their powers before becoming full-time Legionnaires. During this time, however, she kept seeing Star Boy, who was sincere in his love for her, and the two started a romantic relationship… that generated the violent jealousy of Kenz Nahor, a Nalturian and Nura’s former lover. Kenz tried to kill Star Boy, and the hero found himself forced to kill him in self-defense, but for this he was expelled from the Legion. This way, however, he could be with Nura Nal in the Legion of Substitute Heroes. When Superboy and Supergirl left the Legion, Dream Girl and Star Boy stepped him and reclaimed their seats. Years later, Dream Girl even became the leader of the Legion, just as the most dangerous mission yet arose: Darkseid, in fact, was threatening the United Planets, and only the Legion could stop him…

Nura Nal is an extremely intelligent young woman, a genius who’s usually underestimated due to the prejudice on beautiful blonde girls; she’s very responsible and naturally altruistic, firmly believing that her powers exist to help others. As Dream Girl (or Dreamer) she can foresee the future in her dreams, whether while sleeping or fainting when they arrive, with incredible accuracy and with a range (one year) greater than any other Naltorian; her genius is surpassed only by the one of Brainiac 5 and maybe Invisible Boy, and she’s also been trained in martial arts by the Karate Kid, becoming an extremely proficient hand-to-hand combatant; plus, her Legion Ring allows her to fly, to survive in the void of space and to communicate in any known language throughout the universe. One of the most powerful and active Legionnaires ever, Dream Girl is also humble enough to admit how much she still has to grow, demonstrating all the wisdom of a natural leader.

Nora Allen (Cruise)

I waited to write anything about the “surprise character” (yes, everybody knew who she was) from last season’s finale, and it turned out to be a good move, as for the next season of The Flash we have some new intel about her. First appeared in Crisis on Earth X as “Mystery Girl“, the recurring lady portrayed by Jessica Parker Kennedy revealed herself to be Nora Allen, Barry‘s and Iris‘ future daughter, in the finale We Are The Flash. She also told everyone she made quite a mess with the timeline traveling back in time, and she needs help to fix it. What a surprise. Anyway, the character is an amalgamation of two other speedsters from the comics (and no, none of them is Dawn Allen as many had imagined), the first being obviously Nora Allen from Prime Earth, a recent time traveler who made her debut last year with the name Cruise. Let’s see together.

Nora Allen came from a possible future, not exactly the happiest one possible. She was the daughter of Barry “The Flash” Allen and of Jessica “Green Lantern” Cruz, two of the greatest heroes from the Justice League. She was born in Keystone City, and raised with her little twin siblings, Jason and Jenny. While the twins had taken from their mother, and were able to tap to the entire Emotional Spectrum without the need of a Power Ring, Nora had inherited her father’s connection to the Speed Force, and was quite a powerful speedster. She spent her childhood running with her dad, her absolute favorite moments, and she also visited the Justice League Satellite to play with the other kids: George Marvin “Cube” Stone, son of Cyborg, Hunter Prince, the son of Wonder Woman adopted by Superman and Lois Lane, and Eldoris “Serenity” Curry, daughter of Aquaman and Mera. As soon as she started to master her powers, Nora was called Cruise. Her childhood was filled with amazing moments… but it all came to an end, as the Darkness started to engulf the earth. The Darkness, the physical embodiment of all the hatred and the rage in the world, awakened years before by the song of the Kindred, had infected people all around the world, forcing them to kill one another in interminable wars. The moment it infected superhumans as well, things became to look really scary. The Justice League answered the call to confront the Darkness, but just before that the heroes brought their children to Mount Olympus, to keep them safe as long as they were away. They never came back. Nora and the others waited for them, but it soon became clear that they were lost just like all the others. They spent years training together, becoming powerful enough to surpass the dimensional barrier around Olympus and come back to their world to look for their parents… or to avenge them, if the worst had come to be. Cruise became faster, even faster than her father, and she even started something like a romantic relation with Hunter. But the mission was more important.

Once on Earth, it became clear that all the heroes had died, but the world still needed them. Cruise and the others organized into a new Justice League, and traveled the world trying to bring hope and comfort to the survivors of the war… but it wasn’t over yet. A sorceress who apparently appeared out of nowhere, a powerful warrior who called herself Sovereign, attacked the Olympus, slaughtered the gods and took possession of the mount, making it her throne world and teleporting it on Earth. From Olympus, she started a death campaign, hellbent on murdering anyone she could find, apparently with no reason nor purpose. The new group, this Justice League Legacy, couldn’t do much against her, especially after Aquaman, who had apparently went mad and killed Mera, joined her. There wasn’t much they could do, until Hunter had an idea: they would have traveled back in time, and stopped the Darkness and Sovereign before they destroyed the world, acting together with their parents. With nothing to lose, the JLL reached Olympus, looking for the tech they needed to time travel, but they were greeted by Aquaman, ready for them. Cruise attacked him head on, but the former hero was prepared, and detonated a Timeless Grenade, that slowed time to a near stop, with the effect of making Nora move at normal speed… slow enough for Aquaman to knock her out with no effort. Wounded but alive, Cruise was saved by the twins, and thanks to Cube the group managed to reach Olympus, where she was finally able to recover her connection to the Speed Force. Here, the JLL broke into what remained of the Infinity Corporation Building, where Cube was still sensing the presence of Vincent. Vincent, actually, was dead by a long time, but his conscience, downloaded in the computer, still guided the heroes, and led them to the last remaining Stones of Forever. Using them, Cruise and the others finally reached the past, appearing right in front of the Justice League, contemplating a massacre occurred in Midway City. Overwhelmed by emotion in seeing her parents after so many years, Cruise embraced Green Lantern Cruz, and later followed the JLA, asking for clarifications, to the Satellite… but she and the others had failed to notice that the Darkness had followed them in the past, and was ready to fuse with and empower its past self becoming unstoppable…

Nora Allen is a girl who had to suffer a lot for her young age, but who’s still able to maintain an easy-going and cheerful attitude despite everything. As Cruise, she’s connected to the Speed Force, and as a result she can move at extremely fast speed, even faster than her late father Flash; she didn’t demonstrate other abilities connected to the Speed Force, but she’ll almost certainly develop them in time. Brave to the point of bordering with recklessness, committed to the death to the one family she knows, her friends from the Justice League Legacy, Cruise is a survivor who fights to save what remains of her world, and a heir who feels all the pressure of living up to names like the one of her parents, two of the greatest heroes ever lived… and she’s making quite an excellent job in honoring them.

Benjamin “Ben” Lockwood (Agent Liberty)

It’s official: this year, in Supergirl, I’ll be rooting for the villain. The big bad in Season 4, in fact, will be the charismatic and fascinating Benjamin Lockwood, portrayed by Sam Witwer. The show’s version has been reinvented as a “brilliant orator in the guise of a family man”, who secretly is Agent Liberty, the founder and leader of a human-first movement named the Children of Liberty. Despite the tv series chose to turn Agent Liberty into a militarized version of Donald Trump, the original one from the comics is actually a superhero, and one who is born in direct response to the disgust for the “official way” of military and secret services. A homage to Marvel‘s Captain America, with energy shield and stars-and-stripes suit, Agent Liberty ironically plays the good guy the moment Kryptonians are the bad ones in the comics… just like he’ll pretend to do in the series. Let’s take a look.

Benjamin Lockwood had been raised in a very conservative family, and taught immortal values like patriotism and self-sacrifice for his country, the glorious United States of America. It was only natural that, growing up, he joined the military, and he ended up being so good and determined that he was eventually selected to join the ranks of CIA, becoming one of the best agents around. The reality of the secret service, however, was much different from the idealized version Ben treasured, and he became increasingly disgusted by the methods the CIA was employing both on national soil and abroad. As he tried to report the injustice and brutality of CIA, poor Lockwood soon realized that the entire Federal Government was part of the same system, and that kind of violence was not only tolerated, but supported and encouraged: the price for democracy was the death of freedom, especially if the one of other countries. Ben’s moral contempt became action, and he joined the paramilitary group the Sons of Liberty, ultra-patriotic terrorists who were just as idealistic as he was, and whose aim was to overthrow the government to create a more righteous and just one. The Sons of Liberty, finally having an operative worthy of the name, equipped Lockwood with a high-tech suit and a number of gadgets and weapons, transforming him into Agent Liberty, the strong arm of the organization. Agent Liberty accomplished a variety of missions for the Sons, even and especially some that didn’t exactly fit with the “legality” category: this eventually brought him to exchange blows with some superheroes, but not even the perspective of facing a powerhouse like Superman made him falter from his intent. He had found a home for his ideals and his values, and nothing could make him betray or abandon his new family… until the founder of the Sons of Liberty, former U. S. Air Force Major Charles Holcroft, was arrested by Superman and brought to trial.

Holcroft accepted to testify in front of a Senate Committee, something that would have obviously destroyed the Sons of Liberty. The Sons kidnapped Lana Lang, fiancee of Senator Pete Ross, to convince him to kill Holcroft before he could testify, but Ross didn’t obey, so Agent Liberty was sent to kill him instead. He successfully assassinated Holcroft before he could talk, but this particular mission reminded him his days in the CIA a little bit too much to maintain his faith in the Sons intact. More to that, the Sons decided to kill Ross as well to silence him, but Ben opposed this: for a change, they had found a truly honest senator, and killing him was against the Sons’ principles. Agent Liberty decided to cooperate with Superman, and learned from him that the Sons had already killed Ross’ predecessor. Investigating the group, Agent Liberty was shocked in learning that the true leader and founder, the puppet master behind it all, was Reese, his former CIA mentor. This was enough for him: he killed two prominent members of the group, Jay Harriman and Ronald Kramer, who had discovered his betrayal, and then sent all the information he could to Clark Kent, reporter of the Daily Planet. With this, Ben personally signed the end of the Sons of Liberty and, disgusted by himself and by his own naivety, he swore he would have never used the Agent Liberty equipment or identity again. Then, Superman died. In sign of respect for the fallen hero, Ben Lockwood became Agent Liberty once again, and even joined the Justice League of America, helping them into repelling an attack from Brainiac. Brainiac himself later brainwashed him and used him as a drone, but the heroines Huntress and Vixen saved him. Realizing there was much he could do even on his own, Ben finally embraced his alter ego, and joined many other heroes into defending Metropolis from the Secret Society of Super-Villains. The victory he collected that day finally convinced him to come out of retirement, and to give another opportunity to institutions… just as, in Washington, everyone was worried for the huge number of Kryptonian refugees arrived from Kandor.

Benjamin “Ben” Lockwood is a belligerent patriot, so disgusted by the inconsistency of the government and by the lack of true values of institutions that he’s ready to adopt extreme measures to fix a corrupted system. As Agent Liberty, his suit increases his strength and durability, it can generate an energy shield from the back of his gloves and plasma knives from the palms, and it also includes a jetpack that allows him to fly for short periods of time; he’s also an extremely skilled hand-to-hand combatant and marksman, with years of training in espionage and military tactics. Talented, determined and incorruptible, Agent Liberty is now the worst nightmare of the ones who trained and formed him, a man who, for a change, truly believes in the values mostly used for sheer rhetoric, something that his crooked and greedy superiors definitely didn’t see coming…

H’ronmeer

The season finale for Supergirl was beyond horrible, but it did introduce a couple of concepts from the comics, such as the ending eyeing to the classic Superman: Red Son. There’s also one character to see, and one I didn’t expect to ever see portrayed. In Battles Lost and Won, as M’yrnn prepares to sacrifice himself heroically bonding with the nucleus of Earth (?) and thus stopping the planet’s terraformation (??), he shares one last memory with his son: a Moses-like moment in which the Martian god H’ronmeer gives the sacred scrolls to the first Martian, an unidentified woman. Albeit in the show H’ronmeer is referred to as to the only god of Mars, in the comics he’s actually one god in a numerous pantheon, even if he can indeed be considered the most prominent one. Let’s see together.

As all the other gods, H’ronmeer was created by the Presence (also known as the Unnameable One or, simply, God, the supreme creator) to watch over a specific people on a specific planet, guarding a specific aspect of existence. H’ronmeer’s planet of election was Ma’aleca’andra (Mars for humans), and he considered all the Green Martians born there his own children (the White Martians had other gods they prayed to). H’ronmeer wasn’t honored only by Green Martians on Ma’aleca’andra, though, as he was known also as Hiromeer by the Red Saturnians on Saturn, a race that actually descended from the Green Martians and had many traits in common with them. Albeit he did take care of all his children throughout the galaxy, guiding them during their lives and escorting them to the afterlife when they died, H’ronmeer had quite an ambiguous nature, and while most feared him as the God of Fire and Death, others adored him as the God of Light and Life, and many others revered him as the God of Art. Actually, H’ronmeer embodied all these different aspects, synthesizing them into a simple common trait: change. He was indeed the god of change, being it in essence or just in shape. For millennia, H’ronmeer watched over the Green Martians along with his brothers and sisters in the Martian pantheon, but then the almost entirety of his people was wiped away in a matter of days, and by an evil that had his name: the H’ronmeer’s Curse. This was a psychic plague engineered by a madman, Ma’alefa’ak, that attacked the Martians’ psionic abilities and made them burn alive out of suggestion. Thousands and thousands of Martians died to the Curse, but somehow H’ronmeer found himself unable to collect their souls and guide them to the afterlife: they were all drawn somewhere else, in a different time, on a different planet. For the first time in eons, H’ronmeer left Ma’aleca’andra to look for his lost children.

H’ronmeer found the cause of his inability to reach his children on Earth, in the late XX Century. A human scientist, Dr. Saul Erder, had teleported in Denver, Colorado, a Martian from the past, J’onn J’onnz, who still had a psychic bond with all the Martians who had died on his home planet. The transport in space and time, however, had damaged J’onn’s psyche, so he suffered from amnesia, and his bond to his people was subconscious. H’ronmeer tried to communicate with him to guide him back to Ma’aleca’andra and release the ghosts of Mars, but Erder had provided him with false memories to replace the ones he had lost, so J’onn didn’t recognize nor believed in him anymore. J’onn had become the heroic Martian Manhunter on Earth, and he had friends in the heroes of the Justice League of America, but they as well didn’t trust the visions of this self-appointed “god”. There was, however, one exception: Mister Miracle, the one who, in the JLA, had more experience with godly matters, being a New God himself. Miracle helped H’ronmeer to enter in contact with his lost child, and convinced J’onn to listen to his call. The Martian Manhunter tracked down Saul Erder, who had already been contacted by the Martian god in turn, and he was sent back to Mars, where H’ronmeer was waiting. Finally, with both of them on their home planet, where the god’s powers were at their fullest, H’ronmeer was able to restore J’onn’s original memories, giving him back also his true identity and cultural heritage, making him the gift of his true self. In exchange, the god asked for his help in freeing the ghosts of Mars from their current state, dead yet unable to pass through the veil. Now conscious of the psychic link that tethered him to the souls of his lost ones, J’onn J’onnz released them all, making them free to join their god in their afterlife. H’ronmeer had finally fulfilled his sacred duty, but his mission wasn’t over yet: as long as there was still even just one Green Martian breathing, he had a people to watch over.

H’ronmeer is a god ambiguous in nature, a creature of great wisdom who embodies change, and is thus the guardian of both life and death; on one side or the other of the veil, though, his love for his “children” remains unchanged, though his ways are often mysterious to his people. As a god, he’s immortal and virtually invulnerable; as the god of life and death, he can walk freely between this world and the other, and as the god of change he can modify his own shape and size however he wants; he can move in space and time without restriction, and he shares the gift of telepathy with the Green Martians; as the god of fire, he masters fire in every form, and manipulates it at will. A god fiercely committed to his holy duty to guide his children in this life and in the next one, H’ronmeer is a benevolent deity whose will can also manifest in quite a frightening way: after all, change is not bound to a single form by definition…

Selena

Well of course, we still have to talk about the real big bad who acted from behind the scenes during the entire Season 3 of Supergirl: Selena, the new High Priestess of the Kryptonian Witches Coven, who replaced the deceased Jindah Kol Rozz as the leader of the Worldkillers. She first appeared in The Faithful as a hallucination, but she’s only been named in Dark Side of the Moon. This is the third live action appearance of Selena, and the first one who gives her Kryptonian origins . In fact, she’s been previously portrayed as a human witch, first in Adventures of Superman, portrayed by Mira McKinney, and then of course in the Supergirl movie, where Faye Dunaway portrayed her as the main antagonist, bent on ruling the world with the power of the Omegahedron. Let’s take a look at her comics alter ego, who’s human as well, and who for once is subsequent to her live action portrayal, as it’s set in Prime Earth.

Most of Selena’s origins are still unknown. She was a homo magi, born from the bloodline of Ataxia, an ancient and incredibly powerful sorceress who obtained enough infamy to be considered chaos incarnated. As the heir of Ataxia, Selena surely didn’t let her family name be forgotten, and she honed the magical skills she had inherited to perfection, and wreaked havoc into the magic world just for the fun of it. Not even her could stand the wrath of the entire magic community, and she was eventually defeated and imprisoned in the fabled Limbo Town, in the forgotten prison known as the Subterranean Home of Necromancy and Puritania. Her cell was supposed to suppress any kind of magic, but apparently it wasn’t ready to hold a force of nature like Selena, and she eventually broke free of it… just in time, as she had guests: as soon as she was out of imprisonment, she was greeted by the Emerald Empress, a criminal from the future who had come along with her two newest associates, the vengeful powerhouse Magog and the biotech alien Indigo. Together, they had formed a team to exact a preventive revenge on Supergirl, the heroine that the Emerald Empress knew would have destroyed all of them, and Selena was welcome to join the party, also to rekindle the fear that the name of Ataxia used to invoke. If fear and chaos was the aim, Selena gladly joined. The Empress’ plan was to turn everybody against Supergirl, than to utterly destroy her and all the people who supported her, including the D.E.O. and CatCo Media. Indigo would have posed as the new hero to replace her, and Selena was pivotal in this, as she would have provided a villain: she went to Gotham City, where she collected a hair of the zombie Solomon Grundy. With her magic, she used the hair to create a clone of the brute, even more mindless (and controllable) than the original. With him, the Fatal Five were ready to act.

Back to National City, Selena assumed the appearance of Cat Grant, and called for Supergirl on the Ordman Building‘s balcony. Here, she shot the heroine with a futuristic weapon she’d been given by the Empress, a special ray that augmented Supergirl’s powers, making them utterly uncontrollable and potentially lethal for everyone around her. Wanting to create even more chaos, Selena visited the real Cat in her own apartment, making a statement for the Fatal Five. Then, Magog turned Grundy into a giant, and let him loose in the city. While Supergirl, unable to control herself, destroyed everything and endangered everyone in the effort of fighting Grundy, Indigo intervened, claiming to be the hero that National City truly needed, one not made unstable by emotions; at the same time, the Emerald Empress kidnapped Director Cameron Chase, and obtained vital information from the D.E.O. mainframe. Those same information were passed to Selena, who was back at Cat Grant’s office: after a quarrel with the media tycoon, the sorceress read her mind and extracted from it the codes to access CatCo Reporting; with them, she broadcast the news that the Cyborg Superman, the monster that had been terrifying National City time before and that was allegedly killed by Supergirl, was actually the heroine’s father, and was still alive and in custody of the D.E.O.: Supergirl had lied to everyone. The people immediately turned against the Girl of Steel, and started to root for Indigo. Cornered by Grundy and incapable of fighting without hurting innocent bystanders, Supergirl came back to the D.E.O. to be treated, thus giving the impression of running away. The plan was almost complete: now the hero had to be destroyed. Selena and Magog went to the Scabbard, a D.E.O. ghost site, to attack Supergirl taking advantage of the fact that she was being operated on by Doctor Veritas, but they had underestimated the scientist’s defenses: as soon as the two intruders were located, they were attacked by Veritas’ ace up the sleeve, the Kryptonian werewolf Lar-On. As powerful as the duo could be, this was a foe they didn’t see coming and weren’t prepared for…

Selena is a malicious being voted to pure chaos, an anarchist who never takes sides in the moral battle between good and evil but aids one side or the other depending on which one grants her more fun. As the heir of Ataxia, she’s an incredibly powerful sorceress, who masters a number of spells: she can teleport, read mind, summon and manipulate ghosts, create (or rather clone) mystic beings and golems, project energy blasts, and most certainly much more. Much more powerful than anything that even Limbo Town has ever seen, Selena is an unparalleled force for disorder, seeking to wreak as much havoc she can, lingering in the chaos she herself creates.