Sunday, July 15, 2007

Profile: Dawnstar

Dawnstar
First appearance: Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes #226. Her name derives from the planet Venus as the “morning star”. She’s a native of the planet Starhaven in the 30th century.

Current status: since Zero Hour, everything is uncertain, although she seems to have turned up again in Justice Society of America #2(?).

Was subjected to the following acts of discrimination: some time after Crisis on Infinite Earths, she was possessed by an evil entity called Bounty, who cut off her wings and forced her to use her tracking power as an assassin. She was later freed of the villain’s control. However, this was never even resolved, and Dawnstar was erased from history during Zero Hour.

What’s wrong with how this was done? Taking away her gift of flying with her legendary wings was terrible. As for ZH, that was one of the worst company wide crossovers DC ever made that served little purpose other than to kill off characters whom the company apparently had no interest in developing.

Was there anything good to come out of this? Almost. It seems that she reappeared in the recent JLS/JSA story called “the Lightning Saga”. But this story is so awful and muddled, not to mention that it may have made some insulting implications about how they may be depicting her now, that it’s clear that any starting attempt to bring her back is a disaster.

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