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Hera was one of the goddesses who combined their godly essences into the Holy Grail to create a new race. After the goddesses split up, Hera went to Themyscira where she gave birth to the new race under the name of Amazons.
Hera would also earn a reputation as a danger to children born from her husband's extramarital affairs. When Queen Hippolyta of the Amazons had an affair with Zeus and gave birth to twins she would create cover stories to protect them from Hera's wrath. One child, Diana, was claimed to have been made from clay and magic while the other, Jason, was sent away to be raised by the immortal Glaucus as a boy being raised on Themyscira would have aroused Hera's suspicion.
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Enraged by Zeus's infidelity, she went to Zola's home, and transformed some horses into monsters to attack Zola and have her killed. Her reason for wanting Zola dead was because the young girl was pregnant with Zeus's child.
Hera's rage rose to new heights when it was revealed that Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, also had a child with Zeus; namely Diana. In the middle of a violent storm, Hera descended upon Themyscira to meet Hippolyta face to face. During their conversation, Hippolyta revealed regret that her actions put a divide between them and one between herself and Diana. Hera, on the other hand, revealed how frustrated she was with Zeus, his antics, and her own situation; demanding to know what it was all these mortal women had that she did not before the Amazons appeared, ready to fight her over Hippolyta. Hippolyta, on the other hand, knew the outcome before it happened, but still asked for forgiveness. Hera wished it could be otherwise but ended the confrontation by turning Hippolyta to clay and the Amazons into snakes. Wonder Woman got her revenge on Hera, stating she would spend her days making Hera regret what she had done.
Later on, after Apollo claimed Zeus's throne and became the new king of the Olympians, he banished Hera from Olympus. On Earth, when Zola's baby was kidnapped by Hermes, Hera added insult to injury when she mocked Diana and her companions for their failure. In an angry fit, Zola threw a medical tray at Hera, which injured the goddess. It was then revealed that Hera was not only banished, but also mortal.
Patron of Wonder Woman
Hera's earlier feud with Diana and the subsequent conflict was later revealed to be all part of an illusion put up by Hera herself and the Amazon's other patrons to cover Diana from the truth that she was actually barred from entering Themyscira. While Diana was initially hurt that Hera had betrayed her trust, she later forgave Hera and the goddess returned the Golden Perfect to Diana after she had lost it.
With her faith in her patrons returned, Diana continued to fight in Hera's name. This would bring trouble when Diana's former ally Barbara-Ann, who had become the Cheetah, schemed to kill the Gods that she saw as manipulating her friend. Once Barbara-Ann acquired the God Killer sword she harassed and killed Amazons on Themyscira in an attempt to lure out Hera so she could fight her. When Barbara-Ann attacked Diana, Hera eventually revealed herself but before the Cheetah could kill her Diana ensnared the three of them together with the lasso of truth and chastised Barbara-Ann for trying to control her life for her just like Hera. Despite Hera's objection, Diana decided it was time for her to move on from serving the goddess as Barbara-Ann was partially correct about her mistreatment at the goddesses' hands.
Powers and Abilities
- Old God: Hera belongs to a race of ancient and inconceivably powerful beings known as the Old Gods. Because of this heritage Hera has almost unlimited power.
- Hera's Orbs
- This character is an adaptation of Hera, a character in traditional stories. These include, but may not be limited to religious texts, myth, and/or folk lore. More information on the original can be found at Wikipedia.org.
- Hera was first adapted by William Moulton Marston and Harry G. Peter, first appearing in All-Star Comics #8. However, in the Prime Earth continuity Hera first appeared as part of the New 52 DC Universe in Wonder Woman (Volume 4) #1 by Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang.
- 63 Appearances of Hera (Prime Earth)
- 13 Images featuring Hera (Prime Earth)
- 5 Quotations by or about Hera (Prime Earth)
- Character Gallery: Hera (Prime Earth)
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