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Kendra Saunders is the winged super-heroine Hawkgirl, a member of the Justice League. She was formerly the leader of the Blackhawks, an anti-apocalyptic team.

Origin

Kendra was originally born as Chay-Ara, the lover of the Egyptian prince Khufu. One night, Khufu and Chay-Ara discovered a Thanagarian ship that had landed on Earth. The ship was comprised of the mysterious Nth Metal. Exposure to the metal forced Chay-Ara and Khufu, as well as their enemy Hath-Set, into a cycle of endless reincarnation through time and space.[1] Chay-Ara lived countless lives, before being reborn most recently as Shayera Hol and Kendra Saunders, while her lover's latest incarnation is Carter Hall.

Dark Nights: Metal

In her most recent incarnation, Kendra became the leader of the Blackhawks, a team that worked to prevent an upcoming apocalypse, as well as a member of the Council of Immortals, a group of the oldest beings on Earth. She warned the Justice League of the upcoming invasion of the Dark Multiverse and later worked with the League to help them defeat the Dark Knights.[2]

After Batman unleashed the Dark Knights unto the Multiverse, Kendra along with many other heroes of Earth reconvened at the Oblivion Bar. After coming up with battle strategies against the dark, she teamed up with Wonder Woman and Doctor Fate and traveled with them to the Rock of Eternity to search for the Nth Metal - the only weapon capable of hurting Barbatos, an ancient villain from the Dark Multiverse.[3] Kendra was entrusted by the Council of Immortals with the mission of using the Anti-Monitor's astral brain in the Rock of Eternity to destroy the Dark Multiverse.[4] However, when she tried to do so, she was interrupted by Barbatos who transformed her into a dark-hawk version of herself called Lady Blackhawk.[5] Kendra regained control of her body after Wonder Woman used the Lasso of Truth on her, deciding to work alongside Wonder Woman to hold back Barbatos's army of nightmares. After finding Hawkman's Nth Metal mace, Wonder Woman and Kendra traveled through a portal back to Earth, where they ended up fighting various corrupted versions of Wonder Woman and many of the League's respective villains.[6]

During their battle, Kendra encountered Hawkman who was possessed by the darkness of Barbatos. She was able to release him from the villain's command after encouraging Carter to remember all their past lives together, while Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman returned from the World Forge brandishing armor made of Tenth Metal. The Amazon champion handed Kendra a metamorphic brace with which to strike down Barbatos as he attempted to end Carter for betraying him. By channeling the Tenth Metal in all living beings across the Multiverse, the heroes successfully prevented the positive Multiverse from sinking into the dark.[7]

Justice League

After assisting in the defeat of Barbatos and the Dark Knights, Kendra was recruited to join the new Justice League as Hawkgirl.[8] The newly-christened Hawkgirl became a core member of the newest incarnation of the team, led by Martian Manhunter.[9]

Powers

  • Reincarnation: Exposure to Nth Metal in her original incarnation as Chay-Ara had an unusual effect upon her soul and that of her lover Khufu (Hawkman). The pair are locked in a seemingly endless cycle of death and rebirth throughout the centuries. While not a superhuman power per se, this propensity for reincarnation has allowed Hawkgirl to cheat death and return to active duty in her current incarnation.
  • Nth Metal Fusion: Because of Barbatos's influence, Kendra's bond to the Nth Metal was merged into her being. She now boasts an altered physiology reminiscent to her past life as a Thanagarian.[5] The metal is psycho-reactive, responding to its bearer's thoughts, and in its base form has a number of electromagnetic/gravitational properties.[10]

Abilities

Equipment

Weapons

  • Archaic Weaponry: Hawkgirl has access to an entire arsenal of medieval weaponry, from maces to gauntlets and so on.[11]

Related

Footnotes



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