She has inherited both Kryptonian and Amazon powers from her parents. She's likely named for her grandmother, Lara Lor-Van.
She was instrumental in the final overthrow of Brainiac, and the rescue of the bottle city of Kandor. Lara grew up on Paradise Island, never knowing much of her father. Her parents wanted to keep her hidden from Luthor and Brainiac's ever-watchful gaze, as Superman knew that they would want to control her much like they try to control him.
When she finally met her father, she eagerly asked him all sorts of questions. She finally revealed herself during the open war with Brainiac, and helped to defeat him.
One year later, Lara was involved in the war against the Master Race. Encountering a resident of Kandor, named Baal, she agreed to work at sizing the people of Kandor to their normal size with the help of Dr. Ray Palmer, the Atom. Unfortunately for Palmer, the Kryptonian exiles of Kandor attempted to crush him under their feet and Baal's leader, Quar, had orchestrated a genocide of the less fanatical residents and was preparing to kill Kal-El and conquer Earth upon becoming resized and freed from Kandor.
Lara accompanied Baal and attacked her father before reconsidering allegiances with the showing of Baal's disregard for human life and her mother's intervention. She travelled to Themyscira to help protect her infant brother. She played a pivotal role in the final battle in tossing Quar into the Sun to prevent his nuclear self-destruct ability from causing damage to the Earth. Both she and Quar disappeared into the Sun.
Two months later, it was shown that Lara had in fact survived launching Quar into the Sun and that she and her brother were living with her father in downtown Metropolis. Clark offers to show her how life in the world of humanity will be like, and she and her father conclude with a walk along the city streets.
- Kryptonian Physiology: Under the effects of a "yellow" sun, Lara possesses the same potential powers as an average Kryptonian. These include:
- Solar Energy Absorption: Under optimal conditions, this is the main source of Lara's super powers as they are contingent upon exposure to solar radiation from a yellow sun star system. Their biological make up includes a number of organs which lack analogues in humans and whose functions are unknown. It is believed that between one or more of these and their bio-cellular matrix, "yellow" solar energy is stored for later use. This allows for the use of these powers to fade when yellow solar radiation is not available instead of immediate failure.
- Heat Vision: Lara can, as a conscious act, fire beams of intense heat at a target by looking at it. can vary the heat and area affected.
- Super-Hearing: Lara's hearing is sensitive enough to hear any sound at any volume or pitch. With skill and concentration, can block out ambient sounds to focus on a specific source or frequency.
- Enhanced Vision: Lara's vision processes the entire electromagnetic spectrum as well as allowing vast control over selective perception and focus.
This umbrella ability includes the following:
- Electromagnetic Spectrum Vision: Lara can see well into most of the electromagnetic spectrum. They can see and identify radio and television signals as well as all other broadcast or transmitted frequencies. Using this ability, they can avoid detection by radar or satellite monitoring methods. This also allows them to see the aura generated by living thing.
- Telescopic Vision: This is the ability to see something at a great distance, without violating the laws of physics. Though limited, the exact extent of the ability is undetermined. In function, it is similar to the zoom lens on a camera.
- X-Ray Vision: This is the ability to see through any volume of matter except lead. Laras can see things behind a solid, opaque object as if it were not there. They can focus this ability to "peel back" layers of an object, allowing hidden image or inner workings to be observed. The exact type of energy perceived—such as x-rays, cosmic rays, or some other energy invisible to normal humans—is unclear. This ability perceives an ambient energy source though, it does not involve the eye projecting a concentrated, possibly toxic, beam to be reflected back from objects.
- Microscopic Vision: This is the ability to see extremely small objects and images down to the atomic level.
- Infrared Vision: Lara can see with better acuity in darkness, and to a degree in total darkness.
- Flight: Lara is able to manipulate graviton particles to defy the forces of gravity and achieve flight. This ranges from hovering to moving in any posture, in any direction.
- Invulnerability: Due to the interaction of dense molecular structure and supercharged bio-electric aura, Lara is nigh-invulnerable to extreme energy forces. In addition, extends this protection against toxins and diseases.
- Superhuman Stamina: Lara is able to maintain continuous strenuous physical action for an indefinite period of time. This based on body converting yellow solar radiation directly to energy, but is limited by physiological and psychological needs to eat, drink, and sleep.
- Superhuman Strength: Lara's strength is augmented by yellow solar radiation interacting with the greater than human density, resilience and biological efficiency of musculature. strength is more an act of conscious will on energy fields than actual physical strength. It is this act of conscious will that enables to perform physical feats that are beyond the mere application force, such as moving a mountain top without said rock crumbling under its own mass.
- Superhuman Speed: Lara is able to move at incredible speed by sheer force of will. This extends to perceptions and allows for feats such as catching bullets in mid flight as well as covering vast distances in little or no time.
This also confers:
- Super-Breath: Lara is able to create hurricane force winds by exhaling air from lungs. can chill the air as it leaves lungs to freeze targets. can also reverse the process to pull large volumes of air or vapor into lungs.
- Longevity: Lara can live longer than regular humans, remaining at their prime as long as they was under the exposure of the "yellow" sun.
- Hand-to-Hand Combat (Advanced)
- Stick Fighting
- Indomitable Will
- This version of the character is exclusive to the continuity of the comic book stories considered to be set on Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. It is an adaptation of Kara Zor-El/Supergirl. The original character was created by Otto Binder and Al Plastino and first appeared in Action Comics #252.
- Supergirl Recommended Reading
- Action Comics (Volume 1)
- Adventure Comics (Volume 1)
- All-Star Comics (Volume 1)
- Supergirl (Volume 1)
- Superman Family (Volume 1)
- Supergirl (Volume 2)
- Infinity Inc. (Volume 1)
- Power Girl (Volume 1)
- Supergirl (Volume 3)
- Supergirl (Volume 4)
- Supergirl (Volume 5)
- Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 1)
- Power Girl (Volume 2)
- Supergirl (Volume 6)
- Worlds' Finest (Volume 1)
- Supergirl (Volume 7)
- 9 Appearances of Lara (Earth-31)
- 4 Images featuring Lara (Earth-31)
- Quotations by or about Lara (Earth-31)
- Character Gallery: Lara (Earth-31)
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