- Love me for my mind, he says? That's a first, I promise you...
- — La Encantadora src
La Encantadora was an enchantress infatuated with Superman.
Lourdes Lucero's father had devoted his life to searching for the mystical "Mists of Ibella", which, when he found them, ultimately drove him insane. He had fought the temptation to succumb to the thrall of the mists and on his deathbed, charged his daughter with disposing of them to protect their family and care for her younger brother. Lourdes felt no need to resist the mists however, and took their container from her father on his deathbed, and used their powers to become La Encantadora.
Lourdes came into conflict with Superman when she tried to sell fake Kryptonite to several supervillains; the mists allowed her to create the illusion of genuine kryptonite when meeting her clients, but the rocks were swiftly revealed to simply be painted green later on. Upon learning of the deception, her buyers were naturally nonplussed, but she was eventually captured by Superman - aided by a holographic projector provided by Doctor Spectrum - to allow Superman to confirm his theory about her powers, who delivered her to jail.
Superman next encountered Encantadora while Christmas shopping, when she had a fight with Etrigan with the result that the powers of the pair spiraled out of control and caused people to face their inner demons. Superman quelled the disturbance and Encantadora was apparently left powerless. To warm her, Superman gives her his cape - and abruptly she teleported away with the perfect Christmas present for her brother, who is a huge fan of Superman.
During a kiss with Superman, Encantadora passed a single nano-bot into his body which started to systematically destroy his cells, slowly killing him cell by cell. Encantadora found her conscience bothering her, however, and she warned Lois Lane and the Atom so that help could be found to save Superman. This perceived failure enraged Encantadora's employer, who sent Deathstroke to kill her. Moments from death at Deathstroke's hand, Superman eventually rescued her again.
When Ra's al Ghul kidnapped her brother Victor and threatened to kill him unless she used the Mists of Ibella to infuse the Lazarus Pits with her power, Superman and Talia Head intervened and reunited Encantadora with her brother. Superman brought her to the authorities and she vowed that she would turn over a new leaf. Superman takes the necklace containing her mists and flies away. Mid-flight, the mists vanished from his grasp and he wished Lourdes the best of luck on her second chance.
Though duplicitous and somewhat self-serving, Encantadora cares very deeply for her brother Victor, him being the only thing she has left in the world. She is also capable of remorse, as she regretted poisoning Superman and played a part in restoring his life.
Encantadora has a generally seductive, flirtatious demeanor, especially towards Superman, whom she frequently referred to as "novio" (Spanish for "boyfriend").
Powers and Abilities
- Multilingualism: Lourdes understands and speaks both English and Spanish, her native tongue being Spanish.
- Martial Arts
- Hand-to-Hand Combat (Advanced)
- Mists of Ibella: Lourdes has been granted great power by the magical Mists of Ibella which she wears around her neck in a vial. With it, she can manipulate the perceptions of people to such an extent that Superman was affected by fake Kryptonite, despite knowing it wasn't genuine.
- 15 Appearances of Lourdes Lucero (New Earth)
- 2 Images featuring Lourdes Lucero (New Earth)
- 1 Quotations by or about Lourdes Lucero (New Earth)
- Character Gallery: Lourdes Lucero (New Earth)
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