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Shayera Hol is the superheroine Hawkgirl, a founding member of the Justice League. She was actually on Earth as an advance scout for a Thanagarian invasion force.

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When J'onn J'onzz gathered Earth's heroes, she answered the call with Flash, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern to join him, Batman and Superman against an alien invasion on Earth. After the defeat of the Imperium invasion, the seven remained a team, the Justice League, dedicated to the defense of Earth against attack both within and without.

To the rest of the League, Shayera was a mysterious woman with angelic wings from another world. She explained that she found herself on Earth when, while pursuing some criminals who were trafficking in forbidden technology, she was accidentally transported by the rays of a dimensional transporter known to her people as a Zeta Beam.

During the course of their adventures, she developed a relationship with the Green Lantern. This relationship quickly blossomed after meeting Katma Tui, one of John Stewart's old flames, and fully became a relationship after he was wounded by one of the Joker's bombs in Las Vegas.

Shayera revealed herself to actually be a military officer of her planet's armed forces, working as an advance scout on Earth. When her people suddenly arrive in force on Earth, she works to help the Thanagarians gain the support of Earth's leaders to protect the Earth from the Thanagarians' mortal enemies, the Gordanians. She is also reunited with her commanding officer and fiancée Hro Talak, with both her now-revealed spy mission and this unmentioned romance creating considerable friction between herself and John Stewart.

Unbeknown to Shayera, the Thanagarians' true intent is to transform Earth into the final link in a hyperspace bypass, destroying Earth, but allowing the Thanagarians to strike a mortal blow at the Gordanian's home world. When Shayera learns of this plan, she betrays her people and informs the Justice League of the Thanagarians' true purpose. The Thanagarian forces are eventually defeated by the League and forced to leave Earth, with Shayera left behind as a traitor.

The other six members of the League take a vote on whether to allow Shayera to stay on the team, but before they can tell her the result, she resigns from the League and departs. She eventually comes to reside with Dr. Fate and his wife Inza in Fate's tower in an effort to decide what to do with her life.

When the corpse of Solomon Grundy was reanimated, Shayera takes the responsibility of killing Grundy, whom she once considered to be a friend. After this, she returns to the League, but it is some time before she is properly re-accepted among its members, particularly Wonder Woman and Batman. After she is allowed to rejoin the Justice League, Shayera reclaims her seat among the seven founding members and changes her costume to be much less militaristic, removing the Thanagarian headdress permanently.


Hawkgirl and Hawkman

Shayera and Green Lantern (who is by this point in a relationship with League member Vixen) have resolved to be friends for the time being. However, John Stewart once traveled to the future and discovered that the superhero Warhawk is actually his son with Shayera, a revelation he did not immediately share with her until she confronted a stalker in the form of Carter Hall, the would-be Hawkman.

Earth 12 Future

After Vixen was murdered by Shadow Thief, Hawkgirl accompanied Green Lantern to the crime scene only to be confronted by Adam Strange. He revealed that Shadow Thief escaped using Zeta-Beams and had been tracked to the home of the Gruktharr. Attracting the natives, Shadow Thief took the opportunity to capture Hawkgirl. He began to gloat that their weapons couldn't harm him, only for John to shoot him with a Nth Metal bullet.[1]

Shayera and John travelled to Zambesi for Mari's funeral and ended up staying longer than expected, rekindling their romance in the process. The two retired from the League and had Rex, who they raised in the village.[1]


  • Thanagarian Physiology: Thanagarians possess several gifts that are common to members of their race, but sets them apart from normal humans.
    • Enhanced Senses: Thanagarians also possess enhanced senses.
      • Enhanced Hearing: A Thanagarian's auditory senses are also particularly acute and they can perceive sounds with greater clarity than the average human.
      • Enhanced Vision: A Thanagarians's eyesight is more acute than a normal human and their range of vision is similar to that of a bird.
    • Enhanced Durability: A Thanagarian is also physically more endurable than the average Earth human.
    • Enhanced Stamina: Thanagarians have greater stamina and a greater resistance to pain.
    • Enhanced Strength: Thanagarian strength is far beyond the range of a normal human.
    • Longevity: A Thanagarian's life span is significantly greater than that of a normal human being. At one-hundred years of age, a Thanagarian physically resembles a thirty-year-old Earth human.


Other Characteristics


  • Solomon Grundy affectionately calls Hawkgirl Birdnose.
  • "Hol" is originally her married name in the comics. Her maiden name is "Thal".
  • Shayera, along with Katar, originally considered to appear in Superman: The Animated Series.


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