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Shayera Hol is the Empress of Thanagar and the wife of Katar Hol/Carter Hall.

Lives before Shayera

Shayera is the reincarnation of Shrra, an angelic herald cursed by God to reincarnate across space and time alongside Ktar Deathbringer, as she decided to save him by reaching out and making herself visible to him despite the great slaughter he committed. This had interfered with the Presence's plans to let the universe be taken over by the Lord Beyond the Void.[1]

New 52

When her father (the emperor of Thanagar) died, her brother Corsar took over and began mining for Nth Metal so his people could use the material to fly again. However he became drunk with power and attacked Katar for opposing him, this led to Corsar accidentally shocking himself to death. Shayera entered the room and ordered her men to arrest Katar for killing her brother, however, Katar managed to escape using a stolen shuttle.

Shayera put a bounty on Katar Hol's head and he was soon tracked to a planet named Earth. Shayera was able to capture Katar and his human friend Emma and was preparing to take them both off world, when Corsar revealed to her that he had survived his encounter with Katar.

A short time later Corsar's ship was orbiting a star, and the Emperor was beginning to extract the Nth Metal from Katar so it could be his own. However, Shayera freed Katar before the process could be completed and managed to get him and Emma to an escape pod. She gave Katar one last goodbye kiss before apologizing to him for accusing him of murdering her brother. She then decided to stay behind and fight Corsar as the ship exploded, presumably killing both her and her brother.[2]


Shayera in fact survived and became the Empress of Thanagar Prime and very protective of the planet's secrets. She was using the Absorbascon's power fueled by the Martian Keep's mind to hide Thanagar's weakness and desolation after her battle with Onimar Synn. After Martian Manhunter discovered this, he and Hawkgirl stopped her, giving her a second chance to rebuild her planet without the mischievous weapon. She later helped the Justice League prepare for the menace of Perpetua.[3]


  • Decelerated Aging: As Shayera Thal, Hawkwoman's lifespan, along with Hawkman's, has been greatly extended. It is shown in a possible future that both Hawks' lives might extend into the 40th century.[4]

  • 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.





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