DC Comics, Inc. is an American comic book publisher. It is the publishing unit of DC Entertainment, a subsidiary of Warner Bros. since 1967. DC Comics is one of the largest and oldest American comic book companies, produces material featuring numerous culturally iconic heroic characters including: Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern,Aquaman,Martian Manhunter, Green Arrow, Hawkman and Supergirl. Most of their material takes place in the fictional DC Universe, which features teams such as the Justice League, the Justice Society of America, the Suicide Squad, the Teen Titans, well-known villains such as The Joker, Lex Luthor, Darkseid, Brainiac, Black Adam, Ra's al Ghul and Deathstroke; the company has published non-DC Universe-related material, including Watchmen, V for Vendetta, many titles under their alternative imprint Vertigo. The initials "DC" came from the company's popular series Detective Comics, which featured Batman's debut and subsequently became part of the company's name.
In Manhattan at 432 Fourth Avenue, the DC Comics offices have been located at 480 and 575 Lexington Avenue. DC had its headquarters at 1700 Broadway, Midtown Manhattan, New York City, but it was announced in October 2013 that DC Entertainment would relocate its headquarters from New York to Burbank, California in April 2015. Random House distributes DC Comics' books to the bookstore market, while Diamond Comic Distributors supplies the comics shop specialty market. DC Comics and its longtime major competitor Marvel Comics together shared 70% of the American comic book market in 2017. Entrepreneur Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson founded National Allied Publications in autumn 1934; the company debuted with the tabloid-sized New Fun: The Big Comic Magazine #1 with a cover date of February 1935. The company's second title, New Comics #1, appeared in a size close to what would become comic books' standard during the period fans and historians call the Golden Age of Comic Books, with larger dimensions than today's.
That title evolved into Adventure Comics, which continued through issue #503 in 1983, becoming one of the longest-running comic-book series. In 2009 DC revived Adventure Comics with its original numbering. In 1935, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the future creators of Superman, created Doctor Occult, the earliest DC Comics character to still be in the DC Universe. Wheeler-Nicholson's third and final title, Detective Comics, advertised with a cover illustration dated December 1936 premiered three months late with a March 1937 cover date; the themed anthology series would become a sensation with the introduction of Batman in issue #27. By however, Wheeler-Nicholson had gone. In 1937, in debt to printing-plant owner and magazine distributor Harry Donenfeld—who published pulp magazines and operated as a principal in the magazine distributorship Independent News—Wheeler-Nicholson had to take Donenfeld on as a partner in order to publish Detective Comics #1. Detective Comics, Inc. was formed, with Wheeler-Nicholson and Jack S. Liebowitz, Donenfeld's accountant, listed as owners.
Major Wheeler-Nicholson remained for a year, but cash-flow problems continued, he was forced out. Shortly afterwards, Detective Comics, Inc. purchased the remains of National Allied known as Nicholson Publishing, at a bankruptcy auction. Detective Comics, Inc. soon launched a fourth title, Action Comics, the premiere of which introduced Superman. Action Comics #1, the first comic book to feature the new character archetype—soon known as "superheroes"—proved a sales hit; the company introduced such other popular characters as the Sandman and Batman. On February 22, 2010, a copy of Action Comics #1 sold at an auction from an anonymous seller to an anonymous buyer for $1 million, besting the $317,000 record for a comic book set by a different copy, in lesser condition, the previous year. National Allied Publications soon merged with Detective Comics, Inc. forming National Comics Publications on September 30, 1946. National Comics Publications absorbed an affiliated concern, Max Gaines' and Liebowitz' All-American Publications.
In the same year Gaines let Liebowitz buy him out, kept only Picture Stories from the Bible as the foundation of his own new company, EC Comics. At that point, "Liebowitz promptly orchestrated the merger of All-American and Detective Comics into National Comics... Next he took charge of organizing National Comics, Independent News, their affiliated firms into a single corporate entity, National Periodical Publications". National Periodical Publications became publicly traded on the stock market in 1961. Despite the official names "National Comics" and "National Periodical Publications", the company began branding itself as "Superman-DC" as early as 1940, the company became known colloquially as DC Comics for years before the official adoption of that name in 1977; the company began to move aggressively against what it saw as copyright-violating imitations from other companies, such as Fox Comics' Wonder Man, which Fox started as a copy of Superman. This extended to DC suing Fawcett Comics over Captain Marvel, at the time comics' top-selling character.
Faced with declining sales and the prospect of bankruptcy if it lost, Fawcett capitulated in 1953 and ceased publishing comics. Years Fawcett sold the rights for Captain Marvel to DC—which in 1972 revived Captain Marvel in the new title Shazam
Wonder Woman is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character is a founding member of the Justice League; the character first appeared in All Star Comics #8 in October 1941 with her first feature in Sensation Comics #1, January 1942. The Wonder Woman title has been published by DC Comics continuously except for a brief hiatus in 1986. In her homeland, the island nation of Themyscira, her official title is Princess Diana of Themyscira, Daughter of Hippolyta; when blending into the society outside of her homeland, she adopts her civilian identity Diana Prince. Wonder Woman was created by the American psychologist and writer William Moulton Marston, artist Harry G. Peter. Marston's wife and their life partner, Olive Byrne, are credited as being his inspiration for the character's appearance. Marston's comics featured his ideas on DISC theory, the character drew a great deal of inspiration from early feminists, from birth control pioneer Margaret Sanger.
Wonder Woman's origin story relates that she was sculpted from clay by her mother Queen Hippolyta and was given a life to live as an Amazon, along with superhuman powers as gifts by the Greek gods. In recent years, DC changed her background with the revelation that she is the daughter of Zeus and Hippolyta, jointly raised by her mother and her aunts Antiope and Menalippe; the character has changed in depiction over the decades, including losing her powers in the 1970s. She possesses an arsenal of advanced technology, including the Lasso of Truth, a pair of indestructible bracelets, a tiara which serves as a projectile, and, in older stories, a range of devices based on Amazon technology. Wonder Woman's character was created during World War II. Many stories depicted Wonder Woman rescuing herself from bondage, which defeated the "damsels in distress" trope, common in comics during the 1940s. In the decades since her debut, Wonder Woman has gained a cast of enemies bent on eliminating the Amazon, including classic villains such as Ares, Doctor Poison, Doctor Psycho, Giganta, along with more recent adversaries such as Veronica Cale and the First Born.
Wonder Woman has regularly appeared in comic books featuring the superhero teams Justice Society and Justice League. The character is a well-known figure in popular culture, adapted to various media. June 3 is Wonder Woman Day. Wonder Woman is part of the DC Comics trinity of flagship characters alongside Superman. Modern historians divide 20th century history of American superhero comics into "ages," The Golden Age being the first. In an October 25, 1940, interview with the Family Circle magazine, William Moulton Marston discussed the unfulfilled potential of the comic book medium; this article caught the attention of comics publisher Max Gaines, who hired Marston as an educational consultant for National Periodicals and All-American Publications, two of the companies that would merge to form DC Comics. At that time, Marston wanted to create his own new superhero. "Fine," said Elizabeth. "But make her a woman." Marston introduced the idea to Gaines. Given the go-ahead, Marston developed Wonder Woman, whom he believed to be a model of that era's unconventional, liberated woman.
Marston drew inspiration from the bracelets worn by Olive Byrne, who lived with the couple in a polyamorous relationship. Wonder Woman debuted in All Star Comics #8, scripted by Marston. Marston was the creator of a systolic-blood-pressure-measuring apparatus, crucial to the development of the polygraph. Marston's experience with polygraphs convinced him that women were more honest than men in certain situations and could work more efficiently. Marston designed Wonder Woman to be an allegory for the ideal love leader. "Wonder Woman is psychological propaganda for the new type of woman who should, I believe, rule the world", Marston wrote. In a 1943 issue of The American Scholar, Marston wrote: Not girls want to be girls so long as our feminine archetype lacks force and power. Not wanting to be girls, they don't want to be tender, peace-loving as good women are. Women's strong qualities have become despised because of their weakness; the obvious remedy is to create a feminine character with all the strength of Superman plus all the allure of a good and beautiful woman.
Marston was an outspoken feminist and firm believer in the superiority of women. He described bondage and submission as a "respectable and noble practice". Marston wrote in a weakness for Wonder Woman, attached to a fictional stipulation that he dubbed "Aphrodite's Law", that made the chaining of her "Bracelets of Submission" together by a man take away her Amazonian super strength. Wonder Woman ended up in chains before breaking free; this not only represented Marston's affinity for bondage, but women's subjugation, which he roundly rejected. However, not everything a
Salvation Run is a seven-issue 2007-2008 DC Comics limited series, designed to tie into the company's major event series Final Crisis in 2008. The premise of the series, based on a pitch by George R. R. Martin, is that the majority of the DC Universe's supervillains—both major ones and newer or more obscure ones -- have been captured by the Suicide Squad and imprisoned on a distant planet; the story features the villains splitting into alliances and trying to find a way to escape their prison, or choosing to rule the planet "Salvation" on which they have landed. Bill Willingham started as writer, but had to hand the project over to Sturges after only three issues because of illness; the first issue was released in November 2007. Major characters in the mini-series include Superman's archenemy Lex Luthor, Batman's archenemy the Joker, the "Rogues" who battle the Flash, other morally ambiguous heroes such as Vandal Savage's daughter Scandal Savage and Batman's occasional lover Catwoman. Tie-ins to the series have occurred in Countdown to Final Crisis, Checkmate and Justice League of America.
A compiled paperback version of this mini-series was released on September 24, 2008. Following the events of Black Adam's rampage in World War III, the Amazonian attack on the United States, the murder of the Flash, the Injustice League's attack upon the wedding of Green Arrow and Black Canary, a U. S. government sponsored. Initiated by Executive Order by the President of the United States and carried out by head of Task Force X, Amanda Waller, the Suicide Squad, the purpose of the program is to capture the supervillains of the world and permanently exile them to the distant planet Salvation via Boom Tube—including several Suicide Squad members once they are no longer needed. According to Flag, the prisoners would not be getting any supplies or equipment for their survival, as that would make the government responsible for them, once they're offworld, they are no longer Earth's responsibility; the planet chosen was Cygnus 4019, a planet, supposed to be peaceful. However, it turned out to be a "training planet" for the New Gods of Apokolips with Desaad watching the goings-on.
One tie-in issue contradicted this information. Having arrived on the planet first, the Flash's Rogues are the first to find out that the planet is designed to kill any visitors; the planet is inhabited by numerous hazardous species which attack. When it came to the local pygmies, Abra Kadabra realizes they are intelligent and is able to decipher the pygmies' language enough to learn of the "Safe Zone", a "miles long district where all of the dangers have been disarmed by gods from the stars" and the Rogues set out to find it. During their journey, they hear a second Boom Tube decide to go back. Out of the Boom Tubes come Black Spider III, Cheetah III, Clayface I, Girder and Sickle, a Hyena, Kid Karnevil, Killer Croc, Killer Frost II, Mammoth, Mr. Freeze, Mister Terrible, Psimon, Shimmer, Sonar II, Tremor. For a short time, they attempt to assert their leadership over the second group by virtue of their experience; the Body Doubles, Iron Cross, Meanstreak, Rag Doll and Tar Pit end up in a fight with some wild robotic beasts during which Hellhound is wounded.
Despite their plans to leave him to die, the other villains bring Hellhound along, only to feed him to a hunting party of four "lion-lizards." Back at camp, Kid Karnevil tells The Joker that he has looked up to him and plans to surpass him by slaying him when he least suspects it. Psimon loudly orates to the entire group that he has figured out a way for them to survive as a society, build a civilization that will last many generations, requiring that the women be used as baby factories, that escape from the planet be given up as an option; this is met with loud disdain from many others the women. Joker unexpectedly walks up to him and kills him by violently bashing his head in with a rock. At Belle Reve, the Suicide Squad is about to deport Lex Luthor, Blockbuster and Chemo. Rick Flag Jr. closes the transportational Boom Tube with Bane and Deadshot still inside and tells the two that they are no longer needed on the Suicide Squad. After Flag states that he's too unstable to remain, Deadshot vows to somehow return to Earth and kill Rick Flag Jr.
Once on the planet, Lex Luthor commands the attention of the entire supervillain body, saying that he intends to lead them. He makes a speech about Truth and the American Way, explains how they have to build their own Boom Tube if they want to get back, at which time they can murder all of those who sent them to the planet. Although at first some villains jeer him, by the end they are all riled up and cheering for his plans; the villains are fighting amongst themselves, with few mediators. Lex Luthor announces to the group that he, Doctor Sivana, Professor Ivo and General Immortus have devised a way to get them off the rock; as he's orating, The Joker loudly voices his distrust for Luthor as a leader, annoyed that he expects everybody else t
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a 2016 American superhero film featuring the DC Comics characters Batman and Superman. It is a follow-up to the second installment in the DC Extended Universe; the film is directed by Zack Snyder, written by Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer, features an ensemble cast that includes Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, Gal Gadot. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is the first live-action film to feature Batman and Superman together, as well as the first live-action cinematic portrayal of Wonder Woman. In the film, criminal mastermind Lex Luthor manipulates Batman into a preemptive battle with Superman, whom Luthor is obsessed with to defeat him; the film was announced at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con after the release of Man of Steel. Snyder stated that the film would take inspiration from the Batman comic book series The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller, but clarified that it would follow an original premise.
The incarnation of Batman in the film is different from the character's previous portrayal in The Dark Knight Trilogy, serving as a cinematic reboot of the character. The film is inspired by narrative elements from the "Death of Superman". Pre-production began at East Los Angeles College in October 2013, with principal photography starting in May 2014 in Detroit. Additional filming took place in Illinois and New Mexico, concluding that December. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice premiered at the Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City on March 19, 2016, was released in the United States on March 25, 2016 in 2D, Real D 3D, IMAX 3D, IMAX, 4DX, premium large formats, 70 mm prints by Warner Bros. Pictures. Following a strong debut that set new box office records, the film experienced a historic drop in its second weekend and never recovered. Despite turning a profit, it was deemed a box office disappointment and received unfavorable reviews from critics for its dark tone, disjointed screenplay, pacing, though some praised its visual style and effects and acting performances.
An extended cut dubbed the "Ultimate Edition", which features 31 minutes of additional footage, was released digitally on June 28, 2016, on Blu-ray on July 19, 2016. A sequel, Justice League, was released in November 2017. Eighteen months after the battle between Superman and General Zod in Metropolis, Superman has become a controversial figure. Billionaire Bruce Wayne, who has operated in Gotham City as the vigilante Batman for twenty years, sees Superman as an extraterrestrial threat to humanity. After learning of Batman's form of justice, Clark Kent seeks to expose him via Daily Planet articles. Wayne learns that Russian weapon trafficker Anatoli Knyazev has been contacting LexCorp mogul Lex Luthor. Meanwhile, Luthor unsuccessfully tries to persuade Senator June Finch to allow him to import kryptonite retrieved from the Indian Ocean following Zod's terraforming attempt, claiming he wants to maintain it as a "deterrent" against future Kryptonian and metahuman threats, he instead makes alternative plans with Finch's subordinate and gains access to Zod's body and the Kryptonian scout ship.
Bruce attends a gala at LexCorp to steal encrypted data from the company's mainframe, but has it taken from him by an antiquities dealer named Diana Prince. While decrypting the drive, Bruce dreams of a post-apocalyptic world where he leads a group of rebels against an evil Superman, he is awakened from his dream by an unidentified person, appearing through a portal, who warns him of Lois Lane's crucial role in the future, urges him to find "the others" before vanishing. Upon decrypting the drive, Wayne discovers Luthor's files on several metahuman individuals across the globe. One of them is Prince herself, shown in a photo taken during World War I. Wayne admits to Alfred Pennyworth that he plans to steal the kryptonite to weaponize it, should it become necessary to fight Superman. At a Congressional hearing, as Finch questions Superman on the validity of his actions, a bomb smuggled by Luthor goes off and kills everyone present but Superman. Believing he should have detected the bomb, frustrated by his failure to save them, Superman goes into self-imposed exile.
Batman steals the kryptonite. In preparation to battle Superman, he builds a powered exoskeleton, creates a kryptonite grenade launcher, a kryptonite-tipped spear. Meanwhile, Luthor enters the Kryptonian ship and accesses a vast technology database accumulated from over 100,000 worlds. To bring Superman out of exile, Luthor kidnaps Clark's adoptive mother. Lex throws Lois off the LexCorp building, but Superman saves her and goes on to confront Luthor, who reveals to Superman that he manipulated Superman and Batman against each other by fueling their mutual distrust. Luthor demands. Superman tries to explain the situation to Batman, but instead Batman attacks Superman and subdues him with the aid of a kryptonite gas. Before Batman can kill Superman with the spear, Superman urges Batman to "save Martha", whose name is shared with Batman's mother, confusing him long enough for Lois to arrive and explain what Superman meant. Realizing how far he has fallen and unwilling to let an innocent die, Batman rescues Martha, while Superman confronts Luthor on the scout ship.
Luthor executes his backup plan, unleashing a genetically engineered monster with DNA from both Zod's body and his own blood. Diana Prince arrives unexpectedly.
Kalibak is a fictional deity and supervillain appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. Kalibak is the eldest son of Darkseid, the half-brother of Orion and Grayven, one of the main enemies of Superman and the Justice League of America. Created by Jack Kirby, the character first appeared in New Gods #1. Kalibak is the first-born son of Suli, his mother Suli is killed by Desaad. Kalibak becomes a legendary warrior, serves as Darkseid's second-in-command. After Darkseid breaks the pact of peace with New Genesis, the rival planet of Kalibak's home Apokolips, he aids his father in the resulting battles. Kalibak is pitted against Orion, after numerous clashes they learned that they were half-brothers; this fuels Kalibak's hatred of Orion to new levels, for Darkseid respects Orion over his first-born. Unlike Orion, Kalibak secretly craves the love and respect of his father - something neither he, nor anyone else, can hope to attain - and it has been shown that he has a gentle side, submerged under his brutish exterior, which he and fearfully keeps hidden because on Apokolips, any sign of weakness is subject to the cruelest punishment.
For his part, Darkseid is more lenient towards Kalibak's failures than those of his other servants. It is implied this is because his eldest son is the offspring of the one person Darkseid loved. At one point, Kalibak is desperate enough to confront Orion without Darkseid's consent. Kalibak's scheme fell apart and he kills his accomplice Desaad a servant of Darkseid, to cover his tracks. Darkseid was not pleased when he reduced his son to a pile of ash. After enough time had passed Darkseid resurrected Kalibak, hoping the boy had learned a lesson. Kalibak spends some time in an Apokolips prison, on Darkseid's orders. In Orion # 1, Darkseid is on Earth. Justeen, a servant of Desaad, releases Kalibak to battle Orion yet again. Kalibak is swiftly subdued, but does not care much as Orion leaves to battle Darkseid and Kalibak hopes to gain power as a result. During the universe-wide Genesis incident, Apokolips forces, including Kalibak, invade Earth. In Young Heroes in Love #5, Kalibak and his small squad of Parademons are defeated by the leader of the Young Heroes, the telekinetic and telepathic Hard Drive.
Kalibak is slain by his uncle Infinity-Man, murdering the residents of Apokolips and New Genesis as an agent of the Source Wall in Death of the New Gods. In Final Crisis the new Fifth World and human version of Kalibak appears alongside Darkseid reborn in a new form alongside his father and a human Kanto; this form is replaced with a humanoid tiger-like form, engineered by Simyan and Mokkari. He is seen devouring a Green Lantern named Opto, he leads a regiment of tiger soldiers against the heroes in Blüdhaven, but he is killed in combat with Tawky Tawny. Before he dies, he begs his soldiers to help, they refuse. They bow to Tawny as Kalibak dies. In The New 52, Kalibak is a loyal follower of Darkseid, backing him up in a war against the Anti-Monitor, he does have a problem with slaying Apokolips soldiers that get in the way between him and the enemy. Kalibak possesses high levels of superhuman strength and durability. Despite his great size, Kalibak is fast and agile. Like all beings of the Fourth World he is immortal.
Kalibak is a trained hand-to-hand combatant known on Apokolips for his savagery. He is armed with a Beta-Club, a weapon that fires force bolts or nerve beams that causes living beings agonizing pain beyond comprehension, it is nearly indestructable. He can summon and use aero-disks which allow him to fly. Kalibak has access to high-tech weapons of mass destruction. Physically, Kalibak is one of the strongest gods on Apokolips, the most loyal to Darkseid; this is. Kalibak possesses incredible levels of superhuman strength on par with Superman and Darkseid himself. Once he had been augmented by his father in an effort to secure the Life-Equation from an elemental wielder. In the tie-in comics to Injustice: Gods Among Us, Kalibak travels to Earth after Superman calls a peace treaty where he attacks him. After vanquishing the Parademon with Kalibak, Superman engages Kalibak in battle; when Kalibak states that he is a god, Superman states that he kills Kalibak. Darkseid is not pleased at the death of his son, which causes him to seek revenge in Injustice 2.
Kalibak appeared in the last two incarnations of the original animated series, Super Friends voiced by Frank Welker. His appearance was not as brutish as TV incarnations, more like the original Jack Kirby design for the character, he was always depicted as boastful, dull-witted and ineffectual against the heroes. Kalibak was featured on Superman: The Animated Series, voiced by Michael Dorn. Like in the comics, he seeks to earn his father's approval, he appears in "Father's Day" where he, Bruno Mannheim watch Superman fight one of Desaad's robots. He pleaded to his father to fight Superman, but Darkseid denied that. Desa
Starfire (Teen Titans)
Starfire is a fictional superheroine appearing in books published by DC Comics. She debuted in a preview story inserted within DC Comics Presents #26 and was created by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez; the name "Starfire" first appeared in a DC Comic in the story "The Answer Man of Space", in Mystery in Space #73, February 1962, written by Gardner F. Fox. In 2013, Starfire placed 21st on IGN's "Top 25 Heroes of DC Comics". Starfire has appeared in films. Starfire appears in her first live adaptation as one of the main cast of the Titans television series for the new DC streaming service played by Anna Diop; the design of the character incorporated aspects of many existing characters. Artist George Pérez, in explaining the creation of the character, stated:... I figured based on the description, was Red Sonja in outer space, so she ended up having a visual cue from that; when Joe Orlando passed by and saw the character sketches he suggested that maybe her hair should be longer. That I gave her the Mighty Mouse contrail.
Koriand'r, Starfire's given name, is a princess of the fictional planet Tamaran in the Vega system, was in line to rule the planet as queen. Komand'r, her older sister, developed a bitter rivalry with her after suffering a disease in infancy that robbed her of the ability to harness solar energy to allow her to fly, by extension, her right to the throne; this rivalry continued and intensified when the siblings were sent for warrior training with the Warlords of Okaara. Things came to a head during a sparring exercise; as a result, Komand'r was expelled and she swore vengeance. That revenge came in a plot where Komand'r betrayed her planet by supplying detailed information about Tamaran's defenses to their enemies, the Citadel, they conquered Tamaran with ease, the surrender conditions included the enslavement of Koriand'r, never permitted to return, since that would mean the Citadel would devastate the planet for abrogating the treaty. To her horror, Koriand' r learned; when Koriand'r killed one of her captors, Komand'r decided to execute her as punishment, but the sisters were attacked and captured by the Psions, a group of sadistic alien scientists.
While performing deadly experiments on the sisters, the Psion were attacked by Komand'r's forces. Koriand'r broke free using her newly developed starbolts, destructive blasts of ultraviolet energy which were a result of the experiment, she freed Komand'r, still absorbing more amounts of ultraviolet energy. Far from grateful, Komand'r struck her sister with the same, but more intense and had her restrained for execution. Koriand'r escaped by stealing a spacecraft to flee to the nearest planet, where she met the first Robin and his compatriots, she became a charter member of this team and remained a member for years, finding work as a professional model using the name Kory Anders. While a member of the Teen Titans, Koriand'r was romantically involved with Robin, she has been married twice, both times to Tamaranean men: once to the Prince Karras to seal a peace treaty. Karras died in battle. In between these, she nearly married Dick Grayson. Raven murdered the priest before he could pronounce Koriand' r husband and wife.
The relationship was on unsteady ground, with Koriand'r fearing that Dick was rushing into marriage and concerned about the anti-alien sentiments that sprang up in response to the news of the impending nuptials. In the Titans of Tomorrow storyline, Batwoman said that Starfire would have a wonderful future with Nightwing; the half-blood Mar'i Grayson was born from their union in the Kingdom Come timeline. However, during Infinite Crisis, an image from the Titans Tomorrow timeline shows a gravestone implied to belong to a deceased Dick Grayson. During Infinite Crisis, Starfire joined Donna's New Cronus Team that went to investigate a hole in the universe, found during the Rann-Thanagar War, they arrived at the reset center of the universe and with the help of assorted heroes aided in the defeat of Alexander Luthor, attempting to recreate the multiverse and build a perfect Earth from it. She is reported missing at the end of the crisis. On the seventh day of the fifth week of 52, Starfire is shown to be stranded on a paradise-like planet with Animal Man and Adam Strange.
In the same issue, it was revealed that energy ripples caused by Alexander Luthor, Jr. altered the Zeta Ray Beams the space heroes were going to use to return home. A week and some time Starfire is seen eating an odd narcotic native fruit. Luckily, Adam's tough love seems to snap her out of it, or at least make her stop eating the fruit. Two days Devilance, a being whose presence Buddy had sensed earlier, appears to Starfire. A week, two days, two nights Adam and Buddy go looking for her, they find her caught in a large net, hanging from above. Just as Buddy realizes it is a trap, he and Adam get caught in a similar net, with Devilance staring at them. Three days and two nights Starfire awakens and works together with her comrades to distract Devilance, she pays Devilance back for capturing her by stealing his staff and striking him with it before catching up with Buddy and Adam. As the trio head back to the s
Brutale (DC Comics)
Brutale is a DC Comics supervillain. He first was created by Chuck Dixon and Scott McDaniel. Brutale was a top-level interrogator/torturer for the secret police in the fictional Latin American country of Hasaragua, until a revolution forced him to flee. In Hasaragua, Guillermo Barrera served the secret police of his government as a savage interrogator, extracting confessions efficiently with blades and tools used for surgery; when the Marxist regime of Hasaragua fell, Barrera escaped the country to America, fleeing execution for the atrocities he committed. Adopting the name Brutale, Barrera put his'Surgical Skills' to use as a hired assassin, he began working for Blockbuster in Blüdhaven while donning a costume that resembles a gargoyle. He battled against Nightwing on several occasions. In the Infinite Crisis storyline, Brutale was among the villains that joined Alexander Luthor, Jr.'s Secret Society of Super Villains. In the Salvation Run storyline, Brutale was among the supervillains exiled to another planet.
When the Parademons under Desaad's command attacked the camp, Brutale was stabbed by one of them. However, he was seen alive in the new Secret Six mini-series. Brutale is featured in one issue of the Red Robin series, he is listed as one of the targets of Tim Drake-Wayne/Red Robin for his "Hit List". Red Robin catches him at a bar, attempting to terrorize the owners into paying fees due to a gang boss, he is accompanied by what Red Robin assumes is his'girlfriend', who manages to escape as Red Robin takes Brutale down using his Escrima sticks. In September 2011, The New 52 rebooted DC's continuity. In this new timeline, Brutale is reintroduced in the first issue of Blue Beetle where he appears to be working for La Dama's group who are attempting to steal the scarab. Brutale has no superhuman powers, he has a variety of scalpels, throwing other razor keen blades that he utilizes. Guillermo Barrera appears in 16th episode of Arrow's first season, entitled "Dead to Rights", portrayed by George Tchortov.
He is hired by China White to assassinate Malcolm Merlyn, despite having been involved with Merlyn's planned "Undertaking". Oliver Queen intercepts him as he arrives in Starling City and after a brief struggle, stabs Barrera in the chest with an arrow, takes his phone. Guillermo does not wear a costume and the name Brutale is never mentioned, but he is an expert knifethrower. In the companion book named "Arrow - Oliver Queen's Dossier", it is mentioned that he was enemies with Nightwing, the latter one didn't appear in the show. Brutale appears in Superman/Batman: Public Enemies. Brutale is among the super villains trying to collect the bounty on Batman's head. Brutale is mentioned in the video game Batman: Arkham Knight, he is mentioned by a thug. Brutale's Bio