Black Star (character)
Fictional character biographies
Black Star (William Mowse)
The first DC character named Black Star was a criminal named William Mowse. He first appeared in Leading Comics #2 (March 1942) and was a villain of the Seven Soldiers of Victory.
Black Star (Quality Universe)
The second Black Star was an unnamed female criminal. She first appeared in Modern Comics #101 (September 1950) and was a villain in Blackhawks.
Black Star (Rachel Berkowitz)
The third Black Star (Rachel Berkowitz) was a criminal who had abilities including metamorphosis, bio-fusion, reverse aging, elemental control, energy projection, flight, gravity manipulation, interstellar travel, self-sustenance, teleportation, genius of science and leadership. She first appeared in Daring New Adventures of Supergirl #4 (February, 1983) as a villain. Born to Jewish parents in Poland, Rachel was taken from her mother when they arrived at a concentration camp and, in her mind, her mother abandoned her and let them take her. She amused the camp commandant so much that she was allowed to live and was taken into his home. Raised in a Nazi household, combined with her mother's failure to save her, Rachel decided that the Nazis were in the right. The camp Commandant had been prepared for Germany's defeat and had arranged false papers for her. These papers identified Rachel as an American. She traveled to the United States where she earned her first Ph.D. at age 18.
In the early 1980s, Rachel made herself the center of a Nazi organization. This caused her to clash with Supergirl and reunited Rachel with her mother. Rachel was torn between love and hatred towards the woman who had abandoned her. Supergirl would not let her harm her mother. Blackstar teleported Supergirl and herself to the center of the universe and tried to crush her with enough cosmic energy to "reduce a planet to dust", but Supergirl managed to turn her gravity-manipulation powers against her, and Blackstar was apparently torn apart between two black holes.
Blackstar reappeared several months later, when the universe was collapsing. Supergirl and Superman reluctantly worked with her. She later appears in Suicide Squad Vol 2 #6 (April, 2002) as a member of Suicide Squad. Her power is Energy Absorption.
Black Star (New 52)
This Black Star was an unnamed male criminal. He first appeared in Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men #13 (December 2012) and was an opponent of Firestorm. He is friends with Skull Crasher and Relay. They work for Dr. Megala.
In other media
Katherine McNamara portrays Mia Smoak / Blackstar in Arrow. This version is the daughter of Oliver Queen and Felicity Smoak and shares no similarities to any of the comic book characters.
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