Dazzling DC Ladies Month: Beatriz Bonilla da Costa/Fire
first appeared: DC Comics Presents vol.1 #46 (1982)
who is she? Bea was born and raised in Brazil, her career beginning as a amateur model and showgirl before being recruited as an undercover secret agent for the Brazilian government. During one mission, she was involved in an accident that ended up granting her superpowers.
With her newfound abilities, she joined the international superhero team the Global Guardians. When the G.G’s funding was cut in favor of the newly created Justice League International, Bea and her best friend Tora Olafsdotter (aka Ice), decided to recruit themselves into the team that’d lost them their former employment. Since then, Bea has been an iconic member of the Justice League International in it’s various incarnations.
After the events of Infinite Crisis and One Year Later, Bea became a high ranking member of the newly re-created government ‘spy’ agency Checkmate. She is here depicted as a semi-reluctant assassin and spy.
During the events of Brightest Day, Bea is one of the few people in the world (including a few other former JLI members) who remembers the existence of Maxwell Lord, and the team sets out on a quest to find the man.
In the New 52 created after Flashpoint, she is a member of the (short lasting) JLI.
what can she do? Bea can take a (green) fiery form at will, also equipping her with the skill to fly and creating and projecting flames from any part of her body. She has full control of any fire projected from her body. She has also been educated by Batman in advanced hand-to-hand combat, and ‘the arts of battle’ by Big Barda. She is also skilled in espionage and investigating.
- Fitting with her powers, Fire has a very fiery personality
- Bea is multilingual. She is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and English.
- She is very confident in her looks and sexuality, and not at all adverse to ‘skimpy’ clothing or using her ‘charms’ to help with the little things.
- …for instance, she once hosted a website were people paid to download naked pictures of her while in her fiery form (she wasn’t really naked but “they don’t know that”).
where can I find her?
Recommended reading includes (in chronological order):
- Infinity Inc #32,34-37,50 *
- Justice League International(/America) v.1 #12-113
- Invasion! #2-3 *
- Formerly Known As The Justice League #1-6
- JLA Classified (I Can’t Believe It’s Not The Justice League) #4-9
- Infinite Crisis Special: OMAC Project
- Checkmate v.2
- Blue Beetle v.8 #25 *
- Justice League: Generation Lost
- Justice League International v.3
(* = minor role)