Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Who's Who: Dragonwing

by Siskoid

Real Name: Marya Pai
Super-Power(s): Acid and fire breath.
Planet of Origin: Earth
Legion Seniority: Dragonwing was the fifth Legion recruit after the Retroboot, joining with three other Academy members, but third among them alphabetically.

Legion Log
Little is known about Dragonwing's origins. She once mentioned that she "stole her fire from the Imperial Dragon's horde," which suggests her powers were not inborn, and she is native to China. At some point, she joined the Legion Academy, hoping to one day make it into the Legion, but dubious it would ever happen. She befriended Chemical Kid early and the two were prone to rebellion - joyriding, breaking curfew, shopping on the Kid's dad's account - and though grounded, they nevertheless went to Phlon to help Chemical Kid's father against Black Mace, then fighting Cosmic King upon their return to save their teachers.

So it was perhaps less of a surprise than Dragonwing thought when, under still unknown circumstances, she was one of the cadets awarded full Legion membership when several Legionnaires were lost to the time stream and presumed dead. On her first mission, she was required to pretend to be Chemical Kid's lover, and was more game than he was. She held her own as well as any veteran, even though their foe turned out to be a Daxamite.

Upon coming home, Dragonwing discovers her missing sister has joined the criminal Red Dragon Clan. She clashes with their leader, Phoenix, and with the help of other Legionnaires, defeats him. Her sister is sent to jail. After this, Dragonwing served her Legion term without particular distinction.

Important Dragonwing Stories:

Legion of Super-Heroes (v6) #6
Dragonwing makes her first appearance as a Legion Cadet

Adventure Comics (v2) #523-526
Dragonwing and friends get up to no good and help Chemical Kid's father against Black Mace

Adventure Comics (v2) #528-529
Dragonwing and friends return to the Academy to find it under siege from Cosmic King

Legion of Super-Heroes (v7) #1-4
Dragonwing joins the Legion on her first official mission

Legion of Super-Heroes (v7) #6-7
Dragonwing returns to China to face her sister and the clan leader she now follows

Legion of Super-Heroes (v7) #18
Dragonwing's last appearance as Legion HQ falls around her ears

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