Real Name: Courtney Mason
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Life force drainage, super-strength, flight, armor generation, and force beams; psychic channeling of the Animus entity.
Rebellious teenage runaway Courtney Mason acquired her miraculous powers following an attack by parasitic aliens: one of many New Blood super beings created in this way, as part of the Bloodlines crossover. Seven extraterrestrial predators had come to Earth and slaughtered thousands of humans by feeding on their spinal fluids. On the run in New Orleans, Courtney was kidnapped by a cult that sacrificed her to two of these insatiable parasites, knows as Pritor and Lissik. But Courtney did not die. Instead, the parasites' bites unleashed the Animus, a sentient-energy creature that can absorb the spirit essences of the living and the dead, which was now able to enter the world through Courtney. She became the embodiment of mankind's rage and masculine drive, and quickly developed awesome physical powers of her own. As Anima, Courtney sought revenge against the cult. She also met the Teen Titans and battled a variety of supernatural menaces. Anima remains a wanderer, traveling from place to place and helping those in need by calling upon the fearsome primal force inside her.
Anima featured prominently in DC Comics' Bloodbath limited series (1993), in which all the New Blood characters teamed up to help defeat the alien parasites who had empowered them. The following year she showed up in the Zero Hour crossover.
Anima's own title, beginning December 1993, ran for 16 months before being canceled due to low sales (issues numbered 1-15, plus a #0 issue between #6 & #7 in line with Zero Hour). It was an unconventional DC comic book, with the main theme being a war between metaphysical beings who embodied the Jungian archetypes of human psychology - Animus was only one of these. The series had a huge supporting cast, both human and supernatural - in some issues, Anima herself appeared for only a few pages. Courtney's younger brother Jeremy Mason becomes the channel for Animus' evil sister, Eris (Eris shares her name with a goddess of Greek Mythology, who herself appeared in DC's Wonder Woman title, second series). Animus and Eris ultimately combine as the Syzygy, to fight their father/enemy known only as The Nameless One. The series featured innumerable pop-culture references, as symbols of the collective unconscious where the archetypal beings dwell. Fellow DC superheroes Superboy and Hawkman also guest-starred - with Superboy temporarily acting as a channel for an archetype called The Warrior.
Since the demise of her title, Anima seems to have been virtually forgotten by DC and has appeared only once or twice, most recently in the final issue of Infinite Crisis.
Later, Cyborg recruited Anima into a new team of Teen Titans.
First Appearance: The New Titans (1988) Annual 09
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#0 Bloodbath (1993)
- 'Zero Summer'#1
- 'Snap Shots'#2
- 'False Dawn'#3
- 'Running with the Wolf'#4
- 'Break Out'#5
- 'Wheel of Fortune'#6
- 'Suddenly, Johnny Gets a Feeling...'#8
- 'Falls the Shadow'#9
- 'N.O. Future'#10
- 'Youth Against Facism'#11
- 'Night of the Locust'#12
- 'Apostle's Greed'#13
- 'Softly and Suddenly'#15
- 'Love Will Tear Us Apart Again'
Faces of Evil: Prometheus (2009)
#1 Guy Gardner: Warrior (1994)
- 'The Man Who Murdered Prometheus'
#29 Superman/Batman (2003)
- 'It's My Party And I'll Fight If I Want To'
#32 The DC Comics Encyclopedia (2004)
- 'The Enemies Among Us, Part 5'
HC The New Titans (1988)
- 'The DC Comics Encyclopedia: Updated And Expanded'HC
- 'The DC Comics Encyclopedia'
#1 Titans East Special (2008)
- 'The Fickle Hand, Part Two: Today I Settle All Family Business.'#21
- 'Fractured, Part 1'#22
- 'Fractured, Part 2'
#1 Wonder Woman (1987)
- 'The Fickle Hand, Part One: Go East, Young Man'
#174 Young Justice (1998)
- 'The Witch & the Warrior, Part 1'#175
- 'The Witch & the Warrior, Part 2: Girl Frenzy'
#49 Zero Hour: Crisis in Time (1994)
- 'Fighting Maad, Part 3: A.W.O.L.'#50
- 'Fighting Maad, Part 4: MUBAR'#51
- 'Zand on the Run'
- 'Zero Hour'#4
- 'Zero Hour'
Titans East (02 - Cyborg's Team)
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