Karolina Dean (Marvel)
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Like all Majesdanians, Karolina's natural form is luminous, iridescent, and visually fluid, often depicted with waves of rainbow-like light floating off her body, though body structure is essentially humanoid. Originally, Karolina required a custom made medic alert bracelet constructed of an unspecified alien metal to revert to humanoid form. However, after spending some months on Majesdane, Karolina learned to control the change and can make it at will.
In her Majesdanian form, Karolina is able to manipulate solar energy absorbed by her body in the form of forcefields capable of stopping cave-ins and gunfire, large concussive blasts, and fine laser-like beams. Karolina can also increase the heat of her concussive blasts to around 2500°F/1370°C, the melting point of steel. Though her parents were able to bind people and objects with the energy, Karolina has yet to demonstrate that ability. Karolina's Majesdanian form also grants her the ability to fly.
Leslie Dean stated early in the Runaways series that Majesdanians' abilities do not affect one another.
During an encounter with the vampire Topher, it is revealed that Karolina's blood also harbors solar energy-based properties, since drinking her blood caused Topher to combust.
Karolina Dean is the daughter of Frank and Leslie Dean, two Hollywood actors who are secretly alien outcasts and members of a crime organization called the Pride, along with the parents of Nico Minoru, Chase Stein, Molly Hayes, Gertrude Yorkes and Alex Wilder. She joins the children in a mass escape from their homes and takes shelter in a run-down mansion hideout that comes to be called "The Hostel." During the escape, Karolina discovers her parents' last will and testament; they leave Karolina a piece of paper with the circular "no symbol" covering the Rod of Asclepius, a symbol used in medical practice. Alex convinces her to remove her medic alert bracelet because it is emblazoned with the symbol. Karolina angrily concedes, thinking that she only wears the bracelet because she's allergic to penicillin, and her skin immediately glows with a fluid, rainbow-like light. The group posits that she is an alien and the bracelet is an "anchor" to hide her powers; Leslie Dean later confirms these theories for Karolina. Karolina constantly struggles with her alien heritage in the runaways' early times together, feeling that it she is a "freak" amongst the group, the only one who needs to actively hide her true form. Her insecurities even prompt Karolina to offer her life to vampire Topher, as Karolina expresses little desire to live. Upon her first near-death experience at the hands of Alex Wilder, the Pride's mole within the runaways, Karolina overcomes her death wish and helps the runaways escape the rampaging Gibborim as the Pride fight their former benefactors. After the Pride's defeat, Karolina is sent to live with foster parents, but she organizes a secret reunion for the runaways, after which they run away again, this time to the Pride's old lair beneath the La Brea Tar Pits.
Karolina Dean is married to Xavin, though she is shown to have had feelings for Nico Minoru. She also had a relationship with Power Pack's Lightspeed.
Karolina Dean is an openly homosexual character.
Briefly used the code name Lucy in the Sky. Created by Adrian Alphona & Brian K. Vaughan
First Appearance: Runaways (2003) #1
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Avengers Academy (2010)
#27 Avengers Arena (2013)
- 'Homecoming Part 2'#39
#4 Avengers Undercover (2014)
- 'The Survivor'#13
- 'The Devil's Greatest Trick'
#1 Breaking Into Comics the Marvel Way! (2010)
- 'Descent Part Four'#10
- 'Going Native Part Five'
Civil War: Young Avengers & Runaways (2006)
#1 Daken: Dark Wolverine (2010)
- 'Part One'#2
- 'Part Two'#3
- 'Part Three'#4
- 'Part Four'
#17 Humberto Ramos Toxic Waste Sketchbook (2007)
- 'Pride Comes..., Part 2'#18
- 'Pride comes..., part 3'#19
- 'Pride Comes... Conclusion'
Marvel Previews (2003)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
HC vol. 03 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Women of Marvel 2005 (2005)
- 'Captain (Nextwave) to Elements of Doom'TPB vol. 03
- 'Captain (Nextwave) to Elements of Doom'
HC vol. 01 Runaways (2005)
- 'Runaways Vol. 01'#1
- 'Pride and Joy, Chapter 1'#2
- 'Pride and Joy, Chapter 2'#3
- 'Pride and Joy, Chapter 3'#4
- 'Pride and Joy, Chapter 4'#5
- 'Pride and Joy, Chapter 5'#6
- 'Pride and Joy, Chapter 6'#7
- 'Teenage Wasteland, Chapter 1'#8
- 'Teenage Wasteland, Chapter 2'#9
- 'Teenage Wasteland, Chapter 3'#10
- 'Teenage Wasteland, Chapter 4'#11
- 'Lost and Found, Part 1'#12
- 'Lost and Found, Part 2'#13
- 'The Good Die Young, Chapter 1'#14
- 'The Good Die Young, Chapter 2'#15
- 'The Good Die Young, Chapter 3'#16
- 'The Good Die Young, Chapter 4'#17
- 'The Good Die Young, Chapter 5'#18
#1 Runaways (2008)
- 'True Believers: Chapter 1'#2
- 'True Believers: Chapter 2'#3
- 'True Believers: Chapter 3'#4
- 'True Believers: Chapter 4'#5
- 'True Believers: Chapter 5'#6
- 'True Believers: Chapter 6'#7
- 'Star-Crossed: Chapter 1'#8
- 'Star-Crossed: Chapter 2'#14
- 'Parental Guidance: Chapter 1'#16
- 'Parental Guidance: Chapter 3'#17
- 'Parental Guidance: Chapter 4'#18
- 'Parental Guidance: Chapter 5'#19
- 'Dead Means Dead: Chapter 1'#20
- 'Dead Means Dead: Chapter 2'#21
- 'Dead Means Dead: Chapter 3'#22
- 'Live Fast: Chapter 1'#23
- 'Live Fast: Chapter 2'#24
- 'Live Fast: Chapter 3'#25
- 'Dead-End Kids'#26
- 'Dead-End Kids, Part 2'#27
- 'Dead-End Kids, Part 3'#28
- 'Dead-End Kids, Part 4'#29
- 'Dead-End Kids, Part 5'#30
- 'Dead-End Kids, Conclusion'
Premiere HC vol. 11 Runaways Saga (2007)
- 'Homeschooling'TPB vol. 10
- 'Rock Zombies'TPB vol. 11
- 'Dead Wrong: Part 1'#2
- 'Dead Wrong: Part 2'#3
- 'Dead Wrong: Part 3'#4
- 'Dead Wrong: Part 4'#5
- 'Dead Wrong: Part 5'#6
- 'Dead Wrong: Part 6'#7
- 'Rock Zombies: Part 1'#8
- 'Rock Zombies: Part 2'#9
- 'Rock Zombies, Conclusion'#10
- 'Mollifest Destiny'#11
- 'Homeschooling: Part 1'#12
- 'Homeschooling: Part 2'#13
- 'Homeschooling: Part 3'#14
- 'Advanced History-Homeschooling: Part 4'
Secret Invasion: Runaways/Young Avengers (2008)
#1 What If? Astonishing X-Men (2010)
- 'Secret Invasion!, Part 1'#2
- 'Secret Invasion!, Part 2'#3
- 'Secret Invasion!, Part 3'
#1 What If? House of M (2009)
- 'What If Ord Resurrected Jean Grey Instead Of Colossus?'
#1 What If? Newer Fantastic Four (2009)
- 'What If...Scarlet Witch Ended the 'House of M' by Saying, "No More Powers?"'
#1 What If? Secret Wars (2009)
- 'What If... Newer Fantastic Four'
#1 What If? Spider-Man Back in Black (2009)
- 'What if... Doctor Doom Kept the Beyonder's Power?'
#1 Young Avengers (2013)
- 'What If Mary Jane Had Been Shot Instead of Aunt May?'
- 'Stage Nervous Breakdown Earth 616'#12
- '"Young Avengers" Part One'#13
- '*Young Avengers* Part Two'#14
- 'Resolution Part 1'#15
- 'Resolution Part 2'
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