Darkstar (Marvel)(01 - Laynia Petrovna)
Real Name: Laynia Petrovna
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Darkstar possesses the ability to tap and manipulate an intense-black form of extradimensional energy called the Darkforce. This energy, which appears to be related to the extradimensional black gas-like substance manipulated by the Shroud and Cloak, possesses mass and form whereas the Shroud's and Cloak's does not. It may be that it is the same substance and Darkstar simply knows how to manipulate it to greater effect than the other two. Her power seems analogous to that of Blaokout.
Darkstar can project the Darkforce into simple mentally controlled forms such as pincers, rings, columns, spheres, and so on. She can form objects with the density of steel. She can form objects with a maximum volume of approximately 750 cubic feet, sufficient to encompass ten human beings comfortably. These objects are solid and well defined while she consciously wills them to be. If she is rendered unconscious, they dissipate. Darkstar can also project the Darkforce as a beam of solid force, capable of impacting an object with sufficient power to rupture 3-inch solid high-carbon steel or tip over an average, loaded railroad boxcar (15 tons).
Darkstar can also employ the Darkforce to teleport herself and up to three others. She does this, in a manner similar to that of Cloak, by entering into the Darkforce's dimension of origin, traversing a distance (which may or may not be the linear correspondent distance in this dimension) and reemerging in Earth's space. She has so far been able to travel a maximum distance of about t mile in this way. Because crossing through the interdimensional portal disorients her sense of direction, and the light of the Earth dimension blinds her for several seconds upon reemergence, teleportation is risky. It also takes her several seconds to create a portal into the Darkforce dimension, preventing her from teleporting out of the way of such high velocity danger as a bullet.
Darkstar can utilize the attractive force of the Darkforce dimension to fly. By generating a virtually invisible portal into the dimension in the contour of her body, she balances its attractive force upon her against that of Earth's gravity, without passing through the portal. She can fly at speeds up to 120 miles per hour, the maximum velocity at which she is still able to breathe. She cannot support the weight of anyone other than herself while in flight.
Laynia Petrovna was born to Russian nuclear physicist Sergei Krylov and his wife, who were accidentally irradiated during an experiment. When her mother died during childbirth, Laynia’s father was told that she and her twin brother had died as well. The mutant infants were taken into custody by the state and, when their superhuman abilities first manifested in adolescence, they were turned over to Professor Piotr Phobos, head of a government-run school for training Russian mutants. Given the codename Darkstar because of her mutant ability to manipulate the ebony extradimensional energy known as the Darkforce, Petrovna studied at the academy alongside her brother Nikolai, codenamed Vanguard, and trained to become a government agent.
After Phobos’s plan to drain the mutants’ powers to grant himself artificial mental abilities was discovered by the Red Guardian (Tania Belinsky), Darkstar was dispatched to the United States alongside her lover the Crimson Dynamo (Yuri Petrovich), the Titanium Man and the Griffin, assigned to capture perceived defectors the Black Widow, the Commissar and Yuri’s father Ivan. Opposed by the Widow’s teammates in the Champions, Darkstar ultimately turned on the Dynamo after the truth about his father was revealed. She later deserted to the United States with the aid of the Widow’s friend Nick Fury, joining the Champions. Alongside them, Darkstar faced such threats as the alien Warlord Kaa, the Stilt-Man, the Stranger, the Possessor, Swarm, M.O.D.O.K., Magneto, Sentinels and the Vanisher. Laynia’s teammate Iceman fell passionately in love with her, but it was a largely one-sided, unrequited relationship; as Darkstar told a bitterly disappointed Drake when the Champions disbanded, she liked him but had no romantic interest in him. After the Champions broke up, Laynia returned home.
Darkstar partnered with Vanguard and a new Crimson Dynamo (Dmitri Bukharin) to investigate a strange, ovoid object on the Moon. There they encountered Iron Man and Jack of Hearts, ultimately teaming with them in opposing an attempted invasion of Earth by the alien Rigellians. Later, the trio was tricked by former Russian military General Nikolai Kutzov into believing that the U.S. was set to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike against Russia, bringing them into conflict with Spider-Man and the Hulk. They later encountered the Silver Surfer during his worldwide search for the Hulk before being dispatched to investigate the mysterious Forbidden Zone, where they were reunited with Phobos, unaware of his earlier deception. Phobos convinced the trio to join him in opposing Belinsky and her ally, the Presence. On learning of Phobos’s earlier deception, and discovering that the Presence was their father, Darkstar and Vanguard turned against Phobos and defeated him with the aid of the Hulk. Darkstar next became a pawn in a contest of champions between the alien Grandmaster and Death herself. Selected as a member of the Grandmaster’s champions, Darkstar was teamed with American crimefighter Daredevil and the Australian mystic Talisman in opposing Death’s champions Sunfire, the Invisible Girl and Iron Fist. Later, after twice aiding the Galadorian Spaceknights Rom and Starshine against the alien Dire Wraiths, Darkstar and her partners Vanguard, Ursa Major and Gremlin worked with Crimson Dynamo to bring Magneto to justice for his crimes against Russia. A miscommunication pitted them against the Avengers, who also sought to bring Magneto to trial, and the X-Men, who were harboring Magneto at the time.
Darkstar later embarked on a diplomatic tour of the U.S., where she and the Black Widow were targeted by Tania Belinsky, now known as Starlight, as potential mates for a mentally-unstable Presence. Belinsky was quickly convinced to abandon this mad scheme. Later, Darkstar, Vanguard and Ursa Major became disillusioned with their government’s policies, and they sought to defect to America. In an effort to reclaim their “lost property”, the Russian government dispatched another team of operatives, the Supreme Soviets, to return the defectors home. Disguised as the Avengers, the Supreme Soviets attacked and nearly killed Darkstar and her allies. The comatose minds of Darkstar, Vanguard, and Ursa Major then subconsciously merged into a giant bear-like Darkforce construct dubbed the “Great Beast” and attempted to kill the Supreme Soviets. After Captain America convinced them to call off their attack, the trio regained consciousness and remained in America to recuperate from their injuries while the U.S. Government sought to obtain political asylum for them. These diplomatic efforts ultimately failed, and the trio was deported back to Russia. Sent to a research facility, Darkstar and her comrades were rescued by the mutant Blind Faith and his team of Exiles, whom they joined in opposing the cyborg assassin Firefox. On a subsequent mission with the Exiles, Darkstar and Blind Faith encountered the immensely powerful psychic Soul Skinner who had taken over the small Russian town of Neftelensk. With the help of the X-Men, the Soul Skinner was defeated. Later, after the Exiles became Siberforce, Darkstar’s team witnessed an attack on Earth’s moon by the intergalactic Starblasters, who were searching for the mysterious power source known as the Starbrand. Investigating, Darkstar and her brother joined the cosmic Avenger Quasar and other space-faring heroes in opposing the Starblasters. During the battle, Vanguard was killed by Threkker, who in turn was killed by a vengeful Darkstar. Returning to Earth, Darkstar was convinced by the Presence to seek retribution against Quasar, and together they attacked and seemingly destroyed him; however, Quasar had merely used his quantum energy powers to fake his own death.
Soon after, Darkstar was captured by ex-K.G.B. General Tskarov, who sought to use her power in his plot to undermine businesses along America’s east coast. Darkstar was rescued by Tskarov’s other pawns, Ursa Major and a resurrected Vanguard, and the trio teamed with Daredevil and the Black Widow to halt Tskarov’s plan. Subsequently, Darkstar was one of several Russian heroes recruited into the government-sponsored Winter Guard team, who soon found themselves defending their country against an invasion by the army of the Chinese would-be conqueror the Mandarin. After joining Earth’s heroes in opposing the alien Kree’s efforts to transform Earth into a prison planet, Darkstar and the Winter Guard became unwitting pawns in the Presence’s attempt to convert Russia’s citizens into a new, nuclear form of life. Opposed by the Avengers, those converted were ultimately restored by Starlight in exchange for Thor’s sparing the Presence’s life. Later, Darkstar sought the X-Men’s assistance in capturing the renegade Russian mutant scientist the Black Death.
Following the establishment of the X-Corporation, a global mutant search and rescue unit, Darkstar joined the organization’s European contingent based in Paris, France. On the team’s first mission opposing the threat of the bacterial consciousness Weapon XII, Darkstar fell under the creature’s sway and, as a result, became an extension of the creature itself. She was shot and apparently killed by the mercenary Fantomex, later revealed to be Weapon XIII, and was subsequently buried in the Pére LaChaise Cemetery in Paris.
Daughter of Soviet nuclear physicist Sergei Krylov. Sister of Vanguard.
Trained by Alexi Bruskin, the same man who trained the Black Widow for the KGB. She is revived in Darkstar & the Winter Guard #3.
First Appearance: The Champions (1975) #7
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#3 All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z: Update (2007)
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#42 Captain America (1968)
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#643 Fantastic Four Roast (1982)
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#1 Giant-Size Hulk (2006)
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Iron Man (1998)
#9 Iron Man & the Armor Wars (2009)
- 'Field of Honor'#10
- 'In the Belly of the Beast'
#2 Marvel Comics Presents (1988)
- 'Part 2: The Big Red Machine'#3
- 'How I Learned to Love the Bomb'#4
- 'The Golden Avenger Strikes Back'
Marvel Illustrated: Swimsuit Issue (1991)
#1 Marvel Super Hero Contest of Champions (1982)
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#1 Marvel Team-Up (1972)
- 'A Gathering of Heroes! Chapter 1'#2
- 'Chapter 2: First Contest: Frenzy in the Frozen North!'
Maximum Security (2000)
#1 Monsters Unleashed (2017)
- 'Illegal Aliens'#3
- 'Whatever The Cost!'
New X-Men (2001)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
HC vol. 03 Quasar (1989)
- 'Captain (Nextwave) to Elements of Doom'TPB vol. 03
- 'Captain (Nextwave) to Elements of Doom'
#54 ROM (1979)
- 'Starblast Pt. 2: Search Party'#55
- 'Starblast Pt. 6: In a Stranger Land'#56
- 'Starblast Pt. 10 - Nuke Me with the New'#60
- 'The Long Good-Bye'
Secret Avengers (2010)
#35 Soviet Super Soldiers (1992)
- 'Tomorrow Will Rise'
#1 Starblast (1994)
- 'The Three Sided Coin'
#1 Super-Villain Team-Up (1975)
- 'Once In A Blue Moon'#2
- 'Crossing Guard'#3
- 'A Whole New Universe'
#14 The Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
- 'A World For The Winning!'
#676 The Champions (1975)
- 'Tomorrow the World!'
#7 The Incredible Hulk (1968)
- 'The Man Who Created the Black Widow'#8
- 'Divide and Conquer!'#9
- 'The Battle of Los Angeles!'#10
- 'One Man's Son is Another Man's Poison!'#11
- 'The Shadow from the Stars'#12
- 'Did Someone Say... the Stranger?'#13
- 'The Doom That Went on Forever!'#14
- 'The Creature Called... Swarm!'#15
- 'Death Drone!'#16
- 'A World Lost!'#17
- 'The Sentinels Hunt Again!'
#250 The Incredible Hulk (2000)
- '...To Hunt the Hulk!'#259
- 'The Family That Dies Together...!'#277
- 'What Friends Are For!'#279
- 'Everybody Loves a Parade, Right?'
#106 The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
- 'Warbound, Part 1'
HC The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
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#3 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
- 'C-D: From The Collector to Dracula'
#3 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
- 'Cloak to Doctor Octopus'#12
- 'Sif to Sunspot'
The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976)
#17 The Supernaturals (1998)
- 'Whatever Happened To The Iceman?'#18
- 'My Friend, My Foe!'#36
- 'Enter: Swarm!'
#4 The X-Men vs. the Avengers (1987)
- 'It's The Supernaturals vs. Giant Monsters of another era!'
#1 Thunderbolts (1997)
- 'Justice For All!'#2
- 'Uneasy Allies'#3
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#25 What If...? (1989)
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#1 Wolverine: First Class (2008)
- 'What If the Avengers Had Lost The Evolutionary War?'#110
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#7 X-Force (2008)
- 'Zone of Alienation, Part 1'#8
- 'Zone of Alienation, Part 2'
#21 X-Men (1991)
- 'Necrosha: Chapter Two'#22
#17 X-Men Forever (2009)
- 'A Skinning of Souls Part One: Waiting for the Ripening'#18
- 'A Skinning of Souls Part Two: The Crops Mature'#19
- 'A Skinning of Souls Part Three: Harvest of the Innocent'
#14 X-Men Unlimited (1993)
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- 'A Plague Among Us'
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