Paragon (Marvel) (01 - Her)
Real Name: Her
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Her possesses the ability to tap and manipulate ambient cosmic energy for a variety of effects as well as the enhancement of her physical attributes. The organic cells of her entire body function like cosmic energy receptors and storage batteries, giving her a constant source of power. Through concentration, she can channel this energy into the manipulation of molecules. She can rearrange the molecules of matter in a maximum volume of about 3 cubic feet at a time. She can also project cosmic energy as non-radioactive concussive force, its maximum impact unknown (she once propelled the Thing 7/10 of a mile with a single blast). She can also use cosmic energy to interact with gravitons (particles of gravitational attraction) to enable her to fly. She can attain a maximum speed through an Earth-like atmosphere of Mach 10 (ten times the speed of sound, 7,800 miles her hour). Her maximum speed through the vacuum of space has not yet been measured. It is also not yet known whether she can use her cosmic energies to create rifts into warp-space like the Silver Surfer.
The cosmic energy coursing through her body supplies Her with vast physical attributes. Her cosmically-enhanced metabolism makes her virtually tireless: she can expend her powers at peak levels for up to 24 hours before fatigue impairs her performance. Cosmic energy augments her life force to such a degree that she is beyond conventional harm (radiation, penetration wounds, shock of impact, etc.). Only an injury of such magnitude that it disperses a major portion of her bodily molecules could cause death. If her body sustains any less ever but debilitating injury, she can create a cosmic energy cocoon out of nearby molecules in which she can rest and regenerate. The nature of her cosmic life force prevents the aging process, making her practically immortal. She can project her cosmic life force into beings who have died, thus reanimating dead tissue, but if a being's soul (astral self) has passed from its body, she has yet to find a way to restore it.
The being known as Her was the second attempt at the creation of a perfect test-tube grown human being by a collective of scientists calling themselves the Enclave. Years earlier, Maris Morlak, a nuclear physicist, Jerome Hamilton, a medical biologist, Carlo Zota, an electronics technician, and Wladyslave Shinski, a geneticist, formed the Enclave and founded a Citadel of Science where they could pool their resources to fashion the technology to create a benevolent world dictatorship. Their first major project was the creation of a perfect life form to be mass produced as an invincible army of supermen. The prototype of the project, the being known only as Him, was more powerful than they had predicted and resisted their attempts to control him. The golden-skinned Him indirectly caused Hamilton's death and devastated the Beehive before leaving Earth. Recouping their losses and rebuilding the Citadel, the remaining Enclave members began work anew on another genetic super-being, this time one that they could control. When the creature was ready to be "born," they enlisted the aid of Doctor Strange (not realizing that he was a sorcerer) to perform delicate brain surgery on the being to make it more controllable. The plan failed, and Paragon, as they named the creature, also rose against them and destroyed the Citadel. Paragon retreated into a cocoon of its own making to meditate upon its existence.
Some months later, Paragon emerged from the cocoon, transformed into its ultimate form. Having been in touch in the Enclave's computer system, the second creation learned of the first and decided that as unique beings, they had a joint destiny to mate and create a perfect race. Toward that end, Paragon transformed its aspect to become Him's perfect mate, Her. However, unknown to Her, Him (later called Adam Warlock) had perished saving the universe from the evil Thanos. Undaunted, Her sought Warlock's body so she might infuse it with her cosmic power and resurrect it. But when she finally found him, she was only able to resurrect his body and not his soul (which resided in his soul-gem). Hence, she returned Warlock's body to its resting place, and set forth to search the universe for another suitable mate. She was recently seen heading back toward Earth.
First Appearance: The Incredible Hulk (1968) Annual 06
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All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2006)
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