VIBRANIA

Real Name: Shara

Identity/Class: Human mutate (Kwarrai citizen)

Occupation: None

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Dr. Benson, Speedball (Robert Baldwin)

Enemies: None

Known Relatives: Unnamed father

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Hammond Labs in Springdale, Connecticut
formerly: Her home in the Southern African state Kwarrai

First Appearance: Marvel Super-Heroes III#4 (December, 1990)

Powers/Abilities: Without powers she was paralyzed from her waist down and bound to a wheelchair.
With powers she possessed the ability to release vibranium-powered blasts from her hands. These blasts caused vibrations strong enough to rip apart concrete. She could use these blasts to shield herself and others from falling debris as well, but only for a short time.

History: (Marvel Super-Heroes III#4/5 (fb) - BTS) - Shara was accidentally exposed to radioactive vibranium in her father's lab (he was a respected scientist) in the small South African nation Kwarrai. Paralyzed from the waist down she was sent to Sprindgale in the United States to be cured by Dr. Benson.

(Marvel Super-Heroes III#4/5) - In the Hammond Labs Robert Baldwin and Dr. Benson watched Shara undergo the experimental and painful treatments. Benson told Robbie that if no cure was found Shara would be sent back to Kwarrai where she could be with her family until she died. The following day Shara bumped with her wheelchair into Robert Baldwin and he asked her to accompany him on his break. They went outside and Robert helped her out of her wheelchair so that she could sit in the grass. Together they fell onto the lawn and from this day on Robert and Shara were together as often as possible. Weeks later still no cure was found and it was decided that Shara would be sent home the next day. For the last time Bobby and Shara went outside and he revealed to her that he was Speedball. She was sure that Robbie would one day be the best super-hero in the world and as a final goodbye they kissed each other.

That night an earthquake killed all residents of Kwarrai and when Shara learned about losing her family the shock activated the abilities she had inherited from the accident with vibranium. She was able to walk again and possessed the power to release vibranium-power blasts. She didn't see the children that were endangered by the debris created by her attack until Robbie entered the scene. Shara saved Robbie and the children from the falling debris and was buried by it herself. Robbie removed the rocks as Speedball, but Shara's injuries were lethal and she died in his arms after telling him that she loved him and that he would be the best hero of the world.

Newspapers and TV reported about the incident and gave Shara the alias Vibrania because they thought it sounded more dramatic.

Comments: Created by Scott Lobdell, Ron Wilson & Don Perlin

The moniker Vibrania was invented by reporters in Sprindgale. Shara never called herself Vibrania in the story.

Kwarrai is not a real land in Southern Africa. It was invented by Lobdell in this story and AFAIK it wasn't used again.

Profile by Markus Raymond

CLARIFICATIONS:
Vibrania has no known connection to:


images:
Marvel Super-Heroes III#4/5, p53, pan2 (Vibrania main image)
  p50 (Vibrania head shot)


Last updated: 11/20/05

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