Real Name: Bonita Juarez
Identity/Class: Human mutate
Occupation: Adventurer; former social worker
Group Membership: The Rangers (Fifty-One, Living
Lightning/Miguel Santos, Red Wolf/William Talltrees, Shooting Star/Victoria Star, Texas
formerly Initiative (3-D Man/Delroy Garrett, Ant-Man/Eric O'Grady, Cloud 9/Abigail Boylen, Gargoyle/Isaac Christians, Gauntlet/Joseph Green, Hardball/Roger Brokerage, Hulkling/Teddy Altman of Earth-721, Justice/Vance Astrovik, Komodo/Melati Kusuma, Nighthawk/Kyle Richmond, Thor Girl/Skrull imposter, Ultra Girl/Suzy Sherman, War Machine/James Rhodes, Wiccan/Billy Kaplan of Earth-721, many others), Avengers (Black Knight/Dane Whitman, Black Panther/T'Challa, Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff, Captain America/Steve Rogers, Dr. Druid/Anthony Ludgate, Firestar/Angelica Jones, Hellcat/Patsy Walker, Hercules/Heracles, Iron Man/Tony Stark, Jack of Hearts/Jack Hart, Justice/Vance Astrovik, Living Lightning/Miguel Santos, Machine Man/X-51, Mockingbird/Bobbi Morse, Moondragon/Heather Douglas, Moon Knight/Marc Spector, Namor/Namor McKenzie, Photon/Monica Rambeau, Quasar/Wendell Vaughn, Quicksilver/Pietro Maximoff, Silverclaw/Maria de Guadalupe Santiago, Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff, She-Hulk/Jennifer Walters, Spider-Woman/Julia Carpenter, Stingray/Walter Newell, Thor/Thor Odinson, Thing/Ben Grimm, Tigra/Greer Nelson, Warbird/Carol Danvers, Wasp/Janet Van Dyne, Wonder Man/Simon Williams, Yellowjacket/Hank Pym), "Secret Avengers" (Captain America's Civil War "team"), Queens's Vengeance
Affiliations: Luke Cage, Collector (Taneleer Tivan), Deathlok (Michael
Collins), Fantastic Four (Human Torch/Johnny Storm, Invisible
Woman/Susan Richards-Storm, Mr. Fantastic/Reed Richards, Thing/Ben
Grimm), Gravity (Greg Willis), Hood
(Parker Robbins), Hulk (Bruce Banner), Edwin Jarvis, Jessica Jones, Rick Jones, Kraven
the Hunter (Alyosha Kravinoff), Medusa (Medusalith Boltagon), Father
Mendiguez, Micromax (Scott Wright), Dr. Michael Morbius, le Peregrine (Alain Racine), Franklin Richards, Jack
Russell, Scarlet Spider (Kaine), S.H.I.E.L.D.
and others), Silver Surfer (Norrin Radd), Teen Brigade (Candy Barr, Ben
"Wheels" Cassidy, Bill "Specs" Mantle, Sally Rider), Thunderbolts
(Atlas/Erik Josten, Jolt/Hallie
Takahama, Hawkeye/Clint Barton, MACH-1/Abe Jenkins, Moonstone/Karla
Sofen, Songbird/Melissa Joan Gold), Zoe Walsh;
formerly Rangers (Armadillo/Antonio Rodriguez, Phantom Rider/Hamilton Slade)
Enemies: Atlantean army, Awesome Android, Azmodeus,
Cat People (Balkatar/Grigar, Gerark and others), Corruptor (Jackson Day),
Desert Dwellers (Butte,
(Franklin Hall), Hydra, Kang the Conqueror (Nathaniel Richards), Krona (DC), Lobo (Skrull
infiltrator), Mammon, Master
Pandemonium (Martin Preston), Presence
(Sergei Krylov), Rakasha, Riglevio, Rock Trolls,
Roxxon (specifically David
Walsh), Sentinels, Skrulls, Space Phantom, Starlight
(Tania Belinsky), Stranger, SURF
Thanos, Venom (Mac Gargan), Yandroth;
formerly Masters of the Mental Arts (Christopher Ganyrog, Romantic Objective Pamela, others), the Order (Doctor Strange/Stephen Strange, Hulk/Bruce Banner, Namor, Silver Surfer/Norrin Radd), Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff)
Known Relatives: Unidentified brothers, Benito Juarez (grandfather, deceased), Chita Juarez (grandmother, deceased), Isabel Ramirez (great-great-grandmother, deceased), Carlotta Valdez (great-great-great aunt, deceased), unidentified ancestors (Carlotta's aunt and uncle, deceased)
Aliases: Firemaiden, la Espirita, "redskin", "the Mex-chick" ("nicknames" used by Texas Twister)
Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
formerly the Rangers headquarters, Texas;
formerly the Master's control base, Northern Canada;
formerly Baja, Mexico;
formerly Buena Vista, New Mexico;
formerly Avengers Compound, Palos Verdes, California;
formerly Albuquerque, New Mexico;
formerly Buena Vista, New Mexico (place of birth)
First Appearance: Incredible Hulk II#265 (November, 1981)
Powers/Abilities: Exposure to exotic outerspace radiation gave Bonita Juarez the ability to manipulate all forms of heat energy by controlling the otherwise random motion of atoms and molecules. This allows her to generate heat and flame, fire devastating blasts from her hands as well as emitting scorching heat to rapidly incapacitate her opponents. She can store, exchange and recover energy quickly and use it to fly. When she first activates her powers, a flame effect resembling a stylized falcon briefly appears over her. Firebird can fly by psycho-kinetically manipulating both heat and air currents. Her mutation has also granted Bonita a semblance of immortality: she has proved immune to a variety of hazards fatal to most meta-humans such as virulent poisons and potentially lethal levels of radiation. She can survive in the vacuum of space without oxygen (see comments). Bonita may be immortal. Because of her Catholic upbringing, Bonita feels her powers are a gift from God, even after she learned they were caused by alien garbage.
Weight: 125 lbs.
(West Coast Avengers II#19 (fb) - BTS) - The West Coast Avengers were trapped in the past by Dominus, using a faulty time platform that could only move them further back into the yesterdays. Now in 1776, the team met Carlotta Valdez, who was stunned to encounter such strange creatures. She then admitted to having dreams of being one herself, using some loose sand to draw crude pictures of Firebird and la Espirita. Hawkeye realized Carlotta must have been the woman in Firebird's vision. The quick thinking Clint decided on a long shot: he used one of his ink arrows to scribble a note addressed to Bonita using some of Carlotta's petticoat. He requested Carlotta kept the message safe in either her hope chest or the family Bible. Valdez promised to do so and kept her word.
(West Coast Avengers II#21 (fb) - BTS) - After Carlotta Valdez's death later in 1776, her Bible was taken back to Mexico by the priest who was with her when she died. He used the book in his parish in Ciudad Corazon, Mexico. In 1846, Carlotta's grandniece Isabel Ramirez went to the parish to read from the Bible. There, she read Hawkeye's message to Bonita which caused her to be struck by a divine revelation (possibly caused by the Egyptian deity Khonshu). Convinced this Bible should belong to her because it belonged to her family before, Ramirez stole it and hid the book inside a hollow tree for decades.
(West Coast Avengers II#22 (fb) - BTS) - Isabel Ramirez kept the Bible hidden in a tree for over 70 years. In 1917, at the age of 82, she showed her most prized possession to her granddaughter Chita. When Isabel died moments later saving a young boy called Benito Juarez when a nearby rope bridge collapsed, Chita took her grandmother's Bible and vowed that in honor of her she'd read from it every day. In the end, Chita and Benito married and had a son that would one day become Bonita Juarez's father.
(West Coast Avengers II#4 (fb) - BTS) - Bonita's parents were Mexican immigrants who moved to Buena Vista, a "barrio" outside Albuquerque, New Mexico. She and her brothers were born in the United States, their parents working hard to ensure their offspring would have a better life.
(West Coast Avengers II#22 (fb) - BTS) - Devoutly Catholic, Bonita inherited the Juarez family Bible which had been an heirloom for over 200 years, passed on from generation to generation. She kept the Bible near her at all times, unaware it contained a message addressed to her from Hawkeye (Clint Barton) who had become lost in time on a future mission with the West Coast Avengers. Juarez remained oblivious to it over the years, figuring it was just one of the hundreds of keepsakes that littered the Bible. She only studied the liturgy.
(West Coast Avengers II#4 (fb) - BTS) - Bonita had the chance to go to college. She decided to study social work, earning a degree in that field before her parents' money grew short.
(Incredible Hulk II#265 (fb) ) - Bonita got a job as a social worker in Albuquerque. She was part of Project Recovery, working tirelessly to make sure underprivileged children had a chance to develop their potential.
(Avengers Spotlight#24/2 (fb) - BTS) - The alien S.H.I.E.L.D. base pupil Yoof had been working on a scientific experiment involving exotic types of radiation. When the experiment ultimately proved a failure, he got rid of it by dumping it into space. Eventually, the materials made their way to the Sol system where they were ultimately attracted by Earth's gravity.
(Avengers Spotlight#24/2 (fb) ) - Late one night, driving home with Father Mendiguez, Bonita was angered and disappointed when the parish leader informed her they were going to have to cut funding to the church outreach program. She desperately pleaded with Mendiguez, who felt sorry about it too, but explained it was out of his hands. Angered and in need to cool off, Juarez told him to stop the car, preferring to walk home across the desert at night so she could think. Wandering aimlessly across the desert for several hours, she began to regret her rash decision. As fate would have it, the remains of Yoof's experiment crash-landed right next to her, dousing Bonita in the unearthly radiation that gave her firepowers which she remained unaware of at the time.
(West Coast Avengers II#4 (fb) - BTS) - When she learned the meteor had changed her, Bonita felt so shameful she lived in mortal terror for the rest of the week, yearning to confess at the end of Sunday's mass.
(West Coast Avengers II#4 (fb) ) - Despite being distraught, Bonita couldn't bring herself to confide in her preacher after the sermon. Instead of confessing her sins, she stormed out of church, back to her barrio where she stumbled across a gang of thugs holding up the local 7/11 grocery store. Furious, she turned into her fire form, manifesting a fiery bird and striking down her assailants as Firebird. Even though her Lord hadn't told her why, Bonita nevertheless accepted this was His will.
(Incredible Hulk II#265 (fb) - BTS) - The mind controlling Corruptor was in the Midwest, hiding out in an old Spanish mission. He ran afoul of the Hulk, Rick Jones and his Teen Brigade. Using his powers to get the Hulk on his side, Corruptor planned to have Rick bring in his old friends the Avengers so he could control them as well. Figuring the heroes would be able to deal with the Hulk and the Corruptor irregardless of the villain's plans, Rick sent out an Avengers priority summons. However, the signal was unable to cross over the Rocky Mountains. Instead, it was deflected and spread across the Midwest.
(Incredible Hulk II#265) - Bonita went to visit the Hidalgo family in her hometown of Buena Vista. Their son Juan had received a ham radio through Project Recovery, which greatly pleased his mother because it kept her son from running with the local gangs at night. Bonita went to check on Juan just as his set picked up Rick Jones' summons. Deciding she had to go and help because the voice sounded desperate and New York was so far away, Bonita quickly excused herself, claiming she had more families to visit that night. In a nearby alley, she turned into Firebird and flew off, feeling slightly sinful because she enjoyed the ecstasy of flight perhaps a bit too much. Tracing the call signal, she was surprised to find other local superheroes had responded as well. Joining with Red Wolf, Shooting Star, Phantom Rider and the Texas Twister, they approached the old Spanish mission that the Corruptor had been using as his base. They were then taken aback by the fact the Hulk was there as well, looking angry and ready to attack. Red Wolf and his pet wolf Lobo were the first to jump the behemoth. Hopelessly outmatched, they were saved by Firebird who blasted the Hulk from behind, which caused him to toss his opponents aside. Firebird and Shooting Star then teamed to attack Hulk, but he used one of his thunderclaps to send them flying. The stunned Firebird was caught by Texas Twister who then tried to attack, only for Hulk to grab his ankle and stop the cyclone generating cowboy. With all the heroes defeated, Corruptor showed himself, ready to take control of them. But thanks to Rick Jones who risked his life trying to talk some sense into the corrupted Hulk, the villain was defeated when Hulk shifted back into Banner who knocked out the Corruptor with a little help from Lobo. After the fight, Firebird and the other western heroes decided they might stick together as a superhero team, with Texas Twister suggesting their new name: the Rangers.
(Contest of Champions I#1) - Firebird, the Rangers and most of Earth's heroes were abducted by the Grandmaster and a being known only as the "Unknown" (actually Mistress Death). They were brought together in an alien looking arena. Soon after they got their bearings, Grandmaster and the Unknown appeared to the heroes to tell them what was going on. Recently, the Grandmaster's fellow Elder of the Universe the Collector had died. Grandmaster sought to remedy this by daring the Unknown into a game. Should he win, the Collector would be brought back to life. Both players each picked twelve heroes to battle on their behalf. Firestar was left out of the competition. In battles of three, the chosen heroes had to fight over pieces of the Golden Globe of Life. Whoever collected the most was the winner.
(Contest of Champions I#2 - BTS) - Firestar and all other heroes who didn't take part in the cosmic competition remained captured while the chosen ones fought over the Golden Globe of Life pieces.
(Contest of Champions I#3 - BTS) - When all twelve participants had returned, it seemed the Grandmaster's team had won three Golden Globe of Life pieces, while the Unknown only had one. Promising to never use the denizens of Earth in his games again, the Grandmaster claimed his prize. However, all the heroes were shocked to see the Unknown revealed as Death itself. The embodiment of lifelessness held her end of the bargain and restored the Collector. However, the universe survives by balance so for any one life force to return, another should be taken. That's why the Grandmaster gave up his life to make sure his "brother" lived. Death then departed, taking the Collector with her. In the aftermath, all the summoned heroes were returned to wherever they were prior to the contest.
(Incredible Hulk II#278 - BTS) - Firebird and her fellow Rangers joined a scala of Earth's superheroes on the White House lawn in Washington D.C. to help celebrate the fact the Hulk had received an official presidential pardon. The televised event was briefly interrupted by an alien invasion that the Hulk and Earth's heroes helped fight off (in reality, it was an illusion projected by the Leader based on footage shot by one of Bereet of Krylor's Star Eyes).
(Incredible Hulk II#279) - The Hulk was honored by the city of New York with a special victory parade and ceremony for his heroic efforts during the ersatz alien invasion. Firebird was among the many heroes present during the ticker-tape parade and the official ceremonies during which many of the Hulk's friends and allies delivered glowing testimonies.
(West Coast Avengers II#4 (fb) - BTS) - The Rangers eventually drifted apart. Despite their good intentions, it soon became clear they were too geographically challenged to make it work as a team.
(West Coast Avengers II#4 (fb) ) - Bonita continued to live in Albuquerque. One night, she was attacked in bed by Master Pandemonium and his birdlike ally Azmodeus. Pandemonium believed Firebird might possess one of the five missing pieces of his soul. Bonita sensed Pandemonium's demonic energies and was disgusted by them, however he proved immune to her fire powers. Unable to defend herself against the demons he manifested from his body, Firebird was brought to her knees. Pandemonium then concluded she didn't have his soul piece and left her alone in the desert. After waking up, Firebird was so distraught by the experience that she instinctively sensed she needed help from other heroes. Though weakened and rattled, she managed to fly over 700 miles to Avengers Compound in Palos Verdes, California.
(West Coast Avengers II#4) - By the time she reached California, Firebird was so exhausted she crashed right outside the front gate. As fate would have it, her fiery fall was spotted by the Thing (Ben Grimm) who was just leaving the Avengers Compound on his motorcycle. Ben returned with the unconscious Bonita and, after making sure she was going to be fine, left again. When Bonita came to, she shared her story with the Avengers who promised to help her track down Pandemonium, even though the increasingly more feline Tigra didn't care for the fiery stranger in their midst.
(West Coast Avengers II#4 - BTS) - Bonita remained at the Avengers Compound to rest up when the Avengers got a call from Wonder Man and Thing who happened to be fighting Master Pandemonium at the LA Arena (M.P. now believed Thing might have a piece of his soul). The Avengers fought Master Pandemonium to a standstill, but the villain managed to escape.
(West Coast Avengers II#5) - Having recovered from her ordeal against Master Pandemonium, Firebird remained at the Avengers Compound with Ben Grimm for a while. She planned to go after the villain herself as soon as she could thank the team for their hospitality. The Avengers were having a heated meeting in the other room about the media firestorm Wonder Man had caused by admitting on the Tonight Show that he'd embezzled from his own company. When she and Ben said goodbye to Hawkeye and Mockingbird, Bonita learned that there was still an opening on the team. Hawkeye continued to try and persuade Thing to become their sixth member, but he wasn't interested and hastily left, taking Firebird with him. Hitching a ride to Los Angeles on his motorcycle, Bonita couldn't help but feel sad the Avengers hadn't asked her to join. In LA, she continued her search for Pandemonium by visiting an occult bookstore and threatening the owner with her flame powers. Scared for his life and his precious books, the man confessed that he really didn't know anything about Pandemonium. He told her to seek out the Darkhold, a book in the possession of LA resident Jack Russell. Making her way to his apartment, Firebird spotted the Avengers fighting a werewolf right outside Russell's building (they had come for his insights on helping Tigra contain her werecat side). Dropping in to help, she was stunned to learn the werewolf was Russell. With the werewolf knocked out, Russell's friend Michael Morbius told the Avengers they should seek out the Cat People.
(West Coast Avengers II#5 - BTS) - Firebird learned Jack Russell no longer owned the Darkhold. He had given the corrupting book of magic to Doctor Strange for safekeeping.
(West Coast Avengers II#6) - Though dabbling in the occult was somewhat upsetting to her Christian beliefs, Firebird joined the Avengers at their Compound where Michael Morbius taught them the ritual needed to summon the Cat People warrior Balkatar (Grigar). When both Iron Man and Wonder Man turned out to be unavailable for the mission, Mockingbird (sensing Bonita's desire to join) roped Hawkeye into letting Firebird tag along. Totally oblivious to all this, Hawkeye okayed it but also called the Thing to help out, determined to get him to be the sixth and final member of the team. The Avengers then made their way to the home of the deceased devil priest Daemond where the ritual was to take place. The heroes successfully summoned the Balkatar who immediately attacked. Seeing the cat demon convinced Firebird it was up to her to use her God given abilities to purify this evil from the world. She blasted the Balkatar, leaving him open to an attack by Thing who nearly got singed by the overenthusiastic Bonita. Balkatar stopped his attack when he spotted Tigra, begging her forgiveness the Balkatar teleported everyone to the Land Within, the Cat People's realm, upon her request. There, they were brought before the ruler of the Cat People who ordered the Avengers to be taken into custody while he considered Tigra's request for help. The team grudgingly agreed but after a while broke out anyway to come to Tigra's aid. Greer lied to her teammates, claiming the king Gerark had offered to help her...no strings attached (in reality, she had just agreed to kill Master Pandemonium for him).
(West Coast Avengers II#7) - The Avengers remained in the realm of the Cat People, enjoying the newfound hospitality of the king who threw a banquet in their honor. During dinner, Firebird expressed discomfort at being there, claiming she had a sense of foreboding about the place. Thing told her not to worry and just enjoy herself. That led Hawkeye to once again trying to convince the reluctant hero to become their 6th member, a discussion that irked Firebird who would have loved to be asked to join. Still, she consigned herself to having to suffer in silence.
(West Coast Avengers II#8) - Eventually, the Cat People returned Bonita and the Avengers to Daemond's mansion. Flying home with the team, Firebird suddenly had a vision. She now was a woman called Carlotta, riding a horse on the mission trail to San Luis Obispo back in the 1800s. Her convoy was ambushed by Native Americans and Carlotta ended up shot in the back. When the vision ended, she told the Avengers of the vision, claiming she sensed someone was a traitor (Tigra incorrectly believed she meant her). Upon their return to the compound, the Avengers were met by Wonder Man who told them he'd just single-handedly killed Ultron, solliciting big cheers from his fellow Avengers. Firebird was somewhat disappointed she never got to meet the robot herself, but Thing assured her she really wouldn't have liked him anyway. Overjoyed, Hawkeye tried once again to get the Thing to join so they could make the West Coast Avengers the best superhero team ever.
(West Coast Avengers II#8 - BTS) - Mockingbird spotted how much Hawkeye's relentless fawning over Thing hurt Firebird and she pulled her husband aside to literally hit home the point he was mistreating Bonita by not asking her. Hawkeye wasn't too enthusiastic about the notion of getting Firebird over Thing, but promised to ask her if Ben turned him down one more time. At that moment, Firebird had made a decision of her own: she'd contacted her old Rangers teammates and asked them to come to the Compound to discuss giving the Rangers another go.
(West Coast Avengers II#8) - When the Rangers arrived at the Compound and met the Avengers, Firebird sensed something was very wrong with them. Matters escalated when Shooting Star touched Bonita right in the spot Carlotta was shot at in her vision. This led her to conclude the Rangers had been possessed by demonic forces. She turned out to be right, the Rangers immediately attacked the heroes, with Red Wolf making his pet wolf Lobo grow to gigantic size. Firebird tried to fight Lobo but ultimately had Mockingbird defeat the canine. She then confronted Shooting Star, realizing she was actually possessed by the demon Riglevio. Forcing the creature to show its true face, Bonita and the others learned the demon had been responsible for driving the Rangers apart in the first place. It was scared of Firebird's powers, claiming they could incinerate the soul, and wanted the Rangers to kill Bonita. Thanks to Tigra, the Avengers then learned Riglevio was linked to Master Pandemonium.
(West Coast Avengers II#9 (fb) ) - Freed from Riglevio's influence, the Rangers left. Firebird chose to stay and help the Avengers deal with Master Pandemonium. It was decided Mockingbird would pose as Shooting Star and infiltrate Pandemonium's operation long enough for the Avengers to come in and deal with him.
(West Coast Avengers II#9) - Mockingbird, dressed in Shooting Star's costume and mimicking her distinct Southern drawl, met with Pandemonium but got caught. Before the Avengers could come to her aid, she was teleported away by Pandemonium. Though Bonita could sense the lingering evil, she couldn't trace it back to the source. Tigra summoned the Balkatar who was able to track Master Pandemonium. The mystical cat demon told the Avengers their target was hiding out in the old Anvil Pictures movie studios. There, Firebird and most of the other Avengers fought a legion of Pandemonium's Rakasha demons. In the end, the villain escaped (after Tigra failed to kill him by herself). Still considering it a win for the good guys, Hawkeye was over the moon when Thing accepted his final offer to join the team. Only Mockingbird noticed the shaken Firebird standing in a corner, looking dark and down.
(Secret Wars II#9) - Firebird was one of the many heroes summoned by Phoenix (Rachel Summers) for a final confrontation against the Beyonder.
(West Coast Avengers II#10) - Despite being depressed about not getting invited to be their sixth member, Firebird remained with the Avengers. However, right before the official swearing in ceremony for the Thing, she decided it was time to leave. She said goodbye to Hawkeye and Mockingbird, telling them her desire to join the Avengers was probably too great, that's why God chose to humble her by not making it happen. She was going into a retreat to find herself again. Hawkeye owed up to the fact it was more likely his fault, blaming his inexperience at being a chairman for not recognizing her desire to be an Avenger. They wished Bonita the best and asked to consider giving them another chance once she was done with her soul searching. As a last piece of advice, Hawkeye told her not to ignore the vision about Carlotta, after all "in this business you can't ignore things like that!".
(West Coast Avengers Annual I#1 - BTS) - When the Avengers learned one of their own had falsely betrayed them, leading to the government sanctioned Freedom Force hunting them down to arrest them, the team went over their past members and associates to see who could be behind this. Firebird was briefly considered, but quickly dismissed.
(West Coast Avengers II#17 (fb) ) - Bonita returned home to Albuquerque and gave herself over to her religious quest. Missing over a month of work, she even stopped going to confession at Sister Teresa's church in Buena Vista. Late one night, Father Ramirez spotted her praying to God in the chapel, asking the heavenly father His will be done. In response, all the candles in the chapel lit up.
(West Coast Avengers II#24 (fb) - BTS) - Bonita caught the attention of the alien Dominus. Considering her a potential risk to his plans, he had her shadowed by his minion Cactus.
(West Coast Avengers II#17 (fb) - BTS) - Bonita reinvented herself as la Espirita, guided by divine inspiration.
(West Coast Avengers II#17 - BTS) - The West Coast Avengers, still looking for their 6th member, decided to visit Albuquerque to officially ask Firebird to join them. They were surprised to find Bonita had basically gone missing, visiting her apartment, her work and her church only to come up empty. They also didn't know they were being shadowed by Dominus' Desert Dwellers who engaged the team only to lure them to Dominus' base inside a butte in the desert. There, the Avengers were unwittingly tricked into stepping onto a faulty time platform that hurled them into the past.
(West Coast Avengers II#17) - La Espirita went to Avengers Compound to see her old allies. She arrived in time to prevent Hank Pym from committing suicide. She told the thoroughly demoralized former Avenger that she had come to bring him "hope from God".
(West Coast Avengers II#18) - Hearing Hank Pym share his story of self-perceived failure, la Espirita offered to help him discover his true heroic nature by making him aware of the gifts that God had given him. She immediately committed herself to helping him reclaim his life. Incredulous, Hank wondered why she would want to do that, after all she didn't even know him. Bonita responded that Hank was a child of God, like everyone else. This broke Pym, who dropped the gun and started to sob.
(West Coast Avengers II#19) - Bonita and Hank started their work together. Juarez wanted Pym to rediscover a purpose for himself that arose naturally from his individual talents and skills. They then went through all the pros and cons of Pym's previous heroic incarnations. Starting with his Ant-Man days, she had him demonstrate the enlarging effects of Pym Particles on a stray ant. When the insect didn't survive the sudden size change, Hank felt bad. Bonita told him to learn from the experience as they pressed on.
(West Coast Avengers II#19) - After discussing the nature of Pym Particles for a long time, Hank and Bonita decided to call it a day. Hank wanted to go out for a meal, but Bonita preferred to just cooking something at the Compound. She wasn't dressed for going out, having only brought the bare necessities with her from Albuquerque like her family Bible. The book was in the living room, Hawkeye's old note sticking out for anyone to see though it went unnoticed. Pym told Bonita he really enjoyed their time together and hoped they'd get to spend more alone time with her. Relieved he had abandoned the idea of killing himself, Bonita went along with it.
(West Coast Avengers II#20) - Pym got worried when a day passed and the Avengers still hadn't returned from Albuquerque. La Espirita tried to reassure Hank by offering to pray with him for their well being. She reached for her family Bible, with Hawkeye's note inadvertently dropping to the floor. She picked it up without giving the message a second glance, more focused on Hank who claimed prayer didn't work for him. That was Espirita's cue to put the Bible away and return with Hank to working on a new life and a heroic role he was comfortable with. They next tackled the field of robotics, with Bonita wanting to know everything about the creation of Ultron. Recounting the history of his greatest failure was painful for Hank who openly wondered if Bonita even knew where she was going with this. She assured him she was letting the spirit move her towards a brilliant, shining goal.
(West Coast Avengers II#21) - Hank Pym and Bonita finished their search for his new heroic identity. They decided he should become a scientific adventurer, using his knowledge of cybernetics to build the intelligent flying machine Rover and his shrinking powers to carry a wide array of miniaturized tools and weapons he could call up at a moment's notice. Bonita was overjoyed to see Hank so enthusiastic and energized, helping others was what Christian fellowship was all about after all. Hearing this disappointed Pym somewhat because he had developed romantic feelings for Bonita during their time together. Smiling brightly, she assured Pym she wasn't a nun, leading to a passionate kiss.
(West Coast Avengers II#22) - Bonita and Hank had just returned to the Compound after taking Rover for a test flight when they were approached by the vigilante Moon Knight. After a brief fight between Pym and Moon Knight, he explained his presence. He was sent by Khonshu (who had struck a deal with Hawkeye in ancient Egypt) to alert Bonita and Hank about the message in her Bible. Moon Knight showed the stunned heroes the note. Convinced it was genuine, Pym and Bonita took Moon Knight inside to contact the Fantastic Four in New York City and ask if they could borrow his time machine to rescue their teammates. Mr. Fantastic had bad news: Dominus and his Desert Dwellers had just attacked their headquarters in order to smash the time platform to pieces.
(West Coast Avengers II#23) - Bonita, Hank and Moon Knight flew to New York City aboard Rover to meet with the Fantastic Four and see the destruction caused by Dominus firsthand. Juarez was greeted by the Thing who noticed her new outfit, causing la Espirita to tell her old ally "the firebird has flown!". While Hank and Reed began work on restoring the time platform, Bonita took some time to catch up with the Thing who filled her in about what had been going on in his life. From mutating even further to his brief time living with Mole Man only to reunite with the FF and learning to accept his former girlfriend Alicia Masters (actually the Skrull Lyja) was now married to the Human Torch. Though Ben claimed he'd accepted it, Bonita correctly concluded that wasn't yet the case. She assured him he could always depend on her if he wanted to talk. Moments later, Hank and Reed finished repairs on the time platform, which meant Bonita, Pym and Moon Knight were sent back to Rama-Tut's time in ancient Egypt to collect their teammates. Conveniently appearing right before the stunned Avengers, the elated Espirita yelled "Avengers assemble!" to bolster everyone's spirits. After a brief reunion, they returned home (stopping in 1876 to pick up Mockingbird). As they were flying back to the present, Espirita told Hawkeye how truly wonderful it was everything had turned out well. He agreed, but reminded her they'd be taking the fight to Dominus next.
(West Coast Avengers I#24) - Espirita accompanied the West Coast Avengers, along with Dr. Pym and Moon Knight, back to Dominus' base. She used her glow to illuminate the butte's pitch-black interior, holding her cross and reciting the words to Psalm 23:4 to comfort herself: "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil for thou art with me." Coming to a clearing, they were met by Sunstroke who had brought an army of cloned Desert Dwellers. The Avengers engaged them while Espirita took on Sunstroke (the only one not cloned). Their powers appeared evenly matched, but he still decided to retreat because the others were getting massacred. The Avengers chased Sunstroke back to Dominus' main base where the robotic intelligence trapped their minds with his technology. However, he hadn't counted on Moon Knight's split personalities which allowed the vigilante to shake off the effects of Dominus' incapacitor rays twice. Running scared, the sentient alien complex launched itself into space. Wonder Man, Espirita and Iron Man gave chase. Reaching the outer atmosphere, Espirita learned she could comfortably breathe even though there wasn't any oxygen present. This stunned Iron Man, but she merely called it a miracle and pressed on. They were forced to stop the chase when Wonder Man's jets gave out and he fell to Earth. Iron Man had to save him, which angered the arrogant ionic Avenger so much he wanted to hit his savior. Bonita managed to calm them down. Later, she attended Hawkeye's world famous celebratory barbecue.
(West Coast Avengers Annual I#2) - Espirita and Moon Knight attended the annual friendly softball game between the East and West Coast Avengers, held at the Houston Astrodome. Watching from the stands, Bonita mentioned that even though she doesn't want to join the team, she'd love to play anyway. To which Moon Knight replied that he'd only play if the game were held at night. Minutes later, the game was interrupted by the Silver Surfer who came to warn them one of the Elders of the Universe wanted them dead. Thinking this somewhat ludicrous, the West Coast Avengers turned to the East Coast team and were shocked to find them dead. Eager for revenge, the heroes concluded that the Grandmaster must be responsible. Silver Surfer confirmed this: though deceased, the cosmic gamesman was playing a game to return to life. Figuring that if Grandmaster could be resurrected, the Eackos had a shot as well, the team boarded their Quinjet and (with help from the Silver Surfer) made it to the outer space location of the Collector's massive vessel. The Collector felt sorry for their loss and somewhat responsible. That's why he offered the Avengers a chance to enter Death's realm for a fighting chance to save their friends. But in order to get to the other side, they had to die. Collector offered them a sample of the most powerful poison in his collection. Agreeing on this course of action, the West Coast Avengers, Espirita, Moon Knight and the Silver Surfer all took some of it. Everyone dropped dead, except for Espirita who proved immune to the poison, much to her own surprise. Intrigued, Collector briefly contemplated adding her to his collection, but Bonita threatened to use her powers to turn his collection to ashes if he tried anything.
(Silver Surfer III#3 (fb) - BTS) - The Collector returned to his homeworld, taking the still defiant Espirita with him since she lacked the means to escape his ship and get back to Earth. She used her heat and light powers to resist his attempts to add her to his catalogue.
(Silver Surfer III#3) - Espirita watched from a distance how the Collector was suddenly confronted by the return of his wife Matani Tivan, who had died 3 billion years ago of apathy. Matani had been revived when Collector came back to life, but she still lacked the will to live and quickly perished again in the arms of her bereft husband. The Collector then had to face the furious Silver Surfer who had managed to come back from Death's realm to confront Tivan. Finding him grieving over his wife, Surfer momentarily doubted the Collector's sincerity. Espirita showed herself to confirm his grief was genuine. After explaining to the surprised Surfer what had happened to her, she happily accepted his offer to take her back to Earth. Quickly returning to the Sol system on his cosmic board, Bonita had one question of the Surfer before they parted ways. She always wondered, like so many other people of faith did, if he was perhaps a herald of the messiah. Stunned by this notion, Radd tried his best to explain he was in no way Jesus Christ, calling all similarities purely coincidental. Espirita wasn't so easily swayed. Her faith told her the son of God's return would be preceded by the arrival of other holy men. Surfer gently pointed out that while there may or may not be a divine plan he would certainly have no special place in it. Espirita got what he was trying to say, but nevertheless assured the Surfer everyone has a special place. They continued to soar over Earth in contemplative silence.
(West Coast Avengers II#25) - After the Silver Surfer dropped her off in Albuquerque, Espirita slowly made her way back to the Avengers Compound in Palos Verdes. She waited around for Hank Pym, who had become an active Avenger again following their adventure in Death's realm. The two had an emotional heart to heart during which Pym admitted that he loved Bonita for what she'd done for him...but that he didn't love her. Juarez took this in stride, adding that she knew that as well as the fact he didn't believe in God either. Rather sheepishly, Pym admitted that as a scientist he didn't believe in a higher deity. Unperturbed, Espirita assured him every man would feel the hand of the Lord in a different way. She then set off on a vision quest, hoping it would lead to some answers regarding her recent, apparent immortality. She kissed Hank farewell, telling him they'd meet again. Watching the stately Espirita go, Pym couldn't help but feel she was an amazing woman who left her life as serenely as she entered it.
(Avengers Spotlight#24 (fb) - BTS) - Bonita abandoned the Espirita identity and returned to her old Firebird codename and costume.
(Avengers Spotlight#24) - While on her retreat in the New Mexico desert, she was abducted by the alien S.H.I.E.L.D. organization that had come to Earth to see what harm Yoof's botched experiment might have caused. They tested Bonita who was eventually able to break free. Demanding an answer, she was shocked to learn the truth about her supposedly divinely gifted powers from prime Technician Chlreee: she'd been an accident. Firebird briefly vented her anger and frustration on Yoof, who actually expressed happiness because Bonita's powers were proof his experiment wasn't a failure after all. She then broke down crying, begging her God's forgiveness for being a vain fool who believed she was doing His work when she was actually nothing more than a child's mistake. S.H.I.E.L.D. returned her home where it took Juarez several weeks to take in what the aliens had revealed to her. She finally made peace with the origin of her abilities, simply choosing to believe they were still a gift from God, albeit through a slightly more circuitous route. Done with self-doubt and ignorance, Bonita set out to make her mark on the world as Firebird.
(Avengers I#305) - Firebird attended a general meeting of the entire Avengers membership called by Captain America on Hydrobase. During the meeting, Cap outlined his new plans for the team, emphasizing the fact they were all Avengers irregardless of whatever coast they happened to be on.
(Avengers West Coast Annual I#4/4) - In the early days of Attuma's war on the surface world, a contingent of his Panamanian invasion army got caught off from their fellow soldiers during a fight against Namor and Iron Man. Their vessel damaged, they veered off course, hitting land near Baja, Mexico. They got caught and lost in a sandstorm, but bravely soldiered on into the desert, intending to lay claim to the surface world for their lord Attuma. After several days, Firebird caught up with the exhausted troops. Easily beating some of their more zealous members back by making the water inside their helmets boil and dispersing the molecular integrity of their plasma bursts, she convinced them to turn back. Helping them return to their vessel, Firebird even assisted in repairing it so they could be on their way if they promised not to involve themselves in any fighting until the conflict had been resolved. They agreed to those terms and even took Firebird's suggestion to visit the island of Tahiti. Content, Firebird continued on her way, thinking to herself she might check for stray Atlanteans in the LaBrea tar pits.
(Avengers Spotlight#27/2) - Following the sinking of Hydrobase by Doctor Doom's killer robot army, Firebird joined the salvage operation along with other reservists like Moondragon, Hellcat and the Black Widow. They oversaw things on land while Stingray went down to the bottom of the Hudson River to check for valuables. He noticed the former Avengers lab where the team had kept the Heavy Metal robots in stasis was damaged as well. All the robots had been reactivated, including the Awesome Android that attacked him. Surfacing with Stingray in his claws the Awesome Android flew towards Firebird and the other Avengers who immediately engaged the creature that easily adapted to their powers. In the end, the added firepower from Captain Marvel (Monica Rambeau) ensured their victory.
(Avengers Annual I#19/3 (fb) - BTS) - In the aftermath of the so-called Acts of Vengeance, Captain America, Thor and Vision reviewed the various threats the Avengers had faced in recent days. Among them the fight Firebird and the other Avengers reservists had against the Awesome Android.
(Avengers West Coast Annual I#5/3) - Bonita was enjoying some time off, visiting Marine World in LA when it was suddenly attacked by SURF. This team of radical, super powered Atlantean youths had come to free the whales kept at Marine World. Switching into Firebird, Bonita contacted the Avengers and tried to prevent SURF from carrying out their plan until the heroes arrived. Quickly coming up with a plan, Dr. Pym shrank the whales so he could easily get them out of their tanks. This allowed for Firebird to go all out, using her powers to heat up the thousands of gallons of water in the tanks until it boiled and SURF came rushing out of it. The effort proved too much for Firebird and she briefly passed out while the Avengers cornered SURF and talked some sense into them. Nursing a devil of a headache, Firebird went to get some aspirin while the Avengers and SURF visited with the restored whales. The Atlanteans were now okay with keeping them at Marine World, though they did point out it was humiliating and possibly harmful for them to perform tricks for food.
(Avengers III#1 (fb) - BTS) - Bonita eventually returned to Albuquerque to continue her missionary work on a more permanent basis.
(Avengers III#1) - Shortly after the Avengers returned from Franklin Richards' pocket dimension, every member of the team found themselves under attack by a variety of Asgardian and other mythological menaces (a threat caused by Morgan Le Fay who had taken control of the Norn Stones and the Twilight Sword). After being attacked by Rock Trolls in New Mexico, Firebird answered the Avengers founders' call to gather at Avengers Mansion. There, she was joined by most of the other heroes who had once been associated with the team. She told the excitable Living Lightning to simmer down even though it was nice to see so many old friends. The large grouping of heroes was split in five, with each team sent out to investigate a potential hot spot related to the current crisis. Firebird joined a team led by Iron Man, along with Living Lightning, Tigra, USAgent, Black Panther, Spider-Woman (Julia Carpenter) and Machine Man. They traveled to equatorial Africa where they found themselves opposed by Morgana's old Celtic allies the Fomor. This battle kept them all distracted long enough for Morgan to gain control of the Scarlet Witch, whose reality altering powers she used, along with the Norn Stones and the Twilight Sword, to reshape the world in her image thus diverging it into Earth-398.
(Avengers III#2) - On the newly formed Earth-398, Bonita Juarez joined the Queen's Vengeance as Firemaiden. Serving as Morgan's elite super powered soldiers, the Vengeance were feared and respected throughout the world. However, after a while Captain America and Hawkeye began to recall who they really were and what had happened to them. They went back to the Queen's Vengeance lodgings in the hopes of awakening their fellow teammates to the truth as well. This was only partially successful, most of the team including Bonita were still too caught up in Morgan's reality altering magics to figure out what was really going on. Firemaiden and the other unconverted tried to stop Cap and the others from escaping but Thor's timely arrival allowed them all to leave unscathed.
(Avengers III#3) - Captain America and his heroes eventually tried to sneak into Morgan's city again. At the same time, the Scarlet Witch (whose magic was allowing the reality altering spell) had escaped Le Fay's prison which caused all those affected by her spell to slowly come to their senses. In the end, the Scarlet Witch and the newly resurrected Wonder Man (who had freed Wanda) showed up to confront Le Fay. Herself once again, Firebird joined the other Avengers in adding her life force and energy to Wanda's so that she could overpower the ancient sorceress. Assembled, the Avengers won the day. Reality was returned to normal and Juarez and the others found themselves on the island of Tintagel Head, none the worse for wear.
(Avengers III#4 - BTS) - Firebird returned with the Avengers to New York City and stayed at the mansion until the founders had time to decide on the team's permanent lineup. When she had her interview with them, she declined the option to become an active member again, instead preferring to return to New Mexico and resume her work at the mission.
(Avengers III#12 - BTS) - When the Avengers and Thunderbolts inadvertently activated the Dominus base's Arcane fail-safe program Dominex, the giant robot easily incapacitated the heroes with its Somni-Rays. It then started to make its way westwards, making headlines when the US Army and Air Force proved unable to stop it. Recognizing the construct from her previous encounter with Dominus, Bonita set out to investigate as Firebird.
(Avengers III#12) - Firebird arrived at the site of the old Dominus base where the Avengers were slowly coming out of their Somni-Ray induced comas. She quickly filled Captain America and the others in, explaining that the Thunderbolts were already en route to deal with the menace. Firebird accompanied the Avengers aboard their Quinjet, speeding to Dominex's last reported location. Firebird's powers didn't faze the construct, even when she teamed up with Firestar (Angelica Jones). By then, Dominex had entered the Pacific Ocean, slowly building towards critical mass while headed for the Murray Fracture Zone. It planned to explode where the Earth's crust was at its thinnest, which would cause the planet's crust to rip apart like a balloon. In the end, thanks to the Avengers and Thunderbolts working together and with some remote tech support from Hank Pym and the bed-ridden Iron Man, the heroes destroyed Dominex by going inside him and wrecking the main command module.
(Avengers III#27) - Forced to change their lineup to address public dissatisfaction about a perceived lack of minorities, the Avengers heeded their liaison Duane Freeman's advice to invite back black or latino members. Captain America contacted Bonita on her communicard. She declined, feeling the church was truly her first calling.
(Avengers III#38) - When the Avengers decided to adopt a more proactive approach to fighting the various metahuman menaces, Firebird was pressed back to active service. She went to join the Black Knight in Slorenia where a S.H.I.E.L.D. monitoring station was tracking the whereabouts of the Bloodwraith who had recently taken mystical control of the entire country. She joined Dane during his regular check-in with Avengers Mansion in New York, expressing the hope that God willing, they'd soon be able to break the Bloodwraith's control over Slorenia.
(Avengers III#40) - Monitoring the situation in Slorenia from their S.H.I.E.L.D. station, Black Knight and Firebird noted that the Bloodwraith had retreated deep within the exterior of the devastated country where the thick mists made it impossible for them to actively track him. Just then, their sensor array picked up a sudden, massive upsurge in radiation from Siberia that prompted the heroes to go and investigate the incident.
(Avengers III#41) - Firebird and Black Knight were joined in Siberia by Captain America, Thor and Quicksilver to investigate the mysterious radiation surges. Using a S.H.I.E.L.D. land cruiser, they headed for the Khystym Technical Mission. Contacting the researchers, they learned the Winter Guard had gone missing after they went into the inexplicable radiation fog covering the land. When their call was interrupted, Captain America ordered his teammates to break out the radiation gear and head out.
(Avengers III#42) - The Avengers continued their investigation of the Khystym area, checking out the devastated research post and ultimately discovering a very scared Darkstar (Laynia Petrovna) among the rubble. Moments later, they were surprised by the arrival of the Presence who had used his mastery over radioactivity to infect and control dozens of people including the Winter Guard. The enigmatic genius announced he was about to bring them and the rest of the world the blessing of a new kind of life.
(Avengers III#43) - Firebird and the Avengers tried to fight the Presence's radioactive servants but found them immune to her firepowers and Thor's lightning strikes, absorbing the energy like a sponge. Bonita was slowly boxed in by her opponents, only for Quicksilver to get her to safety. Pietro suggested they might be able to fight their foes with radiation retarding foam from the Khystym research station. He raced to get some, equipping Firebird and the other Avengers with canisters and spraying gear. While the foam was somewhat effective, it was all for naught when the Presence simply heated up the canisters, blowing them up from the inside. He then faced the Avengers and was about to kill them, if not for the counsel of his beloved Starlight who suggested the Avengers be allowed to return home. The Presence agreed to her proposal and unleashed a radioactive lightning storm that swept over the team. Firebird found herself waking up amidst the rubble, filled with a sense of dread. She then encountered Thor who brushed off her concerns for the other Avengers, claiming that if she was fine then surely the others would have survived as well. Moments later, they ran into their newly transformed radioactive zombie teammates.
(Avengers III#44) - Thor and Firebird fought their turned teammates, until Firebird convinced the thundergod their opponents could not be reasoned with. The realization his good friends had perished in so dishonest a fashion angered Thor to such a degree he became so furious that he barreled his way through the energy zombies to approach the Presence and Starlight. Firebird followed him, impressed by the sheer power of the Asgardian's rage. Thor faced the Presence head on and used the energy absorbing properties of Mjolnir to drain the villain's power until he was perilously near death. This prompted Starlight to offer to reverse the effects of the zombie radiation curse, if only her love would be spared. Thor agreed to her terms and watched together with Firebird how everyone affected by the Presence was returned to normal. In the aftermath, Firebird confided in Thor that she feared she might be immortal, since this was the second time she should have died and didn't. Resigned to the fact she may never be allowed the true reward of heaven, she did wonder how it was for an immortal like Thor to watch friends grow old and die. He advised her to be careful with forming close bonds with humans because their inevitable deaths brought great pain. His recent, overly emotional response to the apparent death of Captain America and the other Avengers had made him consider that he wasn't as prepared for this as he thought he was.
(Thunderbolts I#57 (fb) - BTS) - When the power mad Graviton levitated dozens of Earth's capital cities into orbit in a misguided plan to reshape the planet to prove his superiority and vision, Firebird and the other Avengers were called to action.
(Thunderbolts I#57) - Firebird and the other heroes tried to attack Graviton who was residing near Burton Canyon, Colorado. They found themselves trapped, hovering helpless in mid-air by his gravitic might.
(Thunderbolts I#59 (fb) - BTS) - Following Graviton's eventual defeat at the hands of the original Thunderbolts, Firebird and the other heroes were released.
(X-Treme X-Men I#11) - Firebird was at Avengers Mansion when the team analyzed the mysterious space needle that had suddenly materialized on the island of Madripoor (a prelude to the interdimensional conqueror Khan's imminent invasion).
(X-Treme X-Men I#18 - BTS) - After the X-Men defeated Khan and his forces, the space needle vanished and Madripoor was left in ruins. A squad of Avengers was sent to lead the relief effort.
(Avengers III#45) - Firebird joined Captain America, Thor and the Wasp for a meeting with General McGinty at the Pentagon to discuss the threat posed by Kang the Conqueror. Since his arrival and subsequent announcement he was going to take over the planet, the authorities had been so busy dealing with insurgencies, civil unrest and other uprisings they'd barely been able to prepare adequate defenses. McGinty showed them footage of European countries banding together to construct a defense wall across the French coastline. During the meeting, Thor seemed distracted and eventually excused himself. Concerned, Firebird went after him and caught up with Thor on top of the Capitol Building where he was watching the sun set. He initially tried to brush her off, but Bonita was unimpressed by his scowl and persisted until he told her what was bothering him. The recent Siberian mission had convinced him he'd become too close to humanity for his own good. He announced he planned to leave the Avengers as soon as the current crisis was over. Firebird replied that she felt that'd be a mistake: costing him something precious just to spare himself some pain. She then claimed she was going to make him reconsider his decision until the current crisis was over. Mere minutes later, they were surprised by the sudden appearance of the Master's defense walls that instantly surrounded and protected Washington D.C. and various other strategic cities around the globe.
(Avengers III#46) - Firebird, the Avengers and the European heroes Micromax and le Peregrine were at the North-Atlantic defense wall near La Roche-sur-Yon, France ready to face Kang's inbound invasion forces.
(Avengers III#48) - While the battle raged on, Firebird spotted that Thor's heart was not really into it. Even though the thunderer repulsed Kang's forces, he lamented to himself about the uselessness of the entire endeavor. Win or lose, all those involved were little more than dust in the wind before too long. Firebird tried to reason with the Asgardian, telling him that even though to him their lives seemed short, they most definitely weren't meaningless. Irked, Thor reminded Firebird she too was an immortal and should start to think and act like one. His words hit home with Bonita who began to wonder if she was going to succeed in changing Thor's mind or that he would change hers.
(Avengers III#49) - Firebird, Thor and the other heroes successfully rebuffed Kang's forces, though the victory was a costly one. She spotted the already disheartened thundergod amidst the corpses of the fallen soldiers and was at a loss for words. Just then, she received a priority summons from the Wasp who ordered her and Thor back to Washington D.C. where Kang and the fleet of Sentinels he'd just hijacked were about to attack. Thor quickly whipped up a teleport portal through which he and Bonita returned to the States. They were soon fighting the Sentinels and Kang's giant holographic form over the streets of the Capitol. Despite their heroic efforts and the arrival of Wonder Man, the heroes were unable to stop Kang from destroying large parts of the city. After evacuating the U.S. president and his cabinet, Thor ordered Bonita and the other Avengers through the portal to Deviant Lemuria as well. Only he and Wonder Man remained for a final offensive against Kang who unleashed a futuristic explosive device that incinerated every living thing in Washington D.C.
(Avengers III#49 - BTS) - The next day, the Wasp (Janet Van Dyne) signed a general act of surrender effectively handing control of Earth to the Conqueror.
(Avengers III#52 - BTS) - Firebird, Thor and a handful of Avengers had managed to remain free during the months that Kang ruled Earth. They headquartered in the wilds of Northern Canada where the Master's main base was located. There, hidden from Kang's orbital headquarters Damocles Base, they began to plan their counterattack. With help from Tony Stark, the Master's defense technology had been adapted to actually fire at Damocles Base while their many allies including Alpha Flight, the X-Men, Fantastic Four and even the likes of the Deviants and Atlanteans would attack simultaneously to keep the Conqueror's forces distracted.
(Avengers III#52) - On the eve before the final battle, Firebird went looking for Thor and found him lost in thought on a remote mountaintop. She once more tried to make him see it was unwise to distance himself from mortal concerns. She tried a bit of reverse psychology on him, agreeing with his morose and cynical stance on humanity only to grow furious with him when it had no effect. She spat back that though he might be a god, her god was a lot more compassionate and attentive. She flew off, decrying she was going to do her best to emulate that god and not Thor. Her words left the thundergod even more pensive. Some time later, right after the global assault on Kang's forces had begun, the Conqueror had triangulated the Avengers' location and began bombarding the area from orbit. Firebird and the other flying heroes went out to try and stop the assault. Their intervention failed, Kang destroyed the base's main batteries which left the Avengers without their primary means of attacking the villain. Before he could move in for the kill, the Avengers commandeered Triple-Evil space pyramid attacked Damocles Base.
(Avengers III#53) - The Triple-Evil pyramid bought the Avengers on Earth enough time to regrow the main assault batteries and renew the attack. When the battle was joined, Firebird, Thor, Warbird and Iron Man fly into orbit to help end the threat. On the way up, Firebird tried to apologize to Thor for her previous outburst, telling him she knew he truly cared for humans after all. But the grim looking thunderer ignored her passionate pleas. Firebird, the Avengers and the arriving Presence and Starlight bundled their might and breached the Damocles Base's force field while a holographic, giant Captain America fought an equally large avatar of Kang. Firebird and the Avengers entered Damocles Base and managed to cause sufficient damage to let it crash towards Earth.
(Avengers III#54) - The remains of Damocles Base crashed on Gaithersburg, Maryland. Firebird and her teammates descended on the demolished town to look for Kang who was still on board when his headquarters fell to Earth. When Kang appeared out of the wreckage, Firebird and the others were ready to take him on but they were held back by Thor who insisted Captain America finished the fight on his own. The heroes were so captivated by the confrontation that they didn't notice Thor slipping away. When Kang was defeated, Firebird was the first to note he had gone but Wonder Man assured her he'd return and that they should for the moment at least enjoy this victory. Though worried, Firebird agreed and returned with the team to their headquarters where they were greeted by overjoyed, newly freed New Yorkers.
(Avengers III#55) - Firebird remained at Avengers Mansion in the days after the Kang War had ended. She was present with most of her teammates to find out the results of Carol Danvers' court martial over her killing the Master during the war. When Carol was cleared of all charges, Firebird and the others cheerfully welcomed her back to the ranks. Firebird did ask Wasp about Thor, but even the chairman of the team had seen hide nor hair of him after the fight. A little while later, Thor returned to the mansion with Asgard's imperial chefs carrying the finest food and drink to help celebrate their victory. During the celebration, Thor decided to take a moment and publicly declare his appreciation for Firebird for helping him see that he did indeed still have a place on Midgard and among mortals. He raised a glass to thank her for aiding a god by treating him like the fool he was. Bonita beamed with pride.
(The Order I#5) - Firebird joined the Avengers and all of Earth's heroes in fighting the Order (former Defenders Hulk, Dr. Strange, Namor and the Silver Surfer cursed by Yandroth utilizing Gaea's powers).
(The Order I#6 - BTS) - While the heroes fought the Order, Nighthawk and his fellow Defenders arrived to stop them from fighting. They had learned that special energy was released every time the Order fought, energy used by the villainous scientist supreme Yandroth to destroy his homeworld Yann. Choosing to ignore the Defenders, Captain America and Earth's heroes continued their fight and even battled Nighthawk's reinforcements the Masters of the Mental Arts who came from Yann. Sadly, Yandroth was able to reform himself to giant proportions and now threatened all of Earth's heroes, the Order and the Masters of the Mental Arts. Finally Yandroth lost his energy form when the Order refused to attack him more, and he returned to human form and was to be arrested by Ganyrog. Firebird and the others parted on amicable terms.
(Marvel Universe: The End#5) - Firebird was among the dozens of Earth's heroes that answered Thor's call to rise up and fight Thanos. She was transported to the battlefield by the Asgardian's Odinforce.
(Marvel Universe: The End#6) - Before she could get her punches in, Firebird (along with the rest of existence) was terminated into nothingness by the cosmically powered Thanos, who was furious at being opposed.
(JLA/Avengers#4) - When the mad Oan scientist Krona, native to a Divergent Continuum, weakened the barriers between Earth-616 and his home reality, the Avengers and the Justice League of America decided to team up to restore order to this new actuality. During the heroes' final assault on Krona's power base, the Oan summoned dozens of villains from both universes to defend him. In the same vein, Firebird and every member and associate of the JLA and Avengers assembled to fight the menace. Firebird was seen fighting several ice-based criminals alongside Firestar.
(Avengers III#501) - Firebird was one of the many Avengers who flocked to Avengers Mansion after the team was rocked by a series of tragedies (actually caused by the mentally unstable Scarlet Witch).
(Avengers III#502) - Firebird remained present with the other Avengers as Captain America asked them what they were all doing there. Nick Fury quickly ordered the Avengers to disperse until S.H.I.E.L.D. could get proper intel on the situation. When Kree ships suddenly appeared out of nowhere to launch an attack Firebird and several airborne heroes took to the sky to deal with them.
(Avengers III#503 - BTS) - Firebird was presumably present fighting Wanda's conjured up threats until Doctor Strange arrived to reveal the Scarlet Witch had been the one responsible for their recent misfortunes. The heroes tried to oppose their former teammate, but were rebuffed and forced to fight each other until Strange disabled the Witch. The heroes then witnessed the arrival of Magneto via a self- generated wormhole, he had come to take his daughter away. The Avengers allowed the master of magnetism to leave unopposed.
(Beyond!#6 (fb) - BTS) - Fearful of humanity's ever- increasing potential, the cosmic entity known only as the Stranger decided to research mankind so he'd be properly prepared for their future dominance. To do so, he created a Battleworld and pretended to be the Beyonder. In his new role, he abducted groups of Terran superhumans and villains, offering them their heart's desire if they defeated one another. After every battle had run its course, Stranger returned everyone to their proper place and time, with their memories wiped of all they'd experienced.
(Beyond!#3 (fb) - BTS) - One of these odd groupings included Deathlok (Michael Collins), Captain Marvel (Monica Rambeau), Wonder Man, Dracula, Darkhawk (Chris Powell), Sleepwalker, Coldblood and Terror. Through unrevealed circumstances, Deathlok made a deal with who he thought was the Beyonder. He stayed on Battleworld while the others were allowed to return home.
(Beyond!#1 - BTS) - Firebird was part of the group selected by the Stranger for his next trial.
(Beyond!#1) - Firebird found herself on board the Beyonder's space station along with fellow Avengers Hank Pym and the Wasp, as well as Medusa, Venom (Mac Gargan), Aloysha Kravinoff, the Hood (Parker Robbins), the young hero Gravity and "Spider-Man" (secretly a Space Phantom). Just as they were trying to figure out what was going on, the "Beyonder" made his presence known as a booming voice announcing that whoever slayed his enemies would be granted his heart's desire. After the speech, Venom immediately attacked and brutally murdered "Spider-Man".
(Beyond!#2) - Firebird and the others were horrified by Venom's actions. Yet, they did nothing which forced Medusa to take charge of the situation. Using her authority as queen of the Inhumans, she sentenced Mac Gargan to fifty lashes for his crimes. Medusa administered the beating herself with her prehensile hair. However, the sonic impact of the hair whips hitting the vulnerable symbiont caused it to lash out in panic and terror. Now free, it tore a path through the control machinery of the orbital lifeboat the heroes were on which resulted in them crashing towards Battleworld. Safely on the surface, Hank Pym's miniature arsenal took care of most of their primary needs, like medical supplies to tend to the injuries Medusa sustained during the crash. Not too long afterwards they were approached by Michael Collins who tried his best to convince the wary superhumans he wasn't an enemy. He told them of an abandoned city about 60 miles from their current location that might offer them a way home. Pym produced a Quinjet from his armory, planning to fly everyone there despite Collins' warnings the skies weren't safe. Bonita and the others boarded the plane only to be surprised in mid-air by the fire breathing Dragon Man who shot the jet down. Much to everyone's amazement, Collins shifted into a Deathlok robot and attempted to hold the android at bay.
(Beyond!#3) - Firebird came to the aid of Deathlok who was having a hard time handling the creature's fire breath. She absorbed the energy of his blasts, manifesting a potent fire raptor that sent the astonished android flying. She briefly fainted from the effort, but was caught by Gravity. Later, Bonita's fire powers were essential in whipping up a campfire while the heroes and villains decided on their next move. Their contemplation was interrupted when the tracker Kraven and the Hood sensed they were being watched. Hunting down their quarry, they delivered who they thought was the supposedly deceased Spider-Man to their camp. However, the Hood forced "Spidey" to reveal his true identity by repeatedly shooting him.
(Beyond!#4) - Firebird offered to treat the wounds of the hurt Space Phantom, but she was stopped by Wasp who explained just how dangerous the creature was, especially close by. When it became clear to the Phantom they were planning to trade him for information more than anything else he shifted into the form of Xemnu the Titan. The heroes rallied, with Firebird quickly covering him in molten rock she rapidly cooled so it would act as a prison. "Xemnu" broke out seconds later, only to be downed by Henry Pym's covert paralyzing bazooka. Still able to move, the Phantom turned into the speedster Northstar and hightailed it out of there. Instead of chasing after him, Bonita and the others followed Hank Pym's lead who explained that all of the Space Phantom's victims were stuck in Limbo until he changed back. That's why they only needed to go to Limbo and wait for the Phantom to return. Pym happened to have a portal to Limbo in his pockets. After enlarging it, he led the Avengers through it. Moments later, Venom appeared out of the woods and destroyed the portal. Convinced he'd killed his opponents, he claimed victory.
(Beyond!#5) - Stuck in Limbo, Firebird watched Hank Pym try his best to cannibalize what technology he had available to him to get them out of there. When tensions flared and Hank had a falling out with his ex-wife Janet, it was Bonita who tried to cheer up the perennially insecure scientist by making out with him. Afterwards, they waited around the inert form of Northstar for the Space Phantom's inevitable return. When the shapeshifter popped back to Limbo, they immediately jumped him and forced the Phantom to return them all to Battleworld. During transport, the Phantom had replaced Deathlok but the Wasp saw through this ruse immediately. Once they were united with a thoroughly pissed off Venom, they were stunned to see the appearance of Uatu the Watcher who some initially mistook for the Beyonder. Aware the presence of a Watcher indicated something of momentous importance was about to happen, Venom figured they were supposed to play the Beyonder's game. He attacked Firebird who was unable to defend herself. Hank Pym saved her by blasting Venom, seemingly evaporating him. Pym then shot and apparently incinerated Bonita and the others too, leaving him the winner of the game (in reality, he'd shrunk everyone to microscopic size to fool whoever was behind their current predicament).
(Beyond!#6) - Bonita and the others remained shrunk down in the palm of Pym's hand while he faced the "Beyonder", using his three wishes to force the Stranger to reveal himself as the true mastermind behind Battleworld. The enigmatic alien was intrigued when Pym didn't ask him to revive his deceased friends until he sensed he'd been cheated. Hank then returned Firebird and company to their normal size. They listened to the Stranger's reasons for doing what he'd been doing, but when it became obvious the haughty, self-important Stranger had no intention to stop these experiments on metahumans they attacked him. The fight continued until Deathlok pointed out that they would probably win given the fact this was the first time the Watcher had shown up. Stranger, fearing defeat, cancelled the experiment and left, which caused his Battleworld to start falling apart. Gravity held the patchwork planet together long enough for Firebird and the others to make it to a ship, but he perished before they reached Earth. Later, Bonita and the other heroes attended his funeral.
(Civil War I#1 - BTS / All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Update#3 - BTS) - When America's super hero community engaged in a civil war over the new Superhuman Registration Act (SHRA) designed to regulate super heroes, Firebird joined Captain America's "Secret Avengers" in opposing the new law.
(Civil War I#4) - Firebird was present at the "Secret Avengers" headquarters after Bill Foster was killed by Ragnarok (a cybernetic clone of Thor). While Nighthawk pleaded to appeal for amnesty, Captain America was more determined than ever to stop Iron Man.
(Civil War I#5) - Firebird was present at the "Secret Avengers" headquarters when the Punisher barged in carrying a gravely wounded Spider-Man. Firebird watched while others got upset over the fact the likes of the Punisher might join them and shared his concerns with Captain America. He still ruled in the vigilante's favor.
(Civil War I#6) - Firebird and the other rebels discussed how they would take down the Negative Zone Prison and witnessed how the Punisher killed the super villains Goldbug and the Plunderer (actually an impersonator sent by the real Parnival Plunderer) who had come to join their ranks. Firebird wasn't seen when Cap and the rebels attacked the Negative Zone prison.
(Civil War I#7 - BTS / All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Update#3 - BTS) - After Captain America reconsidered and surrendered to authorities, Firebird and most of the other rebels agreed to register with the SHRA and were granted amnesty.
(Civil War I#7 (fb)) - The launch of the Fifty States Initiative saw the creation of at least one super hero team in every U.S. state. To protect Texas the Rangers were revamped. Firebird joined the group alongside her old friends with the addition of former villain Antonio Rodriguez the Armadillo and former Avenger Living Lightning. During the presentation of their team Firebird posed as the press covered the event.
(Civil War: Battle Damage Report#1 - BTS) - Marking the six-month anniversary of the ratification of the Superhuman Registration Act Tony Stark researched several superhuman operatives, including Firebird.
(Mighty Avengers I#1 - BTS) - Tony Stark and Ms. Marvel discussed who should spearhead their first official Avengers team after the superhuman Civil War, Firebird was among the superhumans they reviewed.
(Avengers: Initiative#2) - Firebird and the Rangers were dispatched when a Hydra Terrorcarrier (a craft comparable to the SHIELD Helicarrier) with a full complement of viper jets emerged from Prairie Chapel Ranch. While Firebird, Texas Twister and Living Lightning took to the skies, the other members protected the Texan citizens on the ground. Not much later Firebird and the Rangers received back-up in the form of the Initiative and several of the Mighty Avengers. Together, they eventually defeated Hydra.
(Avengers: Initiative#19) - Queen Veranke's Skrull infiltrators also managed to infiltrate the Rangers, replacing Red Wolf's faithful companion Lobo. By the time the massive Skrull infiltration of Earth's super hero community had been uncovered, Lobo was discovered as well. Firebird and the Rangers fought the Skrull, only for their fellow Initiative members 3-D Man and Ant-Man to arrive. In the end, it was Shooting Star who killed the Skrull. However, 3-D Man discovered there were still Skrulls hiding among the crowd that had gathered to watch the fight. They tried to persuade the humans that the heroes were also alien intruders. However, thanks to the 3-D Man's Skrull detection goggles they rooted out the aliens. Firebird then stayed behind when 3-D Man took most of the Rangers to New York for the final confrontation against the Skrulls.
(New Avengers II#7) - When Avengers Luke Cage and Jessica Jones were looking to hire a nanny for their infant girl Danielle, Firebird was among the many superpowered applicants. However, Bonita pretty much sunk her own chances when she admitted during the interview that she sometimes lost control over her fire abilities.
(Scarlet Spider II#7) - The Rangers were contacted when Roxxon Industries was under attack by the Scarlet Spider (Kaine). They arrived just when Kaine learned Roxxon CEO David Walsh had falsely told the authorities a previous explosion in the building was caused by a gas leak to avoid people finding out it was his daughter Zoe, who fired a missile into the building.
(Scarlet Spider II#8) - Mistaking the Scarlet Spider for a common criminal, the Rangers meant to bring him in. However, the Scarlet Spider was determined to find out the truth about Walsh's daughter and tried to flee the scene with her in his arms, reinforcing the idea he was a kidnapper. Firebird was unable to hit the Spider with her blasts because he was far too quick and agile. After he had eluded them, the Rangers decided to retreat and rethink their strategy. Later that day, Firebird and the Rangers tried to track the Scarlet Spider down but seemed unable to do so until Living Lightning learned several alarms went off at a Roxxon facility in Galveston. Figuring it was the Spider, they went on their way. As soon as they arrived at the refinery, they located the Scarlet Spider who in turn was led to the facility by Zoe Walsh (in an attempt to uncover Roxxon's proverbial dirty laundry). Unaware of all this, Firebird led her teammates into battle against the Scarlet Spider until an attack of their alien member Fifty-One destroyed the floor they stood on. That plunged the team and the Spider down to the basement where they were shocked to learn it was filled with the remains of indigenous American people. Realizing Roxxon was up to something foul, Firebird and the Rangers joined the Scarlet Spider in his assault on the facility. Next they discovered Roxxon scientists conducting experiments on human test subjects. Before they could shut them down, things went haywire and a creature called Mammon revealed its presence. Mammon was a self-sustaining energy form that had laid dormant under the Earth's crust for millions of years until Roxxon uncovered it. In order to live, it used human hosts who he would then burn out.
(Scarlet Spider II#9) - Firebird and her team members attacked Mammon, with Firebird trying to stop the giant blue demon from killing more Roxxon employees. Furious she called him a demon, Mammon struck Bonita down with a single blow. After learning the origins of Mammon, David Walsh barged in with a squad of specially trained men. Wanting to rid himself of the heroes, Walsh ordered his men to shoot them for trespassing on Roxxon property. But Mammon quickly killed Walsh's men, which led the Scarlet Spider to conclude Mammon's weakness was his human host. The Spider dodged Mammon and grabbed his host, which caused the creature to take over Walsh and rampage with Firebird and the Rangers unable to stop him. Next, Scarlet Spider managed to hurt his new host to attract its attention and lure it outside the facility. Just then, Spider used his webbing to save Walsh from the creature. Once again without a human host, Mammon rushed the Spider, only to get caught in one of Roxxon's giant oil vats. With the threat dealt with, the Rangers were unable to find any evidence of Roxxon's misdeeds. They nevertheless vowed to keep close tabs on Roxxon in case they messed up again. Texas Twister wanted to offer Rangers membership to the Scarlet Spider, though Kaine refused, thinking they were a bunch of morons.
(Captain America VII#25) - Firebird and several other Avengers were invited by Steve Rogers to attend the ceremony that officially introduced Sam Wilson as the new Captain America (Rogers had relinquished the role after he'd lost the Super-Soldier Serum, causing him to age rapidly).
Comments: Created by Bill Mantlo (writer), Sal Buscema (pencils & inks).
Though Bill Mantlo created her, Bonita remained pretty much a blank slate until Steve Englehart used her in West Coast Avengers. Making her devoutly Catholic was certainly an interesting twist. Stan Lee and most of Marvel's writers in the 60s and 70s tended to shy away from bringing religion, any religion, into play. Makes sense: like politics, faith tends to be a pretty divisive topic so why alienate or antagonize a potentially sizable portion of your readership? Some considered Bonita asking the Silver Surfer if he was either Jesus or another holy men a bit silly (if not blasphemous). Then again, two years later, Stan Lee would cast the Surfer as an unwilling religious icon as well in the 1989 graphic novel Silver Surfer: Parable and that was considered a thought provoking piece of high culture. Musta been that groovy Moebius art.
All in all, Bonita is a sorely underused character with
lots of untapped potential and untold story opportunities. It would be
nice if someone got around to resolving her alleged immortality. After
all, the inability to die makes one unto a god. So what does that mean
to a woman who dedicated most of her life to the worship of one? And
let's kindly ignore that totally random "I sometimes lose fire control"
remark Bendis had her say over in New
Avengers II#7. He just threw it in to make an easy joke.
Bonita's shown no signs of lack of control before or after that panel.
Praise the Lord!
West Coast Avengers saw Bonita survive in near outer space, which indicates she doesn't necessarily need oxygen (or anything) to breathe. By that same logic, she should have been fine when SURF attempted to drown her in that aquarium.
By the by, reviewing the Firebird/Espirita arc in West Coast Avengers, one can't help but notice her similarities to writer Steve Englehart's pet character Mantis. In fact, if you replace Bonita with Mantis, all her actions still make perfect sense. They're both deeply spiritual, potentially unbeatable, yet serene know-it-alls who most definitely aren't nuns. And Hawkeye's note in the Juarez family Bible could just as easily have been left in whatever book of worship the Priests of Pama handed down to their pupil Mantis. It's also interesting to note that Firebird disappeared from the book as soon as Englehart brought in the real thing.
Fabian Nicieza quite effectively poked a few holes in Bonita's inflated ego when he revealed her powers weren't part of some vast, eternal plan. Rather, she accidentally got covered in some radioactive waste, which makes her about as holy as Daredevil and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
On Earth-4321 Firebird was one of the Avengers slain by Akhenaten as seen in Marvel Universe: The End#1.
Firebird received profiles in The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe I#4 (April, 1983), the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition#3 (March, 1986), the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Master Edition#9 (1991), Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Avengers 2005 (September, 2005) and the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z HC#4 (October, 2008).
Special thanks to MarvelousLuke for providing the Scarlet Spider entries.
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Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition#4, p42, pan1 (main image)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Master Edition#9 (master image)
Incredible Hulk II#265, p6, pans5&6 (recounting her origin)
West Coast Avengers II#5, p4, pans2&3 (is a sassy young thing)
West Coast Avengers II#17, p22, pan1 (la Espirita brings Hank hope from God)
West Coast Avengers II#19, p20, pan1 (note from Hawkeye)
West Coast Avengers II#21, p23, pans2,3,4 (isn't a nun)
Avengers Spotlight#24, p21, pans4&5 (learning the truth about her powers)
West Coast Avengers II#24, p20, pan4,5,6 (doesn't need to breathe)
Avengers III#2, p11, pan1 (as Fire Maiden)
Avengers III#12, p24, pan4 (waking up Captain America)
Avengers III#44, p16, pan4 (getting advice on immortality from Thor)
Avengers III#52, p9, pans5,6 (telling off Thor)
Avengers III#55, p16, pans3,4 (thanked by Thor)
Beyond!#1, p17, pan6 (not too eager to fight til the death)
Beyond!#6, p19, pan5 (cradling Gravity)
New Avengers II#7, p17, pan4 (applying for a babysitting job)
Incredible Hulk II#265 (November, 1981) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Sal Buscema (pencils & inks), Al Milgrom (editor)
Contest of Champions I#1 (June, 1982) - Mark Gruenwald, Steven Grant, Bill Mantlo (writers), John Romita Jr. (pencils), Pablo Marcos (inks), Mark Gruenwald, Tom DeFalco (editors)
Contest of Champions I#2 (July, 1982) - Mark Gruenwald, Steven Grant, Bill Mantlo (writers), John Romita Jr. (pencils), Pablo Marcos (inks), Mark Gruenwald, Tom DeFalco (editors)
Contest of Champions I#3 (August, 1982) - Mark Gruenwald(writer), John Romita Jr. (pencils), Pablo Marcos (inks), Mark Gruenwald, Tom DeFalco (editors)
Incredible Hulk II#278 (December, 1982) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Sal Buscema (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks), Al Milgrom (editor)
Incredible Hulk II#279 (January, 1983) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Mark Gruenwald (pencils), Greg LaRocque (inks), Al Milgrom & Ann Nocenti (editors)
West Coast Avengers II#4-5 (January-February, 1986) - Steve Englehart (writer), Al Milgrom (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
West Coast Avengers II#6 (March, 1986) - Steve Englehart (writer), Al Milgrom & Kyle Baker (pencils & inks), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
Secret Wars II#9 (March, 1986) - Jim Shooter (writer), Al Milgrom (pencils), Steve Leialoha (inks), Bob Budiansky (editor)
West Coast Avengers II#7-10 (April-July, 1986) - Steve Englehart (writer), Al Milgrom (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
West Coast Avengers Annual I#1 (October, 1986) - Steve Englehart (writer), Mark Bright (pencils), Geoff Isherwood (inks), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
West Coast Avengers II#17-23 (February-August, 1987) - Steve Englehart (writer), Al Milgrom (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
West Coast Avengers Annual I#2 (September, 1987) - Steve Englehart (writer), Al Milgrom (pencils & inks), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
Silver Surfer III#3 (September, 1987) - Steve Englehart (writer), Marshall Rogers (pencils), Joe Rubinstein (inks), Michael Higgins (editor)
West Coast Avengers II#24-25 (September-October, 1987) - Steve Englehart (writer), Al Milgrom (pencils), Mike Machlan (inks), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
Avengers I#305 (July, 1989) - John Byrne (writer, Paul Ryan (pencils), Tom Palmer (inks), Howard Mackie (editor)
Avengers West Coast Annual I#4/4 (November, 1989) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Gavin Curtis (pencils), Christopher Ivy (inks), Howard Mackie (editor)
Avengers Spotlight#24 (November, 1989) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Gavin Curtis (pencils), Steve Buccellato (inks), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
Avengers Spotlight#27 (Mid-December, 1989) - Howard Mackie (writer), Al Milgrom (pencils), Don Heck (inks), Mark Gruenwald, Greg Wright (editors)
Avengers Annual I#19/3 (September, 1990) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Vince Mielcarek (pencils), Bob Downs (inks), Howard Mackie (editor)
Avengers West Coast Annual I#5/3 (September, 1990) - Gary Barnum (writer), Brad Vancata (pencils), Jim Sanders (inks), Howard Mackie (editor)
Avengers III#1-4 (February-May, 1998) - Kurt Busiek (writer), George Perez (pencils), Al Vey (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#12 (January, 1999) - Kurt Busiek (writer), George Perez (pencils),Al Vey (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#27 (April, 2000) - Kurt Busiek (writer), George Perez (pencils), Al Vey (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#38 (March, 2001) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Alan Davis (pencils), Mark Farmer (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#40-43 (May-August, 2001) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Alan Davis (pencils), Mark Farmer (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#44-46 (September-November, 2001) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Manuel Garcia (pencils), Bob Layton (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Thunderbolts I#57 (December, 2001) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Patrick Zircher (pencils), Al Vey (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#48-49 (January-February, 2002) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Kieron Dwyer (pencils), Rick Remender (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
X-Treme X-Men I#11 (May, 2002) - Chris Claremont (writer), Salvador Larroca (pencils, inks), Andrew Lis, Lynne Yoshi (editors)
Avengers III#52 (May, 2002) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Ivan Reis (pencils), Randy Emberlin (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#53-54 (June-July, 2002) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Kieron Dwyer (pencils), Rick Remender (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#55 (July, 2002) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Patrick Zircher (pencils), Scott Koblish (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
The Order I#5 (August, 2002) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Ivan Reis (pencils), Joe Pimental (inks), Tom Brevoort, Marc Sumerak, Andy Schmidt (editors)
The Order I#6 (September, 2002) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Matt Haley (pencils), Dan Panosian (inks), Tom Brevoort, Marc Sumerak, Andy Schmidt (editors)
Marvel Universe: The End#5 (July, 2003) - Jim Starlin (writer, pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Marvel Universe: The End#6 (August, 2003) - Jim Starlin (writer, pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
JLA/Avengers#4 (December, 2003) - Kurt Busiek (writer), George Perez (pencils, inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#501 (October, 2004) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), David Finch (pencils), Danny Miki (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#502 (November, 2004) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), David Finch (pencils), Danny Miki (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#503 (December, 2004) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), David Finch, Oliver Coipel (pencillers), Danny Miki (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Beyond!#1-6 (September, 2006 - February, 2007) - Dwayne McDuffie (writer), Scott Kollins (pencils, inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Civil War I#4 (November, 2006) - Mark Millar (writer), Steve McNiven (pencils), Dexter Vines (inks), Tom Brevoort, Molly Lazer, Aubrey Sitterson, Andy Schmidt (editors)
Civil War I#5 (November, 2006) - Mark Millar (writer), Steve McNiven (pencils), Dexter Vines (inks), Molly Lazer, Aubrey Sitterson, Andy Schmidt (editors)
Civil War I#6 (December, 2006) - Mark Millar (writer), Steve McNiven (pencils), Dexter Vines (inks), Tom Brevoort, Molly Lazer, Aubrey Sitterson (editors)
Civil War I#7 (January, 2007) - Mark Millar (writer), Steve McNiven (pencils), Dexter Vines, John Dell, Tim Townsend (inkers), Tom Brevoort, Molly Lazer, Aubrey Sitterson (editors)
Civil War: Battle Damage Report (May, 2007) - Anthony Flamini, Ronald Byrd (writers), Scott Kolins (pencils, inks), Jeff Youngquist, Jennifer Grunwald, Mark D. Beazley, Tom Brevoort (editors)
Avengers Initiative#2 (July, 2007) - Dan Slott (writer), Stefano Caselli (pencils, inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers Initiative#19 (January, 2009) - Dan Slott, Christos N. Cage (writers), Harvey Talibao, Bong Dazo (pencils, inks), Tom Brevoort, Jeanine Schaefer (editors)
New Avengers II#7 (February, 2011) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Stuart Immonen (pencils), Wade von Grawbadger (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Scarlet Spider II#7 (September, 2012) - Chris Yost (writer), Khoi Pham (pencils), Tom Palmer (inks), Tom Brennan (editor)
Scarlet Spider II#8 (October, 2012) - Chris Yost (writer), Khoi Pham (pencils), Tom Palmer (inks), Tom Brennan (editor)
Scarlet Spider II#9 (November, 2012) - Chris Yost (writer), Khoi Pham (pencils), Tom Palmer, Chris Sotomayor, Rick Ketcham (inkers), Tom Brennan (editor)
Captain America VII#25 (December, 2014) - Rick Remender (writer), Carlos Pacheco, Stuart Immonen (pencillers), Mariano Taibo, Wade Von Grawbadger (inkers), Tom Brevoort (editor)
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