Real Name: Teresa O'Connor
Identity/Class: Extradimensional / Alternate Reality (Earth-98120) human magic user
formerly private investigator
Group Membership: Oort's Solar Squadron
formerly Triada Vértice (Cascabel/Covadonga Lazaro, Mihúra) (see comments)
Enemies: Avengers-98210 (Captain Marvel/Genis-Vell/Rick Jones, Jack of Hearts/Jonathan Hart, Justice/Vance Astro, Songbird/Melissa Gold, Thor Odinson) (see comments)
Known Relatives: Unidentified mother
Base of Operations: Unrevealed (Earth-98120);
formerly Spain, Earth-98120
First Appearance: Iberia, Inc.#4 (March 1997); (Marvel) Avengers Forever#2 (January 1999)
Powers/Abilities: Estigma can generate a sword of fire at will, but doing so causes her palms to bleed, the stigmata that provides her codename. She has enhanced senses, including a form of retrocognition/psychometry triggered by physical contact with people, where she can see their past and their memories.
5'9" (by estimation)
Weight: 145 lbs. (by estimation)
(Iberia, Inc#4, 6; Triada Vértice#1-4) - As a child Teresa O'Connor was abandoned in a convent in Ávila, Spain by her mother, presumably because of her unsettling psychic powers. Growing up, Teresa became a psychic private investigator, and was hired by Juan Pedro Lazaro, government minister and former superhero Flechita, to find his missing daughter Covadonga, who had run away from her boarding school. Using the powers she wielded as Estigma, she tracked the errant child to a circus, el Circo Maravillas (the Wonder Circus), where Covadonga was performing as an acrobat under the stage name Cascabel, working in conjunction with the strongman Mihúra. Cascabel tried to convince her tracker that the three of them should form a superhero team, but her attempts at persuasion were interrupted when armored thugs led by former hero Gavilan kidnapped the child on the orders of Flechita's oldest foe. Mihúra and Estigma worked together to obtain a magical gem that was the ransom price. After getting Cascabel back, Estigma finally agreed to the girl's demands to form a team.
(Avengers Forever#2 (fb) - BTS) - For unrevealed reasons, both Mihúra and Estigma joined the villainous Oort's Solar Squadron. (see comments)
(Avengers Forever#2 (fb)) - As part of the Solar Squadron, Estigma battled the Avengers, attacking Justice with her flaming sword.
Comments: Created by Rafael Marín, Jesús Merino and Carlos Pacheco, snuck into Marvel by the latter.
Estigma originally appeared as a guest star in the Spanish comic Iberia, Inc., published by Planeta's Laberinto imprint, before moving to her own team book Triada Vértice. Carlos Pacheco was her co-creator, and when providing art for Avengers Forever, snuck a cameo in.
The profile ASSumes that Avengers-version Estigma's background is largely identical to that depicted in her Laberinto appearances, so that codename, powers, relatives, real identity, etc. match, with the addition of whatever tiny extras we got from Avengers Forever. If they didn't match, then this profile would be extremely minimal, with lots of "unrevealed" and only one history entry. With that in mind, the question then arises why Estigma and Mihúra would be part of the villain Oort's Solar Squadron. One simple option would be that the 98120 versions are villains, but it might also be that they were tricked or coerced into fighting the Avengers.
The Avengers Index's entry for Avengers Forever#2 notes "The depicted members of the unseen Oort’s Solar Squadron resemble Spanish super heroes that artist Carlos Pacheco co-created." The Index did know exactly who they were, but had to hedge round explicit identification because of potential copyright concerns.
Profile by Loki.
Estigma has no known connections to:
images: (without ads)
Avengers Forever#2, p15, pan 3 (main image)
Triada Vértice#1 cover (Laberinto image)
Triada Vértice TPB cover (team image, giving a sense of her height)
Iberia, Inc. #4, 6 (March & August 1997) - Rafael Marín and Carlos Pacheco (writers), Rafa Fonteriz (art), Antoni Guiral (editor)
Iberia, Inc. Databook (May 1997) - Rafael Marín and Carlos Pacheco (writers), Rafa Fonteriz (art), Antoni Guiral (editor)
Triada Vertice#1-4 (March-June 1998) - Rafael Marín and Carlos Pacheco (writers), Jesús Merino (art), Antoni Guiral (editor)
Avengers Forever#2 (January 1999) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Carlos Pacheco (pencils), Jesús Merino (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
First Posted: 01/20/2019
Last updated: 01/20/2019
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