Bernadeth

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Bernadeth
Bernadeth.jpg
Bernadeth, art by John Byrne
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Mister Miracle vol. 1 #6,
(February 1972)
Created by Jack Kirby (writer & artist)
In-story information
Alter ego Bernadeth
Species New God
Place of origin Apokolips
Team affiliations Female Furies
Abilities
  • Inmortality
  • Superhuman strength, durability, and endurance
  • hand to hand combatant
  • Fahren-Knife, capable of burning a victim from the inside out.

Bernadeth is a fictional extraterrestrial goddess published by DC Comics. She first appeared in Mister Miracle vol. 1 #6 (February 1972), and was created by Jack Kirby.[1]

Fictional character biography[edit]

Co-leader of the Female Furies, Bernadeth wields a "fahren-knife" that burns her victims from the inside. As the sister of Darkseid's servant, Desaad, Bernadeth is both notorious and feared by the masses of Apokolips.[2] She was one of the first Furies to be recruited, Bernadeth hated being led by others. When Big Barda left for Earth to be with Mister Miracle, Bernadeth saw this as a way to gain leadership herself. However, Darkseid rewarded Lashina with leadership of the Furies. During a mission to retrieve Glorious Godfrey, Bernadeth betrayed Lashina and left her on Earth. Because of this, Bernadeth was temporarily able to achieve leadership over the Furies. When Lashina returned to Apokolips with the Suicide Squad, she snapped Bernadeth's neck after a long and fierce battle. Darkseid was appalled by the fact that Lashina brought outsiders to Apokolips, so he killed her and resurrected Bernadeth, although he later brought Lashina back to life as well. Afterwards, Bernadeth agreed to share leadership duties.[2]

Recently on Apokalips, she was seen along with the rest of the Furies testing Granny Goodness' newest recruit Precious. After Supergirl's capture, Bernadeth and her teammates were defeated by Wonder Woman and Big Barda.[1]

She appeared in both the Seven Soldiers: Mister Miracle mini-series, and in Hawkgirl.

She made a brief appearance in Countdown to Final Crisis #19, attempting (and failing) to stop Jimmy Olsen and Forager from escaping Apokolips. After they escaped, Bernadeth was confronted by a shadowy Infinity-Man.

Bernadeth appears in Birds of Prey #118, part of the "Dark Side Club" crossover. She creates drugs that helps Granny Goodness brainwash superheroes into fighting at the Dark Side Club arena. She also experiments on cell samples from the club's victims, and thereby was the first to learn that Black Alice was related to Misfit.

Powers and abilities[edit]

Bernadeth possesses superhuman strength, durability, and endurance.[3] She possesses "faren-knives" which she can telekinetically control that burn their victims from the inside out.[3]

In other media[edit]

Television[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Jimenez, Phil (2008), "Bernadeth", in Dougall, Alastair, The DC Comics Encyclopedia, London: Dorling Kindersley, p. 46, ISBN 0-7566-4119-5 
  2. ^ a b Wallace, Dan (2008), "Female Furies", in Dougall, Alastair, The DC Comics Encyclopedia, New York: Dorling Kindersley, p. 120, ISBN 0-7566-4119-5, OCLC 213309017 
  3. ^ a b The DC Comics Encyclopedia