Rama from Wonder Woman #151,
artist Matthew Clark
|First appearance||Wonder Woman #148 vol. 2, (September 1999)|
|Created by||Eric Luke (writer)
Yanick Paquette (artist)
|Alter ego||Rama Chandra|
|Team affiliations||Hindu Gods|
|Abilities||Flight, Wields a mystical sword, bow and axe|
Rama is a fictional character based on Hindu Avatar Rama published by DC Comics, and a potential love interest of Wonder Woman. He first appears in Wonder Woman #148 series 2, (September 1999), and was created by Eric Luke and Yanick Paquette.
Fictional character biography
Rama-Chandra is the seventh avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu. Although born a prince on Earth in ancient times, the power of Vishnu flows through Rama, something which his blue skin tone suggests. In the Indian epic Ramayana, Rama vanquished the demon king Ravana for abducting Rama's consort Sita.
He met Wonder Woman after Cronus, a Titan of Myth, and his progeny the Hecatonchires and Cyclopes ransacked Olympus and attempted to destroy the Hindu gods. The Hecatonchire known as Oblivion trapped Rama and Wonder Woman in a dream realm where the two were united in wedded bliss. The false memories of this illusion were shattered when Diana defeated Oblivion, but Rama supposedly remained infatuated.
A certain attraction between Rama and Wonder Woman was evident, but nothing ultimately came of it since the character was not used by subsequent writers. Rama eventually left for parts unknown after going berserk and channeling Kali in the battle against a human mutated into an arachnoid by Doctor Poison's Pandora Virus.
Powers and abilities
- As an avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu, Rama possesses the power of flight, and in battle he wields a sword and the bow of Vayu, which shoots flaming arrows (much like those of modern-day Indian heroine Maya).
- When his life is in danger, he is able to enter a Berserker rage that heals all his wounds, and cures all toxins, at the expense of him destroying his surroundings and killing any nearby humans. While berserk, he removes his crown to expose his third eye and grows two extra arms, taking on the superficial features of Kali.
- Tiger, Judomaster's former sidekick turned evil, claims to be using Rama's axe in his guise as the Avatar, but the truth of this has yet to be substantiated.
- Rama, Celsius, Maya, Ravan, Agni, Aruna, Chimera (Sanjeet Bhatia from Team Titans Annual #1), Jinx, Tong (Golden Age servant of Zatara from Action Comics #1), and Savitar are all Asian Indian characters published by DC Comics.
- Action Comics vol.1 #1 (June 1938)