Gloss (comics)

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Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceMillennium #2 (January 1988)
Created bySteve Engelhart (writer)
Joe Staton (artist)
In-story information
Alter egoXiang Po
Place of originEarth
Team affiliationsGlobal Guardians
New Guardians
AbilitiesControl over Dragon Lines gives her superhuman strength and elemental control.

Gloss is a fictional superhero published by DC Comics. She first appeared in Millennium #2 (January 1988), and was created by Steve Engelhart and Joe Staton.[1]

Fictional character biography[edit]

The creators of the Green Lantern Corps, the Guardians, had planned to create their successors, a race of new Guardians on Earth, so one of their number met a female alien called a Zamaron. The two channeled their powers into the "Millennium Project," gathering ten individuals together, teaching them about the nature of the cosmos, and endowing them with immortality and metahuman powers. One of these was a young woman from China named Xiang Po, to whom the Guardians gave the power to draw energy from the Earth's "Dragon Lines" (or ley lines).[1] She became Gloss (and a redhead), and joined the other heroes the Guardians had made in the team named the New Guardians. When the then powerless Guy Gardner comes to the team's island home in order to take over, she becomes so disgusted with his crass ways she ends up throwing him far into the ocean.

Gloss was originally on a mission to pass on her enhanced DNA to her offspring, and was seeking a suitable mate, but she abandoned her quest when the team disbanded.

Gloss is briefly seen in issue number 50 of the maxi-series "52". Gloss, along with other superpowered beings including Manticore and Tasmanian Devil, are seen knocked down after a battle with the rage maddened Black Adam.

One Year Later[edit]

In the events of One Year Later, Gloss is now a Global Guardian, and follows her former teammate Jet, who is now team leader.[2] She is killed by Prometheus, who slew her along with several of her fellow Global Guardians.[3]

Powers and abilities[edit]

  • Gloss has immortality and the power to draw energy from the Dragon Lines (Ley Lines) of the Earth.
  • These lines of mystic power infuse her with incredible strength and make her incredibly durable.
  • She can command the Dragon Lines, manipulating the Earth's energy to create earthquakes and affect local ecosystems.


  1. ^ a b Beatty, Scott (2008), "Gloss", in Dougall, Alastair (ed.), The DC Comics Encyclopedia, New York: Dorling Kindersley, p. 138, ISBN 0-7566-4119-5, OCLC 213309017
  2. ^ Greenberger, Robert (2008), "Global Guardians", in Dougall, Alastair (ed.), The DC Comics Encyclopedia, New York: Dorling Kindersley, p. 138, ISBN 0-7566-4119-5, OCLC 213309017
  3. ^ Justice League: Cry For Justice #3 (November, 2009)

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