Impala (DC Comics)
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|First appearance||Super Friends #7
|Created by||E. Nelson Bridwell (writer)
Ramona Fradon (artist)
|Team affiliations||Global Guardians|
Fictional character biography
M'Bulaze (only name given) is a politically minded Zulu warrior from South Africa. He helped the Flash dismantle a bomb in South Africa. He later joined forces with other African heroes in the Crisis on Infinite Earths. He, along with other Global Guardians, were brainwashed by the Queen Bee of Bialya.
As part of a public perception ploy, the Guardians and the Justice League were tricked into battling a giant, alien robot. The robot was sent by the Queen Bee herself, who was not too concerned if it were to kill any of the Guardians. During the battle, Impala 'rescues' Power Girl, not understanding that she was one of the few most able to withstand the blows of the robot.
After coming to his senses and being rescued by Guardians and Justice League members, Impala takes some time off. While visiting Metropolis, he is attacked by the ancient being Fain Y'onia. The result of the battle is the loss of his powers. Before Fain is ultimately defeated, he causes the deaths of Impala's friends, Bushmaster and Thunderlord.
Impala is later involved in Roulette's house of games. He does not survive.
M'Bulaze is succeeded by Kid Impala, a member of the Ultramarine Corps who first appeared in the Neh-Buh-Loh storyline from JLA: Classified #2. He later travels to a dystopian pocket universe called 'Qwewq' with the rest of the Ultramarines. He is seen fighting again with the Corps in Final Crisis.
In the alternate timeline of the Flashpoint event, Impala is a member of the H.I.V.E. council. He voted for innocent civilians to live in Western European between Aquaman and Wonder Woman before using nuclear weapons to end the war.
- As seen in Super Friends #7 (October 1977)
- Greenberger, Robert (2008), "Global Guardians", in Dougall, Alastair, The DC Comics Encyclopedia, New York: Dorling Kindersley, p. 138, ISBN 0-7566-4119-5, OCLC 213309017
- As seen in JLA: Classified #2 (February 2005)
- "Final Crisis" #4 (2008)
- Flashpoint: The World of Flashpoint #1 (June 2011)