Adventure Comics #317|
Edmond Hamilton (script)|
John Forte (art)
|Alter ego||Nura Nal Schnappin|
|Place of origin||Naltor|
Legion of Super-Heroes|
Legion of Substitute Heroes
|Notable aliases||Miss Terious, Dreamer|
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Dream Girl (Nura Nal) is a fictional comic book superhero appearing in books published by DC Comics. A member of the Legion of Super-Heroes in the 30th and 31st centuries, the character was created by writer Edmond Hamilton and artist John Forte, and first appeared in Adventure Comics #317.
Fictional character biography
Nura's home planet is Naltor, where virtually all the inhabitants possess precognitive abilities. After foreseeing the deaths of several Legionnaires, she crafted an elaborate plan to save their lives. As part of that plan, she used Naltorian science — of which she was an expert — to change the powers of Ayla Ranzz from lightning casting to the ability to make objects super lightweight. For many years thereafter, Ayla — who had been known as Lightning Lass — became Light Lass.
The Legionnaires she foresaw dying were actually robot doubles. Having joined the team under false pretenses, she left the Legion temporarily and became a member of the Legion of Substitute Heroes. There she was reunited with Star Boy, with whom she had become romantically involved. Star Boy had previously been expelled from the Legion for the self-defense killing of Nura's former love, Naltorian Kenz Nahor, who had tried to kill Star Boy over jealousy of his relationship with Nura.
Years later, Dream Girl served as Legion leader (only the second female Legionnaire to do so), with her first mission being perhaps the Legion's greatest challenge: defending the United Planets from an assault by the ancient villain Darkseid. Her sister Mysa, the White Witch, also served as a Legionnaire. Her mother was named Kiwa Nal, who was the High Seer of Naltor (Naltor's leader); the identity of her father was unrevealed.
Dream Girl's mastery of Naltorian science placed her in an elite group. Among the Legionnaires, her scientific prowess was surpassed only by Brainiac 5 and the original Invisible Kid, and perhaps equaled only by Mon-El. Additionally, she compensated for the non-physical nature of her powers by engaging in numerous training sessions with Karate Kid. Eventually, no Legionnaire was more skilled in nonpowered hand-to-hand combat except Karate Kid himself and Timber Wolf.
After the events of the Zero Hour mini-series, the Legion's continuity was completely rebooted. The second version of Nura claimed that her name was Nura Schappin, changing her surname to Nal because, as she put it, "It just says I'm from Naltor y'know." She also claimed to have been the first precognitive to be born on Naltor in seven generations, a claim that was later contradicted by other post-Zero Hour Legion stories.
For most of this continuity's duration, Nura was not a Legionnaire, although she was still Star Boy's girlfriend. Additionally, she suffered from narcolepsy, falling unconscious whenever she had a vision. She was no longer the sister of Mysa, who was completely unrelated to her in this continuity. Eventually, Nura gained Legion membership under the codename Dreamer, shortly before the Legion's continuity was rebooted again in 2005.
In the 2005 reboot, her codename returned to Dream Girl. In this continuity, she sometimes loses track of events in the present when tracking a future event (she once failed to get involved in a fight because she thought it had already happened).
Brainiac 5 was initially shown as resenting her ability to simply "know" things that he had to deduce, and he once questioned her abilities. Her response was a prediction that they would be married.[volume & issue needed]
She later appears to have been killed in battle; however, Brainiac 5 places her body in stasis and works to revive her. Although he fails to fully resurrect her, she becomes a spirit with the ability to appear to anyone in their dreams or daydreams.
At first dismissed as a delusion in the mind of the grieving Brainiac 5 (he even claims that her "Nura" may be a facet of his intuitive subconscious, appearing to him while daydreaming in a form suited to appease his tastes), Nura's presence in Brainiac 5 mind becomes a well-known fact, worrying Princess Projectra, who, in a bid to destroy the Legion for their inability to save Orando, fears Nura's precognitive sight. When Brainiac 5 has a female spirit medium channel Nura's mind enough to share some physical intimacy, Projectra uses her powers on the id to have the inhibitions and the urges in Brainiac 5 mind viciously attack Nura when she returns to Brainiac's body. Despite Querl's valiant effort to control them, the urges gouge out Nura's eyes, blinding her at a spiritual level, stripping the girl both of her physical and of her precognitive sight, a fate to which she quietly resigns, as long as she can still be with her lover. Nura is later revived by Brainiac 5 by transferring her consciousness back in a renewed, cloned version of her original body, granting her powers and sight back. They both decide to go on with their marriage.
Nura was replaced in the Legion by a male Naltorian named Rol Purtha a.k.a. Dream Boy.
The events of the 2005–2006 "Infinite Crisis" storyline apparently restored a close analogue of the Pre-Crisis Legion continuity, as seen in "The Lightning Saga" story arc in Justice League of America and Justice Society of America, and in the "Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes" story arc in Action Comics. Dream Girl is included in their number. In this incarnation, her powers are implied to be linked to the realm of the Dreaming, ruled by Dream of the Endless. It is later revealed that Dream Girl somehow passed on her prophetic knowledge to Thom Kallor.[volume & issue needed]
In "The Lightning Saga" storyline, Dream Girl was one of the Legionnaires sent to the 21st Century to capture the essence of Bart Allen in a lightning rod before his death. She was found within Arkham Asylum as a prisoner of Dr. Destiny, who used her powers as his new "dreamstone".
Dream Girl is among the missing Legion members as of the "Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes" storyline. In that story and in the subsequent Legion of 3 Worlds miniseries, it is revealed that Dream Girl had prophetic visions of Superboy-Prime as the harbinger of a "Crisis of the 31st Century", which prompted Brainiac 5 to concoct the contingency plan to defeat Prime, including the resurrection of Bart Allen.
Dream Girl last appeared in a preview in Adventure Comics (vol. 2) #1, seemingly back in the 21st Century and imprisoned in a device.
Powers and abilities
Like all natives of Naltor, Nura has the power to see the future and experience visions in dreams; she is rated one of the most powerful precognitives on the planet. Her hand-to-hand fighting skills—having trained with Karate Kid—combined with her ability to glimpse seconds into the future, made her a formidable short-term opponent in battle, capable of taking on The Persuader, but the sheer number of expanding possible futures in each second of a battle made it difficult for her to keep the advantage. Her precognitive abilities also give her an edge in strategic planning.
Nura is a skilled scientist, specializing in biology; when Brainiac 5 quits the Legion after being acquitted of murdering the Infinite Man, team leader Polar Boy asks her to consider becoming the Legion's chief scientist. She is highly charismatic, capable of convincing men and women to do what she wants, and guided the Legion as leader through Darkseid's awakening in the Legion's time.
As a member of the Legion of Super-Heroes she is provided a Legion Flight Ring. It allows her to fly and protects her from the vacuum of space and other dangerous environments. On at least one occasion, she was able to exert her extraordinary willpower to extend the Legion flight ring's anti-grav power to other objects, as if using telekinesis.
In other media
- In Superman: The Animated Series, Dream Girl made a cameo appearance in the episode "New Kids in Town."
- Dream Girl is featured in Legion of Super-Heroes voiced by Tara Platt. She was featured in screen cameos. In the episode "In Your Dreams," Dream Girl plays a part in helping the Legion of Super Heroes to predict where the Dark Circle will strike. Soon, the Dark Circle takes interest in her and orchestrate her kidnapping in order to use her to their advantage.
- Nia Nal / Dreamer, a character inspired by and depicted as the ancestor of Nura Nal / Dream Girl, will appear in the fourth season of The CW series Supergirl and will be portrayed by Nicole Maines. She will be the first transgender superhero on television.
- Greenberger, Robert (2008), "Dream Girl", in Dougall, Alastair, The DC Comics Encyclopedia, New York: Dorling Kindersley, p. 111, ISBN 0-7566-4119-5, OCLC 213309017
- Legion of Super-Heroes (vol. 5) #47 (December 2008)
- Legion of Super-Heroes (vol. 5) #50 (March 2009)
- Agard, Chancellor (July 21, 2018). "Supergirl casts Nicole Maines as TV's first transgender superhero". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 22, 2018.