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Maxima


Cover to Action Comics # 651.
Art by George Perez. Image File history File linksMetadata Maxima_(Action_Comics_651). ... George Pérez (born June 9, 1954 in The Bronx, New York) is a Puerto Rican-American illustrator and writer of comic books. ...

Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Action Comics # 645
(Sept 1989)
Created by Roger Stern
George Pérez
Characteristics
Alter ego Maxima of Almerac
Affiliations Justice League
Extreme Justice
Superman Revenge Squad
Notable aliases Queen Maxima, Empress of the Almeracian Empire
Abilities Super-Strength, Flight, Telekinesis, Mind Control, Self Duplication.

Maxima is a fictional comic book character in DC Comics' Superman titles. She was created by writer Roger Stern and artist George Pérez, and first appeared in Action Comics #645 (Sept 1989) DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... In comic books, first appearance refers to the date or issue of a characters first appearance. ... The Hobgoblin character co-created by Stern. ... New Teen Titans #1. ... The Justice League, sometimes called the Justice League of America or JLA for short, is a fictional DC Universe superhero team. ... Extreme Justice #0. ... Adventures of Superman #543 An organization collaborates to destroy Superman which include Maxima, Barrage, Riot and Anomaly. ... FicTioNaL is a Gaming Legend. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... Superman is a fictional character and one of the most famous and popular comic book superheroes of all time. ... The term writer can apply to anyone who creates a written work, but the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. ... The Hobgoblin character co-created by Stern. ... New Teen Titans #1. ... Cover of Action Comics #1, which featured the debut of Superman. ...

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History

Oldest child of the Royal family of the planet Almerac, the fiery-tempered Maxima came to Earth in search of a suitable mate, leaving behind Ultraa, her betrothed. She and Superman are genetically compatible; she could give him what no Earth woman could - children. She was infuriated when Superman rejected her offer, saying he had no desire to father despots (Action Comics # 652). Superman is a fictional character and one of the most famous and popular comic book superheroes of all time. ... Cover of Action Comics #1, which featured the debut of Superman. ...


Maxima later found herself reluctantly working with Brainiac who had destroyed Almerac with the Warworld. She turned against him, and helped Earth's heroes defeat him, subsequently joining a reformed Justice League for her own reasons after the League saved Almerac from Starbreaker. As a Leaguer, she helped in the fight against Doomsday, and when that version of the League disbanded, she became a member of Captain Atom's Extreme Justice. She considered both Captain Atom and Amazing Man as potential mates, but neither were interested. During the period of her flirtation with Captain Atom, an angry jilted Ultraa attacked him, Maxima eventually stopped the brawl and sent Ultraa back to Almerac. Brainiac is a fictional supervillain in the DC Comics universe, most often appearing as an opponent of Superman. ... The Justice League, sometimes called the Justice League of America or JLA for short, is a fictional DC Universe superhero team. ... Starbreaker is a Fictional Villian created by DC Comics. ... Captain Atom is a comic book superhero. ... Extreme Justice #0. ... Amazing Man is a name used by several fictional characters, all of them superheroes. ...


She offered herself to Superman again, hoping that her recent good deeds would offset her earlier ruthlessness. (Superman: The Wedding Album, Man of Tomorrow #7) Superman, now married to Lois Lane, was even less interested in her proposal than before. Angry and humiliated, she joined the Superman Revenge Squad. She swore that Superman had rejected, humbled and humilated her for the last time, and threatened that the next they met, it would truly be war (Man of Tomorrow #10). Lois Joanne Lane is a fictional comic book character who appears in DC Comics’ Superman stories. ... Adventures of Superman #543 An organization collaborates to destroy Superman which include Maxima, Barrage, Riot and Anomaly. ...


However, in her next appearance, during the build up to the Our Worlds at War crossover, Maxima and the 'Chosen People of Almerac', as she phrased it, showed up in Earth's solar system where they met up with Superman and fellow JLA member, Green Lantern. Superman and Green Lantern were just beginning to investigate the disturbing disappearance of Pluto and the even more distressing engine ion trail associated with Warworld, when they stumbled across Maxima, her people, and the supervillain Massacre. Cover to JLA: Our Worlds at War #1. ... Cover to Green Lantern: Rebirth #6, art by Ethan Van Sciver. ...


After a battle full of wounded pride, Maxima eventually conceded her position when Almerac's rendezvous showed up using a Boom Tube. She explained that she was leading her people to safety from Imperiex, the force that conquered her world. Massacre had seemed to meet his death back in Superman #106, however somehow Maxima came across him and described her association in these words, "Massacre serves only me now". To save her people, she allied herself with Darkseid's son, Grayven, who was taking them to regions unknown. This was also being undertaken without the knowledge of Darkseid. Maxima left Superman with these words: "Mark my words, when Imperiex comes for your precious homeworld, you'll see alliances you've never dreamed of." Cover to Superman #153. ... Darkseid is a fictional character, a supervillain in the DC Comics Universe created by Jack Kirby as part of the Fourth World series of comic books in the early 1970s. ... Grayven is one of the 3 sons of Darkseid, a DC Comics supervillain, ruler of the planet Apokolips. ...


All that Maxima warned eventually came to fruition as she and a myriad of other characters (both heroes and villains) formed alliances with Earth and Apokolips in an effort to destroy Imperiex (Man of Steel #115). In the DC Comics fictional shared Universe, Apokolips was the planet ruled by Darkseid, established in Jack Kirbys Fourth World series. ... Cover to Superman #153. ...


Maxima ultimately met her demise in an heroic effort to put her ship between the destructive beams of Brainiac 13's Warworld which would have resulted in the destruction of the entire universe (Man of Steel #117). However, it has been theorized that Maxima did not die, but one of her duplicate simulacrums, as seen in Extreme Justice #10.


Personality and motivations

Overall, portrayal of Maxima varied by writer. In her appearances in the various Superman titles, Maxima was typically depicted as a haughty and shallow individual with only self-centered motivations, lacking any real depth as a character. By contrast, in her appearances in the comic book series Extreme Justice and Steel, Maxima was developed as an individual with a warrior's sense of honor and a strong countenance of noble pride that had its humorous moments in relation to other characters. This was evident during Extreme Justice #10 and #11, where Maxima hosted the bachelorette party for Captain Atom's fiance, Plastique, wearing a stylish and elegant "red carpet" dress while everyone else wore jeans to the event that was held in the party room of a humble Tex-Mex restaurant. This occurred again in later issues of that series, where she's visibly uncomfortable from seeing newly joined members, Zan and Jayna, gorge themselves on jelly donuts, hamburgers, french fries, and other assorted fast foods at a mall food court. The Wonder Twins are a pair of teenage alien superheroes (somewhat reminiscent of Vulcans from Star Trek) who were sidekicks to the Super Friends in the Hanna-Barbera animated television series of the same name. ...


Powers and abilities

As a scion of the Blood Royale of Almerac, Maxima commands a vast array of powers that come from years of selective breeding and gene therapy. In her first face to face encounter with Superman in Action Comics #651, she displayed incredible and immense psionic powers. Maxima has a high, unidentified, level of invulnerability and possesses superspeed as seen in Action Comics #651.


Alternate continuities

An alternate history where Superman marries Maxima after Lois dies was presented as an Elseworlds story in Adventures of Superman Annual #3, part of the Armageddon 2001 in which Waverider looked at possible futures of DC characters. Elseworlds logo. ... Armageddon 2001 was a highly controversial 1991 crossover/event miniseries published by DC Comics. ... Waverider is a comic book superhero in the DC Comics universe. ...


Appearances in other media

Superman: The Animated Series (1996-2000) Superman: The Animated Series is the unofficial title given to Warner Bros. ...

Maxima from Superman: The Animated Series.
Maxima from Superman: The Animated Series.

Maxima appeared in the episode Warrior Queen. According to the official episode description, "Maxima, Queen of Almerac, chases Superman as a potential mate. She takes the Man of Steel up to her planet, where, as she prepares to marry him, Superman educates Maxima that a mate isn't something to take, but a person who is won over and loved." She was voiced by Sharon Lawrence. Image File history File linksMetadata Maxima_from_Superman_TAS.jpg Summary Maxima, as she appears in Superman: The Animated Series Licensing This image is an illustration of a character in a comic book, video game, or animated television program or film. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Maxima_from_Superman_TAS.jpg Summary Maxima, as she appears in Superman: The Animated Series Licensing This image is an illustration of a character in a comic book, video game, or animated television program or film. ... Sharon Lawrence (Born June 29, 1961 in Charlotte, North Carolina) is an American television actress. ...


Many changes were made to the character in her animated interpretation. Her appearance changed from Pérez's exotic beauty (akin to his earlier creation, the Tamaranean princess Koriand'r) to something almost Kirbyesque. Her personality became much more bratty. Finally, of her myriad powers, only her strength, flight, metal manipulation (seen when she turned a piece of metal into a sword) and invulnerability remained. George Pérez (born June 9, 1954 in The Bronx, New York) is a Puerto Rican-American illustrator and writer of comic books. ... Tamaran is a fictional planet in DC Comics, inhabited by Tamaraneans, an extraterrestrial race. ... Starfire is the name of three superheroes who have appeared in comic books published by DC Comics. ... Jack Kirby (August 28, 1917 – February 6, 1994) was one of the most influential, recognizable, and prolific artists in American comic books. ...


De'Cine (voiced by Miguel Ferrer) also changed from an inhuman alien cyborg to an Almeracian courtier. Miguel Ferrer (born February 7, 1955 in Santa Monica, California) is a Puerto Rican-American actor who is often cast in movies as a villain. ...



VS System Collectable Card Game VS System (pronounced Versus System) is a gaming system designed for collectible card games, in which players take their constructed decks and attempt to wear down their opponents to 0 or less endurance. ...

"Maxima: Empress of Almerac" card from the VS System CCG.
"Maxima: Empress of Almerac" card from the VS System CCG.

Maxima is a Rare card in the JLA set for the VS System. Her card reflects her time in the Superman Revenge Squad. Appropriately enough, considering her history of changing alliances and alternating between hero and villain, one of Maxima's special abilities is to adopt the team affiliations of each character the player controls. Image File history File linksMetadata Maxima_JLA_VS_System. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Maxima_JLA_VS_System. ...


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Maxima (comics) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (981 words)
Maxima is a fictional comic book character in DC Comics' Superman titles.
All that Maxima warned eventually came to fruition as she and a myriad of other characters (both heroes and villains) formed alliances with Earth and Apokolips in an effort to destroy Imperiex (Man of Steel # 115).
By contrast, in her appearances in the comic book series Extreme Justice and Steel, Maxima was developed as an individual with a warrior's sense of honor and a strong countenance of noble pride that had its humorous moments in relation to other characters.
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