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Hawkgirl (DC)(Post Crisis)(02 - Kendra Saunders)
Real Name: Kendra Saunders
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Hawkgirl can fly at great speed by means of the artificial wings made of "ninth metal" that her great aunt used before her. Kendra also has her great aunts love of archaic weaponry and is an expert at hand-to-hand combat, skilled in a number of martial arts techniques.

Kendra is the granddaughter of Golden Age adventurer "Speed" Saunders and grandniece of the Golden Age Hawkman and Hawkgirl. Kendra had a troubled youth spending much of her childhood in various youth facilities, following her parents death when she was sixteen. Rather than staying in the facilities, Kendra often took refuge on the streets until she was eventually found by her grandfather, Speed Saunders, who became her guardian and helped put some stability in her life and Kendra entered film school following an old dream of hers.

However, her troubles were not over and at age seventeen she cut her wrists trying to commit suicide. Speed found her in the bathroom and quickly rushed her to the hospital where she died. Ten minutes after being pronounced dead she suddenly began breathing again, having somehow miraculously been brought back to life. When she opened her eyes Speed noticed that her eyes were no longer green but brown. Upon seeing this Speed realized that he was no longer looking at his granddaughter but the reincarnation of Shiera Hall and Egyptian princess Chay-Ara. Kendra still believed herself to be Kendra Saunders and believing that a reincarnation of Khufu or Carter could not be far behind Speed decided that revealing the truth to Kendra was probably not meant for him. Instead he told Kendra of her family history and began training her to take the mantle of Hawkgirl.

Six months after her training began on the night of her nineteenth birthday she got a frantic phone call from her grandfather who told her to get the wings. Speed had just witnessed the death of Wesley Dodds at the hands of Mordru the Dark Lord and knew that in order to stop the Dark Lord the Justice Society would be forced to reform and he knew that Kendra's future destiny was closely tied to the JSA [JSA Secret Files #1].

The following day Kendra donned the wings of her grand aunt and took flight for the first time. As per instructions by her grandfather she then traveled to Vancouver to find and protect a newborn baby boy no matter what. The baby, who was the reincarnation of Hector Hall and heir to the mantle of Dr. Fate, was being hunted down by Mordru so that he could kill him and assume the power of Dr. Fate himself. Although Mordru was able to kidnap the baby, the JSA and Kendra eventually found him and before he was able to kill the child, and the Star-Spangled Kid managed to bond the child to the Fate power. Using his vast powers, the new Dr. Fate was able to imprison Mordru in his amulet and save the JSA. The heroes then returned to the JSA headquarters and decided to reform the JSA on a permanent basis. Kendra joined the group as Hawkgirl and has been a valuable asset to the team ever since [JSA #2-#4]

When Carter Hall returned from the dead, Kendra learned that her suicide attempt at age 16 had been successful, and that the soul inhabiting her body was actually that of her great aunt, Sheira Hall, the original Hawkgirl. However, she still retains Kendra's memories and personality, finding it hard to connect to the Sheira part of her identity. When Carter Hall returned to life, she moved with him to St. Roch in Louisiana, but the two have not become lovers (unlike all their previous lives), just good friends.

Created by Geoff Johns and James Robinson

First Appearance: JSA Secret Files (1999) #1

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Issue Appearances:
52 (2006)
52: The Companion (2007)
52/WW III (2007)
Action Comics (1938)
All Flash (2007)
All Star Comics (1999)
Amazons Attack (2007)
Avengers/JLA (2003)
Batman (1940)
Batman and the Outsiders (2007)
Birds of Prey (1999)
Birds of Prey Secret Files 2003 (2003)
Black Adam: The Dark Age (2007)
Blackest Night (2009)
Blackest Night: Rise of the Black Lanterns (2010)
Booster Gold (2007)
Brightest Day (2010)
Captain Carrot and the Final Ark (2007)
Catwoman (2002)
Chase (2011)
Checkmate (2006)
Countdown (2007)
Countdown to Infinite Crisis (2005)
Dark Days: The Road to Metal (2018)
Day of Judgment (1999)
DC 2000 (2000)
DC Comics Graphic Novel Collection [GER] (2015)
DC Comics Presents: Brightest Day (2010)
DC Comics: The Sequential Art of Amanda Conner (2012)
DC First: Green Lantern/Green Lantern (2002)
DC Universe: Decisions (2008)
DC Universe: Origins (2009)
DCU Holiday Special (2009)
DCU: Legacies (2010)
Faces of Evil: Kobra (2009)
Final Crisis (2008)
Final Crisis Companion (2009)
Final Crisis: Requiem (2008)
Final Crisis: Secret Files (2009)
Flash: The Fastest Man Alive (2006)
Golden Age Secret Files (2001)
Green Arrow (2001)
Green Arrow/Black Canary (2007)
Green Arrow/Black Canary Wedding Special (2007)
Green Arrow/Black Canary: Road to the Altar (2008)
Green Lantern (2005)
Green Lantern Sinestro Corps Special (2007)
Green Lantern: Rebirth (2004)
Hawkgirl (2006)
Hawkman (2002)
Hawkman Companion (2008)
Hawkman Secret Files and Origins (2002)
Hourman (1999)
Identity Crisis (2004)
Impulse (1995)
Infinite Crisis (2005)
Infinite Crisis Countdown (2006)
Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Multiverse [II] (2014)
JLA (1997)
JLA-Z (2003)
JLA: The Ultimate Guide to The Justice League of America (2002)
JLA/JSA: Virtue and Vice (2002)
JSA (1999)
JSA Secret Files (1999)
JSA: All Stars (2003)
JSA: Classified (2005)
JSA: Our Worlds at War (2001)
Justice League 100 Greatest Moments (2018)
Justice League Elite (2004)
Justice League of America (2006)
Justice League of America, Special (2009)
Justice League Wedding Special (2007)
Justice League: Cry for Justice (2009)
Justice League: The Rise of Arsenal (2010)
Justice Society of America (2007)
Justice Society of America: A Celebration of 75 Years (2015)
Martian Manhunter (1998)
Outsiders: Five of a Kind - Wonder Woman/Grace (2007)
Power Girl (2006)
Power Girl (2009)
Rann/Thanagar Holy War (2008)
Rann/Thanagar War (2005)
Secret Files & Origins Guide to the DC Universe 2000 (2000)
Shadowpact (2006)
Sins of Youth Secret Files (2000)
Sins of Youth: JLA Jr. (2000)
Sins of Youth: Starwoman & The JSA Jr. (2000)
Starman (1994)
Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. (1999)
Superboy (1994)
Superman (1939)
Superman (1987)
Superman Legends (2007)
Superman vs. Darkseid (2015)
Superman: Our Worlds at War Secret Files (2001)
Superman/Batman (2003)
Tales of the Sinestro Corps: Cyborg Superman (2007)
Tales of the Sinestro Corps: Superman-Prime (2007)
Teen Titans/Outsiders: The Death and Return of Donna Troy (2006)
The All New Atom (2006)
The Atom and Hawkman (1968)
The DC Comics Encyclopedia (2004)
The DC Universe by John Byrne (2017)
The Power Company (2002)
Titans/Young Justice: Graduation Day (2003)
Trials of Shazam (2006)
Trinity (2008)
Untold Tales of Blackest Night (2010)
Wednesday Comics (2009)
Wonder Woman (1987)
Wonder Woman (2006)
Young Justice: Sins of Youth (2000)

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Black Lantern Corps
Justice League of America (DC)
Justice Society of America (DC)

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