|Big Barda was created by Jack Kirby in 1971 and first appeared in New Gods Vol 1 and Mister Miracle (first series) #4 (Sept/Oct-1971)|
|Species: New God, Extradimensional being from Apokolips
Height: 7’0″, Weight: 300 lbs, Hair: black, Eyes: blue
Other Aliases: Big Barda, Barda, the Strongest Woman in the World
Group: Former member of the Female Furies, Gods of New Genesis, Justice League of America
First appearance: Mister Miracle #1
Known Relatives: Big Breeda (mother), Scott Free (husband)Overview: Big Barda is a warrior from the planet Apokolips, raised and bred for battle. Armed with her city destroying Mega-rod, her enigmatic motherbox and her near-divine nature, Barda battles to protect the Earth, from her once-patron and now mortal enemy, Darkseid.
Barda has been recently sent back to Earth to control the extremely powerful and emotionally unstable Dog of War, Orion, Son of Darkseid. She and Orion have been sent to Earth by the new Highfather, Takion, to protect the Earth from an as yet unknown menace and have allied themselves with the new Justice League and bringing their fierce combative natures, incredible power and advanced technology to the League.History: First child to one of Darkseid’s special breeders, Barda was stolen from her mother and placed into a generation matrix to enhance her already extraordinary birthright as a member of the New Gods. Further trained in the firepits of Apokolips, first as a dog soldier of Darkseid and later as an elite member of the fearsome Female Furies, and then lead by the tyrannical Granny Goodness, Barda came to be known as the fiercest warrior that Granny Goodness had ever created. Later, fallling in love with and marrying the super escape artist, Scott Free, also known as Mister Miracle, Barda retired from the life of a warrior and settled into a quiet life away from battle. Life as a housewife did not last long as the two were constantly drawn back into the fray against the machinations of Darkseid and eventually the two returned to New Genesis to live.Special Powers/Abilities:
The beings of New Genesis call themselves Gods and live outside of normal time and space in a realm called the Fourth World. These New Gods have evolved due to their close proximity to the Source, a primeaval energy, believed to be one of the ultimate foundations of the Universal Expression of Energy, along with their superior technology, into beings of genetic stability and evolutionary perfection. The denizens of New Genesis are stronger, faster, and smarter than homo sapiens, despite their resemblance to the same. It is believed that there is a connection between the Fourth World and the Third World (our universe) but that connection has yet to be completely explored. Since there are physical similarities, perhaps the races of the Fourth World help populate the planets of the Third World at an earlier time in the history of the Universe.
Super Strength: Barda’s super strength comes from her heritage as a member of New Genesis, where all of the people of that realm are genetically superior to normal humans in their physical characteristics. She was later augmented by Darkseid to further increase her strength and stamina twenty-fold. Barda’s strength is nearly on the order of Wonder Woman’s lifting weights weighing nearly fifty tons.
Endurance/Stamina: Barda’s superhuman endurance has been trained by being a dog soldier of Apokolips and later the leader of the Female Furies. Barda’s physiology allows her to process her biological wastes more efficently and as such can function at her peak efficiency for a much longer time than a normal human. With her advanced combat training, she is superior to even members of the New Gods who have not received such training.
Weapons and Tools: The Mega-Rod: Barda’s signature weapon, no other has ever been seen. Its origin is unknown, and its powers are vast and numerous. It’s primary ability is to project energy (of an unknown nature and origin) against whatever Barda hits with the Mega-Rod. The amount of damage able to be done has been sufficient to demolish an entire building.
She may also use it to project beams of force, sufficient to drive back even Orion, the most fearsome of the New Gods. It has been seen to create crude barriers of force, absorb energies directed at it or its wielder, and to create the interdimensional gateways called Boom-Tubes used by the dwellers in New Genesis/Apokolips dimension to visit this one. A boom-tube may also be used to travel within this dimension if the traveller knows both locations or has a Mother Box in the other location to lock onto.
The Mother Box: The true nature of these living computers/beings is unknown. Called Mother Boxes by their users/partners, these beings/devices possess wonderous powers and abilities not understood even by their users. How they came to be involved with the beings of New Genesis is not known. Mother Boxes have sacrificed themselves for causes they have believed in and are greatly respected by the people of New Genesis, speaking of them as loving, living entitites in the shape of a small box worn much like a common day pager on Earth.
Mother Boxes have been seen to: Access the Energy of the Source for various effects, change the gravitational constant of an area, transfer energy from one place to another, control the mental state of a host, communicate telepathically with a host or other life form, manipulate the life-force of a host to sustain it past fatal injuries, open or close boom-tubes, take over and control non-sentient machines, evolve non-sentient machines, merge sentient beings into a single more powerful being, sustain a life form in a hostile environment such as space, and many others. Mother Boxes have an affinity for the Source and are believed to draw their power it.
Allies: Mister Miracle, Orion, Lightray, Takion (Highfather), Metron, Superman, Steel, Batman, Flash, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Zauriel, Aquaman
Enemies: Darkseid, Granny Goodness, Steppenwolf, Kalibak, Desaad, and anyone who is an enemy of the Justice League. A more detail list of enemies has yet to be collected