Beatriz Bonilla da Costa, alias Fire followed an unusual career path, starting as an amateur model on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil then becoming a showgirl and stage performer before finding herself serving as an undercover secret agent for the Brazilian government. In the course of one of her missions, she was exposed to the accident which granted her super-human powers, prompting her to assume the identity of the Green Fury and join the international superhero team the Global Guardians.
Shortly after changing her name to the Green Flame, the Guardians' UN funding was withdrawn in the wake of the formation the Justice League International. Miss da Costa talked her teammate and friend Icemaiden into joining her in approaching the Justice League Embassy and asking for a job and remarkably, in the wake of Black Canary's resignation and the abduction of several members, the short-handed JLI took them on. Eventually, she once again changed her heroic name, this time to "Fire" in affinity with Icemaiden's shortening of her name to simply Ice.
She served the longest continuous term of any Justice League International member, including an extended period of depowerment after an encounter with Doomsday, a period which sadly coincided with the death of her best friend, Ice, at the hands of the Overmaster.
She subsequently returned to Brazil, and attempted to establish herself as the country's primary superhero. This met with variable success, which she blamed partly on the Martian Manhunter's visibility in the Southern hemisphere.
Fire had retired from super-heroing to establish a career as an internet glamour girl when Maxwell Lord talked her and several other former JLI members into reforming as a group of "heroes for the common man" called the "Super Buddies". She found herself apartment-sharing with Mary Marvel and, in a situation reminiscent of her former interactions with Ice, forced herself into the reluctant role of "babysitter" for the woefully naive teenager.
When attempting to rescue Ice's spirit from Hell (or a dimension similar to it), Fire accidentally looked back, causing the spirit to vanish. During the Super Buddies' time in Hell, Etrigan the Demon suggested that it was Fire who was fated to die instead of Ice.
It seems that after the dissolution of the Super Buddies, Fire had returned to her work as detective and secret agent. In that role she helped Booster Gold and Guy Gardner find the connection between Maxwell Lord and Blue Beetle's death. She then took part in an assault by her former teammates from Justice League International and the Super Buddies against a group of OMACs. Badly wounded, she was saved by the sacrifice of Rocket Red. Guy Gardner and Booster Gold took her to a hospital. After recovering, Fire appears as an agent of Amanda Waller.
One Year Later
Fire later joins Checkmate and becomes the Black King's Knight. This leads to a change in her character as she willingly acts as an assassin and killer. However, Fire regrets taking part in a Checkmate mission in which as many as fifty Kobra personnel were killed, many immolated by Fire herself.
- Pyroplasmic Form: Beatriz was saturated by an energy called "Pyroplasm" which caused her body take on a fiery form at will. Once in her green form she can take off into the sky and blazes forth with immolating fire.
- Pyrokinesis: Fire can create and project green flame from any part of her body. She has full control over her form while on fire as well as any fire she projects forth.
- Intangibility: While she can't extend her fire through solid objects she can allow solid objects to pass through her fiery form without injury.
- Thermal-Blast: Fire can project green flame at any time even without taking her fiery form. Early in her career she had no idea she could do much else than project her unique flame.
- Flight: By bursting fire behind her she can take off into the sky and control her flight speed by adjusting her flames in response.
- Investigation: Beatriz is a skilled investigator and espionage agent.
- Hand-to-Hand Combat (Advanced): Beatriz was also trained by Batman in hand-to-hand combat.
- Artistry: She is shown to have a marketable fashion sense having at times worked as a fashion designer.
- Multilingualism: Bea can speak Portuguese, Spanish and English.
- Although this character was originally introduced during DC's Earth-One era of publication, their existence following the events of the 1985-86 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths remains intact. However, some elements of the character's Pre-Crisis history may have been altered or removed for Post-Crisis New Earth continuity, and should be considered apocryphal.
- 336 Appearances of Beatriz da Costa (New Earth)
- 54 Images featuring Beatriz da Costa (New Earth)
- 5 Quotations by or about Beatriz da Costa (New Earth)
- Character Gallery: Beatriz da Costa (New Earth)
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