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The daughter of a Gotham Mafia boss, Darla Aquista was killed in a gang war and resurrected to be Warklock's Daughter. While capable of great evil, she fights against this as an ally and occasional member of the Shadowpact.
Darla Aquista was the daughter of a Gotham Mafia boss, Henry Aquista, and disapproved of his criminal background. She first appeared as Tim Drake was trying to get out of school on his first day as a junior at Louis E. Grieve Memorial High School. Since her jock friends intimidated Tim's only friend at the school, Bernard, he walked up to them and offered for them to beat him up so that his friend could get a free chance to talk to her. Tim won the kids over as friends, they went to get something to eat, and when Bernard took his chance to talk to Darla, she showed interest in Tim.
The next time she appeared, she was arguing with her father, Henry Aquista. She thought that Tim is afraid to ask her out because of his involvement with the Gotham Mafia. Henry received a telephone call from Johnny Warlock, asking him to unleash a crime wave in the city to draw out Robin.
Shortly after Tim stopped being Robin, Darla approached him and certain day, she kissed him in front of the entire school. Tim rejected her because of his relationship with Stephanie Brown. Darla mistook the act as Tim not liking her. However, Stephanie witnessed the kiss and she avoided Tim for months. Tim decided to give Darla a chance and he asked her out on a date.
When the greatest gang war broke out in Gotham, the Odessa Mob attacked Darla's car and pulled her out of it. Tim saved her and sent her off towards the Louis Grieve High School while he took care of the remaining gang members. Once everyone was inside the school, a bullet from an unknown assailant hit Darla in the shoulder, killing her, despite Tim and Batman's efforts to save her.
After her death, Henry took Darla to Johnny Warlock, asking him to save Darla. Johnny did so, killing Henry and using his life energy to turn Darla into his own daughter, "Warlock's Daughter." Initially, Darla was charged with killing Robin, however she didn't know that Tim was Robin. Getting Superboy to pose as Robin, they tricked Darla into 'killing' Robin and free her from Johnny Warlock. Their victory was short lived, as Johnny quickly determined Robin was not dead, though Robin was able to defeat him.
Darla helped Robin when Blüdhaven was besieged by OMACs, and shortly after Infinite Crisis was trapped in the Dark Tower with Johnny, by the Shadowpact. After a year, they freed her and she worked along side them, learning about the new rules of magic.
- Originally killed during War Games in Robin (Volume 4) #129, revived by Johnny Warlock in Robin (Volume 4) #137.
- 34 Appearances of Darla Aquista (New Earth)
- 12 Images featuring Darla Aquista (New Earth)
- 1 Quotations by or about Darla Aquista (New Earth)
- Character Gallery: Darla Aquista (New Earth)
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