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B'wana Beast, Mike Maxwell, is a superhero of the jungle. He has the ability to merge the best qualities of animals into composite creatures with incredible powers, which he controls. His helmet, and an elixir he drinks, transform him into a taller and more powerful man than in his civilian identity as a ranger.

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After struggling with his powers, and coming into conflict with Animal Man, the two became friends.[1] Eventually, Mike Maxwell tried to give up his powers, and bequeathed them to Dominic Mndawe, an African man who decided to change his title to Freedom Beast.[2]


After a long period of absence, Maxwell heard the call of the entity Antagon, and despite hopes from the shaman Stone and the Animal Masters, Maxwell became the corrupt host of the entity. As the Shining Man, Maxwell wreaked havoc on earth until he was killed in a fight with Metaman.

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The DC Universe heavily changed its continuity into the DCnU following the events of Flashpoint in 2011. This was part of an effort to make storylines more accessible to newer readers, beginning with the New 52. This new timeline combines elements from the DCU, Vertigo Universe and Wildstorm Universe while drastically changing the origins and histories of characters.

B'wana Beast is considered as a possible new member for the Justice League International by United Nations head of intelligence Andre Briggs. They decide he is not right as a candidate for the team at that time, and he is not invited to join. [3]




  • 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.
  • B'wana is a Swahili word which is used in an equivalent way to several English forms of address.


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