While excavating in the Syrian desert, archaeologist Sala Nisaba discovered a gateway to the Babylonian underworld known as Kurnugi. Unfortunately, at the same time she inadvertently freed the demon Pazuzu and other vengeful gods. Kurnugi's ruler, Nergal, informed Sala that she was descended from Ishtar, Lady of Battle, and by Nergal's mystical touch Sala was transformed into a new Ishtar.
Teamed with Green Lantern Kyle Rayner, a friend since attending art school together, Sala battled Pazuzu, Nergal and his wife, Ereskigal, and the monstrous Tiamat. Later, with the help of the Justice League, the Babylonian deities were returned to Kurnugi. Sala continues to use her powers as avatar of Ishtar to combat evils ancient and modern.
- Accelerated Healing: Sala could heal from fatal injuries and attacks at an expedient rate while in contact with the staff
- Divine Empowerment: By touching the staff, Sala Nisaba becomes empowered by the staff's divine power
- Energy Projection: Sala can project blasts of energy from the staff when channeling its power
- Superhuman Agility: Sala gains an increase in agility while in contact with the staff
- Superhuman Durability: Sala gains an increase in physical fortitude while in contact with the staff
- Superhuman Speed: Sala gains an increase in speed while in contact with the staff
- Superhuman Strength: Sala gains an increase in strength while in contact with the staff
- Sala was one of many of the international heroes introduced during DC's "Planet DC" theme annuals of 2000.
- 8 Appearances of Sala Nisaba (New Earth)
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