Black Alice (DC)
Real Name: Lori Zechlin
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* Black Alice has the ability to temporarily usurp the magical powers of any being, even ones as powerful as the Spectre, gaining all its skills and power and leaving it powerless in turn. The limit to the distance at which she can steal power of a target being is unknown, but potentially limitless as she borrowed Alan Scott's abilities during the prison breakouts while he was in space.
* When she steals a being's power, her clothing partially transforms to somewhat resemble that of her target.
* She has even shown the ability to steal the powers of two beings simultaneously.
* In the "Helmet of Fate" miniseries, she takes the powers of two heroes of her choice while in school and exudes magical abilities of her own.
* Her only limit is that in order to choose a particular target she must be able to see him/her; otherwise, she receives a random magic-user's powers whenever she activates her ability.
Lori Zechlin is a goth teen who lives with her father and drug addict mother. Neither Lori nor her father suspects Mrs. Zechlin's addiction because she abuses stolen prescription pharmaceuticals supplied by local drug dealers.
One day, overwhelmed by shame, Mrs. Zechlin commits suicide by overdosing and drowning herself in her pool. Lori discovers the body when she comes home from school. Lori also discovers, later that same night, that she has a mystical ability – she could "borrow" the magical powers of other superheroes or supervillains. She did not have the same control over the powers as their owners and had little control over when she could take them or how long she could use them. Despite this, Lori (taking the name Black Alice) formulates a plan to avenge her mother's death and punish the prescription drug traffickers whom she saw as above the law.
Lori's father, shattered and slipping into depression, becomes a recluse. He tries to pretend for Lori's sake that nothing was wrong. Her mother's death also distressed Lori, but she was aware of the change in her father and assigned herself the role of caregiver. Her grades began to slip, and she became alienated from her peers. Her primary social group, a Wiccan circle, expelled her because she was emitting "black energy" after her mother's death (in actuality, the circle's leader – her best friend, Dawn – was jealous of Lori's real and growing powers).
Having recently left Gotham City following the destruction of their clock tower headquarters, the super-hero team the Birds of Prey are traveling the country by jet in order to identify and help previously unknown metahumans. Oracle had become aware of Lori's power, but not her specific abilities. She sends Huntress, disguised as a school teacher, to keep an eye on Lori and offer counseling, while Black Canary was tasked with keeping surveillance on all of Lori's activities. The goal was to determine the specific nature and strength of Lori's powers.
While Black Canary watches, Lori abruptly left her boyfriend, Kyle, when Doctor Fate's powers manifest. She decides to use it before its subsidence, and seeks out a trio of suspected drug dealers. When Lori seemed intent to use lethal force, Black Canary intervenes to save the lives of the three men. Doctor Fate's power fades, and Lori flees the scene, tailed by Black Canary. Suddenly manifesting Zatanna's powers, Lori waylaid Canary and escapes.
Black Canary and Huntress unite to tail Kyle in the hopes of rediscovering Lori, and instead found that Kyle is two-timing Lori with Dawn. Lori discovers the same thing shortly afterwards and prepared to destroy a shopping mall (having now manifested the powers of Black Adam) in her efforts to avenge herself on Kyle. Black Canary is able to bring her down in an all-out brawl, but it was Huntress who brings a stop to Lori's rampage by presenting a contrite Dawn.
Oracle turns Lori over to the care of the real Doctor Fate, where she would receive guidance in the use of her powers.
First Appearance: Birds of Prey (1999) #76
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Action Comics (1938)
HC Birds of Prey (1999)
- 'Superman: The Black Ring, Volume 2'TPB
- 'Superman: The Black Ring, Volume 2'#896
TPB vol. 06 Countdown to Mystery (2007)
- 'The Battle Within'TPB vol. 08
- 'Blood And Circuits'TPB vol. 10
- 'Metropolis or Dust'TPB vol. 11
- 'Club Kids'TPB vol. 12
- 'Platinum Flats'#76
- 'Hero Hunters, Part One: Teenage Wasteland'#80
- 'Hero Hunters, Part Five: The Cold Light of Day'#96
- 'Headhunt, Part One: Through the Shards of a Looking Glass'#97
- 'Headhunt, Part Two: The Piper Must Be Paid'#114
- 'Shark Attack!'#115
- 'Underneath the Skin'#116
- 'Hidden Treasures'#118
- 'Club Kids'#121
- 'Bring on the Bad Guys'
TPB Day of Vengeance (2005)
- 'Dr. Fate: Countdown To Mystery'#1
TPB Doom Patrol (2009)
- 'Day of Vengeance'#4
- 'Monkey Business'#5
- 'The Particle Theory of Darkness'#6
- 'The Death of Magic'
#19 Flashpoint: The World of Flashpoint (2011)
- 'Suicide Roulette, Part Two: Ring-A-Ding Doom!'
#1 Reign in Hell (2008)
- 'This Is the World We Live In'
Secret Six (2008)
#16 Suicide Squad (1987)
- 'The Rabbit & The Grave'#17
- 'Danse Macabre, Part 2'#18
- 'Danse Macabre, Part 3'#19
- 'Fear of a World to Come'#21
- 'The Precipice'#22
- 'Cats in the Cradle, Part Four of Four'#25
- 'Part 1 of 4: Blood Calls to Blood'#26
- 'Part 2 of 4: Forced Merger'#27
- 'Part 3 of 4: Masked and Masked Again'#28
- 'Part 4 of 4: The Skull Just Beneath the Flesh'#29
- 'What Luthor Has Wrought'#30
- 'Suicide Roulette, Part One of Two: Like a Star on the Horizon'#31
- 'Part 1 of 3: In Every Dream a Nightmare'#32
- 'Part 2 of 3: The Secret 666'
#67 Teen Titans (2003)
- 'Danse Macabre, Part 1'
The Helmet of Fate: Black Alice (2007)
#1 The Helmet of Fate: Zauriel (2007)
- 'Death and the Maiden'
#1 Villains United (2005)
- 'The Blood of Angels'
Wonder Woman (1942)
- 'Odyssey: Prologue: Couture Shock'
Birds of Prey (DC)
Secret Six (DC)(03 - Villains United)
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