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Superhuman speed and strength, resistance to damage, longevity. Her strength is of an undetermined level, but she has been shown to effortlessly twist and bend metal with her bare hands as well as leap dozens of feet in the air. She often combines this with her superspeed to create devastating strikes. She is skilled enough with the use of her abilities that she can cause tremendous pain and injury to people without killing them and also stop on a dime when running at full speed.
Wagner's durability has allowed her to survive a fall to the street from the top of a skyscraper with no ill effects other than slight soreness, as well as taking no damage from conventional gunfire.
From her father, she inherited long life. Though she physically seems to be a young woman, she was in fact born in the 1930s.
On one occasion, she displayed telescopic vision, clearly making out actions happening a mile away.
Her durability does have limits and despite it, she is still vulnerable to gas attacks.
Jakita possesses incredible strength, speed and resilience, the limits of which are not known. The Drummer remarked that she "could drop kick a rhino over the Grand Canyon," though she herself stated that she has never tried it with a rhino, only with an old man who was annoying her and that she was unsure it would work with a rhino.(Planetary #1) Her father was the superhuman Tarzan analogue, Lord Blackstock (aka Kevin Sack), from whom she presumably inherited her superhuman abilities. Her mother was Anaykah, a scientist from the Lost City of Opak-re. Opak-re is a highly advanced, hidden city somewhere in Africa, based to some extent on the Hidden City of Opar in the original Tarzan stories. As the daughter of a Century Baby, Jakita appears, like Anna Hark, to have inherited her father's agelessness.
In 1933, Anaykah became the lover of Elijah Snow and arguably the love of his life. Snow respected the laws of Opak-re, which forbade inter-breeding between the inhabitants of the city and outsiders. Blackstock was not so respectful. When Snow was absent for a period of 18 months, Blackstock and Anaykah slept together out of simple boredom (to which neither of them had a great resistance). A baby girl was the product of their illegal union. As a half-breed, she was to be left outside the city to die while Opak-re closed itself off from the outside world for good.
On October 18, 1934, Snow returned to the city just as it was closing. A weeping Anaykah begged him to care for the child if he ever loved her. Heart-broken, Snow rescued the child and placed her with foster parents in Germany. Her foster family, the Wagners, had undergone a strange experience with a crashed alien spaceship the year before. (A reference to the origin of Superman, only this one appears to have ended less happily for those involved.) The Wagners named her Jakita, and Snow told them she would have a "very low threshold for boredom".
Jakita has channelled this restless nature into several avenues. She is notably promiscuous in her relationships and has been a member of the Planetary field team for at least a decade, leading it for several years after Snow disappeared. Her relationship with Snow is complex, but it is clear that she feels a daughter's love for him, despite their constant bickering.
Warren Ellis previously used a very similar name - Jakita Wegener - for a character appearing in one of his Hellstorm: Prince of Lies stories.
First Appearance: Planetary (1999) Preview
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#33 Planetary (1999)
- 'Burning the Candle at Both Ends'
Preview Planetary (2001)
- 'Nuclear Spring'#1
- 'All Over the World'#2
- 'Dead Gunfighters'#4
- 'Strange Harbours'#6
- 'It's a Strange World'#7
- 'To Be in England, in the Summertime'#8
- 'The Day the Earth Turned Slower'#9
- 'Planet Fiction'#12
- 'Memory Cloud'#14
- 'Zero Point'#15
- 'Creation Songs'#17
- 'The Gun Club'#19
- 'Mystery in Space'#20
- 'In From the Cold'#26#27
Planetary/Batman: Night On Earth (2003)
Planetary/JLA: Terra Occulta (2002)
Planetary/The Authority: Ruling the World (2000)
Wildstorm Summer Special (2001)
Wildstorm: A Celebration of 25 Years (2017)
- 'Wildstorm: A Celebration of 25 Years'
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"I get bored easily. Planetary stops me getting bored."
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