Real Name: Bonita Juarez
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Firebird can generate heat and flame, controlling these with molecular precision. She can project heat waves, fire blasts and flame constructs; create powerful winds by manipulating air temperatures; use convection currents and thermal updrafts to carry tremendous weights aloft; and fly fast enough to achieve escape velocity. She can mentally control any heat or flame in her vicinity, and is physically immune to extreme heat and fire. Firebird has also displayed more mysterious, possibly mystical abilities. She sometimes has visions, can sense the presence of evil (especially supernatural evil), has uncanny intuition, and seems immune to demonic possession. Most remarkably, Bonita may be immortal, having proven miraculously immune to potentially fatal conditions such as the vacuum of space, a universal poison (powerful enough to kill even the Silver Surfer) and massive radiation. The Collector believes she may be one of the few beings in the universe who cannot die.
A devout Catholic social worker of Mexican ancestry, Bonita Juarez was wandering her beloved desert outside Albuquerque when a fiery meteor struck mere feet away from her. Miraculously unharmed, Bonita discovered she now had supernatural power over flame, which she used days later to foil a convenience store robbery. Described as "Pajaro Del Fuego" by one of the robbers, Juarez took the costumed alias Firebird and protected the American Southwest, both alone and as a member of the short-lived Rangers team. Later, after she was attacked by the demonic Master Pandemonium, Bonita tracked and fought him alongside the new western Avengers roster. Eager to join their ranks, Bonita aided them against other foes such as the Werewolf and the Cat People, but team leader Hawkeye passed over her in favor of the Thing. Firebird's subsequent attempt to revive the Rangers was a failure (though she did succeed in exposing the demonic possession of her old teammate Shooting Star), and she soon left on a spiritual retreat.
Returning in a more overtly religious guise as Espirita, Bonita helped a suicidally depressed Hank Pym rebuild his life, sharing a brief romance with him. She also helped rescue the western Avengers from Dominus' time travel trap, using a message from Hawkeye entrusted to her family over two hundred years earlier. She later met SHIELD (the Society of Higher Interstellar Education and Logistical Development), a group of alien scholars who claimed the meteor that empowered her was waste material from one of their failed experiments. Bonita accepted the revelation as a lesson in humility, comforting herself with the belief that God might still be the author of her powers, albeit more indirectly than she had first imagined.
Resuming her original alias as Firebird, she returned to her career as a social worker and became an Avengers reservist, aiding the team against various foes such as the Awesome Android, the Acts of Vengeance conspiracy, Atlantean invaders, SURF, Morgan le Fay and Dominex, and helping monitor the captured Bloodwraith and an alien invasion of Madripoor. She has declined several offers of full-time Avengers membership as she is devoted to her church work, but she did temporarily join the active roster for the duration of the Kang Dynasty war, helping liberate Earth and successfully counselling a disillusioned Thor.
First Appearance: The Incredible Hulk (1968) #265
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#1 Avengers Assemble (2004)
- 'Once an Avenger...'#3
- 'Once an Avenger...Part 3: Fata Morgana'#12
- 'Old Entanglements'#27#38
- 'Above and Beyond'#40
- 'The High Ground'#42
- 'No More Tomorrows'#43
- 'Global Presence'#44
- 'Down Among the Dead Men!'#45
- 'Life During Wartime'#46
- 'Absolute Mastery'#48
- 'War Plan "A"'#49
- 'There Are No Words...'#52
- 'Counter Attack'#53
- 'The Last Castle'#54
- 'A Good Day to Die'#55
- 'The Last Farewell'
Avengers Spotlight (1989)
Avengers: The Initiative (2007)
#2 Avengers/JLA (2003)
- 'Hero Moment'#19
- 'V-S Day'
#4 Beyond! (2006)
- 'The Brave...and the Bold'
#1 Captain America (2013)
- 'The Great Beyond'#2
- 'Second Wind'#3
- 'Dead Man Walking'#4
- 'Everybody Limbo'#6
- 'The Observer Effect'
Civil War (2006)
Civil War: Battle Damage Report (2007)
Hawkeye: Blindspot (2011)
#3 Marvel Super Hero Contest of Champions (1982)
- 'My Brother's Killer'
#1 Marvel Universe: The End (2003)
- 'A Gathering of Heroes! Chapter 1'
#1 New Avengers (2010)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
HC vol. 04 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Avengers 2005 (2005)
- 'Earthmover to Guardians of the Galaxy'TPB vol. 04
- 'Earthmover to Guardians of the Galaxy'
Punisher War Journal (2007)
#2 Punisher: Nightmare (2013)
- 'How I Won the War, Part 2: Dead Soldiers'
Scarlet Spider (2012)
#7 Secret Wars II (1985)
- 'The Second Master Part One'#8
- 'The Second Master Part Two'#9
- 'The Second Master Part Three'
#9 The Avengers (1963)
- 'God in Man, Man in God!'
Annual 19#305 The Incredible Hulk (1968)
- 'Avengers Assemble!'#400
- 'History Repeats Itself'#501
- 'Chaos, Part Two of Four'#502
- 'Chaos, Part Three of Four'
#265 The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
- 'You Get What You Need!'#278
- 'Everybody Loves a Parade, Right?'
HC The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
- 'The Marvel Encyclopedia'
#4 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
- 'D-G: From Dragon Man to Gypsy Moth'
#1 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
- 'Abomination to Batroc's Brigade'#4
- 'Doctor Strange to Galactus'
The Order (2002)
#5 Thunderbolts (1997)
- 'Blinded By Science'
#57 West Coast Avengers (1985)
- 'Storm Clouds Gathering'
Annual 04 X-Men and Spider-Man: Time's Arrow (1998)
- 'Gather Now Ye 7 Brides!'Annual 05#4
- 'Master Pandemonium!'#5
- 'Ins and Outs!'#6
- 'Quest for Cats!'#7
- 'U, Robot!'#8
- 'A Bird in the Hand!'#9
- 'Hot Pursuit'#10
- 'The Search for The Thing!'#24
- 'Before We Were So Rudely Interrupted!'
X-Treme X-Men (2001)
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