As Yara Flor makes her grand introduction to the Infinite Frontier era, the heartbreaking backstory of the future Wonder Woman is revealed.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Wonder Girl # 1, by Joelle Jones, Jordie Bellaire and Clayton Cowles, on sale now.
Yara Flor was one of the most important new faces in Future State, DC’s recent glimpse into possible future timelines for the resurgent DC Universe. As the Brazilian Amazon taking on the role of Wonder Woman, Yara blended Greek and South American mythologies in defending the DCU as a major figure in the Future State Justice League and in her own adventures.
And while the Yara seen during Future State was a fully trained superhero, the debut of his first Infinite Frontier series shines a light on the Amazon’s unknown origin story and tragic childhood past in Wonder girl # 1.
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Years ago, when Yara was just a young child, she and her sect of Amazons in the woodlands of Brazil were attacked. Although the savage assailants remain largely unidentified, they appear to be led by Ares, the Greco-Roman god of war, who targets this group of Amazons for unknown motives. And as the Amazons valiantly join the ranks in self-defense – with the tropical forest ablaze around them – Yara strikes at the apparent injustice, despite her young age. Unfortunately, this action does not change the tide of the battle but instead results in an incredibly heavy loss for the Amazons, with one victim striking particularly close to home for Yara in retaliation for her common sense.
As suspect Ares investigates the vanquished Amazons, Yara is held by a woman who is not clearly identified but who could be Yara’s mother, older sister, or an independent Amazon caring for her. Frustrated by what the attackers have done to her sisters, Yara breaks free from the woman’s grip and charges into the alleged Ares and stabs him with a small dagger in the leg. The Conqueror is more annoyed than visibly pained or shocked by the attack, more concerned with how killing a child would affect their reputation than anything else. Yet sensing this perceived insubordination cannot remain without consequence, the Warchief prepares to kill the young girl in front of her horrified Amazon sisters.
The woman who had taken care of Yara offers herself as a sacrifice in place of the girl, the warlord indifferently accepting the exchange. As a shocked Yara watches, the woman’s head is effortlessly cut off, with another Amazon gathering the child in her arms and fleeing from the scene to spare Yara any further trauma. A flash-forward from years later reveals that Yara was then raised by her aunt in Boise, Idaho, with no apparent memory of her traumatic childhood in Brazil. And as Yara returns home to Brazil for the first time since that bloody incident, it’s clear that the Greek Pantheon is still not done with her, and discreetly watches carefully as Yara approaches to claim her fate as super -hero.
Yara Flor is only rediscovering her Amazon past when she returns to her home country, but she’s already garnered the wrong kind of attention from some very deadly characters. With Diana Prince still absent at the start of the Infinite Frontier era, it behooves Yara to carry on her legacy as one of the announced heirs to the Wonder Woman mantle as she learns more about herself and her place among the Amazons. While Yara’s adventure is only just beginning, it’s not hard to see why Yara has a long-standing vendetta against the Greek Pantheon.
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