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Quote1 A few weeks ago, I was sleeping in a crib. Now I'm here, at the cradle of the world. With Earth's Mightiest Heroes. And one last chance to save all of reality. Feel like I've got a couple of good punches left in me. Avengers Assemble. Quote2
Brandy[src]

Brandy Selby was born with the Starbrand as her late mother had transferred it to her upon child birth.[8] She succeeded Kevin Connor as the Starbrand of Earth, but this power was aging her up rapidly.[9] Joining the Avengers to combat Mephisto's Council of Red and the Multiversal Masters of Evil,[10] she sacrificed herself in the end to repair all the Earths the Masters had attacked.[2]

History

Brandy was the daughter of Suzanne Selby, an unemployed pregnant worker who was recruited to work on grape harvests in the Shi'ar Galaxy with her boyfriend. Eventually, Suzanne became separated from her boyfriend and was arrested by the Shi'ar border patrol for being a migrant worker.[8]

Sometime before, Planet Earth's Starbrand, Kevin Connor, had died,[11] and, as Suzanne was going into labor during her transportation to the Ravenstarr Maximum-Security Prison Galaxy, she became the new Starbrand, a transformation that sent her on a path of destruction while she tried to control her new destructive powers. This incident ended with the Avengers assisting the delivery of Suzanne's baby. Suzanne died in childbirth, and the Starbrand was transferred to her baby girl. The Avengers returned with the child to Earth in order to help her control her new power,[8] and dubbed her "Brandy".[3]

Brandy Selby (Earth-616) from Avengers Vol 8 30 001

Infant Brandy

One day, Brandy found herself in an alternate reality and floating in the depths of space. She was eventually found by that reality's Rocket Raccoon and Groot, who brought her aboard their ship, the Mothership Guardian, much to Rocket's annoyance. He eventually relented, and, together, they raised Brandy. As she grew up, she learned how to use her powers and, when Rocket was hired to kill Doctor Spectrum and was losing the fight, Brandy was able to pass on her Star Brand to aid Rocket. It still wasn't enough, however, and Spectrum killed him. The Star Brand returned to Brandy, and she was left brokenhearted by Rocket's death.[7]

She then wanted to go to Earth to restore reality to its proper state and kill Spectrum, something that Groot tried to talk her out of. Suddenly, a Wakandan spaceship appeared looking for Brandy.[7] Once on Earth, Brandy joined the Avengers. She and Avengers later confronted the Squadron Supreme when they tracked the Avengers to the hidden nation of Wakanda.[12]

Brandy Selby (Earth-616) from Heroes Reborn Vol 2 4 004

During her Childhood

Brandy fought Doctor Spectrum for killing Rocket and managed to melt his Power Prism until it was rendered useless, leaving Spectrum devastated, much to Brandy's delight. Brandy then aided her teammate Echo defeat Power Princess and destroyed the source of the reality warp, President Coulson's Pandemonium Cube. With the Pandemonium Cube's destruction, Brandy was returned to Earth-616 but retained the natural aging she underwent while she was in the other reality.[13]

Brandy Selby (Earth-616) from Avengers Vol 8 52 001

Young adult

The Avengers grew worried with Brandy as she displayed very rude behavior and lacked any manners, despite her young age. In an attempt to connect with her, Captain America and Captain Marvel took her to her mother's home in Kansas. While there, however, they were attacked by the Multiversal Masters of Evil, and Brandy saw herself unleashing her full power against them. When the dust settled, the two Avengers were speechless as Brandy had seemingly aged into a young woman.[14] The cause of this wasn't clear, and the Avengers were more worried than ever,[15] but she was accepted into the team to help them fight Mephisto and the Council of Red.[6]

As the Avengers were about to embark on their journey across time to battle the Mephistos, Brandy was warned by her teammates and even the dead Progenitor of Avengers Mountain about using her powers as she aged up every time she used them. She persisted, especially after briefly bonding with a prehistoric dinosaur Starbrand, but it soon reached the point that she was elderly.[9] When the modern Avengers encountered the prehistoric Avengers, Brandy was told to stay back as she could no longer use her powers safely. She watched as the prehistoric Starbrand was killed by Doom Supreme of the Multiversal Masters of Evil and thanked his corpse for his sacrifice.[16][17]

Multiverse from Avengers Assemble Omega Vol 1 1 001

Brandy and Firehair sacrificed themselves

After being summoned to the God Quarry,[18] she initially sat back in the sidelines while the others fought against Doom Supreme's army, but decided to use her powers once more.[19] When a breach in the God Quarry threatened the entire Multiverse, Starbrand volunteered to seal it from the other side but Ghost Rider beat her to it. Nevertheless, she sacrificed herself along with Phoenix (Firehair) to undo the damage the Masters had done to the other Earths.[2]

Attributes

Powers

  • Cosmic Energy Manipulation: Due to her connection to the Star Brand, Brandy possessed the ability to manipulate cosmic energy for a variety of different effects and purposes.[13] So far, Brandy has access to energy-based powers on a virtually infinite scale due to her innate power.[7] Abilities she has manifested include:
    • Flight: Brandy was able to defy gravity and fly.[13]
      • Space Flight: She was even capable of doing so in deep space, being apparently capable of surviving without oxygen.[7]
    • Energy Blasts: Brandy was capable of generating powerful energy blasts that can incapacitate multiple targets at once.[14]
    • Power Bestowal: Brandy could send her star brand to a person of her choosing to temporarily grant them her powers.[7]
    • Age Acceleration: While tapping into her full power, Brandy unintentionally aged herself to a young adult.[14]

Weaknesses

  • Brandy aged herself up whenever she used her powers.[9] The Starbrand does not usually do this, so this weakness was exclusive to Brandy.

Paraphernalia

Equipment

Transportation

Flight under her own power; formerly the Mothership Guardian

Notes

  • When Brandy's mother was detained for being an illegal alien, Brandy (still unborn) was sentenced to 2 years in prison, pending birth.[8]

See Also

Links and References

References

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