Pearl Pangan grew up by the beach on Mactan Island in Cebu, Philippines. She displayed a strong affinity for water at an early age, becoming a swimmer full of promise and Olympic potential; however, obstacles in life turned her aside from that path. While working at a fast food chain, Pearl was approached by a representative of the company AlonTech who had learned of her from her high school's swim team records. AlonTech used Pearl's swimming expertise for experiments.

Unbeknownst to Pearl, AlonTech were a nefarious organization which was eventually targeted by the Triumph Division. During the Divisions' assault on AlonTech Lab, Pearl was drenched in water an exposed to energies of unknown origin, granting her the ability to control water. Pearl tried to hold off the attackers, but was taken out; eventually learning where AlonTech really stood. The group of heroes took Pearl in, and helped her figure out how to use her new powers, becoming a superhero known as Wave.[1]

Pearl Pangan (Earth-616) from War of the Realms New Agents of Atlas Vol 1 1 001

War of the Realms

During Malekith's attack on Earth, Wave went beyond her jurisdiction into the North Pacific due to a gut feeling that something was wrong with the water. Wave ended up in a confrontation with Shanghai operative Aero, who also felt a disturbance with the wind. A whirlpool formed in front of them and Wave was intrigued by what had caused it. As she checked it out, a plateau of fiery land rose from the ocean knocking Wave and Aero unconscious as Fire Giants of Muspelheim rose with the island pronouncing they had divided and conquered the two women.

Wave finally came around after being contacted by her people about Manila burning. She figured that they had been tricked by the Fire Giants who pronounced that their queen, Sindr, sensed Wave's elemental power and decided to lure her away from her homeland so she wouldn't be there to protect it. Just when Wave was going to get an answer about who they were, the Fire Giants were killed by the goddess Tūtū Pele.[2]



  • Wave's costume was designed by Filipino artist Leinil Yu.[3]

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