The girl who would become the vigilante known as Starling was born to Lenora and Frankie Toomes, however, her father had later left them. Then Tiana's grandfather, the Vulture started to take care for the family by giving them stolen money in order to help them and made amend for the actions of his son. Tiana and her mother had often visits from Toomes, who wanted to spend time with his granddaughter and convince Lenora to accept the money. After her mother had died due to an accident in an operating table in a hospital, Adrian offered to Tiana to become her guardian. As she grew, Adrian gave her a suit based on his suit and encouraged her to pursue her dream.[1]

She was eventually caught by Spider-Man after she beat up a group of Tombstone's henchmen in a junkyard.[2]

Starling attacked Spider-Man, thinking he was another super-powered henchman of Tombstone's. Once he convinced her that he was one of the good guys, they both had a talk about how she has been tracking Tombstone since leaving Detroit. After the brief encounter, Starling flew off to follow another lead but she gave Spider-Man her number in case he came across Tombstone first.

Starling later caught up with Spider-Man after he was casing out Tombstone's penthouse in Brooklyn Heights. She told Miles that there was going to be a lot of noise up there as she planned on killing Tombstone in retaliation for the death of her friend by the mobster's hand.

Starling flew to the rooftop where she was confronted by a large number of Tombstone's henchman who started to shoot at her. She dodged the bullets using her wings as a shield. She then grabbed one of the guys and was able to throw him off the building when Spider-Man used his webbing on the guy and pulled him back up to the top surface. As the both of them were finished taking out the group, Tombstone busted open the roof door and began shooting a Gatling gun in their direction. Starling flew right at Tombstone but one of the bullets penetrated through Starling's stomach knocking her to the ground.

After tussling with Spider-Man, Starling swooped in and grabbed Tombstone by the shirt and flew straight up in the air. Spider-Man fired his webbing to the back of Tombstone which caused him to be carried away to. Starling planned on dropping Tombstone but Spider-Man told her that if she dropped Tombstone she would also be killing him to. Tombstone threatened Starling, so she let go which put Spider-Man and Tombstone into free fall. Spider-Man screamed to her that she was better then this which caused Starling to flew back down and grab the webbing and proceeded to bring them back down to the surface.

Tombstone was arrested for the assault, and while the police handcuffed and put him in the squad car, Starling and Spider-Man were on the top of the building watching from afar. The both of them sat and had a conversation with Spider-Man acknowledging how cool her suit was. Starling then unmasked herself and revealed to the web-slinger that her name was Tiana Toomes, the granddaughter of the criminal Vulture. She explained how her granddad had created the suit for her and taught her how to fly. With this information, Tiana thought that Spider-Man would also reveal his identity to her but to no avail which ticked Tiana off. She said she would stick out Brooklyn as she waved goodbye to Spider-Man.[3]


An alternate version of the Vulture's Wings

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