Wednesday, June 13, 2012

MHR Datafile: The Jaguar (Impact Comics)

Kudos to Impact Comics for not only trying a comic with a solo female heroine, but one who was Hispanic as well.  In many ways Jaguar was your typical "feral hero" but with a decided blunted side to accommodate the younger readership.  The original Jaguar from Archie Comics possess a great variety of animal-based powers, not to mention a magical belt and rocket pack (and he was male and not Hispanic).

Jaguar (Maria de Guzman)

Solo d10
Buddy d6
Team d8

Exchange Student
Creature of the Jungle
Roman Catholic Hero

Power Sets:

Were-Jaguar Transformation

Superhuman Strength d10
Superhuman Durability d10
Superhuman Stamina d10
Enhanced Reflexes d8
Enhanced Speed d8
Enhanced Senses d8
Leaping d8
Wallcrawling d6
   SFX: Claws & Fangs.  Add a d6 to your dice pool for an attack action and step back the highest die in your pool by -1.  Step up physical stress inflicted by +1
   SFX: Bloodlust.  Borrow a die from the doom pool for an attack action.  Step up the doom die by +1 and return it to the doom pool.

Acrobatics Master d8
Combat Master d8
Mystic Master d8

Maria de Guzman was a transfer student from Brazil who attended a college in Elm Harbor Michigan. She was plagued by nightmares of a feral woman attacking men in a rainforest, a fact which made it difficult to make friends. When she went jogging alone at night to clear her head, she was attacked by gang members. Her panic triggered a transformation into a well-muscled woman with cat-like eyes. In her transformed state she had supernatural strength and speed, and easliy defeated her attackers.

She found herself back in her dorm after the attack was over, completely normal. She dismissed it as a dream, until she received a gift from her recently deceased Aunt Luiza, a red suit adorned with a golden jaguar pattern sash. When she was showering, a voyeur startled her, and she changed into the wild woman again, this time wearing the costume her aunt sent her.

Maria learned that every generation, a woman in her family is endowed with the feral powers of the jaguar. Her aunt was the previous wielder of the power, and with her death, the powers were passed to Maria. At first she tried to resist her powers, but as time progressed, Maria began to use her powers to defend the citizens of Elm Harbor from evil as the Jaguar. She even teamed up with the Fly and helped form a team called the Crusaders. Jaguar also helped her countrymen in Brazil. But when she and the Crusaders were lost in another dimension, it seemed her career was over. But after years of searching they found their way home, she returned and married the Fly.

1 comment:

  1. The Mighty Crusaders are my favorite super team. Never read this revival version. Sounds fun!