Real Name: Natasha Jasmine Irons
Weight: 106 ibs
Place of Birth: Washington, DC
First appearance: Steel Vol. # 2 [Feb 1994]
Universe: New Earth
Origins: DC Comics
Natasha Irons is a fictional character, a superhero in the DC Universe and the niece of John Henry Irons (the superhero Steel). Natasha first appears in Steel (Vol. 20 #1 (February 1994). She becomes the fourth superhero to use the name Steel when her uncle is injured. In the 2006 limited series limited series 52, Natasha gains superpowers and uses the codename Starlight. When her powers change, allowing her to become a being of living mist she assumes the codename Vaporlock.
With Christopher Priest at the helm of Steel starting with #34, Nat was radically altered. She was transformed into a “modern,” stereotypical, obnoxious teenager who was obviously completely bored with life in general. She is also shown to be very flippant and sardonic. Also, all trace of her previous work for a U.S. Senator was apparently exercised from the canon. During this time she also meets a teen named Paul (who she dubs “Boris”) whom she befriends. Her father also makes a return as the villain Crash. When an assassin named Skorpio poisons Nat, Crash has to turn himself in so that he can give a blood transfusion and save his daughter. He is never seen nor heard from again.
Nat later goes with Steel to Metropolis when he opens up Steelworks there. She becomes his assistant, even reprogramming Superman’s Kryptonian robot Kelex to speak with hip hop slang.
The new Steel:
When the Entropy Aegis of Darkseid trapped John, Natasha designed a suit of armor that used the Aegis’s power, teleported to Apokolips, and fought Doomsday with the help of Superman, Superboy, super girl, and the PreCrisis Supergirl. John was too injured to continue operation as Steel. Having intended to pass his legacy as Steel on to Natash, John made a new, more advanced suit of armor for her to use.
When Natasha heard that Superman had been injured by a ghostly ninja, she donned her armor and became that new Steel. She teamed up with Cir-El & Girl 13 to stop the ninja. During the adventure, she used her hammer to fire an electric pulse into Supermans’ heart to start it again. When Cir-El heard that Superman had been captured by Lex Luthor, Natasha acompained her an Superboy to rescue him. Natasha worked with Batman to free the others when they fell into a trap.
Months after World War III, Natasha and the other participants in the Everyman Programs suffered unusual side effects: their physiology began mutating, granting them superhuman powers which related, in some way, to the state of their mental health. For Natasha, who suffered from a fear of abandonment, this meant gaining the uncontrollable power to transform to intangible mist. Reuniting with a few of the Program’s other subjects, she decided to fight super- villains who got their power from the Program. However, the team was kidnapped by Desaad ( under the alias ” Doctor Bud Fogel”, who conviced Gerome McKenna to betray the team. They were subsequently press ganged into the Dark Side Club as fighters, before they were rescued by Miss Martian and Ravager.
Power & Abilities:
Starlight Powers (formerly) Natasha Irons had taken part of the Everyman Project while injected her with a serum that “unlocked” her mete-gene. This led to a number of powers that she was able to unlock such as: Flight, Superhuman Strength, Superhuman Durability, Light Emission: Her fists also emit large flashes of light. Light Force-Field: She also can focus her light into forcefields, and trap her opponents within them, such as when she encased Blockbuster in a light energy field to prevent him from moving.
Vaporklock Powers: (formerly) As a side-effect of the Everyman seperimentation, Natasha developed new powers after her original ones were shut down. These powers have dissipated now. Flight, & Transubstantiation: Could transform herself into vapor.
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Where is Natasha now?:
In Justice League: UnLimited: #35 comic book. Natasha Irons is tired of her Uncle Steel getting to do all the heroics in the family. But an attack from the Millennium Giants may prove she’s in over her head!