Characters : Bora
Wears headband and white leotard
155 lbs. (estimated)
She is an accomplished fighter, using her legs as powerful weapons. She also appears to posses the ability to fly, or rather at least levitate within the confines of the winds she has conjoured up. Her powers may increase further as she matures
Bora is able to summon freezing winds. She does this by opening a portal from the arctic to wherever she wishes them to go. These are powerful enough to incapacitate an ordinary human, or even blow them off the ground. This power was enhanced by the Painter, enabling her to blanket the entire city of Manhattan in a blizzard, as well as to form several inches of ice over Spider-Man. The power behind this blizzard was sufficient that not even the thunder god, Thor could bring it to a halt
It is unclear whether she actually possesses superhuman strength, but it is more likely that she has the strength of a powerful athlete of her size
Freezing winds, snow
Unknown, raised in Russia, relocated to America
Tony Isabella, Kevin Nowland
Currently imprisoned in canvas painting in Manhattan
Unknown, presumed high school graduate, additional dance instruction likely
Art studio in Manhattan, formerly the U.S.S.R.
Avant Guard (Painter, Spark)
Ballerina, former assassin
Fantastic Four, Moon Knight, Spider-Man, The X-Men
Single, possible former lover of Spark
Unknown, presumably Bora is not her real name but is derived from Boreas, the greek god of the North Winds, or some similar character
A canvas painting for now
Bora grew up in Russia, where she trained to become a ballerina. However, her sudden growth spurt during adolescence put a rapid halt to that career. Resentful that others who maintained their abilities would take them away from her native russia, she sought to assassinate russian dancers who had left their native country and relocated to the USA. She managed to slay several of them before she was defeated by Moon Knight with a major assist from the Fantastic Four and several members of the X-Men. Even with their aid, they were forced to use blinding lights and deafening noise to weaken her mental control of her abilities.
It's not clear whether she met the Painter or Spark first, but she became close enough to him to refer to him as beloved. The Painter performed a mystic ritual which joined their three spirits, as the Avant Guard, to grant the other two additional power, in turn for inspiration for himself, from them. Bora first assisted Spark in his performance art, but then focused her powers at creating a blizzard over the entire city of Manhattan. Alongside Spark, she confronted Spider-Man, and defeated him by coating him with inches of ice.
Spider-Man recovered and, accompanied by the Human Torch, confronted the Guard in their headquarters. The two overcame Bora and Spark, but the Painter revived them with a wave of his brush. However, when the fighting renewed, the Painter lost interest in the venture and trapped Bora and Spark as fixed images on his canvas, before apparently exploding himself, as outlined in the Art Attack storyline.
|Sep 1983||App: Moon Knight (Vol. 1) #35|
|Mar 1991||App: Web of Spider-Man #74|
|Apr 1991||App: Web of Spider-Man #75|
|May 1991||App: Web of Spider-Man #76|
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Some of the above information is extracted from the various versions of the Official Handbook to the Marvel Universe and the more recent Marvel Encyclopaedias.