Brandy's parents were unemployed Earthlings and took jobs as illegal migrant workers in Shi'ar territory. Her parents were separated by employers, and her pregnant mother, Suzanne, was eventually arrested for being an illegal alien.
While being transported to prison, the White Event occurred, granting the Star Brand to Suzanne, at the same time she went into labor. She used the power to escape prison and accidentally destroy a number of planets. When she finally gave birth, Suzanne died and passed the brand on to her new baby girl. The Avengers would volunteer to take custody of the baby, impulsively naming her Brandy.
Brandy was created by Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness in Avengers (2018) #3. Aaron's Avengers missions related to years of manipulations from Mephisto related to the oldest legacy mantles on Earth, and the Star Brand was the second to last one to become active.
Major Story Arcs
The Age of Khonshu
With the last heroic mantle, the Phoenix Force, on it way to Earth, Khonshu instructed his guardian, Moon Knight, to magically take control of the six other mantles because Khonshu did not trust them to take on Mephisto with their current chosen hosts. With new upgraded enchanted weaponry, Moon Knight was able to steal the power of 4 of them. Thus, Iron Man and Captain Marvel grabbed Brandy and went on the run.
Iron Man almost gave Brandy to Moon Knight having seen vision of what Mephisto had planned. However, he fought the temptation and trusted Brandy's well-being exclusively to Danvers. They travel to space where they think Moon Knight can't follow. At the same time, back on Earth, Moon Knight loses trust in Khonshu and drops his crusade. This forces Khonshu to use the powers of the stolen mantles to chase Brandy into space himself.
After disconnecting from Khonshu, Moon Knight is temporarily chosen by the Phoenix Force. Using the Force, he catches up to Khonshu and strips him of the mantles, allowing them to return to their previous guardians. After which, The Phoenix releases Moon Knight in search of a more permanent guardian, and The Avengers are able to return to Avengers Mountain with Brandy.
One day, Brandy awoke in an alternate reality floating in space. This new reality was caused by Agent Coulson using powers granted to him by Mephisto. He remade the world so that the Squadron Supreme were Earth's Mightiest Heroes, and the Avengers never experienced the secret origins that made them superheroes. Without the Avengers, Brandy was never recovered from space.
She was found by Rocket and Groot, who raised her. Between mercenary missions, they would help Brandy train her new powers, and, as a result, she developed an aggressive attitude not unlike Rocket's.
When Rocket was hired to kill Doctor Spectrum, Brandy was able to share her power with him when it looked like he was losing. This wasn't enough sadly, and Spectrum killed Rocket. Brandy wanted to follow Spectrum to Earth and get her revenge. On her way, she was found by a Wakandan spaceship, which brought her to Black Panther. Soon after, Blade, who remembered the old world, showed up to Wakanda with the teammates he was able to inspire to take up the fight.
Unfortunately, Coulson and the Squadron tracked them to Wakanda as well. They were pretty evenly matched, but the combined power of Brandy's Starbrand and Echo's Phoenix Force were enough to disrupt Coulson's pandemonium cube (the source of power Mephisto gave him), causing it and Coulson to get pulled back to hell, returning reality to how it was.
One side effect was Brandy kept her development from the previous reality. She remained at her toddler age with a bad Rocket-like attitude and some control over her abilities.
The Great Multiversal Polaris
Since she had been cooped up in Avengers Mountain for so long, Captain America and Carol Danvers decided to get Brandy a little air. After supporting Captain America at the funeral of a WWII veteran, they visited Brandy's mothers house. Cap told her the story of her family immigrating for a better life and her mother fighting to keep her safe, inspiring Brandy. However, they were interrupted by time travelling Deathloks that tried to warn them of the coming Death Hunters, overpowered variants of the Masters of Evil.
When they were attacked by a Venom-wearing Red Skull and a Norman Osborn Spirit of Vengeance, Brandy released a lot of power causing her to age up yet again. Upon returning to Avenger Mountain and comparing notes with their teammates, they realized that Mephisto must be traveling the timestream to stop the heroic legacies from making it to the modern era. The Avengers would go into the timestream to secretly protect them, however, they initially left Brandy behind due to her age. The Celestial at the heart of Avenger Mountain teleported her with the Avengers anyway, knowing she was needed.
During this trip through the timestream, Brandy was very weary about her place on the team and her own mortality, recognizing the toll the Star Brand was having on her body. It wasn't until she came across the very first Starbrand, who asked Brandy what the future was like, did she realize that she never bothered to learn. Motivated to grow closer to her teammates, Brandy found something worth fighting for and unleashed on Mephisto. The release of energy aged her even more but also connected the Avengers to the genesis point of superhumans.
Star Brand: The energy of the Star Brand increases Brandy's strength, speed, and stamina.
- Energy Manipulation: Brandy can absorb and channel energy. She uses this to fire energy blasts, fly, and survive in the void of space.
- Weakness: Every major release of her energy causes her to exponentially age.