Winged Victory (comics)

Winged Victory (comics)


caption=Winged Victory, from the cover of a Hungarian language edition of "Astro City", v. 1, no. 4.
character_name= Winged Victory
real_name= Kristen (last name unknown)
publisher= Wildstorm (current)
debut="Astro City" #_ (1995)
creators= Kurt Busiek
Brent Anderson
Alex Ross
powers=flight, great strength, fighting skills|

Winged Victory is a fictional character in the comic book series "Astro City". Created by writer Kurt Busiek and artists Brent Anderson and Alex Ross, Winged Victory is a prominent superheroine of Astro City, motivated by a powerful desire for social justice and self-sufficiency for women.


Winged Victory was an ordinary and apparently undistinguished woman who was granted super powers and her mission of protecting and empowering women by a deity or other supernatural power. She has become one of Astro City’s most prominent and important superheroes. To date, neither Winged Victory’s original identity nor the name of her patron has been revealed. Her first name has been established as "Kristen." Her superheroic persona might suggest the goddess Nike (Victory) for the role of the patron.

Winged Victory is an independent heroine, eschewing membership in such high-profile superhero teams as Honor Guard as incompatible with her mission. She has, however, worked with other heroes and hero groups in the course of various cases, natural disasters, and other crises, and has even been romantically linked with Samaritan, Astro City’s greatest superhero. She has gone up against a colorful assortment of antagonists. In a sense she has actively participated in the formation of her personal rogues’ gallery by seeking out villains who prey on women as her opponents. Such recurring foes have included Fever and Goldenboy.


In her god-given role as a champion of women’s rights, Winged Victory has attracted controversy. Feeling a keen sense of mission, she is a vocal and passionate spokeswoman for the political, legal and social emancipation of women. In token of this, she is not an equal-opportunity heroine; when forced to choose among persons in a crowd to save first, her conscious decision is to save the females. She has established and maintained a number of women’s centers (originally shelters) and clinics, for which she has been stigmatized as a “cult leader” promoting ideological indoctrination of those served by them.


Winged Victory is a woman in peak physical condition, possessed of super-strength, the power of flight, and a formidable intellect and presence. She is outfitted and armed in the style of the Greco-Roman period, and seemingly an expert in the use of antique weaponry. Her civilian and heroic forms are markedly different; as a civilian she is physically unremarkable and of average height; as Winged Victory, she is striking, powerful, of imposing height, and possessed of large wings. A talisman around her neck allows her to transform between her two forms.


*Fever - a villain who targets women.
*Gnomicron - a mystically powered mechanical warrior created by the Mountain Gnomes.
*Goldenboy - a pretty-boy villain with metallic golden skin and hair who targets women; he leads a cult who worships him as a god-king. He apparently has some sort of mind control or pheremone effect that only applies to women.


Busiek has noted that his character was patterned after the famous Hellenistic sculpture the Winged Victory of Samothrace.

ee also

*Astro City
*List of characters in Astro City series
*Wonder Woman

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