Name: Winged Victory
Alter Ego: Kristen
First Appearance: Kurt Busiek's Astro City (vol. 1) #4 (Nov. 1995): "Safeguards"
Super? (Has Super Powers/Special Abilities/Technology): Yes
Number of Appearances: 14
From: "Religious Inclinations of heroes" forum discussion, started 1 March 2005 on the StarDestroyer.net website (http://bbs.stardestroyer.net/viewtopic.php?t=63632&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=25; viewed 8 June 2006):
Posted: Tue Mar 01, 2005 6:38 pm
Post subject: Religious Inclinations of heroes
What about other heroes? I notice religion rarely plays a part in mainstream superhero comics (absent things like the Vertigo line) but have you ever picked up on hints or outright admissions by some heroes as to their religious inclinations?
Seems that atheistic heroes are as rare in comics as in real life. If they are religious it's a sort Judeo-Christian wishy washy sort of religion... Any other examples of guesses?
Posted: Tue Mar 01, 2005 7:57 pm
Perhaps I should make a thread only about the comic or religious comics in general, but has anyone read Astro City: Confession? The main character is Altar Boy, the sidekick of the Confessor, who's Catholic. There's also a born-again bunch named the Crossbreed.
Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2005 3:43 pm
Just read it [Astro City: Confession] actually. Very cool.
Winged Victory appears to be less than a fan of Catholicism, and I'd assume that as a Wonder Woman analogue she's either linked to another pantheon or a variant on Christianity. Shadow Hill appears to be influenced by older, darker religions (was that Cthulu the Hanged Man was wrestling?)
[editor: Shadow Hill is not where Winged Victory lives, but is a section of Astroy City that features prominently in Astro City: Confession.]
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