Maxima

Maxima is a fictional character in DC Comics Superman titles. She first appeared in Action Comics #645 (Sept 1989).

History

Oldest child of the Royal family of the planet Almerac, the fiery-tempered Maxima came to Earth in search of a suitable mate. She and Superman are genetically compatible; she could give him what no Earth woman could - children. She was infuriated when Superman rejected her offer, saying he had no desire to father despots (Action Comics #652).

Maxima later found herself reluctantly working with Brainiac who had destroyed Almerac with the WarWorld. She turned against him, and helped Earth's heroes defeat him, subsequently joining a reformed Justice League for her own reasons. As a Leaguer, she helped in the fight against Doomsday, and when that version of the League disbanded, she became a member of Captain Atom's Extreme Justice. She considered both Captain Atom and Amazing Man as mates, but neither were interested.

She offered herself to Superman again, hoping that her recent good deeds would offset her earlier ruthlessness. (Superman: The Wedding Album, Superman: Man of Tomorrow #7) Superman, now married to Lois Lane, was even less interested in her proposal than before. Angry and humiliated, she joined the Superman Revenge Squad. She swore that Superman had rejected, humbled and humilated her for the last time, and threatened that the next they met, it would truly be war (Man of Tomorrow #10).

However, in her next appearance, during the build up to the Our Worlds At War crossover, Maxima and the 'Chosen People of Almerac', as she phrased it, showed up in Earth's solar system where they met up with Superman and fellow JLA member, Green Lantern. Superman and Green Lantern were just beginning to investigate the disturbing disappearance of Pluto and the even more distressing engine ion trail associated with Warworld, when they stumbled across Maxima, her people, and the supervillain Massacre.

After a battle full of wounded pride, Maxima eventually conceded her position when Almerac's rendezvous showed up using a Boom Tube. She explained that she was leading her people to safety from Imperiex, the force that conquered her world. Massacre had seemed to meet his death back in Superman #106, however somehow Maxima came across him and described her association in these words, "Massacre serves only me now". To save her people she allied herself with Darkseid's son, Grayven, who was taking them to regions unknown. This was also being undertaken without the knowledge of Darkseid. Maxima left Superman with these words: "Mark my words, when Imperiex comes for your precious homeworld, you'll see alliances you've never dreamed of."

All that Maxima warned eventually came to fruition as she and a myriad of other characters (both heroes and villains) formed alliances with Earth and Apokolips in an effort to destroy Imperiex (Superman: Man Of Steel #115).

Maxima ultimately met her demise in an heroic effort to put her ship between the destructive beams of Brainiac 13's Warworld which would have resulted in the destruction of the entire universe (Man Of Steel #117). However, it has been theorized that Maxima did not die, but one of her duplicates.

An alternate history where Superman marries Maxima after Lois dies was presented as an Elseworlds story in Adventures of Superman Annual #3, part of the Armageddon 2001 in which Waverider looked at possible futures of DC characters.

Other Media

Maxima also appeared in the Superman: The Animated Series episode Warrior Queen, in which she looks for a new mate, and learns the concept of true love. She was voiced by Sharon Lawrence.