- I mean, even without mutant powers, I'm still hanging out with a group of super heroes. I can't tell you how much I missed it all.
- -- Sofia Mantega src
Sofía was born and lived most of her life in Caracas, Venezuela. While under the care of her uncle, Sofia's mother was killed in a riot in town. Shortly after her mother's funeral, Sofia is sent to her father, who had been previously unaware of her existence. The head of a major supermarket chain located in the United States, Walter Barrett was an occupied businessman without the time nor the interest for a daughter.
Despite her enthusiasm in the reunion, he quickly set three ground rules - she would learn English before school started, she would get good grades, and she would not use her mutant power. In return, he ensured her she would want for nothing.
For weeks Sofia became increasingly isolated, being ignored by her father and classmates. Finally reaching a breaking point, Sofia entered one of her father's stores and let loose a hurricane inside it. Police officers found her collapsed in the fetal position among the wreckage and arrested her.
Considering to leave her in prison for a while, ordering another paternity test, and possibly sending her back to Venezuela, Mr. Barrett was confronted by Danielle Moonstar. Having seen Sofia on the news, she "persuaded" him to enroll Sofia into the Xavier Institute.
At the X-Mansion, Sofia met Julian Keller, who immediately felt an attraction to her. He offered her a guided tour, but animosity soon grew between Julian's crew and Sofia new group of friends, including her roommate, Laurie Collins and the straight-laced David Alleyne.
New Mutants Squad
Sofia was assigned to the New Mutants squad under the mentorship of Dani Moonstar. She was also given the codename Wind Dancer. Wallflower, Prodigy, Surge, Elixir, and Wither also joined Wind Dancer on the New Mutants squad.
When Prodigy declined the offer to become the squad leader, Wind Dancer enthusiastically volunteered. However, Wind Dancer became increasing isolated and irritable when the task of leadership prove difficult. Following a brawl with the Hellions squad, over the fate of Wither, Wind Dancer was able to convince Prodigy to become co-leader with her.
Wind Dancer and Hellion's romance continued to progress despite the rivalry between their squads. Wind Dancer's leadership skills continued to improve and her friendships grew deeper and stronger. Unfortunately, secrets and lies caused deep divisions among teammates. In an attempt to mend bonds, Sofia tricked everyone into a camp-out on the grounds of the Institute. While bickering and even fist fighting broke out, Sofia was able to eventually reconcile her teammates.
Wind Dancer was one of the many mutants to loose their powers on M-Day. When the depowered students were asked to leave the school, Sofia left the X-Mansion quietly with Derek before the Purifiers' attack that left forty-two students dead.
For unknown reasons, Sofia left Derek and her father, and moved to New York City, where she lived alone and worked as a waitress Al's Diner. Sofia still longed for the life of a hero, and had several reoccurring dreams about flying. Sofia was eventually approached by Beak and later Jubilee with an offer to join their anti-registation team, New Warriors. Sofia was reluctant, and initially refused the offer.
Still refusing to join the team, Sofia returned to her job as a waitress. However, a battle between the New Warriors and a new Zodiac broke out near the restaurant and Sofia helplessly witnessed Cancer kill the New Warrior Longstrike. With the Warriors fighting a losing battle and a little boy caught in the crossfire, Sofia charged unarmed towards Cancer providing enough distraction to give her friends the upper hand. While the super-powered individuals battled, Sofia tried to get the young boy to safety but was blasted from behind by an energy blast. Sofia was suffering from burns, a concussion, and various other problems from the attack. Sofia made headlines for her heroic deeds during the battle.
Upon her release from the hospital, Sofia reconsidered Night Thrasher's offer to join the team right as he was about to disband the group following the disastrous encounter with the Zodiac. However, the team of depowered mutants had found a sense of belonging with each other after losing a part of who they were following M-Day and wished to stay a team. Sofia took on the codename Renascence while operating with the New Warriors.
Sofia's first mission as a New Warrior put her and the team up against the Alphaclan, a villain team atop of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s most wanted list. While Sofia held her own on her first mission, the team's efforts fell short until Night Thrasher intervened. She continued to waitress at her job and lived off-base as to never be dependent on someone else ever again. During one of her shifts at the restaurant, Sofia was greeted by news reporter Kat Farrell of the Daily Bugle who wanted to know the "inside story" about the New Warriors.
|Power Grid |
|* Before depowering|
- Aerokinesis: (formerly) Sofia ability to mentally direct air particles, allowing her to amplify small vibrations in the air and draw far-off sounds to her ears, disrupt the equilibrium of others with compressed air, lift herself off the ground for flight, create sharp forces of wind that can cut through material, and create isolated whirlwinds or directed blasts of high pressure air control and manipulate the movement of air.
As Renascence, Sofia had possessed several devices, which granted her various powers including:
- Hydraulic Metallic Tentacles: Similar to Doctor Octopus and Lady Octopus, Renascence possessed back-mounted hydraulic metallic tentacles. Although she had six tentacles instead of four, and her's were detachable as opposed to being fused to her spine.
- Energy Blasts: These tentacles were also capable of discharging energy blasts.
- Force Field: Renascence's equipment enabled protective force fields.
- Guns: Renascence also carried guns with her. These guns properties were never fully explained.
- Wind Dancer was voted "Most Outgoing" in the New X-Men Yearbook Special #1. She also lists her likes as dancing, flying, the wind, and her dislikes as none.
- At the beginning of New Mutants Vol 2 #1, Sofia is 16-years-old.
- Sofia holds a U.S. Green Card.
- Sofia chose the name "Renascence" because when choosing her power devices with the New Warriors, Jono mentioned that being able to choose your own abilities was very empowering like a "new birth".
- Sofia's head was shaved during surgery due to injuries she sustained during the Zodiac's attack. This is the reason for her shorter haircut during her time with the New Warriors.
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- ↑ 1.0 1.1 New X-Men Vol 2 #2
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 New Warriors Vol 4 #9
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 New Mutants Vol 2 #1
- ↑ New Mutants Vol 2 #2New Mutants Vol 2 13
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 New X-Men Vol 2 #1New X-Men Vol 2 6
- ↑ New X-Men Vol 2 #13
- ↑ New X-Men Vol 2 #12New X-Men Vol 2 14
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 New X-Men Yearbook Special #1
- ↑ New X-Men Vol 2 #20
- ↑ House of M #8
- ↑ House of M The Day After #1
- ↑ New X-Men Vol 2 #24
- ↑ New Warriors Vol 4 #1
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 New Warriors Vol 4 #2
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 New Warriors Vol 4 #1New Warriors Vol 4 5
- ↑ New Warriors Vol 4 #4
- ↑ New Warriors Vol 4 #6
- ↑ New Warriors Vol 4 #10
- ↑ 19.0 19.1 New Warriors Vol 4 #20
- ↑ New Mutants Vol 2 #3
- ↑ New Mutants Vol 2 #2
- ↑ New X-Men Vol 2 #1
- ↑ 23.0 23.1 New Warriors Vol 4 #7
- ↑ Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z hardcover Vol. 9
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