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Astra Furst
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AstroFacts


Status: Active
Real Name: Astra Jeannine Majestros-Furst
Origin: Kurt Busiek's Astro City Vol. 2 #2
Affiliation: First Family, Reflex 6
Base of Operations: [as a youth growing up] First Family's Headquarters on Mount Kirby

[current] The Gordian Knot, and Astro City

Range of Operations: Intergalactic and inter-dimensional


Personal Data


Relatives: Natalia “Natalie” Furst (mother)

Rex Zorus (father)

Nadia Furst (maternal grandmother)

Kaspian (maternal grandfather)

Madame Majestrix (paternal grandmother)

Dr. Augustus Furst (adopted grandfather)

Julius Furst (adopted great-uncle)

Nikolai “Nick” Furst (uncle)

Darcy Conroy (aunt through marriage)

Karl Furst (cousin)

Sasha Furst (cousin)

Date of Birth: July 8th, 1986
Civil Status: single
Height: [at ten] 4’8”
Weight: [at ten] 85 lbs
Eyes: Green
Hair: Blonde


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Appearances (in Publication Order): Kurt Busiek's Astro City Vol.1 #4, 6

Kurt Busiek's Astro City Vol.2 #1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 20
Astro City: Astra Special #1, 2
Astro City #1


Event Timeline

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Third generation member of the legendary First Family, Astra is the adventurous daughter of the size-changing Natalie Furst and the monstrous Rex Zorus. Capable of transforming her entire body into energy, Astra has lived her entire life as a high profile superhero, yet she too can feel the pains of growing up and struggle to find her path in life.

History

Childhood

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Born in 1986, Astra Furst's astonishing powers emerged while she was a toddler. From all appearances and accounts, she participated in First Family battles at a very young age, probable several years before her earliest published adventure occurred circa late 1995, as depicted in the story Safeguards. As the newest member of the First Family, she became an instant media delight and childhood celebrity. As such, Astra’s adolescence was far from normal, cocooned to a private environment that centered almost exclusively on family related projects and activities. She was home-schooled by Mister Smartie, a holographic construct built by her grandfather, Dr. Augustus Furst, and programmed to tutor Astra on nearly every known subject. She also trained in the use of her powers and as a young child, regularly joined the First Family on their many adventures including serious super human confrontations with The Unholy Alliance, the nigh-omnipotent Thunderhead, and Silver Brain.

In 1996, Astra was recognized as possibly “the most famous, most powerful ten-year-old girl in the world.” However, while she excelled at being a superhero, she had difficulty relating to other children. She did not watch television, had never been to a slumber party, and had no friends her own age. Following a television interview and after watching a group of schoolchildren playing hopscotch, Astra became obsessed with both the game and what it meant to be a “normal” kid. Thus, she “went on an adventure” of her own. An adventure so big to her way of thinking, she kept it secret from everyone, even her pet super-fish, Uranium.


Astra begins her adventure

During the cover of night, Astra makes a somewhat discrete departure from First Family Headquarters and heads in the direction of that hopscotch field she spotted while airborne earlier in the day. Hatching a plan to enroll in Bolling Elementary School under a pseudonym as “Astrid Ljinders,” she spends her first few days, making some friends and a jealous rival as she experiences the social norms of elementary school environs, while learning the rules and techniques of playing hopscotch.

Meanwhile back atop Mount Kirby, the First Family bursts into a panic, and then action as they discover that their youngest member is missing. Old villains are the immediate suspects, and several of them receive unexpected visits and demanding queries about Astra's location. The authorities are notified while News Teams dramatically broadcast the mysterious disappearance.

Despite all the clamor, Astra remains focused on her adventure, and soon the goal of becoming the "best hopscotch player at Bolling Elementary School is realized. In her excitement at winning, she soars into the air, revealing her special energy powers and her real identity. Following the tearful but firm reunion, the stern lecture, and appropriate punishment, her mom and dad gain valuable insight from Astra's little adventure as well. Showing excellent parental skills, they adjust current living arrangements, enrolling Astra properly in Bolling Elementary so she can continue to interact with her peers and “get to know what normal life is like.”


Teenage Astra

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Notes: nothing published during this timeframe of Astra's life, but we can add fill-in information based on dialogue and comments from the Astra Special issues

In 2000, she helped the team defeat Armageddon who was trying to create a reverse big-bang for his own twisted personal fears. Astra managed to stop him and did save many universes, dimensions and worlds from being destroyed, but still in jumbled stasis. This became known as the Gordian Knot and for the first few years was kept alive by her brainwaves.

College Years

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Notes: add more commentary on graduation night and trip to the Gordian Knot.

Astra attended Tarleton College, continuing to try for a normal life, but ended up with the same problems. She was constantly harassed by the Inside Scoop. She found a boyfriend, Matt Zimmer who seemed like a nice guy. But after graduation she took him to the Knot and made him reveal that he had started feeding the Scoop information for money. After a little taste of fame, he had no desire to return to the role of just being normal.He was also confused and frustrated by Astra not communicating her future plans beyond College with him. Even after promising her that he wouldn't give them anything, he did anyway and even lied to presumably make even more money.

Astra decided to take an earlier offer to join Skysweeper's proposed new team Reflex 6 and spend time in the Gordian Knot, joining the team to help pull out various worlds from out of the Know and back into reality. The various cultures of the Knot, will give her a chance to be normal and looked at as anybody else, something she has craved for years.

Astra remains an active member of the First Family, balancing team adventures with her private life and personal goals.

Powers

Although Astra is a younger member of the First Family, she may be its most powerful. All of her powers originate from her ability to generate and control an unidentified energy source. She seems to have the combination of her mothers ability to internalize her powers and her uncle's ability to externalize the energy. She seems to be able to tap into that energy in a stronger, perhaps purer fashion.

Her powers include the following:

Energy Form
Astra can instantly convert her entire body into energy while retaining her consciousness and rough physical form. She has also been observed transforming specific parts of her body, such as her hands and forearms. While in her full energy form, Astra can fly and appears immune to physical attacks.
Flight
While her top speed has not been measured, Astra is incredibly agile in flight, able to dodge multiple lasers, weave complex patterns, and fly through small openings.
Energy Blasts
Like her uncle Nick, Astra can project damaging streams of energy from her hands.
Energy Manipulation
Astra has some fine control over her energy projection, allowing her to: encircle enemies in coils of energy; emit particle streams that can she can use to manipulate and levitate small objects; create “energy camp-fires”; and even “draw” simple symbols or shapes (such as a hopscotch board) in the air or a suitable surface. She is also able to affect energy other than her own by partially merging her energy form with the external power.
Disruption
Astra’s energies can seemingly disrupt various types of transmissions, including psychic communication.
Energy Empathy
As an energy being herself, Astra has an innate understanding of other forms of energy. During one battle with the Silver Brain, she was able to partially dissolve into the villain’s power core and shut it down.
Strength level
Presumably normal human strength for a girl of her age who engages in intensive regular exercise.
Weaknesses
While Astra is seemingly intangible in her energy form, she can be injured by other energy attacks or beings composed of pure energy (such as the Silver Brain’s Anti-Bodies). When she is not transformed, Astra is essentially a normal human, susceptible to injury, hunger, and cold.
Abilities
Tutored by her genius grandfather and the A.I. construct Mister Smartie, Astra is bright and well-educated, with knowledge of everything from molecular biology to the documented weaknesses of known villains. At ten, she was so well-versed in computers that she was able to falsify school records and enroll herself in Bolling Elementary School. However, her writing skills are only normal, at a level one would expect from an average person of her age. She is also a skilled hopscotch player.

Equipment

As a member of the First Family, Astra has access to a wide range of equipment. She has been observed using:

First Family Uniform
Astra’s First Family uniforms can be reprogrammed to transform from her familiar orange-and-black jumpsuit into other types of clothing, including an insulated hooded parka and even pajamas. The uniform also includes a locator chip.
Cerebra-Circuit
A device that attaches to the forehead and protects against mental domination powers, such as those possessed by the Silver Brain.
Vehicles
Although she can fly on her own, Astra also has access to the First Family’s stable of vehicles, including Family-1, the First Family’s transforming transport.
Teleportation device
This device, worn like a wrist watch, can create a portal to First Family Headquarters at the press of a button. It only works in specific spots, though, possibly areas that are pre-arranged in some way.
Power-Sceptre
As a member of the Monstro City royal family, Astra owns a sceptre device similar to her grandmother's. In addition to boosting her own innate abilities, this symbol of office has energy-related abilities all its own, such as the generation of a protective bubble around its wielder.

Observations

Astra’s favorite color is green.

Over the years, the celebrity press have romantically linked her to Lindsay Lohan, Shia LeBeouf, Prince Harry, and various others. The first claim is utterly false, and the others are of doubtful veracity as well. Her genuine former boyfriends include the fellow superhero Kid Jackdaw (briefly in their teen years) and the alien prince Gavrad of Tellurin.

As the granddaughter of Madame Majestrix, Astra is officially Majestros-Third, third in line to the throne of Monstro City. Additionally, being the biological granddaughter of the leader of the Beast-Men as well, she is set to receive her position in that animalistic tribe's hierarchy when she is in her mid-40s.

The energy source seemingly shared by Natalie, Nick, and Astra Furst, has not been identified, although it strongly resembles the energy seen encircling Nadia (Natalie and Nick’s birth mother) in 2:2. Augustus Furst has also harnessed it for various weapons, and as the energy source of his Energenerator.

Speculations, Theories

Astra has a very dynamic DNA body chemistry. Derived from a compositional blending of her father's reptilian species, and her mother's already “cross-breed” mixture (between a possible superhuman and Kaspian, the Prince of the Beast-Men), it’s quite possible that Astra could yet develop or exhibit other powers. Based on her parentage, such powers could include super-strength, increased durability, enhanced senses, and superhuman agility.



Footnotes

First Family's mini-biography at the official Astro City website