While a young girl in India, she began to manifest unusual abilities that she was unable to control. At first, she and her family kept her abilities a secret, and she gradually learned to control them to some degree. Eventually, however, she was found out. The religious leaders of her village viewed her as a threat to their power, so they decided to kill her. Unfortunately for her, one of the men possessed superhuman abilities and was able to call upon a lightning storm to rip her apart. She disappeared, apparently ripped apart by the winds.
Like the mythic Phoenix, she resurrected – transformed from a girl to a woman with white hair. She returned to her village and removed the men from power. She was hailed as a hero and with her parents’ blessing went out into the world to continue her work.
Optima is one of the most powerful metahumans operating on Earth today.
Art by Mitch Ballard and Gerry Turnbull