Yolanda gained her powers during Apocalypto's attack on Mexico
City which she was covering for a Zapotec radio programme. She and
her sound recordist were caught in the line of a falling skyscraper and
would have been killed if not for the timely intervention of
and the rest of the Southern Knights. Instead, Yolanda was given a
short reprieve during which she began to move faster and faster, as if
she was stuck on fast-forward. Her co-worker watched in awe as
Yolanda started to spin out of control, her form lost in a whirlwind of
activity. She sped towards a building but turned at the last
second and spun away out of view.
It took a long time to get control
of her spinning but Yolanda never did give up on things. She found
that travelling at high speeds as a kind of red twister provided her
with protection from running into walls and cars, and she never seemed
to tire. When her body stopped spinning, Yolanda found herself on
the outskirts of the sprawling metropolis of Mexico City. She
watched Apocalypso lashing out at the city and the assembled heroes, but
she could do nothing.
Months passed and her powers never returned.
She continued to work at the radio station and began to report more and
more on the uberhumans of Mexico, particularly focussing on the emerging
super hero team known as Defensa Suprema. She even managed to get
the outspoken Nautili woman, Night Wind, on the programme.
returned on the night Huitzilopachtli arrived in town. He planned
to make the world over in his own image and to draw more power to him by
destroying key parts of the city. Yolanda was one of twelve women
he summoned to a high-rise hotel. On the roof he had established a
temple and Yolanda and the other women were to be sacrificed at dawn.
Yolanda was in a trance, but when Cactus was dropped on the roof by Ana
Cascabel and her Suprema plane, the mesmerism was broken.
women were powerless as Cactus struggled with the god, but Yolanda's
powers burst into life with a vengeance. She blurred into a red
twister and slammed into Huitzilopachtli sending him over the edge.
While it allowed the god to regain his power and disentangled him from
Cactus, it also sparked the beginning of the major campaign against him.
Defensa Suprema were ready and attacked him in the streets below.
Yolanda joined in, and although she showed her inexperience she also
showed her fiery spirit.
When the god was routed, Yolanda was asked to
join the team as a trainee member. She agreed and worked hard to
make full membership.
Her super hero career is important to her, but
she has so far refused to give up her secret identity and her job at the
radio station. She has interviewed other members of the team since
joining, which has been awkward for some of the more public members of
the team who believe being a hero is about being forthright and honest
about everything. Yolanda doesn't worry too much. She enjoys
both of her lives.
In fact she enjoys her lives so much that
complications from one life often encroach upon the other, mostly in the
area of romances - which are almost always passionate and fiery and end
up with a jilted boyfriend and a new beau. She makes a point of
only going out with one person per identity, and she never reveals the
truth to them on principle.