Real Name: Jeanne Darque
Occupation: Heiress, former telemarketer, former primary wielder of the Cube, former leader of the Guardians of the Cube, now member of the Guardians of the Cube, adventurer.
Base of Operations: Gateway City, Darque Manor
Place of Birth: Tokyo, Japan
Known Relatives: Dr. Jeremiah Darque (father, deceased), Haruka Darque (mother, deceased)
Group Affiliation: Guardians of the Cube
Sexual Orientation: Lesbian
First Appearance: Cube #1, volume 1 (1995)
Current Appearances: Guardians of the Cube #1, Guardians of the Cube #2, Guardians of the Cube #3, Guardians of the Cube #4, Guardians of the Cube #5, Naked Justice #1, Naked Justice #2, Rapture #3
The daughter of rich and powerful psychiatrist, Dr. Jeremiah Darque, Jeanne spent her childhood in a strict and formal environment. A quiet child, Jeanne was under tremendous pressure to be top in her classes, and to follow in her authoritarian father’s footsteps to become a psychiatrist. But the repressed often rebel against their oppressors; Jeanne all but spit in her father’s face, shunning her family and heritage.
She fled to the city to pursue her life, where she was able to come out of her shell and discover herself for who she truly was, and not what she had been told she had to be. She realized that she was attracted to women. While working as a telemarketer, she met a young woman named Naomi, who shared similar interests, and they fell in love.
A call from her ailing father’s physician brought Jeanne racing back to the family manor. Her father was dying of cancer, and Jeanne longed to make amends before it was too late. On her way to Darque Manor, Jeanne’s car was stopped in its tracks by an extraterrestrial vessel. Using a device called the Cube, the aliens called M’Waor transformed Jeanne into a super-powered being. They charged her with the guardianship of the Cube, telling her that this device would someday save the Earth from complete destruction. Reluctantly, Darque accepted, eventually seeking out and transforming Cube-chosen humans into the Guardians she leads today.
Unfortunately, Darque’s father died while she was en route to see him. Despite their differences, her father bequeathed his entire fortune to his only daughter.
For several years, Darque led the guardians without a hint of humor, always with her mind of the ultimate goal. Eventually the pressures of leadership and the burden of her immense responsibilities as primary wielder of the Cube began to take their toll.
In a desperate attempt to add levity to her life, Darque underwent a change of looks, and tried not to take leadership so seriously. But this would prove a temporary remedy at best, and not at all sufficient to alleviate her considerable worries and fears.
The knowledge that the M’Waor had entrusted her with the Cube because she was the only human they could find in the vicinity of their vessel – not because she was remarkable in any way – became too much for her to handle. This coupled with the apparent death of Ghostboy, a fellow Guardian that she loved like she would love a son, was more than she could deal with. She decided to relinquish control of the Cube over to Numa, a fellow Guardian she felt was truly worthy of the responsibility.
Darque continues to serve as a Guardian of the Cube, more than content to no longer lead the outfit. Since turning the Cube over to Numa, Darque has felt an immense pressure lifted from her shoulders. She has a renewed joie de vivre that was denied her for far too long.
Powers and Paraphernalia:
Jeanne Darque’s body is a gateway to an uncharted dark dimension. Hence, Darque can absorb light and matter into her body, depositing it into the dimension on the other side. She possesses complete control over darkness and the energies that exist within it. She can use darkness to create projectiles, force beams and even wings for flight.
She can travel via shadows, essentially using them as “doorways” through which she seems able to teleport.
Darque is a skilled hand-to-hand combatant and has recently begun to further develop her skills as such.