Terri Henshaw (DC Comics)

Publication information

Publisher: DC Comics
First appearance: Adventures of Superman #466 (May, 1990)
Appearance of Death: Adventures of Superman #468 (July, 1990)
Created by: Dan Jurgens

In-story information

Alter ego: Terri Henshaw 
Phonetic: tɛ́ri hɛ́nʃɔ̀
Notable aliases: 
Relatives: Henry Henshaw (husband)
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Alignment: Good
Identity Secret: Public
Citizenship: American
Marital Status:
Occupation: Astronaut


Gender: Female
Eyes: Green
Hair: Red
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Universe: New Earth 


Terri Henshaw first appeared as a crew member of the doomed LexCorp space shuttle Excalibur. Terri and the other three members of the Excalibur crew (including her husband, Hank) were exposed to cosmic radiation, resulting in the crash of their shuttle. As a result of the radiation exposure, the human bodies of two crew members were destroyed. However, their minds survived and they were able to construct new bodies out of pure cosmic radiation and bits of earth and the shuttle. Initially, Terri and Hank suffered no ill effects from the radiation and the crew traveled to Metropolis, in the hope of using LexCorp facilities to cure their transformed crewmates. During a brief battle with Superman, the crew member now composed of radiation became unhinged and flew into the sun. By this time, Hank Henshaw's body had begun to rapidly decay while his wife was beginning to phase into an alternate dimension. With Superman's help, Henshaw was able to use the LexCorp facilities to save Terri, but died immediately afterwards. The remaining member of the shuttle crew committed suicide using an MRI booth. Terri was soon afterward admitted to a mental hospital where she could recover from the loss of her crew and husband.
However, Hank Henshaw had not truly died. Though his physical body had expired, he was able to transfer his consciousness into the LexCorp's mainframe. Now able to control technology, Henshaw appeared to his wife in a robotic body; the shock of the shuttle accident, Henshaw's death and his bizarre rebirth was too much for Terri and eventually led to her insanity and death. Realizing he was now a danger to both his wife and the planet, Hank used NASA communications equipment to beam his mind into the 'birthing Matrix' which had carried Superman from Krypton to Earth as an infant. Henshaw crafted a small exploration craft from the birthing matrix and departed the planet. Years later, Henshaw returned in the form of a Cyborg Superman and blamed the death of his wife on Superman.

Terri was revived as a Black Lantern during the Blackest Night.

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