Mari Jiwe McCabe grew up in an African village, hearing the legend of the warrior Tantu, who asked Anansi the Spider to create a totem that’d give the wearer powers of the animal kingdom if the user would use ‘em to protect innocents. The local priest and Mari’s father, Richard, was her sole caretaker, as poachers killed his wife, and the reverend was murdered by his half-brother, who wanted the Tantu Totem, which had been in Richard’s possession. Orphaned, she fled to America, using her beauty to become a known fashion model in NYC. On a trip home, McCabe came across her uncle, and stole back the totem, using it to become the 5’9”, 140 lb Vixen. By mimicking a snake, she could heal. Channeling an electric eel, she has access to electrokinesis. Imitating a hawk allows her to fly. A rhino grants her superhuman durability, an elephant provides strength, and a cheetah lets her run at high speeds.
Vixen, by Stanley Lau.