Whyspera is a registered hero in Paragon City and a member of the Guardians of the Dawn supergroup. She first appeared in Issue #5 of the "Guardians of the Dawn Spotlight" series and was featured in Issue #27.
Wendy Spyre grew up in a musical family. Her grandmother was a lounge singer and member of the church choir. Her mother was a popular singer in the 1980's. Her father was a record producer. While her brothers persued careers elsewhere, she wanted to follow in her mother's footsteps and be a singer.
At first, she showed genuine talent, being able to belt out pop songs with the same passion as some the best in the business, and in a vocal range that would put opera singers to shame. Her parents spared no expense to set her up with some studio time so she could become the next B-2d-ON-2d-SAY.
But the night before she was scheduled to make her first demo recording, she suddenly lost her voice. The doctors could not explain what was happening to her, although they did detect an abnormality in her genetic structure, which officially classified her as a "mutant". (It would later be revealed that this was the real secret behind her mother's talent.)
A week later, Wendy's voice returned, but she still could not sing, and she could only talk in a whisper. Wendy's classmates teased her and called her Whyspera. After endless teasing, Wendy finally had enough and let loose with a (literal) eardrum-shattering scream. Several teens were rushed to the hospital.
After the incident, Wendy was able to speak and sing normally, however when she hit certain notes, she caused damage to nearby objects. This would happen even if she whistled.
Fearing that this would ruin her daughter's career, Wendy's mother contact the Genetic Investigation and Facilitation Team in Paragon City for help. The G.I.F.T. specialists there trained Wendy how to use her abilities without causing unintentional harm, although they also confirmed her worst fears: that her powers are triggered when she sings. Seeking a new direction, she took their advice and became a registered superhero under the nickname she was given as a child.
Eager to make it big as a hero, unfortunately, led her to make some early mistakes, such as rushing into dangerous situations instead of waiting for others. And her habit of singing when she is nervous would also cause her powers to accidentally be triggered. These mistakes often poisoned her chances of working in a team setting.
But it was Captain Paragonna, the founding leader of the Guardians of the Dawn, that saw real potential in her and invited her to join the group. On one of her first missions, working with the Libertarian Avenger and MidKnight X, she made the same mistakes as before, rushing into the mission without a plan. But rather than be sent away or kicked off the group, the Avenger gave her the opportunity to redeem herself in the field. Since then she has grown and developed into a dependable member of the group.
She had been spending a lot of time with new hero Street Justice.
Whyspera was one of many heroes that are considered missing following the destruction of Galaxy City by the Shivans. It was later discovered in "The Guardian Powers" #14 that she along with over 2200 people in Galaxy City were caught in a time echo of the zone. She was then rescued along with the others by Doc Tor and Galatea Powers.
Whyspera's time in the time echo had a profound effect on her life and her powers. At first after her return, she completely lost her powers. Then she could not control her abilities at all.
As with all others of mystical and mutant nature, the time echo played havoc with her abilities. But because Street Justice had no such abilities, he was oblivious to the problems she was going through and why control of her powers were important to her. Eventually they drifted apart, and she found herself spending more and more time with Arktic Chill, another mutant who had similar difficulties.
Then something magical happened. Her powers returned, and this time she had full mastery over them. She could actually sing without triggering her powers.
Whyspera's newfound mastery over her abilities and being able to sing opened up a new door for her civilian life. She could finally be the singer she always wanted to be. Performing for the first time at the annual charity event for Bloody Bay, she performed a masterful rendition of cover songs by her all-time favorite artist that brought the audience to their feet. There was even talk of her being approached for a recording deal.
After her stellar performance, she celebrated with her friend, Arktic Chill.
The details are still sketchy, but at some point, both their abilities were suddenly triggered in the most inopportune moment. Her sonic power triggered his ice-based powers, and in a purely reflexive moment, he froze her throat completely.
She was rushed to the nearby hospital in Atlas Park, but the damage was extensive. Her vocal cords were frostbitten, along with most of her throat. She was placed in stasis until they could find a way to thaw out her throat so she could at least breathe.
Street Justice blamed Chill for what happened and the two fought in the middle of Steel Canyon. The end result of that confrontation left Street Justice without his arms and Arktic Chill in a self-imposed exile. It is unknown if Whyspera is aware of this.
Powers and Abilities
Her primary ability is Sonic Resonance. By singing songs, she can break down the defenses of others, or encourage them (depending on what song she sings).
Her secondary ability is Sonic Attack. Her singing voice can shatter more than just wine glasses.
Whyspera is eager to prove herself, although her eagerness has often led to some embarassing situations.