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|“||Eclipso was right about there being darkness in everyone, you know. Sometimes we feel anger or jealousy or hatred. Even if we don't want to. But the thing Eclipso did not understand is that there's good in everyone too. Every single one of us. In the end, all Eclipso did was make me believe in people even more.||”|
Her smooth-going high school experience is derailed when her mother marries Pat Dugan and moves the household, which now includes Courtney's stepbrother Mike Dugan and a family pet, from Los Angeles to bucolic Blue Valley in distant Nebraska. Struggling to adapt as a Sophomore in a new school, Courtney discovers her stepfather has a secret past as a superhero sidekick. She also discovers an artifact of immense power, a long-lost hero’s cosmic staff that has powers only she can wield. With the guidance of a reluctant Pat, Courtney becomes the unlikely inspiration for an entirely new generation of superheroes.
She soon rallies together an unlikely group of teens, including social outcasts Yolanda Montez, Beth Chapel, and Rick Tyler, to continue the legacy of the Justice Society of America. She leads the team under the superheroine moniker Stargirl.
Courtney was born and raised in Valley Village, California, to a single working mother, Barbara Whitmore. Barbara had an ongoing relationship with Sam Kurtis, though he was constantly in and out of their lives from the time Courtney was born. Courtney herself only met Sam a handful of times, but still cared deeply for him. When she was four, Sam Kurtis gifted her one of the lockets his mother had given him. He placed a photo of himself in the locket so Courtney would also have him with her. They spent Christmas together in a slew of fun and childlike games. She cherished the locket and wore it well into her teen years.
A year later on Christmas Eve, 2010, Sam was scheduled to meet a now five-year-old Courtney to celebrate the holidays. However, he never arrived and vanished that night and the Whitmore's didn't see or hear from him again for ten years. A distraught Courtney waited for Sam all night with a special gift for him. Barbara dedicated nearly two years looking for Sam for the sake of their daughter, but eventually gave up. Courtney persevered and became a gymnast, began practicing martial arts where she learned incredible fighting skills, and reached at least a blue belt. She was also very advanced in her gymnast career, being the best on her team at Sherman High. She had a strong circle of friends in California.
Ten years ago on Christmas Eve, a five-year-old Courtney Whitmore waited for her father to arrive, only to be disappointed once again when he didn't. Her single mother Barbara Whitmore leaves for work but tells her daughter to focus on the positives, such as spending the holiday with her close friend Mary. In the present day, Courtney packs her room in California to travel across the country with her new step-father, Pat Dugan, and stepbrother Mike Dugan, to the small town of Blue Valley, Nebraska, where her mother has secured a new job. The move is against Courtney’s wishes but she does her best to try and get along with Pat for her mother’s sake.
Her first day at Blue Valley High is met with obstacles as she makes an enemy of mean girl Cindy Burman and is ostracized to the loser table, forced to sit with the talkative Beth Chapel, social outcast Yolanda Montez, and delinquent Rick Harris. Courtney lands in detention after standing up for Yolanda against a cruel jock, Henry King Jr. She returns to her new house where Mike has plans with his friends while she is having trouble fitting in.
Her annoyance over the day and Pat trying to bond with her causes her to snap that he isn’t her father. She runs to the basement where her anger turns to curiosity when she finds boxes of superhero paraphernalia in Pat’s things. She learns from a series of photographs that Pat was a hero named Stripesey, the famed Starman’s sidekick, and a member of the Justice Society of America. She also finds a magical staff that glows in her presence. When she picks it up, the staff whirs to life and displays its larger-than-life attributes.
The staff has a mind of its own and takes her on a nightly adventure, where she learns that the staff grants her powers such as flight, cosmic blasts, and allows her to perform gymnastics feats. The staff brings her to a drive-in where she once again encounters Henry Jr, this time he is heckling other movie watchers. To teach him a lesson she attempts to poke holes in his tires but the staff, wanting more, shoots a cosmic blast at the car causing it to blow up. She engages in a fight with Henry and barely wins before flying back to her home. She is confronted by a worried Pat who tells her about his life as a sidekick, and that his best friend Starman, Sylvester Pemberton, was murdered during a fight. He explains that the staff only ever worked for Starman, prompting Courtney to see a resemblance between her father and Starman. Now believing that she is Starman’s daughter and that this is her destiny, she convinces Pat to help her be a hero.
Things take a turn for Courtney when the staff takes her on a bonding exercise that results in an unpleasant meeting with Injustice Society of America villain Brainwave. She is rescued by Pat, who operates a massive robot called S.T.R.I.P.E. He once again warns her of the dangers of being a hero and how Brainwave was responsible for the deaths of many JSA members, though it was Icicle who ultimately killed Starman. She learns about surviving member Rex Tyler, who operated as Hourman, and how Rex was murdered a few years after the JSA were defeated. Pat stresses the importance of keeping her identity a secret to protect her loved ones. She decides to steal Starman’s old suit and turns it into a suit fit for herself.
In her school life, Courtney continues to fail in making friends with Yolanda or Beth. Brainwave confronts Courtney at a school assembly, outing himself as Dr. Henry King Sr. He threatens to kill Courtney’s mother if she doesn’t give him the staff, which forces Pat into accepting the fight on her behalf. Unable to stand by and let Pat fight for her, Courtney dons her superhero costume and arrives at the fight just in time to save Pat from being crushed. She reveals herself as the masked heroine Stargirl, fighting Brainwave until the staff connects with his forehead resulting in a telekinetic blast that renders him comatose.
Courtney stands up for Yolanda the next day in school, defending her from the slut-shaming antics of Cindy Burman and Jenny Williams. She also befriends Cameron Mahkent, an artist in her math class, and Joey Zarick, an aspiring magician who shows her kindness. Courtney soon realizes that if Brainwave is in town there is a good chance the other ISA members are there too, refusing to believe everything that everything that has happened is a coincidence. She is proven right when Icicle makes his presence known, with Stargirl and S.T.R.I.P.E. working together to fight Icicle in the woods. He proves stronger than them and distracts them long enough to make a point by killing her fellow student Joey Zarick. She is heartbroken over his death but refuses to give up, believing that they have to stop Icicle. He takes her to the JSA’s former headquarters where he shows her the remaining artifacts from the Golden Age of heroes, explaining each of their backgrounds and real identities. She goes against Pat’s wishes of giving up her superhero fighting by stealing the JSA’s artifacts.
She plans to recruit a new JSA and begins with the Wildcat mantle, which she believes should go to Yolanda Montez, a former boxer and outcast at Blue Valley High after topless photos of herself surfaced. Courtney struggles to connect with Yolanda but ultimately convinces her to try the Wildcat suit, with Yolanda working brilliantly alongside Courtney. They break into the Blue Valley Medical Center to see if any of the ISA members have visited the comatose Dr. King, finding only their principal Anaya Bowin who plays her fiddle before leaving. A few hours later, Yolanda agrees to become Wildcat and joins Courtney in her recruitment mission. Courtney discovered by accident that the hourglass that once belonged to Hourman lit up in the presence of delinquent Rick Harris. She confronts him with the hourglass but it doesn’t work, causing him to call her crazy.
In the meantime, Courtney discovers that she hasn’t been discreet in her recruitment since Beth Chapel overheard Courtney and Yolanda talking about being superheroes. Beth was able to turn on the goggles that once belonged to Dr. Mid-Nite, and reveals to an exasperated Courtney that Rick Harris was born Rick Tyler and is the son of Rex Tyler. Courtney pieces together that Rick is a legacy just like her, and confronts Rick with her evidence alongside Beth and Yolanda. Though he is apprehensive at first to join them, he ultimately agrees as he wants revenge for his parent’s who were murdered by ISA member Solomon Grundy.
Courtney faces backlash from Pat who scolds her for involving more people as the situation is dangerous. He tasks her with retrieving the artifacts from her friends, though she is unable to go through with it when she sees their excitement. Yolanda, Beth, and Rick are determined to follow through with their mantles and a break-in at a cell tower proves to be the perfect training. The group suits up for the first time to confront The Gambler, a highly skilled hacker who works with the ISA. Their “easy first mission” turns dangerous when they are confronted by ISA attackers Sportsmaster and Tigress. Stargirl instructs her team to stick together, but the villains bait the group into splitting up. Stargirl ends up in a ferocious fight against Sportsmaster and later Tigress, who gang up on her, though her tenacity and relentless attitude make her a formidable foe. She saves her team and they unite, being joined by S.T.R.I.P.E. at the last minute.
Upon realizing that Courtney won’t give up and that the team is assembled, Pat agrees to teach Courtney and her friends how to work together. In the meantime, he sends them to school to be normal teens. Courtney furthers her friendship with Cameron Mahkent, is paired with the seemingly insufferable Cindy Burman in science, and plans to hang out with Cindy that weekend. After school, Courtney heads to The Pit Stop where the rest of the JSA are waiting to begin their training. She is brimming with excitement and dominates the course with the staff, disappointing her teammates who wanted to try for themselves. Pat tells Courtney that she needs to be a team player and can’t do everything by herself.
Pat, Courtney, and Mike go to the football game that night where her secrets with Pat cause Mike to snap at her that Pat isn’t her father. He reminds her that just because she doesn’t have a father doesn’t mean she can be selfish with him, reminding her that she doesn’t know what they have been through. When Mike storms off, Courtney is asked on a date by Cameron Mahkent. She cancels her plans with Cindy before spotting Anaya Bowin acting suspiciously. Her attempts to pin down an ISA member alone get her into trouble when the villainous Shiv, Cindy Burman’s alter-ego, arrives. They get into a ferocious fight in which Shiv’s regenerative powers and immense training make her a dangerous foe. She renders Stargirl unconscious, though Stargirl is saved by a masked assailant.
Courtney recovers from her wounds in the hospital and later at home, though Barbara’s anger toward Pat for “letting her drive" as per his cover story, jeopardizes their relationship. Courtney is visited by a sympathetic Mike who makes pizza rolls for her. They apologize to one another and agree to be siblings. Later that night, Courtney is visited by Cindy who knows that Courtney is Stargirl and threatens to kill her friends. When Courtney is unable to reach her friends, she defies Pat’s orders to stand down and suits up again to confront Cindy at her house. The girls’ fight lands onto the streets where they are interrupted by Henry Jr, Cindy’s boyfriend who, in a desperate attempt to stop them from fighting, unleashes a telekinetic blast that separates them. Courtney realizes that Henry inherited his father’s ability to read minds and control things telekinetically. She turns to Pat for guidance as she wants to recruit Henry, believing that his mind-reading abilities will be crucial in their fight to stop the ISA. Pat also tells her that Cindy Burman’s father is the inhuman Dr. Shiro Ito, better known as Dragon King, who Pat thought was dead after encountering Ito during his days with the Seven Soldiers of Victory, another superhero team.
Yolanda is insulted that Courtney wants to recruit Henry after what he did to her, as leaking her topless photos ruined her life. The rest of the team is in agreement that Henry is the enemy, though Courtney still isn’t convinced and visits Henry herself. She learns that the thoughts he’s been reading are vulgar and sickening. He is starting to think his father was right about humans being monsters. She reveals that Brainwave killed Joey Zarick, William Zarick, and her father, which is why the JSA wants to stop Brainwave. She tells him that despite the thoughts he's hearing, people want to be good. They want to love and be loved. She tells him to dig a little deeper next time he reads someone’s mind, referencing that the JSA can help him. She tells him to talk to her when he’s ready. Meanwhile, Courtney and her family have dinner with the Mahkent’s, as Jordan Mahkent is Barbara’s boss at The American Dream. Courtney and Cameron are excited but nervous to spend an evening together, especially joined by Jordan’s parents. The dinner makes Courtney believe that Jordan Mahkent is Icicle, as he is unfazed by an oven-hot pan. She begins to worry that Cameron could be like his father, though her judgment is clouded with the belief that Icicle killed her father. Pat tries to stop her from following Jordan but they are interrupted by Barbara, who screams at the sight of the Cosmic Staff glowing in her daughter’s hand.
Courtney excitedly tells her mother everything that she’s been doing and how her father is Starman. Barbara refuses to accept this as the truth and denounces her claim that Starman is her father, ordering her daughter to her room. The truth causes Pat and Barbara’s already rocky relationship to crumble, and when Courtney awakens the next morning to find the staff missing, she is informed by Barbara that they are leaving Blue Valley. Courtney tries to find Pat as she’s worried about the staff but instead finds Mike who is hurt that she won’t tell him what is going on as he thought they were siblings. As she retreats to pack her things, Henry tracks Courtney down and tells her that his father woke up from his coma, was taken by Jordan Mahkent, and that they plan to restore Brainwave’s cruelty. He also warns that the ISA has the cosmic staff. He also reveals that his Uncle is Sylvester Pemberton/Starman. She is elated to have a cousin and agrees to help him save his father. After much convincing, Yolanda, Rick, and an enthusiastic Beth agree to help Courtney.
They travel to the underground tunnels where they track Brainwave to Dragon King’s lair. They are outed by Cindy who has been held hostage by her father as punishment for attacking Courtney. Stargirl, Wildcat, and Henry battle Dragon King’s minions and retrieve the staff. They are too late in saving Brainwave, whose memories have been restored. He wants Henry to join him in the ISA but Henry refuses, fleeing the tunnels with the JSA. Stargirl fends off Brainwave while the team escapes to the exiting tunnel, though Henry refuses to let her get hurt and uses his powers to put her on the other side of the tunnels. Brainwave places a shield around the entrance, rendering the JSA unable to help Henry as he and Brainwave fight. Brainwave overpowers his son who refuses to join the ISA. Henry looks to Courtney and tearfully tells her that she was right about people wanting to be good, and tells her not to let this change her beliefs. Moments later, Brainwave kills Henry by collapsing the tunnels on him.
Courtney is struck with grief and guilt over the death of not only Henry but Joey Zarick. Her world is rocked again when Sam Kurtis, her biological father, arrives in Blue Valley. Her grief and guilt are elevated when she realizes she isn’t Starman’s daughter and puts everyone she loves in danger. After spending a day with Sam, he convinces her that he plans to buy a place in California, that she can come live with him, and they can go shopping this Summer. He just needs her locket so he can sell the matching set to afford a down payment. She tearfully gives over her locket before running inside, breaking down into tears in Pat’s arms. She goes to the basement to be with the staff, only to learn that it no longer lights up in her hands. She tells her mother that whenever Barbara is ready to leave Blue Valley, she is too.
Courtney goes to BVHS that afternoon to tell Yolanda, Beth, and Rick what she’s learned about not being Starman’s daughter. She also tells them she is ending the JSA, though she changes her mind when Dr. King threatens the JSA during a vigil for Henry. He threatens to kill Barbara and the Dugan’s, so a frantic Courtney rushes home where she begs the staff to work again. When it fails, Pat tells her that the staff knew she wasn’t Starman’s daughter but worked because it believed in her. He thinks it isn’t working because she doesn’t believe in herself anymore. She asks Pat and Barbara to stand with her, needing the help of both her parents, as she accepts the staff once more. By believing in herself, Courtney can wield the staff once more. Meanwhile, across town, the ISA launches its global initiative to reprogram every developed mind.
Jordan sends Tigress and Sportsmaster to the Whitmore-Dugan household to kill the family, forcing them to flee to Pat’s family cabin in the woods. They also divulge the truth to Mike which he finds amazing, even trying to see if the staff works for him, though it ultimately doesn’t. Rick deciphers his father’s journal to learn that Rex figured out what the ISA was planning, which is why he was killed. Rick shares that the ISA are building satellites, which is why The Gambler was hacking into a tower, and plan to use Brainwave’s powers to broadcast a telepathic signal to half of America that will effectively reprogram everyone’s minds to follow their ideals. The team leaps to action as they confront the ISA in the underground tunnels to destroy the satellites. They are seconds too late as Jordan and Brainwave begin what they call Project: New America, which will kill 25% of all affected people. Pat, who is operating S.T.R.I.P.E., falls victim to the signal, alongside Justin who has joined the group for their fight.
Brainwave controls Pat and forces him to attack Stargirl. She pleads with Pat to fight as she needs him. She calls herself his daughter just as Beth figures out how to enable the telepathic blockers in the tunnels. Pat is freed from his control but tells her that he heard every word she said, to which she smiles that she meant every word. The team regroups in Dragon King’s lair where they are confronted by the ISA, and a dangerous fight ensues. After gaining the upper hand, the JSA prepared to disable the satellites, forcing a defeated Icicle to demand The Gambler release, Solomon Grundy. S.T.R.I.P.E. and Hourman attack Grundy while Stargirl and Wildcat break into the satellite room. Stargirl is attacked by Cindy which gives Wildcat time to kill Dragon King’s minions. When Stargirl blasts Cindy unconscious, she joins Wildcat and finds her with a dead Brainwave, his throat having been slit by Wildcat's claws. Stargirl is in disbelief but they press on, with Stargirl taking flight and blasting the satellites. Stargirl and Wildcat flee the scene only to learn that Jordan has kidnapped Barbara.
Stargirl swoops in to save Barbara and Pat, fighting Icicle atop The American Dream. He collides with the Cosmic Staff which sends an icy blast across the platform, knocking Barbara, Jordan, and Stargirl off the platform. Pat saves Barbara while Wildcat leaps off the tower to save Stargirl, taking a chance that her suit will absorb the impact. Mike speeds to the scene in his father’s truck, running over a frozen Icicle. They emerge victorious with only a few scrapes and are left to pick up the pieces of their battle.
Courtney promises Beth they’ll find a way to fix her goggles, and Chuck too, which Icicle had destroyed. They then bid goodbye to Justin, who plans to find the rest of the Seven Soldiers of Victory. The family celebrates Christmas together, with Courtney inviting Rick, Beth, and Yolanda. Courtney gives Pat a Christmas present, the one she was planning to give Sam ten years ago, and he accepts the #1 Dad mug. The Whitmore-Dugan's, joined by Rick, Yolanda, Beth, and their bulldog Max, take a family photo. The next morning, Stargirl and S.T.R.I.P.E. take to the sky to fly over Blue Valley, taking a seat on the water tower where they look over the town before taking to the sky once again.
In the months since the defeat of the Injustice Society of America, Blue Valley is back to being its quaint self, though Courtney struggles to accept that the town doesn't need Stargirl or the JSA. She leads her team on a mission one night to check the town's perimeter, expertly using her gymnastics skills with the Cosmic Staff to approach a foe. She is sore to learn her great enemy is a raccoon. Hourman, Wildcat, and Dr. Mid-Nite appear from the corner after their leader calls them out that it's safe. The trio knows there isn't any real threat in town anymore. Hourman sarcastically asks if she checked inside the trash can, but Stargirl doesn't let his attitude phase her. It isn't until Dr. Mid-Nite's scan of the town comes up clear that Wildcat insists they are protecting a small town that doesn't need protection. Hourman recaps that the ISA is gone now that everyone is either dead or in prison. The rest of the JSA agree to put away their superhero acts for now but will gladly suit up if any trouble arises. Courtney flies back to her home, where she stays up all night pouring over the ISA's files, trying to find any enemy that she might have overlooked.
Pat finds her around four in the morning and isn't pleased that she's been at it all night, especially with her history test the next day. Courtney brushes it off as she'll ace that and hands Pat files on ISA members. He explains that Per Degaton, Blackbriar Thorn, and the others were defeated by the JSA a long time ago. She refuses to give up as being Stargirl is her destiny. She points out that the staff still lights up even though the ISA is defeated, so that has to mean something else is out there. Pat can't explain why the staff works but reminds her that Stargirl isn't her only destiny. She has a real-life to focus on and a career to make. She corrects that she needs to make a career as Stargirl. After some banter, Pat tells her to pack it up and go to bed before it gets much later. Courtney bemoans but doesn't argue as she and Pat leave the basement, unaware of a JSA artifact lighting up.
The next morning, Courtney learns of Pat's plans to take the family on a lake house vacation for two weeks. They would leave behind all their superhero paraphernalia - including the Cosmic Staff, to take a well-deserved break. Courtney and Mike protest as they both want to focus on their respective superhero careers, but Pat, Barbara, and even Max are pro-vacation. As Courtney walks to BVHS for her final days as a sophomore, Courtney complains to Yolanda about the trip, though Yolanda thinks it could be good to get away. Courtney notices that something is wrong with her friend and asks about it. Yolanda admits that she's still upset over Brainwave's death, asking Courtney if she thinks just because it was self-defense that it was right. Courtney can't answer because she wasn't there, so she didn't know what else could have happened. They notice Cameron Mahkent across the street, and Courtney admits that she wants to see how he's doing after his father's death. Yolanda reminds Courtney that she can't without drawing suspicion or admitting what really happened to Jordan. She advises Courtney to stay away from him. Courtney understands, and they walk to BVHS together.
At lunch, Courtney runs through a list of possible scenarios for how she could stay in contact with the JSA if anything happened. She offers Yolanda a key to her house, just in case she needs to send her the Cosmic Staff, but Yolanda thinks Courtney should try to relax. Courtney bumps into Isaac Bowin and apologizes, though the boy stalks off without a word. The girls sit with a visibly distant Beth, who blames her attitude on the sadness of school being over. The group notices Artemis Crock and her teammates coming toward them, with Artemis clutching a hockey stick. Courtney overhears Artemis talking about her incarcerated parents and how it's a sham, then sees the hockey stick approaching her quickly. Courtney reacts on instinct, grabbing the hockey stick and flipping Artemis on her back. The girl stands up angrily as she was giving the hockey stick back to a friend. Courtney is escorted to the principal's office immediately.
The new principal meets with Barbara and Pat to discuss Courtney's recent behavior, though Courtney tries to explain the fight even though that's not what Principal Sherman was referencing - yet. Courtney tries to explain what happened to Pat but can't without outing her secret. Principal Sherman explains that Courtney failed three classes, and if she wants to be a junior next year, she has to attend Summer school. Once in the hall, Pat and Barbara scold Courtney for focusing too much on being Stargirl and not enough on normalcy. Because she is so obsessed, they all have to pay the consequences by not going on their family trip. Barbara tells Courtney to figure out how to balance her life and think about what she's giving up by putting on that mask. With Barbara gone, Pat and Courtney disagree in the halls over how to handle the situation, though Pat remarks that he's disappointed. On the walk home, Courtney spots Cameron by the Blue Valley Tires mural and approaches him. They talk about him being back, and she asks about the mural. He's planning to alter it to honor his dad. They converse for a while, laughing and smiling before she leaves.
That night, Courtney sits on her bed with the Cosmic Staff as she goes over the files again. She puts them aside as she looks at Cindy's photo in the yearbook. She hears a sound downstairs, and the staff whirs awake. They investigate the sound and find a girl leaving the basement with Green Lantern's Power Battery. The two begin to fight, with the staff cutting the basement door in half. The fight's matched as the girl is skilled in her combat. Courtney has the advantage with the staff, her experience, and her territory. The girl uses her green ring to send a blast of energy at Courtney, throwing her into the dining room table. Courtney is astonished as she looks up at the girl clutching the glowing lantern and ring, and her eyes are green. Courtney asks who the girl is, and she replies that she's Green Lantern's daughter. Pat emerges to see what the commotion is about, with Courtney admitting there might have been a misunderstanding. Pat sighs that she's been having a lot of those today.
Courtney tries to explain the situation to her family, since Jennie broke in and Courtney was defending the home. Courtney's parents are disapproving of Courtney's use of the Cosmic Staff while being more lenient on Jennie. Through Pat's inquisitions, the Whitmore-Dugan's learn that Jennie is the alleged daughter of Alan Scott - the Golden Age Green Lantern. Courtney is surprised when Jennie reveals that she knows of Pat as he's a mechanical genius and infamous member of the JSA. She eagerly assumes Courtney is the daughter of Starman, but Courtney bashfully declines. Jennie assumes she's Stripesey's daughter, but Courtney solemnly corrects that she's his stepdaughter. Courtney watches as Jennie asks Pat to help her train with the Green Lantern ring, and as Barbara insists that Courtney surrender her room to Jennie. Courtney tries to sleep on the couch but can't get comfortable. Pat emerges to give her an extra pillow as he thought she might need it. She expresses her worries that Jennie is a spy for one of the other ISA members like Baron von Blitzkrieg. Pat corrects her use of "Von" and explains that the villain died. He thinks she's looking for villains everywhere which makes sense, but he does think Jennie is really Alan's daughter.
She wakes up the next morning and stretches uncomfortably. She quickly discovers that Jennie has made pancakes, fixed the table, and treated the Whitmore-Dugan family to a large breakfast spread. Pat and Jennie have plans to visit The Pit Stop for training. Courtney wants to come along but Mike quips that she has Summer school. Courtney goes to BVHS and takes her seat in the back of the classroom. She is shocked when Yolanda sits next to her. Yolanda's mom is making her attend to keep her out of trouble, which Courtney tries to remain sympathetic despite her happiness of having a friend there. They watch as Isaac Bowin snaps at the teacher and are surprised to hear Rick's name called, despite him not being there. At lunch, Courtney vents to Yolanda about her displeasure over the arrival of Jennie and her annoyance over Jennie making pancakes. Yolanda tries a bit of a pancake and admits that it's really good. Courtney bites it and is disappointed that they are really good.
After school, Courtney and Yolanda make their way to The Pit Stop where they see Jennie using the Green Lantern's ring to create a toy car in mid-air. Beth, Rick, and Pat are enthralled by the girls powers while Yolanda and Courtney are skeptical. Yolanda ultimately gives the girl a chance. Courtney than accuses Jennie of coming to Blue Valley because she heard about the JSA being active again. The girls argue before Jennie runs out, with Beth and Yolanda chasing after her. Rick pauses a moment to tell Courtney her behavior wasn't cool. During an and honest with Pat, Courtney revealed that she feels like a fraud around Jennie. The girl is everything Courtney should be: perfect, kind to Pat, and the real daughter of a superhero. Pat reminds her that her power goes beyond the Cosmic Staff - it's her ability to see the good in others that makes her special.
Courtney realizes he's right and apologizes to Jennie, making amends with her. As they talk, Courtney drives her point that Jennie has everything now, which causes Jennie to lash out. She knocks the lantern off the table and exclaims that she only put on the ring to find her brother. The lantern begins to shoot rays of green energy. The JSA grabs the lantern and takes off to the park, where they will be away from people. Pat follows them and tells Jennie to control her emotions as it affects her power and the lantern. Courtney realizes that Jennie is the lantern. Jennie is charging the ring which is why it worked for her before she found the lantern. Courtney believes Jennie can absorb the energy before it explodes. Jennie picks it up and tells the JSA to leave in case it doesn’t work. Courtney won’t leave and tells her she can do this. The absorption works for a moment before the power explodes across the town, blasting the JSA backward and leaving a giant crater in the ground. Believing they've lost Jennie to the crater, the JSA is left stunned. But floating above the crater, surrounded by green energy and smiling, is Jennie. She happily notes that she can fly now.
The next morning, Courtney wakes up to learn from Barbara that Jennie has left the Whitmore-Dugan household. Courtney goes to the basement where she talks with Pat. She is ready to accept that her life as Courtney needs to come before her life as Stargirl from now on. Pat, while happy to hear that, is forced to admit that Shade, the only ISA member unaccounted for, has returned to Blue Valley. Courtney can barely contain her enthusiasm as she squeals that she'll get her staff. Now feeling vindicated over her feeling of a looming threat in Blue Valley, Courtney dives into researching The Shade. She reads the ISA files and shares some of them with Mike before taking them back.
Courtney and the JSA meet at The Pit Stop to discuss the new threat with Pat, who doesn't know much about the villain other than his power to manipulate shadows. The pair go back-and-forth giving information to Yolanda, Rick, and Beth, who are surprised to learn that Shade killed Charles McNider. Rick raises an interesting question of how they punch a shadow, but Pat still isn't sure. Courtney and Yolanda head to class, where Yolanda begins to experience her headaches again as they've been getting worse. Yolanda confesses that she won't do what she did to Brainwave ever again - she can't. Courtney assures her that it won't come to that as they'll make a plan. Mr. Deisinger calls on Yolanda to answer a question, knowing that she wasn't paying attention. While Yolanda struggles to find the answer, Courtney answers quickly but with a few adjustments. She quips to Yolanda that history is easy when you read the book.
They walk home together where they witness dozens of stop signs falling from the sky. They rush over to find Mike holding a pink pen. He states that he's the new member of the JSA just as Thunderbolt appears to correct they are the newest members. The trio returns to The Pit Stop where they talk with Pat about the arrival of Thunderbolt. Courtney is reprimanded for not disclosing to Pat that she took the pen. She explains that she didn't think anything of it because it was just a pen that she forgot about. He asks Mike to give him back the pen and the team is amused when the pen continues to disappear and reappear in Mike's hand. Pat demands to talk with Thunderbolt alone, so Mike goes outside where he's joined by Courtney. The siblings discuss Mike joining the JSA as he feels ready - like this is his destiny. She is reluctant to bring him into the JSA since Pat doesn't want him to join, but Mike reminds her that Pat didn't want Courtney to join at first either. She convenes with the rest of the JSA to tell Pat the team has decided to let Mike join. Pat is against it at first but the team presses that Thunderbolt could help them find The Shade since they haven't had much luck yet. Pat agrees but it has to be the perfect wish, so they take turns writing and re-writing the wish on the whiteboard until they reach the perfect outcome. Mike makes a wish and Thunderbolt burns a hole in the map where The Shade is hiding.
The JSA, minus a benched Mike, are cleared by Barbara Whitmore before they head to William Zarick's old house in search of The Shade. The team bursts in with Wildcat unsheathing her claws. The Shade merely invites them to sit for tea. Pat coolly dismisses his proposal as they want to know what he's doing in Blue Valley. Shade places Pat's name as the superhero sidekick of Stripesey, and learns that the new hero is Stargirl. He invites them to sit down again as they could do it they other way but he wants the more genteel approach. Dr. Mid-Nite lashes out at him as Shade murdered the Golden Age Dr. Mid-Nite so she doesn't deserve the genteel approach. Hourman pulls her back to stop her from attacking Shade. He calmly responds that she doesn't know what she's talking about.
The team has a reluctant seat at the table but continue to question Shade's motives for being in Blue Valley. He wonders why he would hurt the town, but Wildcat answers that he's a member of the Injustice Society. Shade assures them he did not agree with Jordan Mahkent's plans. He assures them he has no dark design for Blue Valley, and if they stay out of his way, he'll be gone before they know it. As things begin to calm down in the room, Mike Dugan bursts in and makes a wish for Thunderbolt to zap The Shade. Thunderbolt attacks but Shade easily renders the being useless. The rest of the JSA react to attack Shade, but he incapacitates them. He slams Wildcat into her chair once again, ultimately knocking it over. He then straightens it up but keeps her restrained in his shadows. With the team unable to move, Shade tries to take the Cosmic Staff from Stargirl but fails. He then warns them to stay out of his way before he disappears into the shadows.
The JSA sweeps the house and neighboring areas but are unsuccessful in finding Shade. Courtney and Mike return home where they are scolded by Barbara and Pat for being reckless. Courtney defends Mike as his superhero journey is just starting so he's going to make mistakes. Mike knows he messed up and is ready to surrender the Thunderbolt to Pat, giving up his chance for now. He mistakenly wishes the Thunderbolt were in better hands, causing it to vanish just as Courtney tries to stop him.
The next morning, Courtney overhears a conversation between Pat and Barbara where they mention the villain Eclipso. Courtney questions how they know about him, with Barbara and Pat asking her the same thing. Barbara makes Courtney tell them first and the teen admits that she doesn't know much. Beth's goggles told her to be careful as Eclipso is here, but they aren't sure what it means. Pat tells her that Eclipso is a very bad person and can make people see things that aren't there. Barbara worries that Courtney will go rushing in, but Courtney assures her mother that she can handle this. She plans to hit the books with the team after school to learn more about Eclipso. She leaves the house and meets Yolanda at school for breakfast. They overhear Artemis Crock complaining to the lunch lady about the lack of healthy options available. Courtney offers Artemis her apple, much to the girls surprise, though Courtney passes it off as being a peace offering after the incident with the hockey stick. She sympathetically brings up Artemis's parents being incarcerated, but Artemis becomes angry as she believes her parents are innocent. She crushes the apple in front of Courtney and storms out of the cafeteria, leaving Courtney and Yolanda unnerved.
After school, the JSA meet at Richie's Diner where Yolanda is beginning her first shift as a waitress. Yolanda brings Beth and Rick the wrong order which upsets her. Courtney gives Rick a look that makes him admit that chocolate is fine, while Beth adds that Rick can have her whipped cream. Courtney quickly changes the subject to their research, as she's learned a lot about Eclipso, the black diamond, and where it all came from. She and Beth explain through maps and books that the diamond itself is from Diablo Island, a now-forgotten island in the Pacific Ocean, that was removed from maps by 1832, as those who visited never returned. According to legend, there were two waring tribes living on either side of the island. One tribe summoned an evil entity of vengeance trapping it inside the black diamond, which Courtney believes is also Eclipso. Rick wonders how the diamond came to Blue Valley, with Courtney stating that an explorer named Bruce Gordon rediscovered Diablo Island, but when he arrived everyone had been dead for decades. He wrote many books about the island and was the only person who ever returned. She hopes to find books written by him in the used bookstore. They make a plan to meet up later, with Courtney leaving.
She heads to the House of Secrets bookstore and startles the older man working behind the counter. She asks for books about or by Bruce Gordon, but the shop owner isn't sure if he has those and directs her to the general section it would be in. Courtney is searching for the books when Richard Swift's voice calls out to her. He knows who she is while she knows what he's planning. When she rounds the corner he's disappeared to the other side. She confronts him for wanting the black diamond to team up with Eclipso, for reasons she hasn't figured out yet. She and her friends will stop him. He is bored by the scope of her imagination and chooses to ignore her comparison to the team-up of Icicle and Brainwave, calling them incompetent. He appears behind her and snarls that the greatest slight is thinking he wants to conspire with Eclipso. She accuses of him of killing Dr. Mid-Nite which makes him just as bad as Eclipso.
Richard finds what Pat chooses to tell Courtney very interesting, before calling her a poor and diluted child. He tells her there's a difference between bad and evil. He's been called wicked more than once, broken laws, bent a rule, and taken the lives of people who deserve it. He presses that Eclipso killed Dr. McNider's ten year old daughter, something that Courtney didn't know before. When he finds the black diamond he intends to throw it in the deepest and darkest part of the ocean so Eclipso can't hurt anyone ever again. She asks why he would do that and he claims that he's lived so long that he's bored. He tells her to leave this all to him and hovers over her in a domineering way. He then disappears into the shadows while she looks around for him, stunned by the revelations.
Courtney rushes home looking for Pat, and Barbara directs her to the football field. Courtney finds him with the escaped convicts Paula Brooks and Larry Crock. Courtney begins to gesture at Pat from the grass seconds before she is tackled by Artemis and attacked by her. The players pull Artemis off Courtney who is confused over what just happened. Afterward, Pat fills Courtney in on the deal he made with the villains to help them watch the football game in exchange for them breaking back into prison that night. She is hurt he didn't tell her about McNider's daughter, but he wasn't sure how to broach the topic as it's very sensitive and painful. She understands but wants him to be honest with her from now on. The pair head back home, but when night falls, Courtney dons her superhero costume and her Cosmic Staff. It pulls her away from the window to point at her algebra textbooks and the clock, alluding to her needing to study and get up early the next day. She argues that they need to find out the truth since Pat isn't telling them everything. Together, they fly out of the window as she rides the staff over the sky.
She returns an hour past curfew to find Pat waiting for her. His presence startles both her and the staff, making her soothe the staff before putting it down. She confronts him about being in her room but he retorts that she shouldn't have gone out that night. She was looking for Shade as she wanted to team up with him. Pat scoffs at the idea though Courtney reminds him that there's a difference between bad and evil. He doesn't need The Shade to find the black diamond, and shows her the newspaper that lays out the weather patterns. Everywhere else in Nebraska has been nice weather except for Blue Valley. The diamond draws out the darkness in not only people, but places. While he still doesn't know how to find the exact location of the black diamond, he knows they won't be asking Shade for help. He reminds Courtney that Shade has killed people and goes to leave her room. She stops him as she'll abide by the curfew from now on, apologizing for breaking it. He apologizes for not telling her about Dr. Mid-Nite's daughter. She asks him if there's anything else she should know but he assures her there isn't.
The following day, Courtney and Yolanda head to school together. They find Paul Deisinger speaking with Cameron Mahkent outside the class. Courtney happily greets Cameron while Yolanda just stares at him. An awkward silence falls before Yolanda tells Courtney they have important things to discuss like the weather. Courtney agrees and says goodbye to Cameron, heading into the class. The girls are in class as they listen to Mr. Deisinger's lectures. He begins to cough and act strangely, ultimately ending class early, something that Courtney doesn't pay attention too. They walk home to together as Courtney asks Yolanda how her headaches have been. They've been better now that she has something to take her mind off things. Courtney sees Cameron across the street working on his mural. She reminds Yolanda that they can't let the rest of their lives fall apart, no matter what they're focusing on. She tells Yolanda to text her if anything big happens, and the two go their separate ways.
Courtney joins Cameron across the street, complimenting how far along his mural is coming. She loves the colors and asks if that's his father, which it is. A moment passes before Cameron admits he wants to show her something even though it's a bit weird. He usually does still life but has been trying his hand at people. He shows her his sketchbook which has a sketch of Courtney. She realizes it's her and smiles happily. The pair go back to the Mahkent residence where they admire the gardens as Cameron explains it was the selling point for his father. Cameron's both loved the yard so they bought it for the garden. His grandparents want to move away from Blue Valley, but he doesn't as this is his home until he graduates. She asks what his plans are for after graduation. He wanted to go to art school like his mom but after everyone has told him how much his father impacted their lives, being an artist seems selfish. She thinks denying the world of his talents could be selfish too. She turns back to him as he stands closer, and they nearly share a kiss. Their moment is interrupted by Yolanda's incessant texting, alerting Courtney to rapid changes in the weather. She awkwardly admits that she has to go and he worries that the sketches freaked her out. She assures him that isn't the case, even giving him permission to sketch her as many times as he wants. She has to go but he solemnly admits that she did this to him last year. She's always leaving or not showing up. She promises this is the last time but has to go. She gathers her things and leaves the residence.
At nightfall, Stargirl meets with the JSA outside of Blue Valley High School, where the goggles are indicating an electrical disturbance and odd weather pattern above the school. As the group waits for S.T.R.I.P.E., Stargirl sees Paul Deisinger's car still in the lot. She knows he could be in danger and leads the team inside to search for him. They cautiously enter the art room where they find paint splattered across the walls and floors, and frantic nonsensical drawings covering every canvas and blank space of wall. Mixed in with the nonsensical paintings are sketches of the black diamond. The team begins to look through the canvases just as Wildcat begins to experience another headache, though this one leaves her in agonizing pain. Stargirl calls out for Wildcat who is balanced in Dr. Mid-Nite's grasp, until a splash of paint covers her goggles. The door to the art room slams shut as Stargirl looks at a drawing of the black diamond on the wall. It morphs into a face that pushes through the wall. It then spirals upward in a giant black glob of paint. Stargirl realizes it's Eclipso and tells her team to run.
Hourman breaks down the door as they spill into the hallway, however, the team is soon ambushed with paintings of their darkest fears. With Wildcat, Hourman, and Dr. Mid-Nite affected by Eclipso's manipulation, Stargirl is left to face Paul alone. She follows the glob of paint into another hallway, where she finds Deisinger standing there, his body engulfed in the black paint. Before she can react, he throws her aside using a tentacle made of paint. She protects herself from another attack by using the Cosmic Staff to shoot a ray of energy. The two forces collide in middle, though Stargirl is stronger than the paint. She asks Deisinger if he can see the light, and he can, so she tells him to reach out and grab it. He touches his finger to the tip of the Cosmic Staff. His body glows brightly as light fills him, peeling away the darkness of the paint, until all that remains is Deisinger on the floor. He whimpers unconscious over losing his muse, while Stargirl kneels over his body. The JSA meet her in the hall now that they're free from Eclipso's visions.
They retreat to The Pit Stop where Pat tells them Paul is under psychiatric evaluation. Their cover story is that Courtney forgot something at school when she found him. Yolanda remarks that Eclipso made her see things, with Rick adding that it was things that weren't really there. Beth chimes in that Eclipso was working through Mr. Deisinger and it was scary. Pat asks if Deisinger had the black black diamond on him, but he didn't, which means Eclipso's powers are getting stronger as they're spreading beyond the containment of the black diamond.
The next day, she and Pat visit BVHS to examine the damage done to the art room. Courtney discovers a painting of Diablo Island which she thinks has to mean something. The rest of the paintings seem to be of black diamond, nothing that can help them. Cameron Mahkent arrives and questions what they're doing, with Courtney explaining that they volunteered to help clean up. He asks if they know what happened to Mr. Deisinger, but Pat only knows that the man is receiving psychiatric care. Cameron emotionally asks why bad things keep happening to good people in Blue Valley. Before she can answer, Pat interrupts as he's discovered a painting of Cindy Burman holding the black diamond. He and Courtney realize that she has the diamond, with Cameron revealing that Cindy is back in Blue Valley as she tried to talk with him about his father. He asks what Cindy is holding but Courtney and Pat play it off as not knowing why she's holding a diamond. Pat and Courtney quickly explain away their exit, Courtney promises to find Cameron later, and once in the hall, the duo makes a plan to meet up at The Pit Stop with the Cosmic Staff and S.T.R.I.P.E..
Their plan is derailed when Pat is attacked in The Pit Stop and S.T.R.I.P.E. is dismantled. Courtney visits her stepfather in the hospital. Barbara reveals that he has a severe concussion but should be okay. Courtney feels guilty over having split up as she should have gone with him, but Barbara embraces her daughter as it wasn't her fault. As they sit, Courtney gets a call from Mike's phone. Cindy Burman is on the other line threatening to kill Mike if Courtney and her friends don't show up at BVHS by midnight. She plans to get vengeance on Courtney for everything she's done to her, but Courtney argues that everything that happened was Cindy's fault. Cindy reiterates her threat to kill Mike and hangs up. Courtney relays the message to Barbara, but the teen worries she can't handle the fight or save Mike. Barbara reminds her that she can do this and has to be Stargirl for her friends and her brother. She tells her to go get her brother back. With a renewed confidence and a request from Barbara to kick Cindy's ass, Stargirl and the JSA head to BVHS.
They arrive to a tense showdown against Isaac Bowin, Artemis Crock, and Shiv - the newly formed Injustice Unlimited. Stargirl demands to know where her brother is, but Shiv taunts her first, leading to the first blows being delivered. Stargirl and Shiv pair-off as they exchange brutal blows and blasts with their respective weapons. Shiv continues to taunt Stargirl over having Mike prisoner, and Stargirl manages to kick Shiv off a cafeteria table and onto the ground. She turns to see her team being overwhelmed by their counterparts and rides the Cosmic Staff through the cafeteria, taking out Isaac and Artemis so Wildcat and Hourman can gain the advantages. She circles back to Shiv who rolls out of the way. Stargirl and Shiv are soon locked in another battle as Shiv presses her wrist blades against the Cosmic Staff, pinning Stargirl to a wall. As they struggle, a recently freed Mike Dugan bashes Shiv across the head with a toaster. The siblings embrace, but their victory is short-lived when Shiv stands for another ambush. This time, Wildcat is propelled across the cafeteria by Hourman and knocks Shiv away from her team.
Now reunited, Stargirl and her team assemble in front of Shiv and her team, ready for another round. The Injustice Unlimited, however, is badly beaten and barely standing. Isaac meekly reveals that Wildcat destroyed his violin, so Cindy calls him a loser. She decides to do this herself and takes the diamond out of its necklace. Suddenly, The Shade arrives in a wall of shadows that surrounds the JSA and protects them from the light of the diamond. Shade warns Cindy that she has no idea of the power inside the diamond. She knows what she's doing but he scoffs that if she knew what it truly was she wouldn't be using it in a petty teenage rivalry. He instructs her to give him the diamond, triggering Eclipso to take control of Cindy's body, much to her screams to stop.
As Shade battles with Eclipso, Stargirl takes charge and attacks using the Cosmic Staff, against Shade's warnings. Eclipso relishes in the incoming attack. When the staff touches the diamond, it causes the diamond to shatter and Eclipso is set free. The blast causes everyone to fall to the ground, and Eclipso rises in his true form. Stargirl is horrified as she watches Cindy realize Eclipso tricked her and attacks him. Eclipso grabs Cindy's wrists and sneers that they used each other. He tears out one of Cindy's blades from her wrist and throws it at Isaac Bowin, impaling him in the stomach. He then throws Cindy against the wall. Eclipso approaches Isaac and relished in the impurities that he senses. Eclipso then absorbs Isaac's soul, turning his body into ash. Shade holds out one hand to stop Stargirl from intervening. Cindy rises and demands Eclipso remember that she's the only reason he's here. She threatens that she should have kept him in the box she found him and starts to attack. Eclipso causally throws a piece of the shattered diamond at Cindy's feet, and it opens a black portal that produces tentacles that latch onto Cindy. Stargirl lunges for Cindy in an attempt to save her, but Cindy is ultimately engulfed in the vortex.
The Shade antagonizes and attacks Eclipso, who walks through Shade's shadow wall, angrily reminding Shade that his powers come from Eclipso's homeland. He impales Shade with his claws, calling him human, before throwing him aside into the air. Shade teleports away as a result. Stargirl then attacks Eclipso with the Cosmic Staff. He grabs hold of the staff and while it appears to hurt him, he drains the staff of its light and pushes Stargirl to the ground. Eclipso then runs out into the night in an animalistic way, disappearing once he's outdoors. Stargirl pursues him despite Wildcat's screams for her to wait. Stargirl emerges outside with a dimmed staff but Eclipso has vanished. That night, Courtney, Mike, Barbara, and Pat discuss Eclipso's release and what the creature could possibly be planning next. Mike is ready to start his training and Courtney supports his choice.
On July 3rd, Courtney visits the basement to check on the staff which barely whirrs to life at her touch. She doesn't know how to help it recover faster and feels useless. Pat reminds her that they have to take this time to make a plan and wait for the staff to heal itself. As she walks the streets of Blue Valley, she talks with Beth who doesn't know if the goggles can still track Eclipso now that he's out of the diamond. The weather is impossible to track as the conditions are completely erratic over the entire town instead of isolated. She's not having any luck in communicating with Dr. McNider either. She's worried as Pat warned that the voice could be Eclipso, so she doesn't know what's real anymore. Courtney doesn't either but tells Beth to keep looking and to stay safe. Beth returns the sentiment and they hang up.
Courtney feels a tap on her shoulder and instinctively presses the perpetrator against a wall, but quickly releases him when she sees it's Cameron. They exchange apologies for the misunderstandings. He and his father used to set up the town for the fourth of July and he wondered if she wanted to help him hang decorations. They are interrupted by a text message from Mike, who is beginning his training. Courtney wishes him luck while Cameron, now disappointed, understands if she has to leave or is too busy. She pauses but then pockets the phone, taking Pat's advice to try and balance a normal life. The pair walk off together and spend the day laughing and hanging decorations, completely oblivious to the world around them.
At school, Courtney texts with Cameron and they send one another photos of their time together and selfies. Courtney is jostled from her bubble when Yolanda begins to scream in her dream, forcing Courtney to wake her friend in the middle of class. Yolanda runs out and sits in the hall with Courtney, who struggles to console her friend. Yolanda is overcome with grief and guilt over Brainwave's death. She feels haunted by him and explains the visions she's been having. Courtney worries it could be Eclipso, but Yolanda believes it's Brainwave haunting her for her sins - warning her that she'll burn with him in hell. Courtney convinces Yolanda to tell the others what happened so they can deal with it as a team, assuring her that they will understand.
The team is called to the Whitmore-Dugan House, where Yolanda and Courtney reveal the truth regarding Brainwave's death and the part Yolanda played. Rick understands as he would have killed Brainwave too, but she brings up him sparing Grundy's life. He claims his hour was up but she asks if he only spared Grundy because he couldn't do it - because he's a better person than her. He knows she had to do it for the team. He looks to Beth for backup, but Beth isn't sure she can understand or rationalize the murder.
This triggers Yolanda to stand as she emotionally unloads. She knows they aren't capable of doing what she did. She also knows that when they find Eclipso they'll have to kill him, and that burden will land on her because she's the JSA member who kills. She doesn't want them to live with that guilt or know they're a killer in god's eye. She grabs her back and leaves despite Courtney's pleas for her to wait. Beth emotionally apologizes as Courtney looks at her remaining friends. Courtney ultimately follows Yolanda to the church, where she find Yolanda suffering from a hallucination. She uses the Cosmic Staff to awaken Yolanda, who know things won't be okay again.
She didn't want anything but to be left alone but Courtney couldn't do that. She asks why Courtney chose her to be Wildcat because she wasn't supposed to be Wildcat or hurt anyone. Yolanda sobs into her hand as Courtney struggles to console her friend through her own tears. Yolanda emotionally says she's never going to put on the costume again and quits the JSA. She runs out of the church, leaving Courtney alone and in tears. That night, Courtney tries to call Yolanda multiple times but never gets an answer. Mrs. Montez answers the final call to ask Courtney to stop calling. She knows her daughter is off-track because of Courtney and tells her to stay away. Courtney hangs up the phone as she sits on the ledge crying.
On July 4th, Courtney still hasn't heard anything from Yolanda and confides in her family over the loss of her friend and team member. Pat advises that she wait it out and give Yolanda space, but Mike vehemently disagrees as the way to help Yolanda is by defeating Eclipso. They also haven't heard anything about Eclipso, leading them to worry when he'll attack. The doorbell rings and when Courtney answers it, she finds a duffel bag with the Wildcat suit inside.
She puts the suit with the rest of Pat's former superhero paraphernalia in the basement before sitting with the depowered staff. She calls the staff her friend and knows it will never leave her. It tries to warble in response but the response is still rather weak. She becomes empowered to take action, and visits Pat at The Pit Stop as she wants to fix Cosmo. He is confused that she named the staff Cosmo, but she defends her choice as he named S.T.R.I.P.E., though he reminds her that she named it. She shrugs it off as they can't just sit around and hope things will work out. He explains they are doing something by fixing S.T.R.I.P.E. and the staff was designed to fix itself. She still feels useless, so he recommends calling Rick and Beth. As they try to reach Rick, he is in a panic over hunters going after Solomon Grundy in the woods. He begs them for their help and will explain everything later.
Courtney, Pat, and a depleted Cosmo, rush to the woods in search of Rick. They wonder why Rick didn't tell them about Grundy and where the trucks are for the hunters. They catch-up with Rick near the river, where he's screaming at Grundy for killing a little girl in the lake. Rick chases after Grundy while Pat and Courtney wade into the water to check on the girl. Pat brings her to shore and rolls her over. The girl is the body of Rebecca McNider. Her eyes snap open as she laughs before vanishing. Courtney and Pat realize that Eclipso is behind everything.
They rush to the Harris farm where they find Rick assaulting who he thinks is Grundy. They try to stop Rick who is empowered by the hourglass, but can't reach him. Courtney blasts him with Cosmo, sending him flying backwards. The blast is enough to snap Rick out of his state long enough for him to realize he assaulted his uncle, Matt Harris, and not Grundy. Rick tears the hourglass off his neck and smashes it on the ground. The police and ambulances arrive, arrest Rick, and take Matt to the hospital. Courtney and Pat are left helpless as they watch the scene unfold.
The Whitmore-Dugan family prepares for the increasing threat of a storm. They pack supplies while Courtney tells Pat that Rick's hearing was canceled because of the storm. He promises they'll try to help Rick when the storm clears, but she accuses him of knowing the storm won't pass as Eclipso is responsible. She knows Eclipso is getting stronger, and she and Beth will go after Eclipso when they find him. Pat insists they aren't prepared, but Courtney points out that they've never been prepared enough for Pat's satisfaction. She calls Beth to discuss a fight against Eclipso since they'll be down Hourman and Wildcat, but she doesn't see any other choice as they have to do something. Meanwhile, the rest of the Whitmore-Dugan family is targeted next by Eclipso, as he forces them to see their worst nightmares play out in front of them. Courtney struggles to protect her family. She uses the staff to awaken Mike from his shaken state and rushes to find Pat, who is equally affected but locked in the basement. She struggles to break into the basement, and when she does, she finds him on the floor. She places his hand on the staff and awakens him. Courtney asks what he saw, and he reveals he saw Bruce Gordon. She wonders what he hasn't told her, and he finally tells her how the JSA really defeated Eclipso.
They take advice from The Shade, who told them the only way to trap Eclipso was to kill his current host. The team voted to kill Bruce as their families were being targeted by Eclipso one-by-one, all of which was heightened after Rebecca McNider's funeral. Because the majority of the team agreed, the act was committed and Eclipso was trapped back in The Black Diamond. Overcome with a feeling of betrayal, Courtney threatens what her mom will say when she find out the truth. Pat is forced to tell her that Barbara already knows. Courtney runs upstairs where she confronts her mom in the kitchen, leading to a massive argument between the family as Courtney struggles with the deep betrayal and secrets. As they fight, Eclipso watches from the yard, pleased with the destruction he's caused.
As the family argues over the parent's not sharing vital information, Courtney is disturbed that the JSA killed an innocent man. Pat insists it was more complicated than that, but Courtney brings up Cindy Burman and how they didn't kill her when she had the diamond. Suddenly, the lights in the house go out and seconds later, Richard crashes through the kitchen table. He remarks that wasn't his best entrance, but he needs their help. The family helps him onto a kitchen chair as Courtney wonders how he's dying, since he's supposed to be immortal. He explains that even immortals have their weaknesses. He wants to help them defeat Eclipso but Pat is reluctant to trust Richard after everything he's done. Richard is adamant that he's just trying to help the same way he tried to help Pat and the Golden Age JSA all those years ago. Courtney is willing to listen to him and hear his idea, remarking that he's never lied to her. Richard tells them that fusing the shards of the diamond back together will force Eclipso back into the diamond. It will work in trapping the being, but they have to be careful as to not touch the diamond. Mike wonders how they can fuse it, with Richard smiling that they have to use the opposite of darkness - the power of light. Courtney heads to the basement with Pat as she blasts the shards with the Cosmic Staff, but it's still too weak. Pat has an idea that might just work.
The next morning, Courtney prepares to leave with Pat on their mysterious road trip. Mike warns her that the diamond does weird things even without Eclipso inside. He wonders where she and Pat are going, but she doesn't know as Pat won't tell her. She thinks it's because he knows that if he told her then she would go alone. Mike worries about him and Barbara being alone with Richard there and Eclipso lurking around town. Courtney smiles that she has that covered. A few minutes later, Beth enters the house and Courtney proudly states that Beth will look after them while she and Pat are gone.
The road trip is filled with awkward silence, tension, and silent arguing over radio stations. Pat finally says it was better for Courtney not to know what the JSA did to Bruce Gordon. He elaborates that there was a team vote, and the ones who voted to kill Bruce were the ones whose families were being threatened by Eclipso. Pat feels guilty that he didn't stop the team from going through with their plan. Courtney is angry as him not telling her everything left her team without the full story and vulnerable to Eclipso's actions. For instance, Yolanda would have known she wasn't the first JSA member to take a life. Pat didn't want her to look at him differently, but she remarks that it already has. As they drive, Courtney wonders where they're going but Pat doesn't want to tell her. She doesn't want him to shut her out. He finally gives her a newspaper about a green fire that destroyed a federal building. Another green fire destroyed an orphanage a week earlier in Civic City. He knows exactly where he would go if he found himself in trouble in Civic City.
The pair arrive at the JSA's headquarters. Courtney is surprised that the garage is still standing, to which Pat explains that each member of the JSA had a workspace they could retreat too and use. The garage was him and Sylvester's. Courtney looks at the mounted photographs of the team, memorabilia from their active years, and the costumes framed behind glass. She then discovers proof that Jennie has been staying in the garage. Amongst her things are papers for the Helix Institute. The name Todd Rice is on all of the papers, and Courtney realizes that Todd is Jennie's brother that she left to find. She and Pat head to the Helix Institute where the receptionist reveals that Todd isn't there anymore, but Jennie is still in her room.
Once reunited with Jennie, Courtney admits that they need her help. However, Jennie explains that she only broke into the federal building to access Todd's sealed adoption papers, but they wouldn't give them to her. She lost control of her powers and the fire was an accident. She begins to get emotional, her eyes glowing green as she does, but Pat calms her down by talking her through her feelings. Jennie admits that Todd was arrested for shoplifting and that's why he was put in the institute, but she thinks he only got into trouble because he's been looking for her too. She understands that Courtney and Pat need her help, as there's nothing she wouldn't do to protect her family. Courtney looks at Pat as if realizing for the first time why the golden age JSA killed Bruce. The trio leave the institute together and return to the JSA's headquarters.
Pat lays the shards on the floor of the garage while Courtney fills Jennie in on everything she's missed. Jennie is surprised that demons and entities are real, asking if ghosts are the next thing that turns out to be real. Courtney admits that there was a ghost called Gentleman Ghost, but Pat interrupts before she can continue. Jennie apologizes for leaving but Courtney assures her that she's here now and that's what matters. Jennie focuses on the shards and blasts them with her ring. The shards suddenly begin to pull together like magnets, fusing together piece by piece. When the diamond is fused together, the lights in the workshop go dark, forcing the emergency lights on. Courtney grips the staff as she looks around.
Eclipso appears and picks up the diamond. It becomes apparent that Richard lied about the diamond trapping Eclipso. Pat attacks Eclipso with a wrench, but the creature bats him away with minimal effort. Courtney tries to use the staff but it doesn't work as it's still too weak. Eclipso advances on her but Jennie stands between them. She blasts Eclipso with her ring and the power seems to be working as it pushes the creature backward. However, Eclipso resists the power and knocks Jennie into a wall. He glares at Courtney and states that it's to the shadows for her. He throws the diamond at her feet, shattering it in the process, and a portal opens at her feet. Black tentacles appear and wrap around her ankles and wrists, pulling her down. Pat cries out for Courtney as he grabs her hand, trying to keep her from being sucked through the portal. She begs him not to let go but the pull is too strong and Courtney vanishes into the darkness.
Courtney awakens in The Shadowlands in a world that is black and white. It is eerily similar to Blue Valley, though the citizen who greets her move in slow motion. She walks the streets as she sees the theater is temporarily closed. She comes across Richie Rock's Diner where she peered inside. She sees the Zarick family inside laughing and enjoying their time together. The Zarick's welcome her to Blue Valley. Joey revealed his plan to become a famous magician one day. Despite the overzealous laughter, everything seemed normal, though Courtney was aware it was wrong. Joey asked Courtney to pull a card in the exact same recall to their first meeting at Blue Valley High School. She pulled the same card as before, but before she can lie again that he got it right, Joey asked if she would lie again. He realized he would never be a talented magician and knew he messed up the trick. Things began to take a turn in the diner as the patrons advanced toward Courtney while Joey and the Zarick's threw insults. Courtney quickly ran out of the diner and into the next illusion.
She enters the halls of Blue Valley High School where she sees Principal Anaya Bowin and her son Isaac, both of who had been killed during Courtney's escapades as Stargirl. Anaya quips that new kids are always trouble, while Isaac merely misses his tuba. Before they can converse more, Courtney is attacked by Cindy Burman who dons her Shiv costume. The girls fight and Cindy slices Courtney's arm. She then freezes when she sees the blood. She realizes Courtney is actually there and not an illusion, as no one in the Shadowlands ever bleeds. Their reunion is cut short when the illusion of Dragon King appears, ready to torture Cindy more. Cindy promptly shoves Courtney through another door an they land in a little girls bedroom.
In the bedroom, Courtney learns that she is trapped in the Shadowlands. A place of despair and negativity where Eclipso was born. It feeds off the darkness in humanity and torments its inhabitants with memories of all the terrible things they have committed in their life. All the people they've lost and all the mistakes they've made. She warns that Courtney would never survive the place as she's too good. She sees things in black and white but the world is more grey than that. Cindy also presses that there isn't a way out. She hsd seen peoples souls be ripped apart by the things they endure in the Shadowlands. Though, Cindy views it as a personal paradise as she gets to murder her father repeatedly. Courtney, fed up with Cindy's attitude, flees the room once again.
This time, she arrived in a memory. She was in an apartment where her mom prepared to work Christmas Eve yet again. She told a babysitter that Courtney asked about her father again, even though she's the one here and taking care of everything. She had a business degree and dreams, but all that stopped when she got pregnant. Courtney ruined her plans and future. She could have had something better if it weren't for her. Courtney tried to communicate with her mother but the effort was futile. Cindy abruptly pulled Courtney out of the illusion and back into the room of a little girl. Cindy remarked that it sounded as though Barbara was going to wish Courtney wasn't born. The girls eventually argue back and forth before Dragon King arrives with Cindy's mother. She was moved by the sight of her mother and became emotional as she witnessed her younger self speak to her mother. Cindy advanced toward her younger self who was about to hurt her mother, but Dragon King's henchmen arrived and kidnapped Cindy. Courtney ran after her but when she pushed through a door she arrived in an abyss of darkness.
As the shadows consumed her, Courtney was pulled to safety in the JSA headquarters by Dr. Charles McNider, who wore his Dr. Mid-Nite suit. She was shocked to see him but also worried that it wasn't real. He confirmed that everything was an illusion but assured her that he was real. He confirmed his previous communication with her friend Beth. Courtney wasn't convinced so he offered his goggles to show her how the Shadowlands appear without Eclipso's illusions. He asked her to hurry as she put them on. The JSA headquarters faded away to reveal an abyss of darkness and shadows. She returned the goggles and asked how he could bear to look at that for a decade. He admitted that time moved differently, but it was also better than what he heard without the goggles - the screams of his daughter. Over the years, he managed to hack into the real world using his goggles, but he only ever received snippets of news. It wasn't until Beth activated his secondary pair of goggles that he held hope of escaping. He also believed The Shade didn't put him in the Shadowlands on purpose, but rather, in an attempt to save his life and didn't know he had been trapped. Charles than delivered a message to Beth that both he and Courtney were together in the Shadowlands.
Suddenly, the headlights of the Red Rocket Racer turn on and project a screen. The screen slowly reveals Barbara, Pat, and Richard in a movie theater in the real world. Barbara encourages her daughter to come through the portal. Before she does, Courtney realizes that Cindy is still inside the illusions. Charles states that they must move quickly to save her. Courtney assures her mother that she'll be right back. Courtney tried to focus on Cindy in the hopes the Shadowlands would take Courtney to her, but her first attempt was futile. She instead walked into Yolanda's bedroom where she saw her friend sit on the bed with the bible. She looked depressed. Eclipso, in the form of a young Bruce Gordon, greeted Courtney and asked if she wanted to play a game. He tried to make her feel guilt over Yolanda's state, as he assured her this was a real manifestation of Yolanda in the real world. He toyed that Courtney ruined Yolanda's life and made her do horrible things. Courtney refuses to play and left through a bedroom door.
She arrived in the Blue Valley prison where she saw Rick behind bars. Eclipso taunted that the monster was in a cage now because of Courtney. She retorted that Eclipso did that, not her. Eclipso then realized her true feelings toward him and tried to bait her into admitting her hatred of him. She refused and tried to leave again, this time, she walked into the Whitmore-Dugan House. Eclipso stood on the steps and gloated over having hurt her family, friends, and everyone she cares about. He complimented her locket but knew it came from her estranged father. She claimed to be over him but Eclipso knew that wasn't the truth. She felt the same way about Sam that she does about him. He and Sam both hurt Courtney, after all. Eclipso continued to goad her and asked how she about him. She admitted in a whisper that she hated him. He only gave her a twisted smile.
Courtney was then taken to Dragon King's lair in the Blue Valley Tunnels, where she witnessed Cindy be injected with a syringe. Dragon King knew Courtney didn't have her staff and prepared to attack her with a sword. Dr. McNider appeared and told Courtney to ignore him as he wasn't real - he won't have any power if she ignored him. She did just that and Dragon King vanished into smoke as she walked by. She quickly freed Cindy, who was then consumed by an illusion of her dead mother. Courtney told her it wasn't real as Cindy cried for the loss and apologized for having murdered her. When Cindy realized it wasn't real, her mother's body and the body of a young Cindy faded away. The trio hurried to the JSA headquarters where they pushed through the barrier The Shade had created. Courtney pressed through the film first and transitioned from black and white to back into color. Dr. McNider followed soon after, with Cindy having crossed through last. When all three were safely returned, The Shade closed the portal.
Courtney hugs her mom happily and their reunion is tearful. The group, minus Cindy, gathers around a dying Richard who apologizes to Charles for having sent him to that dreadful place. Charles assures his old friend that it's okay. Richard asks Barbara to tell people that he died doing a good deed. She agrees and moments later, he fades away into shadows that disappear into the air. From the stage, Cindy asks if anyone else is ready to kill Eclipso.
Courtney and her family return to the Whitmore-Dugan House to find Buddy eagerly awaiting their return with a fully healed Cosmic Staff. Courtney remarks that the staff is feeling better, smiling at the warbling artifact. Meanwhile, Courtney reaches Beth through the goggles to tell her that she's back in the real world. Courtney hugs her mom happily then sees Cindy watching them. Courtney snaps that Cindy better not trying anything, but Cindy doesn't have an ulterior motive this time. She'll be happy to leave Blue Valley once Eclipso is defeated. She tries to divert the blame to Courtney for Eclipso being freed, since she broke the diamond, but Courtney refuses to be blamed as Cindy is the one who went out for the diamond in the first place. Before Cindy can retort, Barbara intervenes that it was a really bad choice to get the diamond. Cindy finally relents that it was a bad idea. Just then, Beth and Jennie rush back to the house, with Beth happily embracing her friend as she's overjoyed to have her back. Their happiness is cut short when Beth sees Cindy in the entry way. She demands to know what Cindy is doing there, but Cindy is offering a truce until Eclipso is defeated. Neither of the girls want to work with Cindy as she's evil and can't be trusted, though Courtney knows it's a necessary alliance.
Later in the kitchen, Courtney and Pat talk while they watch Cindy eat a sandwich that Barbara prepared. Cindy smiles and tries her best to be nice as she admits to Barbara that the sandwich is good. Courtney ignores the statement and tells her parent's that she's going to talk with Yolanda see if she can convince her to rejoin the team, as they need all the help they can get if they want to defeat Eclipso. Pat states he'll try to get Rick out of prison. Courtney and Barbara wonder why Mike is, to which Pat reveals he's chasing the lightning.
Courtney waits outside the Blue Valley church for Yolanda, who isn't happy to see her former friend. She tries to ignore her but Courtney blurts out that she isn't the only JSA member to take a life. Yolanda turns around walks back to Courtney, asking what she's talking about. Courtney reveals that the Golden Age JSA killed Bruce Gordon to stop Eclipso, including Ted Grant. Yolanda wonders why she's telling her this. Courtney admits that she hopes it will bring her some comfort to know she isn't the first Wildcat to kill, and that it will help her return to the JSA as things haven't been the same without her. She then admits that she hasn't been the same without Yolanda. However, Yolanda bitterly states that it just makes things worse to know Ted Grant was a killer. That she wore the costume of a killer. She angrily states that she will never put that costume one again and stalks off. Courtney is left emotional as she watches her friend leave. Unbeknownst to Courtney, Cindy watches the event from behind a tree line.
As Cindy works reverse psychology on Yolanda to get her back into the JSA, Courtney returns home to have a much needed talk with her mom. She admits that in The Shadowlands, she saw a version of Barbara that said some horrible things she can't unhear. She asks if by having her, if Barbara's life was hard as a single mom. Barbara admits that it wasn't always easy, but she wouldn't trade it for anything. Courtney believes her mom could have had a career, but Barbara states she has one. Courtney means that Barbara could have had a lot more sooner, but Barbara stops her. She assures her daughter that no matter what she could have had, nothing compares to what being Courtney's mother brought into her life. The two embrace as Barbara admits that Courtney can defeat Eclipso - she might be the only one who can. Courtney emotionally admits she misses her best friend.
Courtney heads to the basement where she talks to the Cosmic Staff about the impending fight. She is suddenly joined by Yolanda, who is furious that Courtney is working with Cindy. She states that the girl can't be trusted. Courtney argues that Cindy is just helping them with Eclipso, but Yolanda stands close to Courtney. She snaps that she's only there to protect everyone from Cindy, and once Cindy is gone, Yolanda will be too. She asks if Courtney understands and she nods briskly. Yolanda asks where her suit is. When her back is turned, Courtney silently celebrates her friend's return.
That night, Courtney goes out to the porch where Cindy is sitting. She asks Cindy why she went to see Yolanda, believing it was just her toying with Yolanda to get her to come back. Cindy hesitantly agrees that was her reasoning. Courtney wants to know why she did it. Cindy admits that Courtney has to embrace her dark side - just like she did, Yolanda has, and the JSA did when they killed Bruce Gordon. The only way to defeat true evil is with a little bad. Courtney heads back into the house where she goes to the basement again. This time, she takes out the staff as she prepares for the impending battle. Behind her, Yolanda looks at the Wildcat cowl.
Stargirl, Wildcat, Shiv, and Pat arrive at The American Dream. They face-off against Eclipso and Stargirl sends Pat to find Beth. Eclipso, in his Bruce disguise, conjures up illusions of Ted Grant, a young Cindy, and Pat. With her team distracted by the illusions, Stargirl tries to blast Eclipso, who keeps vanishing. Eclipso reveals he has Beth's parents trapped in a shadowy illusion that'll lead to them killing each other. Beth uses her goggles to see Eclipso in his true form sneaking up on Stargirl. Stargirl blasts him, and all the illusions disappear, including the Bruce one. Now back together, Stargirl realizes that Eclipso wants to bring The Shadowlands to their world, and he confirms her theory. Once the two world merged he can consume all of humanity at once and become a god. the three supers face Eclipso once more. He blasts them backwards with his power but hey quickly recover. Stargirl uses the staff in partnership with Shiv's fighting abilities, allowing them to work together to wound the creature. However, Eclipso throws the heroines out of a window. The staff saves Courtney by keeping her from falling to the ground, though she is weakened by the landing.
He admitted that everything he did - torturing her friends, family, the illusions, it was all so she would admit one thread of darkness inside her. That was all he needed to get his claws in her. Eclipso turned into darkness as he possessed Stargirl, entering her body through her eyes and mouth. Stargirl fell from the hovering stance to the ground. Pat called out to her. She raised her head up and her eyes glowed red. She reached out and grabbed the Cosmic Staff, which reacted to the darkness inside her as it glowed with purple energy. Eclipso spoke through Courtney as he revealed that he now wielded the power of both darkness and light. He could now merge The Shadowlands with this world. He turned to the sky and shot beams of Cosmic Staff energy into the rifts.
Meanwhile, Wildcat and Shiv, who had to pop her bones back into place, agreed to try and take the staff from Eclipso instead of killing the host as the Golden Age JSA had. They descended on Stargirl as Wildcat tried to pull the staff from her hands while Shiv wrapped her arm around Stargirl's neck. Eclipso cackled that they couldn't beat him and easily flung Shiv backward. Wildcat tried to reach Courtney but Eclipso had already taken hold. He shouted that the staff was a conduit for spiritual enlightenment and is creation itself. Only one person can wield the staff. He threw Wildcat aside as he repeated that only one could wield the staff.
Sylvester Pemberton grabbed the staff and smirked that maybe two can wield it. He gripped the staff as Eclipso struggled against his pull. They locked into a battle of will as the staff rose them several feet above the ground. The JSA and their allies watch in awe as the scene unfolds. As they struggle for control over the staff, Sylvester admits to Courtney that he's still catching up. However, if the staff works for her, that means she was chosen for a reason. He tells her to fight the monster inside of her. Eclipso also taunts Courtney by telling her she's unloved, though memories of her friends and family flood her mind. Pat encourages her from the ground as Sylvester pulls at the staff. Eclipso begins to groan and shout before Courtney expels him from her body in a burst of dark energy. Courtney lets go of the staff, letting Sylvester clutch it, and the pair fall to the ground. Sylvester uses the staff to guide himself to the ground, and catches a falling Courtney in his arms. She looks at him in shock before they look over at Eclipso.
The group is joined by other allies as Courtney and her friends, including Sylvester, advance to Eclipso's weakened form. Shade states that Eclipso is in a weakened state, so those who command the light must act fast. Sylvester grips the back end of the staff while Courtney holds the front half, and together, they blast Eclipso. They are joined by Jennie who wields green energy and Thunderbolt who uses pink energy on the command of Jakeem. With their combined efforts, Eclipso is defeated, though Jakeem's wish for Eclipso to "be toast" is taken literally as the creature transforms into a half-burnt piece of toast. After the blasts are over, Courtney turns to Sylvester and introduces herself as Courtney. He smiles as he says his name is Sylvester.
In the days that followed, the young JSA members convene on the Whitmore-Dugan House steps as the town has finally returned to a normal weather state. Yolanda confirms that she's back as Wildcat, much to Courtney's happiness. Later, Courtney talks to Pat in the basement of the Whitmore-Dugan House. She wonders how Sylvester is alive as Pat saw his body, but Pat isn't sure. Sylvester promised to explain it all later. Courtney admits that she's worried he came back to take the staff for himself. Pat doesn't know what the future might hold. She admits that being under Eclipso's control made her realize that there is darkness in everyone - even herself. But there's also a lot of good in people too, and his manipulation made her believe in people that much more. Sylvester descends the basements stairs as he remarks that is why the staff chose her. He admits that he isn't there to take the staff, but rather, offers to show her what it can really do. Elated, Courtney agrees to the mentorship. Pat intervenes that it's great but only after Courtney finishes summer school. Sylvester smirks and says that superheroes don't need school, giving Courtney a mischievous smile that she returns.
As Courtney prepares for her final day of summer school, a knock at the door causes a distraction. Pat answers to find Paula, Larry, and Artemis standing before him with big smiles. They eagerly relay that they bought the house next door and are now neighbors. Pat looks to an astonished Courtney, Barbara, and Mike.
Courtney is an impossibly optimistic person, even from the time she was a little girl, holding out hope that her father would return. She grew into a confident, capable, and rather snarky teenager. She was raised by her single mother and holds her in high regards, having strong morals and a clear sense of right and wrong. Her disposition was greatly affected by her sudden move to Blue Valley, as it caused her to leave behind her support system and friends. She blamed her situation on her stepfather Pat, whose eagerness annoyed her. She showed a flippant and snarky attitude towards him. She has difficulty fitting into the small-town of Blue Valley, a fact that is furthered when she protects herself and Yolanda Montez from the sexist advances of Henry King Jr.. Courtney isn't phased by his intimidating nature and stands up to him. She becomes frustrated at her situation, annoyed, and angry. However, her inherently curious nature leads her to find evidence of Pat's superhero past and ultimately, discover the Cosmic Staff.
Instead of being frightened of the impossible sight of the Cosmic Staff, Courtney demonstrated a curious, brave side of her which was a factor of her succession as the new handler. She was chosen by the staff for her remarkable heart, ability to see the best in people, and enthusiasm to fight for justice. She is unwaveringly loyal to her mother and sought to tell her truth about Pat's past, but was deterred when she saw how happy Barbara was with Pat. She decides to spare her mother that pain and forces Pat to keep the secret of her own heroic journey. Even when things seem lost, Courtney manages to find her way back to this ideology of justice and heroism. She can be overly enthusiastic and naïve to the dangers of being a superhero. It wasn't until a fellow student died that she realized the validity of her actions. Even when faced with grief, Courtney convinces Pat that it was because a child died that they had to continue their mission.
She was forced to work with Pat in her journey to become a superhero. She fought his advice at every turn, and often became injured or endangered as a result. As she searches for people worthy of the mantles, she finds looks beyond Yolanda Montez's hardened exterior to see the good in her. She brings a light, happiness, and sense of hope to the outcast. This becomes a pattern when Courtney learns that Rick Tyler is a legacy of the JSA. She sees past his toughened delinquent exterior to see the hurt boy within. She also doesn't care about pedigree, as she doesn't paint Henry Jr. in the same light as his villainous father when he comes into his powers. She reminds him that, despite the horrific thoughts people might have, they also want to be good and be loved. She is critical in his journey to becoming a redeemed hero.
At times, Courtney's ignorance, eagerness, and stubbornness get the best of her. This eventually led her to be injured in "" after engaging in a fight with Shiv. Despite Pat's warnings and urges to be careful, Courtney can be reckless and even selfish when it comes to her team. With Pat's guidance and her team's patience, Courtney recognizes her actions and tries to improve herself. She places a lot of her confidence in her unwavering belief that Starman is her biological father. She believes herself to be the daughter of a hero, as it's easier to believe her father is a superhero who disappeared during a battle than the truth - that her father was just absent.
Courtney was heartbroken over Henry's death and felt her mistakes outweighed whatever good she was trying to accomplish. At the same time, she was hit with the revelation that her father wasn't Starman but Sam Kurtis, a man with a troubled past. The revelation sent Courtney through a spiral that affected not only her personal life but her life as Stargirl too. She tried to see the good in her father as she had everyone else, but struggled as she wanted to believe his stories despite the hurt he caused. She began to believe him when he promised to be in her life, and they made plans together. She was devastated when she realized that Sam was only after the locket he gave her as it was worth money. She was comforted by Pat and surprised him by hugging the man who had become her father figure despite their difficult past. He held her as she sobbed, a moment that brought them close together.
When the staff went dark in her hands, Courtney lost belief in herself and no longer felt worthy of the title of Stargirl. She feared she put everyone danger over nothing but a fairytale and was ready to give up on her team, Blue Valley, and Stargirl. When Brainwave threatened her family, Courtney was forced to confront her inner-demons and feelings of being an imposter. She had to protect the family she had begun to care for. It took the support of her parental figures before she was able to wield the cosmic staff once more by believing in herself and her worth. As she accepts into her blended family, Pat is brainwashed by the ISA into attacking Courtney. She breaches the mind control by admitting her acceptance of him as her father, even referring to herself as his daughter. When he is freed, she doesn't recant when he tells her he heard what she said. Courtney also accepts Mike as her brother and her teammates as her chosen family.
When the ISA is defeated, she becomes obsessed with fighting crime and patrolling Blue Valley with her team. She struggles to let go of "Stargirl" to focus on the aspects of her life that slipped - including school. She has become a vessel of hope and light despite her momentary feelings of anger or jealousy, especially towards the JSA legacy Jennie-Lynn Hayden. Jennie's arrival stirs Courtney's imposter-syndrome, causing her to act poorly. She apologies and ultimately helps the girl. Courtney has a clear sense of good and evil, something that is challenged with the arrival of Eclipso. She is unaffected by Eclipso's manipulations due to her not being haunted by her past.
She instead, must watch her friends and family be tortured with illusions designed to hurt them. She is also forced to accept an alliance with Richard Swift, a man whose moral ambiguity bothers her. He is the first to tell her there is a difference between bad and evil. However, her ability to see the good in people does not waver as, despite Cindy kidnapping Mike and orchestrating everything with Eclipso, Courtney still tries to save her from almost certain death. Even The Shadowlands were unable to break Courtney's unwavering level of hope and light. What did impact her, is Eclipso taunting her over Sam leaving, having left a hurt that hasn't passed, and compares his actions of hurting her to what Sam did. Eclipso forcing her to admit that she feels hatred for him is the first crack in her good shell.
Courtney is a young teenager whose spunky personality is evident in the way she presents herself. She strongly resembles her mother, with their matching shoulder-length, naturally curly blonde hair, and vibrant blue-green eyes. Courtney has a curvy, athletic, yet petite physique most likely from her time as a gymnast and now as a superhero. She has full lips, a round face, and a fair complexion. According to the A.I. of Dr. Charles McNider, she is 5'2", weighs 108 pounds and has a 120 BPM. She prefers relaxed clothing that is stylish yet comfortable. This includes graphic t-shirts with sayings or flannel with jeans. She wears sneakers for the majority of the time. She is almost always seen wearing her golden locket on a long chain. The locket holds a picture of her father. When she gives up the locket, she opts for the occasional accessory in its place.
When fighting crime as Stargirl, Courtney wears her signature suit.
While Courtney doesn't have any powers herself, she is able to generate abilities through the Cosmic Staff, which only she can wield. The staff chose her as its new wielder, giving her many incredible powers and abilities.
- Abilities via Cosmic Staff: When wielding the Staff, Courtney is granted powers, including the ability to fly while gripping the staff.
- Stellarkinesis: Courtney can create and manipulate stellar energy generated by her Staff to use against her opponents. She uses the energy as blasts against her opponents. The blasts are strong enough to severely damage an average human and destroy furniture.
- Photokinesis: She uses the light generated by her staff to temporarily people or distract them from their task at hand. She most notably used this to distract a school bus of students from seeing S.T.R.I.P.E. This power is also the only known thing that can hurt The Shade.
- Hallucination Negation: Courtney can use the light generated by her staff to counter Eclipso's darkness and free anyone who is also in contact with the staff of his induced visions and hallucinations. Courtney uses the staff to free Yolanda from Eclipso's Brainwave vision. She also uses it to free Pat from his Bruce Gordon vision and Mike from his hallucination of being attacked by Cameron Mahkent.
- Flight: Courtney can fly when using her staff by gripping it and using her body to steer. She either uses one arm to hold the staff, or has been known to sit on it while flying.
- Stellarkinesis: Courtney can create and manipulate stellar energy generated by her Staff to use against her opponents. She uses the energy as blasts against her opponents. The blasts are strong enough to severely damage an average human and destroy furniture.
- Peak Human Condition: Courtney, as a former gymnast, is highly athletic. She is extremely agile and flexible, able to perform flips, aerials, and numerous other acrobatic maneuvers with ease. This allowed her to evade tires and other debris telekinetically hurled at her by Brainwave. Courtney has also shown impressive strength, able to quickly hurl Tigress away with a single kick.
- Master Acrobat: As the former captain of her school's gymnastics team, Courtney is a skilled acrobat and extremely agile. Her gymnastic feats are remarkable and effortless. Her skills are accentuated when she wields the Cosmic Staff, though in her fight against Dragon King, she still demonstrated great acrobatic ability.
- Expert Martial Artist: Courtney is a skilled fighter, being a karate blue belt recipient from an early age, and often incorporating her gymnastic prowess into her fighting style. Courtney proved capable of taking on and besting several of Dragon King's minions with little struggle even before she was able to hold her own reasonably well against the extremely skilled Sportsmaster. Later she was able to fight Cindy on two occasions, even briefly overpowering her in one encounter.
- Expert Staff-Fighter: Courtney has demonstrated great skill in boa-staff fighting as shown in both of her fights against Brainwave. She can also fight using improvised weapons, such as the bat she disarmed from Sportsmaster, or the poker she took from Dragon King's lair and used to kill his minions.
- Sewing: Courtney was able to create her Stargirl Suit from the old Starman suit, demonstrating some form of sewing ability.
- Stargirl Suit: The Stargirl Suit is a protective suit used by Courtney Whitmore as the crime-fighting heroine, Stargirl. She created the suit herself by altering the original Starman suit to fit her form and needs. She often lounges in the suit with the mask after her escapades, showing its comfort and versatility.
- The Cosmic Staff: The cosmic staff is a weapon used by Stargirl to aid in her crime-fighting antics. She has an inexplicable bond with the staff as they understand one another despite the staff not being able to verbally communicate. They work in complete harmony with one another. Courtney believes that not matter what, the staff would never abandon her. It is wielded primarily by Starman and Stargirl, and is a powerful weapon that absorbed stellar energy and employs it to create a wide range of abilities that its wielders use to fight crime. The wielder can also use the staff to fly, perform acrobatic feats, and use it as a bo staff for hand-to-hand combat.
Notes and Trivia
- Courtney is a talented gymnast and was on her school's gymnastics team in California.
- Courtney is 5'2" (157-158 centimeters) and weighs 108 pounds (49 kilograms).
- Courtney is the only main character to have a middle name; Elizabeth.