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Danielle Moonstar: The #10 Greatest Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Steeped in the traditions of her Cheyenne native American background, Danielle Moonstar, or Dani to her friends, is one of those rare individuals born with unique talents that venture into superhuman rank. Yes, that's right, she's a mutant, learning of her special gifts during her teen years.

Although her past is somewhat of a mystery, Dani is recognized as a powerful agent; some of her abilities even put her in a mystical, perhaps mythical status. Aside from once being a creator of illusions with the ability to see visions, she was granted Valkyrie status after facing obstacles  during an adventure in the Norse realm of Asgard. 

But let's understand this: Dani has lost her powers and only recently regained her Valkyrie abilities after making a deal with Hela, goddess of death. To that end, she can sense when someone is about to die and even fight death to keep that person alive. In addition to the Asgardian raiment and weapons, she also has a flying steed named Darkwind, aiding her in travel. (FYI, these powers come and go as Hela now desires.) More...

Dani's union with S.H.I.E.L.D is mostly a brief stint in which she helped them deal with a malevolent group of mutants. Her agreement was to infiltrate the Mutant Liberation Front and expose their plans, eventually destroying them. After this, she resigned; S.H.I.E.L.D. has seen little, and had even less, of her service.

Dani Moonstar was very relevant during the X-Men's takeover of the island known as Utopia and you can see her in this graphic novel. This occurs during the Dark Reign event, in which Normal Osborn becomes in charge of Homeland Security, starting up his own national force known as H.A.M.M.E.R. (Of course, no one ever figures out what the letters stand for.

It also might be interesting for you S.H.I.E.L.D. fans because Osborn has it dismantled.

Besides Danielle Moonstar, you'll see some behind-the-scenes S.H.I.E.L.D action by none-other than Nick Fury himself.

Danielle Moonstar starts off our Top 10 Greatest Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., a TSL countdown list updating weekly.

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