This page is for the heroic Dr. Light, Kimiyo Hoshi.
For the villainous Dr. Light, see the Arthur Light page.
Doctor Kimiyo Hoshi was a prominent Japanese scientist involved with studying uses of solar power when she was called away from her work to study the cosmic phenomena that was later called the Crisis. The Monitor, knowing that in order to save Superman and defeat the Anti-Monitor they would need another powerful warrior to tip the scales, arranged events so that Kimiyo, while observing the giant red sun Vega, a burst of incredible light occurred and this power engineered by the powerful being called the Monitor, slipped through a warp and struck Dr. Hoshi, rendering her unconscious. When she recovered, she learned she had the power of starlight. This led her to defend her country in a variation of the criminal Dr. Light's costume, and she soon became known as the new Dr. Light.
When the Crisis was over Kimiyo returned to her scientific studies and her family. She made few appearances as Dr. Light and soon was noticed by Maxwell Lord when he started to reorganize the new Justice League. Some weeks after being recruited, Dr. Hoshi was preparing to address the United Nation about her invention: solar storage units that could help undersea agricultural development. The U.N. was attacked by terrorists, and she sent a distress call to the Justice League
She served briefly with the League, but quit when she found out that Lord recruited her without authority. Headstrong and willful, Hoshi felt she was treated without respect for her great powers and disliked being manipulated. This strong, willful personality helped her through school, but has not necessarily made her a lot of friends.
Hoshi gave up being Dr. Light for a time, devoting herself to her studies. Her expertise with meta-humans, though, led her to work with the Japan embassy of Justice League International and even become the leader of the European branch - but her innate arrogance left many of her teammates cold. Even though, she possesses most of the same powers as her villainous namesake, she has labored to establish herself as a hero in her own way.
As a single mother with two young children, Dr. Light is only semi-active in the super-hero business, serving on both the Outsiders and Doom Patrol. A battle with the evil Doctor Light left Kimiyo powerless and close to death but with time she soon recovered.
She was later given a special power suit by the Shadow Cabinet, made from the remains of Arthur Light's battle armor, which helped stabilize her powers. With her powers stabilized, she was able to continue her super hero part time job, including aiding in the fight against the Secret Six and the Crime Syndicate of America
Major Story Arcs
For more information see: Justice League: A New Beginning
Hoshi is preparing to present the United Nation with her invention a solar storage units that could help undersea agricultural development, but her Justice League communicator keeps buzzing. When it finally stops she leaves her office and runs into some men and a woman with guns. They quickly grab her and take her to the UN assemble room where all the dignitaries are being held hostage by John Charles Collins. Hoshi alerts the Justice League via her communicator and waits. She is contacted by Martian Manhunter, who informs her help is there. Then when Batman tries to take down Collins, Hoshi uses her powers to blind everyone else so that Guy Gardner can use his ring to knock out the men with guns.
Later back at Secret Sanctuary Hoshi learns the man who gave her the Justice League communicator was not part of the team, but when Batman asks who the man was Hoshi can't remember. Before Batman can question Hoshi farther, the League gets word that the Champions of Angor are attacking Israel. Batman asks Hoshi to come along and aide the group. When the League comes up against the Rocket Red Brigade, Hoshi uses her powers to stop a Rocket Red without hurting anyone, a feat that impresses Batman.
Later back at the Secret Sanctuary, the League learns that Maxwell Lord was the one who gave Hoshi her communicator. Feeling like she has been played Hoshi storms out, never hearing Lord say that if the League needs Dr. Light they can get Dr. Light.
Doctor Light has direct control over all forms of light sources without relying on equipment. She can manipulate light in any way, shape, or form. She can illuminate a city or burn hole through steel. Channeling her powers, she can fly at great heights and speeds, although she has no form of invulnerability and is subject to windburn. With her scientific research in solar power, she is quite adept at using light in a variety of ways.
Hoshi, however, has never trained in hand-to-hand combat, preferring her powers to do the work for her. This has caused trouble for her in the past, and may limit her effectiveness in the future.
Dr. Light abilities are entirely solar-powered, and she must be in proximity to a light source for her powers to be effective. Were she to be locked in a dark room her powers would quickly fade until she was powerless.
Weight: 105 lbs.
DC Animated Universe:
She has had minor speaking roles in the Justice League Unlimited episodes Epilogue and The Great Brain Robbery. In these episodes she is voiced by Lauren Tom. As well, her history is hinted at in the Justice League Unlimited episode Flashpoint, in which she is seen carrying Superman to safety after he tries to stop the fusion cannon.