Wendy's origin story differs somewhat from the same character in the novel of Peter Pan. This character's background story is not extremely developed, but the most important event of her life was that the parents of her two nephews died some time in the past. Wendy became their sole guardian and eventually came to regard the children as her own.
The character was originally created by J.M. Barrie for his novel Peter Pan. As has become customary for the Grimm Fairy Tales Multiverse, the characters from popular literature novels which resemble fairy tales are adapted into shorter series. As with other adpated characters from literature such as Calie Liddle in the Wonderland series or Mowgli in the Jungle Book, Wendy is more edgy than the original version. Unlike them though the character sticks much closer to her original role in the series, albeit in this case others have changed around her. In this series Pan (representing Peter Pan) is the villain and the hero is Nathan Cross (who is representing Captain Hook). Her first appearance was in Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Neverland #0 in January 2010.
Wendy undergoes fairly little character development in the first series she appeared in, as the character development focused more on Nathan Cross and Tinker Belle. However, she was created as a sufficiently complex character. She is the adoptive parents of her nephews after their parents died unexpectedly. She regards her nephews as her own children even if they do not accept her fully as their parent (they constantly ask her questions about them.) She thus struggles as a single mother for children that she must care for because she lost others important to her as well. This same tension is felt across her appearances.
Major Story Arcs
Wendy first appeared as the single adoptive mother to her orphaned nephews. Early on the relationship is established that she values them very deeply. One night to her amazement and horror she sees a mysterious figure and a fairy at the window of her two nephews who proceed to abduct the two youngsters. Distraught she files a missing person report for them, but she is informed by Doctor Harlow (who works with the police) that they must act quickly as the first twenty four hours are key in finding abducted children. Out of desperation they resort to contacting Nathan Cross.
Long since haunted by his nightmares of his lost brother and left with a missing arm, Nathan has spent life on the wrong side of the law while trying to deal with his grief. While his story sounds similar to Wendy's the doctor decides that they must meet. At first Nathan is reluctant, as he still holds great fear for the events of his past, but after being challenged by Wendy he agrees to undergo hypnosis to see if he can find any secrets which might help her.
What they get though is completely unexpected, as his freed subconscious mind has revealed power which he did not know that he had, and he transports the three of them to Neverland. They set off trying to find answers, guided only by Nathan's intuition, but that intuition leads them to be captured by a group of Native Americans that live there. Meanwhile the malevolent ruler of the realm, Pan, has decided that he wishes the be rid of Tinker Belle as she is no longer of romantic interest to him (though this seemed to be tenuous anyway.) he instead desires Wendy as the Queen of his realm and after trying to solicit Tinker Belle's help she rebukes him, informing she will not help him find another (as she still loves him.) Instead he offers Princess Tiger Lily a deal, that she tell him where the portals are and that her tribe be spared. he gives her some time to think about it, but when he goes to find her answer he finds that Wendy is also there and captured and takes her prisoner. In so doing he kills the Princess's father and makes an enemy of her. Meanwhile Nathan has escaped and seeks to muster support to overthrow the tyrant.
Wendy is taken to the castle where she is imprisoned but offered a deal. If she marries Pan then her nephews lives will be spared. She rejects his offer, eager to find another way, though she is uncertain of what that might be as she is trapped in a cell. Soon Tinker Belle comes to her cell and offers her a bargain, if she leaves Neverland forever then she will be freed, as well as her nephews. Wendy agrees not realizing that it is a trap and she is led to the depths of the castle to be devoured by Pan's monster (which in this version of the story is the Crocodile from the original story.)
Tinker Belle leaves her to her fate, but Wendy succeeds in wounding the animal using some ingenuity and determination. She eventually finds her way back to Nathan who by this point has lost in battle to Pan and has decided to give up again. She refuses to let him give up, and after deciding to go back and face his nemesis they meet up with Doctor Harlow, Princess Tiger Lily and the remainder of her band. The group decide to storm the castle and they determine that the only way in is via the route past the monster. Nathan defeats the monster and the others follow. Meanwhile above Pan is confronted by TInker Belle who tells him that Wendy has escaped. Immediately suspicious he demands to know how she is the only one who knows and reasons that Tinker Belle freed her. The two quarrel but Tinker Belle is soon trapped in an energy cage constructed by Pan. Pan now enraged seeks revenge on Wendy by deciding to kill her nephews. As they resist and fight back as they can, Tinker Belle finally sees what true love is and figures that she never had it with Pan. As the others break into the room they found themselves severely outmatched and on the verge of defeat before Tinker Belle decides on her own revenge by transporting Nathan and Pan to New York City, where Pan is powerless. After a brief battle Pan is defeated and Wendy is reunited with her children. In the epilogue it is revealed that Nathan and the Darlings have become quite close, each filling in for missing family.
After some time, Nathan starts to have dreams again that his brother is alive. Meanwhile a series of horrific murders spread their way around the city. Belle shows up unexpectedly as Nathan is fighting an unknown threat. She is knocked unconscious and left in the care of Wendy. He finds a way back to Neverland and finds it in ruins. It turns out that Barr, who had helped him previously, had simply helped him so that he could regain control of the realms and impose his own form of tyranny on it. Nathan is once again trapped, as are the Tiger Lily's tribe and their sacred child. Barr intends to use the child to draw New York City into Neverland thus feeding his power and he needs Nathan to unlock the power of the child. Barr has also left word that Tiger Lily's people are to be killed. This nearly happens before the timely intervention of Belle, Wendy and the rest of the heroes. Belle is surprised to see Nyx, another fairy, as she thought she was the last one. They fight off this attack and then come to Nathan's aid as he fights off Barr. It is also revealed that Wendy and Nathan are now in a romantic relationship.
Powers and Abilities
Wendy has no known super abilities and furthermore she is not particularly talented in general ways that comic book heroes might be. She has no exceptional hand-to-hand combat ability, nor is she experienced with any particular weapons. What she does possess is a focus which is driven by her determination to save her children. Although she is thus a regular person, this gives her the ability to adapt herself to different situations and to find some way to survive and achieve her goals against the likelihood of defeat.
Other than the character in the original novel, the far more popular and recognized version of Wendy Darling is the character in the Walt Disney animated movie version of Peter Pan. Disney does not hold the rights to the character but does hold the rights to the particular version which they created, but Zenescope's version of Wendy is significantly different.
As with the majority of Zenescope assortment of female characters, the depiction of the character varies greatly between that on the cover and that in that actual stories. The covers often contain gratuitous poses by the females and often also act as homage covers. Conversely the interior contain well conceived and well portrayed female characters. An exception to this are certain Zenescope specials, such as the Grimm Fairy Tales Swimsuit Editions, in which Wendy appeared in 2010.