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Relative Heroes is a six issue limited Comic Book DC Comics series published in 2000. It was written by Devon Grayson, with artwork by Yvel Guichet, Aaron Sowd and Mark Propst.

Relative Heroes follows the newly orphaned Weinberg children, Joel, Cameron, Tyson and Aviva, and Aviva's babysitter Damara Sinclair as they travel across the country from Berkley to Metropolis in their parent's Winnebago to ask if Superman can somehow save their parents. The Weinbergs are chased by Social Services and, to their surprise, the D.E.O., various law enforcement agencies and a member of the Greek pantheon. They quickly learn that Damara had more compelling reasons to run away from home than wanting to support their efforts to revive their parents, and that their adoptive brother Cameron has a more complicated past than any of them would have guessed.

For their character sheet check the Young Justice Characters Sheet under Allies.

Relative Heroes provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: Both Temper and Allure are handy in a fight despite their entirely civilian backgrounds.
  • Adopted to the House: Well, adopted to the Winnebago. The Weinbergs welcome the runaway Damara to join them as they go on a road trip fleeing the authorities.
  • Adults Are Useless: They don't consider all adults to be useless seeing as they're traveling across the country to ask one a favor but they have a lot of trouble with most of the adults they come across in the series.
  • Ambiguously Brown: The antagonist Kittyhawk. Her brother Napalm doesn't help matters as his skin is a metallic gold color.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: Damara is not pleased about the deal her mother made with a Greek god, and "Cameron" finds himself opposed to his parents' entire race when they show up as antagonists invading the earth.
  • All Your Powers Combined: Cameron can copy the powers of everyone within his range, which makes it convenient for him to be traveling with a group that contains three meta-humans.
  • Arranged Marriage: Calandra Danners arranged for her infant daughter Damara to receive supernatural good looks and other "charms" from Eryx in exchange for Damara's hand in marriage on her seventeenth birthday.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Aviva really is the baby sister of most of group and they all treat her accordingly.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Joel is protective of all his siblings wether adoptive or biological.
  • Bishie Sparkle: Allure is always surrounded by small multicolored sparkles as a side effect of her "charm".
  • Blessed with Suck: None of the kids that have powers actually like them, Tyson feels ignored and the ability to turn invisible does not help, Aviva has a violent temper and has to worry about her potentially fatal powers acting up when she's upset, Damara never knows who likes her for herself instead of her "charm" and has the concern of how her abilities that she has no control over effect the way those around her act, and Cameron is ambivalent about his power copying.
  • Cleavage Window: Allure's costume has two though one is too high to really show any cleavage the other gives a gratuitous shot of underboobs, making it rather obvious the thing was a gift from the same individual who bestowed her "charm". Technically she's wearing another layer underneath the one with the cutouts but it's always drawn as so transparent and vacuumed to her form that it's usually difficult to tell.
  • Compelling Voice: Part of Allure's power set includes a mild compelling ability.
  • The Dog Is an Alien: Surprise, Cameron's plant he named Chloe is not a plant at all but one of the Es who landed on earth alongside him and after thinking plants were the dominant life form chose their appearance. She eventually is able to change her appearance to humanoid.
  • Don't Split Us Up: The original reason the siblings decided to avoid authorities, they knew they wouldn't be able to stay together especially since those with powers are more work for a potential new family so they're not going to take in three of them.
  • Emotion Bomb: Those in Allure's presence are enamored with her.
  • Everyone's Baby Sister: Aviva is the baby sister of her team as it's made up of her siblings and her babysitter. When the Weinbergs help with the invasion of Zandia several members of Young Justice help make sure to keep her out of the line of fire or at least behind forcefields and bulletproof individuals since she is incredibly young for a superhero, even when compared to the rest of the group which is almost entirely made up of teenagers.
  • Form-Fitting Wardrobe: The whole team's super suits, though most notably Allure's skin tight under-layer
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: Cameron learns that this is what his human appearance is, he chose a human form because they seemed to be the dominant life form on the planet and therefore he wanted to look like one to interact with them.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Young Aviva usually keeps her hair in twintails.
  • Glamour: Essentially what Allure's power is.
  • Happily Adopted: Cameron and Tyson before Oren and Deborah's deaths.
  • Homeless Hero: The Weinberg kids are on the road and on the run.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Joel is the only member of the team that actually wants to be a traditional superhero and is also the only one without any powers whatsoever.
  • Impossibly Cool Clothes: Blindside has sleeves that are essentially strips of cloth stretched from his shoulder to wrist which should just flap in the breeze rather than fit to the side of his arm like they actually do. The only possible explanations are that he's using his invisibility abilities on part of his sleeves at all times or it's a side effect of the outfit's mystical origin .
  • Impractically Fancy Outfit: Allure wears a multilayered costume that includes a floor-length dress, multiple fluttery sleeves and two cleavage windows for fighting in which should get caught on things and get in her way all the time.
  • Invisibility: Tyson can turn invisible.
  • Living Aphrodisiac: The heroine Allure has this power though she cannot control the desire she inspires in others.
  • Loophole Abuse: Damara is able to get out of her engagement to Eryx by exploiting the exact words of the deal her mother made with him.
  • Magic Contract Romance: Eryx enchanted Damara in return for her hand in marriage.
  • Monochromatic Eyes: Antagonists Kittyhawk and Napalm have solid white eyes.
  • Most Common Super Power: When you give a Greek god influence over their future wife's appearance it's only to be expected.
  • Pheromones: Damara has mystical magic pheromones which make her seem irresistibly attractive.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Temper's super-suit is pink and white and the antagonist Kittyhawk has a pink and black suit with a pink helmet and pink cape.
  • Power Copying: Omni can copy the powers of those in his vicinity.
  • Promotion to Parent: Joel following his parents's deaths.
  • The Runaway: A bunch of newly orphaned siblings and a babysitter take their parent's RV on a trip across the country to avoid having child services split them up.
  • Run Away Hide Away: The kids have a mobile one in the RV and eventually work their way to their grandfather.
  • Seeks Another's Resurrection: The siblings are seeking out Superman to see if they can somehow revive their dead parents Oren and Deborah.
  • Sensual Spandex: The under layer of Allure's super suit that the over layers have cutouts to is skintight and transparent.
  • Shock and Awe: Temper has electrokinesis.
  • Sibling Team: The only member of the team that's not a sibling is Allure.
  • Super-Cute Superpowers: Allure's powers manifest by giving her sparkles, making her hair float in a non-existent breeze and giving her a pink aura.
  • Super Family Team: A family of metahuman superheroes, and the superpowered babysitter of the youngest member.
  • Superheroes Wear Tights: Despite being an undead ancient Olympian Eryx seems to be aware of this as the costumes he magics up for the group are all form fitting spandex numbers, though Allure gets a layer over her tights.
  • Superpowerful Genetics: Tyson has the ability to turn invisible and thinks he's decedent from the Golden Age hero the Invisible Hood, though that character's invisibility was due to a mixture he soaked his outfit in.
  • Team Title: Relative Heroes.
  • Token Minority: Tyson is African American while the rest of the kids appear to have European ancestry, although the other adopted Weinberg Cameron has a last name that is a common surname in some American Indian tribes he turns out to actually be extraterrestrial in origin.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Cameron learns he is not human, rather being a member of the extraterrestrial race the Es.
  • Two Girls to a Team: Allure and Temper are the two girls on the five person team.
  • Unpleasant Parent Reveal: Allure suffered one which caused her to join the Weinbergs on their road trip.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: The Weinbergs' parents are dead and they had to leave home to avoid having Social Services split them up as it places them in new homes.