Minerva was an accomplice to Wonder Woman and an expert in dangerous relics. In the possession of a dagger once belonging to a lost tribe of Amazons, she cut herself on it. The dagger changed her, and possessing by the Goddess of the Hunt, making her into a half-cheetah woman. Her claws can also turn Superman into a Cheetah-like being. The origin of the Cheetah is dated back to the San Tribe, who for centuries had hunted alongside the cheetahs and every generation one of their members is chosen to become the host of the Goddess of the Hunt until one day a hunter killed the current host, the knife used to kill her was cursed until it fell in the hands of Minerva. Cheetah was subdued by the Justice League and placed in Belle Reve. However, once there, she made contact with someone, telling him she was where he requested, implying her capture was staged as a part of a bigger plan.
Cheetah was among the supervillains recruited by the Crime Syndicate to join the Secret Society of Super Villains. A vision that Psi shows to Steve Trevor is that Cheetah is in possession of Wonder Woman's lasso and is hiding out in Central Park. When Steve Trevor and Killer Frost arrived in Central Park to look for Cheetah, they end up ambushed by Cheetah and her Menagerie (consisting of Elephant Man, Hellhound, Lion-Mane, Mäuschen, Primeape, and Zebra-Man). Cheetah manhandles Trevor using Wonder Woman’s lasso. Steve Trevor manages to overcome the lasso and explains that Diana could use it only as she was herself truthful and pure. As Cheetah is not that, Trevor manages to get the lasso off and onto Cheetah. While Killer Frost escapes and freezes Cheetah’s Menagerie, Steve Trevor knocks Cheetah out.