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DC Women Kicking Ass

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Oct 28 '10

O is for Oracle. Oracle is the codename of Barbara Gordon who kicks ass both online and offline. Barbara Gordon, who formerly fought crime under the name Batgirl, took the name to disguise her identity when she worked with Amanda Waller’s Suicide Squad. Oracle is an information jockey able to move, find, hide and use data  like no one else in the DCU. After her initial outing as a member of the Suicide Squad, Oracle began assisting other superheroes including Robin and Azrael. Oracle also served as a member of the Justice League. In addition to being an information broker to the superhero community at large, Oracle also runs her own team the “Birds of Prey”. While a number of the superhero community know Barbara Gordon is Oracle, her identity remains a mystery to others including Renee Montoya. Oracle was named by Business Week as one of the 10 smartest superheroes.

O is for Oracle. Oracle is the codename of Barbara Gordon who kicks ass both online and offline. Barbara Gordon, who formerly fought crime under the name Batgirl, took the name to disguise her identity when she worked with Amanda Waller’s Suicide Squad. Oracle is an information jockey able to move, find, hide and use data like no one else in the DCU. After her initial outing as a member of the Suicide Squad, Oracle began assisting other superheroes including Robin and Azrael. Oracle also served as a member of the Justice League. In addition to being an information broker to the superhero community at large, Oracle also runs her own team the “Birds of Prey”. While a number of the superhero community know Barbara Gordon is Oracle, her identity remains a mystery to others including Renee Montoya. Oracle was named by Business Week as one of the 10 smartest superheroes.

Jul 11 '10
B is for the kick ass Batgirl known as Stephanie Brown. Who would have thunk it? Stephanie Brown, one of the most shit upon characters in DC ending up wearing the cowl? The woman who writers had knocked-up, fired, yelled at, told she wasn’t good enough, scapegoated, killed and denied the basic right of every Robin?  I’m sure when Dan DiDio announced the return of a Batgirl book in 2008 he wasn’t thinking about Stephanie Brown. He was planning on Barbara Gordon, “the character in it’s most iconic form”, to return to the tights. But when that plan fell apart and with a deadline looming, they went with Stephanie.
My expectations frankly were low. But Bryan Q. Miller made me love Steph. Steph who guiltily took her best friend’s cowl and snuck out on her mother to fight crime, finally, as a Bat. And who got nabbed and lectured by Oracle over waffles for hitting the streets using Babs’ former identity and then got Babs to train and mentor her. Steph, whose inner monologues are never inner — a superhero who hilariously and sardonically narrates her own adventures.
This a character who is growing in skill and confidence right before our eyes. She’s not perfect, or polished or even very coordinated at times. She really is the “everywoman” as hero.
And that’s the charm of the character. She’s constantly underestimated by others so it’s a delight to see her get off on herself for being competent and good. Her constant non-heroic banter (“crap!” is a favorite reaction) puts the reader on her side so we get a vicarious kick when she hits the mark.
Stephanie Brown. A Batgirl by happenstance but maybe the most endearing one of all.

B is for the kick ass Batgirl known as Stephanie Brown. Who would have thunk it? Stephanie Brown, one of the most shit upon characters in DC ending up wearing the cowl? The woman who writers had knocked-up, fired, yelled at, told she wasn’t good enough, scapegoated, killed and denied the basic right of every Robin?  I’m sure when Dan DiDio announced the return of a Batgirl book in 2008 he wasn’t thinking about Stephanie Brown. He was planning on Barbara Gordon, “the character in it’s most iconic form”, to return to the tights. But when that plan fell apart and with a deadline looming, they went with Stephanie.

My expectations frankly were low. But Bryan Q. Miller made me love Steph. Steph who guiltily took her best friend’s cowl and snuck out on her mother to fight crime, finally, as a Bat. And who got nabbed and lectured by Oracle over waffles for hitting the streets using Babs’ former identity and then got Babs to train and mentor her. Steph, whose inner monologues are never inner — a superhero who hilariously and sardonically narrates her own adventures.

This a character who is growing in skill and confidence right before our eyes. She’s not perfect, or polished or even very coordinated at times. She really is the “everywoman” as hero.

And that’s the charm of the character. She’s constantly underestimated by others so it’s a delight to see her get off on herself for being competent and good. Her constant non-heroic banter (“crap!” is a favorite reaction) puts the reader on her side so we get a vicarious kick when she hits the mark.

Stephanie Brown. A Batgirl by happenstance but maybe the most endearing one of all.

Jul 10 '10
B is for the Batgirl Cassandra Cain who kicks ass somewhere but not currently in the pages of a DC Comic. Cass was conceived and raised to be the world’s greatest assassin by her father. To give her the “language” of fighting to best read her opponents moves, she was raised in isolation and wasn’t taught to speak or read. She committed her first murder when she was eight years. Driven to redeem herself she showed up in Gotham and saved Jim Gordon’s life when her father attempted to kill him. Dedicating herself to the ways of the Bat, she was given a costume by Batman and became a member of the Bat clan while being raised as Oracle’s ward. Her biological mother, Lady Shiva, has popped into Cass’ life on several occasions to fight her to the death. Cass’ desire and fight for redemption was rebuffed by an incredibly stupid storyline where she become a villain and head of the organization she was originally bred to serve in. Following that, and with Bruce ready to adopt her she began working with his Outsiders group. When he died, Cass gave up her cowl to her best friend and disappeared. Despite having one of the most interesting origins of any cape, despite having unique challenges to overcome, despite being one of the few Asian faces in DC and despite being one of the most talented fighters and martial artists in comics, Cassandra Cain hasn’t been seen as an opportunity for good, meaningful story telling by DC for years. Rumor has it that she may return in a new title by Billy Tucci. I hope that’s true.

B is for the Batgirl Cassandra Cain who kicks ass somewhere but not currently in the pages of a DC Comic. Cass was conceived and raised to be the world’s greatest assassin by her father. To give her the “language” of fighting to best read her opponents moves, she was raised in isolation and wasn’t taught to speak or read. She committed her first murder when she was eight years. Driven to redeem herself she showed up in Gotham and saved Jim Gordon’s life when her father attempted to kill him. Dedicating herself to the ways of the Bat, she was given a costume by Batman and became a member of the Bat clan while being raised as Oracle’s ward. Her biological mother, Lady Shiva, has popped into Cass’ life on several occasions to fight her to the death. Cass’ desire and fight for redemption was rebuffed by an incredibly stupid storyline where she become a villain and head of the organization she was originally bred to serve in. Following that, and with Bruce ready to adopt her she began working with his Outsiders group. When he died, Cass gave up her cowl to her best friend and disappeared. Despite having one of the most interesting origins of any cape, despite having unique challenges to overcome, despite being one of the few Asian faces in DC and despite being one of the most talented fighters and martial artists in comics, Cassandra Cain hasn’t been seen as an opportunity for good, meaningful story telling by DC for years. Rumor has it that she may return in a new title by Billy Tucci. I hope that’s true.

Jul 9 '10
B is for Batwoman who kicks ass fast and hard in her red boots. Batwoman  is Kate  Kane a  former U.S. soldier who now defends the streets of Gotham. Batwoman  was inspired by Batman who showed up just as Kate was finishing off a  mugger. To complement her military training she pursued additional  training for two years before returning to Gotham to put on the cowl.  Batwoman is backed up by her  father Jake, another former soldier, who takes care of Batwoman’s  arsenal of weapons. Batwoman has teamed up with the JLA, Batman and The  Question, Renee  Montoya, with whom Kate has had a relationship.  I adored Greg Rucka’s Detective run starring Batwoman and can’t wait  for J.H. William’s book to debut.

B is for Batwoman who kicks ass fast and hard in her red boots. Batwoman is Kate Kane a former U.S. soldier who now defends the streets of Gotham. Batwoman was inspired by Batman who showed up just as Kate was finishing off a mugger. To complement her military training she pursued additional training for two years before returning to Gotham to put on the cowl. Batwoman is backed up by her father Jake, another former soldier, who takes care of Batwoman’s arsenal of weapons. Batwoman has teamed up with the JLA, Batman and The Question, Renee Montoya, with whom Kate has had a relationship. I adored Greg Rucka’s Detective run starring Batwoman and can’t wait for J.H. William’s book to debut.

Jul 8 '10
B is for Batgirl and Barbara Gordon the kick ass old school, original and in IMHO best Batgirl ever. Barbara Gordon didn’t become Batgirl because of tragedy. She became Batgirl because she wanted to help others. Sure her origin may involve a costume party and a chance meeting with a 3rd tier rogue, but her reaction, her ability, her joy at taking down a bad guy? That was a part of this cop’s daughter and librarian that was just waiting to be unleashed. Batgirl worked with Batman and Robin and regularly teamed up with others include Supergirl. Barbara finally hung up the cowl to focus on her daytime career. The decision of whether she would put it on again was taken from her when the Joker shot her one night. The redheaded, spunky Batgirl is the most iconic version of the character. Despite more than 20 years having gone by since the character appeared in comic continuity, Babs!Batgirl regularly appears in issue flashbacks, toys and figurines and most recently as a playable character in the Batman Lego video game. I just love this character.

B is for Batgirl and Barbara Gordon the kick ass old school, original and in IMHO best Batgirl ever. Barbara Gordon didn’t become Batgirl because of tragedy. She became Batgirl because she wanted to help others. Sure her origin may involve a costume party and a chance meeting with a 3rd tier rogue, but her reaction, her ability, her joy at taking down a bad guy? That was a part of this cop’s daughter and librarian that was just waiting to be unleashed. Batgirl worked with Batman and Robin and regularly teamed up with others include Supergirl. Barbara finally hung up the cowl to focus on her daytime career. The decision of whether she would put it on again was taken from her when the Joker shot her one night. The redheaded, spunky Batgirl is the most iconic version of the character. Despite more than 20 years having gone by since the character appeared in comic continuity, Babs!Batgirl regularly appears in issue flashbacks, toys and figurines and most recently as a playable character in the Batman Lego video game. I just love this character.

Jul 8 '10
B is for Black Canary II who kicks ass as a Bird of Prey. Dinah Laurel Lance was raised around superheroes. Her mom, Dinah Drake was the original Black Canary and a member of the Justice Society. Dinah Laurel answered the call of the cape when she was 19 as a founding member of the Justice League of America*. There she met her long time on-again, off-again boyfriend Oliver Queen, the Green Arrow. Eventually she left the Justice League to join Oliver in Seattle where they lived for several years. Their relationship, however, eventually dissolved. Oliver then died leaving Dinah in grief, broke and without purpose. She was selected by Oracle, Barbara Gordon, to become an operative in her crime fighting initiatives. Canary and Oracle were true partners and were only separated by the return of Oliver Queen and the call of the JLA. Dinah left the Birds of Prey to marry Oliver and to assume the leadership of the League. Both relationships faltered and Dinah has now returned to Oracle’s side on the Birds. Dinah is one my favorite characters - she is the epitome of a DC woman who kicks ass.
*this may or may not be in continuity

B is for Black Canary II who kicks ass as a Bird of Prey. Dinah Laurel Lance was raised around superheroes. Her mom, Dinah Drake was the original Black Canary and a member of the Justice Society. Dinah Laurel answered the call of the cape when she was 19 as a founding member of the Justice League of America*. There she met her long time on-again, off-again boyfriend Oliver Queen, the Green Arrow. Eventually she left the Justice League to join Oliver in Seattle where they lived for several years. Their relationship, however, eventually dissolved. Oliver then died leaving Dinah in grief, broke and without purpose. She was selected by Oracle, Barbara Gordon, to become an operative in her crime fighting initiatives. Canary and Oracle were true partners and were only separated by the return of Oliver Queen and the call of the JLA. Dinah left the Birds of Prey to marry Oliver and to assume the leadership of the League. Both relationships faltered and Dinah has now returned to Oracle’s side on the Birds. Dinah is one my favorite characters - she is the epitome of a DC woman who kicks ass.

*this may or may not be in continuity

Jul 7 '10
B is for Big Barda the kick ass Female Fury from Apokolips. Barda was created by the legendary Jack Kirby for his “Mister Miracle” series. Trained by Granny Goodness to serve Darkseid, Barda met and fell in love with Darkseid’s adopted son Scott Free. They married and escaped via a Boom Tube to Earth where Scott trained as an escape artist and became the superhero “Mister Miracle”. Scott and Barda make an interesting couple. She’s very tall (much more than 6’) while Scott is shown as about a foot smaller. She is definitely the alpha in the relationship and he adores her. And they are extremely affectionate and incredibly hot for each other. “On the stairs, on the floor, on a towel by the door” hot for each other.  Whether it’s battling fellow Female Fury Knockout, serving with the JLA, playing Pokemon or running a household in the suburbs, Barda attacks everything, Megarod in hand, with the same gusto and focus. Barda’s last stint at superheroing was with the Birds of Prey. Sadly, Barda was killed in the “Death of the New Gods” although she and Scott were seen alive at the end of “Final Crisis”. Apparently she’s now part of Grant Morrison’s sandbox. Grant and DC, please bring Barda and Scott back.

B is for Big Barda the kick ass Female Fury from Apokolips. Barda was created by the legendary Jack Kirby for his “Mister Miracle” series. Trained by Granny Goodness to serve Darkseid, Barda met and fell in love with Darkseid’s adopted son Scott Free. They married and escaped via a Boom Tube to Earth where Scott trained as an escape artist and became the superhero “Mister Miracle”. Scott and Barda make an interesting couple. She’s very tall (much more than 6’) while Scott is shown as about a foot smaller. She is definitely the alpha in the relationship and he adores her. And they are extremely affectionate and incredibly hot for each other. “On the stairs, on the floor, on a towel by the door” hot for each other.  Whether it’s battling fellow Female Fury Knockout, serving with the JLA, playing Pokemon or running a household in the suburbs, Barda attacks everything, Megarod in hand, with the same gusto and focus. Barda’s last stint at superheroing was with the Birds of Prey. Sadly, Barda was killed in the “Death of the New Gods” although she and Scott were seen alive at the end of “Final Crisis”. Apparently she’s now part of Grant Morrison’s sandbox. Grant and DC, please bring Barda and Scott back.

Jul 6 '10
A is for Artemis a kick ass fierce fighter who once bit off her own pony tail to escape her prison. A member of the Bana-Mighdall  tribe, Artemis first came to prominence when her people attacked Themyscrira and were then forced to defend it against Circe’s demons. Her bravery made her a natural choice to compete in a contest to find a new Wonder Woman. The contest, an attempt by Queen Hippolyta to bypass a vision she had Wonder Woman’s death, put Artemis temporarily in the star-spangled bathing suit. While possessing the bravery required for a Wonder Woman, Artemis struggled in the position on a number of other fronts. Let’s just say the job didn’t come naturally to her. Artemis died while Wonder Woman thus fulfilling the prophecy. But since this is DC she came back to life after a quick trot through hell. Artemis was later named as a co-leader leader of a united Bana-Amazon tribe when the monarchy was dissolved. She played a key role in the Amazon’s attack on the US and was apparently captured and then imprisoned. She freed by Wonder Woman and Jeanette during a Secret Six arc. Artemis is one of my favorite characters. She is loyal, blunt, brave, passionate and has the best hair of any woman in DC.  I think she’d be perfect for the new Wonder Woman run. Hear me JMS? Oh, and if you want to read more about Artemis this is a really good article.

A is for Artemis a kick ass fierce fighter who once bit off her own pony tail to escape her prison. A member of the Bana-Mighdall tribe, Artemis first came to prominence when her people attacked Themyscrira and were then forced to defend it against Circe’s demons. Her bravery made her a natural choice to compete in a contest to find a new Wonder Woman. The contest, an attempt by Queen Hippolyta to bypass a vision she had Wonder Woman’s death, put Artemis temporarily in the star-spangled bathing suit. While possessing the bravery required for a Wonder Woman, Artemis struggled in the position on a number of other fronts. Let’s just say the job didn’t come naturally to her. Artemis died while Wonder Woman thus fulfilling the prophecy. But since this is DC she came back to life after a quick trot through hell. Artemis was later named as a co-leader leader of a united Bana-Amazon tribe when the monarchy was dissolved. She played a key role in the Amazon’s attack on the US and was apparently captured and then imprisoned. She freed by Wonder Woman and Jeanette during a Secret Six arc. Artemis is one of my favorite characters. She is loyal, blunt, brave, passionate and has the best hair of any woman in DC.  I think she’d be perfect for the new Wonder Woman run. Hear me JMS? Oh, and if you want to read more about Artemis this is a really good article.

Jul 6 '10
A is for Arrowette who kicked ass with Young Justice. Cissie King-Jones was raised by her mom to be a superhero as she had once been. As a young woman, her Mom Bonnie had once helped out, and even dated, Green Arrow. Making her debut in Impulse’s book, Cissie was pushed hard by her Mom to the point that her mother lost custody of her. Cissie then joined Young Justice where she became good friends with Cassie Sandsmark. After she came close to killing the person who murdered a close friend, Cissie hung up her costume. Later she saw glory as an Olympic archer. She remains retired.

A is for Arrowette who kicked ass with Young Justice. Cissie King-Jones was raised by her mom to be a superhero as she had once been. As a young woman, her Mom Bonnie had once helped out, and even dated, Green Arrow. Making her debut in Impulse’s book, Cissie was pushed hard by her Mom to the point that her mother lost custody of her. Cissie then joined Young Justice where she became good friends with Cassie Sandsmark. After she came close to killing the person who murdered a close friend, Cissie hung up her costume. Later she saw glory as an Olympic archer. She remains retired.

Jul 6 '10
A is for Atlee who kicks as as Terra. The good Terra, not the bad Terra. Atlee is from the subterrian world of Strata. Sent as an ambassador to Earth, her skills mimic those of the original Terra and she took that name on the urging of Terra’s brother. Atlee has two goals. She wants to do good and to assimilate into Earth society. But she’s like a rambunctious young puppy — completely delightful but still in need of a little training. Helping Atlee out is her BFF Karen Starr, aka Power Girl. Peej and Atlee regularly team up and when done kickng ass they hang out together watching videos, shopping and going out to eat. They are a cute pair. Atlee’s also worked with the Teen Titans and has had her own mini. I love Atlee, she’s adorable.

A is for Atlee who kicks as as Terra. The good Terra, not the bad Terra. Atlee is from the subterrian world of Strata. Sent as an ambassador to Earth, her skills mimic those of the original Terra and she took that name on the urging of Terra’s brother. Atlee has two goals. She wants to do good and to assimilate into Earth society. But she’s like a rambunctious young puppy — completely delightful but still in need of a little training. Helping Atlee out is her BFF Karen Starr, aka Power Girl. Peej and Atlee regularly team up and when done kickng ass they hang out together watching videos, shopping and going out to eat. They are a cute pair. Atlee’s also worked with the Teen Titans and has had her own mini. I love Atlee, she’s adorable.

Jul 2 '10
Z is for Zatanna the most magically kick ass woman in the DCU. The daughter of a stage magician and a sorcerer, Zee, as she is known, spent the first part of her life trying to find her family. Her search brought her into contact with various members of the JLA, a group she was later asked to join. Zatanna has several powers which she exerts by speaking backwards. She divides her time between being a superhero and an entertainer and regularly works the stage in her home town of San Francisco and Vegas. Zatanna’s most challenging moments have come when she’s been asked to use her powers for questionable activities. Years ago Sue Dibny, wife of her colleague Ralph Dibny, was raped. Zatanna, with the agreement of other JLA members, performed a “mind wipe” on the rapist Dr. Light. She did the same to Batman, a childhood friend, who caught her and her fellow JLA members in the act. The repercussions from this literally haunt Zee to this day as seen in the most recent issue of her new book. In the past Zatanna has been a supporting character showing up in other characters’ books or as a team member. Both Grant Morrison and Paul Dini, however, have shown interest in her. Morrison had her star in his Seven Soldiers and Dini has featured her in a one-shot, Detective run and is now the author of her new book. tsuM eb eht stenhsiF

Z is for Zatanna the most magically kick ass woman in the DCU. The daughter of a stage magician and a sorcerer, Zee, as she is known, spent the first part of her life trying to find her family. Her search brought her into contact with various members of the JLA, a group she was later asked to join. Zatanna has several powers which she exerts by speaking backwards. She divides her time between being a superhero and an entertainer and regularly works the stage in her home town of San Francisco and Vegas. Zatanna’s most challenging moments have come when she’s been asked to use her powers for questionable activities. Years ago Sue Dibny, wife of her colleague Ralph Dibny, was raped. Zatanna, with the agreement of other JLA members, performed a “mind wipe” on the rapist Dr. Light. She did the same to Batman, a childhood friend, who caught her and her fellow JLA members in the act. The repercussions from this literally haunt Zee to this day as seen in the most recent issue of her new book. In the past Zatanna has been a supporting character showing up in other characters’ books or as a team member. Both Grant Morrison and Paul Dini, however, have shown interest in her. Morrison had her star in his Seven Soldiers and Dini has featured her in a one-shot, Detective run and is now the author of her new book. tsuM eb eht stenhsiF

Jul 1 '10
W is for Amanda Waller who kicks ass, takes names and I think might actually rule the world. Play along with me for a minute. You see a cape, doesn’t matter which one could be Batman could be anyone. They are walking down a hallway. They open a door and there sits Amanda Waller. What’s your first thought? If you’re like many readers it’s probably, “Oh shit, it’s the Wall.” Because when Amanda Waller shows up, you are screwed. She made her debut in John Ostrander’s Legacies and then moved into his Suicide Squad. Barbara Gordon got her start as Oracle working for Waller. Waller has also been a Queen in Checkmate and was recently revealed to be the mysterious “Mockingbird” who pulls the strings on Gail Simone’s Secret Six. Amanda holds a rare role in the DCU — she’s a POC and a person of size. But above all Amanda is a force to be reckoned with and one of the best villains in the DCU. The character was recently featured on “Smallville” and will also be in the new Green Lantern movie. Unfortunately in both cases the actresses chosen to play Waller, Pam Grier and Angela Bassett, are very talented but not truly able to fill Waller’s uniform.

W is for Amanda Waller who kicks ass, takes names and I think might actually rule the world. Play along with me for a minute. You see a cape, doesn’t matter which one could be Batman could be anyone. They are walking down a hallway. They open a door and there sits Amanda Waller. What’s your first thought? If you’re like many readers it’s probably, “Oh shit, it’s the Wall.” Because when Amanda Waller shows up, you are screwed. She made her debut in John Ostrander’s Legacies and then moved into his Suicide Squad. Barbara Gordon got her start as Oracle working for Waller. Waller has also been a Queen in Checkmate and was recently revealed to be the mysterious “Mockingbird” who pulls the strings on Gail Simone’s Secret Six. Amanda holds a rare role in the DCU — she’s a POC and a person of size. But above all Amanda is a force to be reckoned with and one of the best villains in the DCU. The character was recently featured on “Smallville” and will also be in the new Green Lantern movie. Unfortunately in both cases the actresses chosen to play Waller, Pam Grier and Angela Bassett, are very talented but not truly able to fill Waller’s uniform.