Batgirl - Year One #1
Written by Chuck Dixon & Scot Beatty
Art by Marcos Martin & Alvaro Lopez
This is one of my very favorite books!
Because some days you really just need Diana being a stoic badass and SWORDFIGHTING in a BALLGOWN.
DAZZLING DC LADIES MONTH: Kate Spencer, aka Manhunter
First appeared: Manhunter (vol. 3) #1, October 2004
Who is she? Kate’s a brilliant federal prosecutor, a divorced single mother and an at-times ruthless vigilante. Fed up with seeing brutal metahuman murderers escape convictions only to kill again, Kate breaks into an evidence lockup, stealing an assortment of confiscated villains’ equipment and taking on the identity of Manhunter.
Unlike most heroes, Kate doesn’t have a strict no-kill policy. She’s passionate about the justice system and believes that it should always be given the chance to work — but when it fails, and a killer walks free, then she’s ready to step in and take on the role of executioner herself. She’s also fully prepared to play dirty, as former supervillain lackey Dylan Battles finds out when she strong-arms him into joining her cause with the threat of blowing his Witness Protection cover. She struggles to balance her work and family life even before she takes up vigilante justice on the side; after she takes on the role of Manhunter, it turns into a chaotic juggling act and her son Ramsey is the first to suffer from the fallout.
Nevertheless, Kate is an extremely smart, witty and strong-willed woman, who over the course of the series learns and grows from her mistakes. She develops genuine friendships, learns to let others into her life more, works hard at being a better parent to her son, and ultimately finds her place in a legacy hero family.
What can she do? What she lacks in superpowers, Kate makes up for with her quick mind and formidable weaponry. Her suit is a customised Darkstar Exo-Mantle, keyed into her bioelectric signature to grant her enhanced strength, agility and endurance. She wears clawed gauntlets, originally used by Azrael during his time as Batman, and a power staff designed for a previous Manhunter.
Throughout her series, there are subtle indications that Kate might not be entirely without powers. Super strength does run in her family, and she’s repeatedly shown a remarkable ability to bounce back from injuries. Whether this is the result of some latent power or just coincidental is never made clear, though.
Where can I find her?
- Manhunter #1-38
- Batman: Streets of Gotham #1-13 (back-up stories)
- Birds of Prey vol. 1 #100-108, #116-122, #125-126
- Birds of Prey vol. 2 #14-15
Themyscira: Returning Home
After dreaming about bringing Warrior Wonder Woman to life for years, this shoot at the Palace of Fine Arts feels like the zenith of the project. The setting was perfect, the weather beautiful, and the photographer - Andrew Ho - incredibly talented. I actually felt like an Amazon at home on Themyscira.
You can read my costume construction notes for Warrior Wonder Woman here.
These are glorious.
The perfection of this cosplay always just makes be giddily happy every time I see it.
Hold me i might faint from amazement
ommmmmmmmmmmmg Annie Wu is my art goddess.
whoa whoa whoa hold up guys. a strong, independant, witty, not over sexualized, WoC superhero????
can we say HELL FUCKIN YEH!!!!
I love everything about Nissa. I wish to be her.
teleport or “Bounce” as she calls it, she is invisible to sensors designed to detect even Martian Manhunter, possesses a powerful healing factor, learned to blend martial arts with her ability and is extremely useful in a fight able to engage multiple opponents across a room.
Charlotte Gage-Radcliffe lived with her mother and her newborn sibling in an apartment in Metropolis’s worst slum. She never met her father.
Charlie knew she had superpowers from a young age but rarely used them because they made her mother uncomfortable. She was a big fan of the first Batgirl.
The landlord of the apartment building had bribed the safety inspectors. The fire escape had been removed, and the smoke detectors were broken. When a fire broke out, Charlie and her family were trapped in the apartment. In Charlie’s experiments with her powers, she had discovered that living beings didn’t survive teleporting with her - she couldn’t get her family out. In the end, Charlie’s mother made her leave, shouting at her to teleport out. Seventeen people died in the fire. The landlord’s sentence was six months, time served.
Some while later, Charlie surfaced as a crime-fighter in Gotham City, using the Batgirl name and wearing a homemade Batgirl costume, complete with utility belt. This drew the attention of Barbara Gordon who sent out the Birds of Prey to discover who was using her old identity. The Birds laid a trap for the new ‘Batgirl’ in the hopes of confronting her. When Charlie showed up, she leaped into combat, enjoying the chance to go up against the Birds all the while talking as if she’d been their friend for ages.
When they were confronted by a gun-runner seeking revenge for her imprisonment at the Birds’ hands, Charlie teleported in to take a gunshot intended for one of the team. However as the Birds went to Charlie’s assistance, she disappeared.
Charlie reappeared in Oracle’s control room without a scratch on her. She revealed that she’d been in and out of Barbara’s control room on numerous occasions without Barbara’s knowledge and wanted her approval to become the new Batgirl. Barbara tried to talk her out of becoming a superhero and thought she’d succeeded when Charlie agreed to stop being Batgirl.
Charlie popped up again a couple of weeks later, this time using the name Misfit. She tagged along with the Birds on a couple of missions doing what she could to help out.
When Barbara managed to get some downtime she followed up on a tip she’d received from Spy Smasher, which led her to Charlie’s last known address. When Charlie showed up she confessed what had happened to her family and that she was currently homeless. Barbara took her in as one of her team, giving her a home.
Birds of Prey vol. 1
Want her BACK NOW.
She lives with Helena now.
She and Zinda and Kate Spencer see to her training.
I loved Misfit, she was the sort of fun character that you just don’t get a lot of in comics any more.
Nothing like working on YOUR OWN WW and then WB releases a new pic from the next animated movie and teh Tumblr goes crazy!
Sorry that I can’t compete with that!
Anyway re-tooled her armor design, eliminating pointy parts and infusing a subtle ‘W’ into it. Simplified her wrist bands and choker, and added some detailing to her dress.
I think….this’ll be a Wonder’s series inspired by my X-Men. How many…we’ll see.