Characters with Freaking Cool Superpowers [1/??] - Monica Rambeau: Control Over the Electromagnetic Spectrum
"You know what else is that fast? X-rays. Microwaves. Gamma radiation. Anything on the electromagnetic spectrum. Anything I can be.”
Rachel Cole-Alves character introduction post
Marine Sergeant Rachel Cole returned home from her second tour of duty to marry Daniel Alves. He and the rest of her family were gunned down in crime-ring crossfire at their wedding reception; Rachel comes out of critical care to discover all her loved ones are now dead.
Rachel soon takes a similar approach to that of Frank Castle: hunting down everyone in the crime world connected to the massacre. She and Castle cross paths (mafia vengeance-killing is a small world, evidently); Castle, upon discovering that she is a fellow Marine with a similar story, takes her on as an ally and protege. (Cue the most heartwrenching, least uplifting pep-talk in the history of everything. “The dead don’t feel,” he tells her—she must forget her love for and grief over her husband if she is to be effective in avenging his death.)
Her story touches on the themes of vengeance, love, redemption—there’s a flicker of hope and an internal struggle she faces when Daredevil offers her an alternative to a life obsessed with revenge.
Alves is eventually arrested, tried for murder and—because of her refusal to help the authorities find Castle—found guilty on all counts. Castle breaks her out and, in a last-ditch effort to ensure she goes free, stays behind to face the Avengers while she escapes.
The last we see of Alves, she is in the white-skull vest and has taken over the mission of a now-imprisoned Frank Castle. She is, for all intents and purposes, the Punisher now.
WHERE TO READ HER:
Punisher vol. 8 (2011) and
Punisher War Zone (2013),
both by Greg Rucka and both staggeringly, heartbreakingly good.
Mighty Avengers #8, by Al Ewing & Valerio Schiti
I had a brain fart today. Though I’m pretty sure someone else has thought and done something a lot better about it.
She-Hulk #1 (2014)
I love seeing this sort of hero worship
Space-queers missing from the space-hero movie. Phyla-Vell—fuckin’ Protector of the Universe, and her girlfriend Moondragon, who can punch you in the face with her mind.
(Art by Brad Walker)