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Your Top DC Heroes part 27

Written by Chris Mitchell on Thursday, January 14 2010 and posted in Features
An all female batch...

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113. Helena Wayne (24 points)

"One my favourite characters of all time. It a shame DC didn't do with her what they did with Power Girl."

Dunno much about her, but any offspring of Batman and Catwoman can't be that bad at all. Amiright or amiright??

During the Silver Age of Comic Books, Huntress was Helena Wayne, the daughter of Batman and Catwoman from Earth-Two created by Paul Levitz, Joe Staton and Bob Layton. Helena was trained by Bruce and Selina Wayne and she became an extremely talented athlete. She went to college and once she graduated, she joined a law firm that was run by Dick Grayson. One day a criminal blackmailed Selina into becoming Catwoman again, and she died as a result. This caused Helena to become determined to bring in the criminal that was responsible for her mother’s death to justice.

She created her own costume made up of materials from her parent’s equipment. She also picked up her trademark weapon, the crossbow, from them. Helena set out to find the one responsible and would eventually be successful. She then decided to continue her career as a crime fighter and took up the code-name Huntress. Helena eventually became a respected hero and received an offer to join the Justice Society of America. During her time in the Justice Society, she met Power Girl, and the two of them became best friends soon after. During Crisis on Infinite Earths, Helena was killed when she tried to save the lives of some children. Eventually her entire history would no long exist, along with the rest of Golden Age/Earth-Two heroes.


112. Mary Marvel (24 points)

marymarvel.jpg"Loved her in "Formerly Known as the Justice League."

This one was written up by the other non Legion outsourcer, so take it away: Sweet little innocent Mary Batson became Mary Marvel when she was instructed to say the word SHAZAM by a giant talking tiger that used to be a teddy bear and saved her brother who couldn’t speak at the time. Due to being twins, both teens can access the power of SHAZAM. Although not as strong or durable as Captain Marvel, she is far faster and more agile. She was created by Otto Binder in 1942, almost ten years before he created Kara Zor-El, the arguably more popular ‘teenage female spin-off’ for DC. Although now know as Mary Marvel, over the duration of the popular Power of SHAZAM ongoing, she was actually equally Captain Marvel alongside her brother and was referred to as such.

When the wizard Shazam was killed by the Spectre in Day of Vengeance, Mary was flying three miles up at the time, and the wizard’s death severed her tie to the power, causing her to free fall and wind up in a coma.

Then Countdown happened and she went evil. It doesn’t matter how, it doesn’t matter why. She went evil. Countdown sucked and was wrong at every possible turn.

Then Final Crisis happened and was amazing. In Final Crisis, it is revealed that Mary is being worn by Desaad, Darkseid’s god of torture and degradation. In turning Mary from virgin white princess to latex wearing, pink haired punk freak, Grant Morrison is showing us the utter ridiculousness of comics, yes, shit like this happens, and some times, you’ve got to roll with it because it’s stuff like this you know is going to be changed back to status quo by the end, and indeed, Freddy Freeman, the current champion of SHAZAM (the power, not the wizard, that’s important later on in another article) saves her by forcing her to relinquish the power.

Then Geoff Johns fucked things up by having her be evil for no fucking good reason, then she lost her powers, now she’s searching for the wizard who is alive and PISSED OFF. Also, in between Power of SHAZAM and Trials, she joined the Superbuddies, and that was pretty awesome. More please in ’10, yeah?


111. Vixen (24 points)

vixen.jpg"Though I've not read much of her outside JLA and her recent mini, I like her abilities and apparent self-confidence. Glad to see it looks like DC's going to try and up her profile in the near future."

Vixen possesses the Tantu Totem, which magically enhances or helps Vixen control her innate animal mimicking ability. In the past, Vixen has mimicked the telepathic and physical abilities of Gorilla Grodd, the flight of a hawk, the swimming ability of a dolphin, the speed of a cheetah, the echo-location of a bat, the wall-crawling of a spider, the jumps of a cricket, the constriction of an anaconda, the strength of a bull elephant (12 tons), the senses of a wolf, the agility of a monkey, the debilitating shock of an electric eel, the regenerative abilities of earthworms, and the ability to spit venom like a spitting cobra. She has even been shown to be able to channel the powers of extinct animals, such as the saber-toothed tiger, domestic animals like the Doberman pincher and even humans. She has on occasions drawn pure energy from the morphogenetic field and displayed this energy as a force field . Vixen has razor sharp claws. These claws and durable enough to rend wood, fabrics, and even some soft metals and cinderblock.

Recent adventures have caused a shift in Vixen’s animal mimicking abilities, to the point that she is no longer able to mimic the abilities of animals. She can now only temporarily endow herself with the powers or weapons of other superhuman beings within her immediate vicinity. Vixen has used her power to successfully mimic the null-gravity ability of Geo-Force, the superhuman speed of Jay Garrick, the electro-magnetic powers of Black Lightning, the alien powers of Superman and the energy of Green Lantern’s ring.

It is unknown if there is a time limit on how long Vixen can retain the abilities of other super humans or if there is a limit on how many abilities she can mimic. There does seems to be a limit on how far Vixen can reach for super human abilities, as she was unable to switch Black Lightning abilities for those of Superman. It should be noted, that without the totem, Vixen’s natural scanning range is about 150 feet.






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