Wonder Woman (1987-2006) #175
"Now that’s what I call speed!”
So many kick ass ladies @_@
Mostly posting this sequence for Omen, Jesse Quick, and Rose, though. Grace is pretty high up there too.
I rarely use this to just blog. I’m going to just blog now, so you can all just ignore this if it’s not to your liking.
Warning. Contents under pressure.
So much all of this
A while ago I saw an interview with Patton Oswalt where someone asked him who he would pick if he could have any 5 superheroes on a team. Since then, I’ve been considering the question for myself.
If fortune ever smiled my way and I got to write for existing comic characters, who would I most like to write together? I decided to limit it to DC characters since that’s the comic universe I know best (particularly the pre-New 52 versions). Of course, the trick then was trying not to just recreate the Teen Titans or gailsimone's Birds of Prey because I love every incarnation of those so much. Plus, I decided to make it all female because why not?
I knew I wanted Raven and Rose Wilson’s Ravager because they’re favorites of mine and I’ve enjoyed writing for both before. In my story, though, I’d try to find storylines for them that didn’t rely on Trigon or Deathstroke since both of those wells have been mined pretty deeply. I would love to explore more with Rose trying to find out if her mother is still alive and see Raven become more comfortable with her powers and origins rather than having to fear them all the time.
The third character I knew I wanted to include was Huntress, but that brought about a challenge. I like both Helena Bertinelli and Helena Wayne in different ways, so which to choose? Ultimately I felt having Helena Bertinelli and Rose Wilson on the same team might be a bit too similar a personality dynamic, albeit an interesting one that should put some fear into the villains of the DCU. Plus I started to like the idea of bringing Helena Wayne from the New 52 into the pre-New 52 world and seeing how that dynamic would play out (especially if she and Helena Bertinelli came face-to-face…)
Thinking about a team leader, I decided I couldn’t resist Black Canary. She’s fun, she’s got the seniority, and, after working with Huntress that long and developing a mutual respect and friendship with her, Dinah might even be able to handle Ravager without antagonizing her (as always seems to happen when she’s with the Titans). Plus, having her with Helena Wayne’s Huntress leads to some fun conflicts when she forgets it’s not “her” Huntress. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen her interact with Raven, either, so that could at least be a novel thing to explore too.
Picking a fifth member was the hardest part. There are so many DC ladies I love (Starfire, Troia, Miss Martian, Cassie Sandsmark’s Wonder Girl, Oracle, Lady Blackhawk, the list goes on), but most of them would make the team too many Titans or Birds of Prey. I didn’t want to pick Wonder Woman because I kind of wanted to stay away from the main trinity and give smaller characters a chance. Then an idea struck me that was too fun to pass up:
Lian Harper, daughter of Roy Harper (Speedy/Arsenal) and Cheshire. I know she’s dead, but I remember there was an alternate reality where she grew up and took on the name Red Hood. So, since we’re already opening the door to alternate worlds with Helena, why not have the same thing that pulled her from the New 52 world to the old one open multiple gateways to parallel worlds? Lian’s connected both to Dinah and to Rose, who was her nanny once. Plus, her going by Red Hood in a world with Jason Todd’s Red Hood could be fun. And oh, the drama, with her coming back as an adult/teen after being lost in this reality, yet not being the same Lian…
Once deciding all this, I had to draw the team out and see what they would look like. I didn’t even notice the rainbow effect until I started coloring, but they do look good together. (To complete the effect, I’m tempted to add Oracle’s avatar over the top since I’d have to include her in some respect and I so want to draw/write a version of Babs with all the crazy levels of wireless technology we have now.) My greatest pride with this project is that even two years ago I insisted I couldn’t draw humans. This is the most challenging drawing I’ve taken on involving people and I did it without looking at references except for costume details. (Yes, it shows in some places, but I’m still pretty darn pleased with this.) I may recolor this one day when I’ve learned how to use a digital art medium or decide if I can paint on that small a scale, but for now, colored pencil works. (Oh, and I mixed Lian’s AU costume with her more established appearance instead of the long red ringlets. It’s just how I’m used to seeing her.)
Anyway, that’s my DC team of heroes I would love to write for. Maybe portals start opening up, pulling Helena through first (with Power Girl? Separated from her?) and the Birds of Prey are brought in to deal with it since there’s a second Huntress around now. (BTW, how much would Helena B. love throwing it in Batman’s face that his own daughter becomes the Huntress in another world?) Maybe Raven gets called in to help figure out the portals and Ravager goes with her as back-up/protection and just to give both her and Cassie a break from each other. Then more portals open up bringing Lian into this world, as well as an as-yet-undecided-on villain from another reality (an evil version of one of our established characters?) That chaos would be my starting place, then I’d see where it went from there.
I would read the hell out of this team
I love Rose and Damian together
Teen Titans 91 (2011)
WHAT THE HELL DID I JUST DRAW ???!!!!!
Your Love Life, As Described by Videogames by Coleman Engle.
Taurus can offer you…
So is Isabel Rochev Slade’s daughter as well?
Because it looked as if Slade was almost in tears in that last scene. And it was a very honourable thing to revive her. Oh and the light focus on Isabel revealed Red hair - Rose Wilson’s hair colour..
No, she’s not. Also, Rose’s hair color is white, not red… stupid alternate universe movie version notwithstanding.
1. People who misspell Ravager as “Ravenger”.
2. People who are excited that “Ravager” is appearing on Arrow even when they know it’s not Rose (or even anyone who’s ever gone by that identity before), especially the ones that post pictures of Rose in costume while expressing said excitement (Really, this is like getting excited that Spider-Man is appearing on a show when, instead of Peter Parker or even Miles, it’s some random D-list no name).
3. The Arrow fandom in general.
well I’m officially done with arrow. there was zero point, zero point whatsoever to give Isabel Rose’s Ravager identity. Her costume, her powers, nope, nobody cares about Rose, they just like the costume, doesn’t matter who’s in it. Screw it. Call me if the impossible happens and Rose actually appears on the show at a later date.