30 Day DC Challenge -Day 4: Who is your Favorite Female Villain

Bryce Wayne (The Drown)

Universe: Earth – 11

Creators: Scott Snyder · Greg Capullo

First App: Dark Days: The Casting #1 (Sept, 2017)

Don’t be the victim who drowns. Don’t sink with the rest. Be active. Rise up, … reclaim the light, … and be the one who does the drowning

 The Batman Who Laughs

I was going to choose Catwoman, but technically she’s not a villain. However, recently a new character has been introduced to the DC Universe. Bryce Wayne is the Batwoman of Earth-11, also known as The Drowned and she is one of Barbatos Dark Knights. She became a crime fighter after her boyfriend Sylvester Kyle is murdered by metahumans. She became a murderer as a result. After a year she had killed all the super-powered beings on land. Aquawoman arrives to offer a treaty, however, it’s a hoax and war breaks out. Bryce sides with the surface and defeats the Atlanteans, including killing Aquawoman with her own trident.

To get revenge, the Atlanteans “drown” Gotham City. Bryce performs several surgical and genetic procedures on herself. She was able to “imbuing her human form with vast biochemical augmentations, such as the ability to breathe underwater, heal faster, and bolster muscular, skeletal and bodily tissue density, along with the capability to perform a type of dark hydrokinesis which could corrupt and convert those fighting against her into ravenous sea beasts under her command.” With the trident, she was able to conquer Atlantis, then drowned the rest of the world.

The Drowned is a vengeful mass-murderer that has a tragic backstory. She also has cool abilities and her appearance is a combination of epic and hideous. I loved her “destroy them all mentality” and was strangely on her side throughout her war with the Atlanteans. She doesn’t really say a whole lot and it’s difficult to gauge her personality, but I was instantly hooked on her story, appearance and abilities.

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30 Day DC Challenge -Day 3: Who is your Favorite Male Villain

The Joker

Universe: Prime Earth

Creators: Jerry Robinson · Bill Finger · Bob Kane

First App: Detective Comics Vol 2 #1 (Nov, 2011)

“C’mon Bats, get crazy. It’s the only way to beat me!”

Batman: Arkham Asylum, 2009

I can’t tell you how much I love the Joker. He’s a terrible monster that is a criminal mastermind with a sadistic sense of humor. I love him. I can’t quite put my finger on why. There are probably worst villains in DC (in terms of murders) but the Joker stands out. He loves to create chaos. Unlike most villains, the Joker likes to kill in the “funny” ways. His pasts is as unclear as his mental state. Was he a failed comedian. A mob enforcer. How did he get his skin. The most common story suggests that he fell into a ” tank of chemical waste which bleaches his skin white and turns his hair green and lips bright red; the resulting disfigurement drives him insane.” Regardless, the Joker likes to strike at the mind of his victims, at least before he murders them.

Art by Alex Ross

The Joker is considered to be the antithesis of Batman. He believes that Batman hasn’t killed him because he “makes Batman better.” They’re polar opposites, the extroverted, loud, colorfully dressed and chaotic Joker, compared to the introverted, silent, and disciplined Batman. Both are highly intelligent and like Batman, the Joker doesn’t possess any superpowers. He defines himself through conflict between him and Batman. When he believed Batman died he tried to lead a normal like, but returned to his normal self when Batman reappeared. He has expertise in chemical engineering, that he uses to develop his many toxins. The most important characteristic of the Joker is his insanity. He lacks empathy and the ability to determine right from wrong.

In A Serious House on Serious Earth, he is described as “capable of processing outside sensory information only by adapting to it.” This allows him to create new personalities based on what which one would benefit him the most. This has been described as the Joker being “super-sane.” It has been on occasion been speculated that the Joker isn’t actually insane, but simply pretends to be. His alleged “insanity” has made him immune to the Spectre’s judgement. According to Batman it’s impossible for the Spectre to successfully judge him if the Joker doesn’t know right from wrong. Overall, I find the Joker to be hilarious. Maybe it’s how he’s characterized, the tone of his voice and his iconic laugh. He also has a knack for memorable quotes.

A lion doesn’t pass judgement on a gazelle. Cancer doesn’t pass judgement on a brain. I’ve been saying this all along. Evil doesn’t exist. There are only actions. We got to the same place–the top of the food chain–just on different paths. Mine was more fun.

The Joker

30 Day DC Challenge -Day 2: Who is your Favorite Female Hero

Wonder Woman (Diana)

Universe: Prime Earth

Creators: William Moulton Marston · Harry G. Peter

First App: Flashpoint Vol 2 #5 (October, 2011)

History

Like Batman, Wonder Woman is a typical choice. However, I like who I like right. A founding member of the Justice League, she first appeared in All Star Comics #8. Since 1941, a Wonder Woman title has been published except for 1986. Diana is the Princess of Themyscira. She was father less, given life by Zeus. To blend into society she adapts the name Diana Prince. Like most comic book characters, Wonder Woman’s story has changed numerous times.

Powers and Abilities

Diana is a masterful athlete, acrobats, fighting and strategy. She has been trained in several ancient forms of armed and unarmed combat. Of course being blessed by the Gods means that Diana is incredibly powerful. She has superhuman strength, superhuman speed, invulnerability, immortality, flight, healing factor, divine wisdom (basically the ability to learn quickly), agility, and stamina. most of her powers are generic for the most powerful DC characters. I think almost ALL DC characters can fly somehow. However, it is rare for a female superhero to possess this much power, which makes Wonder Woman unique.

Art by Alex Ross

Weapons and Equipment

Like Batman, Wonder Woman has many iconic weapons and equipment. Her lasso of truth is the most famous. The lasso forces people to tell the truth, it can “restore people’s lost memories get rid of illusions or cause illusions to those it holds and heal the holder’s body cure insanity and protect people who are in close proximity to it from magical attacks.” Occasionally, the lasso’s powers don’t seem to be taken seriously or it’s not that effective. She also has her “bracelets of victory,” that like the lasso are indestructible and can be used to deflect, “projectiles, blades, punches, or even Darkseid’s Omega Beams).

In animated series, Diana is often presented as stern. However, she can have moments of humor and is always ready for a fight. Wonder Woman is probably more popular today than she was a few years ago, due to the movies. She is often ranked high among the greatest comic book superheroes of all time. Wonder Woman is by far my favorite female hero.

30 Day DC Challenge -Day 1: Who is your Favorite Male Hero

Batman (Bruce Wayne)

Universe: Prime Earth

Creators: Bill Finger · Bob Kane

First App: Flash point Vol 2 #5 (October, 2011)

At the risk of being cliche my favorite male hero has to be Batman. He is one of the most storied comic book characters in his story. A billionaire industrialists that became the protector of the city of Gotham, Batman is one of the best superheroes in DC comics. Born to the wealthy doctor Thomas Wayne and his wife Martha, both of whom were murdered by Joe Chill. This experience mark the turning point in his life, Bruce decided that he will spend his life fighting crime.

Bruce is one of the best fighters in DC. He trained with Chu Chin LU and Tsunetomo, two master martial artist from the Far East. In the Himalayas, he trained with Shihan Matsuda, where he learned to use a katana. Bruce also learned “the arts of stunt-driving, invention, and intimidation.” He also numerous abilities:

  1. Acrobatics
  2. Archery
  3. Aviation
  4. Business Management
  5. Disguise
  6. Computer Hacking
  7. Driving
  8. Firearms
  9. Genius Level Intellect
  10. Investigation
  11. Multilingualism
  12. Stealth
  13. Tactical Analysis
  14. Tracking

Batman also has a number of cool gadgets (he seems to have one for everything) and vehicles. His Batsuit is iconic, made out of Kevlar and minimum titanium. This makes his suit bullet proof and resistant to explosion, impacts, falls and fire. He has a Utility Belt that contains a numerous amount of useful items. From ” plastic explosives, nerve toxins, batarangs, smoke bombs, a fingerprint kit, a cutting tool, a grappling hook gun, torches, and a “re-breather” breathing device.” He also has a ring made out of kryptonite entrusted to him by Superman.

Batman in the hands of different writers can range in his moodiness, his willingness to engage in violence and torture. Some writers believed that he would never kill others like Frank Miller’s Batman did kill if necessary. Overall, the reason I love Batman is his personality. He simply doesn’t care what anyone thinks and does what ever he wants or needs to do. Furthermore, because he’s human his ability to fight against and along side super-powered beings is impressive. He also has to use a combination of his wealth, intellect and strategy.

30 Day DC Challenge

Two weeks ago I finished the 30 Day Marvel Challenge, I had fun doing it and it was well received by you guys. Anyway, while I prefer Marvel to DC, I still love DC comics. I’ll start the challenge tomorrow. There are several different versions so I picked the questions I found the most interesting and combined them into a list of 30:

The 30 Day DC Challenge:

Day One: Tell us who is your Favorite Male Hero?

Day Two: Tell us who is your favorite Female Hero ?

Day Three: Tell us who is your Favorite Male Villain?

Day Four: Tell us who is your Favorite Female Villain?

Day Five: Do you have a favorite Team or Group of Heroes?

Day Six: There are a lot of Green Lanterns, do you have a Favorite Green Lantern?

Day Seven: Who do you feel is the Most Underrated Hero?

Day Eight: Do you have a Least Favorite Hero?

Day Nine: Do you have a Least Favorite Villain?

Day Ten: Are there any Civilian Characters you like?

Day Eleven: What is your Favorite Live Action DC Movie?

Day Twelve: What is your Favorite Live Action DC Show?

Day Thirteen: What is your Favorite Animated DC Movie?

Day Fourteen: What is your Favorite Animated DC Show?

Day Fifteen: Which character or characters would you Love to see get Their Own Movie or Show?

Day Sixteen: Do you have a Favorite Villain team or association?

Day Seventeen: Do you have a Favorite DC Comic Book?

Day Eighteen: What’s your Favorite quote from a DC character?

Day Nineteen: What is your Favorite Canon DC Pairing?

Day Twenty: What’s your Favorite alternate version of a DC superhero?

Day Twenty-one: Favorite City?

Day Twenty-two: Favorite Superhero Hideout?

Day Twenty-three: Favorite Sidekick?

Day Twenty-four: Superheroes have a lot of Costumes, which Costume was the Worst?

Day Twenty-five: Which DC character has the worst powers?

Day Twenty-six: If you could have any DC Character’s powers, Which Character’s Powers would you want?

Day Twenty-seven: Which hero has the Coolest set of Villains?

Day Twenty-eight: Do you have a Favorite DC graphic novel?

Day Twenty-nine: Who do you think the most powerful being is in the DC universe?

Day Thirty: Best DC Event?