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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