Unwilling villains & mothers trying to save them

I've noticed a theme. It's in the subject line: unwilling villains and the mothers who try to save them.  Equinox and his mother Margay Sorenson, Proteus and Moira Mactaggert.  Not so much the mom thing with this one or the villain thing, but Liz Sherman.  
 
Basically characters whose powers are out of control. I guess Jean Grey/Pheonix sort of falls into that category.
 
Any other examples of this would be awesome!

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Poor Nightcrawler....

poor little Kuuuhhht Vaaaahhhgnuhhh.


Baby Nightcrawler... Mystique is about to throw him into a river.

His whore of a mother, Mystique, throws him over a freaking waterfall as an INFANT (btw - how many kids did she pop out and/or adopt over the years???) - so he comes into the world dealt a bad hand.

SPEAKING OF BAD HANDS - his actual hands look like mittens.  That's gotta suck.

Oh yea... he's blue. with yellow eyes. and has a tail. where does it end for this guy?

I forgot.  His half brother founded The Friends of Humanity... pretty much the equivalent of the mutant KKK.


Graydon Creed & Nightcrawler



and he spent most of his life traveling with the circus after Margali takes him in but ends up accidentally killing the only brother he knows in the world - which pretty much ruins that deal for him.

I want to cry for him - but he finds God and overcomes it all - learns to forgive and somehow doesn't hate humans (who are terrified of him) and didn't end up a villain.

X-Men: The Animated Series
So I call worst luck for Nightcrawler.  Wouldn't want to be at that family reunion once you throw in Rogue and Sabretooth ... and everyone else.
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ANT!

She's a bad bitch!  is there any other criteria????



She's beyond sexy - her superlife is a coping mechanism she uses to deal with her shitty childhood....



She's just pure unadulterated awesomeness boiled down to its most potent form....



and she has her own series - which got more and more ADULT as it progressed. no complaints here.


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Fox News should never report on comics again....

Check this out: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,483544,00.html



This is the picture they use!  I'm speechless.

The article is called "Captain Obama... Is it Time For a Black Superhero?".  That title alone is red flag enough, but it gets worse.  Here are some of the most egregious errors I found.

" Robert J. Walker is the creator of Delete, one of the only black female superheroes in comics..." <--- This statement isn't misguided.  It's false and the result of a lack of research.  The author, S.E. Cupp, obviously didn't even use Google as a verification tool and that's the least that could have been done.

Even more maddening was this: " Before Obama won the presidency, blacks were largely implausible as superheroes, Craft said. "  Again, an unfounded and speculative statement in an article that many will read and accept as hard journalism.  For each of the 140+ Black Female Superheroes (and other peripheral female comic book characters of color), there are at least 4 male counterparts - and that's a fact.

The article as a whole was laughable and the rest of the thinking world seems to agree.  I have ‘black female superheroes’ on my Google Alerts so whenever the phrase appears on the internet, I get an email.  Today, after this article was published, several blogs responded to this erroneous and ill-considered article, several of them linking to my personal blog, where I have over 100 Black Female Superheroes profiled.  Check out Fox getting ripped a new one:

http://forums.comicbookresources.com/showthread.php?t=254764

http://www.audioshocker.com/2009/01/27/fox-news-claims-there-are-only-a-few-black-superheroes


and this from Fox yesterday: 'Leading Artist Say Obama Makes Room For New Black Superheroes' - which makes a helluva lot more sense.
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,482836,00.html


Fox News needs to hang it up or insure that their staff works harder for their paychecks... we're in a recession.

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My idea for a new 'concept' - need suggestions & help

I'm new to Comic Vine - getting the hang of things (still don't know if they points system has a purpose or is just for bragging rights lol), but it's coming along well.  I actually joined early last month but didn't become active until last week or so.  I love the collaborative atmosphere - everyone's pitching in to make the site as exhaustive as possible - and doing a bang up job, if I might add... It's like a community garden lol.

I'm feeling my way around the site and just yesterday discovered the 'Concepts' section and have been reading over the 'Women in Comics' topic - and it's very thorough, in depth, and a GREAT and informative read.  My area of interest is in 'Black Female Superheroes/Black Women in Comics' and I don't know whether to start a concept for that by itself or to add it as a section in the 'Women in Comics' concept.

There are so many knowledgeable people on this site (who also happen to be competent, often exemplary writers), that I'm sure no matter how I start it off, someone will whip it into shape in no time. 

The thing is, I'm not sure where or how to start or how to organize the concept because, frankly, I've compiled an overwhelming amount of raw information about Black Female Superheroes and at this point, I don't know which end is up lol.  I've unearthed 100+ Black Superheroines (and peripheral, non-hero female characters of color) so I've got to make sense out of it all before I start writing about the subject in a way that'll make sense and be coherent.

I'm thinking I can group them into categories like in the 'Women in Comics' did.... That makes the most sense. Until I wrap my head around this, I'm at an impass.  Any thoughts or suggestions are welcomed and appreciated.

Here are the heroes/characters I've come up with so far... not all are HEROES, or from comics (some are from movies, cartoons, television,etc), and there are a handful of characters that are Hispanic and Middle Eastern.  I included them because it can't hurt to bring attention to a wide spectrum of minority women in comics.


  • Storm
  • Frenzy
  • Lady Hawk
  • Lady Trident
  • LightBright
  • Jet
  • Amanda Waller aka THE WALL
  • Bling
  • Empress
  • Debrii
  • Diana
  • Flint
  • Heather Hudson aka Sasquatch
  • Powerhouse
  • Cassie
  • Isis
  • Venus Dee Milo
  • Yellow Ranger
  • Captain Marvel
  • Kendra Young
  • Numbuh 5
  • Pantha
  • Numinus
  • Onyx
  • Pathway
  • Promethea
  • Shondra Kinsolving
  • Uhura
  • Valerie Brown
  • Sky Rocket
  • Black Mariah
  • Blood Storm
  • Brillalae
  • Bumblebee
  • Cecilia Reyes
  • Crimson Avenger
  • Dr. Midnite
  • Dreadlox
  • Embyrre
  • FoxFire
  • Louise Hastings
  • Misty Knight
  • Murmur
  • Nefertiti Jones
  • Night Shade
  • Nubia
  • Shard
  • Silencer
  • Silhouette
  • Supergirl
  • Synaesthesia
  • Threnody
  • Thunder
  • TimeSlip
  • Vixen
  • Wildstreak
  • XS
  • Agent 355
  • Aliyah Bishop
  • Amina Franklin
  • Arisa Hines
  • Ant
  • Catspaw aka April Dumaka
  • Catwoman
  • Charly Beck
  • Misty Magic
  • Niobe
  • Maya & Monica (Heroes)
  • Rocket aka Raquel Ervin
  • Casey McKenna
  • Fatality
  • Lightening aka Jennifer Pierce
  • Becka Monroe
  • Fox
  • Microwoman
  • Shuri/BlackPanthress
  • Jasmine Destine aka Kay Cera aka Cuckoo
  • Kid Quantum aka Jazmin Cullen
  • Computo aka Danielle Foccart
  • Microwavabelle aka Microwave Mom aka Belle Jackson
  • Natasha Irons aka Steel aka VaporLock aka Starlight
  • Martha Washington
  • SheBang
  • Splice
  • Valida Payton
  • Jenny Swensen/Jennifer Swan - Spitfire/Chrome
  • Adept
  • Lucille Butler/Boy
  • Delilah (Gargoyles)
  • Blacklight
  • Carla White
  • Sojourner
  • Longstrike/Tattoo
  • Meteorite
  • Betty Clawman
  • Captain Confederacy - Kate Williams
  • Starlight - Stella Maxwell
  • Plus (Bina & Aputra Chawney)
  • Iron Butterfly - Kahina Eskandari
  • Iota - Isadora Wellington-Smythe
  • Masquerade
  • Flashback - Sara Quinones
  • Technique - Tiffany Evans
  • Juanita JJ Sachs
  • Indigo & Ivory (Fusion)
  • WordGirl - Becky Botsford
  • MindBlast - Danielle Forte
  • Knockout
  • Dragonfly - Veronica Dultry
  • Impala
  • Heather Tucker - Tempo
  • Haven - Radha Dastoor
  • Fatale - Pamela Greenwood
  • Genocide
  • Vertigo
  • Torrent - Kendall Logan
  • Calypso Ezili
  • Netossa Princess of Power (She-Ra)
  • Shana Elmsford
  • Rebecca Chambers
  • The Butterfly - Marian Michaels
  • Tesla Strong
  • Dhalua Strong
  • Amanda Spence
  • Seraph DNAngels
  • Conjura
  • Zuni
  • Vibrania
  • Rite
  • Melba Manton
  • Sela
  • Krystalin
  • Charlotte Jones
  • Gorilla Girl - Fahnbullah Eddy
  • Georgianna Castleberry
  • "M" - Monet St. Croix
  • M-Plate
  • M-Twins - Nicole and Claudette St. Croix
  • Neurotica
  • Neorotap
  • Neuronne
  • Tempest - Angel Salvadore
  • Armena Ortega
  • Twilight
  • Elisa Maza
  • Teresa Roberts
  • Yrial
  • Aura - Morgan Dubay
  • Zoanne Wilkins


& I'm 100% sure there are MANY MANY more that I just haven't found or heard of yet.  Let me know who I'm missing.
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Black Female Superheroes Volume 7!!!

When I started profiling Black Female Superheroes, I never thought I'd unearth enough of them to do this a 7th time. The way it's looking, before I'm done, I'll have upwards of 13 volumes total.

Check out Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6 along with Tribute Videos 1 & 2.

Now on to the heroes (and other Comic Book Characters):


Fatality







Fatality is no hero; she's actually a supervillain from the DC Comics Universe and sworn enemy of Green Lantern. Green Lantern accidentally destroyed her planet and Fatality was the sole survivor. She came to Earth to exact her revenge but didn't know the identity of Green Lantern, so she tried to kill every Green Lantern she came across. In one of her battles she was presumed dead after her severed arm was found, but no trace of her body was discovered. She resurfaced later with a prosthetic arm attempting to even the score and lost her other arm. She is very skilled in combat and has a mastery of most weapons. She uses a power rod most of the time and a yellow Qwardian ring, which happens to be among the Green Lantern's weaknesses.




Casey McKenna


Casey McKenna is a DC Comics character from Frank Miller's RONIN. "Working as chief of security at the Aquarius Complex, Casey keeps close watch over the Aquarius Corporation's crown jewel set in the heart of a tarnished New York City." (snatched that quote from Torchbearers).




Rocket - Raquel Ervin






Rocket appears in Milestone Comics' ICON. She begins as a thief and meets the hero of whom she would eventually become a sidekick while robbing his house. She has the power to control kinetic energy because of a harness built by ICON. She is very liberal and aspires to be a writer "like Tony Morrison". She has a baby and according to Wikipedia, becomes the first teen mother to appear in a comic book.




Ant - Hannah Washington







I've been through the stories, powers, and histories of over 100 Black Female Superheroes and Ant is definitely among my favorites. She's one of the only Black Female comic book characters I've found that is the star of her own book series. Her story is that of a troubled and traumatized 8-year old girl whose father is sentenced to the death penalty for armed robbery, causing young Hannah to write in her diary obsessively as a means of escape. In her writings, she creates an adult alter-ego for herself that she names Ant. She becomes so outwardly consumed by these fantasies that she blacks out and ends up in a mental institution. Hannah wakes up as an adult in the institution with memories of her life as Ant - not sure if they're real or figments of her imagination. She has superhuman speed and strength as well as antennae that enhance her senses and an exoskeleton that acts as an impenetrable shield as long as her blood sugar level is maintained; if her blood sugar drops, her defences are weakened.




Friction - Charlotte 'Charly/Yolanda' Beck



Friction appears in Marvel Comics' DP7. She has the ability to manipulate the surface of objects in her immediate line of vision for up to 250 feet and their natural relationship and attraction to one another - causing things to stick together or become completely frictionless. She uses this power to climb walls and ceilings and quickly glide across flat surfaces. She can also make peoples' body parts adhere... which is just cruel (and pretty awesome in a fight situation). Charlotte was a dancer in college when she discovered her abilities and was admitted into a clinic for the paranormal where she met others with unique talents; the patients soon discovered that the clinic was up to no good and escaped briefly until Charly was captured, returned, and brainwashed. Her story goes on to include racial tensions and riots, the destruction of Pittsburgh in the incident called The Pitt, and CIA employee turned hit-target.





Monica & Maya (Heroes)






Surprisingly, I've never gotten into Heroes. I watched the pilot episode and missed the next few and never tried to catch up - Regardless, I'll try to sum these characters up as best I can. Monica, played by Dana Davis (top 3 photos), is from New Orleans, works at a fast food restaurant, is the cousin of a character named Micah, and has adoptive muscle memory - which basically means that after she sees something once, in person or otherwise, her mind records it and she acquires that skill, either temporarily or permanently. This power applies to martial arts, hand-to-hand combat, playing the piano, cooking, etc.

Here's a clip of Monica beating the BREAKS off of a would-be robber:



Maya, played by Dania Ramirez, is from the Dominican Republic and has (or had?) the ability to emit poison and cry black tears (if you can't tell, I'm kind of lost in these character descriptions because they're pretty complex, so I don't know if the black tears ARE the poison or...). She tries to make her way with her twin to America to meet a doctor who can help her with her abilities and ends up killing some people on the way - but she's not evil.





Callisto




Callisto is also played by actress Dania Ramirez, so she's tied with Halle for how many superheroines she's portrayed; the two appeared in X-Men: The Last Stand together. I should also mention that I have a personal affinity for all things X-Men related. I was OBSESSED with the cartoon as a kid of the 90s and I still watch it on Toon Disney, even though they're BOGUS for only showing it at midnight and 1:30am - probably because they know all the people who love the show are adults now lol. But I've seriously digressed. On to Callisto: She has superhuman senses, heightened strength, speed and agility, accelerated healing abilities, and can sense mutants' powers and their magnitude - an ability she uses to locate other mutants. At some point, she got tentacled arms. She wasn't written as a Black character, but I'll take them where I can get them lol. In the cartoon, she was the leader of an underground group of deformed mutants called the Morlocks - she wanted to capture Cyclops to reproduce with her and rule by her side.

Here's a clip of Storm and Callisto fighting:







Catwoman








Halle's back! As is the late (and beautiful!) Eartha Kitt, may she rest in peace. Everyone knows the story of Catwoman, so I'm not going to get into it.





Niobe





I loved when Jada Pinkett-Smith showed up in the Matrix trilogy, especially since Will was originally among the first choices to play Neo. She appeared in The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. She is a captain and pilot of the Zion ship Logos and was once romantically linked to Morpheus, from whom she parted once he visited The Oracle and began to spout his beliefs about his destiny and finding THE ONE, which Niobe never believed in. She is also very skilled in martial arts and has been successful in evading agents, including Smith.




Misty Magic





Misty Magic was a hero on the 1981 show Hero High and it's preceding Archie cartoon series. She had the power to cast clumsy magic spells that often went comically awry.

I wasn't born in 1981, but for those that were, here's the into to the Kids Super Power Hour with Shazam - which Hero High was apparently a part of:






SheBang







SheBang, aka Shenice Vale, is a character on the now defunct Kids' WB show Static Shock. She was engineered by her parents to have superhuman strength and agility. Static Shock was a DC Comic before being animated and has the distiction of not existing in the DC UNIVERSE - meaning that in the context of the Static Shock comic and show, characters like Superman are considered purely fictional - which I think is a pretty cool touch as it adds a sense of realism.




Honorable Mentions:


These two aren't superheroes, but they are notable Black Female comic book characters, so check them out.



Lois Lane!



Yes, there was a Black Lois Lane, who knew??? Actually, I hate to disappoint you, but the real Lois Lane goes on an undercover reporting assignment about slum conditions in a neighborhood called Little Africa disguised as a Black Woman. Yea... she's in Black Face. I have nothing more to say.

I take that back... there is a redeeming message in the issue. It goes like this: Lois wants to report on the issues affecting this community, but the neighborhood doesn't trust her so she goes in disguise, at which point she is granted their trust and acceptance. Along the way, she meets a Black guy named Dave who gets shot and needs a transfusion but the hospital runs out of his blood type, which just happens to be Lois's blood type. The issue ends with Superman saying, "If he still hates you... with your blood in his veins... there may never be peace in this world!" **because Black people are typically the oppressive racists side-eye lol (i'm only half kidding)** They end up getting along in the end.




Esther




Esther appears in Sin City and is a depressed and suicidal actress who tries to kill herself by jumping off a cliff. She lives... but is later kidnapped. Sucks... but you have to remember, this is Sin City we're talking about - everyone's life sucks.



That's it for Volume 6. More Black Superheroines on the way - the best is yet to come. I'll leave you with the 3rd tribute video:

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Black Female Superheroes Volume 6!!!

The series rolls on. Check out Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5 along with the first tribute video. I think that I should mention now that I've expanded this project to include not only SUPER HEROES, but other heroic Black Female Characters from television, movies, and comics. With Black Female characters so criminally underrepresented, I'll take them where I can get them lol. Now to the next batch of superheroines:


Diana




Diana The Acrobat appeared in the carton version of the board game Dungeons & Dragons. She's 14 years old, is outspoken and confident, and has a magical javelin that she uses to pole vault her way out of sticky situations. Her father was an astronomer and her brother a trained pilot.



Kendra




Kendra Young was a Jamaican Slayer on Buffy. She has excellent strength, speed, reflexes and endurance, has the ability to heal quickly, and can also see the future in her dreams, and sense approaching vampires.



Numbuh 5




Numbuh 5, aka Abagail Lincoln, appears on the cartoon Codename: Kids Next Door and is voiced by Cree Summer (does she do the voice of ALL young, black, female cartoon characters???? lol). She's French and Black, speaks in 3rd person, is second in command in the Kids Next Door, has a weakness for candy, sweets, and ice cream, and has an evil older sister - whose name happens to be Cree.



The Yellow Ranger




Who DIDN'T love the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers???? It was definitely one of my favorite shows growing up, along with Wishbone (the dog that reenacted classic literature) and the X-Men Cartoon. Naturally, the Yellow and Pink Rangers were my favorite. The Yellow Ranger's real name was Aisha Campbell. She turned into the Sabertooth Tiger-bot when they morphed and when they became the Ninja Rangers, she was a Bear. Gotta love the Yellow Ranger!




Valerie Brown








From the pictures above, you can tell that Valerie Brown probably wasn't exactly a SUPERHERO.... but she was a pretty awesome cartoon and comic strip character from Josie and the Pussycats. She performed backup in the band, played many instruments, and wrote most of the songs. She was also the one to get the girls out of most of their jams as she was a genius (a la Velma from Scooby Doo). Rosario Dawson played Valerie in the Josie and the Pussycats live action movie in 2001.



Uhura





I have never ever EVER seen an episode of Star Trek, but I still love Uhura. The original Uhura was played by Nichelle Nichols and in the upcoming Star Trek Movie, a younger Uhura will be played by Zoe Saldana. The audience got to see Uhura go from a Luitenant all the way to a captain through the course of the show. Nichols wanted to leave after her first season, but was persuaded by Martin Luther King Jr himself to stay on. Mae Jemison, the first African American woman to fly in space, sited Uhura as an influence on her choice of profession.




Deborah Teigel



Deborah Teigel appears in DC Comic's HITMAN. She was originally a straight-laced Gotham City cop, but falls in love with an amoral vigilante which causes her to reevaluate her positions. She basically acts for a foil for his character throughout the series, provides some good old fashioned relationship drama, and is the standard 'ride-or-die chick' (as was so well put on TORCHBEARERS, where I snagged this info lol).




Fox



Fox appears in Mark Millar's Wanted - yes, the same Wanted as the movie starring Angelina Jolie as Fox (no Halle Berry????), Morgan Freeman, and James McAvoy. She is a cold-blooded, power-hungry, sex-crazed killing machine.... she's in the Fraternity. The comic contains very mature themes and I'm sure Fox's character is the source of most of them. Got to have a scapegoat, right??? lol All foolishness aside, her character is HOT!


As a matter of fact, the screenwriters of the WANTED movie described Fox as the "hottest black woman on the planet" - congrats.... ANGELINA JOLIE????? I won't even go there, because everybody knows what's wrong with this picture.




Amina Franklin



Amina Franklin is definitely not a hero, but she is a doctor. She has no powers and doesn't fight evil - she's not even a villain. She is related to a villain though - Grotesk, her brother, who's an enemy of Batman. To make matters worse, she dates Bruce Wayne for a time... the thing is, she has NO IDEA of either of their secret identities. Makes for a pretty good storyline because no one knows how much she knows or doesn't know.




Arisa Hines


Arisa Hines appears in Dark Horse's Perhapanauts. She leads a team of special government agents and is a powerful telepath/psychic.




Becka Monroe


Monroe??? As in Ororo Monroe aka Storm???? YUP! Becka Monroe is Storm's daughter! One of the reasons I love comics is because they are always dreaming up alternate universes and realities. In one of these realities, the X-Men have aged in real time and are approaching 50 and most have children. Their children are also X-Men, for the most part, are a part of a team called 'NEXT'. I don't know what her power is...... I'll keep digging though.




Lightning





I profiled a character named THUNDER aka Arissa Pierce in one of my earlier volumes of Black Female Superheroes, not realizing that in the DC COMICS Universe, she had a younger sister named Lightning aka Jennifer Pierce (fitting, no? Thunder and Lightning?) Their father is Black Lightning. She doesn't yet have the ability to control her powers and often shocks people and shorts out any electrical appliance she touches. She can also shoot lightning bolts out of her palms.



Some of my FAVORITE Black Female Superheroes are coming up in Volume 7, so stay tuned. There are about 5 more volumes left and the list keeps growing! To date, I've found 107 Black Female Superheroes and counting!

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Black Female Superheroes Volume 5!!!

Check out Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3, & Volume 4! Also check out the first Black Female Superheroes Compilation Video HERE!



Onyx



Onyx is a DC Comics character and ally of Batman. She resides in Gotham City. She was a bad guy at first, a member of the League of Assassins, but reformed and became a vigilante. She's highly trained in martial arts and like Batman, has no real powers. She briefly worked with Wonder Woman.



Pantha







Patha first appeared in DC's New Titans in 1991. She is physically cat-like has super speed, agility, strength, and reflexes as well as heightened senses of hearing, smell and sight + night vision. She also has retractable claws on her hands and feet that are powerful enough to slice through steel.



Shondra Kinsolving


Shondra Kinsolving is Batman's therapist. She has the ability to heal metaphysically, is psychic, and can also use her powers to kill when in the presence of other powerful metahumans.



Promethea


Prometha is a character created by Alan Moore (Watchmen, V for Vendetta) and J.H. Williams III. The book series has been criticized for being little more than a medium for Alan Moores marginalized religious beliefs. Read more HERE.



Bling





Bling is a Marvel character, student at Xavier's academy for mutants, and member of the X-Men. She's bisexual and her parents are rappers. She has the ability to shoot diamond shards out of her skin at rapid speeds to use as weapons. The density of her skin also makes her imprevious to most attacks. She's Gambit's protege.




Debrii




Debrii first appeared in Marvel's New Warriors. She has the ability to move objects around her through telekenitic magnetism. She can move things one at a time or create a cyclone-like mass of debris around herself to defend from attacks.




Heather Hudson








Heather Hudson first appeared in Marvel's Exiles. She is a scientic genius and rehabilitated Wolverine. The two fell in love and were married (who knew???). She also has the ability to turn into a Sasquatch when neccessary - when not in this form, she has not superhuman strength or speed.




Isis




Isis is a Marvel character based loosely on the Egyptian myth of Isis. She has superhuman strength, stamina, durability, agility, and reflexes. Isis possesses vast control over control over elemental forces, including the ability to raise the dead. She also has extensive knowledge of Egyptian magical lore.




Numinus



Numinus looks a bit like Whoopi Goldberg, no???? (lol) In all seriousness, she's a Marvel character that first appeared in Power Pack in 1989. Numinus is a cosmic entity serving as a universal guiding spirit, a cosmic embodiment of the wonders of the universe. She claims to be the living embodiment of "numinosity", and her purpose is to awaken sentient beings throughout the universe to the wonder of the universe. She searches for beings in desperate situations and brings events to an improbable but awe-inspiring resolution.





Pathway



Pathway first appeared in Marvel's Alpha Flight. Her name is Laura Dean and her parents were mutaphobes. She has a twin named Goblyn and grew up autistic.




Venus Dee Milo












Venus Dee Milo is a Marvel character that first appeared in X-Force in 2001. She has no arms, like the Greek Statue she is named for, Venus de Milo. She discovered her powers during an argument with her parents as a young adult, causing an explosion that destroyed her grandmother's home. She fled depressed and joined the X-Force. Venus is made of pure energy, without the containment suit, made for her by Professor X, she wouldn't have a physical form. She can transport herself from place to place and use her energy as a weapon and to heal herself and others.




Cassie



This is unrelated, but I used to LOVE Animorphs as a kid and Cassie was one of my favorite characters. She's an empath and can sense the feelings, intentions, and motivations of others before they can themselves. She can also morph into many animals - including a wolf. Her parents are veteranarians and Cassie is a vegetarian and environmentalist.



That's it for THIS volume, but there are AT LEAST 3 more volumes coming up - and the list keeps growing! More Black Female Superheroines on the way!!!
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Black Female Superheroes Volume 4!!!

Yes. There are enough Black Female Superheroes to fill up 4 whole volumes. That's 40+ Black Female Superheroes....

Check out the previous posts -
Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3.

So I'm just going to launch right into it:



Supergirl

I know you're probably thinking that Superman and Supergirl clearly weren't Black... BUT, DC Comics came up with a clever way to get around silly technicalities like plot continuity - The DC Multiverse. Basically, there are an infinite number of EARTHS and each has its own stories, heroes, history, etc. So in Multiverse Earth-D Superman and Supergirl are an African-American married couple and members of a multicultural Justice Alliance of America.... yup, you read that right.




Nubia





Nubia first appeared in the Wonder Woman comics in 1973. Believe it or not, she is Wonder Woman's twin, polar opposite, and arch-nemesis. She can fly, has a magic sword - the only weapon on Earth that could counteract Wonder Woman's lasso, can turn to stone, and has super strength and agility. She also had a doll released in 1977.





Skyrocket



Skyrocket's given name is Cecelia Forrestal and she is a scientific genius that created a suit called the Argo Harness which gives her the power to fly, harness untold amounts of energy, and shoot out blast beams. Any attack by fire, radioactivity, heat or electricity is absorbed and makes the suit more powerful. Skyrocket first appeared in the Justice League of America in 2002. Her character has a very interesting history: She was in the Air Force but hit a glass ceiling because of her gender and race so she left and went to work for her parents, the founder of Argo Technologies. Later she worked for the POWER COMPANY to perfect the Argo Harness and use it for good, as many people were tempted to use it's power for evil.




Syn




Synaethesia Jackson is a detective and possesses the unique talents that come along with the condition, synesthesia - she literally sees sounds (Like the NERD album lol). It's a condition where all 5 senses are interconnected and often mixed up... so when you touch something of a certain texture or hear a specific noise, you get a corresponding taste in your mouth... just an example. This makes her a keen detective as she can see colorful auras around suspicious people. Syn also has mild pyschic and precognative abilities.





Thunder






She has to be one of my favorites, because Thunder was my nickname in high school amongst my male acquaintances.... Her real name is Anissa Pierce and she can create violent shock waves that resemble thunder by stomping her feet. She does this by shifting her body density. In this state she is immovable and indestructable. You'll notice in the pictures that her character has gone through several makeovers.





Vixen















Vixen is a formel Model/Fashion Designer from Africa that has the ability, thanks to her medallion, to mimic the abilities of any animal. She is a member of the Justice League of America; her character has appeared in the Justice League cartoon and has her own doll. She can occassionally take the shape of animals as well. She has appeared in so many DC mediums, that I found a boat load of pictures of her character, so enjoy.






XS






Xs is the granddaughter of FLASH, and has similar powers. She can run inhumanly fast and can also travel through time.





Micro


Micro wasn't born with powers, but has a suit that allows her to shrink herself and anyone/anything that she's in contact with. Her real name is Sally-Jo Jessel.






Flint




Flint's real name is Victoria Ngengi. She has super strength and is impervious to most attacks. Her skin is rock hard and she creates shockwaves by slamming her hands together. Her parents were killed in Kenya before she discovered her powers as a young adult. She later joined the UN.






Empress





Empress first appeared in Young Justice in 2000. Her real name is Anita Fite and her family is from Jamaica - her character's dialogue is written in a Jamaican patois accent. She's an accomplished sword fighter, is proficient in hand to hand combat, can command people to do things telepathically, and practices Voodoo spells. She also saved Wonder Girl at some time or another lol.


Well, that was Volume 4. Look out for volume 5 soon. I honestly can't believe that there are over 40 Black Female Superheroes AND COUNTING.... STAY TUNED! More Black Female Superheroines on the way!!!
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