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The New York Times broke news today of a new solo superhero title launching from Marvel early next year — and this one comes as a welcome change of pace for readers who want to see more diversity in their super-books.
Ms Marvel #1, from writer G. Willow Wilson (Cairo) and artist Adrian Alphona (Runaways), introduces the world to the young Muslim woman who takes on the mantle of Ms. Marvel formerly held by Carol Danvers, the current Captain Marvel. The new Ms. Marvel will be the first Muslim character to get her own ongoing solo series at Marvel, one of a growing number of female solo leads, and the only person of color headlining a solo book.
This is AWESOME.
DC Nation: Thunder & Lightning - “Clothes Make the Hero” Video Clip
Look at this
short featuring Jennifer and Anissa Pierce, the daughters of Black Lighting
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Kiran is the daughter of archaelogists Vijay and Rani. They are from Delhi, India, but because of her parents jobs, she follows them around the world in search of artifacts and archaeological sites. During the Great Britain Archaeological Conference in London, she met Wonder Girl, making friends with her instantly.
Together, they fought against Lady Zand, the ruler of Zandia, who was trying to steal some of the artifacts in the sample at the Conference. By joining forces, Solstice and Wonder Girl prevented the acts by Zand, but the thief escaped.
Later, Kiran is in Mohenjo-Daro, Pakistan, alongside her archeologist parents and fellow archeologist Helena Sandsmark, who is the mother of Wonder Girl. While some of the other researchers have fled the dig site after recent discoveries, the foursome carried on. During the night, Vijay and Rani investigate the site when they suddenly go missing, prompting Kiran to begin searching for them.
The Teen Titans are called in by Kiran’s parents’ compatriot Dr. Helena Sandsmark. As she urges the team to help her find her parents, Kiran has began to affect the team and injects new life into it. Raven is instantly weary of her as she emits pure light, something that could be considered dangerous to her. Kid Flash shows an immediate romantic interest in her, prompting him to show off in front of her. The team encounters Indian demon Tataka and it is assumed that the demon has a role in the disappearance of Kiran’s parents.
As the new Teen Titans form, Bart is locked in a holding cell for N.O.W.H.E.R.E.. Soon enough he escapes and runs down the halls. Initially trying to find his cell neighbor, Bart stumbles upon a holding cell labeled “Solstice”. There he finds her as she is crying for help, completely covered in smoke. He saves her and they find their way to Red Robin with the aid of Danny the Street.
Solstice is a fairly new character and not much is known about her powers, except the fact that it allows her to fly, control and create light.
Renee is the daughter of Hispanic immigrants who graduated from the Gotham City Police Academy with top honors. She was originally created for Batman: the Animated Series. But, before debuting on the television series, her character was introduced in an issue of the Batman ongoing series in 1992 and had a reocurring role as one of the faces of the Gotham City Police department. She is also a beautiful, catholic lesbian who had a fling with Batwoman.
While investigating a suspected drug ring at Gotham Imports, alongside new recruit Wilkes and Detective Bullock, Montoya was separated and fought alongside Batman. As a result, Lieutenant Hackle suspended them until further notice. Montoya still investigated and followed a lead to Gotham Dock’s Hathcock Shipping. Montoya and Batman broke up the ring. Commissioner Gordon reinstated Montoya and the others, despite Hackle’s protest.
When Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy first teamed up and went on a crime spree, they were constantly pursued by Montoya. Eventually, the Joker found Quinn and Ivy’s hideout, as well as Batman. Quinn and Ivy attempted to escape but Montoya sniped one of the get away car’s wheels and collared the two.
Montoya was soon promoted to Commissioner Gordon’s aide and assisted him on various crime scene investigations, such as the kidnapping of Batman when Arkham Asylum was over run. Years later, Montoya was made full detective.
Renee found herself on the receiving end of a frame job with someone trying to systematically ruin her life. It began with her being outed as a lesbian with pictures of her with her lover, Daria Hernandez, being circulated. Her homosexuality was something she long kept secret from everyone except her younger brother. Then, a bag of heroin was planted on her and the man responsible for the photos turned up dead, having been shot with her weapon. Renee suddenly found herself on trial with first degree murder at the top of the list of charges, and there was nothing her partner could do about it. Her connection to Bullock, a disgraced former cop, did not win her any favors with Internal Affairs.
What was happening became more clear when Two-Face abducted her from police custody, making it appear that she had escaped. He was the one responsible for destroying her life. Because of his warped obsession with her, he was convinced that leaving her with no option but a life with him would make her love him back. Renee fought to escape from him, and fortunately, Batman intervened. Two-Face was taken back to Arkham Asylum, and she was cleared of all charges. However, damage to her life and reputation had still been done.
Renee had fallen into a pit of alcoholism and depression so bad that even Daria gave up on her. Then, the Question inexplicably came to her and hired her as a private detective to help him investigate Intergang’s presence in Gotham City. Once the investigation began, it only got stranger and stranger. Alien weaponry, mutated werebeasts, some kind of Religion of Crime. Soon, she and the Question find themselves pursuing the investigation well outside of Gotham.
Renee found herself in Kahndaq attending the wedding of Black Adam and Isis, where she presented a suicide bombing by shooting the girl rigged with explosives. For this act of heroism, Black Adam wanted to award her and Question with Kahndaq’s highest honors. Instead, Renee drank herself into a stupor and went off with another woman to get over the fact that she just shot a girl. Their continued investigation into Intergang in Kahndaq led them to discovering how Intergang was using and abusing children for their ends. Along with Black Adam and Isis, they were able to dismantle the operation and surprisingly reunite Isis with her younger brother, Osiris.
Question brought Renee to Nanda Parbat to meet Richard Dragon, the man who taught him to cope with the anger that Renee struggled with now. So Dragon began teaching her, but she did not understand what he was trying to teach exactly. An old friend Question’s, Aristotle Rodor, was also there and spent the time trying to decipher the Crime Bible they brought with them for answers. While there, she learned the truth about Question. He was dying and did not have long left.
Tot determined that what Intergang was trying to do in Gotham was bring about a prophecy that required the sacrifice of the twice-named daughter of Cain, and that was all Renee needed to hear to realize what the tangible danger. Kate Kane, a secret love from Renee’s past, was now operating in Gotham as the new Batwoman. That was who Intergang wanted. Renee and Question returned to Gotham to warn her, but by the time they got there, Question’s condition worsened to the point that he barely stand anymore. Renee and Kate were reunited for a short time, watching over Charlie together and spending the holiday season with one another. But Question’s days were coming to an end, and Renee could not stay. She did all she could to get him back to Nanda Parbat in time, hoping something could be done there to keep him alive. Unfortunately, she dragged him practically to Nanda Parbat’s doorstep when they could make it no farther and the Question passed away.
Again, Renee had tragically lost a partner. She mourned for Question in Nanda Parbat, continuing her training under Dragon. There was a question that she had been asked several times in past several months that she did not have a satisfying answer to. Who was she? Eventually, she knew it was time to leave. She had to return to Gotham and make sure she did not lose someone else she cared about. Intergang was still targeting Batwoman.
Renee to Gotham knowing who she now was. She was the Question. Intergang had already abducted Batwoman, but with the help of Nightwing and others, she was able to track down where the ritual sacrifice was to take place. She arrived but was unable to stop Bruno Mannheim from stabbing the knife into Batwoman’s chest. She fights Bruno away from Batwoman, giving Batwoman opportunity to pull the knife out and throw it into Bruno to kill him instead.
Batwoman survived her severe injury, and Renee was now at the end of her year long journey, having finally found herself as the new Question.
White Lotus aka Nona-Lin Baker
White Lotus has a malleable Auric forcefield and was trained in martial arts by the Warlords of Okaara. She was the offspring of African-American and Asian parents.
She joins the Supermen of America like her friend, Outburst. She can generate an invisible force-field from around her body, and manipulate it into simple shapes like a large fist.
Idie Okonkwo aka Oya
Oya (born Idie Okonkwo) is a very religious young Nigerian girl that developed mutant powers after Hope Summers returned from the future, and became the third mutant to manifest since the mutant Decimation, M-Day. Upon being discovered by Storm, Idie had no relatives or friends to speak of. Instead, the young mutant’s home was surrounded by raging villagers and soldiers who accused Idie of mass murder and witchcraft.
She is one of the Five Lights and the third member that Hope activated. Many comic book fans have expressed confusion about Idie’s age, mostly because when Storm and Hope first meet Idie, she’s small and looks like a young child, and Storm even says Idie is 12-years-old. The next few issues, Idie has grown significantly and appears to be around Hope’s age, at most 17. According to “Generation Hope” writer Kieron Gillen, Idie’s age was erroneously printed as 12 instead of the intended 14.
Oya is a mutant with the power to manipulate temperature. She seems to transfer the temperature rather than creating the shifts from nowhere at all. She also has the ability to alter temperatures around her via temperature transference. This ability results in Pyrokinesis. This ability enables Oya the capabilities of generating flames from thin air, not requiring the consumption of oxygen or combustible objects to maintain the flames. Idie can also use her heat manipulating abilities to extract heat from her surroundings and emit it as bio-heat from her body. She can also extract heat from other living things. Contrastly, Oya is also able to reduce the kinetic energy of atoms and thus reduce temperature, often used to control, generate, or absorb ice.
Idie started to hate herself for being a mutant. She thinks her powers are witchcraft, and now that they’ve manifested, she won’t be able to get into heaven. She constantly talks about how she is a monster.
Shortly after Hope had returned, five new mutant signatures activated; Idie being the third. On the day of her retrieval, Idie was under attack by Nigerian soldiers who accused her of mass murder and of being a witch. While this was going, on Storm and Hope came in to save her. Storm told the men that she knew what they were doing and threatened to injure them if they did any more harm. As the two of them came to assure Idie that all was well, Idie blasted flames towards them. Storm managed to deflect them, while Hope tried to tell Idie to be strong and calm down as Idie could not control her powers. Storm alerted her that the men outside were running weary and were getting ready to attack again. Idie then told them that it would have been good if they killed her, as she then classified herself as a monster. Hope convinced her that she wasn’t as such and neither were her and Storm. She then reached out to Idie and made contact, awakening Idie’s powers fully and getting them under control. The two of them then came outside with Storm for one last time, asking the men to leave her alone. As the men took no notice and continued to fire, Idie said “No” and used her fire powers to the fullest extent to stop the bullets and destroy the men’s car’s and tools causing them to run away in terror. After the battle was over Idie was in shock at what she had just accomplished, but Storm and Hope reassured her and told her that she was one of them and more things like this were sure to come.
The team of new mutants went to make contact with Kenji the last light. Kenji had been left alone too long and was completely out of control. When he began attacking the X-Men, it was Idie that stood her ground and felt that it took a monster to fight a monster.
After Hope passed out by using too much of Kenji’s powers, the Five Lights stayed to protect her with Idie saying that they all needed her help. Later the Five lights with Wolverine and Scott battled against Kenji again. Idie helped keep the area secure by freezing the lake as well as attacking Kenji’s leg with a small flame.
When the battle was over they all went to Utopia.
Hope begins to train Idie and the others. Idie is doing well at using automatic weapons, considering her age and background. While not training, Idie and the others are in class. Hope decides that the class and Professor X are below her and they all leave the class.
After their return to Utopia, the mutant flu breaks out and both Idie and Laurie have it. Idie tells Laurie to stop complaining, that when her sister was ill she didn’t complain nearly as much. Laurie asked if she got better and Idie answers and then tells her that she died but that wasn’t the point.
Idie was watching Laurie in the wind tunnel with Doctor Nemesis before the new light activates. Idie questions why the Doctor is experimenting on them instead of helping them get better instead. When the sixth Light activates, the entire team leaves for Germany. Idie is told to stay outside the hospital for her own safety. During the teams ordeal inside the hospital Idie, asks Kitty Pryde how her life has been after she got her mutant power’s seeing as how they both got them at the same age. Kitty says its been OK so far but then begins to talk about how much she loves Peter. Idie asks her how it feels to be married but Kitty says nothing. Idie gets angry at her for not answering her question and storms off. As the battle in the hospital gets fiercer the effects of the sixth light’s powers begin to increase dramatically affecting both Kitty and Idie as well. While under it’s influence they both head to the hospital in a dazed trance, and Hope orders Laurie to go and rescue Idie since she was the main danger to the team. After being cautioned by Gabriel about the affects of the sixth lights’ powers Laurie flies off into the skies with Idie high enough for the effects to wear off. Its this event that gives way to a remarkable transformation for Laurie. Idie looks at her in awe and then thanks her as they both head back down to the hospital with Kenji safe-guarding Idie as he did with the others. Seconds after they enter the room Idie helps Kenji block the hypnotized people by using her ice powers to freeze them and the door in-front of them. Hope asks Idie if she can in any way calm the sixth light down. She tries, using her faith as a way to reach the child saying that if the child is born it can be christened and will not go to hell when it dies, but is not successful and then apologizes to Hope. She then alerts Hope that she has subtracted all the heat in the area and asks what she she should do with it. Hope tells her to wait while they deal with the sixth light as Teon manages to successfully help calm the sixth light down and safely bring it into the world. After the mission was over Idie and the Five Lights head home.
Idie and the other Five Lights are waiting for Wolverine to lead a training session. When he finally arrived he told the team that the session was canceled. He looked at Idie and asked her about her age and told her she should be playing with dolls not training. Idie responded that her doll was destroyed when her powers activated and the men of her town tried to kill her. Later Wolverine would bring her a doll and the two eat ice cream together. When they were done, Wolverine and her began to walk and talk but were stopped when they saw Cyclops and others watching a video of Sentinels being reactivated. Wolverine wanted Idie to leave but Cyclops told her to stay. Wolverine was severally angry that Cyclops would not shelter her from the violence.
When the Museum of mutant history was opening, Laurie and Idie went together. Laurie and Idie found Kenji and Laurie and Kenji had a long discussion about using violence in retaliation against Sentinels. Idie walked off and spoke to David, aka Prodigy. Prodigy told her about Strykers attack on the Xavier School where 42 students were killed. Afterwards Idie went to the alternate timeline room where she found a video of Rachel Summers talking about being a Hound. Laurie finds Idie and who tells Laurie that Rachel looks like Hope. Laurie says they just both have red hair, and that she doesn’t look like Hope to which Idie says that she does look like Hope a little. The new Hellfire club soon attacked the museum, easily taking out the X-Men’s A-Team.
As Idie was contacted telepathically, she was linked to both Wolverine and Cyclops. Wolverine was on his way and wanted Idie out of there as soon as possible but Cyclops told her that she should do what she thought was right. Remembering what she said in Tokyo about monsters fighting monsters, she attacked the hellfire club members, killing 12 people. She managed to get the civilians out safely. When the rest of the team reached the museum they were having a heated argument about Laurie leaving Idie behind. To their surprise, Idie asked if they needed her to kill anyone else, and if not she wanted to go sleep.
When they get back to Utopia, she is talking to Cyclops. Cyclops tries to tell her that she did the right thing and that those deaths were on him, not her. All she could say was that she didn’t regret killing them, just wanted the screams to stop. When it is realized that a new sentinel is going to be attacking the island, Cyclops has a tuff call to make because all the major X-Men are off scattered around the world, only the students remain. The Lights discuss whether or not the should fight this new sentinel but Transonic just wants to get off the island and take Oya with her. Hope is opposed to this plan and tells her to stay. Hope then asks Oya what she wants to do and Oya says that she wants to stay and fight. The situation infuriates Transonic to the point that she lashes out and attacks Hope. When Velocidad tries to seperate them, Primal attacks him. Oya has to shout to get their attention and stop the fighting. Then the Young X-Men arrive and the two teams discuss what they should do and they agree that they need to fight to save the “stupid rock” that they live on.
As the Young X-Men and the Five Lights come together to fight the sentinel with Cyclops, Wolverine arrives telling them that he has planted explosives around the island and when the Sentinel gets close enough, he will detonate the island. The kids all run off except Oya, she waits and looks at the two men. Cyclops and Wolverine begin fighting as the sentinel attacks. Then the students come back and start fighting the sentinel anyway. Oya and the others are able to defeat the sentinel but the damage has been done to the relationship of Cyclops and Wolverine. Wolverine says that Oya should not have been put in a place that would turn her into a killer, that these are children and Cyclops had forgotten that. Wolverine had decided to open a school back in Westchester for the students that were willing to go. Hope originally was opposed to splitting the Five Lights, she wanted all the new mutants to stay together. Transonic threatened Hope, trying to get Hope to let Oya lead a life of a child, Hope eventually gave in and brought Oya to Wolverine. When Wolverine decided to officially leave, Hope went to say good bye to Oya, the two hugged and Oya left for Westchester.
Idie is now in the Jean Grey School for higher learning and a student of the new headmaster Wolverine.
While little is known of her family, when Storm and Hope came to her Storm mentioned to the men around her how she heard that they were the ones that murdered her family. She also had a sister years ago who died after becoming very ill.
Giacinta “Jinx” Johnson
Giacinta “Jinx” Johnson is an NSA agent who joins with Bond to spy on Zao and look into his ties with Gustav Graves. She is portrayed by American actress Halle Berry.
In discussing her character, Berry said Jinx is “fashion-forward modern and the next step in the evolution of women in the Bond movies.”
The scene where she emerges from the ocean in a bikini paid homage to the character of Honey Ryder (Ursula Andress) from the first Bond film, Dr. No. Despite the bikini and location of Cuba in the film, the footage of the water and bar scene was shot in Cadiz and far from the warmth implied in the film; The location was reportedly very cold and windy, and footage has been released of Berry wrapped in thick towels in between takes to avoid catching a chill.
According to an ITV news poll, Jinx has been voted the fourth toughest girl on screen of all time. Uma Thurman, the star of Quentin Tarantino`s samurai film Kill Bill was named as the winner.
Speculation arose in 2003 of a spin-off film concentrating on the character which was scheduled for a November/December 2004 release. It was originally reported that MGM was keen to set up a franchise and to be a “winter olympics” alternative to ‘James Bond,’. As early as the late 1990s, MGM had originally considered developing a spin-off film based on Michelle Yeoh’s character, Wai Lin, in 1997’s Tomorrow Never Dies. However, despite much speculation of an imminent movie, on October 26, 2003 , Variety reported that MGM had completely pulled the plug on this project, to the dismay of Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson of Eon Entertainment, who were reported to be “clearly furious” about the decision. MGM were keen to move on with the next film instead. Jinx was also the first black Bond Girl, hero or villain, in more than 17 years, since May Day (Grace Jones) in A View to a Kill, and the first black Bond Girl ever to play the heroine (principal Bond “good girl”).
Alyx Vance is a non-player character in Valve’s 2004 first-person shooter computer game Half-Life 2, and its following episodes: Half-Life 2: Episode One and Half-Life 2: Episode Two. Alyx is portrayed as a young woman in her mid-twenties of Afro-Asian descent, and is a prominent figure in the human resistance against the rule of the alien race called the Combine and their human representative, Dr. Breen.
Alyx is the daughter of Dr. Eli Vance. Her mother, Azian Vance, who is of Asian descent, can be seen in a family photograph appearing in the games but died during the Black Mesa incident (the event depicted in the first Half-Life game). Alyx was only a child when Gordon Freeman was employed at Black Mesa, but Freeman’s stasis between the events of Half-Life and Half-Life 2 has erased most of the age gap between the two characters.
Alyx is a skilled hacker, adept at infiltrating Combine computer systems and reprogramming them. She also possesses a multi-purpose tool that uses an electric charge in order to bypass security systems, open locked doors, and re-program rollermines and automated turrets to attack enemies. Alyx is proficient with firearms, in particular the automatic pistol she commonly carries. At certain points in the game, she also wields a shotgun and mans a stationary sniper rifle. In addition, she has some skill in unarmed combat and will occasionally wrestle off or kick headcrab zombies. Alyx is also very athletic, capable of effortlessly jumping down obstacles and climbing up the side of buildings.
Alyx is a generally friendly person, usually making optimistic remarks in dire situations. Rarely does she become hostile towards others, with the exception of Judith Mossman who betrayed the Resistance. She also has a caring side, asking Gordon to be careful when he goes into dangerous areas and feeling sorry for a traincar filled with sleeping Stalkers. At times, Alyx shows a very fragile, scared side that she usually bottles up in order to maintain the situation.
Alyx is also very educated, forming opinions on the Combine and the Resistance independently. She has also proven to be very calm yet stern during combat, helping out in any way she can. Alyx has proven to be skilled in shooting, climbing, hacking, and repairing machines and vehicles.
She also has a sense of humor, as evidenced by the jokes she makes about the Combine or Gordon’s silence. An example of this can be seen in the Lowlife chapter of Episode One, when she begins to make noises like a zombie to scare the player. Upon being found out, she says “Ha ha, gotcha.” In the same chapter, when Gordon and Alyx come across a zombie created from a normal headcrab and a Combine Overwatch Soldier. Alyx calls the “new breed” a Zombine, saying, “Zombine, get it? Hahaha…”, then stopping when Gordon apparently doesn’t get the joke. “…O———kay.”
Coffy is a 1973 blaxploitation film written and directed by American filmmaker Jack Hill. The story is about a black female vigilante played by Pam Grier.
The film’s tagline in advertising was “They call her ‘Coffy’ and she’ll cream you!”
Nurse “Coffy” Coffin (Pam Grier), seeks revenge for her younger sister getting hooked on drugs and has to live in a rehabilitation home, a product of the drug underworld, mob bosses and chain of violence that exists in her city. The film opens with Coffy showing her vigilante nature by killing a drug supplier and dealer. She does this without getting caught by using her sexuality as an attractive and athletic African American woman willing to do anything for a drug fix. She lures the men to their residences, which gives her the privacy to kill them both. After the killings, Coffy returns to her regular job at a local hospital operating room, but is asked to leave when she is too jumpy when handing tools to the surgeon.
The film introduces Coffy’s African American police friend Carter (William Elliot), who used to date Coffy in their younger years. Carter is portrayed as a straight-shooting officer who is not willing to bend the law for the mob or thugs who have been bribing many officers at his precinct. Coffy doesn’t believe his strong moral resolve until two hooded men break into Carter’s house while she’s there and beat Carter severely. It is later discovered that Carter will be lucky to walk again. This enrages Coffy, giving her further validation to continue her work as a vigilante, killing those responsible for harming Carter and her sister.
Coffy’s boyfriend Howard Brunswick (Booker Bradshaw) is a city councillor who appears to be deeply in love with Coffy at the beginning of the film. Coffy admires Brunswick for his body as well as his use of law to solve societal problems. She is very happy when he announces his plan to run for Congress, and his purchase of a night club. The two share a passionate love scene in the first part of the film that helps build the viewer’s image of Coffy’s sensual and stereotypical feminine side, while still portraying her in the rest of the film as a hardcore crime fighter.
Coffy’s next targets are a pimp named King George (Robert DoQui), who is supposedly one of the largest providers of prostitutes and illegal substances in the city, and Mafia boss Arturo Vitroni (Allan Arbus).
Coffy questions and abuses a former patient of hers who was a known drug user to gain insight into the type of woman King George likes and where he keeps his stash of drugs. This is the first scene where Coffy brutalizes another woman and shows no remorse because the former patient is using drugs again and thus a societal deviant. Coffy quickly goes to a resort posing as a Jamaican woman looking to work for King George.
George is quickly interested in her exotic nature and asks her to come with him back to his house to experience Coffy himself first. One of the prostitutes returns from a far away job and gets disgruntled and jealous when seeing George taking such a liking to Coffy. At a party later that day Coffy and the other prostitutes get into a massive brawl, which entices mob boss Vitroni and he demands that he have her tonight. Coffy prepares herself to murder Vitroni and just when she is about to shoot, is overtaken by his men. She lies and tells Vitroni that King George ordered her to kill him, which makes Vitroni order George to be murdered. Vitroni’s men kill George by dragging him through the streets by a noose.
Coffy then discovers her clean-cut boyfriend is actually corrupt when she’s shown to him at a meeting of the mob and several police officials. He denies knowing her other than as a prostitute and Coffy is sent to her death. Once again, Coffy uses her sexuality to seduce her would-be killers. They try injecting her with drugs to sedate her, but she had switched these out for sugar earlier. Faking a high, she kills her unsuspecting hitmen with a piece of glass.
Running to avoid capture, Coffy car-jacks a vehicle to escape. Coffy drives to Vitroni’s house, murders him, and then goes to Brunswick’s to do the same. He pleads forgiveness and just as she is about to accept, a naked white woman comes out of the bedroom. At this, Coffy shoots Brunswick in the groin. The film then closes with Coffy being satisfied at having avenged her sister and Carter.