A post has been traveling around Tumblr where Big Barda is mistaken for Wonder Woman. I thought I’d take the opportunity to help correct that mistake, and introduce the baddest bitch from Apokolips.
Taken from her mother at a young age, Barda was trained by Granny Goodness to serve the evil lord Darkseid. She becomes leader of the Female Fury Battalion, a ferocious pack of women warriors. During a raid, she meets Scott Free, and discovers the problematic nature of her upbringing. Turning her back on the abusive Darkseid and Granny, she joins a rebel cell and risks her life to enable Scott’s escape to Earth. After some time the two are reunited, decide to get hitched, and become a kick-ass crime fighting couple. After a few years of working, they retire to New Hampshire and attempt to live a normal life. When this plan fails terribly, they move to Greenwich Village, NY where Barda forms a defense-training program for women called the New Female Furies. The two still occasionally help out with JL missions.
Barda is a proud homekeeper and wife. One of the deadliest hand-to-hand combatants alive, she has fought Wonder Woman to a draw. Energy bolts from her megarod are strong enough to concuss Superman, and her heart is such that she never turns down a friend in need. 7 feet tall, fast as a whip, and she loves Pokemon Cards. Does it really get better than that?
So probably my favorite thing about early JLI that a lot of people forget is how Booster was usually the straight man to Ted’s ridiculous asshole schemes. I mean, Booster was kind of goofy in his solo series but mostly in a fish out of water future boy kind of way – he really really tried to be taken seriously.
But then everything went downhill and he was only like 20 years old and and probably really lonely and his entire life had just sort of exploded and he didn’t have anyone and then he joined the JLI and imprinted on Ted like a glorious golden duckling. And man, you can see sooo much of Ted in who he later turns out to be, for better or for worse.
ANYWAY MAYBE I OVERTHINK THIS STUFF BUT BABY BOOSTER JUST KILLS ME