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Young Superheroes of Color in Young Justice:

Kaldur'ahm - Aqualad/Artemis Crock - Artemis/Raquel Ervin - Rocket/Karen Beecher - Bumblebee/Mal Duncan - Guardian/Jaime Reyes - Blue Beetle/Tye Longshadow - Apache Chief/Virgil Hawkins - Static/Eduardo Dorado Jr. - El Dorado/Asami Koizumi - Samurai

  • Jason: Uh... Wally?
  • Wally: *Stares for a moment at the shuffling boy before sighing* What did you break?
  • Jason: Artemis and Rocket said I couldn't possibly catch Dick off guard... He might... Possibly... Be on his way to being shipped to China in a box with little air holes.
  • Wally: Did you leave any trace that it was you?
  • Jason: No. He'll just think it was Artemis that did it.
  • Wally: And you put air holes in?
  • *Jason nods, then Wally pats him on the head*
  • Wally: Good kid.
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It’s a lot easier to pull yourself up by your boot-straps Mr. Man, if you already know how to fly.

WOC Teen Superhero Parade Presents: Raquel Ervin a.k.a. Rocket and Darnice a.k.a. Rocket II

Raquel Ervin grew up in a poor neighborhood, but was always very social-aware and wanted to become a writer to improve the world. She also had a tendency of letting her more selfish friends talk her into stupid ideas. Like breaking into the house of a rich black Republican lawyer, Augustus Freeman IV. Who turned out to have superpowers. Raquel confronted him and convinced he should use these powers to set up a positive example for the community. Augustus became a superhero named Icon and Raquel used his technology to become his partner, Rocket.

When Raquel’s boyfriend got her pregnant, she decided to retire and passed the mantle of Rocket to her friend, Darnice. However, she has later returned to the role after Darnice was unable to continue as a result of the battle with a supervillain Oblivion.

Recommended Readings:

Icon #1-42 – The main book, by many considered Dwayne McDuffie’s magnum opus. Despite the name, Rocket is the real protagonist, something the creator has admitted.

Being a part of McDuffie’s Dakotaverse, the book has crossed over with other titles, like Static, Blood Syndicate, Hardware or Shadow Cabinet and participated in crossovers like Shadow War, Milestone Forever or Long Hot Summer. As a part of crossover with DC Universe, World’s Collide, Rocket has also show up in issues of Steel, Superboy Superman and Justice League tieing-in to the event.

Other Media:

Young Justice – Rocket joins the Team in the first season finale, following Icon’s acceptance into Justice League. After the time-skip she is a full-fledged member of the League, but has a smaller role.

Black History in Animation:

Raquel Ervin/Rocket from Young Justice (voiced by Kali Troy aka Kittie)

Rocket is the apprentice of the superhero known as Icon and joins the team towards the end of the first season. Straightforward and bold, if inexperienced, Rocket uses alien technology called an inertia belt to store and manipulate kinetic energy. She then uses this to fly, give her some super strength, as well as create force fields. Sometime in the five year gap between seasons one and two, she joins the Justice League.

Find the other characters I’ve honored here

  • Jaime Reyes: You chloroformed Captain Marvel?!
  • Zatanna Zatara: Stop yelling at me, you’re the ones that got caught!
  • Jaime Reyes: You’re the one who’s yelling!
  • Zatanna Zatara: We’re in big trouble, we have to do something!
  • Jaime Reyes: Oh, I don’t know what to do! My whole brain is crying!
  • Raquel Ervin: Guys, guys, guys! Hey, hey. I have an idea. Okay, it may sound a little weird, but trust me.
  • [hours later]
  • Billy Batson: What's happening?
  • Jaime Reyes: We all got chloroformed.
  • Zatanna Zatara: Somebody chloroformed all of us...
  • Raquel Ervin: And now we’re regaining consciousness, together.
  • Billy Batson: I don't understand.