women of the dcu

BEATRIZ DA COSTA (AKA FIRE)

And let’s start this blog off strong with one of my personal favourite women of the DCU as a whole: the much-forgotten Beatriz Da Costa, also known as: Fire!



(Art by Adam Hughes!)

Bea’s debut into the comics world was in 1979, in Super Friends, originally known as Green Fury, and later joined the group known as the Global Guardians.  What do I know about that time?  Not a whole lot!  

The point at which I fell in love with her - and at which, I think, most of her fans fell in love with her - was her debut as Fire in the pages of Justice League International.  In this post-crisis world, she started off as a model and performer turned superhero: Green Fury, to Green Flame to, simply, Fire.  She appeared as one half of a duo, one that was destined to be the backbone of much of her emotional arcs: Fire & Ice.  


Aren’t they cute?

For those of you who are even passingly familiar with Justice League International, it won’t come as a surprise in the least that most of her characterization and actions revolved around being as funny as possible, particularly as a loud, lively, egotistical foil to the much more demure, conservative Ice.  She wasn’t always the most competent member of the team (it’s hard to do, when you’re beside Batman and Martian Manhunter), but there’s no doubt that she was certainly one of the MORE competent members, especially when it came to assuming a protective role with Ice, a woman that she loved to no end.  

Something that didn’t go too well for her upon Ice’s untimely death, in which she had to grapple with the continuous deaths of her teammates, and what to do in the face of them.  Where many gave up, she didn’t; she served the Justice League for the longest stretch out of any JLI member, trained with several senior heroes, battled against Doomsday, befriended the woman who took on Ice’s mantle, and stayed to the bitter end.  

And once it did, in fact, end, she returned to her home of Brazil to continue her work, only to join up with the espionage group Checkmate, which did some… let’s say morally sketchy things.

But that’s enough about her long and often ambiguous backstory, which I included mostly to point out that despite what many detractors say about DC’s female characters, she was not written as a foil for a man, was not written to titillate any male characters and is her own character.  Can you dislike her?  Sure.  But there’s no arguing that she’s a central character in and of herself, and can stand on her own two feet.

So why do I like her?  There’s a whole laundry list, but let me take a shot.  Unlike a lot of women I see in fiction, she’s allowed to be flawed and funny while maintaining a rich inner life.  Bea loves the good life and her own reflection, at that, and she can be petty, angry,  and judgmental… but she can be loving, heroic, sentimental and very, very brave at the same time.  She’s funny without being a punchline, and her love for Ice is not put beneath the love that Ice’s boyfriend has for her – it’s on par, because relationships between women, whether they’re romantic or platonic (and I personally believe she harboured extremely romantic feelings towards Ice) are incredibly important.  To see the love these women have for each other is a wonderful thing, especially in a franchise and medium that often pits them against one another.


She’s vivacious and bright, she’s allowed to have fun, and that’s something that’s occasionally in very short supply.  I love that she’s part of a big, wonderful team, and that she has endured past it from title to title. She’s never seen to be above it all, but she’s allowed to express her own legitimate emotions throughout it all as well.  



…which is a really long winded way of saying: I love Beatriz Da Costa, and I think you should too.


Even if her fashion sense isn’t always what it should be.  


Zack Snyder on Wonder Woman’s Role in BvS

“She plays a super-important part. In a lot of ways, she’s the gateway drug to 
the rest of the 
Justice League." 

It’s obvious that Wonder Woman is going to play an integral part in the film, rather than just a cameo.

Originally posted by alex-badkillerb

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DC Comics - July 2015 Solicit Covers featuring some of the women of the DCU 

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Secret Six (2008-2011) #26

“You could never spot them in time.”

I’ve gone on before, I think, about just how much I adore Secret Six, but one of my favorite exchanges from the last on-going title was this issue with Amanda Waller and Katarina Armstrong.

There’s so much tension and razor-sharp dialogue between them. These are incredibly powerful women, I’d argue two of the most powerful women in the DCU, and neither of them have super powers or capes. They’re just pure awesome.

And the beat changes between the two are amazingly well handled.

Again, just awesome.

If there’s one thing Dini’s run on Streets of Gotham did, it made me want more Martha Wayne. Hers was the knee that Bruce learned love of justice from. I am so tired of seeing emphasis of Thomas. In the Nolan movies especially, she’s just a prop while Bruce looks up to his dad. I can’t remember her speaking once.

It’s such a shame. I feel like writing an AU where Martha and Alfred fight crime and Thomas wrings his hands and patches them up afterwards. 

There’s so much potential in the way of storylines with Martha and the Kane family in general. Their wealth, Kane County, dealing with antisemitism, the strong females of the family, aftermath of the death of Robert Kane.

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Comic Meme: Pitch a series you would like to read for anonymous

Sensation Comics

I’ve talked about this pitch before and almost didn’t go with it but decided “why not” anyway because while the digital first Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman now exists, it’s not exactly my pitch.

An anthology series headlining not just Diana but all the Amazons and Wonder Women of the world. All stories involve independent storylines following various kickass women across the DCU, seemingly with all their stories independent but soon learning that our stories are not so separate after all.

An all women Justice League? The Lady Titans? Amazon politics on Themyscira? Days off for the Birds of Prey? Female Furies and female magic users finding their powers in flux? And the biggest story Lois Lane has ever chased in her life?

You better believe they can handle it!