The Chico Comics Page likes it’s female characters and we love DC Comics! So, as a tribute we are going to do a series on the Women of DC Comics. We’re talking good girls and bad girls and all the women in between. DC has many awesome female characters and we will spotlight them all in this series. We hope you enjoy. But more than that we hope to inspire you to read DC Comics.
Amanda “The Wall” Waller
Someone has to do the dirty work. In the DC Universe, that someone is Amanda Waller. She’s intimidating, formidable and downright ruthless. She uses those traits to her advantage, and anyone who goes up against her quickly learns how she earned her nickname, “The Wall.”
Waller pulled herself up from rough beginnings to serve her country as a covert agent before becoming Director of the Advanced Research Group for Uniting Superhumans (A.R.G.U.S.). In this role, she created a highly classified team of super-villains known as Task Force X. The members of this specialized covert team are forced to go on whatever assignments Waller deems will serve the greater good. Refuse and members learn that the risky missions aren’t the only reason the team’s commonly referred to as the Suicide Squad.
As the Squad’s leader, Waller often acts coldly and doesn’t hesitate to put the team in near-impossible situations. She doesn’t follow any standardized moral guidebook but instead operates by her own rules. The missions she assigns to the team serve a higher purpose…in theory. Being compassionate isn’t an asset in Waller’s line of work, but acting without emotion means she’s not always so different from the villains in the Squad. In leading them, Waller has to be careful not to become one of them. If it’s not already too late.
Amy Winston just wanted to know where she came from—but she soon realized that some questions might just be better left unanswered.
Amy spent most of her childhood moving from town to town with her mother, who trained her every day in self-defense and swordplay and never revealed the reasons why, much to Amy’s annoyance. However, on her 17th birthday, Amy finally received the answers she was looking for when her mother told her the truth of her birth—sending her on an incredible journey as Amaya of House Amethyst, a Princess of Gemworld!
Once on Gemworld, Amy’s appearance alters to reflect that of her family’s heritage, and she gains vast magical powers associated with House Amethyst. Coupled with her skill at swordplay and defense, Amy finds herself a formidable force in this new fantastical realm ripe with untold danger.
A girl of two worlds, Amy must come to terms with her responsibilities as a princess while trying to survive the machinations of her newfound family members and the other ruling Houses vying for power.
A prodigy ahead of her time? Check. Fought toe-to-toe with Gotham’s most unsavory? Double-check. Bailed out the Dark Knight on countless occasions? Capital C check.
Batgirl is Barbara Gordon, a confident young woman as committed to justice as her father, Gotham City’s top cop Commissioner Gordon. But when her overprotective Dad forbids her from joining the force, her admiration of Batman leads her to rebel the way crime-fighting rebels do in Gotham City: by picking up the mantle of the Bat.
An exceptional fighter and detective, Batgirl is also unparalleled in her computer skills. With a Utility Belt filled with Batarangs and her own Batcycle to speed her across the city, she pursues justice regardless of whether others—including Batman—wish her to. But Gotham’s criminals are a ruthless and maniacal lot, and every moment she risks her neck means dancing closer to death.
Inspiration can happen anywhere—in a classroom, a theater, or in the comfort of your own home. But for Kate Kane, inspiration struck in the most unlikely of places: a dark, dingy Gotham City street. Moved and motivated by an encounter with Batman, Kate donned a utility belt and joined the ranks of the costumed crimefighters in Gotham City. She became Batwoman.
Kate had a long history of overachievement. She was an exemplary pupil at the United States Military Academy, earning top marks and easily rising to the head of her class…until she was dismissed from the school for being gay. Kate received support at home from her colonel father, but she was angry and frustrated by the military’s actions. Disheartened, Kate lost direction and became caught up with late nights and partying. And then Batman intervened.
As Batwoman, Kate combines her special operative training and deep sense of discipline to serve justice to criminals. In fact, of all of Batman’s allies, Batwoman may be the one who’s most like him. Her military training makes her a tough adversary in both armed and unarmed combat, her experiences have made her a strong opponent of injustice and her intelligence has led her to become a solid detective. However, she also shares the Dark Knight’s self-destructive tendencies when it comes to personal relationships. For her, the mission always comes first.