Welcome back to Three Things Thursday! Today I give a shout out to the three comic book characters who’ve inspired me.
Goddess. Queen. Leader. It doesn’t get better than Storm when looking for a woman of color to look up to. She’s an Omega class mutant, one of the most powerful on the planet. Don’t let the movies fool you. Storm is a force to be reckoned with. Before joining the X-men, she was worshiped as a goddess. She never needed the Professor to help her control her powers. He’s the one who needed her assistance to complete a mission. Her husband is the equally fierce Black Panther, King of Wakanda, ruler of one of the richest and technologically advanced countries in the world. She’s led various teams of the X-men as well as becoming leader of the Morlocks.
When creating new characters, I use Storm’s power and compassion as a canvas for strong women and men in my own universes.
“I am a woman, a mutant, a thief, an X-Men, a lover, a wife, a queen. I am all these things. I am Storm, and for me, there are no such things as limits “ ―Storm
Any girl who grew up in the 70s has spent more time than she cares to admit spinning around in a circle, hoping her plain clothes would turn into the red, white and blue of Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman. The first superheroine, Wonder Woman has stood the test of time. She’s gone through a lot of changes in the fifty plus years since her creation, but she’s still on top. A demi-goddess and diplomat, she’s as fierce as she is kind.
I deal with many all-powerful creatures in my universe, and Wonder Woman helps me keep them grounded and relatable.
“Of all people, you know who I am…who the world needs me to be. I’m Wonder Woman.” Infinite Crisis #1
Fallen Angel is not as popular a comic as the others, but its influence is just as great. Liandra is a guardian angel who is cast out of heaven after killing the man responsible for killing her charge. Now on Earth, Liandra “Lee”, serves as a last resort for justice in the dark city of Bete Noire. She plays by her own rules. One week she’ll torture you, the next, she’ll save your life. If she thinks you’re worthy she’ll help you. If you fail her test, she’ll make you wish you’d never heard her name.
Liandra is the character that made me fall in love with angels. She’s unlike any other celestial creature I’ve encountered in books, movies or TV. Fallen Angel’s storyline is adult and complex, while the art begs to be hung up on the wall. Reading Liandra’s story shows me how small changes can make a tired storyline or character feel fresh and new.
Are there any comic book characters that inspire you in every day life? Share in the comments!