Batman v Superman Plush Commission by Charles Paul Wilson III
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Show of hands if you ever thought you’d see two different Black Supermen in two high-profile comics from DC Comics (Grant Morrison’s upcoming Multiversity and the regular Earth-2 series).
But still, let’s keep it real.
These aren’t characters in the main DC Universe, whatever that is nowadays. And as Molly Danger creator Jamal Igle reminds folks in this article, Superman’s a brand.
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They told her she can be anything she wanted to be, so she became everything…
Name: Natasha Jasmine Irons
Alias: Steel (III), Starlight, Vaporlock, Jenny Blake
Affiliations: Steel, Infinity Inc., and Team Superman
Created By: Louise Simonson and Chris Batista
Publisher: DC Comics
First Appearance: as Natasha Irons – Steel (Vol. 2) #1 (February 1994), as Steel – Action Comics #806 (October 2003), as Starlight – 52 #21 (September 2006), and as Vaporlock – Infinity Inc. (Vol. 2) #8 (June 2008)
Biography/Story Line: Natasha Irons is the daughter of John Henry Irons’s brother, Clay, and Clay’s wife Blondel. Like the rest of her family, she knew about Steel’s secret identity all along. Contrasting sharply with her brother Jemahl, Natasha is shown to be very level headed and practical. By issue #14, she is about 16 and is shown to be working (presumably as an intern) for a U.S. Senator. In one incident, Nat is kidnapped by Hazard and Steel has to rescue her. She is heavily influenced by her uncle John Henry Irons and even uses the drug “Tar” to help fight at her uncle’s side briefly. She is later kidnapped by the villain Plasmus and apparently kills him by shattering him once Steel froze the villain (although he later turns up alive). Natasha was devastated at the loss of her beloved great-grandmother, Bess Irons, but is the only one of her family who stays with Steel when he moves to Jersey City.
With Christopher Priest at the helm of Steel starting with #34, Nat was radically altered. She was transformed into a “modern,” stereotypical, obnoxious teenager who was obviously completely bored with life in general. She is also shown to be very flippant and sardonic. Also, all trace of her previous work for a U.S. Senator was apparently exercised from the canon. During this time she also meets a teen named Paul (who she dubs “Boris”) whom she befriends and apparently dates. Her father also makes a return as the villain Crash. When an assassin named Skorpio poisons Nat, Crash has to turn himself in so that he can give a blood transfusion and save his daughter. He is never seen nor heard from again.
Nat later goes with Steel to Metropolis when he opens up Steelworks there. She becomes his assistant, even reprogramming Superman’s Kryptonian robot Kelex to speak with hip hop slang.
When the Entropy Aegis of Darkseid trapped John Henry Irons, Natasha designed a suit of armor that used the Aegis’s power, teleported to Apokolips, and fought Doomsday with the help of Superman, Superboy, Supergirl, and the pre-Crisis Supergirl. John was too injured to continue operating as Steel. Having intended to pass his legacy as Steel on to Natasha, John made a new, more advanced suit of armor for her to use.
When Natasha heard that Superman had been injured by a ghostly ninja, she donned her armor and became the new Steel. She teamed up with Cir-El and Girl 13 to stop the ninja. During the adventure, she used her hammer to fire an electric pulse into Superman’s heart to start it again. When Cir-El heard that Superman had been captured by Lex Luthor, Natasha accompanied her and Superboy to rescue him. Natasha worked with Batman to free the others who had fallen into a trap.
Natasha had a violent falling out with her uncle John, over John’s open disgust over what he felt was the self-absorbed narcissism of the super-hero community. When Natasha discovered that the Teen Titans, whose roster was devastated by the battle against Alexander Luthor and Superboy-Prime, were holding an open call for new members, John forbid Natasha from going and instead demanded her continue the thankless and boring task of clearing out harmless debris from Metropolis and went as far as destroying Natasha’s armor to “teach her a lesson”, in terms of forcing her to build her own armor if she truly wanted to be a super-hero if she wished to defy John’s bitter demands of her. Natasha was further tormented when John forced her to attend summer school rather than a science colloquium that Natasha had been looking forward to attending for several months. (John’s justification was that Natasha’s inability to pass English Lit, despite making straight “A’s” in all of her other classes, made her unfit to attend such an important scientific colloquium). She attempted to rebuild her armor with little success, but when she overheard a phone message meant for John telling him that his DNA had been rewritten by the Luthor metagene, Natasha reached her breaking point regarding John’s treatment of her.
After a fierce argument with her uncle, Natasha applies for Luthor’s “Everyman Project” and becomes one of the first official subjects. When John, looking for Natasha, threatens to kill Luthor at a Lexcorp party, Natasha appears, along with a team of super-powered people in Luthor’s employ, and beats him severely. From that point, she is estranged from her uncle, who makes numerous attempts to contact her, which she rebuffs. Gifted with new skills, Natasha is given the codename “Starlight”. While in battle, she witnesses her friend Eliza Harmon (a.k.a. Trajectory) killed by a new Blockbuster. Natasha is finally contacted by John on New Year’s Eve, who forces her to rethink everything that Luthor has told her. After the “Rain of the Supermen,” in which Lex Luthor deactivates the powers of each Everyman hero outside of Infinity, Inc. (causing many to plummet from the sky; this forms the basis of the titular pun on “The Reign of the Supermen” storyline), Natasha realizes that her uncle was right all along. She then begins working as a double agent within Luthor’s organization. However, she is found out and beaten by Luthor, who has acquired superpowers. Steel and the Teen Titans launch an attack on LexCorp and manage to rescue Natasha. However, Lex stripped her of her Starlight powers. Later, she is seen escorting Luthor into custody, wearing a new set of armour made for her by her uncle. The duo restore Steelworks, and Natasha is later seen, during the World War III assembling a nanotech payload missile to fire over Black Adam, although the missile is stolen by Booster Gold. Natasha survives the battle, and resumes working at Steelworks.
Months after World War III, Natasha and the other participants in the Everyman Program suffered unusual side-effects: their physiology began mutating, granting them superhuman powers which related, in some way, to the state of their mental health. For Natasha, who suffered from a fear of abandonment, this meant gaining the uncontrollable power to transform to intangible mist. Her uncle suggests she adopt the codename “Vaporlock”. Reuniting with a few of the Program’s other subjects, she decided to fight super-villains who got their powers from the Program. However, the team was kidnapped by Desaad (under the alias “Doctor Bud Fogel”), who convinced Gerome McKenna to betray the team. They were subsequently press ganged into the Dark Side Club as fighters, before they were rescued by Miss Martian and Ravager.
After being released from the Dark Side Club, the members of Infinity Inc. take new names and infiltrate a government project named Project 7734. The goal of the project is simple: the death of Superman. Towards that end, the government project has placed satellites in space that fire magic lasers, plucked the powerful Atlas from the time stream, release Metallo, and brainwashed people. Natasha is not sure who to trust as part of Project: Breach (the brainwashing of Captain Atom). She visits Earth to tell Jimmy Olsen, who has been looking into Project 7734, about Captain Atom and leaves just before Jimmy is found and shot by Codename: Assassin. In the Captain Atom back-up story in Action Comics, Captain Atom remembers who he is, revealing his real name and rank along with the “Codename: Captain Atom”. Joining others of Project 7734 (such as Codename: Superwoman and Codename: Metallo), Natasha is part of the team that takes down Captain Atom to brainwash him before they are attacked by the natives of the magical world where Project 7734 is located. The natives want her to help them with Captain Atom.
Following this, Natasha is shown helping Steel rescue civilians during the Reign of Doomsday event. Doomsday attacks Natasha in order to draw Steel’s attention, and though she escapes unscathed, Steel is ultimately beaten into submission and captured.
Flashpoint: As a result of the changes to the timeline by Reverse Flash, Natasha Irons never had an Uncle John to guide her as she grew up, and never became the armored crime-fighter known as Steel. At some point prior to the present, she decided to help lead an anarchist cell in their attempts to liberate Brazil from the Nazis, who fled there after World War II and took over. During the course of the fierce insurgency, she lost her right arm and had it replaced with high-tech prostheses. Following the H.I.V.E. Council’s decision to destroy New Themyscira and Atlantis via satellite bombardment, Traci Thirteen traveled to Brazil to try and recruit Natasha to help her stop her father, but she declined, declaring that the Amazons and the Atlanteans deserved their fate.
Powers/ Skills: as Steel – Superhuman strength, flight, and size-shifting. As Starlight – Superhuman strength, durability, flight, and solid light constructs. As Vaporlock – transformation into living mist and flight.
Mother’s Day the Trinity Way
A loving embrace, the clasp of support and strength and the pain and joy of remembrance are all part of this wonderful piece by Yasmin Liang.