Often hearing about Cheetah (the current Barbara Minerva version) being too weak, I felt that I need to raise the opinion of her.
So, thinking about the DC's Trinity of Evil (opposite of: Bats, Supes and Wondy), who would be Wonder Woman's Lex Luthor/Joker? I hear lots of people saying it's either Ares or Cheetah, but they soon exclude Cheetah, as she is portrayed as too weak and no match for Wonder Woman. And of course Batman one-hitting her into knockout and Catwoman's victory on Hellplanet, doesn't show Cheetah in a good light.
Now lets look the facts of how strong and fast Cheetah is, and if she deserves to be Wonder Woman's "Lex Luthor" :
is supposed to be on the same level as Wonder Woman, this was established in Minerva's first appearance in Wonder Woman #9. She can break trees with her tail... Superman compares Cheetah's strength with Captain Marvel (Shazam) and Wonder Woman.
should be also on the level with Wonder Woman, how else she could take down Flash. Even Wonder Woman agrees by saying she is a challenge to her, even if she is in full health.
Currently we can only say that she is treated weak, only because heroes need to win in the end, and she is merely a villain in their way.
I just felt the need to point it out for big concept that often are added to comics. Such as: Superpowers, Metahuman, Women in Comics, Good Girl Art, Bad Girl Art, Mutants, Sidekick. They appear basically in every comic there is, so why add them to issues, do people really want to see a concept attached to millions of comics. Most concept work as lists or just an explanation of a comic expression, and they really don't need any connections.
Tigra has quest appeared in many comics over the years, and as a long lasting member of West Coast Avengers. One could think that she doesn't have enemies of her own, but she too has brought some villains to Marvel Universe.
Malcolm was her first villain, who she fought as still human. She had slightly above normal feats thanks to Malcolm's funding, that he wanted to use to conquer the world. Malcolm died when they fought, not by her hands, but by his own.
Zabo is Malcolm's brother; she first met him along with his brother. Zabo escaped the first confrontation, but he blamed Tigra for his brother's death. Only after she was tuned into furry heroine, he was able to find her. Spider-Man even helped Tigra to fight Zabo, but she was able to convince him to make peace with the past.
Surisha was a demoness living in sewers, thought she had a beauty of a princess; she needed human life-force to keep it. Her minion, Surisha and her minion had a symbiotic relationship, and shared a lifeforce. Tigra tracked them under the city and managed to convince the minion to feed on Surisha, killing them both.
Aesklos was said demoness' minion; he had symbiotic relation with her. Aesklos hunted for humans and drained their life-force; he then returned to their underground lair and feed Surisha. That in turn kept him alive and gave him purpose. Tigra managed to convince Aesklos to feed on Surisha, and that killed them both
Cougar was one of the Cat People that had evolved on earth, separated from their brothers in Land Within. He had selfish wishes and they involved power. He managed to get his hands on Null-Bands and tried to use them to siphon Thing of the Fantastic Four power. Tigra fought against his plans, and he too was killed, though yet again not by Tigra's hands, but by his own human lover, to whom he had lied about who and what he really is.
Tabur is creation of High Evolutionary from a regular house cat. He was left alone to earth back when High Evolutionary flew to space to inhabit his own planet. He was bitter and angry. Cat People took him in and helped him. He in-turn tried to help them by wanting to conquer the earth for them. Earth-bound Cat People, who that day revealed themselves to humans, and Tigra fought against him. In the end he was turned back to house cat.
Tigra had second confrontation with him years later, when Tabur had claimed the crown of Cat People living in Land Within. He wanted Tigra to be his mate, but she refused. It was at time where Tigra was overpowered by her cat-soul, which Agatha Harkness directed into Tabur, changing him back to housecat again.
Tigra found a new enemy in Australia when she lived with aborigines in the jungle. He had hired a band of mercenaries to kidnap local people and then he sold them. Women however were brought to his personal harem. Tigra too was captured, and used her sexiness to get close to him. Tigra's friends were released and returned to their homeland. Sultan was left behind swearing revenge.
Brethren of the Blue Fist was a group of policemen who fought crime by killing criminals. Ironically the group was founded by Tigra's dead husband William Nelson. In fact he was killed by the same group when he thought they have gone too far. Tigra used false alias to draft into police academy, and let herself initiated to the Blue Fist. Then from the inside she brought them all to justice, and completed police training to boot.
Evil rich dude who wanted to be superhuman, and experimented on himself, paralyzing himself and leaving his body to steady degeneration, ending in his death. He then searched for other means to empower and cure himself and found out about Tigra. He even went such lengths to obtain it, that he infected dozen or so people with cell degenerating disease to lure her to him. One of those infected was Tigra's father. Dirkreich found a cure by experimenting on Tigra, but Tigra freed herself after that and stole the cure for her father, leaving Dirkreich to die.
Torg is just muscle man for Dirkreich. He was part of the experiment for Dirkreich to gain superhuman abilities, but that experiment failed. Now Torg is basically just a jellied mass in the power armor. His mental capacity has also diminished, and that makes him good in following orders.
2010 promises to be full of Top Cow comics. we have confirmation of Magdalena ongoing, Cyberforce ongoing, Angelus mini, Randy Queen's Starfall and Artifacts series. Plus we have a new Pilot Season coming also in 2010 with all original concepts
Top Cow announced today at San Diego Comic-Con that Ron Marz is writing the company's next big summer event for 2010:
"The 13 artifacts in the Top Cow universe tend to be the connective thread between a lot of the characters and the concepts. So this will bring virtually everything that's happening in the universe together by bringing these 13 artifacts together," Marz said of the 13-issue series. "The intention is to do this in a way that is, with the risk of sounding cliche, going to be the biggest, universe-changing story, in terms of permanent change. I don't know if we
can tell a bigger story than this." As fans of Top Cow know, "artifacts" are objects of power that are important to the publisher's supernatural world, particularly in the comics The Darkness and Witchblade. "The Darkness and the Witchblade and the Angelus Force are collectively known as the trinity and are supposed to be the most important among all the artifacts," Marz explained. "The Darkness is the dark side, the Angelus is the light side, and the Witchblade is supposed to be the balance between the two of them. And the other 10 have been shown here and there on occassion. The Magdelena character carries one of them, which is the Spear of Destiny. And we introduced a couple new ones at the end of Broken Trinity. "We've kind of been scattering these things through the books, and finally, this mini-series event is going to identify all of them and bring all of them together," he said. "Finn is trying to stop the artifacts from coming together, but his opposite number is a woman called Gloriana Silver, who discovered the ember stone. Her obsession is to try to bring these artifacts together. And we've sort of given the idea that if these artifacts come together, it's not a good thing. This series is specific as to what happens when these artifacts come together." As readers might notice, there are 13 artifacts and 13 issues -- and that's not a coincidence. "It's our intention to concentrate on one artifact per issue, but that might not be an absolute rule as we get into it because obviously, we want to make sure we get the story across in those issues," he said. Artifacts will be the third act in a larger story that Marz has told through his last two crossover events for Top Cow, although Marz pointed out that this one is much bigger and has more implications than the prior ones. "The last few years, Top Cow and I have done smaller-scalle crossover events. We did the first one, which was Sara Pezzini, who was the Witchblade bearer, having a baby. And last year we did Broken Trinity, which introduced some new characters and new artifacts into the universe," he explained. "Those were six-issue events, with three issues of the main title and three tie-in issues. So we generally kept these crossover things fairly small and manageable, as opposed to a huge Marvel or DC crossover, where you're talking about 30 or 40 books and $150 bucks or something like that. "So we're essentially doubling the scale of what we're doing," Marz said. "It'll pull in a lot of different aspects of the Top Cow universe and the scope of it will be larger than any of the crossover events we've done before."
This summer we see another Top Cow and Marvel Crossover, featuring teams: Cyberforce, Hunter-Killer from Top Cow and Thunderbolts and Mighty Avengers from Marvel.
In a display of how much importance Norman Osborn and the Thunderbolts have achieved in the Marvel Universe, the team is getting equal billing with the Avengers in Top Cow's latest inter-company crossover, entitled Fusion: Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer/ Avengers/Thunderbolts The three-issue limited series begins in May and Top Cow has provided Newsarama with a first look at Mike Choi's cover to the debut issue.Fusion: Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer/Avengers/Thunderbolts #1 (of 3) (W) Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning (A) Tyler Kirkham (Cov) Mike Choi & Sonia Oback The mother of all Top Cow/Marvel crossovers debuts in May! Top Cow's two covert tech teams collide with Marvel's Initiative enforcers, the Mighty Avengers and the Thunderbolts. When a rapid and unregistered Ripclaw starts tearing through a small Northeast town, the Mighty Avengers move in to stop him. When the feral hero escapes, they're drawn into an inevitable conflict with Cyberforce. A crossover event too massive to be contained in a single issue brought to you by the writing team of Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning (Guardians of the Galaxy, Nova) and Top Cow favorite artist Tyler Kirkham (Ultimate Fantastic Four, Broken Trinity: Aftermath).
Other publishers top two are The Darkness and Witchblade, explanation: I like Top Cow's 13 artifact universe in general, but these two have on-goings at this moment.
Actually I read more of other publishers than DC or Marvel, From Marvel I only follow Tigra and Spider-Man, and from DC: I used to follow Pantha, but since she was killed off, only one I follow now is Cheetah, and since she's a villain I don't get much DC comics at all.