Warning: Possible Spoilers.
Rose has been my favorite comic book character for a while now, and when I first heard that she would be featured prominently in Superboy right when the New 52 launched, I was thrilled. There were a lot of other characters with a much larger fanbase that were left out of the relaunch (Donna Troy, Wally West, Cassandra Cain, to name a few). So, just knowing that she would be returning at the very start was enough to get me in a good mood.
Once the relaunch finally arrived and I had a chance to read this new Rose Wilson (who was no longer going by the name Ravager, and whose ties to Deathstroke still as her father are yet uncertain), I was mixed. While still just happy to have her back in the reboot, a lot has changed with Rose so far. As already mentioned, it's a mystery so far whether or not she's still Deathstroke's daughter (They seem to enjoy dancing around this question in interviews).
For me, her past experiences with her controlling, manipulative father, was a large part of what made Rose such a great character pre-reboot. Having been forced to do bad things under his control, wanting to get away from him and instead do good with her life, not wanting to be a cold blooded killer like him, and trying to prove to those around her that she was a better person than her father, all went into making her deep character.
The possibility remains that Deathstroke is still her father in the New 52, though it's doubtful that, if he is, they've yet to meet or have those kinds of interactions, with the relationship not being mentioned in either the Deathstroke series, or the Superboy series, which could leave a void in her rebooted character, in my opinion.
UPDATE: As I have just discovered, it has been confirmed that Rose is indeed still Deathstroke's daughter. According to Lobdell, when asked about it: "I think that'll happen on a one way street that isn't heading towards Superboy. I would say that anybody that's looking for an interaction between Slade and his daughter are not going to be disappointed." This is definitely good news in my book, now it just remains to be seen what direction they go with it. Will they be meeting for the first time, or have they encountered each other before? And will Deathstroke try and train/mentor/enhance her like he did before? Guess we'll just have to wait and see.
APRIL UPDATE: In Superboy #8, we see that Rose is struck by an energy blast from someone known as 'Leash', which is designed to bring out the worst in people. She is then hit by a countering blast by Solstice, which neutralizes the effect it had on her (that being an apparent berserker rage). We then find out that Solstice was with Harvest when he first discovered Rose and took her into N.O.W.H.E.R.E. and that she used to be "much worse" than she is now (Solstice called her "A killer among killers"). Harvest then changed her to make her more controllable, which apparently resulted in the loss of some of her memory. This leads to the interesting question of just what happened in Rose's past that made her into such a killer? Did it involve experiences with her father, Deathstroke? Have they already met, or was it something entirely different? Solstice also mentions that Rose can't give into her old self "No matter who you've lost." So, another question, who has Rose lost in her past? Is Solstice speaking of Lillian Worth, Rose's mother? Or is it someone else? Either way, I'm very looking forward into seeing Rose's new past explained in the future.
MAY UPDATE: Okay, so Legion Lost #9 shows the return of Fairchild, trying to come back and save the kids and reason with Rose. Unfortunately, it looks like Rose now holds ill feelings to her former close friend, going so far as to fight each her with every intent at killing her. In Rose's mind, Caitlin betrayed and lied to her, leaving her to believe that their friendship was a farce. Nothing Caitlin says or does can get her to change Rose's mind, as the two now appear to be enemies. This is... very unfortunate. I mean, I really liked the bond that they had at the beginning of the series, and how Rose was starting to grow into something more than a hired killer. But now, Rose says she has no more better nature... so it looks like it's all been thrown out the window? Seems like a step backwards... However, I do still hold on to a small glimmer of hope that there are larger forces at work here causing Rose to react this way. We see Ridge, after taking a vicious blow to the skull (or hearing Caitlin's 'speech'... has to be a combination of the two), waking up and remembering his time in the Culling, which he hated, obviously. That being said, and with the already suggested memory loss that Rose has, and how Harvest changed her to be more controllable, perhaps Harvest takes his Ravagers and sort of mind wipes them into believing that what he's doing is the right thing to do, causing them to become blindly loyal to him. If that is the case, then I hope, I hope, I hope, that somewhere down The Ravagers series that Rose will come to her senses and step out of the villain role she's been thrust into. Their incredibly suggestive dialogue aside, I really do want to see Rose and Caitlin as friends again, their relationship was building into something nice.
MAY UPDATE #2: I know that Rose is a villain here, in The Ravagers #1, which I still find pretty unfortunate (I personally don't like when she's a villain), but the hope that she might eventually come around and change sides keeps me rooting for her to overcome what Harvest did to her. I didn't like seeing her just heartlessly murder a bunch of the escaped kids in cold blood, mostly because her biggest thing Pre-52 was trying her hardest to NOT do just that. But again, I have high hopes that she'll begin to change again as she did before the reboot, so only time will tell.
JUNE UPDATE: She appears only briefly in Ravagers #2, but the single panel that we get a good look at her in tells a lot. In this panel, it's heavily implied that Rose still cares for and is worried about Caitlin, after realizing that N.O.W.H.E.R.E. is still after her. The expression she's making is one of worry and disappointment, and the way she says her line, with the "--" before the question mark indicating a surprised stutter in her question, and then the ellipsis beginning her next sentence indicating a pause of concern. It could be that a deeper part of Rose, the part of her that was friends with Caitlin before, is starting to surface through her cold, killer demeanor again.
DECEMBER UPDATE: There is a huge moment on the final page that is connected with Rose's past, it seems. Once the fight between Rose/Warblade and the Ravagers is completed, Deathstroke is seen reviewing the footage of the fight. He has both a history with Rose, obviously, as her father, and with Caitlin, as he worked with her father on Team 7. WIth next month's issue focusing on Rose and Warblade, I'm looking forward to seeing some development with them and how this particular nugget will play out in the future.
JANUARY UPDATE: Not much is revealed in issue #8 about Rose (although the writing is a million times better with the new writer), though we do get glimpses that maybe she isn't completely far gone. While trying to solve a problem in a remote town with one of N.O.W.H.E.R.E.'S escaped subjects lethally infecting a whole town, Rose goes out of her way to do so without killing them, and even save people from a burning fire. Her excuse is that she doesn't want to face Harvest's wrath for creating an incident, but there may be something more there, especially since her partner, Warblade, would simply rather kill everyone.
FEBRUARY UPDATE: After Caitlin's team arrives (first to stop them, but then to help them help the town after some arguing), Rose opens up about her feelings towards Caitlin. She feels hurt that Caitlin betrayed her, and blames that for the end of their friendship, while Caitlin blames Rose's loyalty to Harvest. Rose also reveals to Warblade that Caitlin is someone she would have died for, back when they were friends. Also worth noting is Rose's claim that she and Warblade are "dead" if Harvest ever finds out what happened at the town, while Harvest is watching them from afar. I think it's pretty obvious that this is what leads them to no longer working for Harvest, and hopefully Rose will eventually make up with Caitlin as the three remaining issues of The Ravagers continues. Also, I'm really hoping that we learn more about Rose and Caitlin's past relationship. It's been teased with a crap ton of subtext that they might have been more than just friends, but they just don't seem to want to clarify it.
MARCH UPDATE: Well, the whole N.O.W.H.E.R.E. thing finally seems to be coming to a head for Rose. In the latest issue, Harvest turns on both her and Warblade by sending troopers and butcher bots to kill them. They manage to survive, though Rose comes to the conclusion that the only way to continue surviving is to get back into Harvest's good graces by capturing Caitlin at the others for him. However, Harvest has already hired Deathstroke to eliminate Caitlin's team, meaning he doesn't want them alive anymore. Not only does this mean that Rose and Warblade no longer have an out to gain favor with Harvest again, but with Deathstroke already having attacked Caitlin's team at the end of this issue, I'm going to make the guess that Rose and Warblade will actually end up saving them, and, when realizing that Harvest wants them all dead, will have to form an alliance with them to survive. Also, finally Rose and her father are going to meet on screen and we're going to be learning her backstory in the final two issues. Here's hoping the next two months work wonders for her development, since she's finally starting to get some. I am so ready for Rose to stop being a villainous lackey.
APRIL UPDATE: Okay... where the hell do I even start here? Well, okay, a lot was revealed this month in Rose's two appearances... however, most of it wasn't exactly great. I mean, interesting sure, but true to her character? Not really. One, Rose is Slade's daughter, and she apparently hates him, as he was never a father to her, so there's that. That's par for the course. Also, the reason that Deathstroke took the contract with Harvest was indeed to get his daughter back, so there's that, too. He is apparently trying to make up for being such a shitty father, if his interactions in Deathstroke #19 are anything to go by. Now, here's where it gets rather facepalm inducing.
SO... Rose, for one, is no longer a person of color. Yup, after years of artists whitewashing the hell out of her, her mother is no longer the Cambodian princess, Lillian Worth. Nope, DC just kicked her to the curb and made Adeline her mother instead, which also makes her a full sister to Grant and Joseph, instead of a half-sister. I just can't even... why, why oh why, with all their attempts to increase diversity, would they remove her Asian heritage? This completely and baffles me. I mean, I guess it could be seen as just a simplification thing, trying not to make her and Deathstroke's past as complicated with him cheating on Adeline and having Rose with someone else, but come ON. I'm not even sure how this makes sense, since it's clear that Rose grew up with her brothers, and yet she's not present in ANY of the other instances where we see Slade's past, even with his family. Like, what? Ugh, so Rose has been completely and fully whitewashed now. Whatever. *sigh* At the very least, Rose is overjoyed to see her mother again... so seeing her actualy happy for a change is nice. Even if that lasts all of a couple pages before Jericho goes psycho and tries to kill them by controlling everyone. Yeah, Joey's a psychotic villain again, so thanks for that, Liefeld.
Anyway, moving on, Rose apparently had more of a past with Niles Caulder and his operations than would have been thought. DUring the whole Deathstroke debacle at the Ravagers' hideout, she leads Caitlin into the inner laboratory that no one else knew about and reveals that there are a bunch of Caitlin clones there. Somehow, she already knew about this, though it has yet to be revealed how. Next issue, obviously. She also reveals that she knows Caitlin is not the original (as seen in Team 7 #6, the original Caitlin was killed by Slade when she turned into a robot-hybrid, went on a rampage, and killed her father). So, how does all this tie together? I guess we'll just have to wait and see. But right now, I'm just... very mixed on all of this. I need to go digest my thoughts.
On the plus side, in the latest issues since the new writer came on board in The Ravagers, she has been portrayed as much more conflicted, with an underlying desire to do good, but while retaining her hard and cold exterior, while seemingly following Harvest more out of fear that he'll kill her if she doesn't play by his rules rather than being a loyal brainwashed servant. So that means her development is coming along, however slowly.
MAY UPDATE: Well.... so much for Rose and Caitlin making nice. As probably should have been expected, Rose withholding the fact that Caitlin was just one of many clones did not go over well. Rose rubbing it in probably didn't help either... although, I do believe that Rose was at first withholding it because she didn't want to hurt Caitlin (before the whole betrayal and friendship angst happened). But, so much for them ever being friends again. They do not leave on good terms before Deathstroke captures them all and the issue ends with Rose and Terra leaving with him. That's really not how I wanted things to go, considering how much they seemed to care for when this reboot began...
That's really all that happened in The Ravagers #12, as far as Rose is concerned. Her friendship with Caitlin is irreparably broken, and then she was allowed to go free by Harvest, as payment to Deathstroke for his job. A lot more happens in Deathstroke #20, however. So let's look into that, shall we?
Alright, where to start? Well, how about with the fact that, oh yeah, Rose witnessed her mother and both her brothers die in this issue (technically, it looks like Jericho survived, but she doesn't know that)? To make it even worse, it was her father that killed both Joseph and Grant, and not to mention Joey was being all "evil psycho" and trying to kill them. It's as if they wanted to pile on as much angst as possible in a single issue... god forbid a character in DC ever has a tiny bit of happiness. So... yeah. To be honest, I didn't feel much for their deaths, I was never attached to them, but I'm not too thrilled with what it means for Rose.
And adding to the tally: her mother, her brothers, and any chance of reconciling with her father.
So in all, in one day, Rose lost: The only friend she ever had, her mother, not one but two brothers, and any hope of forgiving her father for being a shitty dad. But hey... at least she's free now and no longer a villainous lacky? Sigh.
Alright, now moving on to a single line that actually clears up a LOT about her timeline... if some inferences are taken, at least.
I'll go into more depth on what this line means for her abilities, but for right now I want to focus on what it means for her backstory. Because Slade calls her ability a "Gen-Power", we can immediately infer that Rose was a part of John Lynch's program at some point. This would make sense considering the fact that Lynch had knowledge of her and her abilities at all. Because of this, we can also infer that this is her connection to Niles Caulder and how she knew about the Caitlin clones. Because Lynch was in charge of Team 7, when the whole original Caitlin dying thing happened, it's possible that he ordered Niles to create the clones for some reason. So, when Rose was brought into the program (which also makes sense, considering Slade's former connection to Lynch and Team 7), she was made "Gen-Active" and her metagene activated, met Niles, learned about the clones, etc. Then, at some point later Rose was abducted by Harvest, forced to undergo the Culling, where she survived, was made one of his Ravagers, and put in charge of looking after Superboy.
So that one line gives us a timeline that looks something like this:
-Early years (who the hell knows here, we have no details and inconsistencies in both her own and Slade's backstories make it impossible to guess)
-Slade abandoned Rose and the rest of his family.
-Rose at some point entered into Lynch's program, where her metagene is activated.
-She meets Niles Caulder and learns about the Caitlin clones in his lab.
-Harvest abducts her along with other metahumans and forces them to undergo the Culling.
-Rose survives the Culling, is made a Ravager, and is forced to follow Harvest's orders.
-Rose meets and befriends Caitlin.
-The next Culling takes place, leading to Caitlin "betraying" Rose and their friendship falling through.
-After a couple failed attempts at re-capturing the escaped Ravagers, Harvest puts out a kill order on Rose and Warblade.
-Lynch sends Deathstroke to Harvest to complete the contract to capture the Ravagers, in return for freeing both Rose and Terra from N.O.W.H.E.R.E. control.
-The whole Majestic incident occurs. Rose loses her family and disappears shortly after. Current whereabouts unknown.
So... for as much as her backstory has thus far disappointed me, at the very least we can come up with a clear, logical timeline that makes sense, at least in regards to the past five years or so. Anything before that is a complete mystery.
Now, moving on to her design. First, her physical appearance:
Though still having the striking white hair, she looks a good deal different now. For one, she's missing her eye patch, as she hasn't lost her left eye in the DCnU. This is unfortunate, in my opinion, because I absolutely loved her eye patch (especially when it was white, which made it more unique and matched her hair. Though, half the time they seemed to color it black, and the other half it was white), as it was one of her most noticeable features. As Kid Flash once said, “Who knew an eye patch could be so sexy?”
Also, her jaw appears a bit wider and squarer than before. This isn't necessarily terrible, but it does makes her look a little... off, compared to what I know and remember. Of course, this could just be due to the actual artist drawing her currently. I'm very interested to see what a different artist can do for her once she heads on over to The Ravagers. For example, she looks phenomenal in these couple of images, with a much more well defined face, and excellent artwork all around:
As for her new outfit, it took a little bit for me to get used to it, but now that it's grown on me, I have to say that I really love it. The armor is sleek, looks nice, the colors go well together, and I think it fits her beautifully. It's also practical, and I'm glad they didn't try to needlessly sex up her outfit or anything in the reboot. That was the one thing that kind of nagged at me for Rose pre-reboot. Though she was always doing everything she could to distance herself from her father and prove to others that she wasn't like him, she still continued to dress like him. Perhaps that was just laziness of the writers/artists for not having her get a new costume, but it still kind of bugged me. Of course, don't get me wrong, I still loved that outfit, just that one aspect threw me off a little.
APRIL UPDATE: In Legion Lost #8, Rose wears a new outfit, which, while it struck me as a bit off when I first saw it, is growing on me the more I look at it. It's still nice and sleek, practical, and the colors go pretty well together. It's very 'super spy', which I enjoy.
MAY UPDATE: I had high hopes for what Rose would look like when given to a better artist, and oh my word did Churchhill deliver. Not just him, but the colorist as well. Rose looks absolutely gorgeous here, and is very detailed (as is the rest of the artwork in the book, it's excellent all around). They manage to make her look not just good, but fan-bleeping-tastic. She is the perfect mix of sexy (without having to dress her up as a stripper) and badass, which is how she should always be. I can say that this is easily her best look so far in the New 52, and perhaps even my favorite of all time. Her costume especially, it's sleek, practical, is armored in all the right places, the colors are perfect, and she even still has her trademark pirate boots, which go surprisingly well with the rest of the outfit. I give this look an A+++.
JANUARY UPDATE: Let's just all take a moment to appreciate the amazing pencils of Ig Guara (though really the inks and colors are amazing, too), who makes Rose absolutely stunning. I didn't think she could look any better, but I do like being proven wrong in this case.
MAY UPDATE: Rose continues to look fabulous in every way. Nothing new here.
Now, moving on to her fighting ability. We've seen her first fight in the New 52 in Superboy #7, allowing us to get a glimpse at some of her skills. However... it was a little disappointing, I have to be honest. Pre-reboot, Rose had the advantages of being enhanced like her father, as well as having a precog ability that allowed her to see attacks before they happened, making her a truly formidable combatant.
In the reboot, though, it appears as though her precog ability is gone. Before the reboot, sneaking up on Rose was a laughable concept, as seen below:
At the end of Superboy #7, on the other hand, not only does Wonder Girl, a person not very well known to be a stealth oriented fighter, sneak up on her just fine, but knocks her out in the process.
So, it's probably safe to say that she no longer possesses precog, either that or it this was an oversight on the writer to give an excuse to have Cassie knock out Rose. Either way, it made me shake my head in disappointment.
(also, on another note, is it just me or did they mess up continuity between Superboy #7 and Teen Titans #7? As you see at the end of Superboy, Rose is already out cold and dressed in a leather jacket, but in the next issue of Teen Titans, it shows her unconscious in a different position, and in her battle gear:
When Wonder Girl mentions her ambush of Rose, the note also says to see Superboy #8 for their battle. But... there was no battle, as she's clearly knocked unconscious in Superboy #7. Is this a typo/screw up? Or are they trying to say that Rose woke right up, they actually did fight, and was then knocked unconscious again, and that we'll be seeing it in a later issue? That just doesn't make sense to me. It also refers to Rose as Ravager, which she hasn't been going by in the DCnU... so I'm pretty sure they just screwed up.)
APRIL UPDATE: Now that Superboy #8 has come out, we can see that there is indeed no showing of any fight between Wonder Girl and Rose, meaning that this was indeed a continuity error, as well as a typo. Wonder Girl snuck up on Rose in Superboy #7 while she was getting ready to leave, and knocked her out that way. Rose did not then wake up, take her jacket off, draw her swords, and engage in a fair fight, as would be indicated by Teen Titans #7.
Anyway, focusing back on her actual fight with Superboy, though she did manage to win via careful planning and strategy, the overall fight itself was a bit underwhelming. For her first fight in the DCnU, it really didn't showcase her abilities as well as I would have hoped. Plus, at the start of the fight, Superboy pretty much just plows right through her to continue into the N.O.W.H.E.R.E facility, which was pretty anticlimactic, considering the way Superboy #6 had left off with Rose making her entry to face him.
Also, so far in the New 52, there hasn't been any real indication that her physical abilities are in any way enhanced beyond normal, as they were before the reboot (unless I missed something. There are a couple issues of Superboy I have yet to read). With no precog, and no enhancements, this leaves her as just an ordinary, well trained fighter, and those are a dime a dozen in DC. This leaves me to wonder if she's anywhere near the same caliber of fighter that she used to be before the reboot.
Now, it has been shown that she might have telepathy, when she mentally conversed with Caitlin in Superboy #3:
so perhaps something can be done with that to make up for her loss of skill in other areas. Maybe she can read her opponent's mind while fighting, and gain an advantage that way, by knowing their actions ahead of time, as a sort of substitute for her previous precog. Somehow, though, I don't think they'll go that direction.
APRIL UPDATE: Alright, so Rose makes a couple more of appearances so far this month in Superboy #8 and Legion Lost #8. Over in Superboy, we don't actually see anything specifically related to her combat ability, although she does end up bringing an unconscious Solstice to Harvest near the end of the chapter. Either this is a ruse between the two (couldn't imagine that would make for a good plan...) or Rose defeated Solstice off panel, meaning she at least has the skill to overcome someone of Solstice's abilities.
Moving on to Legion Lost, Rose is sent to combat Timber Wolf, going toe to toe with him, in what appears to be a relatively even fight. We see them both land a hit on each other, Rose kicking him across the face, and Wolf throwing her through a car window, though a lot of the fight took place off panel. Also, that one blow didn't seem to phase Rose much, as she instantly recovers to flip herself around and catch herself on the wall he throws her at after. I think just noting the fact that she fought him toe to toe before the fight was stopped by Psykill indicates that she may be a much greater level of fighter than would have been thought after Superboy #7. Timber Wolf is noted as having super strength, agility, reaction time, and enhanced senses. This means that Rose, even though she might lack more obvious powers like super strength, is capable of going against someone at that level and doing just fine.
That brings me into discussing her acrobatic abilities displayed so far, which we see a great deal of in this issue. Not only does she gain control of herself in mid throw to land on her feet against the wall after being thrown by Timber Wolf, but she also jumps down from a high building, flips through the air, lands on an awning (or whatever its called) below, and flips down again to attack Timber Wolf. Now, this is something that not even someone like Batman would attempt without the aid of gadgets, considering the sheer distance she plummeted, which indicates that she must have some kind of enhanced physical properties in order to not only survive that fall, but control herself throughout the entire drop and land on her feet in mid attack.
So, we have received a greater idea of what she's capable of, though it is still left a bit ambiguous. We know she's a highly skilled combatant, who possible has some form of telepathy, though apparently lacks her precog from before Flashpoint. She's also smart, studying up on potential targets through their dossiers and using that to increase her ability against them. We'll have to wait and see from future appearances, though, when hopefully the full extent of her abilities will be explained.
MAY UPDATE: So, in Superboy #9, Rose shows up briefly in the skirmish between the Ravagers and the Teen Titans/Legion Lost/others, exchanging a couple blows with Red Robin. She would have killed him, too, if he hadn't been saved by Kid Flash. Though all the Ravagers are defeated during this encounter, it's probably worth noting that they were outnumbered like 20 to 12, a prime factor in why they lost, so... yeah, I don't think Harvest really expected them to win, as he shows up himself at the end (and later clarifies in Legion Lost that he, indeed, already knew his Ravagers would lose). Plus, most of the fighting takes place off panel, considering the issue focuses on Superboy's fight with Warblade, leaving a lot of variables and unknown factors in just how each Ravager was defeated. It is also pretty much revealed that she did indeed take in Solstice at the end of Superboy #8, not as part of a ruse (as Red Robin mentions Solstice gave her a chance to redeem herself, an offer she apparently hasn't taken, at least not yet). So, even if it was off panel, I guess we can add that to her feat list.
Over in Legion Lost #9, there is more of a focus on Rose, as Caitlin returns and tries to reason with her. Unfortuantely, feeling betrayed and lied to, Rose doesn't listen and the two come to blows. Rose appears to outclass Fairchild in this fight, until being cheap shotted from behind by Ridge (again, apparently her precog is gone). Although, it is fair to mention that Caitlin probably wasn't putting her all into the fight, since she still considers Rose a friend, even if Rose, for the time being, has forsaken that friendship.
MAY UPDATE #2: We witness a little bit more of her capabilities in the first Ravagers issue, as she takes down Windshear with little difficulty. Caitlin also mentions that the team of she, Ridge, Thunder, and Lightning, can't "hope to stand against them" meaning that, collectively, Rose and Warblade are an extremely powerful and dangerous force to be reckoned with. She also takes a full force blast from Thunder's power with no ill effects, as she gets right back up perfectly fine. The resiliency that she's shown thus far has been pretty impressive.
DECEMBER UPDATE: In Ravagers #7, we're shown a bit more of her fighting ability. She displays a clear level of super strength when hitting Caitlin with a simple backhand, sending her clear across the graveyard where they're fighting. Also, in a possible future she is shown defeating and killing Superboy a second time, with her and Warblade winning the fight against the escaped Ravagers. Even though they do eventually lose the actual fight, considering that they held their own when so vastly outnumbered (and with Superboy as one of the opponents), it speaks volumes about her level of ability. It seems that she is much stronger than previously revealed.
JANUARY UPDATE: Confirmed in this issue, Rose is a metahuman. As to what extent her meta abilities are, that remains to be seen.
MARCH UPDATE: Though vastly, vastly outnumbered, Rose and Warblade are able to defend themselves against a swarm of N.O.W.H.E.R.E. troopers and butcher bots, which, judging from Rose's reaction to seeing the bots, are highly dangerous. Though it's unclear just how deadly they are, the fact that the two of them were able to overcome odds that great, and without suffering so much as a scratch in the process, speaks volumes about both their ability and puts Rose as an extremely high level of combatant.
APRIL UPDATE: We don't see a lot of her individual skill this month, since most of her fighting comes as part of a group, or is very brief, but she does once again show Caitlin isn't really a match for her, helps take down Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man, and knocks out a Jericho-controlled Terra.
MAY UPDATE: WELL. Remember how Rose apparently no longer has her precog? Well... the ability that she reveals in Deathstroke #20 almost makes up for not having it anymore. As it turns out, Rose has a passive power dampening ability, which at least affects Invulnerability, and seems to affect Super Strength, as well (as Majestic took a while to break free from Terra's earth prison). It's also possible that it could affect other physical attributes. While It doesn't completely nullify such attributes, it does significantly weaken them as long as someone with such an ability is in her immediate proximity, so much so that she was able to draw blood from Majestic with one kick, and she and Slade were together able to beat him into unconsciousness.
To put that into perspective, an issue earlier, Majestic tanked a nuke without suffering so much as a scratch. Yeah. So, pretty much, it doesn't matter how invulnerable anyone is, Rose brings them down to a level where she can hurt them. It's why she was chosen to be Superboy's handler, since even his TK invulnerability has no effect when fighting her (though that doesn't explain her explanation for how she beat him the first time around... then again, that's probably because that was before DC even decided she had this ability). Until any limits on this ability are imposed, we can assume that there isn't a single person (except probably magical entities) that she cannot physically hurt in the DCU.
While I will for sure miss her precog always and forever, I am not complaining one bit about this upgrade.