Flame Haired Maidens (Top Ten Redheaded Super-heroines)

As a chap that spends a good deal of time at home with a one year old daughter I find that I have been trying to influence her development by exposing her to my interests, I will often curl up on the sofa and watch Doctor Who while cuddled up to my daughter, or read her comic books while showing her the pictures. So naturally I’m hoping that my daughter inherits my love of all things geeky and that when it comes to Halloween she’ll be wanting a cape, not a crown. This may prove a little difficult however, because like myself, my daughter Marianna is a rather pronounced ginge, having sported a full head of flame coloured lockes  since birth.

Marianna superman
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No Its Marianna

And the problem is that the most common female superheroes are either blonde or brunette, so here is a list of bad ass role models with a similar pigment to my daughter.

Phoenix

phoenix.jpg 

This founding member of the X-Men, Jean Grey, has the ability to move objects by thought and was one of the universes most powerful psychics and host to the legendary, and universally feared, Phoenix Force.

Maxima 

Maxima

Maxima was the heir to the Royal Throne of Almerac  and displayed a high level of psionic powers, such as psychokinesis and hypnotic mind control. Maxima could use her psionic powers to give herself superhuman strength, enough to prove an effective against Superman, as a member of the Justice League she died saving the universe from the villain Brainiac.

Mystique

Mystique

Classically portrayed as a villain, and leading member of the Brotherhood of Mutants, Mystique has served as an Agent of SHIELD, a member of the X-Men and a member of X-Factor. This shape shifter has fought endlessly for Mutant equality and will stop at nothing to get it. This is a woman who could literally be anyone and chose to be a mutant freedom fighter surely that is deserving of respect?

Batgirl/Oracle 

Batgirl Oracle

Former Librarian Barbara Gordon served faithfully as an ally to both Batman and Robin and even without superpowers was a force to be reckoned with in the war against Gotham’s criminal classes. Her career as the Batgirl was abruptly ended when, surprised in her own home, she was crippled by the Joker in an effort to drive her father, Police Commissioner James Gordon, insane. utilising her technological prowess and connections within the superhuman community she continued the fight against evil as a surveillance and information hub, Oracle.

Black Widow

 Black Widow

A former Russian spy and assassin turned agent of SHIELD, Natasha Romanov was trained by agents such as the Winter Soldier and the X-Man Wolverine, making her a valuable addition to the Red Guard, The Defenders, The Champions of Los Angeles and the Avengers.

Starfire

starfirew

A crown princess of the Planet Tamaran Starfire has the ability to absorb ultraviolet radiation which is then converted to pure energy, allowing her to fly at supersonic speeds.  This energy also gives her incredible superhuman strength and durability. Starfire has served as member of the Outlaws, The Justice League and most notably the Teen Titans.

Medusa

Medusa

Medusa belongs to the race of Inhumans, a species of prehistoric earthlings mutated by the Terrigen Mists, She rules the Inhumans as queen with her husband King Blackbolt. Medusa possesses a long, thick head of red hair; thanks to her exposure to the Terrigen Mist, she possesses the psychokinetic ability to animate her hair for a number of uses, including elongating it to almost twice its normal length and using her hair to lift and move heavy weights of up to 1.6 tons.

Red Sonja

Red Sonja

Sonja was a young teenager from a Hyrkanian village which was attacked by bandits. After her family were killed, Sonja lured the bandits into the forest and kills them one by one. As an adult, she learned many of her fighting skills from a fellow prisoner when she was captured and forced to fight as a gladiator and all in all manages to be pretty bad ass.

Hellcat

Hellcat

Hellcat (AKA Patsy Walker-Hellstrom) can sense mystical phenomena or those touched by mystical energy. She can use a force field that deflects mystical attacks and she is able to summon her costume at will. She also possesses retractable claws and grappling hooks on her wrists. Hellcat is a well-trained martial artist, having been taught by both Captain America and Moondragon and manages to balance a career as a model with her work as a superhero.

Mera

Mera

Mera is the former Queen of Dimension Aqua, and ruuling Queen of Atlantis, and the wife of Aquaman. Mera has the unique ability to form “hard water” objects, as well as super strength and powers related to her adaptation to live under water. She has been shown to be powerful enough to control huge amounts of water, enough to pull an entire army out to sea.

so there you have it ten superheroes for a ginger little girl to look at and think how cool are they?

Advertisements

Review: The Shepherd’s Crown

Terry Pratchett has been my favourite author ever since I was an awkward teenager, and now as an awkward adult I was heartbroken when he died. The first novel that I ever saw through to completion was the first Discworld book The Colour is Magic, and since finishing that book I’ve had my nose in one ever since.

The Shepherd's Crown.jpg
After Sir Terry’s death I was glad to learn that his final work in the Discworld series, The Shepherd’s Crown, was to be published. I will admit that I put off reading the book for a while, because I knew that it was going to be emotional, and I was right.

Keeping this review as spoiler free as possible I will say that by the end of the second chapter (chapters being a rarity in a Pratchett Book)I was in tears, and I didn’t even cry when my daughter was born.
The book looks at the themes of glamour and beauty being used to disguise true horrors and shows that a pretty face can hide a very nasty side. The book also deals with the themes of death and growing up and the main character Tiffany Aching does grow up…with a little help from the other witches and the good ole Nac Mac Feegle.

Nac Mac Feegle.jpg
The Nac Mac Feegle

As with every Terry Pratchett book the fantasy genre is turned on its head (and given a swift kick in the fork) but in this fantasy novel, the immortal creatures who can make themselves beautiful with a thought are, much as you would expect, shallow, vacuous, arrogant dicks,  these elven beauties are not shown as fair saviours from the worlds of Tolkien but as squabbling children, out for what they can grab hold of and are actually being opposed by a coven of witches, led by the young Tiffany Aching, her new apprentice and a strangely talented goat.

Terry Pratchett
Sir Terry Pratchett

Even at the end of his life Pratchett still manages to take everything we know about genre, shake it up, drop it on its head, kick it in the fork and deliver something truly fantastic.

Change of Plans

Originally I intended for this blog to be a bit of a tongue in cheek look at the current affairs of the day with my own sardonic wit stamped across the whole thing. However cataloguing the daily failures of our elected officials is something that has left me with an overwhelming sense of depression, so whilst I will occasionally pen my thoughts on the state of any nation and in real life I will be bedded down in the murky quagmire of local politics, this blog is going to be given over to things I enjoy… Comic Books, actual books, booze, suits, cigars and Sci-fi. With reviews, best buys and do’s & don’ts for all of the aforementioned and more.