My Comic Ten Challenge
I decided to challenge myself and select ten characters from the Marvel and DC universes that I felt I could portray or identify with, whether it's in a performance setting, as a cosplay, in an RPG, at an event, or... anything else, really. After some deliberation (and with some help narrowing down from my friend Elie Thawn), the results are as follows:
10. Artemis of Bana-Mighdall
Artemis is the Shim'Tar (greatest warrior) of the Egyptian Amazons of Bana-Mighdall. She also took on the mantle of Wonder Woman for a time, but she is currently a member of the Outlaws.
For me, Artemis is more of an aspirational character, and our looks are somewhat compatible (or they could be when I keep working out).
9. Spider-Woman / Jessica Drew
When Jessica Drew is very young, she becomes Spider-Woman, either through an injection to cure her of uranium poisoning or due to her mother being hit with a laser with the irradiated spider DNA while pregnant with her. She is later found and brainwashed by HYDRA. When she finally learned HYDRA's true nature, she reformed and became a member of SHIELD, the Avengers, and SWORD.
For me, being Spider-Woman would be more about exploring her really intense, meaty storyline and personality. I'd be willing to hang upside down to get a chance to experience that.
8. Wasp / Janet Van Dyne
While in the MCU they re-imagined the Wasp into Hope van Dyne, I identify with Janet van Dyne in the comic-verse. Growing up, she was flighty and self-centered, living off her father's money. It seems like she didn't know what was going on with her life until she was turned into the Wasp (in the comics, she is genetically altered, it's not just a suit). She grew into a strong ally and loyal teammate. She is also independent and a skilled fashion designer.
If I cut my hair short, the looks could be compatible. For me, this is mostly a personality thing. She's creative and loyal. Also, when she finally found her purpose, she really came into her own as both a person and a hero.
#7. Poison Ivy / Pamela Isley
Let's be honest, who doesn't want to be this Batman villain? She's curvy, she's smart, she's feminist, she's seductive, she's devoted, she;s confident and she's "psycho-lite" (opposed to characters like Harley Quinn and Duela Dent, who are just... psycho).
Looks-wise, if I dyed my hair redder than it currently is, it would work. We have similar voices and mannerisms (according to Elie), and it would just be such a fun character to be!
6. Enchantress / June Moone
First and foremost, let me clarify that I did not like Suicide Squad.
Now that that's cleared up, Enchantress and June Moone are two separate personalities in one body (the human and the succubus), and she has been both a hero and a villain. When Enchantress is brought forth, they can use powerful magic.
She is basically the epitome of Slytherpuff. She is also vaguely emo, which - I definitely went through my emo phase. Portraying the dual personalities that comes with being Enchantress would also be an interesting challenge.
5. Batgirl / Oracle / Barbara Gordon
There have been many versions of Batgirl, but she is always known as a genius, talented, dedicated, and obstinate. She has excellent detective skills, and she has a caring side, even extending some sensitivity towards her enemies at times. When she is severely injured, she doesn't throw in the towel -- she becomes Oracle instead and provides support for teams like the Birds of Prey and the Suicide Squad. I could easily change my appearance to fit hers, and she would be a really great character to portray. She's fun, spunky, and extremely competent without superpowers, in both of her roles.
4. Scarlet Witch / Wanda Maximoff
I hate what they did with Scarlet Witch in the MCU. First of all, she's supposed to be Magneto's daughter. Second, she's not this deranged, doe-eyed "mewling quim" with no substantial personality or character growth (can you tell I have a lot of feelings about this?)
Looks-wise, I think she might be the character on this list that I'm most compatible with, and she has this witchy quality that I can pull off when the mood strikes. She also wanted to be an actress at one point! But Scarlet Witch would be very interesting to portray since her character is basically a writer's wet dream. She's mold-able and was written to be kind of a "catch-all" powers-wise, but by creating her to be that way, she is consistently one of the most powerful beings in the Marvel universe. She also had that quality of being like both a sexist and a feminist character at the same time. She was once described as, "when she got older all the guys started to notice her," which would be fascinating to both interpret and redefine. She's also not always the most mentally stable, and she can cause complete devastation, which would be fun to explore. She has such a bizarre and complex story, and it would be a welcome challenge to try to redeem a character who is considered in some circles to be one of Marvel's most hated characters. "No more mutants," anyone?
3. Peggy Carter
Tough, resilient, and badass in a time where women were constantly under-appreciated, Margaret "Peggy" Carter was a prominent member of the SSR before founding SHIELD with her friend Howard Stark. She also happened to be Captain America's first love. Peggy is loyal, both to the job and to the few true friends that she has, and always gets the job done. She is also clever and sarcastic.
When comparing myself to Hayley Atwell's portrayal of Peggy Carter in the MCU, we are compatible both looks wise and personality-wise. The only thing that doesn't fit is the love interest in Cap (I'm Team Iron Man, and so is Chris Evans). It would also be helpful for perfecting my British accent, even though Peggy Carter is American in some of the comics. I've also already been a modern Peggy Carter twice last year. Once in both a Marvel-themed murder mystery night, and again on Halloween.
#2. She-Hulk / Jennifer Walters
Jennifer Walters is a successful lawyer who transforms into She-Hulk when her cousin, Bruce Banner, gives her a blood transfusion after she is shot. In the original publications, She-Hulk was written as ill-tempered and violent, but her character evolved over many story lines. She-Hulk is a combination of beauty, brains, and brawn.
She-Hulk is my Marvel dream role. Jennifer Walters and I are pretty compatible looks-wise: we both have mousy brown hair (well, I naturally do, not currently), light/bright eyes, above average height, and we are not super thin. But it's the personality, too. She-Hulk is comfortable working solo, as a member of several teams, or as a team leader. She's caring and empathetic. She's smart and confident. She knows law (I'm no legal expert, but I know my way around an agreement). She's feisty and sarcastic. And, oh, don't make her angry. You won't like her when she's angry.
Plus, I think I could totally pull off being Mark Ruffalo's younger cousin.
Based on the Greek mythological figure of the same name, Circe is a goddess-level sorceress and one of Wonder Woman's major adversaries. She had many abilities, one of her favorites being to turn people into animals. In the Justice League Unlimited episode "This Little Piggy," she sings as a lounge singer for fun, turns Wonder Woman into a pig, and forces Batman to sing "I'm Blue" before she will agree to turn Wonder Woman back.
Circe is my DC dream role. Looks wise, we are compatible - light/bright eyes, crazy hair that's usually red or purple (I tend to put red/burgundy/violet tones in my hair), curvy, and a sumptuous voice. But it's the personality that is basically perfect. Circe can be super fabulous and even more dangerous (just read the Odyssey), but she just wants to use her powers for her own amusement. When she's not hexing people and humiliating them in a benign way, she's singing as a lounge singer. Girl just wants to have fun and be recognized!
As Elie says, "How much more Jacki can you get?" and "If anyone wanted to know about you as a person, just point them to Circe."
Honorable Mentions: Marvel: Domino, Kate Bishop, Jessica Jones, Medusa, Morgan Le Fay, Polaris, Rogue, Selene DC: Ace, Donna Troy, Huntress, Killer Frost, Raven, Tigress, Zatanna
What are your thoughts? Do you agree or disagree with my picks? Do you have a #ComicTen of your own? Let me know, either in the comments below or on social media! @jaclyn_koss