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Scandal is a DC Comics supervillain. She first appeared in Villains United #1 (July 2005), and was created by Gail Simone and Dale Eaglesham.

Publication historyEdit

Scandal first appeared as a shrewd businesswoman in Villains United #1 (2005) where she was created by author Gail Simone and artist Dale Eaglesham. Later in the miniseries, it was revealed that she was the daughter of a long-running DC Universe villain "Vandal Savage", who first appeared in Green Lantern #10 in 1943, created by Alfred Bester and Martin Nodell. Within this run her character was developed and revealed by the author to be as deadly a character as any of the others in Secret Six, where she unveiled her trademark "lamentation blades" and battle outfit. In Villains United #6, the character was officially confirmed to be among few lesbian superheroines and supervillains in the DC Universe.

The character subsequently appeared in the Secret Six miniseries later in 2006, as written by Gail Simone which would embellish upon the relationship between the character and her father Vandal Savage. In Simone's final run on Birds of Prey as part of the "Whitewater" story arc, she saw a crossover between the titular Birds of Prey and the Secret Six. When Tony Bedard assumed control of Birds of Prey, the characters of Knockout and Scandal continued to appear in issue #108 which followed from the conclusion of "Whitewater". Tying into the upcoming Salvation Run miniseries, the character would appear again immediately following Birds of Prey #108, in Checkmate #18 as part of an emerging build up towards Salvation Run.

Fictional character biographyEdit

Scandal Savage is the daughter of immortal villain Vandal Savage and an unknown Brazilian woman, who apparently raised the child in her home country. In an attempt to destroy an alternate Lex Luthor's plans, the real Lex Luthor, under the alias Mockingbird, blackmailed Scandal and five other villains into antagonizing the Secret Society of Super Villains. Despite being severely outnumbered, Scandal and the rest of the Secret Six were able to thwart the Society on a number of occasions. Eventually Luthor granted the Six their freedom, telling them the safeguards placed against their rebellion were lies.

While working with the Six was originally all about saving her mother, Scandal eventually grew to care about her teammates, and is actually in an intimate lesbian relationship with one of the newest members. During Villains United, Scandal positioned her lover Knockout as a mole in the Society. During one of the attacks by the Society, Knockout revealed her true allegiances by saving Scandal during a fight with Talia al Ghul[1]. Knockout then became an official member of the Six.

While the two were vacationing in Bangkok, Knockout was almost killed when she was shot with a Thanagarian sniper rifle by Pistolera. The shot implanted a bomb in her skin and when Scandal refused to leave her side, Knockout threw herself from the blast range telling her they would meet again in the afterlife. After the bomb went off, Scandal scrambled through the rubbage to find Knockout miraculously still alive. Scandal vowed revenge on Pistolera for hurting Knockout, and soon would have it. The Secret Six managed to capture Pistolera and Scandal took pleasure torturing the hired gun. Ultimately, Scandal could not kill the person who almost took her beloved from her, so her teammate, Deadshot, stepped in and did the deed for her. Knockout regenerated her injuries soon after.

It has recently been revealed that Vandal Savage was responsible for the attacks on Knockout and the rest of the Six, as a warning of what will happen if Scandal doesn't sire an heir for him. However, Scandal "killed" her father and escaped with the rest of the Six (minus the Mad Hatter).

Following this, the Secret Six were hired for mercenary work by a Russian mobster to protect a Rocket Red suit that was revealed to be occupied by the presumed-dead super-hero Ice. [2] During the battle against the Birds of Prey for the suit and Ice, Spy Smasher made Deadshot accidentally shoot Scandal in the back. [3] She appeared to be fine, but was too weak to continue the fight.

Following Knockout's murder by an unknown assailant,[4] a drunk and distraught Scandal is kidnapped by Bronze Tiger and Rick Flag on the orders of Amanda Waller. King Faraday offers her a place in a revived Suicide Squad, but she refuses and promises to kill him. Faraday then orders her to be shipped off to an unknown location (see Salvation Run).[5]

She was briefly seen attacking Bolt for groping her. She was also shown to at some point to have gotten another tattoo underneath her left eye.

In the new Secret Six series (Sept 2008), Scandal is shown to still be drunk and depressed over the loss of Knockout. Catman and Deadshot try to cheer her up, presenting her with a stripper dressed like Knockout. Scandal declines the woman's advances, and manages to pull herself together for the Six's new mission [6].

Powers and abilitiesEdit

The full extent of Scandal's powers has yet to be revealed, although that it would appear owing to her father's immortality she is incredibly resilient to harm. She claims to be "damned hard to kill" at the least.[7] In Birds of Prey #107, she took a bullet from Deadshot[8] and was capable of regrowing her damaged organs[9] talking to and carrying Knockout several minutes later, with no apparent ill effects. In Checkmate #18, it is speculated she may or may not be immortal like her father. She also took several rounds from a machine gun to the chest and legs and still considered herself combat ready (threatening to kill her assailants). She and other people have made comments that infer that her life had been or will be longer than average. She has proven herself to be a vicious fighter, capable of holding her own against the likes of Fatality [10], Hawkgirl, and Talia al Ghul. [11]

In combat, she often employs a set of wrist-mounted blades, — the Laminas Pesar or "Lamentation Blades", which Scandal claims have been in the family for a long time. The blades have two settings. One is a pair of long, awl-like blades designed for stabbing. The other is three knife-like blades designed for slashing. She was also seen riding a motorcycle and seemed to be capable of combat while still riding this (though this was never seen).

References Edit

  1. Villains United #6
  2. Birds of Prey #105 (April 2007)
  3. Birds of Prey #106 (May 2007)
  4. Birds of Prey #109 (October 2007)
  5. Checkmate #18 (November 2007)
  6. Secret Six #1
  7. Villains United #5
  8. Birds of Prey #107
  9. Birds of Prey #108
  10. Villains United #3
  11. Villains United #6
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