Sunday, April 1, 2007

Black Thorn

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Created by Paul Kupperberg and Tod Smith, Black Thorn is a DC Comics character that first appeared in Vigilante #45.

Elizabeth Thorne used to have a life as a partying socialite, basically a rich drunk. Her brother forces her into rehab. While happy not to be involved with the bottle anymore, she misses the thrill of life. She joins up with the CIA but soon feels constrained by the need to operate within the law.

She fakes her own death and takes on the identity of Black Thorn. She begins working as a vigilante in New York where she met and fell in love with the Vigilante. For a time, her own methods are more brutal then even the Vigilante's own and they often argue. However, he goes insane and begins murdering innocent people, including cops. In a brief moment of clarity, the Vigilante commits suicide.

Devastated, she is later brought into the Checkmate organization by Harry Stein. There she comes into opposition with Amanda Waller.
Black Thorn is sent, along with Checkmate, Suicide Squad and other operatives, to oppose Kobra's plan to kill millions of people from an orbiting alien vessel. The mission succeeds, though many on both sides die.

Black Thorn is still at least semi-active, as she assists Wonder Woman and a whole host of female heroes against the forces of Circe in New York City.

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