FEMME FATALES

Membership: Bloodlust, Knockout, Mindblast, Whiplash

Purpose: Monetary gain...they're all a bunch of mercenaries

Affiliations: All were members of Superia's Femizons; formerly employed by the Chameleon; formerly allied with the Scorpion (Mac Gargan) and the Tarantula (Luis Alvarez);
Bloodlust and Whiplash were former member's of Critical Mass's Band of Baddies

Enemies: Black Cat, Captain America, Paladin, Spider-Man

Base of Operations: Mobile, formerly Femizonia Island

First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man I#340 (October, 1990)

History:

(Amazing Spider-Man I#340, [341], 342, 343) - Employed by the Chameleon (who was posing as Dr. Turner), the Femme Fatales attacked the plane of the ambassador of a newly freed Baltic country. They did this in order to make him question his powers, so he would return to Turner for further studies. They destroyed the ambassador's plane, and then caused a major explosion that Spider-Man narrowly escaped (having already saved the ambassador, of course). Spider-Man, chock full of angst (as always), decided to have Turner remove his powers, so that he would no longer risk his life, so he could be with his family. Turner successfully removed his powers.

Turner then hired the Scorpion and the Tarantula and sent them to draw out the now powerless Spider-Man. Turner and his four female assistants (not to be confused with the Femme Fatales) quickly moved out of Turner's lab/apartment to escape Spider-Man's discovery. The powerless Spider-Man, assisted by the Black Cat, managed to fight off the Scorpion, and tagged him with a Spider-Tracer. Spidey and the Cat, using his old Tracer tracking device, traced the Scorpion (and the Femme Fatales, and Turner) to Turner's new base in the Botanical Gardens. Turner revealed himself to be the Chameleon, and the Black Cat broke in, hoping to cause a distraction so that Spidey could use the machine to regain his powers. The Black Cat accomplished her mission, but took quite a beating in the process. Spidey, back to his old self, rushed in and quickly fought off all seven of the villains, and destroyed the machine to prevent it from ever being used again. The Femme Fatales, and everyone else, escaped capture.

(Captain America I#387-388-BTS, 389-392, [393]) - All four of them were present on the S.S. Superia, and later Femizonia Island, after responding to Superia's invitation to join her army of Femizons. They participated in the initial capture of Captain America and Paladin when the two tried to sneak aboard the ship.

(Captain America I#411-413) - Knockout went as representative of the Femme Fatales to the AIM Weapons Expo on Boca Caliente.

(Marvel Knights Spider-Man#6) - The Femme Fatales attended the auction in which the Venom symbiote was sold.

(OHotMU 2006#4) - The fate of the Femme Fatales after M-Day is unknown. Except for Bloodlust, who lost her powers.

(Civil War: War Crimes) - Mindblast joined Hammerhead's "villain army" in order to take advantage of the raging superhero Civil War. Before they could begin doing so, however, their headquarters was raided by Iron Man and a small army of SHIELD agents. Mindblast 's fate in the ensuing melee is unknown.

 

COMMENTS: Created by Erik Larsen and David Michelinie.

   The Spider-Man story is the only one where they actually appeared as a distinct group, as far as I know...although...they were sitting next to each other on the S.S. Superia...except for Mindblast, who might have smelled bad or something. Ahh, who cares.

    I can never believe characters with the see-through-braincase, like Mindblast, don't get it shattered and have their brains all over the place more often.

    Robert McKinney tells me the Femme Fatales are a parody/homage/whatever to DC's Female Furies, of whom there are five. I can see Knockout as Big Barda, Whiplash would be Lashina, and Bloodlust would be Mad Harriet. Mindblast is definitely not Stompa, so that would make her Bernadeth, who used a fahren-knife to barbecue her foes, from the inside out. The analogy kind of falls apart on that one, but the rest definitely fit pretty well.

Mike Fichera saw forwarded a response from David Micheline regarding the 4 women with Dr. Turner in ASM I#341 (a dangling plot point that connected Chammy to his "Dr. Turner" alias due to Erik Larsen skipping a necessary panel). In Micheline's e-mail he explained that the 4 women with Dr. Turner were not intended to be the Femme Fatales.

Whiplash has an entry in the OHotMU Master Edition. The whole team has an entry in All-New OHOTMU#4.

CLARIFICATIONS: Whiplash has no known connection to:


Bloodlust

Height: 5'8"
Weight: 153 lbs.
Eyes: Red
Hair: White with black streak

Beatta Dubiel was born in Wroclaw, Poland. She was the Wolverine/Wild Child/Feral wannabe of the group. She was a mutant and had enhanced human strength, speed, agility, reflexes, and senses. She possessed fangs and 8" to 10" razor sharp claws, which could easily rend human flesh. She was part of Critical Mass's Band of Baddies and Superia's Femizons. If those four women with Turner were the Femme Fatales, then she can also morph between a normal appearance and her Bloodlust form.

(Marvel Comics Presents#48 - BTS, 49-50) - Bloodlust and Whiplash were part of Critical Mass's Band of Baddies. The Baddies forced the mutant daughter to knock out the two heroes, but they quickly recovered. The daughter than unleashed her powers, blew up the warehouse they were in, and defeated all of the Baddies.

(OHotMU 2006#4) - In the aftermath of M-Day Bloodlust was depowered.

--Marvel Comics Presents#49 ([Marvel Comics Presents#48], 49-50, Amazing Spider-Man I#340, [341], 342, 343, [Captain America I#387, 388], 389-391, [392], Marvel Knights Spider-Man#6


Knockout

Height: 6'1"
Weight: 197 lbs.
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black

Elizabeth Rawson was born in Kissimmee, Florida. She was the mutant strongman...strongwoman, and the leader, of the group. She was also one of Superia's Femizons, and appeared to have gone to AIM's Weapon Expo solo. She possessed superhuman strength (Class 50?) and durability. If those four women with Turner were the Femme Fatales, then she can also take a non-metal-haired (and apparently Caucasian...??) form.

(Captain America I#411-413,[414]) - Knockout was present on AIM's island, Boca Caliente, for their Weapon Expo. When Captain America was revealed to be posing as Crossbones to infiltrate the Expo, Knockout was part of the crowd that rushed to unsuccessfully clobber him. There was a giant crowd of people there, and not everyone could have been seen, so the other three Femme Fatales could have been there, too (maybe they were in the bathroom at the time?).

--Amazing Spider-Man I#340 (Amazing Spider-Man I#340, [341], 342, 343, [Captain America I#387, 388], 389-391, [392], 411-414, Marvel Knights Spider-Man#6


Height: 5'6"
Weight: 129 lbs.
Eyes: Pink
Hair: None

Mindblast

Danielle Forte was born in Las Vegas, Nevada. She was a mutatnt with impressive telekinetic powers. She could levitate herself and produced tractor beams to move objects weighing up to 500 tons, though she was limited to a single beam at a time. Her braincase may have prevented her from using the shower, which is why the rest of the team didn't want to sit by her on the S.S. Superia. If those four women with Turner were the Femme Fatales, then she can also return to a non-pink-exposed-brain form at will.

--Amazing Spider-Man I#340 (Amazing Spider-Man I#340, [341], 342, 343, [Cap387, 388], 389-391, [392], Marvel Knights Spider-Man#6, Civil War: War Crimes


Height: 5'10"
Weight: 142 lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Blonde

Whiplash

Leeann Foreman was born in Wilmington, Delaware. She was a mutant with unrevealed abilities. She wore a padded Kevlar uniform, and uses gauntlets with spring-loaded omnium cables with adamantium barbs on the tips. She had a different look when she was with Critical Mass's Band of Baddies. She also was one of Superia's Femizons, and later joined with another group of criminals for another mission that met defeat at another band of heroes.

(Marvel Comics Presents#48 - BTS, 49-50) - Bloodlust and Whiplash were part of Critical Mass's Band of Baddies. The Baddies forced the mutant daughter to knock out the two heroes, but they quickly recovered. The daughter than unleashed her powers, blew up the warehouse they were in, and defeated all of the Baddies.

(Heroes for Hire#4) - Whiplash teamed up with Killer Shrike, Orka, and Shockwave in a plot to take over the retired aircraft carrier, the U. S. Intrepid, planning to use it extort money from the city of New York, or from the US Government. She and her allies were defeated by Heroes for Hire, and Whiplash turned into a big wuss when confronted by the savage White Tiger (the evolved tiger-woman, not the Kung-Fu dude).

(Spider-Man's Tangled Web#13) - She is seen in the background at one of the "Bar with No Name" joints.

(JLA/Avengers#4) - Whiplash was among the villains pulled forth from time and space by Krona to guard his stronghold from an onslaught by the Avengers and the JLA.

--Marvel Comics Presents#49 ([Marvel Comics Presents#48], 49-50, Amazing Spider-Man I#340, [341], 342, 343, [Captain America I#387, 388], 389-391, [392], Heroes for Hire#4, Spider-Man's Tangled Web#13, JLA/Avengers#4, Marvel Knights Spider-Man#6





images: (without ads)
Amazing Spider-Man I#340, p14, pan2 (main image, including head shots for all four members)
  #342, p5, pan3 (Chameleon with the girls)
Marvel Comics Presents#49, p3, pan1 (Whiplash red)


Marvel Comics Presents#48-50 (April-May, 1990) - Erik Larsen (writer/pencils), Joe Rubinstein (inks), Terry Kavanagh (editor) - Whiplash & Bloodlust
Amazing Spider-Man I#340-343 (October, 1990 - January, 1991) - David Michelinie (writer), Erik Larsen (pencils), Randy Emberlin & Mike Machlan (#340) (inks), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Captain America I#389-392 (August-September, 1991) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Rik Levins (pencils), Danny Bulanadi (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Captain America I#411-414 (January-April, 1993) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Rik Levins & M.C. Wyman (#414) (pencils), Danny Bulanadi (inks), Mike Rockwitz (editor) - Knockout
Heroes for Hire#4 (October, 1997) - John Ostrander (writer), Pascual Ferry (pencils), Jaime Mendoza (inks), Mark Bernardo (editor) - Whiplash
Spider-Man's Tangled Web#13 (June, 2002) - Ron Zimmerman (writer), Sean Phillips (artist), Axel Alonso (editor) - Whiplash
Marvel Knights Spider-Man#6 (November, 2004) - Mark Millar (writer), Terry Dodson (pencils), Rachel Dodson (inks), Axel Alonso (editor)
JLA/Avengers#4 (February, 2004) - Kurt Busiek (writer), George Perez (artist), Tom Brevoort & Dan Raspler (editors) - Whiplash
Civil War: War Crimes (February, 2007) - Frank Tieri (writer), Staz Johnson (penciller), Tom Palmer & Robin Riggs (inkers), Tom Brevoort (editor)


Last updated: 10/25/12

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