Real Name: Betty Forest

Identity/Class: Human mutate (Earth-982)

Occupation: Vagrant

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: None

Enemies: Detective Vinnie Drasco, Mr. Forest, Caitlan Leiber, Spider-Girl (May Parker), Wayne

Known Relatives: Unidentified mother (deceased), Mr. Forest (father, deceased)

Aliases: "Bets"

Base of Operations: An abandoned tenement on Crankshaw Boulevard, New York City

First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Girl#3 (February, 2007)

Powers/Abilities: Bitter Frost can generate intense cold, allowing her to encase objects and people in ice.  She can also launch sharp icicles as projectiles, summon cold winds and snow, and can fly via those winds.  Exposure to intense heat causes her to revert to human form.

History: (Amazing Spider-Girl#3 (fb) ) - As a girl, Betty Frost was abused by her widowed father.

(Amazing Spider-Girl#3 (fb) ) - As a teenager, Betty enterered into a relationship with Wayne, who frequently beat her.  Social worker Caitlan Leiber tried to convince her to leave him, but she wouldn't; burdened with other cases, Leiber didn't follow up on it.

(Amazing Spider-Girl#3) - Years later, Wayne's abuse had intensified; one night, he beat Betty so badly that she fled their tenement to hide in an abandoned factory, where old canisters of industrial chemicals leaked and mutrated her, giving her superhuman cold powers.

(Amazing Spider-Girl#3) - Now calling herself Bitter Frost, Betty tracked down and murdered her father.  She then set her sights on Leiber, who had become the administrator of the St. Andrew's Shelter for abused women.  As she began to freeze her, St. Andrew's volunteer May Parker arrived; Bitter Frost mistook her for a resident and left, unwilling to harm a fellow victim, but warned Parker to stay away from Leiber.  That night, she found Wayne, but was again interrupted before she could kill him - first by Leiber, and then by NYPD detective Vinnie Drasco.  As Wayne escaped, she assaulted the new arrivals with icy winds, but soon Spider-Girl arrived as well, although her web-shooters' triggers broke off in the intense cold.  As Spider-Girl pulled Leiber away from a barrage of icicles, Drasco hit Bitter Frost with a plank; the plank froze and shattered, knocking over Wayne's propane heater.  It exploded, and the intense heat reverted Bitter Frost back to human form.  Spider-Girl swung Forest, Drasco, and Leiber out of the burning tenement.  Later, Forest was taken away in an ambulance.

Comments: Created by Tom DeFalco, Ron Frenz, and Sal Buscema.

Given her name, powers, and attire, I wonder if Bitter Frost is a partial homage to DC's Killer Frost.

Profile by Minor Irritant.

Bitter Frost, aka Betty Forest, has no known connections to

Mr. Forest

(Amazing Spider-Girl#3 (fb) ) - An alcoholic widower, Mr. Forest was abusive towards his daughter Betty.

(Amazing Spider-Girl#3) - Years later, Forest was confronted by his daughter, now Bitter Frost, who froze him solid, killing him.

--Amazing Spider-Girl#3 (#3 (fb), #3


(Amazing Spider-Girl#3 (fb) ) - Wayne was abusive to his girlfriend, Betty Forest.  One day, he beat her so badly that she fled to a deserted factory, where abandoned chemical canisters mutated her into Bitter Frost.

(Amazing Spider-Girl#3) - Bitter Frost confronted Wayne, explained her origin, and prepared to kill him.  Before she could, .  Wayne fled, but Drasco promised that he'd track him down.

--Amazing Spider-Girl#3 (#3 (fb), #3

images: (without ads)
Amazing Spider-Girl#3, p2, pan1 (main image)
Amazing Spider-Girl#3, p10, pan2 (pre-mutation)
Amazing Spider-Girl#3, p2, pan1 (Mr. Forest)
Amazing Spider-Girl#3, p14, pan6 (Wayne)

Amazing Spider-Girl#3 (February, 2007) - Tom DeFalco (writer), Ron Frenz (pencils), Sal Buscema (inks), Molly Lazer (editor)

Last updated: 12/08/12

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