Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Earth-93060/Ultraverse) human mutate mystically merged with extraterrestrial simian
Occupation: Criminal gang leader, cult leader
Group Membership: Church of the monkey gods
Affiliations: Monkey gods, Moon Man, Ton-Ton Macoutes (enforcers), White God
Enemies: Junior Collins, Damian Hanks, Deonna Saunders, Solitaire
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Los Angeles (especially Venice Beach), USA
First Appearance: Ultraverse Origins#1/10 (January, 1994)
Powers/Abilities: Monkey Woman was a normal human who had been mystically grafted with a living mandrill of extraterrestrial background. This gave her heightened senses and resilience in attacks, and she communicated with the advanced apes, listening to their commands and enacting their will. She commanded a monkey cult which had hundreds of followers. She also had various kinds of apes that followed her will and were used for different purposes.
(Solitaire#4 (fb)) - Extraterrestrial simians came to Earth and established a city somewhere in Africa, coming to be known in the vicinity as the monkey gods. They secretly traveled with the slave ships to Haiti and overcame the voodoo queens during the slave revolts. The monkey gods would select and take a young girl as the successor to the Monkey Woman title, mystically binding an ape to her back, making her mistress of their human followers but a slave of the ape gods. This tradition continued to the modern day.
(Solitaire#2 - BTS) - Anton Lone, Solitaire's villainous father, masterminded a plan to destroy property and then buy the land cheap to advance his personal empire, employing the current Monkey Woman's aid to achieve this.
(Solitaire#3 (fb) - BTS) - Monkey Woman established a gang that muscled in around Venice Beach and which was involved in arms smuggling. They used the Macoutes, Haitian death squads, as enforcers. Monkey Woman also used various types of apes to enforce her will.
(Solitaire#2 (fb) - BTS) - The Moon Man was instructed by Monkey Woman to detonate a bomb supplied by her.
(Solitaire#3) - Solitaire hunted down those who supplied the Moon Man with his weapons and came across the cult as they carried the injured body of Deonna Saunders into a warehouse for sacrifice to the ape gods. Monkey Woman was about to plunge the sacrificial knife into Saunders when Solitaire suddenly burst in. Monkey Woman ordered he be slain but the vigilante evaded the human followers' attacks only to be overwhelmed by Monkey Woman's apes. After having Solitaire tied to a post, she taunted him and hinted that she knew who might be behind his amazing regenerative powers. She then set a massive slavering white gorilla to attack him.
(Solitaire#4) - Sirens rang out as the police neared. Monkey Woman listened to the mandrill bound in her back and fled the scene, expecting the white gorilla to kill Solitaire. However, he escaped and continued to track her down.
(Ultraverse Origins#1/10) - Monkey Woman swore that either Solitaire would die or she would die trying to stop the vigilante because of his attacks against her church.
(Solitaire#4) - Monkey Woman found out about the white gorilla's death and Solitaire's escape while on board a boat. She uncovered the stolen Soviet nuclear warheads that she intended to sell to Anton Lone and ordered that Saunders be tied upon them and killed as a sacrifice to dispel the bad luck hounding the church. However, just as she was about to stab Saunders, Solitaire jumped on board and kicked Monkey Woman down. The two fought briefly until she commanded her ape servants be unleashed and they attacked. The vigilante then saw the only option was to take Monkey Woman over the side of the boat, but her human servants and faithful Japanese Macaques swam to her rescue. The vigilante then wrestled with her, taking her down into the icy watery depths and he resolved to kill her. Hearing the boat overhead, Solitaire kicked Monkey Woman up toward the boat where she hit the propeller in a flurry of blood.
Comments: Created by Gerard Jones (writer) and George Perez (art) (as per her first published appearance).
The summary in Ultraverse Year One confirmed that Monkey Woman was killed by the propeller.
In Solitaire#3, she has sharpened teeth, but the next issue (with a different artist), she has a normal human set of teeth. Was this change from removable teeth caps or different sets of dentures? Maybe just artistic license.
Having a "monkey on your back" is a colloquial term for being a slave to an addiction.
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Monkey Woman has no known connections to:
Junior Collins once dated Deonna Saunders, a member of the ape church, but she tried to sell arms herself and left the cult, telling him of its secrets. Much later, Collins was attracted to a market stall seller, actually a follower of the monkey gods, but she instead lured him away and chained him up for betraying the ape church. She then unleashed her monkey who bit him savagely and killed him. His body was dumped on the beach, with Solitaire's agent Urch reporting this to the vigilante. His death was reported in the paper, alerting his friend Damian Hanks.
Damian Hanks grew up in a violent environment and became involved in the arms smuggling operations of the monkey cult. He learnt of his friend's death and the state the corpse had been left in. He prepared for a similar attack, locking himself in an empty room with guns. Several apes broke through the window and were killed by Hanks' bullets, but one managed to open the jammed door. The Monkey Woman and her vicious mandrill were there and slaughtered him.
The White God was a massive white gorilla that obeyed the commands of the Monkey Woman, and she used it to eliminate her opponents. She ordered it to kill the captive Solitaire when she fled the police, but Solitaire was able to break free and killed the white ape instead.
Solitaire#3, p18 (main image)
Solitaire#4, p11, pan2 (merging)
Solitaire#3, p2, pan3 (Junior Collins)
Solitaire#3, p10, pan1 (Damian Hanks)
Solitaire#4, p1, pan3 (White God)
Ultraverse Origins#1/10 (January, 1994) - Gerard Jones (writer), George Perez (pencils & inks), Chris Ulm, Dan Danko, Hank Kanalz & Roland Mann (editors)
Solitaire#3 (February, 1994) - Gerard Jones (writer), Patrick Rolo (pencils), Bobbie Rae (inks), Hank Kanalz (editor)
Solitaire#4 (March, 1994) - Gerard Jones (writer), Jeff Johnson (pencils), Barbara Kaalberg (inks), Hank Kanalz (editor)
Last updated: 02/06/09
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