REN KIMURA

Real Name: Ren Kimura

Identity/Class: Sub-species of humanity (Inhuman) mutate

Occupation: Adventurer, dancer

Group Membership: Defenders/Shieldmaidens (Elsa Bloodstone, Clea, Misty Knight, Danielle Moonstar, Nova/Frances Hyatt, Annabelle Riggs, Valkyrie/Brunnhilde, Warrior Woman/Hippolyta)

Affiliations: Asgardians of the Galaxy (Angela, Destroyer, Executioner/Skurge, Annabelle Riggs, Throg, Thunderstrike/Kevin Masterson, Valkyrie/Brunnhilde), Devil Dinosaur, Glass Girl, Delphyne Gorgon, Inferno (Dante Petruz), Irelle, Iso (Xiaoyi Chen), Karnak, Deanna Kawade, Minouru Kawade, Kid Kaiju (Kei Kawade), Magma (Amara Aquilla), Medusa (Medusa Amaquelin), Moon Girl (Lunella Lafayette), Annabelle Riggs, Sif, Spider-Man (Miles Morales), Sterilon, Treste, Wolverine (Laura Kinney)

Enemies: Angels of Heven (Queen of Heven, others), Dark Elves, Doom Maidens (Anaconda/Blanche Sitznski, Aradnea, Echidna, Mindblast/Danielle Forte, Scorpia/Elaine Coll, Shriek/Frances Barrison, Titania/Mary MacPherran, Zheng Bao Yu/Fah Lo Sue), Caroline le Fey, Leviathons, Mr. Raven, Sleepers, Wardogs of Thanos, X-Men (Archangel/Warren Worthington III, Sebastian Shaw, Shen Xorn)

Known Relatives Mr. and Mrs. Kimura (mother and father)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: New York City, New York

First Appearance: Fearless Defenders#10 (December, 2013)

Powers/Abilities: After undergoing Terrigenesis her hands and forearms were covered with long razor-like ribbons while the end of her fingertips became metallic claws. While dancing, Ren can control her ribbons with precision, unfurling them to go increased distances shooting forward from her fingertips and forearms. For a time, she wore Asgardian Uru-clawed gloves that allowed her finer control of her ribbons. Ren is a trained dancer in multiple styles of dance (including hip-hop, salsa, jazz, tap, and ballet).

Height: 5'9" (by approximation)
Weight: 130 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Green
Hair: Black

History:
(Fearless Defenders#10 (fb) ) - Ren Kimura grew up with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Kimura, who had high expectations for her to succeed in everything. An excellent student, Ren played the cello before her parents sent her to a ballet class, expecting it to be temporary, but Ren fell in love with dancing and began taking classes in many different styles. While working to keep the rules at home, Ren came out of the closet and began dating women. One day, while practicing in the dance studio, Ren was overcome by the Terrigen Mists.

(Fearless Defenders#10) - Ren emerged from her Terrigen cocoon transformed, finding her arms covered in tightly wound ribbons. On the streets outside, Ren found the Wardogs of Thanos slaughtering Inhumans inside their cocoons, then she saw them battling Caroline le Fey and her Doom Maidens (Scorpia, Shriek, Mindblast, Titania). Ren was threatened by one Wardog, but she was saved by the Defenders (Valkryie, Warrior Woman, and Misty Knight). As the Doom Maidens attacked, Ren's powers kicked in and she repelled Scorpia with a blast of her razor-sharp ribbons. Ren began dancing, manipulating the ribbons around her as she helped repel the villains, who soon escaped with more cocoons. Valkyrie shifted forms with Annabelle Riggs, who comforted Ren by taking her hands (causing Annabelle's to bleed), then Ren joined the team and helped them fight the Wardogs. Ren immediately found herself attracted to Annabelle.

(Fearless Defenders#11) - Ren interacted with the other Defenders, including Clea, Danielle Moonstar, and Elsa Bloodstone, while meeting heroes like Magma and Delphyne Gorgon. Ren danced with Annabelle, flirting with her openly. Ren invited Annabelle back to her room, where they spent the night together. The next day, Aradnea and Echidna attacked the Defenders with a group of sea monsters. During the fight, Ren hit one monster with ribbons before Echidna choked Ren, but Valkyrie saved her. Soon Caroline le Fey revealed herself as behind it all, and she promised a further war with the others soon.

(Fearless Defenders#12) - The Defenders, also called Shieldmaidens, recruited Nova (Frances Hyatt), then they attacked Caroline le Fey, Mr. Raven, and the Doom Maidens (Anaconda, Aradnea, Echidna, Mindblast, Scorpia, Shriek, Titania, Zheng Bao Yu). Annabelle confided in Ren about her struggles to share a body with Valkyrie. In the following battle, Ren used her ribbons to fend off a blast from Mindblast.

(Uncanny X-Men IV#18 (fb) - BTS) - Ren Kimura was in New Attilan when a group of X-Men came into the city to take it over during a conflict with the Inhumans over the Terrigen Mists, which were poisonous for mutants.

(Uncanny X-Men IV#18) - Ren, Sterilon, Treste, Irelle, Glass Girl, and others sought to escape New Attilan but Sebastian Shaw, Archangel, and Xorn and his group of Sleepers stood in their way. A fight broke out and Ren led the charge to fight back. During the fight, Ren hit Xorn and the Sleepers with her ribbons, but Xorn chose to lead his mutants away when a few mutants fell due to friendly fire.

(Monsters Unleashed II#4) - While other heroes battled monsters, Ren joined Wolverine (Laura Kinney), Inferno, Iso, Medusa, Karnak, Moon Girl, Elsa Bloodstone, Devil Dinosaur, and Spider-Man (Miles Morales) in protecting Kid Kaiju and his parents, the Kawades. Ren helped fight off crab-like Leviathons when they attacked.

(Asgardians of the Galaxy#1) - Ren and Annabelle had wine and talked about their love and relationship, and Annabelle was just getting ready to ask Ren a serious question when Angela and the Destroyer arrived to summon Annabelle for a mission, leaving Ren behind.

(Asgardians of the Galaxy#2) - Ren had a hologram call with Annabelle, who was in space with the Asgardians of the Galaxy, and Ren met her teammates Thunderstrike (Kevin Masterson) and Executioner (Skurge) during the call.

(Asgardians of the Galaxy#8) - When Dark Elves attacked Earth, Ren battled them, but Annabelle soon showed up on the back of a winged horse, returning from space. They briefly embraced, but then Annabelle disappeared in a flash again.

(Asgardians of the Galaxy#9 (fb) - BTS) - Many in New York were relocated to Avengers Mountain at the South Pole to stay safe during the War of the Realms. Ren was among them.

(Asgardians of the Galaxy#9) - At Avengers Mountain, Ren learned from Angela that Valkyrie had seemingly been killed, causing Ren to believe that Annabelle was also dead. Pushing past Executioner, Ren went sobbing into the hallway, where Clea appeared magically, telling Ren they had a chance to save Annabelle's life. Clea explained that she could use Ren's connection to Annabelle to find and save her, and the other Asgardians of the Galaxy (including Throg) went with them, while Angela remained behind. They landed in the mists outside of Valhalla, where Clea explained Annabelle was in a nearby pocket realm that they needed to find. Fighting their way through the undead souls trapped outside Valhalla they soon found Annabelle. Ren helped protect her, kissed her girlfriend, then got her back to Earth, where Annabelle was determined to help avenge Valkyrie.

(Asgardians of the Galaxy#10) - Annabelle and Ren went to Urzuul the dwarf to get weapons to aid them in the coming fight, and Ren wore Uru metal gauntlets to enhance her own claws, to use in close combat. They soon joined the fight on Earth, with Annabelle wielding a Valkyrie spear and wearing a Nova helmet, and they savagely fought the Angels of Heven. The fight landed in Heven, where Angela summoned the Naglfar Armada to help them win the fight. Fighting by Sif's side, Ren saw Angela kill the Queen of Heven. Ren pledged herself to Annabelle, promising to stay with her as they continued fighting the good fight.

(Valkyrie: Jane Foster#4 - BTS) - After giving a lecture, Annabelle was ready to meet Ren for lunch.

Comments: Created by Cullen Bunn and Will Sliney.

Profile by Chadman.

CLARIFICATIONS
Ren Kimura has no known connections to:


Mr. and Mrs. Kimura

(Fearless Defenders I#10 (fb) ) - Ren Kimura grew up with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Kimura, who had high expectations for her to succeed in everything. An excellent student, Ren played the cello before her parents sent her to a ballet class, expecting it to be temporary, but Ren fell in love with dancing and began taking classes in many different styles. While working to keep the rules at home, Ren came out of the closet and began dating women.

--Fearless Defenders I#10 (fb)


images: (without ads)
Fearless Defenders#12, p19, pan1 (main)
Fearless Defenders#10, p6, pan2 (face)
Uncanny X-Men IV#18, p11, pan1 (using powers)
Fearless Defenders#10, p2, pan1 (Mr. and Mrs. Kimura)


Appearances:
Fearless Defenders#10-12 (December, 2013-February, 2014) - Cullen Bunn (writer), Will Sliney (artist), Ellie Pyle (editor)
Uncanny X-Men IV#18 (April, 2014) - Cullen Bunn (writer), Edgar Salazar (penciler), Ed Tadeo (inker), Dan Ketchum (editor)
Monsters Unleashed II#4 (May, 2017) - Cullen Bunn (writer), Salvador Larroca (artist), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Asgardians of the Galaxy#1-2 (November-December, 2018) - Cullen Bunn (writer), Matteo Lolli (artist), Sarah Brunstad (editor)
Asgardians of the Galaxy#8 (June, 2019) - Cullen Bunn (writer), Matteo Lolli (artist), Sarah Brunstad (editor)
Asgardians of the Galaxy#9 (July, 2019) - Cullen Bunn (writer), Paolo Villanelli (artist), Sarah Brunstad (editor)
Asgardians of the Galaxy#10 (August, 2019) - Cullen Bunn (writer), Luca Maresca (artist), Sarah Brunstad (editor)
Valkyrie: Jane Foster#4 (December, 2019) - Al Ewing, Jason Aaron (writers), CAFU (artist), Wil Moss (editor)


First Posted: 06/23/2020
Last updated: 06/23/2020

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