dragon_lady-factory-148611-profile "DRAGON LADY"

dragon_lady-factory-148611-cigReal Name: Unrevealed

Identity/ClassAlternate Reality (Earth-148611/"New Universe")

Occupation: Unrevealed;
    formerly the hostess and/or head of security at the Factory

Group MembershipThe Factory staff (Dolph, Jean-Paul, Martin "Marty" Roth, Toby, numerous unidentified)

Affiliations: John Tensen (later Justice);
Rebecca Chambers

Enemies: Nestor, Chango Villalobos,;
    she was frightened by the armed
Rebecca Chambers and Hoyt Pittman, but they were not her enemies

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: See commentsdragon_lady-factory-148611-face2

Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
    formerly t
he Factory, near or on St. Mark's Place, Manhattan, New York, Earth-148611

First AppearanceJustice I#1 (November, 1986)

Powers/Abilities: She was experienced with coordinating security at and admission to a large social nightclub.

    She was intrigued with the ideas of mysticism and violence, but when confronted with true violence (and death), she was startled and shocked.

Height: Unrevealed (approximately 5'6")
Weight: Unrevealed (approximately 115 lbs.)
Eyes: Unrevealed (likely brown)
Hair: Black


dragon_lady-factory-148611-rearoblique(Justice I#1) - As Rebecca Chambers arrived at the Factory in a limousine, a would-be patron in line already expressed her frustration to her friend Harvey that it was really tiresome watching people from limos get in while they waited. The hostess told her "I heard that sweets. Go watch TV. We're a hot club. No one ever claimed we were fair."

    After Rebecca introduced herself as being under Jean-Paul, the hostess told Dolph it was cool, as she was on the list. When the paranormal John Tensen (later known as Justice) began forcing his way to the front of the line, the hostess alerted Dolph and Toby of the presence of a crasher. Dolph advised the crasher that he should not make them get violent as the "evil Dragon Lady" enjoyed it too much. Using his ability to sense auras (see comments), Tensen noted that she was not truly evil, not yet, although the capacity was there, unfulfilled. As he started to note his interest in the other woman, the hostess replied, "Love it! Dresses like a rock star, talks like an evangelist -- it's a slow night, you could be good for the mix."

     Later, inside the Factory, she caught up to Tensen (who was caught up in a painful memory of the capture of his at least illusionary former lover (see Justice
and Land of Spring profiles)), Shandra. She told him -- jarring him out of his memory as he rubbed his eyes -- "Wrong, it's your friend, the Dragon Lady! But I understand...the commercial gunk they play gives me a giant pain, too.

    Or are you agonizing over the fact that the lady who caught your eye is being swept off by our manager? And they're headed for the VIP lounge, where you can't follow. What's so fascinating about her anyway?

     Tensen explained the pure, golden nature of her aura (see comments) and that Rebecca reminded him of another woman, and she told him that she loved the mysticism and deja vu. dragon_lady-factory-148611-shieldedShe then told him, "Okay, sweets. I'm on my break...I'll guide you. But be warned: Nobody stays pure on the lounge level. You think that'll make you...violent?"

     When Chango Villalobos and Nestor showed up and opened fire on Jean-Paul and Rebecca Chambers, Tensen projected shields protecting the "Dragon Lady" and others, but a bullet passed outside the span of his shields and struck a man in the back.

    The Dragon Lady held the apparently dead shooting victim, distraught by this exposure to true violence and death.

     After Tensen incinerated Nestor and then Jean-Paul, the Dragon Lady was on her knees, asking "No more...! It's not fun...!" As Rebecca confronted Tensen at gunpoint, Tensen shielded the Dragon Lady with his body; with tears in her eyes, she asked, "What happened to the fun? Little violence...excitement ...used to be...fun...!"

    When Rebecca's partner, Hoyt Pittman, showed up and aimed a gun at Tensen, the Dragon Lady panicked, and she moved in front of Tensen. Blocking Pittman and Rebecca's view of Tensen, she unwittingly enabled Tensen to blast the FBI agents back with his shield.

Justice I#1 - BTS) - Tensen subsequently after Roth and Villalobos, both of whom perished.

CommentsCreated by Archie Goodwin, Geof Isherwood, Joe Delbeato, and Jack Fury.

    For any unfamiliar, here's a primer to the New Universe, courtesy of Prime Eternal...if the link doesn't work, just scroll down...

    Under the "Did you get that memo?" category, Justice was in clear contradiction of the intended nature of the New Universe. While Justice originally seemed to have an ability to read auras that allowed him to sense good and evil in people, when the series was brought back in-line with the intent of the New Universe's nature, this power was revealed to actually be an ability to sense if a being was a paranormal or not, and Justice was suffering from delusions caused by Daedalus Darquill in the earlier issues. Which makes Justice's assessment of Jean-Paul's corruption a bit questionable...

    It's not clear that she was really called the Dragon Lady on a regular basis. Dolph referred to her as the "evil Dragon Lady" when warning Tensen that she liked it when the bouncers got violent, and then she used the name when she reintroduced herself to Tensen to remind him how she knew him.
     It's obviously a reference to the stereotypical term. Here's some info from Wikipedia, but you can Google it for more information:

Dragon Lady is usually a stereotype of certain East Asian and occasionally South Asian and/or Southeast Asian women as strong, deceitful, domineering, mysterious, and often sexually alluring. Inspired by the characters played by actress Anna May Wong, The term comes from the female villain in the comic strip Terry and the Pirates. It has since been applied to powerful Asian women from certain regions of Asia, as well as a number of Asian and Asian American film actresses. 

dragon_lady-factory-148611-face     She looks a lot different in the best clear shot of her face, and her hair has a different (longer) cut...not sure what's up with that. Maybe she was a minor shapeshifter (probably not...)

    This started out as a sub-profile, but it grew to a size that I just went with a full profile.

Profile by Snood.

The "Dragon Lady"
should be distinguished from:

images: (without ads)
Justice I#1, pg. 12, panel 5 (rear oblique, with list);
        pg. 13, panel 1-2 (front, mostly full, distant (and Toby); upper with cigarette);
        pg. 18, panel
1-2 (Dragon Lady, full, profile; face, uncovered);
        pg. 19, panel 5-6 (Dragon Lady, shielded and holding dead man)

Justice I#1 (November, 1986) - Archie Goodwin (writer), Geof Isherwood (penciler), Joe Delbeato & Jack Fury (inkers), Michael Higgins (editor)

First posted: 12/31/2021
Last updated: 12/31/2021

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