Bad Girls: B is for Blackfire

It’s Friday night once more here at the Tragical Historicon and that means some more good ol’ fighting, Space Booger style.

This week is Round 2 of Villainy Victorious, in which we get to see the evil people we love get the better of those damn hero types.

This week’s entry is the statuesque psychopath Kommand’r of Tamaran, fighting under the nom de guerre Blackfire.

In this, her first appearance, Komm-Komm has come to Earth with some Citadel-issue Gordanian thugs to recover the escaped Koriand’r (aka Starfire), Komm-Komm’s little sister. Like many a sister, our anti-heroine just wants to murder her younger, prettier sibling – after taking her back to Vega.

The foolish New Teen Titans take umbrage to this kidnapping. With stunning ease, they get a hold of two Citadel shuttles and make it aboard Blackfire’s flagship, ready to kick some Vegan buttocks. Blackfire, however, has other ideas.

In fact she sees them coming and releases some handy little security drones armed with a variety of anti-sidekick devices.

For the creepy empaths and green-skinned changelings, they use the old standard of zap-zap beams:

Zzakkk attack!Aghhh indeed, Mr. Logan

For the brawling Amazons and the acrobats in short-pants, they employ the old grappling tentacles (first popularized by Otto Octavius):

Also, too little

For the speedsters, some fun sticky goop:

Oh Wally. . .

And best of all – for the cybernetic heroes – the ol’ chop-chop-chop:

Marv Wolfman, you complete me

But incapacitating six teenagers by remote control isn’t actually that big a deal for our girl. I mean, B-fire isn’t even in the room, she hasn’t even really met her victims, and well “incapacitated” is hardly “with finality” (no matter what that panel said).

What would really be victorious, would be if she could kill them all in front of her damnable sister’s helpless eyes, while adding some knife-twisting commentary of her own. Something like:

in a word: awesome

Yeah, the real victory is in getting Kory to do this:


All this villainy comes to us courtesy of Marv Wolfman (script/plot), George Perez (pencils/plot) and Romeo Thangal (inks) over two awesomely evil pages from “Kidnapped”  in New Teen Titans (vol 1) #23, cover-dated September 1982.

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