Monday, February 11, 2008

Bulleteer

Bulleteer is a fictional character and DC Comics superheroine, a member of the Seven Soldiers of Victory. She was created by Grant Morrison, based on the Fawcett Comics characters Bulletman and Bulletgirl.

While all 27-year-old Alix Harrower wanted was a relatively normal life, her husband Lance hoped for bigger things. A research scientist, he had developed a thin metal skin that could bond with collagen, turning tissue indestructibly hard. When this "smartskin" is applied to a living being (like Lance's initial test subject, a mouse named Metal Mickey, presumably after the hit song by Suede), the subject becomes superhumanly strong. Though the potential military applications were obvious, Lance dreamed of using it on himself, modeling a superhero career after the WWII superheroes Bulletman and Bulletgirl. He wanted to be famous, to rub elbows with people like Green Lantern, and most importantly, to use smartskin to keep himself and his wife eternally young. Unfortunately, after he tested it on himself, he began to suffocate. When he touched Alix, the smartskin bonded to her. Rushed to the hospital, she was saved thanks to medics gaining access to bare skin covered by her wedding ring. Lance was not wearing his, and so died of asphyxiation.

Alix spiralled into depression as her new appearance forced her to quit her job teaching autistic children. Another emotional blow came at the discovery that her deceased husband's superhero dreams stemmed from a fixation on an internet "superteen" porn star named "Super Sally Sonic." Distraught, Alix attempted suicide. While trying to find a structure hard enough to kill her on impact, she came across a train wreck, and saved the people still inside. After those she saved called her a superhero, she decided to live up to the name, taking the alias Lance had hoped to use for himself: the Bulleteer.

In Bulleteer #2, it is revealed that Alix was going to be the seventh member of Greg Saunders' ill-fated new Seven Soldiers of Victory, but got cold feet and thus escaped the massacre. She meets Agent Helligan from Shining Knight #3 and helps her interrogate Ramon Solomano, alias "the Iron Hand" (an old enemy of Saunders from his days as the costumed hero Vigilante), for information on the Nebula Man and the deaths of the six other soldiers as seen in Seven Soldiers of Victory #0.

In Bulleteer #3, Alix serves as a bodyguard to a mermaid movie star at a convention for C-list superheroes, interacting with various secondary Soldiers characters, and eventually surviving an assassination attempt by the apparently undead Spyder. Upon her return home, Alix is crushed with a refrigerator by the indestructible Sally Sonic, who was posing as her boarder.

In Bulleteer #4, Sally Sonic beats Alix while ranting about her ruined life. Flashbacks reveal Sally's backstory as a 1940s superheroine who is unaging and stuck in the body of a teenager. Sally fell into the seedy underworld of superhuman sex work and eventually goaded Alix' husband into the experiment that killed him and transformed Alix. Alix refuses to let Sally take her grief out on her and manages to knock Sally out with a car engine, despite a broken arm. Afterwards, an apparently undead Greg Saunders approaches Alix and attempts to recruit her to 'save the world', but she rejects him and the entire superhero role.

In Seven Soldiers #1, Alix tries to drive Sally to the hospital when the Sheeda launch the invasion on Manhattan. Sally wakes up and tries to kill Alix yet again, until the car collides with the fallen Sheeda queen, Gloriana Tenebrae, and bursts into flames. Alix survives, but Sally and Gloriana didn't.

It was revealed that Alix was The Spear that Was Never Thrown, the ultimate downfall of the Sheeda race. This Spear was thrown by Aurakles, the very first superhero from 42,000 years ago, and Alix's ancestor. Aurakles appeared as an imprisoned demi-god in the pages of Mister Miracle.

Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Seven Soldiers: The Bulleteer #1
Created by Grant Morrison
Characteristics
Alter ego Alix Harrower
Team
affiliations Seven Soldiers of Victory
Justice League
Abilities superhuman strength, indestructible skin

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