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Swift, Winged Huntress

Real Name
Shen Li-Men
Current Alias
Swift, Winged Huntress

Identity

Alignment

Affiliation

Universe

Base Of Operations

Characteristics
Gender

Height
5' 5"

Weight
100 lbs (45 kg)

Eyes

Hair

Unusual Features
Wings and Talons and Fangs

Status
Citizenship

Marital Status

Occupation
Adventurer

Origin
Origin
Jenny Sparks once encountered a large egg, guarded by Tibetan monks for generations, prophesied to hatch a winged woman at the end of the millennium and usher in a golden age of love and peace. The egg's incubation was not uneventful - it had to be rescued from Nazi agents by Jenny Sparks in 1943. The mini-series this was shown in was said to show Jenny Sparks' first meeting with the members of the Authority, indicating that the egg contains Swift. However the fetus is unnamed or given any real interaction with Sparks, and this origin seems to conflict with what was previously known about Swift's life and powers. The mini-series has several continuity errors, so whether or not Swift hatched from the egg is unclear.

Place of Birth
Tibet, China


First appearance

Stormwatch #28

Contents

History

When a comet passed by Earth, it activated a genetic quirk in some people that would manifest into superpowers either naturally or through special Seedlings called Activators. Swift was one such Seedling. Swift was brought into Stormwatch as a rookie, with her powers only partially activated. Weatherman Henry Bendix later reconfigured the Stormwatch teams, assigning her to Stormwatch Black, Stormwatch's black-ops team, alongside Jenny Sparks (with whom she had a brief romance) and Jack Hawksmoor. It was then that Christine Trelane offered to fully activate Swift's powers, bringing out their full potential, and she accepted.

After Stormwatch disbanded, Swift joined former teammates in The Authority. Formerly a pacifist, she has put aside those beliefs to fight for a better world regardless of the cost. She has fought all over the world, from Moscow to Mexico to Gamorra Island. Following the Authority's replacement by the G-7 Authority, Swift was replaced by Rush from Canada after being taken out of a fight by radioactive feces. Swift was brainwashed into becoming the obedient trophy wife of a television mogul who had been part of the conspiracy to replace her and her team. She was insulted at every opportunity, from having her cooking ignored to the implications she could not remember large words. Eventually she overheard the "off-button" code of the monster Three-Willied Seth and proceeded to free herself. She literally took the heads of the television mogul and his software billionaire co-conspirator. She also saved her friend Angela Spica, the Engineer, and killed the man who had been abusing Angela by drowning him.

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World's End

After the remaining members of the Authority finding themselves in a post-Apocalyptic London, called 'UnLondon', Swift currently acts as a transmitter, as she is the only way people can communicate across vast areas, seeing as all communications are impossible now. For some unknown reason birds follow her everywhere now. Swift assumes its because of their social structures, breeding patterns and migratory instincts broke down and that they must feel she knows where she's going.

Powers and Abilities

Powers

Avian Enhanced Genetics: When her powers were only partially activated, Swift had a line of feathers that ran along the underside of her arms. This allowed for only limited flight. She can also retract her claws and talons and shed her wings, which eventually decompose into liquid, although she no longer does this since joining the Authority. After being fully activated by Christine Trelane, she has the:

  • Wings: ability to grow wings from her back
  • Superhuman Speed: Consequently, she is called the "fastest winged mammal on the planet." She has flown fast enough to catch super speedsters.
  • Enhanced Strength
  • Enhanced Durability
  • Enhanced Senses: She has some birdlike enhanced senses; apart from superior hearing and eyesight, she is able to feel or "read" the air to locate moving things and mentally listen to the bio-rhythms of the planet.
  • Superhuman Hearing
  • Superhuman Sight
  • Claws
  • Talons

    Abilities

Skilled Combatant

Skilled Cook: She has also demonstrated excellent cooking.

Skilled Singer: She has also demonstrated excellent singing skills.

Expert Navigator: Swift is the navigator for The Carrier, the mobile sentient spaceship that is headquarters for the Authority. She is also a natural pilot who has Stormwatch level combat training.

Master Tracker

Trivia

  • Swift is a bisexual.
  • Swift is a Buddhist.

See Also

Links and References

  • None.

Footnotes

Wildstorm Character

This character exists under the Wildstorm Imprint, and their continuity takes place within the Wildstorm Titles. This template will categorize articles that include it into the category "Wildstorm Characters."


This article uses material from the "Shen Li-Men (Earth-50)" article on the DC Comics wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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