"Poison deaths of children at the public nursery." Kitty gets more smiting motivation in one sentence than the entire Old Testament. Kitty is a social worker by day and also technically a social worker by night, though more in the sense of "work the body." She puts her initials on her costume so that crooks know who is kicking their asses, and they always end up too dead to read them, too concussed to remember them, or too scared to go near them.
Red Seal Comics
"Sure, I could spend billions on animal-themed gadgets, but there's a meat cleaver right there."
A meat cleaver is a scarier symbol of incoming justice than Captain America's shield, but her preferred weapon against punks is more punks.
Red Seal Comics
"Cold-blooded" as both an attitude to and mechanism for righteous murder.
Her cover is perfect: decades of sexism. When Clark Kent, the world's burliest journalist, runs away from trouble, people can't help but notice. But Kitty Kelly running from danger? The other characters are just grateful she doesn't swoon all over them.
Reboot Her Instead of: Hulk
Hulk has had so many movies, and they've all sucked so much, it's like even his fictional self trying to get us to leave him alone. We already know the tale of Bruce Banner, that poor, straight, white, male college graduate empowered by millions of dollars worth of technology. Does no one understand his pain? Kitty Kelly doesn't need any gamma explosions. Her strength comes from total bullshit-sufficiency, as in she's had enough of it. Her adrenal glands just happen to make her super-strong when she gets angry. And she is always angry.
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