Monday, September 05, 2005

Favorite Female Characters #14: Wynonna Earp

Wynonna Earp
Originally uploaded by
Heidi Meeley.
Wynonna Earp might not be as well known as some of the other characters on my countdown, but she is definitely one of the least timid. Springing from the fruitful mind of Beau Smith, Wynonna is a direct descendant of Wyatt Earp. Inheriting his razor sharp wit and bravery, Wynonna is a U.S. Marshall whose job it is to capture or kill the "weird" and "impossible" criminals.

Wynonna was first seen in a mini-series served up from Image Comics. Her outfit had more of a bad-girl feel, and she was splendidly rendered by artist extraordinaire Joyce Chin. Not intimidated by the bad guys, Wynonna must take down a trailer park of vampire type uglies. With a flair for the martial arts and the ability to master any fire arm she comes in contact with, evil never had a chance.

Wynonna and her creator moved to IDW Publishing for another mini-series. This time around she was wearing a leather trench and pants, set off by the Marshalls badge around her neck. Carlos Ferreira helmed the art chores this time around, and Wynonna struck a more serious, but still kick-ass pose. In a more personal tale, Wynonna takes on the criminal cowboys from the showdown at OK Corral. Outliving their peers, they are threatened by the Earp bloodlines and it is a fignt for literal survival to see who has the tougher genetics.

Writer Smith writes Wynonna with a tongue-in-cheek reverance that makes her unique among other characters. She is his child in a way, and like Wyatt Earp before him, Smith beams in pride at her accomplishments. I always look forward to reading Smith's take on female characters because despite his claim of being a manly man, he understands women pretty well.

Wynonna Earp is a bad-ass plain and simple. She does what the guys do but looks way better doing it. Carrying on a tradition of strength of will and character, Wynonna aims to ensure humanity is safe from the strangest of the strange for as long as it is within her power to do so.

Recommended reading: The Complete Wynonna Earp

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