tim your face
I miss you Helena Wayne… I mean Kyle.
Selina Kyle, Helena, Batman from Catwoman #69
art by A. Lopez / D. Lopez
This is why I wish that Bruce was the father of Helena.
These three caught my eye.
10) Helena Kyle, Catwoman’s Daughter
You might expect Damian Wayne, Batman’s son who didn’t meet his father until he was a teenager and was trained to be a deadly assassin from the time of his birth by his mother Talia al Ghul, to make the list, but we feel way more sorry for Catwoman’s daughter Helena Kyle. Selena started off trying to be a good mom, giving up the Catwoman gig and passing it on to someone else, but she didn’t leave Gotham (no place to raise a kid) and her decision to run around the rooftops when she wasn’t in top shape lead to Angle Man and Film Freak discovering her secret identity, thus putting her kid in danger. Catwoman would eventually give the kid up for adoption after faking their deaths instead of, you know, being an adult and taking care of her flesh and blood.
In my personal canon Helena’s father is actually Bruce.
2) Lian Harper, Arsenal/Speedy/Red Arrow’s Daughter
The product of a torrid affair between Roy Harper (Speedy/Arsenal/Red Arrow) and the super assasin Cheshire, Lian seemingly had it rough from the beginning. But, as it would turn out, Roy was a pretty damn good dad, taking care of his little girl and enlisting meta humans to watch over her while he went out to do the super hero thing (and hook up with superheroines). That would all come to an end in Justice League: Cry for Justice when Prometheus decided to put the screws to the heroes, setting off devastating earthquakes throughout different cities. One of which was Star, where Lian was supposed to be watched by the current Speedy. Instead she died, which DC used as a spring board into crazy town for Roy who has since been seen doing drugs and beating people with dead cats.
1) May Parker, Peter and Mary Jane’s Daughter
Poor May Parker could have made the list just for being born in the midst of the much maligned Clone Saga, but it gets worse. Mary Jane’s pregnancy lead to Peter turning the Spider-Man mantle over to Ben Reilly, but the night the kid was born—seemingly stillborn—Reilly was killed and Peter became Spidey again. May was stolen away never to be seen again, a castoff thanks to Marvel’s obsession with making Peter Parker, a 40 year old character, young and hip. So, not only did little May essentially kick off the Clone Saga only to get tossed in the garbage heap of continuity, but thanks to One More Day, she was erased along with one of the greatest couples in comics history. An alternate verison of the character would go on to star in Spider-Girl, the most cancelled series in the history of comics. It’s not easy being May Parker.