B. Black Alice A-Z Blog Challenge

Black Alice (comics)

Black Alice (comics) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Black Alice had her DC Comics debut in Birds of Pray #76 in January 2005. She is really Lori Zechlin from Dayton, Ohio(another one from Ohio, check out Bill Knightly from my first A-Z blog post).  She can borrow the magical abilities of any other magic user for a limited time.  Black Alice is considered one of the most powerful magic-users on the Earth.  She had a very unhappy and alienated childhood that grew unbearable after her mother committed suicide.  When she discovered that could manifest vast magical powers by “borrowing” from other magic users, she set forth to take revenge on those who had done her wrong in the past.  Alice was stopped by Black Canary and the Birds of Pray.  She has had chances to show her heroic side.  Her gifts were handy prior to the Infinite Crisis, when she helped the Shadowpact by take the powers of the Specter(Shadowpact and Specter were mentioned in my Arion A-Z blog post). Alice has also had to deal with her mother being resurrected in a Zombie-like state by Felix Faust.     With the power to stealing magic abilities there was one thing that could cause temptation, yet she resisted the temptation to claim the omnipotent helmet of Doctor Fate.

Black Alice came from troubled and humble beginnings.  All she ever really wanted was to help people and make a better life for herself.  But her ways didn’t always sit well with everyone, yet when she was near a magic user to take powers from she was nearly unstoppable.


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  1. #1 by maria on April 2, 2013 - 10:49 am

    Very cool focus on the comics. I am sure you will have a plethora of options for each letter. Lots of good character learning in comic books that goes unappreciated. Enjoy your A to Z challenge. God bless, Maria from Delight Directed Living

    • #2 by pwetzig on April 2, 2013 - 7:29 pm

      Thanks! So true about characters in Comic books. I also do a monthly post at http://www.scotzig.com, on what writers can learn from comic books called Nerdbite. It was kind of tricky to find some letters, I really had to dive deep into my memory to find them. Good Luck with your A-Z!


      • #3 by Mark on April 2, 2013 - 7:41 pm

        Hey, thanks for commenting over on my blog and I’m really digging your theme over here. I never read BoP (for any length of time), but Black Alice sounds like a pretty interesting character.

        Looking forward to see who else you come up with 🙂

      • #4 by pwetzig on April 3, 2013 - 1:56 am

        Yeah, BoP was never one of my favorites either. When the New 52 started it only got worse, but Black Alice was an awesome character, the storyline when she took Mary Marvel’s powers was great. Thanks for returning the comment! I’m look forward to seeing who you came up with too!

  2. #5 by Michelle on April 2, 2013 - 8:52 pm

    oh, interesting! I’ll definitely be back to read more, I’ve just recently gotten back into comics (after 15-20 years of not ever reading them :p) so I’m on the look out for characters to get into.

    • #6 by pwetzig on April 3, 2013 - 1:59 am

      Well it’s a good time to get back into reading them. DC and Marvel have both had reboots and the stories are starting to get good.

  3. #7 by Trisha on April 3, 2013 - 8:06 pm

    I really only know the bare minimum about comics, but I’ve learned more already during this year’s A to Z 🙂

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