|First appearance||Mister Miracle #6 (February 1972)|
|Created by||Jack Kirby (writer & artist)|
The Female Furies are a group of fictional women warriors appearing in comics published by DC Comics. They are supervillainesses. All of them are New Gods who serve Darkseid. They operate directly underneath Granny Goodness, who trains all of Darkseid's soldiers.
The Female Furies first appeared in Mister Miracle #6 (February 1972) and were created by Jack Kirby.
In November 2018, the Female Furies headlined their own six-issue miniseries by writer Cecil Castellucci and artist Adriana Melo.
The Female Furies are New Gods fanatically loyal to Darkseid. They have been trained by Granny Goodness to serve as Apokolips's elite strike force. Infighting among the Furies is commonplace, most typically to appoint a leader to the group.
After former leader Big Barda defected to Earth to be with her lover, Mister Miracle, Darkseid gave a kill order on the pair, prompting the rest of the Female Furies to strike. First, Mad Harriet and Stompa ambushed Barda but vanished after weakening her. Shortly after, Barda found and grabbed Lashina before she was able to attack, though Lashina escaped Barda's grip. A fight quickly ensued, though Lashina teleported away when Barda managed to defeat her. After tracking down a Mother Box to Funky Flashman's residence, the Furies, this time with Bernadeth, appeared. Realizing that they had been tricked, the Furies destroyed the house, though Funky Flashman managed to escape by throwing his assistant at the warriors. Having failed to kill either Barda or Mister Miracle, the Furies returned to Apokolips.
Later, Barda had traveled back to Apokolips and recruited dozens of Female Furies to help her rescue the captured Mister Miracle. Gilotina seduced and killed the guard, allowing the other Furies to storm Section Zero. Elsewhere, Lashina took the section director's post in order to discover where Mister Miracle was held captive. The Furies ambushed Granny Goodness, who had been holding a viewing party for Mister Miracle's trial by combat with a mysterious creature called the Lump. Bernadeth held the assassin Kanto at bay with her Fahren-knife, while an enraged Barda nearly killed Granny Goodness until she learned Mister Miracle had survived. Reunited, Barda and Mister Miracle, along with Bernadeth, Lashina, Stompa, and Mad Harriet, returned to Earth.
On Earth, the Furies had little time to relax as they were soon incapacitated by the World Protective League. When they awoke, they found themselves trapped in a cage behind thick glass. They easily escaped due to Mad Harriet's claws and Stompa's boots. They also freed Mike McCracken of the All-Nations Agency. They were soon ambushed by a security patrol, though the Furies easily disposed of them. The Furies helped to defeat the Head of the World Protective League, and Mike McCracken sabotaged the building so that it would blow up in four hours. After retrieving her mega-rod, Barda teleported the group to safety.
While on Earth, the Furies, without Mad Harriet, participated in Mister Miracle's tricks, using their weapons to show great feats by the escape artist. They also joined in the battle against Doctor Bedlam and his animates. The group was next seen at the beach where they thrash some marines for interrupting their leisure swimming. Lashina and Stompa later helped Barda and Ted Brown clear up a new location for Mister Miracle's act. Orion later mentioned that Lashina and the Furies had been called to join New Genesis in the war against Apokolips.
Under unknown circumstances, the Female Furies left Barda on Earth and returned to Apokolips where they were temporarily assigned to command a unit of automated battle machines as punishment for their defection. The Furies attempted to revolt, but they were subdued along with Granny Goodness by Apokoloptian soldiers with electric jolts.
The Female Furies eventually regained Darkseid's trust, and he assigned them the task of retrieving Glorious Godfrey from Belle Reve Penitentiary. He appointed Lashina as new leader of the Furies, though Desaad tried to convince the ruler to appoint his sister Bernadeth in the position. The Furies traveled to Earth and broke into the prison, battling various members of the Suicide Squad and easily capturing their target. As the Furies opened a Boom Tube to return to Apokolips, Bernadeth betrayed Lashina, leaving her for dead on Earth. Lashina briefly took the codename Duchess and joined the Suicide Squad until she was able to find a way to return to her planet.
Lashina recruited several members of the Squad into helping her return to Apokolips, and kidnapped several others (including Big Barda). When they arrived on Apokolips, the Suicide Squad battled through waves of Parademons. They were soon after confronted by the Female Furies and other members of Darkseid's Elite. During the battle, Stompa battled Vixen but ended up getting defeated by Barda. Mad Harriet fought and defeated Shade, the Changing Man by using his own energies against him. Newcomer Artemiz and her Cyberpak battled Nightshade, though the Fury suffered defeat. Bernadeth waited until Lashina had exhausted herself battling others, then struck her with her dagger. However, Lashina eventually defeated Bernadeth and killed her by snapping her neck. Granny Goodness ended the battle and welcomed Lashina back to the Furies's ranks. When asked what they should do with the remaining members of the Suicide Squad, Lashina replied: "Let's just kill them". Before they were able to finish off the Squad, the Forever People appeared with the Suicide Squad members that had remained on Earth. Their interference allowed Big Barda and the other captives to fight back, though the battle came to an end when Darkseid appeared. Enraged that Lashina had brought humans to Apokolips, he revived Bernadeth and used his Omega Beams to disintegrate Lashina. He then revived the fallen Suicide Squad members and allowed them to leave Apokolips.
Much later, Granny Goodness held a combat demonstration at her orphanage, displaying Bernadeth, Stompa, Mad Harriet, and Artemiz as they battled a group of Series-9 Drones. The demonstration was interrupted by Darkseid, who revealed Mister Miracle had returned to Apokolips, and he wanted the Furies to kill him. He revived Lashina, though as punishment he kept Bernadeth as leader. The Furies managed to quickly defeat Mister Miracle and deliver him to Darkseid's throne room. After his comrades aided his escape, Mister Miracle defeated the Female Furies using his miracle mister soap.
A second wave of Female Furies, including long-time member Gilotina, Malice Vundabar, Bloody Mary, and Speed Queen, later appeared and went on a killing spree, but were stopped by Hawk and Dove.
The Furies made an appearance as antagonists in Grant Morrison's acclaimed Seven Soldiers event, specifically in the Seven Soldiers: Mister Miracle mini-series. Here, they are all given human forms along with Darkseid and his other minions, with the Furies all becoming prostitutes with Granny Goodness acting as their pimp. They attempt to entice Shilo Norman, the second Mr. Miracle when he arrives at the Dark Side Club searching for Darkseid himself. They knock Shilo out, and then stuff him in the trunk of a car while he is bound and gagged, eventually torturing and setting him ablaze in a forest. This is later revealed to be a horrid illusion brought about by Darkseid's Omega Sanction.
They are later shown aiding Granny in her scheme to overthrow the Greek Gods, kidnapping Dr. Helena Sandsmark in order to antagonize her daughter Wonder Girl during the events of her solo mini-series. After the deaths of Mister Miracle and Metron during the Death of the New Gods, the Source stated Darkseid was the only remaining New God. The only Furies who were not visibly killed, currently, are Lashina, Stompa, Gilotina, Malice, Wunda, and Artemiz; although at the end of Death of the New Gods it is reiterated that all the New Gods are dead. While the New Gods were being killed off, Granny Goodness orchestrated the Amazon-American war to pose as Queen Hippolyta to train women (such as Harley Quinn and Holly Robinson) under the auspices of becoming Amazon warriors into new Female Furies. This seems to conflict directly with Terror Titans, where Lashina (in her human form), is shown to be one of the villains running the Dark Side Club with the Clock King. She is last seen being electrocuted into unconsciousness by Static, who then presumably turns her over to the authorities with the rest of the upper level Dark Side Club players.
After the end of the Fourth World, in the Final Crisis, the corrupted Mary Marvel released the Anti-Life Equation and creates new Female Furies from Earth's heroines and villainesses, including Wonder Woman, Catwoman, Giganta and Batwoman.
In 2011, The New 52 rebooted the continuity of the DC universe and introduced a brand new Fury named Sweet Leilani. Granny Goodness sent Leilani to Earth in order to retrieve a Mother Box. She discovered that it was in the new O.M.A.C.'s possession. After a battle, Leilani was defeated and quickly retreated, vowing to return with the other Female Furies. Under unknown circumstances, Sweet Leilani left Darkseid's employ along with teammates Enchanthrax, Killsandra, and Thumpa, and formed the Femmes Fatales. Together, they joined the Cult of Yuga Khan. The cult's leader, Aagog, sent the Femmes Fatales to Earth in order to capture Beautiful Dreamer of the Forever People in hopes to resurrect Yuga Khan. After suffering defeat by the Forever People, the unconscious Femmes Fatales were gathered by Lashina and Granny Goodness, the latter of whom mentioned that a war was approaching and that "all they need is the kind of love only Granny can give".
During the Darkseid War, Lashina and Kanto went to Earth in search of the amazon Myrina Black, who had given birth to Darkseid's child, Grail. After Darkseid's death, Lashina, Kanto, and Kalibak encountered Wonder Woman, Mr. Miracle, and several other heroes. The New Gods were close to defeating the heroes until Big Barda appeared, which drove the villains back. Barda proposed a peace treaty with Lashina, but Lashina refused, declaring that the Furies would never stop hunting her down.
Later, Barda returned to Apokolips and made a pact with the Furies: Barda would return to the group if they helped her defeat Grail and protect Mr. Miracle. While Grail and the newly revived, enslaved Darkseid were about to defeat Wonder Woman, Mr. Miracle, and the other heroes, Barda appeared through a boom tube alongside Lashina, Stompa, Bernadeth, Mad Harriet, Steppenwolf, Kalibak, and Kanto. Working together with the heroes, the Furies were able to defeat Grail and separate Darkseid from the Anti-Life Equation. In the ensuing explosion, Darkseid and Grail both vanish. Big Barda revealed the truth to Mr. Miracle and left with the other Furies back to Apokolips.
After the events of the "Darkseid War" storyline that led to "DC Rebirth", Lex Luthor became ruler of Apokolips. Granny Goodness, along with the Furies, remained loyal to Darkseid, and awaited his return on the outskirts of Apokolips. A Mother Box later mysteriously teleported Lois Lane to Apokolips. Granny Goodness, along with Lashina, Stompa, and Mad Harriet, as well as several other unnamed Furies, took Lois captive. However, after being ambushed by a Dredge Worm, Lois managed to win over the Furies by aiding them in battle. Granny invited Lois to join the Furies and replace a fallen Fury. When a different Fury opposed Lois joining, Granny reminded her of Alianna Hubbard, the first human to join their ranks. Later, Granny offered Lois Lane some cooked meat and reminded her that the Furies are family.
Granny Goodness and the Furies, with Lois, then made their way for the main citadel of Apokolips. Along the way, they discovered Kalibak, who had captured Superman and Lex Luthor. When Granny Goodness scolded Kalibak, he attacked, and a battle between the Furies and Kalibak's forces ensued. During the battle, Lois Lane rescued Superman, who attacked Kalibak. Before he could be defeated, Kalibak used his machine to absorb the fires from Apokolips. This severely weakened Superman, though the battle escalated when Superman's son rode in on the Hunger Dogs of Apokolips.
As the battle raged on, Lashina and Mad Harriet attacked Superman while Granny fought Kalibak. When Lois Lane jumped to Superman's defense, the Furies turned on her, claiming that by caring for a man she was belittling the progress that the Furies had made. Lois managed to defeat the Furies with her spear. Later, Lashina, Stompa, and Mad Harriet were seen dressed in rags in a prison cell after Superman took leadership of Apokolips.
Later, Darkseid freed the Female Furies under unknown circumstances. He sent the Furies, now with Bernadeth and Gilotina, to Turkey in search of his missing artifacts. This led to a confrontation with Wonder Woman's lover Steve Trevor and his team, the Oddfellows.
The Oddfellows somehow managed to defeat the Furies, capturing both Lashina and Mad Harriet. Bernadeth, Stompa, and Gilotina reported back to Darkseid without the relics. Furious, Darkseid threatened to kill the trio, though he explained he still had use for them. Both Lashina and Mad Harriet refused to answer Wonder Woman's questioning about Darkseid's plans which led to Wonder Woman freeing the two Furies and attempting to battle them for answers. The battle was interrupted by Darkseid, who had transported a chunk of the A.R.G.U.S. headquarters to his lair in the Amazon jungle. In the ensuing chaos, the Female Furies battled the soldiers of A.R.G.U.S. and later fled when Darkseid was apparently killed by Wonder Woman.
Later, the Furies attended the birth of Mister Miracle's and Big Barda's child Jacob. Bernadeth allowed Mister Miracle to borrow her Fahren-Knife in order to cut the newborn free from Barda's indestructible umbilical cord. Months later, Bernadeth attended the conference to discuss peace between Apokolips and New Genesis.
At some point, Granny Goodness had taken interest in Harley Quinn. While Quinn was on vacation, Granny sent Lashina and Bernadeth to recruit the anti-heroine into the Female Furies. She later assigned her to capture the escaped prisoner and former Fury, Petite Tina. Harley Quinn eventually failed as a Female Fury, and she and Tina were captured and tortured by Bernadeth. Harley was immune to Bernadeth's mind-wiping machine, and she and Petite Tina escaped Apokolips to return to Earth.
|Bernadeth||Mister Miracle #6 (February 1972)||Bernadeth is one of the original members of the Female Furies and the sister of Darkseid's chief servant DeSaad. Bernadeth often exchanges leadership of the Furies with Lashina at Darkseid's behest. Her weapon of choice is the "Fahren-Knife", a dagger forged from the bones of Darkseid that is capable of burning its victims from the inside.|
|Big Barda||Mister Miracle #4 (October 1971)||Big Barda is the original leader of the Female Furies who had defected to Earth due to her love for the superhero Mister Miracle. She often battled her former companions over the years. In The New 52, during the Darkseid War, Big Barda agreed to return as leader of the Female Furies in exchange for their help in defeating Darkseid's daughter, Grail. She possesses superhuman physical abilities such as strength, speed, agility and durability, wears battle armor and possesses a mega-rod as a weapon, is a highly skilled combatant and, like the other Furies, is immortal.|
|Lashina||Mister Miracle #6 (February 1972)||Lashina is one of the original members of the Female Furies and often serves as the leader of the group. She wields several razor-sharp steel whips that she can charge with electricity. For a brief period of time, she served with the Suicide Squad under the code name Duchess.|
|Mad Harriet||Mister Miracle #6 (February 1972)||Mad Harriet is one of the original members of the Female Furies and a cackling madwoman. The most unpredictable member of the group, Mad Harriet is fiercely loyal to Darkseid. She uses razor-sharp claws that emit a powerful energy and refers to her claws as "Power Spikes".|
|Stompa||Mister Miracle #6 (February 1972)||Stompa is one of the original members of the Female Furies and a massive woman. She is the most physically powerful and durable member of the group. Stompa wears "Anti-Matter Boots", which enable her to create devastating earthquakes and tremors by stomping on the ground.|
|Alianna Hubbard||Mister Miracle #25 (September 1978)||The first human from Earth to be trained as a Female Fury.|
|Artemiz||Suicide Squad #35 (November 1989)||Artemiz (also referred to as Artemis) is a huntress who wields a longbow and controls a pack of cyber-hounds. Artemiz was recruited into the Female Furies by Granny Goodness after Lashina was presumed dead. She has since appeared infrequently alongside the other Furies.|
|Aurelie||Mister Miracle #9 (June 1972)||Aurelie (spelled Auralie in her first appearance) was a Female Fury who had joined Himon from New Genesis. She wished to dance, a crime on Apokolips. Barda and the Furies later discovered Aurelie's whereabouts and returned her to Apokolips. Though Barda wished to help Aurelie, she was killed by District Protector Willik after interrogation. Aurelie also appeared in the 2019 Female Furies miniseries as the leader of the Furies.|
|Batwoman||52 #7 (August 2006)||Kate Kane was one of the brainwashed heroes of Earth who served Darkseid in Final Crisis. Her appearance hearkened to the then-deceased Mad Harriet.|
|Bloody Mary||Hawk and Dove (vol. 3) #21 (February 1991)||Bloody Mary is an energy vampire who is part of the Junior Female Furies. She has hypnotic abilities in addition to her ability to absorb life energies from her victims. She was killed by the Infinity-Man during the Death of the New Gods storyline, and has not been seen since.|
|Catwoman||Batman #1 (June 1940)||Selina Kyle was one of the many brainwashed villains who served Darkseid in Final Crisis. Her appearance bore resemblance to the then-deceased Lashina.|
|Gigantrix||Wonder Woman #9 (Summer 1944)||The brainwashed Doris Zuel, usually called Giganta, served under Darkseid in Final Crisis. She wore a uniform that hearkened to the then-deceased Stompa, and made reference to Giganta's past as an ape. As in her other Post-Crisis appearances, growing large reduced Giganta's intellect.|
|Gilotina||Mister Miracle #8 (May 1972)||Gilotina is one of the Junior Female Furies, though she was first seen long before the Junior Furies were formed. Gilotina eventually left the Furies after too many failed missions, and was invited by Superboy to join Project Cadmus. She later returned to the Furies under unknown circumstances. Gilotina has the ability to slice through any material (usually with a karate chop). In later stories, she is seen wielding a pair of swords.|
|Hammer Harleen||Batman: Harley Quinn #1 (October 1999)||Harleen Quinzel, also known as Harley Quinn, is the former lover and partner of the Joker. She was recruited into the Female Furies by Granny Goodness in order to capture an escaped prisoner named Petite Tina.|
|Kara Zor-El||Action Comics #252 (May 1959)||Supergirl was briefly brainwashed by Darkseid into serving as the leader of his Female Furies.|
|Knockout||Superboy (vol. 4) #1 (February 1994)||Knockout was formerly a member of the Female Furies, but similar to Big Barda, escaped from Apokolips and decided to live on Earth. She later became a member of the Secret Six where she was eventually killed by the Infinity-Man during the Death of the New Gods storyline. The Six later restored her back to life and she rejoined the team.|
|Lois Lane||Action Comics #1 (June 1938)||Lois Lane is a reporter for the Daily Planet and the main love interest of Superman. Lois Lane was invited by Granny Goodness to join the Female Furies after she proved herself in battle against a gigantic Dredge Worm.|
|Malice Vundabar||Hawk and Dove (vol. 3) #21 (February 1991)||Malice Vundabar is the niece of Virman Vundabar and has the appearance of a young, innocent girl. Her appearance is a deception, as she is actually a vicious member of the Junior Female Furies. While she rarely battles herself, she has the standard superhuman strength, speed, and durability of a New God. Malice typically uses her pet Shadow Demon named Chessure to slay her enemies.|
|Petite Tina||Harley Quinn (vol. 3) #45 (September 2018)||Petite Tina is a former Female Fury who had rebelled against Apokolips and formed a resistance. Harley Quinn, as the Female Fury Hammer Harleen, befriended Petite Tina during her time on the planet.|
|Speed Queen||Hawk and Dove (vol. 3) #21 (February 1991)||Speed Queen is a member of the Junior Female Furies. She wears roller skates that enable her to move at an incredibly fast speed. She was killed by the Infinity-Man during the Death of the New Gods storyline, and has not been seen since.|
|Twilight's Mother||Supergirl (vol. 4) #27 (December 1998)||Her name unknown, Twilight's mother escaped from Apokolips and left her daughter to be raised on Earth. Twilight eventually became a Supergirl villain/supporting character.|
|Wonder Woman||All Star Comics #8 (October 1941)||Princess Diana of Themyscira was brainwashed by the Anti-Life Equation and the Morticoccous virus in Final Crisis #3. She served as the new leader of the Furies in their quest to hunt down superheroes and supervillains who escaped Darkseid's clutches and wore a mask resembling an ape with a horned chin.|
|Wunda||Seven Soldiers: Mister Miracle #1 (November 2005)||Wunda is a dark-skinned Female Fury with light-based powers. During Final Crisis, Gigantrix referred to Wonder Woman as "Wunda", though this may be due to her decreased intelligence.|
An offshoot of the Female Furies, these four women defected and joined the Cult of Yuga Khan. They were later retrieved by Granny Goodness and presumably returned to the Furies' ranks.
|Enchantress||Infinity Man and the Forever People #7 (March 2015)||Enchanthrax is the most powerful member of the Femmes Fatales. She has the ability to paralyze her victims with a single touch. She is able to kill by touch if her subject is weakened.|
|Killsandra||Infinity Man and the Forever People #7 (March 2015)||Killsandra is a fearsome warrior who wields an asymmetrical trident and a sharp, spiked shield.|
|Sweet Leilani||OMAC (vol. 4) #5 (March 2012)||Sweet Leilani is the leader of the Femmes Fatales. She shares many similarities with Lashina, which is presumably why she has a deep hatred for her former leader.|
|Thumpa||Infinity Man and the Forever People #7 (March 2015)||Thumpa is a muscular woman who wields a large hammer. She shares many similarities with Stompa.|
In the Marvel/DC crossover series Unlimited Access #1-4 in the Amalgam Comics, the Furies appear as part of the New Gods. Only two of the Furies are merged with Marvel characters: Lashina and the Scarlet Witch merge to become Red Lash, and Stompa and the Blob merge to become Blobba. Bernadeth and Mad Harriet are also seen in the series, though they are not merged with any Marvel characters.
In the Flashpoint reality, the Furies are assembled by Wonder Woman who asks Arrowette, Cheetah, Cheshire, Giganta, Hawkgirl, Huntress, Katana, Lady Vic, Silver Swan, Starfire, Terra, and Vixen to join her.
In the Ame-Comi universe, the Female Furies are space pirates led by Big Barda. The team consists of Barda, Stompa, Mad Harriet, Lashina, Bloody Mary, and Speed Queen.
The Female Furies appear in the story "Dig For Fire", where they discover that Wonder Woman has traveled to Apokolips. Together, Lashina, Stompa, and Mad Harriet defeat Wonder Woman and throw her to her death into the fire pits. Wonder Woman survives, and later battles the Furies once again (this time with Bernadeth as well), though Darkseid ends the battle and allows Wonder Woman to travel home.
Bernadeth, Lashina, Stompa, and Mad Harriet appear in "The Greater Escape" from the Scooby-Doo! Team-Up crossover series. Granny Goodness also recruits Daphne Blake and Velma Dinkley into the Female Furies after wiping their minds.
Big Barda, Lashina, Bernadeth, Stompa, and Mad Harriet appear as the protagonists of the Female Furies six-issue miniseries. Set in an alternate universe, the Furies attempt to overcome sexism and misogyny on Apokolips, eventually driving Darkseid and his forces off of the planet and leaving women to rule. Aurelie, Sweet Leilani, Gilotina, and Giganta also appear throughout the story.