Rampage
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Kitty Faulkner/Rampage, art by Gary Frank.
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceSuperman vol. 2 #7 (July 1987)
Created byJohn Byrne
In-story information
Alter egoKaren Lou "Kitty" Faulkner
SpeciesMetahuman
Team affiliationsS.T.A.R. Labs
Abilities
  • Superhuman strength, stamina, durability, and leaping
  • Solar radiation absorption
  • Gifted intelligence

Rampage (real name Karen Lou "Kitty" Faulkner) is a fictional character in the DC Comics. The character first appeared in Superman comic books, and was later utilized in Starman. Rampage has a distinct appearance, with orange skin, a towering, muscular build, and a fiery red mohawk. Rampage's personality is (like her namesake) hot-tempered, aggressive and uninhibited, the complete opposite of her alter ego Kitty Faulkner.

Catherine Lough Haggquist portrayed the character in the second season of the Arrowverse television series Superman & Lois.

Publication history

Rampage first appeared in Superman vol. 2, #7 and was created by John Byrne.

Fictional character biography

Dr. Kitty Faulkner was working on a pollution-free energy source for a competition sponsored by the Daily Planet. Faulkner was exhibiting her installation when Dr. Thomas Moyers, a colleague arguing the potential dangers of the project to reporter Lois Lane, shut off the machine's safety systems. The resulting explosion transformed Faulkner into a huge, incredibly strong orange-skinned Amazon. Kitty had gained the ability to absorb solar energy through her skin, which made her grow continually taller and stronger. Disoriented and confused, she began to run amok through the streets of Metropolis. The Daily Planet, not knowing she was actually Kitty Faulkner, quickly dubbed her "Rampage". Superman stepped in, but showed restraint in subduing her, mistakenly thinking this was an alternate identity of Lois Lane. After Rampage was revealed to be Dr. Faulkner, Superman was able to drain off her excess solar energy and return Kitty to normal.[1]

Months later, Dr. Faulkner fell ill finding that her body now needed exposure to a certain amount of solar and cosmic energy or she would die. Dr. Moyers gave her a technological device in the form of a collar that would maintain the proper amount of exposure to keep her alive. Moyers also had a sinister motive - he transformed Faulkner into Rampage and had her sabotage the presidential campaign of Herbert Forrest. Forrest and Moyers were former friends, but Moyers had come to resent the candidate's corrupt morality. After several attacks Superman helped free Rampage from Moyers' control and sent him to jail. After modifying the regulator control collar, Kitty had her powers under control, and accepted a job at S.T.A.R. Labs.

Faulkner proved to be a talented administrator and earned a transfer to new S.T.A.R. Labs in Phoenix. Once there, she befriended the young superhero Starman AKA Will Payton. She helped him on several occasions as Rampage, and the two formed a relationship. Her part-time career of heroics and her romance came to an end when she was sent back to Metropolis to take part in the major re-organization of S.T.A.R. Labs necessitated by the destruction of the corporation's main laboratory. She supervised S.T.A.R. Labs' efforts to reignite the sun in the Final Night crisis.[2]

When Kitty's new colleague Christine Bruckner framed her for embezzlement, Superman tried to speak in her defence, but found himself forced to pursue Rampage as she tore through the town of Leesburg trying to kill Christine for her betrayal, Superman limiting collateral damage while Supergirl - who had recently settled into Leesburg after adopting the civilian identity of Linda Danvers - tried to stop Rampage. When Superman allowed Rampage to attack Christine to end the pursuit, however, Rampage accepted that she didn't have it in her to commit murder, returning to Kitty while Supergirl forced Christine to confess what she had done.[3]

Faulkner supervised the enhancement of the abilities of the hero Antaeus. In return, S.T.A.R. Labs gained valuable knowledge about the nature of genetically enhanced super-beings.[4]

Since her return to Metropolis, it has been hinted that Kitty may have developed a crush on Parasite before his death.

She has received a promotion to director of Metropolis S.T.A.R. Labs.[5]

Rampage recently resurfaced under the control of Starro.[6]

Mon-El fights an out of control Rampage in Metropolis as his first test as the new guardian of the city. He carries her high into the air and carelessly drops her unaware that he might hurt her or someone else.[7]

Powers and abilities

Dr. Faulkner can absorb and store solar energy as sustenance. When her cells are metabolized, she grew in size with immense physical traits.[8] Rampage is able to leap great distances by simulating the effects of flying. The more she feeds, the bigger she gets, but too much sunlight would overload her body. She wore a modified regulator collar that controls the proper amount of exposure to maintain her human form.[9] As Kitty, she has scientific knowledge. But as Rampage, she became short-tempered, less inhibited, and always ready for the next adrenaline rush.

In other media

Television

Miscellaneous

Rampage appears in the Supergirl tie-in digital comic Adventures of Supergirl.[11] This version is an alien named Caren Falqnerr who can take on human form.

References

  1. ^ Greenberger, Robert; Pasko, Martin (2010). The Essential Superman Encyclopedia. Del Rey. p. 332. ISBN 978-0-345-50108-0.
  2. ^ Final Night #1-4 (1996). DC Comics.
  3. ^ Supergirl vol. 4, #6. DC Comics.
  4. ^ JLA: Superpower (November 1999). DC Comics.
  5. ^ DC Secret Files and Origins 2000. DC Comics.
  6. ^ Teen Titans #51. DC Comics.
  7. ^ Superman #686. DC Comics.
  8. ^ Superman Vol 2 #7 (July 1987)
  9. ^ Superman Vol 2 #24 (December 1988)
  10. ^ "Superman & Lois' Doomsday Plot Secretly Teases DC's Hulk Origin". Screen Rant. 23 January 2022.
  11. ^ "DC Announces "Adventures of Supergirl" Digital Series from Gates, Bengal". 15 December 2015.