Rampage as depicted in Supergirl vol. 4 #6 (February 1997). 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
Team affiliationsS.T.A.R. Labs
  • 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.

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.[1] 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.[2]

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.[3]

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.[4]

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.[5]

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.[6]

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.[7]

Rampage recently resurfaced under the control of Starro.[8]

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.[9]

Powers and abilities

Kitty can absorb and store solar energy as sustenance. When her cells are metabolized, she grew in size with immense physical traits. 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.[10] She wore a modified regulator collar that controls the proper amount of exposure for her to maintain human form. As Dr. Faulkner, she has scientific knowledge, but as Rampage, she became short-tempered, less inhibited, and always ready for the next adrenaline rush.

Other versions

Futures End

An alternate version of Kitty Faulkner / Rampage appeared in the Futures End storyline. 5 years in the future of the New 52 continuity, Faulkner was an employee at LexCorp's genetic research laboratory, and met Fraudulent S.T.A.R. Labs scientist Ethan Boyer in a conference in Paris. She later worked on a failed experiment that mutated her into Rampage, leaving her in a perpetual berserker state while retaining some of her intelligence. With Lex Luthor unable to cure her, she broke Boyer out of jail, hoping his knowledge on genetics could cure her. Boyer, however, furthered her berserker rage instead, using her to distract the new Superman from him. Rampage then went on a rampage for the following weeks, before facing off against Superman, who was revealed during the fight to actually be Billy Batson. Rampage then throws Batson, but is caught by Stormguard, who defeats Rampage. Stomguard then promises to her that genecists will be able to help her once she is taken into custody.[11][12][13]

In other media



Rampage appears in the Supergirl tie-in digital comic Adventures of Supergirl.[15] This version is an alien named Caren Falqnerr who is able to assume a human form.


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  2. ^ Greenberger, Robert; Pasko, Martin (2010). The Essential Superman Encyclopedia. Del Rey. p. 332. ISBN 978-0-345-50108-0.
  3. ^ Superman Vol. 2 #24 (December 1988)
  4. ^ Final Night #1-4 (1996). DC Comics.
  5. ^ Supergirl (vol. 4) #6. DC Comics.
  6. ^ JLA: Superpower (November 1999). DC Comics.
  7. ^ DC Secret Files and Origins 2000. DC Comics.
  8. ^ Teen Titans (vol. 3) #51. DC Comics.
  9. ^ Superman #686. DC Comics.
  10. ^ Who's Who: Update '87 Vol. 1 #4 (November 1987)
  11. ^ The New 52: Futures End #9. DC Comics.
  12. ^ The New 52: Futures End #12. DC Comics.
  13. ^ The New 52: Futures End #15-#18. DC Comics.
  14. ^ "Superman & Lois' Doomsday Plot Secretly Teases DC's Hulk Origin". Screen Rant. 23 January 2022.
  15. ^ "DC Announces "Adventures of Supergirl" Digital Series from Gates, Bengal". 15 December 2015.