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Mindy Marvel: Guiding Light by brad328
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Alter-Ego: Melinda Bridget Crane

Identity: Secret

Marital Status
: Married (John Crane, Private Investigator and Owner - Argo Investigations and Security (AIS))

Family:

Cecilia Crane (daughter)
Joseph Crane (son)
Theresa Doherty (niece)
Dr. Richard Doherty (father)
Karen Doherty (mother)
Malcolm Doherty (older brother)
Michael Doherty (younger brother)
Dr. Sabrina (Brie) Doherty (aunt)

Current Occupation: Lawyer and Owner - Phoenix Law LLC

Prior Occupations:

Mayor - City of Angel Falls
Professor of Law - Pianosa Academy
Lawyer and Senior Partner - Crane, Poole, & Schimidt LLC

Birthday: October 19th
Age: 35 (as of October 2016)
Height: 5'8"
Weight: 145 lbs.
Eyes: Green (as Melinda)/ Electric Blue (as Mindy Marvel)
Hair: Dark Red (as Melinda)/ Scarlet (as Mindy Marvel)
Ethnicity: Caucasian (of Irish and English heritage)

General Appearance:  Due in part to her superpowers, along with her lifetime of athletic endeavors, Melinda's possesses a lean, muscular physique. 

Mannerisms/Characteristics:

Left-handed, but signs things as Mindy Marvel with her right hand
Has to wear glasses in her civilian identity due to being slightly nearsighted
Places index finger parallel on lips when thinking or listening

Hometown: Ocean Gate

Current Base of Operations: Dream Haven

Group Affiliation: None

Personality Traits (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator): ESFJ - The Consul (Outgoing, Loyal, Organized, Sensitive and Warm)

Powers
:

Mindy is able to tap into the Earth's natural electrical field and is the source of her powers which include:

Enhanced Physical Abilities

Superhuman Strength:  Mindy is able to lift up to 25 tons

Superhuman Stamina
: Mindy's musculature produces less fatigue toxins during physical activity than the musculature of an ordinary human. She can physically exert herself at peak capacity for several hours before fatigue begins to impair her.

Superhuman Agility
: Mindy's agility, balance, and bodily coordination are enhanced to levels that are beyond the natural physical limits of even the finest human athlete.

Superhuman Reflexes: Mindy's natural reaction time is enhanced to a level that is beyond the natural physical limits of even the finest human athlete.

Superhuman Durability: The tissues of her body are somewhat harder and more resistant to injury than those of an ordinary human. While far from invulnerable, Mindy is able to withstand impact forces that would severely injure or kill an ordinary human with only mild to moderate discomfort.

Accelerated Healing:  Mindy is able to heal or recover very quickly from surface injuries and minor illnesses (usually the same day).  Small injuries and illnesses such as the flu would be at a 90% rate. Her ability decreases at a similar rate the more severe the injuries   Mindy is not invulnerable to poisons and is as susceptible to diseases, such as cancer, as a normal person.

Flight:  By utilizing magnetic levitation (maglev), Mindy is able to fly up to a maximum speed of 375 miles per hour.

Electricity Manipulation

Offensive

Electrical Blasts
:  Generated from her eyes, Mindy is able to shoot blasts that are equal in intensity to an average bolt of lightning (30 kiloamps).  She is able to increase the intensity to a larger bolt (up to 120 kiloamps) at the expense of her other abilities.

Energy Gauntlets
: Mindy is able to wrap a certain amount of electrical energy around her hands and forearms, increasing the potential to stun targets in close quarters/melee combat.

Taser: Mindy is able to generated modulated blasts of electricity from her fingertips that can be used to temporarily stun the nervous system.

Thunder Drop: Mindy can drain the energy around her while in the air, and send a powerful shockwave upon impact with the ground. The blast force and range can grow greater depending on the height from which she drops.

Defensive

Polarity Wall:  Mindy is able to generate a personal force field that can withstand up to a .50 caliber heavy machine gun, granting her limited invulnerability,  Mindy can increase the size and strength of the wall, for a limited period of time, at the expense of her other abilities.

Shockwave: A method of crowd control and object manipulation, Mindy is able send pulses of electricity from her hands to physically push or throw objects away.  Used against people, it can temporarily (or permanently) incapacitate others.

Electrified Epidermis: Similar to the electric eel, Mindy can send a shock of 860 volts throughout her body for two milliseconds producing a brief and painful numbing shock, similar to a stun gun discharge, for those in contact with her skin.

Support/Misc.

Electromagnetic Sense: Mindy is able to "see" anything with electric or magnetic properties. This sense works in conjunction with her regular eyesight but is most dominant when normal visibility is limited. Electricity (e.g. electrical wires/current) glows the brightest and metal (e.g. nails in furniture, studs in walls, pipes, etc) is dimmer. This sense does not work on items that are not metal (wood, plastic, etc).

Mind-Reading/Lie Detector: Mindy is able to read thoughts by analyzing the electrical activity that makes up a person's brainwaves - limited to surface thoughts.

Pulse Heal
: Similar to a defibrillator, Mindy is able to deliver a therapeutic dose of electrical energy to a person by placing her hands on them.

Electrical Absorption: Mindy is able to absorb the electrical energy from surrounding objects (i.e. car batteries, outlets, street lights) by direct touch.  This is used primarily to recover from extensive use of her powers but, if needed, it can be used to boost her powers/abilities temporarily.

Form Changes
: Using a small portion of her powers, Melinda is able to make changes to her physical form to help protect her identity. Her green eyes become a glowing electric blue and her dark red hair, a vibrant scarlet. Melinda’s voice is altered as well, sounding similar to synthesizer reverb

Weaknesses:

Her powers can be disrupted by electromagnetic pulses. This will cause her to lose her abilities temporarily and her recovery will be slower than normal.

If Mindy absorbs an excess amount of energy, and is unable to discharge it, it will interfere with the electrical impulses in her brain and central nervous system causing mental confusion / disorientation and seizures.

Since Mindy's powers are tied to the Earth's unique physiology, if she is in an alternate dimension then her body will not be able to recharge.  She will have use of her powers but they will deplete with use and, ultimately, Mindy will be rendered powerless.

Uniform:

An upgraded version of Mindy's uniform was developed by Dr. Tiffany Johnson (Crimson Dynamo/Crimson Valkyrie) during their first encounter in Steel City.

Top/Skirt/Sleeves/Gloves/Boots: A variant of the Dr. Johnson's Battle-Skin formula, a leather-like synthetic material that is extremely light and durable, capable of turning away bullets and blades of most calibers and varieties. Mindy's uniform is bound in a ferromagnetic fluid and is housed in a compartment in her belt. Using the "Body Map" created by the nervous system, along with her control of magnetic fields, Mindy is able to form this liquid version of the Battle-Skin to form the uniform (with the exception of her belt and cape) on her body. Since this is controlled unconsciously, her uniform can't be removed even if Mindy herself loses consciousness. 

Belt: In addition to storing her costume, her belt contains two ion batteries on each side of her belt for a quick charge, to boost or recover her powers, if needed. They can be opened via the two nodules on each side through the interface built into the fingertips of her gloves. There's also a communications device built into her belt buckle that enables her to contact her fellow heroes/heroines and emergency services, along with a GPS locator and distress signal. In addition, her cell phone is patched into this device for personal calls.  She is able to communicate through a specially designed Bluetooth headset.

Cape: Mindy's cape is made up of nano-tube fibers that make it tear resistant and a tensile strength of steel cable, while giving it the weight and feel of silk.

Abilities/Skills:

After arriving in Angel Falls, Mindy has been increasing her fighting skills by training in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP), rising to a current rank of Black Belt 1st Degree.  MCMAP is a hand-to-hand and close quarters combat system that draws influences from several disciplines including Brazilian jiu-jitsu, wrestling, boxing, jujitsu, judo, sambo, krav maga, karate, aikido, eskrima, hapkido, taekwondo, kung fu, and kick boxing.  Training has been overseen by former Marine, Maj. Maia Bonner-Yezhov (Walkiria) and Olga Yezhov (Soviet Superwoman).

Mindy's education and experience has given her an extensive knowledge of the legal system.

Hobbies/Interests
:

Mindy has played basketball her entire life with participation in sanctioned leagues since age 8.  Her skills and ability helped her obtain a scholarship to Faber College.  She continues to play as a form of recreation.

Mindy has played the Piano since age 6 and has a moderate skill level comparable to a person with a few years of structured lessons.

Memberships
:

St Terese of Lisieux Catholic Church

Background:

Melinda grew up in a middle class Irish Catholic family in the Midwestern United States. Her parents instilled a strong work ethic and a desire to help those less fortunate then her. This helped her throughout her youth as she excelled both in sports and school as she was able to attend Faber College on a combined academic and athletic scholarship (basketball).

It was there where she met John, a starting linebacker on the team and computer science major. Melinda graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Political Science and, were married shortly afterwards. That fall they moved to Steel City and Melinda started law school at Steel City University.

She was hired by the firm Poole and Schmidt LLC after passing the bar exam and worked on a few low profile cases. Her major break happened when John was framed by Petromerica, one of the largest oil producing corporations, of murdering James Caldwell, a powerful environmental activist. She led John's defense team and it was during that time that Melinda was exposed to the Transformatrix, a device that activated her dormant meta genes and granted her amazing powers. Using her newfound abilities, she was able to track down key evidence and bring the man who orchestrated the plan to justice.

John and Melinda moved to Angel Falls soon after to help set up the firm's newest office in the city. Displeased in seeing how the city was being run, she declared her intention to run for the office of Mayor despite her lack of political experience.  It was at her announcement of her candidacy at the reopened Tartarus prison where she defended the crowd against the attack of the evil Dark Star, exposing her identity to the public at large. While Mindy was able to save the public at large from her attack, she later found out she was rendered sterile due to the radiation exposure from the damaged fusion generators.

The reaction to Melinda's public outage as Mindy Marvel was a boost to her campaign but it had an equally negative consequence to her private life.  Dark Inferna attacked Melinda at her work and John at their home.  Mindy was let go from the firm due to safety concerns. John was kidnapped and Mindy's was embroiled in a sex scandal with Olga Yezhov.  While this was later proven false, the media circus that accompanied was too much for the voters to ignore and she lost a close election. 

A bright spot in an otherwise dark time was the adoption of Cecilia Baldwin, who was recently orphaned following the murder of her parents and saved from a similar fate by the Soviet Superwoman.  After her mayoral campaign was derailed, Melinda accepted a position at Pianosa Academy, a prestigious boarding school whose goal is the training and education of children, aged 14 to 18, who possess superhuman abilities. Mindy acted as a legal adviser for the academy along with teaching and counseling those who would be the next generation of heroes for Angel Falls until another opportunity at the mayoral office presented itself.

Again her campaign faced hurdles, this time an assassination attempt, but Melinda ultimately prevailed as she was elected Mayor by a wide margin.  Although her term was short she was able to accomplish some of her promises, including balancing the budget without affecting the core services provided by the city.  She was forced to resign from office after discovering she was pregnant, a development thought impossible as she was previously rendered sterile from the exposure of radiation resulting from Dark Star's attack on Tartarus.  After safely delivering the newest member of the Crane Family Melinda went back to her roots and opened up her own law firm, Phoenix Law LLC
A more in-depth look at Mindy's background and updated powers and weaknesses. Any input or ideas are appreciated.

Updated 8/29/15 with elements derived from a bio sheet created by pablodiablo316 along with bringing Mindy's history up to date

Updated 5/14/16 with removal of Super Speed and updated history to reflect upgrade to original costume.

Updated 5/22/16 with addition of Electromagnetic Sense. Updated description and max speed of Flight.  Ionic Storm removed to compensate and retain balance.

Updated 4/21/17 with addition of Energy Gauntlets, Electrified Epidermis, Form Changes, updated costume description.

Updated 4/22/17 with re-addition of Thunder Drop and Mindy's strength level increased to 25 tons (up from 5). Also added some manners and characteristics. Idea borrowed AzureVirgo 's character files.

Updated 7/28/17 with some subtractions to her Form Changes (removal of height and muscle mass increases) and change to profile image.


Artwork by PGandara

Walkiria (c) Teri-Minx , Soviet Superwoman (c) Soviet-Superwoman , Crimson Valkyrie (c) CrimsonVlkyrie

Mindy Marvel (c) brad328 and is a proud resident of DreamHaven-WestEnd / Dream-HavenDA
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kittyelfie Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2017
Was she a member of Delta Tau Chi?
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brad328 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2017
I think they were still on double secret probation. :)
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Freedom-Legion Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2017
Still tweaking away I see:D
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AzureVirgo Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2017
:faint: :love:
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scorch04 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2017
you've been playing infamous haven't you? 
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brad328 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2017
Never played it actually but I did hear of it and found a wiki or something with some powers and descriptions so Mindy does have quite a bit in common with the main character in the game.
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EuclideanMan Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2017
Have you read Worm? Its an online fiction about superheroes
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brad328 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2017
I haven't but I'll try and take a look at it.
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Freedom-Legion Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2017
An outstanding biography Brad.I feel as though you've managed to nail and cover almost everything there is know about her as a character here.I love the way you've built up her abilities and techniques and even added the tweaks like how her voice is modulated slightly as Mindy.It's the perfect bio.Looks like I really will have to try harder in the future to step up my game to bios as half as good as this.
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brad328 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2017
Thanks so much but I have to give credit to CrimsonVlkyrie and AzureVirgo . Their data sheets/profiles are what inspired me to put more information into mine.
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CrimsonVlkyrie Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2017
Thanks for the mention! :hug: Given that you inspired me to become a more serious writer with my characters, I'm glad I could return the favor somewhat, hehe
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AzureVirgo Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2017
:):blush:
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AzureVirgo Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2017
:love: 
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brad328 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2017
Thanks, always appreciate the love for Mindy! :D

Not a lot of changes this go around (just removal of her muscle growth elements). 
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AzureVirgo Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2017
Cool. Like you said earlier, if someone asks how she got a six pack, she could say that she got it from being into crossfit and trying to keep up with two young children ;)
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brad328 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2017
I agree. Doing the size change, even if it was only a couple of inches, and adding muscle mass makes me think that's more of a She-Hulk type character and I don't think that's what Mindy is.
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AzureVirgo Featured By Owner Edited Apr 23, 2017
I agree with CV, it keeps getting better and better. If I wasn't in love with her before, I sure am​ now. Like CV said, I didn't realize she's only 5'6", as it never really stood out until the last few pictures with Crimson. Always assumed she was the same size as Lauren at 5'8 130ish.
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brad328 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2017
It's interesting, I had no real plans on doing something on a larger shared world scale like here. So when I came up with her height, I was thinking at 5'6" she'd be slightly above the average of 5'4". But when you compare her to others, she'd almost be considered short.  Had I created her now, she'd probably be 5'9" or 5'10".

But I like where she's slotted compared to the characters I want to pair with her.  Crimson Valkyrie, in my mind, should be an imposing figure. So having her stand around people of similar height makes her blend in. When next to Mindy, I think it shows how I feel she should be viewed. 

If you stand Lauren and Mindy side by side, Lauren would be slightly taller (by 2 inches) but Melinda carries more muscle on her frame so she weighs slightly more (by 3 pounds). And when you compare the characters, I think that's what people would expect (if that makes sense).
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AzureVirgo Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2017
Ah, evolution always interesting.

So, with Silhouette Mindy would be smaller but slightly bigger in build. Sureshot is like standing next to Crimson. Her and Amethyst would be just about blending in
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brad328 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2017
Yep, that's how I see it.

There might be a line I use when Melinda and Lauren meet and Lauren mentions how you don't see lawyers/politicians in that kind of shape. Mindy's excuse probably will be Crossfit. :D
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AzureVirgo Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2017
Lol
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brad328 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2017
I figure Lauren can't hide her level of fitness easily so Melinda would make a mention about her as well. :)

Also, I had to steal your use of MBTI for Mindy as well. :D
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AzureVirgo Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2017
Normal girl answer: Cardio Kickboxing, Pilates, and/or Bikram Yoga. Snotty rich girl answer: youtu.be/f9CSPjDNdU0, personal trainer. Lol

It's totally cool. Another tool in the toolbox.
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brad328 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2017
The snotty rich girl answer is the best answer! lol :D
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CrimsonVlkyrie Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2017
Keeps getting better and better, and glad I saw she was 5'-6" here, someone was talking about the height difference between her and Tiffany in the latest pic but I had used this for reference and the artist is really good at getting even the little details hehe 
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brad328 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2017
I was really happy to see the height difference shown since Tiffany is really tall (between 5'10" normally and 6'1" as CV) and Mindy is slightly above average for a woman (although Mindy is probably considered short compared to other superheroines, Tessa will be nearly a foot taller than her). It's a detail that can be easily missed. If Tiffany was really mean she'd hold something above her head so Melinda couldn't reach it. :D
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CrimsonVlkyrie Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2017
Ashley is only 5-8 or so, so Mindy isn't alone hehe. I can't see Tiffany being that mean but it would be funny ;) Tessa is taller than Tiffany so she could probably tease her about it.
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AzureVirgo Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2017
Love the updates to Mindy's abilities
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brad328 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2017
Thanks! Now I should to take a page out of your book and come up with some little mannerisms or quirks for her as well. :) Those types of things humanize the character a bit more.
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AzureVirgo Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2017
:). For that you can either people watch, or use yourself/think like Melinda during your day. Me and Lauren have similar habits/quirks ;)
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Mad-Man-with-a-Pen Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Great profile Brad, was very detailed and love history you shared. Very cool look at Mindy :)
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CrimsonVlkyrie Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2017
Love the updates! Going to have to re-read on this before I start working on more of her combat scenes! :)
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brad328 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2017
Thanks! 

I'll probably take one more swing at updating this tomorrow and come up with another way to use her electricity manipulation for offense.
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CrimsonVlkyrie Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2017
I think she has a nice well rounded mix right now and love the electric melee :)
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Curia-DD Featured By Owner May 23, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
I can't believe I missed this before!! A very in depth description of your flagship character. And you got the amazing Jeffach to do that incredible image!
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Lady-Quantum Featured By Owner May 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nicely done Brad! :D Will Phoenix Law LLC and Mindy be involved in the Faerie Invasion as well as the coming shift of West End to it's different location?
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brad328 Featured By Owner May 23, 2016
She, and her firm, will. The circumstances that move the West End will also be the reason that Melinda's secret identity will come back into play. So when she's in Dream Haven, no one will know that Melinda/Mindy Marvel are the same person (but in other places they will). I haven't decided which of her abilities will be dormant in this new location (to meet the rules of the group) but the same rules, I think would apply (dormant in DH, active in other locations).
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Lady-Quantum Featured By Owner May 23, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmmm...if you get with us on that we might be able to help accommodate you by including some of your stories that are her "history" in Dream Haven so that she has all of her powers. That way you don't have to switch things back and forth? Just an idea. The idea of the power structure and how people were going to gain levels was to promote storytelling and collaboration, not to hinder people. :shrug:
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Knight3000 Featured By Owner May 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pretty good Brad Hell Mindys awesome unlike any of mine
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brad328 Featured By Owner May 22, 2016
I think your characters are fantastic, especially Ms. Blitzen. A powerhouse Atlantean Princess who can manipulate electricity in ways Mindy can't (shaping electrical current into shapes and transforming her body into pure energy). Sounds pretty awesome to me! :)
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Knight3000 Featured By Owner May 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks Brad I need that
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AzureVirgo Featured By Owner May 14, 2016
Falling in love with her all over again :).
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CrimsonVlkyrie Featured By Owner May 14, 2016
So honored that you included the part about her costume! :) Thanks so much! 
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AWRowland Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Nice! I like this character. She's powerful enough to be a real contender, but grounded enough to have an interesting ongoing storyline. She's a fantastic, well-rounded creation. Bravo.
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Pathetic-Virgin Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2015
Don't know if you've seen this sta.sh/01tetml2khco but there's Mindy right on the front cover
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brad328 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015
That's pretty cool!  I can't wait to see the completed cover and the collected edition(s) of the handbook.
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White0wlsuperheroine Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool Pic, good definition.  And you're welcome back in Queen City anythime
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brad328 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015
Thanks!  I hope to come up with something for Queen City in the future. :)
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SXGodzilla Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
glad to see you back ;)
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AnyaStorm Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015
When I read her electricity manipulation skills, I have a lot of things to learn from her
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