Artemis Crock (Tigress)

TigressFirst trailer for the second season of Gotham, and we get a glimpse of a lot of old faces, and a couple of new ones. Among the latter, there’s also one taken from the comics…almost. Just as they did with Dollmaker, Copperhead and others, this villainess will appear with a different secret identity and background, so that she could fit in the show. In the new season, Tigress will make her debut, portrayed by Jessica Lucas. Her real name will be Tabitha Galavan, and she’ll be the sister (and main enforcer) of crime boss Theo Galavan: the siblings will turn Gotham City upside down, giving birth to quite a number of villains in the process. There’s no Tabitha Galavan in the comics, but from what we know of the character this far, we can assume she’ll be based on the third woman taking up the Tigress mantle: let’s see together.

Artemis Crock had her life pretty much pre-destined: she was the daughter of Paula Brooks and Lawrence “Crusher” Crock, better known as the international supervillains Huntress and Sportsmaster. Growing up with such role models, Artemis just couldn’t avoid to embark in the same “career” as her parents, especially considered that both Huntress and Sportsmaster trained her since a very young age, making her a superb athlete and fighter, with quite a specialisation for archery. When her parents got arrested by their nemesis from the Justice Society of America, Artemis kept training, waiting for the moment she would have made her public debut…which arrived soon after, when the Wizard started recruiting the children of his friends from the classic Injustice tigresscomics1Society members, forming a new team he named Injustice Unlimited. Wizard had ambitious plans, and he assigned every teammate a specific task: Artemis had to do the one thing she actually desired to, as she was supposed to free her parents from a maximum security prison, the Empire State Detention Centre. With the help of fellow villains Rising Sun and Nuklon, Artemis easily freed Huntress and Sportsmaster, joining along with them Wizard and the others in a battle with Infinity, Inc. and the Global Guardians (two of the few superhero teams allowed to operate by the government). The battle started in favour of the villains, and they even managed to steal a fortune and come back to their hideout in Calgari, but then things started excalating quickly, as the superhero Hourman offered his teammates the opportunity to launch a massive attack from the outside, while from the inside the recently revived Solomon Grundy proved to be uncontrollable, and attacked his own fellow villains. Artemis tried to stop Grundy on her own, but even if she was a terrific fighter, she was nothing compared to the unstoppable zombie, and the monster threw her towards her parents, knocking out the three of them. They woke up just in time to avoid being arrested, and escaped.

Shortly after, however, Artemis was contacted again by The Harlequin, who wanted to use the Wizard’s team to destroy Infinity, Inc. once and for all. She had already killed Starman, and she gave her teammates a target each, depending on their abilities. Artemis was sent after Jade, and she apparently managed to kill her using her skills with her crossbow and some hunter’s traps. Her teammates did the same…only, it turned out they had all failed, and that the heroes were setting a trap for them in turn: none of the infinitors actually died, and they confronted their enemies just in the same way, calibrating strengths and weaknesses and chosing targets. Artemis this time faced the martial artist Wildcat, and she proved to be little more than a nuisance for him. She got arrested along with all her teammates, but not everything went for the worst: during this last mission, she had fallen in love with one of the other tigresscomics2villains, the second IcicleCameron Mahkent, and the two started a long lasting love story. She also decided that she wouldn’t have used her first name as an alias anymore, and she paid homage to her mother by taking her very first monicker before she became known as “Huntress”, “Tigress”. As the new Tigress, Artemis broke out of prison, and started a criminal career on her own, acting with or without Icicle. Once, she even took a break from crime, and she participated to the Olympic Games representing the State of Zandia, in the archery team along with Merlyn and his disciple Turk. The games didn’t go smoothly, as Tina Thomas, the American championess, was attacked and hurt on the very first day, leading all the suspects upon the villains’ team. Since there was no evidence, however, the torunament continued, but the next day another attack occured, this time against Cissie “Arrowette” King-Jones, the heroine who had replaced Tina. Cissie’s mother, the retired heroine Bonnie “Miss Arrowette” King, discovered that the responsible of the attacks was none other than Huntress, Artemis’ mother, who wasn’t sure of her daughter’s abilities and was trying to boicot the tournament in order to let her win. As soon as she was informed, Tigress turned on her mother, berating her for what she was doing, and demanded to continue the tournament honestly…eventually, she didn’t win any medal, but she surely won her honor back. The games, however, proved to be just a brief vacation for her, and as soon as she came back home, she was recruited in yet another version of the Injustice League…

Artemis Crock is a fierce and proud woman, a relentless warrior with quite a taste for the hunt and who deeply values her honor. As the new Tigress, she’s an athlete with peak-human physical attributes, extremely strong and agile; she’s also a nearly infallible archer, specialised in the use of the crossbow, even if with time she expanded her arsenal with more modern weaponry. She sometimes uses technological devices to increase her senses, such as a visor to improve her eyesight; her sense of smell is permanently enhanced, thus making her a real hound, able to track her enemies wherever they’re hiding. Passionate and cruel, Tigress is the incarnation of the animal she carries the name of, ready to show the world she’s worthy of the legacy she represents.

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  1. […] of the Injustice Society of America, along with Count Vertigo, Blackbriar Tom, Killer Wasp, Tigress and the second Icicle: Sorrow led his team to an all-out assault on the unguarded JSA […]

  2. […] vigilantes, and teaches them how to be like him: two recurring from the previous seasons, Artemis and Mr. Terrific, and two new entries, Wild Dog and Ragman, and the latter was the only one […]

  3. […] not only Rachel McLaughlin‘s character, Evelyn Sharp, will be Arrow‘s version of Artemis, but she will also include another character from the comics in her portrayal, as her full name has […]

  4. […] after, Icicle met with the remaining members of Injustice Unlimited: Artemis, Hazard, Harlequin, Solomon Grundy and the Dummy. Wanting to reassemble the team, the villains […]


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