Hello and welcome to Comic Plug’s Woman Crush Wednesday (#WCW) – a weekly segment that shines a light on female series, characters, and writers. Prepare to be brought in for questioning because this week Wynonna Earp has slapped the cuffs on us… and we like it.
Wynonna Earp is the descendant of the infamous Old West Sheriff, Wyatt Earp. Like her ancestor, Wynonna is a woman of the law. She works for the U.S. Marshall’s Black Badge Division – a secret branch of law enforcement dedicated to taking down supernatural threats. Currently, the best brains in the country are being harvested and sold on the black market by a group of cannibalistic bat-people. Wynonna has fought her way through the minions of this group, known as the Chupacabra Cartel, and has finally captured the leader. Now she must contend with the guilt of knowing that many officers were killed because her reckless brand of justice.
What some call reckless others might call brave. Wynonna is unflinching in the face of danger. Whether she’s battling hand-to-hand with a demon cannibal, or surfing on top of a tractor trailer, it’s all just part of the plan. Looking deeper at her, though, it is possible that all of this bravery is a front, covering a painful past. In Issue 1 Wynonna’s boss, Agent Dolls, refers to Wynonna’s life before she became a U.S. Marshall as a “freak finding party… riding on the bike with your friends“. Wynonna opens up that parts of her life are painful, but this job gives her a purpose. No details of Wynonna’s previous life are available, yet, but once we find out more (Why does she hunt paranormals so voraciously? What was so dysfunctional about her childhood? Who were these mysterious friends?) she will become a more rounded and relatable character.
One trait of Wynonna’s that makes her a more realistic character is her sense of humor. Her humor is subtle and sarcastic. In the opening of Issue 1, she is talking to someone the audience can’t see. At the end of her semi-personal monologue she says, “Thanks for lending an ear… ‘fraid you won’t be gettin’ it back” and shotgun blasts the previously unseen zombie in the face. Is this moment laugh-out-loud hilarious? No. Does it take a special sense of humor to appreciate a woman nonchalantly covered in zombie gore? Yes. The reluctant facade and sarcastic wisecracking go with her rebellious persona to give the audience a few chuckle-worthy moments.
Finally, her position of power is compelling. She is a woman who is succeeding in a male-dominated career. Wynonna gets a lot of satisfaction from her work and enjoys the direction it gives her. She, also, doesn’t fit into the common stereotypes of women in power. She’s not neurotic or bitchy. She simply takes control of the task at hand . When Agent Dolls sends her ahead to Utah she takes out the second in command of the cartel. She gets the job done her way. As stated previously, there is not a lot of back story on Wynonna and if she struggled to get this far, or if she faces scrutiny from her male counterparts. It seems that Wynonna, and her shoot first ask questions later attitude, wouldn’t have to put up with such nonsense more than a few times anyway.
It’s hard to live in a world full of supernatural criminals. Luckily, there’s Wynonna and the Black Badge division to keep the real world from blending to much with science fiction. She may be following in the footsteps of her ancestor, but Wynonna is making the path her own.
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