WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Harley Quinn #54 by Sam Humphries, Lucas Werneck, Gabe Eltaeb and Dave Sharpe, in stores now.
The DC Universe is place that honors the legacy of its characters, no matter where they fall on the spectrum. On one side, there are new superheroes that take up the mantle of their mentors, like Kid Flash, and on the other, you have those who would follow in the footsteps of supervillains, like The Trickster. That helps add layers to the history of the DC Universe, all while charting a bold path for new characters.
In last month's Harley Quinn #53, readers were introduced to Penny Booker, the daughter of Justice League foe Paul Booker, aka Major Disaster. With his power to manipulate probabilities and create disasters, the supervillain has beena thorn in the sides of some of the DCU's biggest names since his introduction in 1966's Green Lantern #43, by Gardner Fox and Gil Kane.
Now, his daughter Penny wishes to live up to her father's legacy. And to do so, she sets her sights on the former Clown Princess of Crime. In Harley Quinn #54, Penny puts on a supervillain costume and becomes ... Minor Disaster.
As soon as she appeared in Harley Quinn #53, it was clear Penny was looking to make her father proud, even though he couldn't be bothered to actually respond to her. By making her very own disaster dial to manipulate probabilities, Penny shows great power and ingenuity. She quickly turns the dial on Harley in an effort to discredit and humiliate her, but her father's disappointment pushes her to (accidentally) take her actions further.
Soon, Coney Island is threatened by a whirlpool, and could have easily become another casualty of a new supervillain. However, thanks to Harley's wise words, Penny realizes she doesn't need the approval of some second-tier Justice League villain. Instead, she can forge her own path -- one that doesn't have to be decided by her lineage. With her powers, she manifests a small volcano that saves Coney Island from falling into the whirlpool.
While Penny may have started out as a villain in Harley Quinn #53, the new issue sees Minor Disaster instead become something else. While she had initially hoped to live up to the Disaster name, she's instead embracing the path of someone better -- someone who can use the power of probabilities to help.
We don't know when, or where, Minor Disaster will appear next, but when she does, the superheroes of the DCU might just have a powerful new ally.