Cover to Cinnamon: El Ciclo #1 (October 2003). Art by Howard Chaykin
|First appearance||Weird Western Tales #48 (September-October 1978)|
|Created by||Roger McKenzie (script)
Jack Abel (pencils)
Danny Bulanadi (inks)
|Full name||Katherine "Kate" Manser|
|Team affiliations||Rough Bunch
Cinnamon is the name of two Western characters in DC Comics, one inhabiting the wild west, the other living in the modern era. The character first appeared in Weird Western Tales #48 (September-October 1978), in a script written by Roger McKenzie, with artwork by Jack Abel (pencils) and Danny Bulanadi (inks).
Fictional character biography
Cinnamon is really Katherine "Kate" Manser, the daughter of a sheriff in a small Western town. After her father is killed by bank robbers, she is sent to an orphanage where she secretly trains herself in gunfighting. Upon leaving the orphanage, she becomes a bounty hunter in order to search for her father's killers. As well as being a crack shot, Cinnamon uses her father's sheriff badge as a shuriken.
In the third series of Hawkman, it is revealed that Cinnamon is a reincarnation of the Egyptian princess Chay-Ara. As such, she becomes the lover of Prince Khufu's reincarnation, the hero Nighthawk. When Cinnamon is assaulted by the burglar "Gentleman Jim" Craddock, Nighthawk hangs him up, thereby tying his destiny to theirs. Cinnamon, along with Nighthawk, is killed by Matilda Dunney Roderic, presumably the latest incarnation of their eternal enemy Hath-Set.
The Silver-Age Cinnamon appeared in Weird Western Tales #48-49, and Justice League of America #198-199.
A modern-day version of the character is introduced in the miniseries Cinnamon: El Ciclo (2003), named by her parents after the historical gunslinger Cinnamon. Like the original, her father is a sheriff who is shot by bank robbers, leading her to seek revenge on the killers and become a bounty hunter.
She is seen in the Infinite Crisis special Villains United being contacted by J'onn J'onzz the Martian Manhunter. She is one of many recruited to fight various supervillain prison escapes. One page later, she is seen lying on the ground, unconscious, with a cut on her forehead.
Cinnamon does not appear again until Checkmate #24, where she is revealed as one of the organization's "Rooks."
Cinnamon appears in All-Star Western in both its backups and in the main Jonah Hex story. Kate's father, a sheriff, was killed by the Robinson gang and she was sent to an orphanage, which she promptly ran away from. She was found by Ichi, a wandering Samurai, who taught her for three years before mysteriously disappearing. Kate ended up teaming up with Nighthawk after that. Cinnamon wears an Indian Medallion which grants her enhanced strength and healing abilities.
In other media
- The original Cinnamon makes a cameo appearance in the 2010 Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "The Siege of Starro" Pt. 1. She appears as part of a montage detailing superheroes throughout history, where she is shown helping Jonah Hex apprehend the western version of the Royal Flush Gang after they rob a bank.
- In The Flash 2014 episode "Power Outage", a movie poster can be seen featuring Nighthawk and Cinnamon.
- In the 2016 DC's Legends of Tomorrow episode "The Magnificent Eight," present Hawkgirl meets her previous incarnation in 1871, who discusses her sorrow over the death of her version of Hannibal Hawkes / Hawkman. As in the previously mentioned Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode, Jonah Hex appears in this episode as well.
- Beatty, Scott (2008), "Cinnamon I", in Dougall, Alastair, The DC Comics Encyclopedia, New York: Dorling Kindersley, p. 83, ISBN 0-7566-4119-5, OCLC 213309017
- Greenberger, Robert (2008), "Cinnamon II", in Dougall, Alastair, The DC Comics Encyclopedia, New York: Dorling Kindersley, p. 83, ISBN 0-7566-4119-5, OCLC 213309017