Gypsy (comics)

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Gypsy
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Gypsy from the JLA Detroit era. Art by Tom Derenick.
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Justice League of America Annual #2 (October 1984)
Created by Gerry Conway
Chuck Patton
In-story information
Alter ego Cynthia "Cindy" Reynolds
Team affiliations Birds of Prey
Justice League Detroit
The Conglomerate
Justice League Task Force
Abilities Illusion casting
Precognition
Invisibility

Gypsy (Cynthia "Cindy" Reynolds) is a fictional character, a superheroine appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics.

Jessica Camacho recurs as Gypsy in The Flash television series. In this version she is a bounty hunter from another Earth called Earth-19.

Publication history[edit]

Created by Gerry Conway and Chuck Patton, Gypsy first appeared in Justice League of America Annual #2 (October 1984).[1]

Fictional character biography[edit]

Cynthia "Cindy" Reynolds is born to Edward and June Reynolds, who live their life in a peaceful, suburban home. Cindy grows up as an intelligent and experienced barefooter[clarification needed], which is later always to be one of her best signature trademarks as a teenager. Soon after Cindy's brother is born, Edward and June begin to fight. Cindy tries to keep her parents together but mostly suffers some abuse as well. When her powers of illusion begin to manifest at age fourteen, Cindy runs away from home, buying a one-way bus ticket to Detroit.[2]

JLA Detroit[edit]

Once in Detroit, Cindy uses her chameleon and illusion-casting powers to protect herself. As she grows to adulthood, she adopts the identity of "Gypsy", patterning her dress after the popular image of the gypsy. The Justice League would soon take up residence in a neighborhood near Gypsy's stomping grounds after Aquaman disbands the original League.[3]

Shortly after the League moves into their new headquarters Gypsy begins to test and penetrate the League's security measures. Eventually, she becomes brave enough to follow along with them and to aid in the battle against the Overmaster and his Cadre.[2] After this, Gypsy receives an offer to become a full-time member of the Justice League.[4] Gypsy goes on to participate in the League's struggles against the power-mad Anton Allegro [5] and a reactivated Amazo.[6]

Gypsy finds cause to test her powers to their limits when the new JLA is unexpectedly ambushed by the Royal Flush Gang during a wilderness retreat. While her teammates are incapacitated, Gypsy ventures outside her own body, in astral form.[7] In this form, she can spy on the Gang's activities. Also during this mission, she receives a dire premonition about the fates of her teammates Steel and Vibe.[8]

This League is doomed, though. In his bid to wipe out the new JLA, Professor Ivo sends an android to destroy Gypsy, but she manages to find its conscience and convinces it not to kill her. Though Ivo succeeds in killing Vibe (as she'd foreseen), the android sees Cindy safely returned to her parents' keeping.[9]

Gypsy's domestic happiness is short-lived, as some time after she has left the JLA, a vengeful Despero arrives at her home and murders her parents.[2] Gypsy would have been Despero's next victim, if not for the intervention of the Martian Manhunter and the rest of the Justice League.[10] Devastated by the loss of her family, Gypsy is immediately recruited by Booster Gold to become a member of the corporate-sponsored team of heroes known as the Conglomerate.[2][11]

Justice League Task Force[edit]

Gypsy in battle armor, during her time serving in the Justice League Task Force.

In Justice League Task Force series, over time, she grows very close to the Martian Manhunter, developing a sort of father/daughter relationship. The two of them are the mainstays of the short-lived Justice League Task Force.[12] During her time in the JLTF, she is nearly forced to battle Lady Shiva in one early adventure,[13] and is left for dead on another mission.[14] She later joins the revamped Task Force along with L-Ron (in the body of Despero), The Ray, and Triumph.[15]

Gypsy and Ray are both later mind-controlled and used by Triumph as during his strike against the reformed JLA; he expressed disgruntlement that their team had been ignored and forgotten when "the headliners" reformed.[16] During the battle, she would see Aquaman, her old teammate in Detroit, and say in confusion "you went away".[17]

There have also been hints of a romantic relationship between Gypsy and the Bronze Tiger.[18] Gypsy and J'onn keep in touch. At one point, after she had been killed, Gypsy is resurrected by the Manhunter, who pleads with his Martian god, Hronmeer, to restore her life.[19] She also aids Wonder Woman during a massive battle against Circe.[20]

Recent history[edit]

In Birds of Prey, Gypsy joined Oracle's Birds of Prey.[2][21] She has demonstrated greater flexibility with her powers as well, now able to extend her powers of invisibility to others and things around her.[22] Gypsy also teams up with Vixen to clean up the remnants of an old case. The two heroines rescue Stargirl when after discovering that Amos Fortune was kidnapping members of the JSA.[23]

Gypsy is one of the imprisoned heroes forced to fight on the behest of the Apokoliptan gods on Earth in the Dark Side Club.[24] Gypsy is part of Martian Manhunter's funeral. She, along with several other heroes are telepathically compelled by the Martian Manhunter to recall Martian history. Later still, she is again accosted by Despero. The villain then brings her unconscious body to Happy Harbor and fights Vixen's ragtag Justice League.[25]

During the Blackest Night storyline, Gypsy, Vixen and Doctor Light battle Black Lantern versions of several deceased members of the Justice League that were attacking the Hall of Justice.[26]

The New 52[edit]

In September 2011, The New 52 rebooted DC's continuity. In this new timeline, Gyspy is not a member of the League, and first appears as one of the captive metahumans imprisoned by Amanda Waller in a government holding facility.[27] She is a refugee from an alternate dimension, fleeing from Vibe's brother Rupture, a supervillain enslaved to Mordeth. Rupture reveals that Gypsy's full name in the new continuity is Cynthia Mordeth, as she is Mordeth's daughter.[28]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Gypsy's primary power is that of illusion casting, which allows her to blend into her background, effectively becoming invisible.[9] It also allows her to adapt to rapidly changing backgrounds without betraying the illusion. She can camouflage both herself and someone in close proximity to her. In Gypsy's first appearance, only her shadow is shown from the Bunker's monitor, and she appears to teleport at the end of the issue.[3]

Gypsy's illusion-casting can also be used to project frightening illusions into the minds of other people. These illusions usually show what the affected person fears most. This ability can affect other living things besides people, and Gypsy can use this ability in combat situations. Gypsy has the ability to project an illusion to appear as another person, but that person needs to be her approximate height and weight for it to appear authentic.

Gypsy's powers have evolved to the point that she can now cloak not only herself, but a moving vehicle and its passengers. Gypsy also has limited precognitive abilities and astral projection (able to project her spirit from her body).

Aside from her powers, Gypsy is an expert in hand-to-hand combat. She's also an accomplished acrobat, able to leap high, run fast, swim, and execute unexpectedly quick martial arts tactics with relative ease. Gypsy also has a strong aptitude in electronics and computers, and has become skilled in the use of firearms. She has been trained by Bronze Tiger.

Other versions[edit]

Justice League Unlimited[edit]

Gypsy makes an appearance in issue #22 of the comic book tie-in of Justice League Unlimited.[29]

In other media[edit]

Television[edit]

  • Gypsy made many background appearances in Justice League Unlimited. This version dresses in her original outfit, and is seen alongside her Detroit League teammates Vibe and Steel. Her powers differ from her comic book counterpart, displaying the ability to phase through walls in her limited appearances. Captain Atom speaks with her in the episode "Initiation" when the former is called up for service on active roster. Gypsy's first use of powers in a superhero situation is in the episode "Flashpoint".
  • Gypsy (Cythia "Cindy Josh" Reyolds) appears in The Flash, portrayed by Jessica Camacho. Introduced in season three, her character is depicted as a bounty hunter from the parallel dimension Earth-19. She has similar powers to Cisco Ramon/Vibe, and they enter into a long-distance relationship with as of season four. Gypsy appeared through a breach, bringing up a holographic photo of H.R. Wells,[5] searching for him in order to punish him for his crimes of inter-dimensional travel. She went to CC Jitters, picking up a coin and vibing his location, before knocking out two cops and leaving. The following day, she tracked him down to S.T.A.R. Labs. She was able to easily fend off Cisco Ramon and Kid Flash, before giving H.R. an hour to get his affairs in order. When she returned, she was challenged to a trial-by-combat by Cisco, allowing him the customary twenty-four hours to prepare. Later that day, while drinking coffee from Jitters at the waterfront, she was approached by The Flash, who attempted to subdue her, but to no avail. She then took H.R. as insurance. The following day, Vibe arrived, before the two began to fight. They crossed through a number of universes, before returning back to Earth One, where Gypsy was caught off guard. Admitting defeat, Gypsy allowed H.R.'s freedom, along with her life. However, Cisco declined taking the latter. As she prepared to leave back to her Earth, Gypsy asked that H.R. never return, as she would pretend she'd killed him, thus remaining unrivaled. She was also going to bring back a giant sack filled with coffee as they didn't have it on Earth Nineteen. As she and Cisco went to kiss, Gypsy opened a portal, returning to her universe. While she was chasing a dimension hopping fugitive from her Earth to Earth Two, Gypsy somehow found her way to Gorilla City, where Grodd took control of her and prepared himself to use her power to have him and his army cross to Earth One. Grodd used Gypsy to open a breach to Earth One for him and his gorilla army. He then sent Gypsy to attack Team Flash at S.T.A.R. Labs where Harry Wells managed to subdue her with one of his weapons. She was then locked in the Pipeline where she didn't seem to remember attacking them. She told them that the last thing she remembered was chasing a dimension hopping fugitive from her Earth to Earth Two and then came upon a gorilla; that made the team realize that Grodd had taken control of her and must already be on their Earth as he couldn't control her between Earths. They asked her to help them but Gypsy refused and left to continue her pursuit of her fugitive. She then returned to her Earth where she met with the Accelerated Man and told him that she had found and terminated her mark. When he left, she was visited by Cisco who again asked for her help. She eventually decided to aid them and helped get Solovar to battle with Grodd and take back control of the gorillas. She then helped Cisco send the gorillas back to Gorilla City. Before she left, she and Cisco shared a goodbye kiss. Gypsy tracked down Abra Kadabra to Earth One, and found him fighting the Flash. After Kadabra vanisheed to S.T.A.R. Labs, they eventually managed to imprison him, but he told Barry that he knew the identity of Barry's nemesis Savitar, and would tell him if they released him. Gypsy wanted to bring Kababra back to Earth Nineteen to stand trial for his crimes, but Barry and Joe West considered his offer. She revealed to Cisco that Kadabra killed her partner on Earth Nineteen, and was determined to capture him, which she finally had a chance to do. Suddenly, Gypsy discovered that Joe was releasing Kadabra, and when he was about to tell him Savitar's identity, Gypsy arrived and Kadabra escaped to Eobard Thawne's Time Vault, where he stole a power source that he needed to power his time machine which would return him to the 64th Century. Cisco managed to track down Abra Kadabra by using satellites to detect his unique energy signature. They found him attempting to travel back to the future. Eventually they manage to stop him and Gypsy returned him to Earth Nineteen where he was presumably executed for his crimes. When Cisco was captured by Savitar and Killer Frost, Gypsy sensed his danger and rescued him. He complained about it and she revealed to him that she was mentally connected to him. Afterwards, during the final confrontation between Team Flash and Savitar, Gypsy joined Cisco in combat against Killer Frost. After they succeeded in taking her down, Savitar ran into Gypsy to knock her down before he took hold of Cisco and tried to kill him, only for Killer Frost to save Cisco. Savitar was defeated, and the team returned to S.T.A.R. Labs. In the following 5 months, Cisco and Gypsy they grew closer and their relationship escalated. On Earth Nineteen's "1-1-1" holiday, Gypsy planned to go on a date with Cisco, but he couldn't make it and she got upset with him. However, they eventually celebrated the holiday, with Gypsy wearing a dress. Hooking up one night, Cisco attempted to find out Gypsy's real name, but she refused to tell him. She left to use the bathroom, requesting Cisco lose his clothes while she was gone. While she was out of the room, her father appeared, attacking Cisco. Reaching a peace, Gypsy allowed Cisco to take her father back to S.T.A.R. Labs, before the three of them went to CC Jitters to grab a coffee. Breacher, however, recounted how his Earth's coffee crops had all been wiped out, so he abstained from ever drinking coffee again. Gypsy offered to go grab him a tea instead. When she returned, they'd left, and she deduced he'd begun hunting Cisco. Following the 24 hour period, Gypsy and Breacher went to leave, the latter expressing both his dislike and respect for Cisco, before calling Gypsy by her name, Cynthia, much to Cisco's delight. The pair then left to deal with a code 17 breach. Gypsy later sent Cisco a Christmas present from Earth Nineteen. Cisco mistakenly assumed the device to be a break-up cube despite protests from Harrison Wells that it wasn't. Cisco opened it, only for it to play a sexy message from Gypsy with everyone gathered at Joe West's home overhearing it to Cisco's horror. Gypsy apparently sent Cisco many different cubes containing messages in hologram form, all of which Cisco kept. At one point, she sent a cube asking Cisco for his decision on whether or not to take her father's place as a hunter. Breacher had previously lost his powers due to old age and retired after asking Cisco to be "the new Breacher." Cisco did not answer the cube, not having decided yet (or at least not wanting to give an answer.) Gypsy was later called in by Team Flash to attempt to co-vibe with Cisco to find where Clifford DeVoe would go next. They found that DeVoe was going to steal something from shipping container 16 at the Central City Docks. However, they discovered after going to the yard that they had seen the wrong container and had been too late to stop DeVoe. Gypsy attributed this to her and Cisco's recent problems in their relationship, resulting in them not being synced enough to co-vibe properly. Cisco then tells Team Flash what Breacher asked of him. Barry tries to talk to Gypsy, and get them to patch up their relationship so that they can find DeVoe. After failing to co-vibe again, they try to talk about their relationship. Gypsy reveals to Cisco that she doesn't want him to replace Breacher, and Cisco tells her that he is unsatisfied with them living on separate Earths. They are interrupted by Barry, who tells them that they are going after DeVoe. They go into DeVoe's pocket dimension hideout and fight him and Marlize. DeVoe strangles Gypsy, but she is saved when Marlize stops him. The Devoes escape, and the team returns to S.T.A.R. Labs. Cisco and Gypsy later go to Earth-19, where Cisco tells her that he won't leave Team Flash to replace Breacher. They say goodbye to each other, and go their separate ways

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1980s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 209. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. The prestigious Justice League of America got a bit easier to join, thanks to writer Gerry Conway and artist Chuck Patton. Marking the debut of camouflaging hero Gypsy, the shockwave-casting Vibe, and the second generation hero Steel, this landmark comic saw many of the more famous League members step down in order to make way for a younger roster to carry on their legacy.
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  3. ^ a b Justice League of America Annual #2, 1984
  4. ^ Justice League of America #236
  5. ^ Justice League of America #237–239
  6. ^ Justice League of America #241–243
  7. ^ JLA: Classified #22–23
  8. ^ JLA: Classified #25
  9. ^ a b DeMatteis, J.M. (w), McDonnell, Luke (p), Wray, Bill (i). "Homecoming!" Justice League of America 259 (February, 1987), DC Comics
  10. ^ Justice League America #38–39
  11. ^ Justice League Quarterly #1
  12. ^ Justice League Task Force #1, June 1993
  13. ^ Justice League Task Force #4
  14. ^ Justice League Task Force #14
  15. ^ Justice League Task Force #0
  16. ^ JLA #29
  17. ^ JLA #31
  18. ^ Justice League Task Force #6
  19. ^ Martian Manhunter vol. 2 #12
  20. ^ Wonder Woman vol. 2 #174–175
  21. ^ Birds of Prey #92
  22. ^ Birds of Prey #93
  23. ^ JSA: Classified #14–16
  24. ^ DC Nation Column 136
  25. ^ Justice League of America vol. 2 #38
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  27. ^ Justice League of America's Vibe #1 (February 2013)
  28. ^ Justice League of America's Vibe #7 (August 2013)
  29. ^ Justice League Unlimited #22