As we continue along on Christmas Day, I’m sharing my list of comic book villains that I wish would appear on some of the television series currently airing. I’m moving on here to a series that hasn’t even started yet, the new Black Lightning series that will debut January 16th. Where the lead hero has powers, the villains talked about are more gang related and at some point, he’s going to need to have a throwdown. I think it would be fitting if that came in the form of Dust Devil.
This is the second person to use the name, first appearing in The Outsiders #27 by Dan DiDio and Philip Tan. In the comics she is part of a group of villains called Master of Disasters and replaced one of the original members, Windfall. The group has mainly gone up against the Outside, a team of heroes that Black Lightning is a founding member. She appears to be a mercenary and pretty much amoral, which are good qualities in a villain.
As you can probably guess from her name, she can manipulate the wind. She can mentally summon cyclones and whirlwinds as well as created powerful bursts of air as an offensive force attack. She can also use the wind to deflect objects that are hurled at her. Though that’s the only way they’ve shown her powers working so far, it’s not hard to imagine she would have the ability to suck the air away from somebody or use it to move objects as well.
With Black Lightning being new series, it’s a good idea to not reinvent the wheel. Dust Devil’s powers are very similar to the Weather Wizard, who has appeared a few times on The Flash, so the special effects department has that down already. And having a hero with elemental powers go up against a villain with a different elemental power seems like a good idea. And I doubt anyone at Warner Bros. has plans for Dust Devil or the rest of the Masters of Disaster at the moment.
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