Harper Row is a female comic superhero that features in DC Comics.
Her father regularly broke items at their home and disappeared for days at a time. This saw Harper see the engineer engage in electrical repair work which sparked her interest. (Batman v2 #12) By the time she was 12, she was doing minor electrical jobs across the neighborhood in order to buy food for herself and her younger brother. When she was 15, she was emancipated and took on a full-time job to support both of them. (Batman and Robin Eternal v1 #26) She began to operate as the city's electrical engineer where she worked on the grid. (Batman v2 #12)
Row later attended the Wayne Gala at the insistence of her younger brother Cullen after she won the raffle ticket to attend the event. During the gala, she met the Wayne butler Alfred Pennyworth and made her way back home. Once there, she found out that some bullies had broken into the apartment where they beat up Cullen Row. One day, she and her brother were returning home when they were mobbed by a group of bullies that overwhelmed them. They were only saved by the arrival of Batman who told the attackers never to harm the Rows again. At that time, she became obsessed with learning more about the Batman. After viewing footage, she noticed that video feeds and power grids always shut down at sites he emerged. This led to her checking the Gotham grid where she discovered Bat-Boxes attached to the grid that remotely shut power at key sites for Batman. To help him, she began modifying the Bat-Boxes in order to improve their effectiveness which she did as a 'thank you' to him. She began making regular attempts at indirectly helping Batman who approached her and told Harper to stop with these actions. (Batman v2 #12)
She later found Batman after his escape from the Court of Owls where he was unconscious and she took him into her boss's van in order to resuscitate him. After awakening, he left and told her to leave him alone. (Batman v2 #7)
Following the return of Batman, she met with him to inform him that she would be stepping aside from being a vigilante for a time. She had applied for a Wayne scholarship at the Gotham Technical Institute to get her bachelors as she intended to make a future on her own terms. (Batman and Robin Eternal v1 #26) She began working at the Leslie Thompkins Free Clinic where she had decided to retire from being Bluebird in order to help people. (Detective Comics v1 #943)
Personality and attributes
She believed that she grew up fixing things which she attributed to her father always breaking things including those things they needed to survive. (Batman v2 #12)
Harper came to feel indebted to Batman after he saved her and her brother. She stated that no one had ever done that before or would do so again. Thus, she felt the need to help and support him which she initially did so as a thank you to him. (Batman v2 #12)
Powers and abilities
In order to get a job, she learnt everything that she could about electrical engineering. (Batman and Robin Eternal v1 #26) Her skill in electrics led to her creating an augmented taser that could fry a person. (Batman v2 #12)
- Harper Row was created by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo where she initially appeared as an unnamed woman in Batman v2 #1 (September, 2011) but identified in Batman v2 #7 (March, 2012).
- The character later appeared as Bluebird in Batman v2 #28 (February, 2014).
- Bluebird was reported to had been based on the daughter of a prominent cosplayer.
In other media
- In Young Justice, Harper Row appeared in the animated television series third season Outsiders starting from the episode "Another Freak" where she was voiced by actor Zehra Fazal. She was noted to had a younger brother named Cullen Row with their father being abusive to them leading to Harper suffering regular beatings from him. Harper came to be a student at Happy Harbor High School where she met Violet Harper and Fred Bugg with her commenting that they were 'freaks' but that she enjoyed interacting with them. One day, her father was drunk and beat Harper with her taking away his gun as she was scared about what he would do with it. She then went out and decided to drink alcohol as a means of coping with her life. At this time, Violet was present and Harper convinced her to drink from the bottle of alcohol where she kissed her despite both having a boyfriend. The police arrived at the scene and took the pair into custody for possession of a firearm. Afterwards, Harper went for counselling with Megan Morse determining that the problems in her life were because of her father who had grown more violent and started beating her younger brother. The session ultimately led to Harper confessing the truth about the domestic violence happening in her home with Megan promising to help her and her brother Cullen as well as to ensure that the pair were cared for when Child Services became involved in the matter.
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