|First appearance||Millennium #2 |
|Created by||Steve Englehart (writer) |
Joe Staton (artist)
|Alter ego||Elizabeth Clawman|
|Team affiliations||New Guardians|
Betty Clawman is a fictional superhero and disembodied cosmic force in the DC Comics shared universe. She first appeared in Millennium #2 (January 1988), and was created by Steve Englehart and Joe Staton.
Fictional character biography
Betty Clawman was a young Australian aboriginal girl from Uluru, who was selected by the Guardians of the Universe to take part in an experiment in human evolution, and to advance the human race. Clawman, along with the other nine members of the Guardians of the Universe, are taught about the nature of the cosmos and endowed with immortality and metahuman abilities. Clawman was given the power to enter and merge with the Dreamtime, gaining vast and ill-defined abilities. Together with Harbinger, seven of the chosen formed the superhero team New Guardians, and took it upon themselves to fight evil wherever it lurked on Earth.
Betty and the team show up in "Teen Titans Spotlight" #19.
Since the New Guardians' series ended Betty has enjoyed relative obscurity. She most recently appeared in Wonder Woman #175 (2001), where all the female heroes of the DC Universe were brought together to combat Circe. Betty's contribution to the battle remains vague.
Betty Clawman appeared in the comic book series Doomsday Clock, a crossover between DC Comics and Watchmen which concludes the story established in story established in The New 52 and DC Rebirth. She appears in the sixth issue of the series, using the alias "Dreamer", in which she joins the member of the Sleeping Soldiers, an Australian group of metahumans created as part of an international arms race, in which the governments of various companies around the world recruit sanctioned teams of superheros and metahumans. Joining her in the group are Tasmanian Devil, Argonaut, Dark Ranger, and Umbaluru. The group is accused of using Clawman's Dreamtime powers to induce other word leaders to sleep, and confronting them in their dreams, though the Australian government denies this. Clawman also appears in the twelfth and final issue of the series, where she and the other members of the Sleeping Soldiers participate in a fight among metahumans from the various international factions.
Powers and abilities
Betty's abilities since entering Dreamtime are vast and unspecified. She appears to have a degree of cosmic awareness, as befitting an Earth Mother figure, and has some ability to influence dreams. On one occasion she "synced" with Tom Kalmaku and amplified his own, equally nebulous, ability to "bring out the best in people" in order to unleash the genetic potential of an enslaved race of cloned humans.
Betty appears as a big giant head. It is unclear whether this manifestation is visible to all.