Black Heron is a female anthropomorphic heron in the 2017 Continuum
A martial artist, robotics engineer, and chemist, Black Heron became a F.O.W.L. agent and built herself a high-tech base on an uncharted island, complete with miscellaneous robot guards and booby-traps.
At some point in the 1960's, the stole an alchemical formula for Gummiberry Juice from an auction sale, planning to use it to create an army of invincible bouncing soldiers. Then-S.H.U.S.H. agents Scrooge McDuck and Bentina Beakley then came to the island to get it back and stop her evil scheme. In the ensuing battle, the only copy of the formula and Heron's batch of juice were destroyed, leaving hypermnesic Bentina Beakley as the only person on Earth who knew the formula. A fire was started in the battle, and, while McDuck and Beakley escaped unscathed, Heron's lair was destroyed and she lost her right arm in the explosion.
For decades, an increasingly-unhinged Heron schemed for revenge, slowly rebuilding her lair and creating a cyborg arm for herself. Finally, in 2018, taking advantage of a temporary weakness in the security of McDuck Manor, Black Heron kidnapped Beakley and brought her back to the lair, intent on getting the formula out of her and then murdering her. Beakley however was rescued by her granddaughter Webbigail and a still-sprightly Scrooge McDuck; once again a fight broke out, and Black Heron ended up falling, seemingly to her death, into the sea, with only her detached robotic arm left behind.
However, Black Heron was not dead, and soon returned to work for the modern incarnation of F.O.W.L., building herself a new robotic arm. Looking to recruit more members for the villainous organization, she broke a small-time criminal out of prison and built him a prosthetic beak, and Steelbeak was born. She also got to work on an Intelli-Ray, which, utilizing the power of the mystical Third Eye Diamond, could both increase and decrease a being's intelligence. After testing the ray on several lab animals (inadvertently creating the Rescue Rangers), she devised a plan to use the ray against Scrooge to drain his intelligence and leave him defenseless.
Having been warned by Bradford Buzzard that Scrooge was in Funso's Funzone (really a cover for F.O.W.L.'s base), Heron sent Steelbeak to use the Intelli-Ray against him. After the chicken bungled the plan, she berated him, angering him enough to turn the Intelli-Ray on her, leaving her with no intelligence.
Later, Steelbeak having thoroughly failed to use the ray on Scrooge, Black Heron's intelligence was restored by Bradford, who chastised her for creating the ray, reminding her of F.O.W.L.'s real plans and that she was not allowed to make any more such devices.
Behind the scenesEdit
Black Heron (who has no known counterpart in the Prime Universe, although it has been suggested that she may have been partially based on Anna Matronic) is a pastiche of James Bond villains, complete with a "cool-looking" island lair. Her robot arm is comparable to that of the henchman Tee-Hee from the James Bond film Live and Let Die, though it is much more technologically advanced and polyvalent, bearing significant similarities to John Silver's arm in Treasure Planet.