Gotham Girls

March 31, 2008

I grew up on Batman: The Animated Series, and as a result I’ve always had a fondness for Harley Quinn. Harley, just like Renee Montoya, was created specifically for the cartoon, but quickly found herself thrust into the mainstream DC Universe.

In fact, she even headlined her own comic series for 38 issues earlier from 2001-2003: that’s 13 issues more than the latest Aquaman and Doom Patrol had before they were cancelled. In her time she’s faced Batman, Amazons, the Justice League — even the New Gods, and came out on top.


My original plan was to build a Harley & Ivy deck, but there are few cards to support this pairing in VS. (and even fewer in Silver or Modern Age!) So although the two of them might not be enough to flesh out an entire deck, let’s try opening things up to some of their friends.

Gotham Girls – Silver Age

4x Harley Quinn, Mr. J’s Girl
4x Gypsy, Illusionary Operative
3x Huntress, Vicious Vigilante
3x Barbara Gordon * Oracle, Hacker Elite
3x Renee Montoya, Gotham Central
3x Poison Ivy, Venemous Vixen
2x Vixen, Mari Jiwe McCabe
2x Catwoman, Jewel Thief
1x Kate Kane * Batwoman, Katherine the Younger
1x Cassandra Cain, Death’s Daughter
1x Sondra Fuller * Clayface, Mud Pack
2x Huntress, Reluctant Queen
1x Barbara Gordon * Oracle, Inside Information
1x Lady Shiva, Jade Canary

4x The Hook-Up
4x Birds of a Feather
4x Blackgate Prison, Maximum Security
4x Bat-Signal
3x Usual Suspects
2x Girl’s Night Out
2x Flying Kick
3x Skree!

Objective: Like most Birds of Prey decks, this relies on big butts in the visible, big fists in the concealed. It’s very straightforward and combat-y, but should hit pretty hard in early turns with the likes of Huntress, Renee Montoya, and Cassandra Cain. There s also a decent amount of control, with Usual Suspects and Huntress (6,) in case things become especially heated.

  • Turn 1: Nothing.
  • Turn 2: Huntress preferably. Gypsy can be subbed in on later turns.
  • Turn 3: Renee Montoya in the visisble. 2 is your preferred number in the resource row, and that shouldn’t be too dififcult to pull off. She can be as large as a 7/5 on 3; more than enough to give even the largest character pause.
  • Turn 4: Poison Ivy in the visible, team-up if you can. Vixen is actually a better choice than Ivy, but you’ll need Ivy to endure the team-up.
  • Turn 5: Lots of choices here. Kate Kane’s ability shouldn’t be hard to pull off, and if you can follow it up with a sub-in of Cassandra in the hidden you’re set. Catwoman is a strong off-initiative choice as well, and ensures the team-up if you haven’t gotten it already. Sub in Babs for Renee Montoya.
  • Turn 6: Huntress, or Sondra Fuller from the KO pile if need be. Sub-in Vixen concealed if you haven’t already. Hit hard.
  • Turn 7: Barbara on 7 is probably preferred to Shiva, but her ability should not be overlooked. It is especially potent with team attacks, and your girls should be able to swing above the curve easily at this point. I like the card draw more, but that’s just my style of play.

One Response to “Gotham Girls”

  1. Rich Syn Says:

    The greatest superhero ever is Batman. I have been a Batman fan for the last 30+ years and even built a web site with every type of Batman collectible out there.

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