Underrated Heroes and Villains - Day 10: Peek-a-Boo

Underrated Heroes and Villains - Day 10: Peek-a-Boo

If you haven't already, please check out Days 1 - 9 of

"

Underrated Black Heroes and Villains"

previously posted on this website.

Well, since I did only one black female hero, I guess it’s time I do a black female villain, and yes, there are a few of them. Tonight I am going to introduce you to DC Comics’ Peek-a-Boo. Peek-a-Boo’s real name is Lashawn Baez, and she first appears in

The Flash:

Vol. 2, Issue 180.

Lashawn Baez started off as a promising a grad student at Central City Medical School. But things took a turn for the worse when her father, Tomas Baez, had fallen ill and was in dire need of a need of a kidney transplant. Lashawn would do anything to save her father; she was even prepared to donate one of her kidneys to save his life.

During the procedure, there was an unexpected surprise: Lashawn latent metagene powers kicked in. She was shocked to discover that she was able to teleport either at will or whenever she is touched.

Her molecules are broken down in one location and re-assemble her body when she arrives at her destination. 

However, Lashawn’s powers are highly unstable.

For this reason, she was unable to donate a kidney; every time a doctor tried to touch her, she would vanish. Lashawn vowed she would do anything in her power to find a new kidney for her father.

So Lashawn donned a mask and chose the name Peek-a-Boo for her alter ego.

Peek-a-Boo used her powers to break into Central City Hospital to find a matching donor organ. However, she didn’t realize at the time that the use of her teleportation powers released highly reactive kinetic energy. At one point, Peek-a-boo tries to steal a kidney from a hospital for her father.

When a doctor caught her in the act and tried to grab her, he was nearly killed from the force of the explosion he caused by touching her.

The freak accident put her on the radar of the Justice League’s Flash and Cyborg .

Knowing they couldn’t touch her, Flash and Cyborg were able to stop her by combining their powers.

Cyborg used his sonic cannon to create a wall of white sound that disoriented her while

the Flash touched her hundreds of times per second, causing her to teleport uncontrollably. The kidney was ultimately returned to the hospital, while Lashawn was convicted and sent to Iron Heights prison.

Peek-a-Boo was only one of the Flash’s Rogues who escaped Iron Heights when Gorilla Grodd attacked the prison. Once on the outside, Lashawn headed straight to Central City Hospital to check on her father. But sadly, even though he had received a new kidney, his body rejected it. She made in just enough time to sit by his side while he took his final breaths. 

When the Flash finally arrived at the hospital, Lashawn confesses to him that she had always idolized and wanted to be a hero just like him; but that she now no longer believes in heroes since she herself was branded a Rogue. Believing that she had nothing left to live for, she surrendered to the Central City P.D. We last find Peek-a-Boo surviving out her prison sentence back in Iron Heights.

If you want to read up more on Peek-a-Boo, check out the

Flash:

Volume 1, Issues 180, 183, 192, 195, and 196.

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Here is tonight’s question:

Do you see Peek-a-Boo as a hero or a villain?

Should she had been branded a Rogue? Leave your comments below!