One of the reasons I chose to draw Liberty Belle a few weeks back is because I wanted to draw a bell. But not the bell Libby was holding. I wanted to draw an Asian bell. I loves 'em. And, when I found that drawing Libby had not scratched that itch, I drew this picture.
And, well, every real superhero deserves a supporting cast that includes hordes doppelgangers and variations on one's theme. Batman has Batgirl, Batwoman, Batmite, Ace the Bat-Hound, and so on. Spiderman has a couple Spider-Women, Spider-Girl, the Scarlet Spider, and at least one Spiderman from the future. Superman... well, let's not even get started on Superman. So I decided that my mythical A-List Liberty Belle comic would include women from other cultures who also had bells that they used in various super-powery ways, collectively called the Bell Maidens.
Bell of Splendid Awakening is holding a nao, which is a clapperless bell that is kept upright and stuck with a wooden mallet. She uses it to focus and magnify her qi, granting her a range of wuxia-style abilities, including Libby-like blasts, healing, and, of course, sonic kung-fu.
Thanks to Memphis artist/ designer Kong Wee Pang, who translated Bell's name for this image.