Although Lady Death started out as little more than eye-candy for the Evil Ernie, she has since gone on to be one of the premier bad girl heroines in comic book history.
American cosplayer Belle Chere tackles the task of bringing to life this sexy, sword swinging bad girl with a lot of gusto – as you can see for yourself in these shots!
There are at least three very distinct versions of Lady Death, all carrying very different origin stories, courtesy of the character’s convoluted publishing history thanks to the character rights switching hands ever so often.
Classic Lady Death sees a girl named Hope escape being burned at the stake after mistakenly being labeled a witch, ending up in Hell thanks to a misguided bargain struck with a demon she inadvertently summoned while attempting to escape.
Once in Hell, Hope became entangled in a civil war that was raging between Lucifer and an army of renegade devils led by a powerful sorcerer. Hope was devastated when she learned that the ambitious sorcerer challenging Lucifer for the control of Hell was her own father.
Gradually corrupted by the nature of her surrounding, Hope was tainted with evil. She allied herself with an exiled craftsman who forged weapons for the infernal armies. While speaking to him, she declared that the innocent woman she had once been was dead and that she would henceforth only be known as Lady Death.
In her new persona, Lady Death led an uprising against the Lords of Hell. During the final battle, Lucifer cursed her never to return to Earth while the living walked. Lady Death swore an oath that she would circumvent Lucifer’s curse by exterminating all life on Earth.
Lady Death finally ended Lucifer’s control over her by casting him through Heaven’s Gate (a place where evil cannot go), and in doing so became the new ruler of Hell. Many of the beings living in hell believe that the ascension of Lady Death signaled the beginning of the age of judgment – the final battle between good and evil for the fate of the Earth.