Comic Book: Painkiller Jane
Painkiller Jane is a Super Hero
character that originated in a comic book series, made a brief B-movie appearance, then migrated to a short-lived TV series on the Sci-Fi Channel.
All the three versions have in common are that they are virtually immortal, ass-kicking hot women. The names, backgrounds, occupations and hair color all mutate wildly in transition.
Not related in any way to the (Second
) MOST METAL VIDEOGAME EVER.
The Comic Book
started with Event Comics and is now at Dynamite Comics. Jane Vasko (with a "k") was an undercover cop investigating The Mafia
, when she got exploded
by a rival gangster known only as Adam, who was at ground zero without a scratch. Somehow, Adam revives her, makes her unkillable, and then disappears. She drops off the force and becomes a vigilante, eschewing spandex
in favor of lots of bandages ('cause she bleeds a while
before healing up), a Badass Longcoat
and Cool Shades
. She is an expert at close-combat and normally carries twin automatics
The Made-for-TV Movie
was a Sci Fi Channel
Original, meaning it sucked. Still, it had Emmanuelle Vaugier, even if she spent half the film in a cheap wig.
This version is radically different from the original. Captain Jane Browning, a U.S. Special Forces soldier (never mind that they don't have any female members) is hit by The Virus
and becomes a Super Soldier
. She then tries to discover who to seek revenge against (not just for being Cursed with Awesome
, but because her squadmates didn't share her good luck, and died from the bioweapon instead).
The TV series was another new direction. Former Terminatrix Kristanna Loken
was Jane Vasco (with a "c"), once again a cop (this time in the DEA), recruited for a special quasigovernmental Five-Man Band
to hunt down "Neuro"s, neurological abberants with mutations that gave them superpowers
, and stick a microchip in their brains to depower them
. Jane discovers quite by accident
that she has a Healing Factor
. From then on it's Monster of the Week
, with every episode having Jane find some reason
to get mauled, mutilated, shot, poisoned or given brain cancer. And not knowing if she'll get better
, even if the audience has no doubt.
Tropes hit in all three:
Tropes in the comic