They captivated us as Huntress and Power Girl in 2012. They wowed us as Squirrel Girl and Captain Marvel in 2013. And this year, our favorite superhero-crazy sisters, Anya (age 9) and Stella (age 7), have just blown us away with the debut of their amazing Halloween costumes for the official launch of #iamaheroicgirl. So evil forces of the world this is your heads up that Big Barda and her Birds of Prey teammate Black Canary just cruised into town, and you should be afraid… be very afraid.
There’s no denying that Anya and Stella are insanely cute. But “cute” doesn’t come close to defining this dynamic duo. They are creative, spirited, fearless, and heroic girls who want to show the world that girls can be superheroes, and more importantly, that girls deserve the chance to fight for what they believe in.
Anya is all too familiar with what this means. In first grade, some boys at school made fun of her for wearing a Spider-Man t-shirt. Her tears dried up quickly and permanently after learning from her parents that “heroes are not just for boys.” Since, she and her sidekick (a.k.a. sister) Stella have been proudly and bravely showing their heroic sides any chance they get.
“Girls, come on. Leave the saving of the world to the men? I don’t think so.” – Elastigirl, The Incredibles
Both girls, who single-handedly choose their Halloween costumes each year, picked up their love of comic books and video games from their dad, Heroic Girls founder and WYSK Contributor, John Marcotte. He shared, “My girls are no princesses. They don’t need to be rescued. They are the heroes of their own stories. And no one better forget it.”
Just like in years past, the girls’ Big Barda and Black Canary costumes were made by hand in a truly heroic team effort led by the fab Marcotte foursome and their dear friend, Adrienne Hebb, who is one badass seamstress. Mom Patti told us, “When you have to resize an adult-scale, male bodysuit to fit a kid, you need a friend like Adrienne in your personal Justice League.”
Big Barda is a heroine bred for battle on the hellish, dying planet Apokolips, where she became one of her world’s greatest warriors. She was the leader of the Female Furies, the elite security team of the mad New God Darkseid, ruler of Apokolips. Big Barda fell in love with a prisoner, the “world’s greatest escape artist,” Mr. Miracle (real name “Scott Free”) and escaped with him to Earth, where she served as member of the Justice League. Big Barda was created by comics legend Jack Kirby and first appeared in October 1971.
Stella as Black Canary
Black Canary is one of the greatest martial artists in the world, who possesses a superhuman “canary cry” that can shatter concrete. She was the field commander of the Birds of Prey, an all-female superhero team written by Gail Simone. Black Canary is also a longtime member of the Justice League.