Everybody’s a product of their cultural environment. No such thing as an original idea, merely unique repurposing of ideas you’ve already been exposed to. Sometimes this is obvious, other times not.
For instance, when I needed a name for a black woman running a shadowy government agency allegedly on the side of good but with questionable ethics, I pulled “Amanda Walker,” because it was a pretty cool sounding name with strength and resolve behind it.
Except… what I didn’t recall until today is that DC comics beat me to that, with Amanda Waller, a black woman running a shadowy government agency allegedly on the side of good but with questionable ethics. Um. Whoops. It’s not exactly identical but it’s too close for comfort and with the publication of vol//002 approaching now is the time to change it.
So, from now on, she’s Miranda Walker. Close enough that it should be readily recognizable by long term fans, and hey, it’s got the added pun value of “one who walks the line between justice and vigilantism.” I’ll be updating the site accordingly soon.