26 years ago - Grace Choi is born & becomes a ward of the state.
15 years ago - 11-year-old Grace runs away from her latest abusive foster home. She is abducted & used in a child sex trade.
14 years ago - 12-year-old Grace's powers begin to manifest, allowing her to escape & free the other children, who she protects and helps find homes.
7 years ago - 19-year-old Grace becomes the bouncer at the Metahuman bar Chaney's.
1 years ago - 25-year-old Grace discovers that her metagene is enhancing her distant Amazonian heritage.
Best of luck finding a cooler character than Grace Choi. She debuted in Judd Winick's new Outsiders team and rocked so hard the book vibrated in your hand. The idea of a female character that kicks this much ass and is this much of a middle finger to the establishment was something that was still gestating in the popular consciousness, only occasionally rearing it's head in the form of a Xena or a Buffy. From the beginning, she was powerpunching her way through every challenge like an absolute freight train, crushing the very idea of what female characters were supposed to be in an athletic-taped fist.
Fascinatingly, it was the gradual introduction of the idea that she was an incredibly complex person that really solidified her as one of the best original characters of the Outsiders entire run. She was sexually liberated, had an incredibly wise old soul, and viewed the world of heroes and metahumans with a sense of refreshing pragmatism that we just couldn't get enough of. As she and new hero Thunder's relationship deepened from a mentor & mentee into one of the sweetest, most romantic couples in comics, Grace had become something completely captivating.
She wasn't exactly removed from continuity in one fell swoop during the new 52. Slowly, Judd Winick's Outsiders were displaced from the book to be replaced by a team led by Batman, a group that gradually shifted back to the original team lineup. Even as the new team was phased from the book, they would appear periodically; Grace was too cool a character not to use at least SOMETIMES, but she was rarely given a featured role. More often than not she was simply a background character, not given much more to do other than be a scantily dressed lesbian. Once the new 52 rolled around, the damage had already been done.
Thankfully, we didn't have to do much to her. Basically, you just keep her in the Outsiders and stop trying to fix what isn't broken. There are elements of sexual abuse in her backstory that were introduced as part of a larger ongoing effort to ruin Roy Harper by hurting his daughter, but frankly having those elements in her backstory somehow made Grace's role as an unflappable warrior read even more true, so we've decided to keep them.
Perhaps the biggest change we've made is to use Grace instead of the New God character Knockout as the lover of another fantastic character, Scandal Savage. The two of them are awesome, and the idea of them being a couple was too good not to use. Thunder is still a younger character in our timeline, but she'll eventually step up and join the Outsiders just like her dad, and at that point we absolutely will introduce Grace and Thunder, possibly in a polyamorous relationship with Scandal. These are GREAT characters, and just the fact that their relationships can be so complex but still so incredibly tender and adorable is the exact reason that we couldn't dream of not including them.