48 years ago - Scandal Savage is born the daughter of Vandal Savage.
40 years ago - 8-year-old Scandal is given the lamentation blades by her father.
34 years ago - 14-year-old Scandal is taken from her mother to attend the finest schools all over the world.
14 years ago - 34-year-old Scandal's girlfriend is killed by her father Vandal Savage. He insists that she bear a child to give him an heir.
8 years ago - 40-year-old Scandal escapes from her father Vandal Savage's control, living on the run and finding work as an assassin & mercenary.
1 year ago - 47-year-old Scandal is finally severs her ties to Vandal Savage with the help of the Doom Patrol. She chooses to stay with them.
Scandal was introduced as a businesswoman assisting Gail Simone's Secret Six, but once she donned the lamentation plates, it became very clear that Gail had managed to craft a character that was at once a completely original concept, and DC's Wolverine. The Secret Six were lost in the new 52, and while some of the characters made it through the transition, Scandal was a completely original character and didn't come out the other end. In the process, DC managed to drop one of the most genre-shredding gay characters in their lineup.
While Scandal is an intensely badass character, she's just as noteworthy for being part of one of the best written gay couples in comics. We've moved her into the Doom Patrol because we've chosen to tie the team's origins into Vandal Savage, and because she'll be a fantastic addition to the eventual Beast Boy-led version of the team, but that change means we have to make some alterations to her relationships. In the comics, her lover and eventual wife is Knockout, a former Female Fury. We've deliberately chosen to cut down on the New Gods that we have running around, and were toying with making her an Amazon when it occurred to us that that story already existed: Grace Choi is an amazon that was in the OTHER popular gay relationship in comics with Black Lightning's daughter Anissa.
Follow along, now. We've deliberately de-aged Anissa, so while her relationship with Grace might still happen, but further down the line. In the meantime, A relationship between Scandal and Grace makes a wonderfully simple amount of sense. Even more so, it doesn't necessarily preclude the Grace/Anissa relationship. Later in the story, Scandal proposes a poly-amorous relationship with Knockout and a third girl she had been dating (Knockout had been dead. it got weird). Even with Knockout out of the story and with Scandal dating Grace, if Grace falls for her eventual teammate Anissa, then even the poly-amorous relationship can happen, just with a slight change in players.
It might seem odd to be spending so much time working to make these relationships happen, but the fact is, there simply isn't a lot of representation of great queer relationships in comics, and just the idea of Scandal and Grace Choi together is so great it writes itself.