- Sometimes all it takes is a few words to change your life. For me it took seven. Seven words, spoken in the dark.
- -- Harper Row src
Harper Row, also known as Bluebird, is one of Batman's allies, her area of expertise and general theme being electrical engineering.
Motherless, Harper and her brother Cullen were forced to live with their father, who had a habit of breaking things and disappearing for stretches of time. During this time Harper would fix the things her father broke, listing her brother and herself among the list. In order to compensate for all the damage her reckless father would cause, Harper soon developed a talent for fixing things.
During the Zero Year when the Riddler shut off the power throughout all of Gotham, Harper and Cullen were stranded in their apartment while their father decided to take advantage of the situation and go out for a drink. Still a child, Harper pointed out her father's inability to be a decent parent and comforted her brother during the Riddler's takeover, rigging his nightlight to a battery so that he didn't have to sleep in the dark.
Eventually Harper applied for emancipation. After achieving this, she moved out, taking her brother Cullen with her, and applied for a job with the city electrical engineer, and got a job doing maintenance on the city's electrical grid.
Harper and Cullen moved into the Narrows and broke contact with their father. Unfortunately some of the local bullies began targeting Cullen, seemingly because of his sexual orientation.
The Wayne Gala
After rewiring her landlady's apartment, Harper was paid with a ticket to the Wayne Gala where Bruce Wayne was to announce his revitalization project that would result in her home being demolished. She was initially hesitant to go, feeling she wouldn't fit in and would look ridiculous. Cullen, however, managed to convince her to go, citing his desire for her to court Wayne's adopted son Tim Drake. She denied any interest in one of Wayne's pet orphans, but Cullen revealed his own designs on them. As Cullen helped with her hair and make-up, she noticed a bandage on his wrist, which he told her not to worry about. Cullen soon convinced her to go, wanting her to have a night without having to worry about him or the rent or their father finding them.
After Wayne's presentation, Harper began raiding the dessert tray, planning to leave as soon as her backpack was full. As she did so, she was spotted by Wayne's butler who told her she's making a serious error, by not taking the brownies with her, claiming they're an old family recipe.
Harper asked if he knows the way out, as she needed to get home. As he escorted her, the butler asked if she's the girl who won the lottery for a ticket to the Gala. She answered that she didn't win it herself but was given the ticket by her landlady in lieu three hundred dollars she was owed.
Harper was then asked what she thought of Bruce Wayne's revitalization project, to which she responded that she doesn't think much of anything, as she "can't get her hopes up whenever some rich guy whose probably never set foot in the Narrows says he's going to fix it up". The butler seemed amused by this and claimed that she'd be surprised.
On her return home, she discovered that the apartment had been broken into, and Cullen had been assaulted, his hair cut into an uneven mess and the word "FAG" shaved into the back of his head. Harper comforted him before getting out the clippers. Cullen claimed that she was wasting her time and if she fixed it, they'll only do it again. She agreed but claimed that's not what she had in mind, before taking the clippers to herself and giving herself a matching haircut.
Encounters With The Bat
A few days later the same gang of bullies attacks them both as they're on their way home. Harper initially tried to defend them with a taser that she'd super charged, but this soon became useless after more bullies showed up. Fortunately they were both saved by Batman, who told the aggressors that things wouldn't go as nicely if he saw them at it again. Both Harper and Cullen were starstruck and began to seek ways to honor or repay Batman for his aid.
Though Cullen simply planned to get a bat symbol tattoo, Harper went much further. She began looking up videos of Batman online and soon discovered that he's been sabotaging city security cameras, to avoid any clear footage being found of him. Knowing, due to her job, that he couldn't access the cameras from remote, she became curious as to how he achieved this. She soon discovered Batman's private enhancements to Gotham's electric grid and used it to track her new hero. She also began working on a way to improve the boxes, hoping to repay the hero. Later she saw part of the grid go offline. Assuming something was wrong, she investigates and found herself in a position to assist Batman in capturing Tiger Shark. Batman subsequently visited her at work shortly after and told her to not to get herself involved in his activities again.
Later, at the time when Batman suffered defeat at the hands of the Court of Owls and escaped into Gotham river, Harper spotted him near a hole in the ice and fished him out. Batman briefly flatlined, but she managed to help him with a make-shift defibrillator.
Harper first appeared as Bluebird and helped Red Robin investigate a case of a nanobot plague affecting children in the Narrows. As an expert with technology, she even manages to hack into Red Robin's systems, even communicating with him, secretly also helping him.
Later, after Viki Vale had an encounter with Falcone thugs, Harper runs with them back to her apartment, where they lock themselves in. At the same time, Red Robin comes flying through the wall, being attacked by nanobots. Red Robin manages to put the attacking nanobots to sleep as well of take care of the previously mentioned thugs, however Harper's brother Cullen begins glowing as the nanobots take over.
Harper would later start assuming the identity of 'Taser Girl', arming herself with a taser, and wearing a body suit to patrol the area. However, she later developed her own suit of armour, which she used for the first time against The Mad Hatter and his nanobot controlled people. It was developed with a anti-nanobot field, and also had an EMP in the armour. She later also developed a gun which fire electric rounds which shocked the enemy. It can also be seen that Harper had a combination of a tether and a hook in her boot that allowed her to hang upside down from the ceiling and use it to be a tactical point to fire her gun.
After defeating Mother, Harper retired from vigilante work to focus on getting a college education (mostly to get her existing electrical engineering skills accredited), though she did keep her Bluebird uniform.. In addition to attending Gotham University, Harper volunteers at Leslie Thompkins's clinic and spends downtime with other members of the bat family.
- Electrical Engineering: Row has gained impressive experience with electronics having to fend for herself most of her life. Her skill is so great that she actually improved one of Batman's gadgets: the Batbox.
- Hand-to-Hand Combat (Basic)
- Bluebird Armour
- Bluebird Rifle: Fires electric rounds at enemies
- 74 Appearances of Harper Row (Prime Earth)
- 21 Images featuring Harper Row (Prime Earth)
- 6 Quotations by or about Harper Row (Prime Earth)
- Character Gallery: Harper Row (Prime Earth)
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