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Shoes, real name Lian Harper, is the daughter of Arsenal and Cheshire. Everyone thinks she's dead, but in fact she is alive and suffering from amnesia, living on the streets of Gotham. She is currently Catwoman's sidekick Cheshire Cat.
Years later, now known as "Shoes", she joined the Alleytown Strays, a group of street kids in Gotham's Alleytown area. They survived as thieves and muggers living in "The Nest", a building which had once been the headquarters of Mama Fortuna. One day she and her friends attempted to rob a wealthy woman who wandered into Alleytown. Shoes stole the woman's watch only to find that it was fake and in the process the woman had pickpocketed her Gamekid. Later that day back at The Nest, Catwoman arrived and announced that she had bought The Nest and intended to turn the Strays into a gang of thieves under her leadership. The Strays helped Catwoman to bring down the organised crime groups operating in Alleytown and become the "Queen" of Alleytown.
Shoes later became an amateur vigilante in Alleytown as Cheshire Cat wearing a homemade mask based on the one from her dream. Her first attempt at heroics went poorly as she was outnumbered and overpowered by her larger opponents. Catwoman arrived to save her and accepted her as a protégé. She accompanied Catwoman to Siddhart Roy's house to rescue Poison Ivy.
Siddhart Roy was working for Simon Saint, a wealthy businessman plotting to take over Gotham. The GCPD, supplemented by Saint's Magistrate forces, cracked down on Alleytown looking for Catwoman. They arrested the Strays and demanded they tell them everything they knew about her. Shoes told them they would never find Catwoman, recounting a story from Selina’s own days as a Stray when she memorised the entire network of service tunnels beneath the city, allowing her to move about undetected.
The Strays were released and retreated to Catwoman's secondary headquarters at an abandoned railway terminal. Shoes was sent out as Cheshire Cat to tap into the Magistrate's communications network, allowing the Strays to monitor the Magistrate's communications and talk to each other through undetected backchannels. While doing that she realised that the signal being sent by "Oracle" announcing that Batman was dead was in fact a trap designed to lure out the Batman Family. Catwoman tried to leave Alleytown and was intercepted by a squad of Magistrate soldiers, but Cheshire Cat arrived to help her fight them off and told her the signal was a fake.
Her father’s Black Lantern Ring informed him that she is alive, but his mind was taken over by Darkseid and he was drawn away to Earth Omega before he could look for her. He eventually returned and began searching for her.
Powers and Abilities
- Hand-to-Hand Combat (Basic): Shoes has received some training from Catwoman but is still inexperienced.
- Stick Fighting: She wields two batons as her primary weapons.
- Lian Harper was created by Marv Wolfman and Eduardo Barreto, first appearing in New Teen Titans (Volume 2) #23. However, in the Prime Earth continuity, Lian Harper first appeared as part of the New 52 DC Universe in Catwoman (Volume 5) #25 by Ram V and John Paul Leon.
- Although Shoes first appeared in Catwoman (Volume 5) #25, her identity as Lian Harper was not revealed until DC Festival of Heroes: The Asian Superhero Celebration #1. It was not revealed that Lian had existed in the history of the current DC Universe until Infinite Frontier Secret Files #2.
- There was no indication that Lian Harper existed in the post-Flashpoint universe prior to the Infinite Frontier event. It appears she was added to the history of Prime Earth following the "unknotting" of the timeline after the events of Dark Nights: Death Metal.
- Lian's hair is naturally black, but she dyes it blue. She also wears blue lipstick and nail polish.
- 17 Appearances of Lian Harper (Prime Earth)
- 4 Images featuring Lian Harper (Prime Earth)
- 1 Quotations by or about Lian Harper (Prime Earth)
- Character Gallery: Lian Harper (Prime Earth)