Geek 101: Speedy

October 30, 2009

Today, I’m giving you the down low on Green Arrow’s sidekick, Mia Dearden, the second Speedy.

Please note that I am only discussing the second character to go by the name Speedy, Mia Dearden. Roy Harper, the first, will more than likely be discussed in a later Geek 101.

Mia Dearden as Speedy (image from Comic Vine)

Mia Dearden first appeared in Green Arrow Vol. 3 #2. She was a teenage prostitute, who had run away from her abusive father. She was saved from one of her clients by Green Arrow, who in turn told her to go see Oliver Queen, the Green Arrow’s alter ego. Mia wasn’t fooled by Oliver’s ploy, and knew he was the Green Arrow. She then became his new ward.

Later on Ollie would stumble upon Mia’s crossbow and offered to train her in archery. She accepted and asked to become the Speedy. Oliver refused, not wanting the same things that happened to Roy to happen to her.

Then in 2004, it was revealed that she was HIV positive, a consequence of her years as a prostitute. After finding out she again asked Oliver to allow her to become the new Speedy. He relented, and Mia Dearden became the second Speedy.

Mia Dearden at Titans Tower (image from Comic Vine)

Shortly after becoming Speedy, Oliver decided that becoming a Titan would be good for her. To prove she was worthy, Cyborg had her fight with Tim Drake, the current Robin. Tim won the match, but Mia was accepted in the Titans any way, having proven her skills.After her first mission with the titans she revealed that she was HIV postive to the group.

Elise Gatien as Mia Dearden in Smallville (image from Comic Vine)

Like Roulette, she is a relatively new character and only has one appearence in other media. She will appear in episode 6 of the ninth season of Smallville, entitled Crossfire, which airs tonight on The CW. The character will also reappear in the tenth episode of the season, entitled Disciple, set to air sometime in January. She is being played by Canadian actress Elise Gatien.

The Basics

  • Real Name: Mia Dearden
  • First Appearence: Green Arrow Vol.3 #2 (May 2001)
  • Abusive Father
  • Former Child Prostitute
  • Speedy II
  • HIV postive
  • Member of the Teen Titans
  • Arsenal: Various Trick Arrows
  • Expert Martial Artist and Swordsman
  • Other Media: Smallville (2 episodes)

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