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Origin

As a young woman growing up in Wisconsin, Ashley Crawford discovered her mutant ability to completely control the distribution of her body's adipose tissue. Using this power, Ashley crafted the perfect physique and became an internationally famous supermodel.[2][3] For a time, Ashley was the highest paid fashion model in the country, appearing one cover of multiple magazines.[4] However, yearning for more Ashley responded to an ad in a local newspaper calling for men and women of action. Donning the persona of Big Bertha, Ashley Crawford joined Mr. Immortal's Great Lakes Avengers.[5][4]

Ashley Crawford (Earth-616) from Deadpool GLI - Summer Fun Spectacular Vol 1 1 001

Ashley Crawford, the internationally famous supermodel

Great Lakes Avengers

As Big Bertha, Ashley enjoyed her being a superhero despite often being greeted with revulsion based on her appearance.[5][2] Initially, the GLA used Ashley penthouse as their headquarters[4] and her private jet as their transportation.[6]

Ashley continued to work as a model with Mirror Modeling to continue to fund the GLA.[4][2] Unfortunately, this also meant that she was largely absent from spending time with her GLA friends. Ashley was further pulled between her two worlds by repeated offers to move away from Milwaukee to pursue her career in locations such as New York City, London, Paris, Milan, or Rome.[7] Ashley eventually decide to enjoy her life as it is instead of feeling like she was spread too thin.[2]

Big Bertha continued to engage in superhero works with her friends and teammates including defeating both Dr. Tannenbaum's Giant Robot Snowman[2] and Evil Living Christmas Trees,[8] battling Thunderbolts,[9] and facing off against A.I.M..[10]

Along with her teammates, Big Bertha registered under the Superhuman Registration Act and became part of the Wisconsin branch of the Initiative.[11][12][13][10][14] Sher and her teammates helped other heroes to stop the Skrull invasion of Earth including fighting their newest teammate, the Grasshopper, who was a Skrull impostor.[13]

Deadpool's Revenge Squad

She was later recruited to a group composed of Weasle, Taskmaster, Blind Al, Sluggo, and Macho Gomez to kill Deadpool. They all shot him with guns, but failed to kill him.[15]

Posteriorly, Big Bertha decided to restart her modelling career as a plus-size and she and Mr. I got engaged, but, due to Craig's drunkenness it didn't even last 24 hours. This series of unfortunate events eventually led to the team's segregation.[16]

The GLA in Detroit

Sometime later, when Flatman got the Avengers' legal representative Connie Ferrari to reinstate the Great Lake Avengers as a permanent and official addition to the Avengers, Big Bertha was the only former member of the team together with Doorman who answered his call to bring the team together. Unknown to them Craig's phone was now in possession of a local girl named Pansy. Unwilling to "assume things," Pansy showed up at the rendezvous point, an abandoned Stark Assembly and Manufacturing plant the Avengers had set up as the GLA new headquarters in Detroit, Michigan, and waited for the Great Lakes Avengers. Once they arrived, Pansy cleared up the confussion caused by her presence and showed the team around the facilities.[1]

The team's problems began when they had the tremendous idea of going to a local bar in the middle of the night and try to convince them to turn the music volume down. The owner Nein Rouge instead refuses and begins to insult them. Upon getting arrested after a fight, Flatman and Bertha are left in jail with a young girl named Goodness Silva, who can turn into a wolf. There are some complications, but everything turns out fine as they're all later released thanks to Connie Ferrari, the legal representative of the Avengers.[17]

After this misadventure, the team is served with an injunction, forbidding them of performing any superhero activity. After receiving the news, Pansy, who's now the team's misfit secretary, warns them someone's looking for them. It's then revealed Mr. Immortal has return and he goes on patrol with Flatman, while Bertha, Doorman and Goodness, now going by the name Good Boy, go to Nain Rogue's bar, where they find Nein Rouge is, in fact, councilman Dick Snerd.[18]

After their patrol, Flatman and Mr. Immortal returned to the HQ and discovered Bertha and Good Boy took Dick Snerd hostage. When Connie arrives to help the team with the injunction, they pretend everything's normal and attempt to keep Snerd's abduction a secret, but Flatman gets really nervous and Connie quickly finds out. After seeing that Good Boy almost killed Snerd, the team drops him off at the hospital and escapes.[16]

Powers

Ashley Crawford (Earth-616) from G.L.A. Vol 1 3 001

Big Bertha rescuing children

Big Bertha was born a mutant with the ability to alter the physical size and mass of her body including:

  • Body Transformation: Big Bertha can add hundreds of pounds of super-bulk to her frame increasing her mass, girth, and height. In both her larger and smaller forms, Big Bertha is able to completely control the distribution of adipose tissue, giving her complete control over her figure. The source of this additional size isn't known, but it is presumably extra-dimensional. To decrease her size, Big Bertha must induce vomiting to expel the excess mass.[2][19][3] See Conservation of energy for details.
    • Superhuman Strength: With her additional super-bulk mass, Big Bertha's physical muscular and skeletal strength is increased to superhuman levels. At her peak, she is able to lift 50 tons.[3]
      • Superhuman Leaping: Her great strength also extends into her legs, allowing her to leap great distances and heights.[4][19]
    • Superhuman Durability: The additional super-bulk mass also enhances the density and durability of her body tissues making her much more resistant to conventional injury than those of a normal human. She can withstand high caliber bullets, exposure to temperature extremes, falls from great heights, and high-velocity impact forces without sustaining injury.[4][19]

Abilities

Big Bertha possess the attributes of a well-conditioned athlete regardless of her transformation state.[19] She's additionally a formidable unarmed combatant trained by Hawkeye and Mockingbird,[20][21][3] and a skilled pilot of conventional jet aircraft.[6][3] She's also a proeficient card player.[3]

Weaknesses

Baseline Stamina: Big Bertha's physical stamina isn't heightened along with her strength and durability. While she retains the stamina of a well-conditioned athlete, she will begin to tire rapidly with her additional mass.[19]


Equipment

Transportation

Bumper Buggy from Deadpool GLI - Summer Fun Spectacular Vol 1 1

Big Bertha's Bumper Buggy

  • Ashley's modeling career provides the funding for the Great Lakes team.
  • Deadpool is attracted to Ashley, but only in her larger form. This may simple be him fetishizing her.[10]

Discover and Discuss

Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 Great Lakes Avengers Vol 2 #1
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 G.L.A. #3
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Deadpool Corps: Rank and Foul #1
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 West Coast Avengers Vol 2 #46
  5. 5.0 5.1 G.L.A. #1
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Avengers: West Coast #49
  7. G.L.A. #2-#3
  8. 8.0 8.1 Great Lakes Avengers Special #1
  9. Thunderbolts #15-#17
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Deadpool GLI - Summer Fun Spectacular #1
  11. Cable & Deadpool #30
  12. Civil War Battle Damage Report #1
  13. 13.0 13.1 Avengers: The Initiative #19
  14. Civil War: The Initiative #1
  15. Deadpool Vol 2 #36
  16. 16.0 16.1 Great Lakes Avengers Vol 2 #4
  17. Great Lakes Avengers Vol 2 #2
  18. Great Lakes Avengers Vol 2 #3
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 19.4 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Master Edition #3
  20. Avengers #309
  21. Avengers: West Coast Annual #6
  22. G.L.A. #4
  23. Avengers Annual #19
  24. G.L.A. #1-#4
  25. Deadpool Corps: Rank and Foul #1
  26. Deadpool Corps: Rank and Foul #1



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