You may have noticed that I have a rather unhealthy obsession with citing my favorite books, movies, TV shows, etc. in Error Corrector. It’s something I can’t help. When I see or hear a particular scene, name, or plot point, my mind automatically tries to connect it to my own stories. Harlene’s mentor is a perfect example.
Claire Selton is the name of a largely unknown villain in Superman. She does appear in Justice League a few times, but her character was truly explored in only one episode in Superman: The Animated Series. She is a young woman with pyrokinetic abilities. When she was a teenager, she was whisked away by government agents who codenamed her Volcana and tried to turn her into a living weapon. Anyone who has read Steven King’s Firestarter will instantly make the connection. But Claire escaped and turned to stealing in order to survive.
I was fascinated by Volcana, and deeply regretted that she didn’t make anymore meaningful appearances in Superman. I believe her character should have been explored more, and that’s why I named Harlene’s mentor after her. Granted their personalities are quite different (Volcana is flirtatious and passionate while Claire is more cool and controlled), but their appearances are nearly similar. Here’s a picture to give you an idea of what Claire looks like.