It’s inevitable that after more than four hours of film, someone new from DC Comics will pop up in Zack Snyder’s version of Justice League, but while most of the characters who pop up here have also appeared elsewhere before, there are two major debuts. The first is an obscure reference to the golden age of comics: The poor waitress who helps Cyborg with an online banking intervention that points to a strange and dangerous inflation policy is named Linda Reed. As Amanda Maude, Reed is just a poor single mom struggling to make ends meet, while in the comics she’s a handsomely dressed acrobatic stuntwoman named Archer Girl. Let’s look at it together.

Linda Reed was born in Minnesota, a version of Earth-2. She grew up with her twin sister Ramona, and they were raised by their father… who ended up in prison for embezzlement. To make a fresh start, the two sisters moved to California, to Hollywood, where Ramona became a movie star and Linda a professional archer, winning several championships. Meanwhile, Ramona’s new boss, director Jack Swain, is trying to hire Green Arrow for a new movie produced by Paragon Films. As expected, the hero refuses, and Ramona, seeing the director’s disappointment as a great opportunity for her career, announces that she is an even better archer than Green Arrow himself. When Swain agreed to let her star in his new movie, Ramona came to Linda and asked her to be the unofficial stuntwoman: Linda was good enough with a bow and arrow to be the archer Swayne Girl wanted, while Ramona would take care of the acting, since they looked so much alike that no one could tell them apart. When Ramona pleaded with her, Linda finally agreed and took her place for the action scenes, impressing the director, the production and even a local gangster, Big Bill Larson, an old acquaintance of Reed’s father.

Larson was so impressed with the archer’s skills that he approached her after work and offered her a place in his gang where he could use his breaking and entering skills. Linda of course refuses, but when Larson tells her that he knows about her father’s imprisonment and is ready to go public to ruin him (or rather Ramona’s career), she finally gives in and accompanies him to the bank he’s about to rob. Once there, however, the gang is interrupted by the intervention of Green Arrow and Speedy, who were investigating Archer Girl and found out about the two sisters’ little ruse. Because Linda’s only crime was failure, she was not charged and was free. When Jack Swain discovered that he had been working with Linda Reed instead of Ramona for a few days, he offered her a contract instead of his sister, but she refused: She wasn’t interested in the movies, but after seeing Green Arrow use his archery for good, she was inspired to do something better with his skills. She kept training, and when she thought she was ready, she followed Speedy again, just in time to become embroiled in the conflict between the Teen Titans and the Doom Patrol, organized by General Zod and Jax-Ur of the Phantom Zone.

Linda Reed is a determined and disciplined woman, strong and principled….. but willing to do anything, even violate her moral code, for the people she loves, especially her twin sister. She is an archer, a very talented acrobat, athlete and gymnast, and possesses remarkable archery skills, enough to be praised by the world’s greatest archer, Green Arrow. Young Archer follows her sister’s ambition and goes from reluctant movie star to makeshift burglar and finally, suddenly inspired by heroin, to a rather strange career for a girl who only wants to help her family.

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