Carol Dallon is a member of New Wave.


Carol was a skilled lawyer.[3][4] She worked for the same firm as Alan Barnes, and the two were friends.[5] She promised herself that she would strike a balance between her two careers when she joined New Wave.

Carol had severe trust issues, stemming from her Trigger Event - she had grown to trust one of her kidnappers to an extent, and felt betrayed when he tried to execute her. Something about Marquis reminded her of him, perhaps the fact that she liked him on a level. He didn't fit with her view of the world - criminal, yet with a code.[5]

Carol felt she was only able to trust her daughter, Victoria, because she was hers - a part of her from the very beginning.[5] She was willing to believe Glory Girl's excuses about having difficulty holding back with her power.[3]

Amy Dallon, her adoptive daughter, felt - correctly[6] - that Carol never really wanted her.[5][7][6] After her husband received a head injury, she blamed her for not healing him.[6][5] Carol was constantly wary of Amy.


As Brandish, Carol wears a white costume with orange trim[8] and a crossed-blade symbol.[9]

Abilities and PowersEdit

Carol Dallon has the ability to create simple weapons and martial shields out of burning 'hard' light, or light augmented by concussive or kinetic force.[1] Further she can condense herself into a bouncing sphere of hard light, effectively invincible and untouchable at the cost of all mobility.[10]

She described her ball form as "condensed into a point, surrounded by a layered, spherical force field".[5] It could fly away whenever it was hit, or she could exercise some control over the direction.[11] She could choose what posture she was in when transitioning between forms, allowing her to more easily recover from falls.[5] It was orange-yellow in color.[11]

Brandish is martial combatant capable of delivering explosively powerful strikes or letting her weapons shear through flesh and bone without resistance, burning and cauterizing any wound. They could slash through Marquis' bone plates[5] and could even shea through steel.[1] The weapons "looked as though they were made from lightning."[12] They could be a sword,[5] a pair of swords,[11] a crude bludgeon,[5] or a pair of axes, among other things.[12]



Carol triggered while kidnapped, about to be executed by her captors, feeling betrayed that the captor who had fed them, whom she had liked, tried to kill her. She killed him with her power.[6] Either she or Lady Photon had a shard, which then budded to the other.[13]

She tried for a normal life and began a career as a Criminal lawyer.[1]

She joined the Brockton Bay Brigade during a period when there were few heroes in Brockton Bay, without the Unwritten Rules. There she met her husband, Mark Dallon. They joined New Wave when it was founded.[6][5][14]

She was persuaded to adopt Panacea when they found her in Marquis' lair, out of worries that another group might seek to use her for whatever powers she developed.[5] She accepted in the end because she had a job, while her sister already had two children.[6]

With the change over from the Brigade to new wave and subsequent tragedies Carol effectively forced to act as manager for the team; handling legal affairs, public relations, and media contacts.[1]

Story StartEdit

When the E88's identities were revealed Brandish and Flashbang confronted Krieg and his subordinates with new wave.

Carol fought Leviathan alongside the rest of New Wave.


Following the deaths of much of New Wave and her husband's head injury, Carol considered disbanding New Wave. She received a letter from Dragon warning her that Marquis believed his daughter was in danger.[6]

Post-Slaughterhouse NineEdit

Lost both of her daughters

Golden Morning Edit

Got both of her daughters back; she saw them for only a short time.


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