Ann Darrow O'Brien

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Ann Darrow O'Brien is a comic book superheroine created by American comic book artist Art Adams. Along with Axwell Tiberius, she is one of the two primary characters in Adams' Dark Horse Comics series Monkeyman and O'Brien.


Ann Darrow O'Brien is the daughter of eminent scientist and explorer, Professor William S. O'Brien. Missing for two years, Professor O'Brien left his daughter Ann and her assistant Akiko Oki living in his palatial Bay Area estate. To the surprise of many, the young Ann had been keeping the estate solvent. Ann's amoral half-sister Oniko (who left the family 15 years earlier to join a mysterious criminal enterprise) and her two henchmen invade the estate to take it over. The sisters have a brawl in an unused dimensional transportation chamber, and Ann accidentally hits a button that kicks off a "life form retrieval beam." The chamber explodes as it summons the giant, simian genius Axewell Tiberius, who's combating an unknown, ape-like enemy. The henchmen escape with Oniko and the still-living head of Tiberius' enemy, while Ann and Akiko befriend Tiberius and give him a place in the estate's library.

O'Brien discovers that the blast in the chamber had released mysterious radiation that affects both her and Oniko. Immediately after the explosion, her eyes turn orange—the same color as Tiberius's. The next night, she needs almost no sleep to feel refreshed. The next day she finds that her sneakers no longer fit her feet: "I was growing faster than a teenager!" She performs better and better at physical tasks, lifting tons of free weights and at one point making a 60-mile run in 30 minutes without much effort. She frets a little about the ongoing growth spurts (wasting plenty of money on clothes that become too small in 24 hours) but finally settles in at seven feet tall and 250 pounds.

Her new strength, size, and knowledge (from working alongside Tiberius) transform O'Brien from an estate manager to a renowned and fearless adventurer. She joins Tiberius in a series of 1960s-inspired adventures, only a few of which are delineated in the comics. (Author/artist Adams makes references to more adventures, like the Shrieking Bin-Yak, which are never seen by the readers.) Her eventual goal: Help Tiberius find a way to his homeworld dimension.

Powers & Abilities

O'Brien has superhuman strength, superhuman speed, superhuman durability, superhuman agility, superhuman stamina, invulnerability, and the ability to heal quickly from injury. Her strength increases when she gets very angry. In a crossover with Gen 13, she was able to defeat an evil version of Caitlin Fairchild with some ease - she had to hold back some of her strength so as not to kill her. In Monkeyman and O'Brien #3 she is bitten by the Shrewmanoid, bleeds and then heals within seconds.

Comics[edit | edit source]

Dark Horse Presents (Volume 1)[edit | edit source]

Issue #80

Released date: December, 1993

Monkeyman and O'Brien TPB[edit | edit source]

Collects the Monkeyman and O'Brien backup stories from Hellboy: Seed of Destruction #1-4, and the Monkeyman and O'Brien limited series #1-3.

Released date: June 1, 1997

Gen 13/Monkeyman and O'Brien[edit | edit source]

Issue #1

Released date: June 1, 1998

Issue #2

Released date: August 1, 1998

Dark Horse Extra[edit | edit source]

Issue #2

Released date: August, 1998

CBLDF Fund Presents Liberty Comics[edit | edit source]

Issue #1

Released date: 2008

Sketches by comic creator Arthur ("Art") Adams[edit | edit source]