I've been following the Aquaman series over the past year and will be sorry when Rick Veitch's run on the series comes to an end. I really like the Thirst--he's a great campy villain and Veitch has managed to convey the character of his voice through dialogue. I could see John Hurt in the role of the Thirst quite easily.
I know Bloggity-Blog-Blog-Blog does not like some of the artwork currently being done on Aquaman, but I've been quite taken with the representations of the Valkyrie women, Brynhilde and Grymhilde. In the picture shown here--Brynhilde is the brunette, Grymhilde is the blonde--you can see them in all their burly, girly glory. Aquaman runs into them because he is trying to save the River Goddesses from being destroyed by the evil Thirst. The Valkyries (there are many of them actually) are in charge of protecting one of the River Sisters and join Aquaman in his mission.
Veitch has Brynhilde and Grymhilde speak in a typical fantasy-world Olde Englyshe dialect, but with some original variations. For example, in the latest issue, one threatens, "We'll carve the vulgarian a new haunch," which I eventually translated into "We're going to tear him a new asshole." All of the Valkyries are very enthusiastic about fighting, especially if there is a "worthy opponent."
I tried to imagine an archetypal family for these two, with related figures such as Red Sonja, Princess Leia (mostly a hair connection), and the Xena of Season Six's "Rhiengold Trilogy." I'm sure others could come up with many more examples of women in this mold.
Consider, if you will, Grymhilde's headgear. Actually, just consider the name "Grymhilde" for a second. Isn't that great? I adore Grymhilde's headgear in the close-up illustration shown here. I wish her "hat" was available in stores because I would buy it right now if it were. I think it could work in an urban setting. It's aggressive yet also playful, with perhaps a sly visual reference to the Flintstones, if I'm not mistaken.