Free Spirit (comics)

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Free Spirit
Captain America #431 featuring Free Spirit,
artist Dave Hoover
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Captain America vol. 1 #431 (September 1994)
Created by Mark Gruenwald (writer)
Dave Hoover (artist)
In-story information
Alter ego Cathy Webster
Notable aliases Coachwhip
Abilities Peak human strength, stamina and physical resistance

Free Spirit is a fictional character in the Marvel Comics universe. She first appeared in Captain America vol. 1 #431 (September 1994), she was created by Mark Gruenwald and Dave Hoover.

Fictional character biography[edit]

As a graduate student Cathy Webster participates in an unsanctioned psychology experiment involving subliminal recordings. She is subliminally programmed to hate all men, and her body is subjected to "mutagenic radiation". The radiation enhances her body to peak human conditioning similar to Captain America. Cathy eventually overcomes her brainwashing and discovers the woman in charge of the experiment, a criminal scientist named Superia.[volume & issue needed] She also crosses paths with the criminal Baron Zemo and the morally ambiguous Diamondback.[volume & issue needed] Captain America takes Cathy and another hero, Jack Flag under his wing and trains them both.[volume & issue needed] The duo also inherits Captain America's network of computer operatives called the "Captain America Hotline" when he temporarily loses his powers due to the breakdown of the Super Soldier Serum in his bloodstream.[volume & issue needed]

The Initiative[edit]

Cathy is being considered as a "potential recruit" for the Initiative program, according to Civil War: Battle Damage Report.[1]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Like Captain America, Cathy has been augmented to peak human conditioning. She has reached a high level of martial prowess, including basic acrobatics and street fighting techniques, from training sessions with Captain America and Jack Flag.


  1. ^ Anthony Flamini & Ronald Byrd (w), Scott Kolins (p), Scott Kolins (i). Civil War: Battle Damage Report 1 (March 2007), Marvel Comics

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