Lady Liberty (comics)

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Lady Liberty
Battle for Bludhaven 1 coverart.jpg
Lady Liberty (left) in promotional art for Infinite Crisis Aftermath: The Battle for Blüdhaven #1 (Early June 2006) cover, by Daniel Acuña.
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance (Force of July)
Batman and The Outsiders Annual #1 (1984)
(Freedom's Ring)
Crisis Aftermath: The Battle for Blüdhaven #1 (June 2006)
(S.H.A.D.E.)
Crisis Aftermath: The Battle for Blüdhaven #2 and
Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters #4
Created by (Force of July)
Mike W. Barr (script)
In-story information
Alter ego (Force of July)
Unrevealed
(Freedom's Ring)
Unrevealed
(S.H.A.D.E.)
Both unrevealed
Team affiliations Force of July
Freedom's Ring
S.H.A.D.E.
Suicide Squad
Abilities Torch that project energy beams

Lady Liberty is the code-name assigned to four fictional characters in the DC Comics Universe.

Fictional character biographies[edit]

First[edit]

Lady Liberty is a member of the Force of July, a government sponsored superhero team. She first appeared in Batman and the Outsiders Annual #1 (1984). Her costume consists of robes and a crown based on the Statue of Liberty, and she speaks with a French accent. Although not explored fully, it is alluded to in comics that she is romantically involved with Major Victory (William Vickers). Her real identity is never revealed.

She appears in the Outsiders 1987 special, fighting off a combined Outsiders/Infinity Inc. infiltration of the Force's California headquarters. Her team is initially successful, subduing and capturing all of the heroes.

Lady Liberty appears again during the Janus Directive, crossover event among multiple series. The Suicide Squad is manipulated into attacking the group and Liberty suffers the death of two of her allies, Mayflower and Sparkler. This was because Amanda Waller, the head of the Squad, had to keep up the hoax that she had been replaced by a double hostile to American interests.[1] Nevertheless, the rest of the Force joins in on an attack against Kobra, the driving force behind the Directive. During the mission, her ally, Silent Majority perishes. Liberty sacrifices herself to destroy Kobra's capability to kill millions.[2]

Second[edit]

In Crisis Aftermath: The Battle for Blüdhaven #1 (June 2006), a new Lady Liberty appears with a new Silent Majority and Major Victory. They call themselves Freedom's Ring and are employed by the government to defend Blüdhaven from any trespassing metahumans. This Lady Liberty is killed by Nuclear Legion member Geiger in the following issue.[3]

Third[edit]

When S.H.A.D.E. takes control of Freedom's Ring, the Lady Liberty equipment is passed to an unnamed agent who takes up the role. Two issues later she is stabbed through the chest by Ravager and dies. Silent Majority also dies in this conflict.[4]

Fourth[edit]

Another S.H.A.D.E. agent appears as Lady Liberty in the pages of Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters #4. As her powers stem from her costume, she is stripped of her robes and left, naked and devoid of powers, on a naturist beach by the Ray (Stan Silver). Apparently she rejoins S.H.A.D.E. with new equipment, still fighting against the Freedom Fighters team.

Powers and abilities[edit]

All the Lady Liberties carry a torch that allows them to fire energy beams. The first Lady Liberty had latent psychic powers that were focused by the torch; all the other Lady Liberties rely solely on their torch to fire the energy beams.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Suicide Squad #27, (May 1989)
  2. ^ Suicide Squad Vol. 1 #30 (late June 1989)
  3. ^ Crisis Aftermath: The Battle for Blüdhaven #2 (2006)
  4. ^ Crisis Aftermath: The Battle for Blüdhaven #4 (2006)