American Dream (comics)
Artwork by Ron Frenz & Brett Breeding
|First appearance||A-Next #4 (1999)|
|Created by||Tom DeFalco
|Alter ego||Shannon Carter|
|Abilities||Olympic level athlete
Skilled martial artist
Peak physical condition
Carries an indestructible shield
Use of disc weapons
American Dream (Shannon Carter) is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character has been featured in Marvel Comics MC2 series A-Next. Her costume is very similar to that of Captain America. Her initial weapons are throwing disks like Ricochet's, but later obtains Captain America's shield. She appeared as a civilian in A-Next #1, and was named as "Shannon" in A-Next #3; it was not until A-Next #4 that she appeared in costume, as a prospective team member.
Fictional character biography
The niece of S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Sharon Carter, Shannon Carter grew up idolizing Captain America. She was hired by Edwin Jarvis as a tour guide for the Avengers Headquarters, at that time functioning only as a museum. When the new Avengers team was formed, she was determined to join. She wears a costume based on Captain America's and carries on her arms disc weapons resembling miniature versions of his shield. Her strength and agility are honed by intensive physical training. After joining the team as the American Dream, Shannon soon proved herself to be an effective Avenger, and when the team saved the original Avengers from a dark parallel world, Captain America himself judged her worthy to wield the shield of the alternate Captain. She also proved to be an important character in defeating Galactus in the Last Planet Standing limited series. She along with Stinger and Spider-Girl took down Galactus from the inside. They survived the imminent explosion by shrinking to microscopic size.
Carter is the leader of the "Dream Team," consisting of herself, Bluestreak, Crimson Curse and Freebooter. All members of the Dream Team became members of the new Avengers team in A-Next #4. American Dream is also an ally of Spider-Girl, Earth Sentry, Blacklight, Coal Tiger, Argo and Captain America.
American Dream has fought against the Sons of the Serpent, Seth, the Revengers, Fatal Force and Loki. When Superia launched a cross-temporal attack to eliminate Steve Rogers' post-war career as Captain America and take his place herself, American Dream was one of five heirs to Rogers' legacy that were assembled by the Contemplator to thwart her plans, the others being Rogers early in his career, John Walker shortly after his own time as Cap, Bucky during his time as Captain America, and Commander A from the twenty-fifth century.
Powers and abilities
Although a non-powered human, American Dream is in peak physical condition and is a skilled martial artist and an Olympic level athlete. She has disc weapons similar to Ricochet's and has a superb aim. She now also carries a version of Captain America's shield, which she uses both defensively and offensively to great effect. Her fighting skills are matched by her leadership ability.
In other media
The first issue of the mini-series sold out.
- "Marvel Database entry for Shannon Carter". En.marveldatabase.com. 2010-10-04. Retrieved 2011-01-12.
- A-Next #4
- A-Next #11
- A-Next #4 and #9
- A-Next #12
- Last Hero Standing
- American Dream #1 Sells Out! We've Got A Preview for #2!, Comics Bulletin, May 16, 2008
- American Dream #2 review at Major Spoilers
- American Dream #1 review at Major Spoilers
- Review of American Dream #1, Comics Bulletin