The second Captain Triumph was an inhabitant of Bludhaven
when the Secret Society of Super-Villains
on the city, nearly destroying it. The resulting nuclear fallout triggered the meta-gene in many of its surviving inhabitants. Most of these inhabitants were taken by a branch of the U.S. Government named S.H.A.D.E.
, and further experimented upon. S.H.A.D.E. developed their abilities, while layering in mind control to keep them loyal to S.H.A.D.E. These super-powered individuals would become S.H.A.D.E. operatives, assigned with keeping America safe, no matter the cost. Captain Triumph was one of these agents, assigned to a team known as the Crusaders
, which reported directly to S.H.A.D.E. Director Robbins.
Over the course of their two Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters
maxi-series, writers Jimmy Palmiotti
and Justin Gray
continued to mine the history of both the Quality Comics
properties and the silver age Freedom Fighters
series for allies and enemies for their relaunched Freedom Fighters
. The two revamped longtime Quality Comics hero Captain Triumph
, changing her gender and modernizing the character for the modern world. Her new design was created by artist Renato Arlem
. Her team, the Crusaders, was based off a super-team that fought the original Freedom Fighters in the pages of Freedom Fighters #7-9. Captain Triumph was designed as a one-plot heroine, and only time will tell if she is seen again. Note:
To date, there has been no revealed connection between this Captain Triumph and the original Captain Triumph, Lance Gallant.
Key Story Arcs
With the Freedom Fighters
Captain Triumph and her Crusader teammates, at the order of Director Robbins
, began a smear campaign against the Freedom Fighters and other super-heroes, like Superman
, the Amazons
, and the Green Lanterns
. She saved civilians, while also appearing on talk shows berating the other heroes for getting too caught up in fighting villains instead of making life better.
When Freedom Fighter member Red Bee
escaped Robbins’ captivity and came hunting for him, Robbins called in the Crusaders. Unfortunately, Robbins did not know that the Red bee had been infested by an alien bee hive. The Freedom Fighters came to help rescue the Red Bee, but she turned on both the Freedom Fighters and the Crusaders. She killed Director Robbins, and used her new pheromone abilities to take both teams as her slaves.
Eventually, though, the heroes broke free of the Red Bee’s mind control. The two teams fought the Red Bee, with Captain Triumph’s teammate Citizen X
dying in the fight. With the appearance of the original Ray
, the heroes were able to purge the infestation from the Red Bee’s mind. Then, the Crusaders and the Freedom Fighters traveled to the alien hive, where they wiped out the queen and stopped her invasion of Earth, but not before the death of Crusader Libertine
The heroes returned to Earth, with the Freedom Fighters disbanding. The two remaining Crusaders, Captain Triumph and Magno
, continue to operate as a crime-fighting duo.
Powers and Abilities
The second Captain Triumph has the ability to fly at great speeds. She has super-human strength and speed, and has shown great maneuverability while in flight.