Carin Taylor was the younger sister of Cassandra Lane (the woman who would later become known as Ballistic). As a child, she loved to play baseball and run around with her sister and father. But her father eventually left her mother, and Carin was often beaten by her alcoholic stepfather. One night when their stepfather was beating their mother, Carin ran from the house at superhuman speed to the nearest police car for help -- the first manifestation of her super-powers. She then raced back to the house only to find that her sister Cassandra had inadvertently killed their stepfather by throwing a comb through his heart. Carin was sent to an orphanage.
Velocity was created in 1992 by writer Eric Silvestri and artist Marc Silvestri as a member of their cybernetic super-team Cyber Force -- one of the first titles published by Image -- and first appeared in Cyber Force #1.
Major Story Arcs
Many years later Carin was chosen by Mother-May-I to be a S.H.O.C. (Special Hazardous Operation Cyborg) for Cyberdata, an evil organization founded by Emil Zadrok. Carin was brainwashed and trained in combat and use of her superpower. At about age 16 she managed to escape from Cyberdata , only to be hunted down by S.H.O.C.'s under the command of her sister, now known as Ballistic. She escaped with help from Cyberforce.
As a member of Cyberforce, Carin fought against Cyberdata until it collapsed. With every new fight she gained more and more self-confidence and became a full member of the team.
After Cyberdata's downfall Cyberforce split off, but not because of losing their arch-enemy. They had to search for a cure for the members of the team because they all were infected by the so-called Doomsday Virus, which was created by Cyberdata to kill Cyberforce.
Velocity and Ripclaw headed to Antarctica without the others, because Cyblade and Stryker were too ill. Why Antarctica? Because it all started there, over hundred years ago, as Emil Zadrok explored the Antarctic. What Emil found was an extraterrestrial living machine, which was waiting for a master. His mind was corrupted by the incredible power and he founded Cyberdata.
Betrayed and attacked by the ship's crew, which brought them to Antarctica, Velocity and Ripclaw found themselves in a life-or-death struggle. The two heroes killed them all, but Ripclaw died from his wounds and the Doomsday virus. Now alone, Velocity stayed in the cavern besides the living machine which invaded her dreams. While there she learned that she, Cyberforce and other mutants are only "copies" (or clones) from aliens, which crashed million years ago with their spaceship on Earth. She found "herself" and others in protecting shells. The machine cured her and then she left Antarctica. This is how she lost her facial tattoo.
After her departure the living machine resurrected Ripclaw but made a mistake. The man known called Ripclaw was no more... Now only a monster remained. This monster searched for the ultimate power and was only stopped, but not killed, by Cyberforce and the JLA. After that, the "real" Ripclaw (newly "made" by the living machine) appeared and rescued Velocity, Ballistic and Cyblade by killing the monster definitively. After that they decided to stay together as a team. With Impact and the resurrected Heatwave they fought against an extraterrestrial invasion. Impact died saving Cyberforce and the Earth. Now, they have their base of operations under Mikquit Island which is located somewhere off the east coast of the United States.
Some time after this incident, the Angelus force claimed Carin as a host. She was driven out by one of Cyblade's energy blades. Carin did not remember the incident, but did recall something bad was about to happen.
In a seemingly accidental turn of events, Hunter-Killer's are dispatched to Cyberforce's new HQ and tasked to kill. Ellis learns of this and realizing what is going on, manages to convince his former teammates that the Cyberforce members are Mutants, not Ultra-Sapiens and that they have been tricked by Morningstar. The two groups divide up and try to thwart Morningstar's plan. Unfortunately Ellis miscalculated and found out too late that Morningstar was infecting millions of people through their JETTs (Cyberdata designed personal earpiece telephones) and making them Ultra-sapiens. Cyberdata would then deploy S.H.O.C.s to deal with the problem and both Morningstar & Cyberdata would emerge heroes to the general public that were completely unaware of this nefarious scheme.
Carin herself had bought a JETT and while she was unconscious, Morningstar replaced it and she too became an ultra-sapien that attacked her friends & teammates. Ellis managed to dampen the genes affecting her while Damper and Argent jammed the viral broadcast by plugging Damper into the network, thus sending his Ultra Sapien powers out through the JETTs, effectively subsuming the newly gained powers of those affected. Ellis joins Cyberforce to stay close to Carin and ensure that she does not regress into the hostile entity again while Heatwave takes his place on the Hunter-Killer team to keep an eye on them.
Powers and Abilities
Velocity has been outfitted cybernetic implants allowing her to move at superhuman speed, easily exceeding 10,000 mph (but she doesn't know how her body would handle it so she hasn't pushed herself to her limits). Her other senses match up with her speed so she can see and react to the speed at which she moves. Her white skin prevents her from burning up from the enormous friction heat caused by her fast movement.