Real Name: Valerie Barnhardt

Identity/Class: Human technology user

Occupation: Government agent

Group Membership: Redeemers (Beetle, Charcoal, Citizen V, Fixer, Jolt, Scream, Smuggler)
former U.S. Air Force

Affiliations: Captain America (Rogers), Dr. Doom, Commission on Superhuman Activities, Rebel O'Reilly of Counter-Earth (Franklin), Scourge (Jack Monroe), S.H.I.E.L.D., Thunderbolts (Charcoal, Hawkeye, Jolt, Mach-II (Jenkins), Moonstone (Sofen), Songbird), V-Battalion

EnemiesDestructon, Graviton, Henry Peter Gyrich, Humus Sapien, Bucky (Rikki Barnes), Toro (the latter two of Counter-Earth (Franklin) )

Known Relatives: Donald Joshua Clendenon (Cardinal, father), Amelia Barnhardt (Sprocket, mother), Howard Clendenon (grandfather)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Mt. Charteris, Colorado
former Cliff's Edge, Virginia
former unknown Air Force base

First Appearance: Thunderbolts I#48 (March, 2001)

Powers/Abilities: Meteorite was a trained Air Force pilot with a really foul mouth. She used an experimental flight suit which emitted anti-graviton particles and a hard air force field. The hard air field was near-impregnable, invisible and surrounded her like an aura. By activating the suit's forward-thrust control of the hard air field she could use it like a battering ram.

Weaknesses: If the hard air force field had to stay closed she only had air for a few minutes.


(Thunderbolts I#67 (fb) - BTS) - Her mother never told Valerie who her father was. Valerie was in a military academy since she was six and went straight to the Air Force when she was 18.

(Thunderbolts I#55 (fb) - BTS) - A commanding officer tried to rape Valerie, but she wasn't an easy victim and fought back. The result of the fight was that the officer was paralyzed. The Air Force believed him more than her and Valerie was dismissed.

(Thunderbolts I#64/67 (fb) - BTS) - Hawkeye was responsible that Valerie became a candidate for the U.S. Government's Redeemers program.

(Thunderbolts I#55 (fb) - BTS) - Val was offered the chance to expunge her record by testing an experimental flight suit and joining the Redeemers and she took the offer.

(Thunderbolts I#48) - Valerie was introduced to Citizen V by Miles Warton. Citizen V welcomed her as Meteorite.

(Thunderbolts I#49) - Valerie participated as Meteorite in training at the CSA's superhuman training facility in Cliff's Edge, Virginia. She was nearly knocked out by Scream and her own attack against Beetle. In the end Smuggler took a chip from her which was the target in this training. Citizen V told her and the others that they would be ready as soon as their last member joined them. Later Fixer joined them as the last member before Citizen V gave them a mission briefing.

(Thunderbolts I#50 (fb) ) - Alongside the Redeemers she was sent to Washington D.C. by Roger Aubrey and Dr. Valerie Cooper to uncover Gyrich's conspiracy and find the Omega-32 chamber. The trouble for them began when Miles Warton, who was supposed to help them get into the CSA administrative office, didn't come back from dinner.

(Thunderbolts I#50) - The Redeemers managed (with Fixer's powers) to break into the administrative office where they were welcomed by the Destructon, which was defeated by them. But it was a trap because the room was filled with nano-probes that were inhaled by Meteorite and the others during the fight. Gyrich made his entrance when all Redeemers except Citizen V were controlled by the nano-probes. Gyrich sent Meteorite and her teammates against the Thunderbolts that also broke into the facility. Meteorite was knocked out by Moonstone during the fight. The two teams managed to stop Gyrich without her.

The Redeemers program was continued after this mission as a joint operation between SHIELD and the CSA. Meteorite went with them to their new HQ -- Mt. Charteris -- where they were introduced to their temporary field leader, Captain America.

(Thunderbolts I#51) - Meteorite trained with Captain America, Charcoal, Jolt, Smuggler, Scream and Beetle in Mt. Charteris. Captain America redirected her and she crashed into Beetle.

Meteorite was sent to Latveria with the Redeemers to rescue Dallas Riordan, but due to an electromagnetic impulse, their plane crashed into the Latverian woods where the team was attacked by Rebel O'Reilly. Meteorite helped the team fight him until Fixer and Captain America could defeat him. Rebel was hired by Doom, who asked the Redeemers to stop Bucky, Cap's former partner, and Toro, two terrorists from Earth Doom (Counter-Earth (Franklin) ) in exchange for Dallas Riordan.

(Thunderbolts I#52) - Meteorite fought alongside the Redeemers and Rebel O'Reilly against reprogrammed robot-drones of Dr. Doom. After the robots were defeated, she heard Rebel's story about Counter-Earth and then wanted to know from Cap if he taught Counter-Earth's Bucky how to become a terrorist, but Cap didn't even remember that Bucky. Later during a fight against Bucky and Toro, Meteorite saved Fixer from falling to his death. Bucky released the alleged gas against the Redeemers, but it was inert as Bucky would never kill innocent people. After she was gone, Meteorite and the rest of the team went to Doomstadt and waited for a U.N. helicopter to take them home.

(Thunderbolts I#53) - Meteorite joined the Redeemers to aid Charcoal against Imperial Army Troopers, but the fight was already over when the team arrived.

(Thunderbolts I#54) - Upon Citizen V's return to the program, Captain America told him about the progress of Valerie, that she was interested in completing the program and that she should be able to leave in a matter of weeks. While Cap and Citizen V talked about her, Val paused together with Leila Davis. Later Captain America said goodbye to each member of the team and he told Val that he hoped that her actions world redeem her for a single lapse of judgment. Later on, strange energy waves started to come from Mt. Charteris created by the reawakened Humus Sapien. Although Meteorite was in her suit, each wave that hit her made her feel weird.

(Thunderbolts I#55) - Meteorite saved Leila from a deadly fall after Leila's Beetle armor suddenly disappeared after another energy wave. Meteorite and the rest of the team were together when the main support braces of Mt. Charteris were destroyed by another wave from Humus Sapien. She waited with the others in the remains of the destroyed HQ. When she woke up again, Ogre and Fixer were already working on a solution to recapture Humus Sapien. She watched as Humus Sapien and Ogre left Earth and then Graviton appeared.

(Thunderbolts I#56) - Meteorite attempted to ram Graviton, but he just stopped her. When she asked him to let her go, he did as she wished and released her from Earth. When she left Earth's atmosphere she only had a few minutes of air supply inside her hard air sheath. Graviton watched her for a few seconds and then left her in space to suffocate.

(Thunderbolts I#67 (fb) - BTS) - Since joining the Air Force, Valerie had no contact to her mother. Meteorite was 21 when she died. After Meteorite's body was recovered, a DNA test was made which revealed that she was the daughter of the costumed criminal Cardinal.

(Thunderbolts I#64 - BTS) - Meteorite's father joined Crimson Cowl's Masters of Evil to get revenge on Hawkeye for his daughter's death.

Comments: Created by Fabian Nicieza (writer), Mark Bagley (pencils), Greg Adams, Mark McKenna & John Livesay (inks).

Profile by Markus Raymond.

Metorite has no known connection to:

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Thunderbolts I#49, p6, pan3 (main image)

#54, p5, pan1 (head shot)
#51, p17, pan4 (in action)

Thunderbolts I#48 (March, 2001) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Mark Bagley (pencils), Greg Adams, Mark McKenna & John Livesay (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Thunderbolts I#49 (April, 2001) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Patrick Zircher (pencils), Al Vey (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Thunderbolts I#50 (May, 2001) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Mark Bagley (pencils), Greg Adams, Al Vey & Scott Hanna (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Thunderbolts I#51-56 (June-November, 2001) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Patrick Zircher (pencils), Al Vey (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Thunderbolts I#64 (July, 2002) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Patrick Zircher (pencils), Al Vey (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Thunderbolts I#67 (September, 2002) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Patrick Zircher (pencils), Sandu Florea (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)

Last updated: 11/13/13

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