THE LIBERTEENS

Membership: 2-D (Darell), Blue Eagle, Hope, Iceberg (Jack), Ms. America;
formerly
the Revolutionary (secretly a Skrull infiltrator), Whiz Kid

Purpose: To protect Pennsylvania

Aliases: None

Affiliations: 3-D Man (Delroy Garrett, Jr.), Action Pack (Frog-Man/Eugene Patilio, Prima Donna, Vox), Batwing (Jimmy Santini), Butterball (Emery Schaub), the Cavalry (Red Nine/Wallace Jackson, Stunt-Master/Steve Brooks, Ultragirl/Suzy Sherman), Debrii (Deborah Fields), Desert Stars (Johnny Cool, Komodo/Melati Kusuma, Supermax, Two-Gun Kid/Matt Hawk), Enchantress, Firestar (Angelica Jones), Geiger (Delilah Deerborn), Gravity (Greg Willis), the Heavy Hitters (Hardball/Roger Brokeridge, Nonstop, Telemetry), Jocasta, Melee, the Order (Anthem/Henry Hellrung, Aralune/Becky Ryan, Calamity/James Wa, Supernaut/Milo Fields, Veda/Maggie Neuntauben), Point Men (Devil-Slayer/Eric Payne, Paydirt, Star Sign), Prodigy (Ritchie Gillmore), Rage (Elvin Halliday), Scarlet Spider (Michael), the Skrull Kill Krew (Riot, Ryder), Slapstick (Steve Harmon), Think Tank;
formerly Thor Girl (Tarene)

Enemies: Cloud 9 (Abby Boylen), Skrulls (the Revolutionary, others), Thor Girl (Tarene), ULTIMATUM (Flag-Smasher/Guy Thierrault, others)

Base of Operations: Formerly Liberty's Lair, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

First Appearance: Avengers: The Initiative I Annual#1 (January, 2008)





History: (Avengers: The Initiative I Annual#1/4 (fb) - BTS) - Inspired by the World War II-era Liberty Legion, the Liberteens became Pennsylvania's Fifty-State Initiative team and quickly got up and running.

(Avengers: The Initiative I Annual#1/4 (fb)) - When a new Flag-Smasher and a group of ULTIMATUM agents attacked the Liberty Bell landmark in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Liberteens arrived to stop the terrorists. Making short work of the ULTIMATUM agents, the Liberteens rounded up the agents while Flag-Smasher attempted to escape, only to run into the superhumanly strong and durable Ms. America. Breaking his mace on the durable Ms. America, Flag-Smasher was knocked out as the media arrived to praise the Liberteens.

(Avengers: The Initiative I Annual#1/4/Avengers: The Initiative I#14 (fb)) - Following their battle, most of the Liberteens relaxed while the Revolutionary secretly reported back to his Skrull superiors about placing a Skrull in every state of the Fifty-State Initiative.


(Avengers: The Initiative I#18) - During the alien Skrulls' secret invasion of Earth, the Liberteens' Revolutionary revealed himself as a Skrull and the rest of the Liberteens teamed with 3-D Man, Jocasta, the Heavy Hitters team and the Skrull Kill Krew to battle the Skrull impostor, eventually stopping the Revolutionary by having Gravity increased gravity's effect on the Liberteens' Hope. Hope then fell from the sky, impaling the Revolutionary. Departing the scene towards another state housing a Skrull infiltrator within the Initiative, 3-D Man recruited the Liberteens' Whiz Kid and had the remaining Hope tend to the injured.

(Avengers: The Initiative I#19) - Having been told by Ant-Man of Skrull tech hidden in towers across the United States, the Liberteens' Whiz Kid traveled back to the Liberteens' headquarters in Philadelphia and blew it up to destroy the Skrull tech inside. As she sped by, watching Liberty's Lair explode, Whiz Kid was met by Freedom Force's Spinner, who informed Whiz Kid that the Spaceknights were taking down Skrulls in Chicago. Spinner then explained that she had to check Hawaii next and Whiz Kid promised to meet her back at the Initiative's Camp Hammond later. When the Skrulls later released gas against 3-D Man and his anti-Skrull recruits, Whiz Kid arrived in time to create a whirlwind to disperse the gas but contact to the gas left Whiz Kid dying.

(Fear Itself: Youth in Revolt#1 (fb) - BTS) - With the Skrull Revolutionary dead, Ms. America was made the new Liberteens team leader.

(Fear Itself: Youth in Revolt#1) - When the Initiative was restarted by Commander Steve Rogers and placed in the hands of former Initiative recruit Prodigy, the Liberteens attended a rally held by Prodigy to discuss assisting the world in the wake of the Asgardian Serpent's arrival. Following the rally, the Liberteens mingled with the other assembled young heroes.

(Fear Itself: Youth in Revolt#3 (fb) - BTS) - Prodigy requested the Liberteens apprehend escaped fugitive Thor Girl and they said they would try.

(Fear Itself: Youth in Revolt#3) - Finding Thor Girl in Philadelphia alongside former Initiative recruit Cloud 9, the Liberteens encased Thor Girl in ice and requested that Thor Girl accompany them back to Virginia. Reminding the two heroines that Thor Girl was an escaped fugitive and that Cloud 9 was wanted for questioning, the Liberteens were attacked by Thor Girl, who escaped her icy prison to hit Liberteens team leader Ms. America with her hammer. Thor Girl then flew off, with Liberteens member 2-D failing to catch her. Ms. America told 2-D not to worry about it, as they had made their attempt to apprehend Cloud 9 and Thor Girl as they said they would and that the Liberteens could now get back to helping stop those serving the Asgardian Serpent instead of fighting other heroes. The Liberteens later watched on television as young hero Hardball detonated an energy sphere in Las Vegas during an attempt to stop the Serpent-empowered Juggernaut.

(Fantastic Four VI#4 (fb) - BTS) - The Liberteens decided to move away from Philadelphia, thinking perhaps they could become the next Fantastic Four in the absence of the original Fantastic Four. Buying the Fantastic Four's former headquarters, the Baxter Building, in New York, the Liberteens changed their name to the Fantastix and Ms. America altered her codename to become Ms. Fantastix.

Comments: Created by Dan Slott, Christos Gage, Patrick Scherberger and David Meikis.

While the individual members of the Liberteens are seen in Fantastic Four VI#4, they had changed their name to the Fantastix at that point. Therefore, any appearances of the Liberteens members in that issue are not included in this profile and are better saved for either individual profiles of the Liberteens members or a team profile of the Fantastix.

Thanks to Loki for the better, textless image of the team with Revolutionary as their leader!

Thanks to MarvellousLuke for pointing out the Fantastic Four VI#4 appearance!

While the history makes it clear this is a modern in-universe homage to the Liberty Legion, it doesn't point out that each member is a direct homage to the LL's members: Iceberg to Jack Frost, 2-D to Thin Man, Whiz Kid to Whizzer, Ms. America to Miss America, Hope to Blue Diamond and Revolutionary to Spirit of '76. -Loki

I might also note the pun in the team's name - in addition to being teens devoted to liberty, they're also "libertines" - hedonists, basically, as we see when they're getting drunk and making out post-mission. -Minor Irritant

Profile by Proto-Man.

CLARIFICATIONS:
The Liberteens have no known connections to:


Liberty's Lair

The headquarters of the Liberteens, Liberty's Lair resided in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Following their mission against ULTIMATUM, the Liberteens returned to Liberty's Lair for a little rest and relaxation, where the Revolutionary secretly reported back to his Skrull superiors. After the Skrulls were revealed and tech was revealed in several Initiative bases, Liberteens member Whiz Kid traveled to Philadelphia and blew up Liberty's Lair to prevent the Skrulls access their tech pylon there.




--Avengers: The Initiative I Annual#1/4 (Avengers: The Initiative I#14, 19d,


images: (without ads)
Fear Itself: Youth in Revolt#3, p12, pan4 (Liberteens attacking Cloud 9 & Thor Girl, main image)
Fear Itself: Youth in Revolt#3, p18, pan3 (Liberteens, shocked while watching television)

Avengers: The Initiative I Annual#1, p34, pan2 (original Liberteens roster with Revolutionary)
Avengers: The Initiative I Annual#1, p37, pan5 (original Liberteens relaxing)
Avengers: The Initiative I Annual#1, p37, pan4 (Liberty's Lair)


Appearances:
Avengers: The Initiative I Annual#1 (January, 2008) - "State of Readiness" story - Dan Slott, Christos Gage (writers), Patrick Scherberger (pencils), David Meikis (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers: The Initiative I#14 (August, 2008) - Dan Slott, Christos N. Gage (writers), Stefano Caselli (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers: The Initiative I#18 (December, 2008) - Dan Slott, Christos N. Gage (writers), Steve Kurth (pencils), Drew Hennessy (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers: The Initiative I#19 (January, 2009) - Dan Slott, Christos N. Gage (writers), Harvey Tolibao, Bong Dazo (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Fear Itself: Youth in Revolt#1 (July, 2011) - Sean McKeever (writer), Mike Norton (art), Lauren Sankovitch (editor)
Fear Itself: Youth in Revolt#3 (September, 2011) - Sean McKeever (writer), Mike Norton (art), Lauren Sankovitch (editor)
Fantastic Four VI#4 (January, 2019) - Dan Slott (writer), Stefano Caselli, Nico Leon (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)


First Posted: 11/27/2018
Last updated: 11/30/2018

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