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GOLDFIRE

Real Name: Ameiko Sabuki

Identity/Class: Human mutate, citizen of the United States

Occupation: Adventurer

Group Membership: Penance Council, V-Battalion (Citizen V/John Watkins III, Fred Davis, Destroyer/Roger Aubrey, Iron Cross/Helmut Gruler, Isadora Martinez, Nuklo/Robert Frank Jr, Silver Scorpion/Elizabeth Barstow, Topspin/Darren Mitchell)

Affiliations: Atlanteans/Homo Mermani, Valerie Cooper, Jim Hammond (Human Torch), Andrea Sterman, Thunderbolts (Atlas/Erik Josten, Charcoal/Charlie Burlingame, Hawkeye/Clint Barton, Moonstone/Karla Sofen, Songbird/Melissa Joan Gold), Uatu the Watcher;
    formerly Baron Helmut Zemo (while posing as Citizen V)

Enemies: AIM, Aqhat, Collective Man, Crimson Cowl (Justine Hammer), Hydra, MODOK, Sandman (William Baker/Flint Marko), Baron (Wolfgang von) Strucker,

Known Relatives: Gwenny Lou Sabuki (grandmother, deceased), Hijiri 'Sam' Sabuki (great-grandfather, deceased), Kenji Sabuki (father, deceased), Ryoko Sabuki (sister)

Aliases: "Kind" (German for 'child', used by Iron Cross)

Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
                                   formerly Castle Masada, Symkaria;
                                   formerly mobile on the Vanguard carrier

First Appearance: Thunderbolts I#38 (May, 2000)

Powers/Abilities: Ameiko Sabuki inherited metahuman powers similar to her grandmother, father and sister. She could generate intense heat which she unleashed as powerful plasma bolts potent enough to melt steel or turn sand to glass. Through undetermined ways, Goldfire's flame was able to sustain itself both underwater and in outerspace. Goldfire could fly, leaving a fiery trail in her wake.

Height: 5''3"
Weight: 95 lbs.
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black

human closeup

History:

(Citizen V and the V-Battalion: The Everlasting I#1 (fb) - BTS) - Sabuki's great grandfather Sam Sabuki was one of the co-founders of the V-Battalion. Both her grandmother and father have served on the Battalion's ruling body the Penance Council as Golden Woman and Golden Sun.

(Citizen V and the V-Battalion: The Everlasting I#1 (fb) - BTS) - Ameiko Sabuki lost her father Kenji Sabuki when she was just five years old.

(Citizen V and the V-Battalion: The Everlasting I#1 (fb) - BTS) - When she was a teenager, Ameiko was asked to take her father's seat on the Penance Council. Taking the name Goldfire, Ameiko served alongside World War 2 era heroes like the Destroyer, Silver Scorpion and Iron Cross as well as other 'legacy heroes' such as Topspin (Darren Mitchell).

(Thunderbolts I#38) - Chasing their rogue operative Citizen V (Dallas Riordan), Ameiko and the other members of the Penance Council ordered their mobile air fortress the Vanguard to surround the Thunderbolts' headquarters at Mount Charteris. Soon, armed members of the V-Battalion began to swarm the mountain in their attempt to apprehend Riordan. Ameiko appeared with the other Council members projected as huge holograms, with the Destroyer ordering her surrender. In defiant response, Citizen V removed her mask and revealed her true identity.

(Thunderbolts I#39) - Ameiko, the other members of the Penance Council and the Thunderbolts were shocked when Dallas Riordan was suddenly enveloped by the Crimson Cowl's teleportation cloak that quickly spirited away to parts unknown.

(Thunderbolts I#40) - With Riordan gone, the Penance Council ordered the V-Battalion back on board the Vanguard that hastily left orbit. Aboard, Ameiko and the Penance Council quietly took their failure in stride, unaware Atlas (Erik Josten) had managed to sneak on board.

(Thunderbolts I#40 - BTS) - The tracer in Atlas' costume allowed the Thunderbolts to determine the V-Battalion's headquarters was located in Symkaria, near the Latverian border. Planning a rescue mission, they decided to enlist the aid of Sandman, who once worked for Symkaria's lead mercenary Silver Sable. Sandman agreed to help and proved instrumental in uncovering the cloaked Vanguard.

(Thunderbolts I#40) - The Penance Council was alerted when Sandman tore through the hull of the Vanguard even as the newly discovered Atlas was fighting inside the vessel. Given the unusual circumstances, Roger Aubrey ordered Ameiko and the others to suit up and deal with the situation hands on. Minutes later, Ameiko (as Goldfire) emerged outside the Vanguard with Iron Cross, Nuklo, the Destroyer and Topspin, ready to meet the approaching Thunderbolts.

knocked out by Mach-2 (Thunderbolts I#41) - When diplomacy failed, mainly because Atlas came smashing through the hull, the Penance Council attacked the Thunderbolts. Goldfire was quickly cold-cocked by MACH-2 but recovered in time to witness Moonstone losing control over her powers, turning all the combatants temporarily intangible before flying off. The incident got everyone talking and their focus shifted to the missing Sandman. Realizing he was on a mission to kill his old boss Silver Sable, the Penance Council and Thunderbolts teamed up to capture the villain. In the end, Songbird managed to trap Sandman in a solid sound bubble, which led to Goldfire, Nuklo and Charcoal using their heat based powers to turn his sentient silicone form into immobile glass.

(Thunderbolts I#49) -
Ameiko attended a Penance Council meeting at Castle Masada along with psychologist Andrea Sterman and Valerie Cooper. Topic of discussion was the ongoing conspiracy within the Commission on Superhuman Affairs that had led to the creation of a new Scourge who had assassinated (among others) Jolt (who survived), Gayle Rogers and Roberta Haggert. In the end, Valerie Cooper managed to conclude that Henry Peter Gyrich was responsible for the string of Scourge killings.

(Citizen V and the V-Battalion I#1 - BTS) - Thanks to Citizen V's field work, the Penance Council learned of the existence of a Voice Modulation Program that could control human beings through nannites that had already been spread. The Vanguard tracked the source of the technology to an AIM island base.

(Citizen V and the V-Battalion I#1) - Ameiko appeared in holographic form with the other Penance Council members, ordering AIM to surrender the VMP and the nannites lest they be destroyed. Much to their dismay, MODOK replied that VMP testing was currently underway in Atlantis.  widely disseminated nano-probes, making those infected with the nannites subject to the holder of the VMP. Tracking the VMP via the nannites

fighting Atlanteans

(Citizen V and the V-Battalion I#2 - BTS) - After getting the VMP technology from MODOK, the Penance Council made their way to Atlantis. They arrived too late to rescue a Russian submarine from the mind controlled Attuma and his forces. This led Roger Aubrey to decide the V-Battalion had to attack Atlantis itself. Iron Cross, Goldfire, Nuklo and Topspin were sent in to lead the V-Battalion in their underwater assault.

(Citizen V and the V-Battalion I#2) - Goldfire soon realized the mind controlled Atlanteans were so vicious, nothing short of genocide would stop them. Though Iron Cross was not unopposed to the idea, the final solution came from Roger Aubrey who had made a deal with Namor the Sub-Mariner to get his hands on pertinent Atlantean bio specs. Because sound travels better in warmer water, Goldfire, Nuklo and Topspin were ordered to raise the temperature of the sea surrounding Atlantis. Roger Aubrey then used the VMP tech to take control of the Atlanteans, shutting them down. A little later, Goldspin and the others returned to MODOK's AIM base where the Destroyer forced the villain to reveal the true mastermind behind the nannites and VMP technology: Baron Wolfgang von Strucker.

(Citizen V and the V-Battalion I#3 - BTS) - Thanks to MODOK's information, the Penance Council unraveled the scope of Strucker's plan: there were 104 satellites in orbit loaded with mind controlling nannites. If they were unleashed into the atmosphere, all of mankind would be under his command.

returning with Iron Cross body (Citizen V and the V-Battalion I#3) - Taking the Vanguard out into orbit, it quickly became apparent it was impossible to destroy them all with raw firepower. As a result, the 103 year old Iron Cross took his younger associates Goldfire, Nuklo and Topspin for a spacewalk near one of the nannine satellites. They planned to hack one of the satellites in order to prevent the entire array from firing their payload. After Iron Cross successfully hacked a satellite, he sent the 'kinder' (German for 'children') out to destroy one of the others to trigger the firing sequence. Goldfire, thrilled to fly through space, was beat to the punch by Nuklo who blasted a nearby satellite. Goldfire and the others then helplessly watched as Iron Cross was forced to use the power of his life-sustaining armor to make sure the override sequence held. Their mission a success, they returned the lifeless Iron Cross armor to the Vanguard where everyone mourned the loss of their fellow member. A little later, Ameiko was on hand to watch Roger Aubrey order Citizen V back to Earth to rejoin the Thunderbolts. 

(Citizen V and the V-Battalion: The Everlasting I#1 (fb) - BTS) - Following the death of Iron Cross, Sabuki noticed a change in their leader Roger Aubrey's behavior. He grew short tempered and seemed tired and fed up with life, with only his sense of duty keeping him going.

(Citizen V and the V-Battalion: The Everlasting I#1) - Ameiko and the other Penance Council members monitored Citizen V's fight against the mysterious Aqhat in Bosnia-Herzogovina from the Vanguard's bridge. When Aqhat and his forces teleported away, the Vanguard followed them to a location in China where they were stunned to find seemingly all the citizens of China inhabitants had fallen into a deathlike state.

liquified (Citizen V and the V-Battalion: The Everlasting I#2) - Investigating the comatose Chinese people and Aqhat's ongoing plans, the Penance Council was faced with the sudden emergence of the Collective Man, mutated to towering proportions and seemingly channeling the combined traits of the entire Chinese population. Flanked by two Hawkflight squads Goldfire, Nuklo and Topspin went out to face the giant. However, the combined breath of over a billion Chinese liquefied Goldfire within an instant, splattering the Penance Council with her remains. Shocked, Roger Aubrey ordered his troops to retreat. 

(Citizen V and the V-Battalion: The Everlasting I#3 - BTS) - Ameiko's death rattled Topspin. After the mission, he returned to his quarters aboard the Vanguard while he wistfully held a photo of the two of them together. Discussing the matter with his grandfather, Darren wondered if the price they had to pay for this line of work was worth it.

(Citizen V and the V-Battalion: The Everlasting I#4 - BTS) - After Aqhat and the Everlasting were dealt with, the Penance Council had a funeral service for Ameiko, laying her to rest near her family.

Comments: Created by Fabian Nicieza, Mark Bagley, Scott Hanna.

When Fabian Nicieza came up with the V-Battalion, he not only gave the original Golden Woman a granddaughter, but also a son who had powers similar to her and served on the Penance Council as Golden Sun. It's not been established how he died, all that's been confirmed is that his daughter Ameiko was five when he perished. How she spent her time between her childhood and the day she joined the V-Battalion as Goldfire, we'll never know for sure.

Ameiko is mentioned as a mutant, but since the original Golden Woman was mutated and her abilities appeared hereditary, that technically does not make Goldfire a mutant.

Since the Penance Council rarely 'suited up' to fight in the V-Battalion's various missions, one wonders how much practical experience and training Ameiko and the other legacy members of the Council received. That might also explain her rather unceremonious departure from this plane of existence. Just why her sister Ryoko was not invited to to take Ameiko's place on the Penance Council will probably remain a mystery as well. Apparently, you can say no to the gig. It's a shame we never got to see more of the V-Battalion's exploits over the decades.

Ameiko Sabuki's age, height and weight were revealed in an editorial in Citizen V and the V-Battalion: The Everlasting I#1. The piece listed her as 21 at the time of writing with a line wondering just how devoted she could be to a cause that already cost the life of her father, grandmother and great-grandfather. In #4 of that miniseries, it was revealed she was 23 at the time of death.

Thanks to Ron Fredricks for the cleaned up main image.

This profile was completed 08/10/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary's celebratory event.

Profile by Norvo.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Goldfire should not be confused with:


images: (without ads)
Thunderbolts I#40, p20, pan2 (main image)
Citizen V and the V-Battalion The Everlasting I#1, p19, pan6 (human close up)
Thunderbolts I#41, p4, pans5&6 (knocked out by Mach-2)
Citizen V and the V-Battalion I#2, p17, pan1 (fighting Atlanteans)
Citizen V and the V-Battalion I#3, p19, pan4 (returning with Iron Cross body)
Citizen V and the V-Battalion The Everlasting I#2, p6, pan3&4 (liquified)


Appearances:
Thunderbolts I#38 (May, 2000) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Mark Bagley (pencils), Scott Hanna (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Thunderbolts I#39 (June, 2000) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Mark Bagley (pencils), Scott Hanna (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Thunderbolts I#40 (July, 2000) -  Fabian Nicieza (writer), Mark Bagley (pencils), Scott Hanna (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Thunderbolts I#41 (August, 2000) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Mark Bagley (penciler), Greg Adams (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Thunderbolts I#49 (April, 2001) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Patrick Zircher (penciler), Al Vey (inker), Mark Sumerak (assistant editor), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Citizen V and the V-Battalion I#1 (June, 2001) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Michael Ryan (pencils), Sean Parsons (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Citizen V and the V-Battalion I#2 (July, 2001) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Michael Ryan (pencils), Sean Parsons (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Citizen V and the V-Battalion I#3 (August, 2001) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Michael Ryan (pencils), Sean Parsons (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Citizen V and the V-Battalion: The Everlasting I#1 (March, 2002) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Lewis LaRosa (pencils), Jim Royal (inks), Mark Tom Brevoort (editor)
Citizen V and the V-Battalion: The Everlasting I#2 (April, 2002) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Lewis LaRosa (pencils), Jim Royal (inks), Mark Tom Brevoort (editor)


First Posted: 09/25/2021
Last updated: 09/24/2021

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