Real Name: Isadora Martinez
Identity/Class: Human (Spanish) (World War II era to modern era)
Group Membership: Penance Council (Fred Davis, Destroyer/Roger Aubrey, Goldfire/Ameiko Sabuki, Iron Cross/Helmut Gruler, Irené Martinez, Nuklo/Robert Frank, Jr., Silver Scorpion/Betty Barstow, Topspin/Darren Mitchell), V-Battalion (Citizen V/Dallas Riordan, others)
Affiliations: Sub-Mariner (Namor McKenzie)
Known Relatives: Irené Martinez (mother)
Base of Operations: Spain; Castle Masada, Symkaria;
occasionally mobile aboard the Vanguard
First Appearance: Thunderbolts I#40 (July, 2000)
Powers/Abilities: Isadora is an adept businesswoman with great experience in financial matters and liaising between parties.
She has apparently no experience in combat.
Weight: 140 lbs.
(Citizen V & the V-Battalion: The Everlasting I#1 - BTS) - When Isadora was a baby during World War II, her life was saved by the Sub-Mariner. Following World War II, Isadora's mother Irené became an early member of the V-Battalion, donating much of her personal fortune to the organization out of gratitude to heroes such as Namor who had saved her daughter's life. Although Irené raised Isadora apart from the V-Battalion, in time, Isadora joined the V-Battalion and became a member of its leadership, the Penance Council. Like her mother, Isadora's function within the organization was primarily financial as she secured funding for their ongoing operations. Consequently, Isadora spent little time aboard the Vanguard where the team's field operations occurred, instead treating the group's business and financial requirements.
(Thunderbolts I#40) - The V-Battalion brought their personnel carrier the Vanguard to Mt. Charteris to confront the Thunderbolts over the disappearance of Citizen V (Dallas Riordan). Isadora conferred with the other Penance Council members as they accepted the Thunderbolts' account of Citizen V's disappearance then returned the Vanguard to Castle Masada, Symkaria.
(Citizen V & the V-Battalion I#2) - When the V-Battalion went into battle against Attuma's Atlantean forces due to them being controlled by nanoprobes unleashed by MODOK, Isadora sought out the Sub-Mariner for assistance. She did so without orders from the Penance Council's leader Roger Aubrey, as she had always wanted to meet the man who saved her life. Aubrey had been considering genocide against the Atlanteans but Namor insisted Aubrey find another solution. Aubrey ordered Isadora to bring Namor to the Steam Team (the V-Battalion's scientific research and analysis department) to solve the problem without killing the Atlanteans.
Comments: Created by Fabian Nicieza, Mark Bagley and Scott Hanna.
Most of what we know about Isadora comes from the text page in Citizen V & the V-Battalion: The Everlasting I#1 (it also included her vital statistics). It said her age was 60 at the time, although, if the occasion Namor saved her life remains fixed in World War II, then that'll cause Marvel-time problems.
Further confusing matters is that in Citizen V & the V-Battalion I#2, Isadora is mistakenly referred to as Irené. Nicieza tried to clear this up online at the time of publication but it wasn't 'til the text page in Everlasting #1 that he finally sorted out Isadora and Irené's backstories.
Some online appear to think Isadora's first appearance is Thunderbolts I#38 but the two women who appeared in the Penance Council's hologram in that issue are almost certainly Ameiko Sabuki and Betty Barstow. It wouldn't make sense for Isadora to be part of the hologram anyway - her job doesn't relate to the V-Battalion's field operations.
Irené might be one of the mourners at Union Jack's funeral in Citizen V & the V-Battalion: The Everlasting I#1.
Profile by Prime Eternal.
Isadora Martinez should not be confused with:
Irené Martinez was a Spanish businesswoman whose family was extremely wealthy. During World War II, her infant daughter Isadora was saved from death by the Sub-Mariner. Following the war, Irené donated her personal fortune to the revived V-Battalion organization as an expression of gratitude to heroes such as Namor who had saved her daughter's life. Irené apparently served as an ally to the V-Battalion for the remainder of her life; Isadora succeeded her as the V-Battalion's financial backer.
--Citizen V & the V-Battalion I#1 (1 (fb), Citizen V & the V-Battalion: The Everlasting I#1 - BTS
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Thunderbolts I#40, page 7, panel 2 (main)
Citizen V & the V-Battalion I#2, page 10, panel 2 (face)
Citizen V & the V-Battalion I#1, page 13-14, splash page (Irené)
Thunderbolts I#40 (July, 2000) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Mark Bagley (pencils), Scott Hanna (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Citizen V & the V-Battalion I#1-2 (June-July, 2001) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Michael Ryan (pencils), Sean Parsons (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Citizen V & the V-Battalion: The Everlasting I#1 (March, 2002) - text - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Tom Brevoort (editor)
First posted: 04/03/2023
Last updated: 04/03/2023
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