Janice Lincoln

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Janice Lincoln
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Janice Lincoln in her Beetle armor.
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceCaptain America #607 (August, 2010)
Created byEd Brubaker
Jackson Butch Guice
In-story information
Alter egoJanice Lincoln
Team affiliationsSinister Six
Sinister Syndicate
Notable aliasesLady Beetle
AbilitiesPowered armor grants:
Superhuman strength and durability
Flight via artificial wings
Variety of weapon systems
Ability to stick to walls

Janice Lincoln (also known as the Beetle, or otherwise Lady Beetle) is a fictional supervillainess appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. She is the daughter of Tombstone.

Publication history[edit]

Janice Lincoln first appeared as the new Beetle in Captain America #607 (August, 2010), and was created by writer Ed Brubaker and artist Jackson Butch Guice.

Beetle features as one of the main characters in Superior Foes of Spider-Man where her real name is revealed.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Janice Lincoln is the daughter of the super powered mobster Tombstone. Janice's mother was an ex-girlfriend of Tombstone during his early days in organized crime. Janice grew with a semi regular life with Tombstone showing up sporadically, usually to help out with bills and schooling. Janice idolized her father and his criminal activities, but was forbidden to take part in them. After building a successful career as a defense attorney, she was appointed to defend Baron Zemo, at which point she volunteered to work for him as the new Beetle. Janice's armor is also revealed to have been built by the Fixer.[1] Baron Helmut Zemo and the Fixer provided Janice with the Beetle armor and a nano-virus as part of their plan to destroy the new Captain America. The new female Beetle is seen at the end of Captain America #606. She emerges from the rubble of an explosion she causes to confront Captain America (Bucky) and Black Widow.[2] The new Beetle fights Bucky and Black Widow in a short battle and is defeated. Bucky unmasks her, and realizes she is culpable in using the nano-virus on him. She is imprisoned in The Raft, where she reveals that she knows Captain America and Bucky are one and the same. While Janice resists Bucky and the Widow's attempts to interrogate her for the identity of her employer, the Fixer asks Zemo whether they should punish her for her failure. Zemo is merciful, saying that she knows no information that would hurt them. Janice is left to her own devices, and the heroes still manage to piece together Zemo's identity. However, Zemo still exposes Captain America's true identity to the general public.[3]

As part of the Marvel NOW! event, she is now a member of Boomerang's Sinister Six. After being defeated by Superior Spider-Man (Doctor Octopus' mind in Peter Parker's body), Boomerang is secretly contracted by the Chameleon to recover the head of former Maggia leader Silvermane from the Owl. To this end, Boomerang deceives the team into agreeing to help him. However, after the original Beetle, the reformed Abe Jenkins, is assigned to be Boomerang's parole officer, the team vote him out and Janice as their new team leader. Speed Demon's vote is motivated by his unrequited attraction for her. The others note that the Beetle becomes more despotic as team leader, but attribute this as a reaction to the pressure to succeed and avoid incarceration. Boomerang secretly notifies Power Man and Iron Fist of the Sinister Six's whereabouts. Janice and her teammates are arrested, but Boomerang frees them in transit to jail and reclaims his leadership role. In this appearance, her first name is revealed to be Janice.[4]

After assaulting the Owl's base the Beetle, Overdrive and Speed Demon were captured by the villain and interrogated. The Beetle tried to blackmail the Owl into releasing them while covertly dialing for back-up. Unimpressed, the Owl got ready to execute her when reinforcements arrived in the form of Tombstone, where it is later revealed that she is his daughter.[5]

Janice appears at Stark Industries after the events of The Superior Foes of Spider-Man, claiming to have reformed, and applying for the open Head of Security position alongside Prodigy, Victor Mancha, and Scott Lang. After seducing Iron Man, Janice tries to assassinate him at the behest of an unidentified client, but she is disarmed by Lang, and pursued and presumably apprehended by Iron Man.[6]

During the "Last Days" part of the Secret Wars storyline, Janice appears in Miami where she and a despondent Lang have a drunken tryst as the world is destroyed by the final Incursions between Earth-616 and Earth-1610.[7]

Janice Lincoln appeared in the courthouse as a lawyer representing Mysterio following his failed alien invasion plot.[8]

In a prelude to the "Hunted" storyline, Beetle is among the animal-themed characters captured by Taskmaster and Black Ant for Kraven the Hunter's upcoming Great Hunt.[9] When she tries to flee the Hunter-Bots, Beetle hits the forcefield surrounding Central Park.[10]

Janice Lincoln meets the Francine Frye version of Electro where she states that she is offering her membership. Janice learned how Francine got her powers as Janice tells her that she is Tombstone's daughter. Janice states that they are building an organization that values and respects the female contributions to the side of evil. Outside of the mentor-ship programs, salons, and a child care facility, Janice states that they had a teleconference Black Mariah from prison and are trying to make contact with Morgan le Fay. Janice then proceeds to introduce Francine to the rest of the team consisting of Lady Octopus, Scorpia, Trapstr (who is deciding if she will replace the E with an A), and White Rabbit. Francine was reluctant to join up with them until Janice states that their first mission has them targeting Boomerang. The Sinister Syndicate begins their mission where they attack the F.E.A.S.T. building that Boomerang is volunteering at.[11] Boomerang tries to reason with Beetle and Electro who are still made at him for betraying him. Beetle states that they aren't targeting F.E.A.S.T., they are targeting him. Beetle leads the Sinister Syndicate in attacking Boomerang. After getting Aunt May to safety, Peter Parker changes into Spider-Man and helps Boomerang fight the Syndicate. The Syndicate starts doing their formation attack until Spider-Man accidentally sets off Boomerang's gaserang which knocks out Spider-Man enough for the Syndicate to make off with Boomerang. As Beetle has Electro write a proposal on how the Syndicate can use Boomerang as an example to the criminal underworld, Beetle leave while calling Wilson Fisk that they caught Boomerang as she is given the information on where the exchange can happen. Spider-Man goes to visit Randy Robertson and finds him making out with Beetle.[12] As Spider-Man secretly watches them, Randy learns that Janice's Syndicate kidnapped Boomerang and what had transpired at the F.E.A.S.T. building. He tells Janice that she needs to led Boomerang go. Beetle leaves stating that he would not use her disintegrator ray on him because she is nice to Randy. As she flies, Beetle contacts Mayor Wilson Fisk stating that she is sending him the coordinates to Boomerang's location. When Beetle meets up with the Syndicate, they hear Mayor Fisk outside stating that they are harboring a criminal and are to surrender Boomerang to him or suffer the full might of New York City. After reading the paper in Boomerang's hand that belonged to Mayor Fisk, Beetle tells the Syndicate that they should let Boomerang go. While Beetle claimed that she betrayed them, she did it because she's a supervillain and states that she plans to have Kingpin deputize them. The rest of the Syndicate is not up with this plan. Trapstr later stated that she learned about Beetle's boyfriend by hacking her e-mails. The Syndicate then assists Spider-Man against Mayor Fisk's forces. Beetle has Spider-Man evacuate Boomerang while the Syndicate fights Mayor Fisk's forces while not killing them. The Syndicate is defeated and arrested by the police. Their transport is then attacked by an unknown assailant who frees them. At the F.E.A.S.T. building where men working for Mr. Stone are helping to rebuild the building, Aunt May mentioned to Randy Robertson that a high-powered lawyer got Councilman Galazkiewicz to expedite a permit request in exchange for not suing the city on F.E.A.S.T.'s behalf. Randy learns that the lawyer is Janice who invites them to brunch this weekend. Beetle is briefly seen on the nearby rooftop as Randy sees her while accepting the brunch invite.[13]

Powers and abilities[edit]

The Beetle suit grants superhuman strength and durability, allows the wearer to fly and stick to walls. Janice's armor seems to be loosely based on the armor designed by the Tinkerer for Abe Jenkins after his original Beetle armor was destroyed by Iron Man. However, the Zemo/Fixer costume does not seem to have the electro-byte offensive capability or the internal battle computer of Jenkins' suit. In her initial appearance, she uses military-grade weaponry to ambush Bucky and the Black Widow.

In other media[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Superior Foes of Spider-Man #7. Marvel Comics.
  2. ^ Ed Brubaker (w), Mitch Breitweiser (p), Mitch Breitweiser, Butch Guice (i). "No Escape Part 2" Captain America v6, 607 (August 2010), Marvel Comics
  3. ^ Ed Brubaker (w), Butch Guice (p), Rick MagyarMark Pennington (i). "No Escape Part 3" Captain America v6, 606 (September 2010)
  4. ^ The Superior Spider-Man #1. Marvel Comics.
  5. ^ Superior Foes of Spider-Man #6. Marvel Comics.
  6. ^ Nick Spencer (w), Ramon Rosanas (p), Ramon Rosanas (i), Jordan Boyd (col), VC's Travis Lanham (let), Wil Moss (ed). "Second-Chance Man: Part 1" Ant-Man v2, #1 (7 January 2015), United States: Marvel Comics
  7. ^ Nick Spencer (w), Ramon Rosanas (p), Ramon Rosanas (i), Jordan Boyd (col), VC's Travis Lanham (let), Wil Moss (ed). Ant-Man: Last Days #1 (26 August 2015), United States: Marvel Comics
  8. ^ Nick Spencer (w), Ryan Ottley (p), Cliff Rathburn (i), Laura Martin (col), Joe Caramagna (let), Nick Lowe and Kathleen Wisneski (ed). Amazing Spider-Man v5, #1 (11 July 2018), United States: Marvel Comics
  9. ^ Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 5 #16. Marvel Comics.
  10. ^ Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 5 #18. Marvel Comics.
  11. ^ Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 5 #26. Marvel Comics.
  12. ^ Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 5 #27. Marvel Comics.
  13. ^ Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 5 #28. Marvel Comics.
  14. ^ Martinez, Phillip (May 18, 2016). "'Marvel Avengers Alliance' Designer Reveals Black Vortex Spec Ops With Mantis And Second Hero [VIDEO]". Player.one. Archived from the original on April 23, 2019. Retrieved September 6, 2019.
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