First Appearance: Thunderbolts #40 (July 2000).
Appearances: Thunderbolts #40, Citizen V & the
V-Battalion v1 #1-3, v2 #1-4.
Years Active: 1941-present.
The V-Battalion was originally a group of guerrillas, led by Citizen
V, who fought in occupied Europe, in France and later in
Poland. After the death of the original Citizen V the V-Battalion disbanded
or was killed (it's not yet clear which).
After World War Two ended Roger Aubrey, the Destroyer,
met with the All-Winners
Squad and "decided to create a superhuman fighting force
on an international scale." In 1951 he formed the second V-Battalion, and
since then the group has been covertly fighting villains and criminals
across the globe. They are based in the Eastern European nation of Symkaria,
operating from Castle Masada, and are led by the Penance Council.
Besides the various troops who make up the V-Battalion's grunts, the
membership of the V-Battalion's Penance Council consists of:
Bits of the V-Battalion's past have been revealed in the mini-series. The
Angel was at one time one of their members. Namor the Sub-Mariner
was offered membership in the Battalion but refused because he didn't trust
them. Howard Stark (father of Iron Man) and Nathaniel Richards (father
Richards) built the Vanguard, the Battalion's base,
"using reverse-engineered alien technology," and Tony Stark and Reed Richards
updated the Vanguard's tech "though they don't know it."
(II), aka Fred Davis.
Citizen V (II), aka John Watkins III, the grandson of the original.
The Destroyer, aka Roger Aubrey.
Goldfire, aka Ameiko Sabuki, the solar-powered granddaughter of Golden
Girl (II). She is the daughter of Kenji Sabuki, the Golden
Cross, aka Helmut Gruler.
Isadora Martinez, who is described in issue #2 as a "Spanish Businesswoman.
Saved by the Sub-Mariner
during WW2 when she was a baby, Isadora's mother, Irene Martinez, decided
to devote her family's huge fortune to the V-Battalion's cause. Isadora
was raised apart from the V-Battalion and is rarely present in the Vanguard,
attending to the group's business and financial requirements 'in the outside
Nuklo, aka Robert Frank, Jr., the nuclear-powered son of the Whizzer
America. According to issue #2 Nuklo was only recently given
a place on the Penance Council "out of respect to both his parents."
Scorpion, aka Elizabeth Barstow.
Topspin, aka Darren Mitchell, the whirlwind-like grandson of Human
Top (II). Issue #2 describes him this way: "Grandson of
the original Human Top, Darren's powers skipped a generation, by-passing
his father, who had tried using mechanical means to simulate the powers
of the Human Top (and presumably was "Twister"
for a short time), but eventually decided to serve the V-Battalion in a
In the past the Golden Sun was a member of the Penance Council; her
death in battle presumably occurred while serving the V-Battalion. The
original membership of the Penance Council included: Roger Aubrey, Brian
Falsworth (aka Union
Jack (II)), Thomas Holloway (the Angel), Robert Frank (Whizzer),
Madeleine Joyce (Miss America), Elizabeth Barstow, Helmut Gruler, Irene
Martinez, Hijiri "Sam" Sabuki (the great-grandfather to Goldfire), and
Reb Ralston (former member of Sgt.
Fury's Howling Commandos).
Most tantalizingly, issue #2 of the first Citizen V miniseries
showed a montage of "secret tales of the V-Battalion." These stories, which
I hope will one day be revealed, are:
At the end of the second Citizen V miniseries Roger Aubrey retired,
turning command of the V-Battalion over to Jim Hammond, the Human
"They Walk Among Us," involving a crashed Skrull spaceship, which involved
the V-Battalion keeping "deadly alien technology out of the wrong hands."
The V-Battalion members involved in that story were the Destroyer, Reb
Ralston, the Silver Scorpion, Sam Sabuki, and the Whizzer.
"Assault of the Freons," involving an extra-dimensional attack by the Freons.
The V-Battalion members involved in that story were the Human Top, "Golden
Woman" (presumably Golden Sun), Iron Cross, and the Destroyer.
"To Dare Eternity," which involved the V-Battalion petitioning "cosmic
forces" (including the Watcher) to "spare mankind for the scientific excesses
of a few." That story involved the Watcher, Iron Cross, the Destroyer,
Nathaniel Richards (the father of Reed Richards, aka Mr. Fantastic of the
Fantastic Four), and Howard Stark (the father of Iron Man).
"Call them MUTANTS, Call them DEATH!" which presumably involved the V-Battalion
first learning about mutants. That story involved the Twister (presumably
the father of Topspin, using artificial means to achieve superspeed), Iron
Cross, Golden Sun, the Destroyer, Charles Xavier and Magneto.
"Mr. Ralston Goes to Washington," involving Reb Ralston's election to Senator.
That story involved Reb Ralston and the other Howling Commandos.