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Jesse Quick

Alias: Jesse Chambers
Formerly: Liberty Belle II

Joined: Titans Secret Files #1 [1999]
Related Links: Flash (Wally West)Kid Flash II (Bart Allen) •
Max MercuryFlash (Barry Allen)Philip Geyer

Flash Quick Bio: Jesse Chambers – daughter of Liberty Belle and Jonny Quick – inherited super-powers from her meta-human parents. Able to access super-speed powers with a phrase, Jesse became the heroine known as Jesse Quick. Jesse served as a Titan at Nightwing’s invitation – but found new challenges in balancing her personal and professional life.

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Hero History


Hero In Training

Jesse Chambers inherited powers from both her parents: Liberty Belle, a super-strong heroine of yesteryear, and the late Jonny Chambers, aka Jonny Quick. Jonny, a super-speedster who drew energy from the Speed Force by mentally envisioning a specific geometrical construct nearly unimaginable in three-dimensional space, taught teenage Jesse his formula, hoping she would follow in his footsteps.

Instead, she devoted her life to academia, studying super-heroes of the past and present as a semi-reclusive student before being tempted into action as Jesse Quick.

ABOVE: Jesse’s origin is retold in JSA #8 [2005].
BELOW: Jesse makes her super-powered debut in Justice Society of America (volume two) #8.

Shortly after the arrival of Iris West and Bart Allen (Impulse) from the future, the evil organization, Kobra, threatened Keystone City. Bart, Iris and Linda Park aided Wally in defeating Kobra, with the help of other fellow speedsters, including Jay Garrick, Max Mercury and Jesse Quick.

In an effort to teach Bart responsibility, Wally named Jesse as his successor. This was actually a deception by Wally to get Bart to rise to the challenge and take adventuring more seriously. Jesse was furious when she learned that Wally duped her, and it became a sticking point between the two of them. Wally would eventually try to make amends, and his nomination of Jesse as a member of the Titans reflected this.

Jesse was furious when she learned that Wally duped her in FLASH #96-100 [1994-1995].

While battling Savitar, an evil speedster who had become a human avatar of the speed force, her heroic resolve quickened as her father gave his life to save hers. Upon Jonny’s death, Jesse became C.E.O. of Quickstart Enterprises, a company founded by her father.

Enter The Titans

When a galactic threat came to earth, reuniting former members of the Titans, the group decided to reform. Wally joined the team also took this as an opportunity to make amends with Jesse by nominating her for membership. After some coaxing from Nightwing, she accepted.

Nightwing offers Jesse Quick membership in TITANS SECRET FILES #1 [1999].

But after a series of adventures culminating in a battle with the new H.I.V.E. and Tartarus, Jesse found the group to be disorganized, incestuous and full of infighting. After that adventure, she quit the team. Dick Grayson, who had developed a lot of respect for Jesse, trusted her with his secret identity in an effort to have her rejoin. Solidifying her decision, Wally stepped down and quit the team so Jesse would not feel redundant as the ‘second speedster’ of the group.

ABOVE: Jesse quits the Titans in TITANS #13 [2000].
BELOW: Wally steps down to give Jesse her chance to shine in TITANS #20 [2000].

Meanwhile, Jesse’s mother Libby had become engaged to a much younger man named Philip Geyer. Unknown to Jesse and Libby, Geyer was nothing more than an opportunistic gigolo. He planned to stay married to Libby for a year or so, and then divorce the famed ex-super-heroine with a nice settlement. Complicating matters, Philip initiated a passionate affair with Jesse.

Philip was later unexpectedly found dead in bed and the Titans became embroiled in the investigation. As the mystery unraveled, Philip’s murderer stood revealed. Libby’s old ally in the All Star Squadron, Captain Triumph, learned of Philip’s affair with Jesse and confronted him. But the argument turned deadly when Captain Triumph’s ghost-brother, Michael, emerged and killed Philip.

With the murder mystery solved, Jesse’s affair with Philip was also exposed. The fallout from these revelations left Jesse’s relationship with her mother severely strained.

Jesse reveals her affair with Philip in TITANS #36 [2001].

Shortly afterward, A mysterious conglomerate known as Optitron offered to sponsor the Titans and Young Justice after summoning them to San Francisco. Before any decisions could be made, a mysterious cybernetic girl known as Indigo emerged from the future. Unwittingly, she somehow activated a rogue Superman android, resulting in the apparent deaths of Troia and Omen. At Troia’s funeral, Nightwing disbanded this version of the Titans.

New Beginnings

Jesse found herself preoccupied with Quickstart Enterprises, as Flash became embroiled in a heated battle with Zoom. In an effort to help Wally defeat Zoom, Jesse lent Wally a large fraction of her speed powers. The transfer left Jesse powerless – unable to recall the speed formula to access the speed force.

Jesse took this as an opportunity to slow down and get her life on track. She also accepted a position as business manager to the JSA. It was there that Jesse met and fell in love with Rick Tyler, who served the JSA as Hourman. After reconciling with her mother, Jesse adopted Libby’s persona as the newest Liberty Belle and became a hero once again. Jesse and Rick later got married and jointly joined the revamped Justice Society of America as Liberty Belle and Hourman.

Long believed dead, the advent of the so-called “Final Crisis” brought Barry Allen back to the land of the living, reuniting him with long-lost family and friends. Those loved ones proved instrumental in defeating Professor Zoom, who transversed the timestream to challenge Barry Allen once more. During the battle, Zoom’s disruptions to the Speed Force returned Jesse’s super-speed powers.

Barry Allen returns, welcomed back by his closest friends and
allies – in FLASH SECRET FILES AND ORIGINS 2010 [2010].

Powers & Abilities


By speaking the mantra, ‘3×2(9YZ)4A’, Jesse can accelerate to roughly half-lightspeed and can fly. Like her mother, in moments of extreme duress, Jesse can manifest short bursts of super strength. Jesse was also trained by Nightwing in martial arts. Although Jesse has lost her super-speed abilities, she still posseses some of her mother’s superhuman attributes.

 

Essential Reading


Justice Society of America (volume two) #1: Jesse Chambers first appears, studying super-heroes of the past and present as a semi-reclusive student before being tempted into action as Jesse Quick. First appearance of Jesse Quick.
Justice Society of America (volume two) #4-5: Flash [Wally West] guest stars and mets Jesse for the first time in #5, as she helped use her super-speed to assist the Justice Society.
Justice Society of America
(volume two) #8: Jesse dons a red and yellow costume [although a rather bland one] and starts to actively join the battle against injustice.

Flash (second series) #96-100 [1994-1995] “Terminal Velocity” Storyline: In an effort to teach Bart responsibility, Wally named Jesse as his successor. This was actually a deception by Wally to get Bart to rise to the challenge and take adventuring more seriously. Jesse was furious when she learned that Wally duped her, and it became a sticking point between the two of them.
Flash (second series) #108-110, Impulse #10-11 “Dead Heat” Storyline: Wally West leads the greatest speedsters of three eras against the menace of Savitar. While battling Savitar, an evil speedster who had become a human avatar of the speed force, Jesse Quick’s heroic resolve is tested as her father gives his life to save hers. Upon Jonny’s death, Jesse becomes C.E.O. of Quickstart Enterprises, a company founded by her father.
Showcase ’96 #12 [1996]: Jesse Quick faces a crossroads when her super-speed abandons her, threatening to shatter an overextended life that grown dependant upon super speed. Written by Mark Waid and Brian Augustyn, with art by Oscar Jimenez and Jose Marzan, Jr.
Wonder Woman Plus Jesse Quick #1 [1996]: Written by Christopher Priest; art and cover by Mike Collins and Tom Palmer. The “Plus Specials” continue, teaming your favorite DC heroes! Following the death of her father, Johnny Quick, during the “Dead Heat” storyline in FLASH, Jesse Quick joins forces with Wonder Woman against one of Savitar’s surviving speed-ninjas, a minion who seeks the “Scroll of Hermes” in Jesse’s possession!

The Titans Secret Files #1 [1999]: Learn about the history (and future) of the new team of Titans in this one-shot. In an origin story, the original members and the new additions get together for the very first time, and we learn what happened to those who didn’t make the cut. Wally also takes this as an opportunity to make amends with Jesse and nominates her for membership in the Titans. After some coaxing from Nightwing, she accepts.
Titans #13 [2000]: The Titans have survived the conflict with Tartarus and the H.I.V.E, but can they survive the fight with themselves? Members quit and members are asked to leave! Jesse Quick quits the team; rejoins the team in issue #20.
Titans #17-19 [2000]: Dick Grayson reveals his identity to Jesse in an attempt to persuade her to rejoin the team.
Titans #35-36 [2001]: Liberty Belle’s new fiancee, Philip Geyer, is unexpectedly found dead in bed, and the Titans become embroiled in the investigation. As the mystery unravels, it is discovered Philip was cheating on Libby – and his secret lover is revealed to be — her daughter, Jesse Quick?!
Flash #200 [2003]: In an effort to help Wally defeat Zoom, Jesse lends Wally a large fraction of her speed powers. The transfer leaves Jesse powerless – unable to recall the speed formula to access the speed force. Jesse takes this as an opportunity to slow down and get her life on track. She also accepts a position as business manager to the JSA.

Justice Society of America #1 [2006]: Determined to rebuild the Justice Society, founding members Green Lantern, Flash and Wildcat initiate an unprecedented recruitment program, tracking the bloodlines of heroes across the world and bringing in the new Starman, Damage, Liberty Belle and more! First appearance of Jesse Chambers as Liberty Belle II. Liberty Belle and Hourman revealed to be married in this issue, an event which transpired during the ‘One Year Gap.”
Justice Society of America #8 [2006]: Jesse’s origin is recounted as she prevents Damage from making a grave mistake.

A Jesse Quick commission from 2005 by Steve Sadowski


Jonny Quick & Liberty Belle


Jesse Chambers inherited powers from both her parents: Liberty Belle, a super-strong heroine of yesteryear, and the late Jonny Chambers, aka Jonny Quick. Jonny, a super-speedster who drew energy from the Speed Force. Their hero history dates back to their heroic adventures in the All-Star Squadron.

Jonny Quick
Johnny Chambers
First Appearance: MORE FUN COMICS #71

Johnny Chambers’ guardian, the great scientist Professor Gill, working from a clue he found on a piece of papyrus from the tomb of a king named Amen, developed a secret formula for giving a person the power to move at superhuman speed. Knowing that he himself did not have long to live, Gill told Chambers the formula and instructed him to use it in the cause of justice. Chambers fulfilled Gill’s wish by becoming the costumed crime fighter Johnny Quick.

As Johnny Chambers, he worked as a newsreel photographer for Sees All/Tells All News, and he entrusted his friend and assistant, Tubby Watts, with the knowledge of his duel identity. As Johnny Quick, he became a member of the wartime All-Star Squadron and he fell in love with his fellow Squadron member Liberty Belle. The two were married in their secret identities of Johnny Chambers and Libby Lawrence.

Jesse’s super-powered debut in Justice Society of America (volume two) #8.

Liberty Belle
Libby Belle Lawrence Chambers
First Appearance: BOY COMMANDOS #1

Libby Lawrence is a descendant of Bess Lynn, a nurse during the Revolutionary War who fought the British in the costumed identity of Miss Liberty. Libby was a champion athlete in school, and received a tiny replica of the Liberty Bell, made of the same metals, for winning a college athletic tournament.

Libby was in Poland with her father, U.S. military attach Major James Lawrence, in 1939 when war broke out there. Major Lawrence was killed in a Nazi air attack on Warsaw, and Libby eventually escaped Nazi-occupied Europe by swimming across the English Channel. That escape made her a celebrity.

Libby became a newspaper and radio commentator and strongly advocated fighting the Axis powers. She also became the costumed heroine Liberty Belle to fight subversives and other evildoers. Liberty Belle became a founding member and chairman of the All-Star Squadron, a wartime organization of virtually all of America’s costumed heroes. Her confidante, Tom Revere, the guard of the Liberty Bell, had given her a tiny replica of the bell, carved from the bell itself, which she wore in her belt. She discovered that when the Liberty Bell was rung, her tiny bell would also chime, and she would have a rush of adrenaline that would temporarily increase her strength and speed.

Liberty Belle fell in love with a fellow Squadron member, Johnny Chambers, alias Johnny Quick, and they were secretly married in their civilian identities.

A machine used by Baron Blitzkrieg focused vibrations from the Liberty Bell into Liberty Belle’s body, giving her the ability to project powerful sonic pulses. It is not known how long she retained this power.

Jesse honors her mother as Liberty Belle, as seen in JSA #8.


Creators on Jesse Quick


Devin Grayson: “Jesse is really starting to enjoy being a Titan, and they’re enjoying having her on the team. Of course, we all know something Jesse doesn’t know yet.. .there is no Titans “status quo.” As soon as you get comfortable….”

Jay Faerber: “I’ve really dug Jesse Quick since she debuted back in the previous JSA series, the one by Strazewski and Parobeck. I always thought she’d make a great Titan and she proved me right. I think the strained relationship she has with her mother is a great touch too.”

“Because of her job as a CEO, Jesse pretty much cuts through all the bulls***, which can come off as bitchy to some of the other Titans. She doesn’t mean to be rude like that, but it happens just the same. Like Dick, she’s got a lot going on in her life (her job as a CEO, her solo career as a hero, and her role as a Titan), and she would probably do well to take some lessons from Dick on juggling her various “identities.” Dick is probably the person she’s closest to on the team, and while she has no use for a boyfriend right now, he’s very much her “type.” People naturally expect Jesse and Donna to be best pals, since they’re the only two women in the group of comparable age, but they just don’t have a whole lot in common. Donna’s a lot more feminine than Jesse is, and Jesse doesn’t know how to react to that sort of woman — her mother, Liberty Belle, was always rather brash and very “tough love.” Jesse’s analytical nature can make her judgmental, too, especially when it comes to Roy’s weird relationship with Cheshire. Jesse just can’t understand why Roy has anything to do with that woman. Jesse’s got nothing but respect for Tempest, since he’s a guy who only speaks when he has something important to say, and can be counted on to get the job done. And she thinks Argent has grown up a lot as a Titan… but she’s still got a ways to go.”

Mark Waid: “Yeah, I felt bad for her. [laughs] I love her relationship with Wally. We hit upon it a little bit in “Terminal Velocity,” but we did a lot more with it in the “Dead Heat” arc. She is constantly frustrated by the fact that Wally, whether by design or accident—and I think more the latter—tends to underestimate her and tell her whatever [laughs again] whatever he needs her to believe at any given moment to play into his own ends. He’s not good with women, Wally, [mutual laughter] and his relationship with Linda is probably the only healthy female relationship he’s ever had. Well, except Iris.”

“So I like writing Jesse, because she was so good at yelling at Wally. I still never felt like I got a complete handle on her, other than my take on her being that she was every overcompensating businessperson I have ever met in my life, that sense of everything’s by the schedule, everything is by the book, and romance is just another thing to be filled in the Day Planner.”

Geoff Johns: “Jesse is one of the most confident members of the JSA.”


Sources for this entry: DC Universe Role-Playing Games: Sourcebooks and Manuals [ West End Games], DC Secret Files, supplemented by titanstower.com


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