Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Profile: Jesse Quick

Jesse (Quick) Chambers
First appearance: Justice Society of America #1, 1992

Current status: officially joined the JSA and married Rick Tyler, son of the first Hourman.

Was subjected to the following act of discrimination: Geoff Johns didn’t exactly make much use out of her when he wrote the Flash from 2000-2005, and in the middle of the run, in issue #200, he wrote that she put all her energy into Wally West to fight the new Reverse-Flash, but as a result of doing so, she knocked the exact connection she has to her father’s special speed formula, which she first began taking at a young age, out of place, and couldn’t access it properly.

What’s wrong with how this was done? Her act in and of itself may have been with noble intentions, to help stop a demonic fiend, but it doesn’t excuse the fact that Johns seemed to have done it simply as a way of all but writing her out of use, instead of trying to make some real use out of her as a character.

Was there anything good to come out of this? Yes, in that Johns at least didn’t try to go overboard with Jesse the way that other writers, Johns himself included, did with other femmes during that year of 2005. Speedsters do have some kind of luck, don’t they? She has since become the new Liberty Belle, the role first assumed by her mother, Libby Lawrence, and has married Rick Tyler, who himself takes up the role first assumed by his father, Rex. The scientific experiments the two of them worked on must've even had a real romantic impact on each other, since as of now, they are a smokin' hot item together, to the point of where it'd look like they're "joined at the hip."

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