Spider-Woman Leads Marvel's New Female Superhero Team

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Captain America #7 by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Adam Kubert, Frank Martin and Joe Caramagna, in stores now.

In Marvel's current Captain America series, Steve Rogers has been dealing with a country that has become disenchanted with his red, white and blue approach to superheroics. Due to the events of Secret Empire, trust in the star-spangled Avenger's brand is shaken, and villains are coming out of the woodwork to use this new status quo to their advantage. In a bid to defeat their enemy on the political stage, two of Cap's longtime enemies, Alexa Lukin and her recently resurrected husband Aleksander Lukin, seem to have arranged the death of Thunderbolt Ross... a murder Steve Rogers has just been framed for.

Being the honorable man that he is, Steve feels he has no choice but to surrender to the authorities. The First Avenger now finds himself locked up for a crime he did not commit, but all hope is not lost. As Captain America #7 comes to a close, a new team of superheroes rises up to come to the aid of Captain America: The Daughters of Liberty.

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Following Steve's imprisonment, Sharon Carter, seeing the injustice unfolding in front of her, takes it upon herself to recruit a team of heroes to help Cap out. She travels deep underground until she finds herself in a secret base. There, she summons the Daughters of Liberty, a team comprised of Jessica Drew, Susan Storm, Mockingbird, Echo, Misty Knight, White Tiger and Annabelle Riggs, the human host of Valkyrie.

While this new team of female superheroes, apparently led by Spider-Woman is new to us, it appears that it may not be new to the Marvel Universe. When Sharon calls forth the team, it's with the Latin phrase "Aeternum filias," which translates to "Eternal Daughters." She continues by saying that their services are needed once more -- and that's when the team teleports in. Though we've never seen them in action, it appears that this team, or some version of it, has been secretly active for an unspecified amount of time.

How long? Well, given their name, it's possible they've been around for a very, very long time. After all, the name is one steeped in the history of the American Revolution. In the real world, and presumably Marvel's continuity, The Daughters of Liberty were a union of female patriots that first banded in 1765 to protest British taxation, and the name was eventually extended to any woman who fought for American freedom during the war.

It's possible, likely even, that Spider-Women's team is the spiritual descendant of this original union of female patriots. The idea that their base of operation is so deep underground, below subways and other modern creations, indicates that they might very well have been operating since the days of the American Revolution, with the new high-tech gear a sign that they have evolved with the times.

Either way, we'll learn more about the Daughters of Liberty next issue, when a whole new chapter of American -- and Marvel -- history will be revealed.

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