SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Avengers #676 by Mark Waid, Al Ewing, Jim Zub, Pepe Larraz, David Curiel and Cory Petit, on sale now.
While the world is in a state of crisis, the forgotten Avenger known as Voyager has risen again to lead the collective teams in the face of danger — but her disappearance and reappearance are so tied into the chaos that her very existence is suspect. It can’t just be a coincidence that this hero we’ve never heard of has returned during the world’s more dire crisis, after all. And while the Avengers all now have fond memories of their long-missing teammate, they’re almost too trusting of her story.
Of course, Voyager isn’t the first forgotten hero from time gone by who has returned when they’re needed most. But what can we learn from other lost heroes, and what does her connection to a C-List member of Justice League Task Force have to do with anything at all?
In Avengers #676, we saw how Voyager was erased from everyone’s memories in a fight against the Squadron Sinister taken — or rather adapted — from Avengers #70. While fighting the Squadron member Victory, her spacetime powers interacted with his electromagnetic powers and erased them both from the timeline and from everyone’s memories. The character of Victory is an interesting one though, because like Voyager he didn’t exist until this storyline, but like all members of the Squadron Sinister he is analogous to a member of the Justice League; in this case, Triumph.
Triumph was created by Mark Waid, Brian Augustyn and Howard Porter, and debuted in Justice League America #92. It was established that Triumph was the son of a supervillain’s henchman and grew up resentful of villains while looking up to her heroes, in particular Hourman who arrested his father. Gifted with electromagnetic abilities, Triumph assembled the Justice League of America in their first appearance but was forced to sacrifice himself in such a manner that he was erased from history.
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