Fer-de-Lance (comics)

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Fer-de-Lance
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceCaptain America #337 (January 1988)
Created byMark Gruenwald
Tom Morgan
In-story information
Alter egoTeresa Vasquez
Team affiliationsSerpent Society
Serpent Squad
AbilitiesExperienced street fighter
Enhanced strength and durability
Retractable razor-edged claws on gloves and boots

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Fer-de-Lance (Teresa Vasquez) is a fictional super villain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Publication history[edit]

Fer-de-Lance first appeared in Captain America #337 (January 1988) and was created by Mark Gruenwald and Tom Morgan.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Teresa Vasquez was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Hired as a personal assassin for the Viper, Fer-de-Lance and her allies Puff Adder, Black Racer, and Copperhead, the fourth Serpent Squad, pulled a number of bank heists in Las Vegas. Fer-de-Lance was trained in battle with razor-edged claws that retract from her gloves and boots. During one of their casino robberies, Captain America and his allies Falcon, Nomad, and Demolition-Man intervened and defeated the group of professional criminals, placing them in jail.[1] Soon after, Fer-de-Lance and the others were rescued by Sidewinder,[2] and initiated into the Serpent Society. However, she was secretly a double agent of the Viper, and enabled the Viper to teleport into Serpent Society headquarters.[3]

Fer-de-Lance feigned a friendship with Diamondback during her first night with the Serpent Society, but quickly turned on her when Viper's scheme to overthrow Sidewinder as leader of the criminal organization succeeded. Betraying Sidewinder and Diamondback, Fer-de-Lance was the first to find the pair hiding in a control room. During the skirmish, Fer-de-Lance lunged at Diamondback, who promptly dodged her attack. Fer-de-Lance, pressing her retractable razors into a computer, suffered an electric shock and was defeated.[4] After Viper abandoned the group of mercenaries, Fer-de-Lance continued to serve with the Serpent Society.

During one mission with the Serpent Society, Fer-de-Lance and her comrades Copperhead and Diamondback were ambushed by the mysterious Mister Jip. Later, at Diamondback's trial, Fer-de-Lance voted guilty.[5] After Diamondback escaped, Fer-de-Lance and Cottonmouth were sent to spy on the Avengers headquarters. They later returned to the Serpent Citadel, but were attacked by Captain America, who shattered Fer-de-Lance's razors. After the battle, she and Cottonmouth, along with the defeated Serpent Society members Cobra, Bushmaster, Coachwhip, Black Racer, and Rattler were sent to the Vault.[6]

Subsequently, Fer-de-Lance has also appeared with the Serpent Society as they battled Jack Flag, but was defeated by Force Works.[7] Most recently, Fer-de-Lance was seen with the group as they attempted to exact revenge on Diamondback for her earlier betrayal, and auction Captain America off to several of his enemies. Captain America eventually escaped, and together with Diamondback defeated Fer-de-Lance and the Serpent Society.[8]

She appeared in "Brand New Day" as one of the villains in The Bar With No Name.[9]

During the "Secret Invasion" storyline, Fer-de-Lance rejoined the Serpent Society. The Society held a number of civilians hostage in a compound in the American Midwest claiming they were protecting themselves from the Skrulls. However, they were easily defeated by Nova and his new Nova Corps.[10]

As part of the "All-New, All-Different Marvel," Fer-de-Lance appears as a member of Viper's Serpent Society under its new name Serpent Solutions.[11]

During the "Opening Salvo" part of the "Secret Empire" storyline, Fer-de-Lance was with Serpent Solutions at the time when they are recruited by Baron Helmut Zemo to join his Army of Evil.[12]

In a prelude to the "Hunted" storyline, several members of the Serpent Society were captured by Kraven the Hunter, Taskmaster, and Black Ant and forced to participate in a murderous hunt set up by Arcade. Black Mamba, Cottonmouth, Bushmaster, Black Racer, Puff Adder, Rock Python, and Fer-de-Lance were placed in electric cages to wait for the hunt to commence.[13]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Due to a chemical enhancement of her musculature, Fer-de-Lance possesses enhanced strength and durability. She wears two retractable 8-inch (200 mm) omnium steel razor-edged claws which fit into a forearm sheath, one on each arm. She also has two 3-inch (76 mm) long spring-loaded retractable omnium steel spikes which extend from the toes of her boots.

She has extensive experience in street-fighting techniques.

Teresa Vasquez also speaks Spanish.

References[edit]

  1. Captain America #337. Marvel Comics.
  2. Captain America #338. Marvel Comics.
  3. Captain America #341. Marvel Comics.
  4. Captain America #341-342. Marvel Comics.
  5. Captain America #380. Marvel Comics.
  6. Captain America #382. Marvel Comics.
  7. Captain America #434-437. Marvel Comics.
  8. Captain America vol. 4 #30-31. Marvel Comics.
  9. Amazing Spider-Man #563. Marvel Comics.
  10. Nova vol. 4 #19. Marvel Comics.
  11. Captain America: Sam Wilson #4. Marvel Comics.
  12. Captain America: Steve Rogers #16. Marvel Comics.
  13. Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 5 #16. Marvel Comics.

External links[edit]

  • Fer-de-Lance at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe


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