Janice Iassiya Lincoln is the daughter of the superhuman mobster Tombstone. Janice's mother was an ex-girlfriend of Tombstone during his early days in organized crime. Janice grew up having a relatively normal life with Tombstone occasionally showing up to help out with bills and schooling and being an active father as much as he could. However, Janice sought the thrill of her father's lifestyle despite Tombstone wishing for her to be a lawyer so she could be a "legal crook". After graduating from Columbia, Janice rose up quickly as a criminal defense lawyer for a high-end law firm. It was a few years later that Baron Zemo and the Fixer provided Janice with a suit of Beetle armor and a nano-virus as part of their plan to destroy the new Captain America after they sought her help smuggling some illegal goods legally through the right channels.
Janice Lincoln was created by writer Ed Brubaker and artist Jackson Butch Guice and first appeared in Captain America Vol.1 issue 607 (2010).
Major Story Arcs
The all new Beetle fights Bucky and Black Widow in a short battle and is defeated. Bucky unmasks her, and realizes she is culpable in using the nano-virus on him. She is imprisoned in the Raft, where she reveals that she knows Captain America and Bucky are one and the same. While Janice resists Bucky and the Widow's attempts to interrogate her for the identity of her employer, the Fixer asks Zemo whether they should punish her for her failure. Zemo is merciful, saying that she knows no information that would hurt them. Janice is left to her own devices, and the heroes still manage to piece together Zemo's identity. However, Zemo still exposes Captain America's true identity to the general public.
Now she is a member of Boomerang's Sinister Six. After being defeated by Superior Spider-Man, Boomerang is secretly contracted by the Chameleon to recover the head of former Maggia leader Silvermane from the Owl. To this end, Boomerang deceives the team into agreeing to help him. However, after the original Beetle, the reformed Abe Jenkins, is assigned to be Boomerang's parole officer, the team vote him out and Janice as their new team leader. Speed Demon's vote is motivated by his unrequited attraction for her.The others note that the Beetle becomes more despotic as team leader, but attribute this as a reaction to the pressure to succeed and avoid incarceration. Boomerang secretly notifies Power Man and Iron Fist of the Sinister Six's whereabouts. Janice and her teammates are arrested, but Boomerang frees them in transit to jail and reclaims his leadership role.
After assaulting the Owl's base the Beetle, Overdrive and Speed Demon were captured by the villain and interrogated. The Beetle tried to blackmail the Owl into releasing them while covertly dialing for back-up. Unimpressed the Owl got ready to execute her when reinforcements arrived in the form of Tombstone who was revealed to be her father to rest of the group.
Powers and Abilities
The Beetle suit allows the wearer to fly, and stick to walls. Janice's armor seems to be loosely based on the armor designed by the Tinkerer for Abe Jenkins after his original Beetle armor was destroyed by Iron Man. However, the Zemo/FIxer costume does not seem to have the electro-byte offensive capability or the internal battle computer of Jenkins' suit. In her initial appearance, she uses military-grade weaponry to ambush Bucky and the Black Widow.
Marvel Avengers Alliance
Beetle is feature as a boss in the game, she is introduced in Special Operation 31: "Jessica Jones".
Her bio in the game says: Janice Lincoln was given a suit of beetle armor by Baron Zemo and Fixer. She eventually found herself working with Boomerang until he had a change of heart and now sells her skills to the highest bidder.
She was later released as a playable character that can be recruited by winning the PVP Season 30 Tournament.
Her bio as a hero says: Janice Lincoln is the daughter of the superhuman monster, Tombstone. She idolized her father, but Janice was encouraged by her father to pursue a safer life. Janice studied law and eventually became a criminal defense lawyer at a high-end law firm. While settling a dispute between Baron Zemo and Fixer, she volunteered to join them as a Super Villain. Janice was given a suit of beetle armor and a persona to match. As a villain for hire, Janice sought to run her own group of Super Villains but was eventually captured and locked away in Ryker's. Agent Coulson decided to give her another chance working with S.H.I.E.L.D. as a form of community service.
- Beetle was featured in the HeroClix figure game.
- Beetle was included in the Marvel Legends Absorbing Man Build-a-Figure wave from Hasbro.
- Beetle appears as a black pawn in the Marvel Chess series from Eaglemoss Publications.