Janice Lincoln is the daughter of the super-powered mobster, Tombstone. Janice's mother was an ex-girlfriend of Tombstone during his early days in organized crime. Janice grew up a semi-normal life with Tombstone in and out of her life, usually showing up to help out with bills and schooling. However, Janice sought the thrill of her father's lifestyle.
Becoming the New Beetle
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 (Bucky Barnes). She emerged from the rubble of an explosion she caused to confront Captain America (Bucky) and Black Widow.
The all new Beetle fought Bucky and Black Widow in a short battle and was defeated. Bucky unmasked her, and realized she was responsible for using the nano-virus on him, when she posed as a bartender to slip it into a drink while in a bar with Steven Rogers and the Falcon. She was imprisoned in the Raft where she revealed that she knew Captain America and Bucky are one and the same. While Janice resisted Bucky and the Widow's attempts to interrogate her for the identity of her employer, the Fixer asked Zemo whether they should punish her for her failure. Zemo was merciful, saying that she knew no information that would hurt them. Janice was left to her own devices, and the heroes still managed to piece together Zemo's identity. However, Zemo still exposed Captain America's true identity to the general public.
Through unknown means, she was apparently freed and became a member of Boomerang's Sinister Six fighting Superior Spider-Man. After being imprisoned, Boomerang was secretly contracted by the Chameleon to recover the head of former Maggia leader Silvermane from the Owl. To this end, Boomerang deceived the team into agreeing to help him.
However, after the original Beetle, the reformed Abe Jenkins, was assigned to be Boomerang's parole officer, the team voted him out and Janice as their new team leader. Speed Demon's vote was motivated by his unrequited attraction for her. The others noted that the Beetle became more despotic as team leader, but attributed this as a reaction to the pressure to succeed and avoid incarceration. Boomerang secretly notified Power Man and Iron Fist of the Sinister Six's whereabouts. Janice and her teammates were arrested, but Boomerang freed them in transit to jail, reclaiming 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 calling for backup. Unimpressed, the Owl prepared to execute her when reinforcements arrived in the form of Tombstone who was revealed to be her father to rest of the group.
In an attempt to capture Boomerang, who had a bounty put on his head by Kingpin, Beetle broke into his apartment only to find one of his roommates, Randy Robertson, alone. The two fell in love at first sight and began dating, although Randy was skeptical about Janice's criminal career. Around this time, and after surviving the hunting of various animal-themed supervillains in Central Park as part of an event orchestrated by Kraven the Hunter, Janice formed a criminal enterprise called the Syndicate with the objective to support female villains in their careers and bridge the gap in male-female disparity of organized crime. She was joined by Scorpia, Lady Octopus, White Rabbit, Trapstr, and the female Electro.
In one of their first missions, the Syndicate captured Boomerang, thrashing the F.E.A.S.T. Center in the process, which was Randy's workplace. After Randy chastised her for thrashing his workplace and kidnapping his roommate, Janice made amends my using her influence to have F.E.A.S.T. rebuilt and granted a permit. Janice and Randy became distanced for some time, but subsequently rekindled their romance just in time for their relationship to become noticed by both Tombstone and Randy's father Robbie Robertson, a reporter enemy of Tombstone. Following Tombstone and Robbie separate attemptes to convince each of their children to stop the relationship, they found themselves working together once Janice and Randy were kidnapped by Madame Masque and Crime Master as part of a plan to take over Tombstone's criminal enterprise. After Janice and Randy were saved by their parents with the help of Spider-Man and the Syndicate, the two lovers decided to move in together.
Powers and Abilities
Typical human weaknesses, without the use of the Beetle armor
- Beetle Armor MK IV: 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.
- Beetle has used Linkedin.
- 60 appearance(s) of Janice Lincoln (Earth-616)
- 10 minor appearance(s) of Janice Lincoln (Earth-616)
- 7 mention(s) of Janice Lincoln (Earth-616)
- 98 image(s) of Janice Lincoln (Earth-616)
- 2 quotation(s) by or about Janice Lincoln (Earth-616)
- 1 item(s) used/owned by Janice Lincoln (Earth-616)