- In war-torn Europe, liberty and democracy exist mainly as memories! Millions writhe under the cruel heel of an arrogant dictator! Yet, though the hour is dark, a ray of light bursts through the clouds which have gathered across the face of liberty! Freedom is not dead! In the occupied territory there is a man who symbolizes the triumph of democracy! Daily he works under the very eyes of the brutal secret police! He brings a message of hope to the suffering people in the form of the letter `V'! `V' FOR VICTORY!
British officer Lieutenant John Watkins was reported killed during the retreat at Dunkirk in 1940. In fact, he survived, but his superiors saw the opportunity to send him undercover into the occupied countries and help rally local resistance against the Nazis. Operating under the eyes of the Nazi secret police, he adopted the identity of Citizen V while fighting his secret war, leaving a V sign wherever he struck as a way of giving the resistance a symbol. He worked with the assistance of a group of freedom fighters dubbed the V-Battalion.
In 1943, the Citizen V was among a number of heroes who were slain by the Cosmic Cube wielding Red Skull and impaled on a massive wall. However, the Cube was recovered by Private Paul Anselm who resurrected all the slain heroes who aided the combined efforts of the Invaders and the time displaced New Avengers and Might Avengers. When the Skull was defeated the heroes used the Cube to wipe out the Citizen V's memories of the event to preserve history.
Citizen V was murdered in 1944, strangled to death during the Warsaw uprising by Baron Heinrich Zemo, but by this time, the She-Wolf was pregnant with his son. First Paulette, then years later his son and grandson would take on the mantle of Citizen V.
John Watkins was an outstanding soldier and resistance fighter, well versed in both armed and unarmed combat.
Standard military issue equipment
Pistols, knives, rifles and machine guns as needed
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