Many fans of The Flash were very excited to hear the recent news that Jesse Quick will indeed be returning for Season 3. Actress Violett Beane confirmed the news in an interview with TVLine.
In The Flash, Jesse Quick is known as the strong-minded, kind-hearted daughter of Harry — Earth-2 Harrison Wells. However, her comic book counterpart is a little different. Created back in 1992, Jesse Quick has since been involved in some major DC Comics storylines. As we eagerly anticipate the return of Violett Beane on The Flash, what better time to get to know the comic book character a little better? Here is everything you need to know about the hero known as Jesse Quick.
Jesse Quick's Parents Were Superheroes
It seems superheroics runs in the Quick family. In DC Comics, Jesse Chambers was the daughter of superheroes Johnny Quick and Liberty Belle, both of whom were staples of the Golden Age of comics.
This clearly differs from Jesse's parentage on The Flash. However, remember that Earth-1 Wells turned out to be Reverse-Flash. Could we see something similar happen with Jesse's parents? Don't be too shocked if The Flash manages to weave a surprise nod to the comics into their storytelling. And let's not forget about the fact that we don't even know if Earth-1 Jesse actually exists. So many possibilities!
Jesse Quick Inherited Her Parents' Powers
Jesse's mother Libby Lawrence — the original Liberty Belle — was incredibly strong with enhanced speed and stamina. Her father Johnny Quick was a speedster who learned a formula — 3X2(9YZ)4A — that gave him his speed. Although she was born with her mother's powers, Johnny was able to teach Jesse his formula and transform her into a speedster.
This is quite interesting as we know The Flash's Earth-2 Jesse got hit with a wave of dark matter and assumed she would ultimately end up with super speed (give it time) but wouldn't it be really cool if she also had Liberty Belle-like superpowers as well? I know she has different parents in The Flash, but just how much do we know about her mother in the show? Food for thought. However it turns out on TV, the comic book Jesse Quick was certainly blessed with superpowers.
She Originally Decided Not To Fight Crime
The comic book iteration of Jesse did not want to become a crimefighter. Despite being blessed with her mother's powers and gaining her father's speed, Jesse opted to continue her studies at Gotham University instead. She began learning about the recently re-emerged Justice Society of America, but it wouldn't be long before she would team up with her father, the JSA, and the Flashes to fight crime. This is quite like the Jesse from The Flash who also appeared to be quite studious. Some of the similarities are already there.
She Had An Uneasy History With Wally West
After watching The Flash TV series, I imagine your initial reaction to this statement would be one of disbelief. Despite it looking like these two might become The Flash's next big relationship, their comic book history is a little less fun and a little more checkered.
In the comics, Wally West — the third man to be the Flash — inadvertently ends up manipulating Jesse Chambers. After she finally takes up the mantle of Jesse Quick and becomes a crime-fighting speedster, West asks her to become his replacement should anything happen to him.
However, said request was part of a ruse in order to get Impulse (Bart Allen) to take his role as a superhero and Flash's successor more seriously. Jesse became quite bitter about Wally's betrayal and accused him of being a "puppeteer." However, she did end up saving his life later on but injured her leg in the process. West would go on to heal her with help from the Speed Force, but she subsequently lost her speed, only to regain it thanks to help from Wally once again.
Her Father Sacrificed Himself To Save Her
Like many comic book superheroes, Jesse has also experienced her fair share of tragedy. During the battle with the Flash's enemy Savitar to regain her speed, her father ultimately sacrificed himself to the Speed Force in order to protect Jesse from Savitar's forces.
She's Been A Member Of Many DC Teams
Jesse Quick certainly gets around. Throughout her 24 years of comic book history, she has been a member of many illustrious DC superhero factions and teams. Since 1992, Jesse has been a member of the Teen Titans, Justice Society of America, The Conglomerate, and even the Justice League! Not bad for someone who originally didn't even want to become a crimefighter, huh?
She Carried On Her Mother's Legacy
Jesse Chambers may be renowned for becoming the superhero speedster Jesse Quick, but did you know that she also honored her mother's legacy by becoming the second Liberty Belle? As she inherited her mother's super strength, stamina and speed (doubled up with her father's super speed), it totally makes sense that she would want to carry on her mother's legacy — she was well capable of it!
Although it is unknown if she could reach the same heights of power that her mother did — we don't know if she can utilize her mother's subsonic bursts, for instance — it is still really cool that she became Liberty Belle. Furthermore, it is without a doubt the ultimate tribute to her heroic mother.
She Marries Rick Tyler
In the comics Jesse Quick is married to Hourman. And no, it's not the same Hourman that Patrick J. Adams is portraying on Legends of Tomorrow — that's Rex Tyler, the original Hourman and Rick's father. With Jesse donning the mantle of Liberty Belle and Rick Hourman, the couple represent the second generation of superheroes.
Despite being on two separate, disbanded factions of the JSA, they remained happily married and Jesse eventually became pregnant with Rick's child. Good for them!
Jesse Quick may differ greatly from the version in The Flash, but let's not forget that the TV series has an incredible tendency to retell some of our favorite comic book stories in their own unique way — Flashpoint anyone? I wouldn't be surprised if some more characteristics of the comic book Jesse Quick ended up on the show in Season 3.
Either way, Violett Beane is amazing as the character and I can't wait to see her return.
Are you excited for the return of Jesse Quick? Are you a fan of the comic book version of the character? Let us know in the comments!