Agent Liberty (Benjamin Lockwood) is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. Created by Dan Jurgens, he made his debut in Superman vol. 2, #60 (October 1991), and was later given his own solo adventure in Agent Liberty Special # 1 (1992).
Cover to Agent Liberty Special #1, by Dan Jurgens.
|First appearance||Superman #60 (October 1991)|
|Created by||Dan Jurgens|
|Alter ego||Benjamin Lockwood|
|Team affiliations||Sons of Liberty|
Fictional character biographyEdit
Benjamin Lockwood once worked for the CIA but ultimately left in disgust at their methods and the types of missions he was being asked to undertake. He became so disenchanted with the Federal Government as a whole that he joined the paramilitary group called the Sons of Liberty, who outfitted him with the outfit and equipment to become Agent Liberty. As Agent Liberty, Lockwood helped to forward the Sons' cause of overturning the governmental regime which brought him into conflict with Superman, though he later briefly assisted the Justice League in battling Brainiac in the crossover Panic in the Sky. However, when the Sons asked him to assassinate politician Pete Ross, Lockwood refused and helped to bring down the group by sending vital information to reporter Clark Kent (Superman's secret civilian identity).
Lockwood later learns that one of the founders of the Sons of Liberty was his former CIA mentor, and he became so disgusted with this revelation that he burned his Agent Liberty costume, vowing to never adopt the persona again. However, Lockwood subsequently becomes one of the many unwillingly brainwashed victims of a cult started by Brainiac and takes up the Agent Liberty identity once more. Agent Liberty and the other kidnapped meta-humans are rescued by Huntress and Vixen. Later, during the Earth-shaking crisis of Infinite Crisis, Agent Liberty is seen at a mass for fallen and missing superheroes.
Dozens of heroes, Agent Liberty included, also gather to defend the city of Metropolis from the Secret Society of Super-Villains. Liberty is seen heading for a heavily armed cyborg being. Ultimately, the Society loses the battle.
He was apparently killed when Superwoman uses her heat vision on him after she caught him spying on Sam Lane and Lex Luthor. His body was dumped in Metropolis Harbor where it was discovered and brought ashore by a group of boaters. Upon an autopsy it is discovered that Agent Liberty's suit had sent out a distress signal at the moment of his death, leaving clues to who killed him. Metropolis Metacrimes Inspector headed the investigation into Agent Liberty's murder, but before he could remove Liberty's armor, Lucy Lane had Lockwood's body removed from Metropolis City Hospital.
Female Agent LibertyEdit
During the Codename: Patriot arc, a new female Agent Liberty has been seen as part of President Martin Suarez' security team. It is unknown at this time if she is connected to the Sons of Liberty, or even her predecessor Benjamin Lockwood, or if she is in fact yet another agent in General Lane's considerable list of operatives. The new Agent Liberty is apparently killed by Ursa when she attacks the White House during the War of the Supermen.
Powers and abilitiesEdit
Agent Liberty is a highly skilled in military tactics, hand-to-hand combat, and marksmanship. His high-tech battle suit can generate a force-field of energy capable of deflecting bullets, houses weapons such as retractable gauntlet blades, and is equipped with a jetpack that allows for flight.
In other mediaEdit
Sam Witwer portrays Benjamin "Ben" Lockwood/Agent Liberty on Supergirl, set within The CW's live-action Arrowverse. Introduced as the "ruthless and terrifying" main antagonist of the fourth season, this version of the character is depicted as "a brilliant orator in the guise of a family man" who has "eerie abilities of persuasion and manipulation".
Ben Lockwood was once a mild-mannered college history professor who only became an anti-alien activist after losing his home and father Peter (Xander Berkeley) during the Daxamite invasion and Reign's terraforming of Earth, respectively. Upon being fired by the university for his anti-alien opinions, Ben was approached by Lex Luthor's subordinates, Mercy and Otis Graves, who gave him the gear to become a self-proclaimed "Agent of Liberty". As Agent Liberty, Ben founds the Children of Liberty, a human-supremacist group that supports a human-first world order, to rid National City of all alien life while keeping these activities hidden from his wife Lydia (Sarah Smyth) and son George (Graham Verchere).
Ben later defeats reporter Kara Danvers, Supergirl's secret civilian identity, during an alien debate on national television, prompting the network to offer him his very own weekly show named "The Lockdown". After learning of Agent Liberty's true identity with the help of the DEO, Supergirl arrests Ben in front of Lydia. Following the announcement that Agent Liberty has been taken into police custody, a large crowd of human rights activists led by Lydia rallies outside National City Men's Central Jail to protest his imprisonment. Ben is given a full pardon by President Baker, who answers to Lex, on the technicality that all of his victims were aliens rather than humans. He is promoted by Baker as the Director of Alien Affairs for the US government and repeals the Alien Amnesty Act.
After Red Daughter poses as Supergirl and attacks the White House at Lex's request, Baker enforces martial law and deputizes Ben's Children of Liberty, giving them access to weapons from the DEO to begin rounding up aliens on the streets. Following Lydia's death at the hands of one such alien, Ben injects himself with Lena Luthor's experimental "Harun-El" serum and gains superhuman physical attributes to avenge his wife. Upon learning that Lex was the one who orchestrated his rise within the government, Ben kills Otis and attacks Luthor's base of operations on Shelley Island with his Children of Liberty, only to encounter Supergirl's team there instead. In the ensuing battle, Agent Liberty is cured of the Harun-El by James Olsen, thus stripping him of his powers before he and his men are arrested by Alex Danvers. While incarcerated, Ben is enraged to see George blaming him for Lydia's murder and denouncing his anti-alien campaign on national television.
- Wallace, Dan (2008), "Agent Liberty", in Dougall, Alastair (ed.), The DC Comics Encyclopedia, London: Dorling Kindersley, p. 9, ISBN 0-7566-4119-5
- Birds of Prey #72 October 2004
- Infinite Crisis #6
- Superman, Vol. 1, #681 (December 2008)
- Action Comics #873 (March 2009)
- Supergirl (vol. 5) #37 (March 2009)
- Supergirl (vol. 5) #38 (April 2009)
- World of New Krypton #6
- Agard, Chancellor (17 July 2018). "Smallville alum Sam Witwer joins Supergirl season 4 as Agent Liberty". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
- Agent Liberty at the Guide to the DC Universe