Group Affiliation: Infinity, Inc. (LexCorp version)
Base of Operations: Metropolis
Origin: Last Year
First Appearance: 52 #9 (July 6, 2006)*
Death: Killed in battle with Blockbuster III
Eliza Harmon grew up in Manchester, Alabama, where she became a fan of local hero Impulse, the Flash, and the Teen Titans. The summer she turned 18, Lex Luthor announced the Everyman Project**: a synthetic metagene treatment that could give anyone super-powers. She signed up immediately, determined to become a speedster. Eliza became one of the first subjects, and a founding member of LexCorp’s premiere super-hero team.
Unfortunately, Eliza was not prepared for the psychological impact of living life at super-speed. While the team was still training, she turned to taking a drug called “the sharp” to slow herself down. One day, angry and frustrated with what her life had become, she threatened Luthor and ran out on the team.
Ashamed, she spent the next month detoxing herself. Finally she asked her friend and teammate, Natasha Irons, to plead her case. She apologized, and Luthor let her back on the team. Thrilled at the second chance, Eliza was determined to do everything right this time, become a “true super-hero,” even ask the Titans to make her the new Kid Flash. As the team picked up the name Infinity, Inc., Eliza took on the name Trajectory.
Sadly, the team’s debut ended in tragedy. They battled the new Blockbuster in Las Vegas, and just as they subdued him, the Teen Titans arrived. Eliza met her idols (well, sort of, given the state of the team), but then the villain caught a second wind and escaped. Trajectory was the first to react, chasing the villain down and nearly catching him. Her speed failed her at a critical moment. Blockbuster killed her.
Lex Luthor does not take kindly to threats, insults, or betrayal. There is a secret about the Everyman Project: Luthor can, at will, shut off any subject’s super-powers remotely. He gave Eliza Harmon just enough time to build her up, then cut off her powers at the most dramatically appropriate time. Luthor got rid of a loose cannon and gained a martyr with the flick of a switch.
Eliza Harmon was mourned by her hometown. Infinity, Inc. and the Titans attended the funeral, and Luthor himself gave the eulogy.Text by Kelson Vibber. Do not copy without permission.
- Red and Gold, Thumbs Up: 52 #21 (September 27, 2006) - Keith Giffen, Joe Bennett and Jack Jadson
- Green and Purple: 52 #17 (August 30, 2006) - Keith Giffen, Chris Batista and Ruy Jose or Jack Jadson
- 52 #9 (July 6, 2006): “Dream of America,” Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid
- 52 #17 (August 30, 2006): “Last of the Czarnians,” Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid
- 52 #21 (September 27, 2006): “Teambuilding Exercises,” Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid
* It is possible that Eliza may have appeared in issues of Impulse, but nothing comes to mind. I plan on making a full index of the series eventually, which should find her if she’s there.
** LexCorp’s Everyman Project went public shortly after the Infinite Crisis, beginning with a core super-hero team constructed for PR purposes. This team became Infinity, Inc. Lexcorp later opened it up to anyone who tested compatible with the process... and could afford their price. Hundreds signed up. Most lost their powers when Lex Luthor, in a fit of frustration, deactivated them at the stroke of midnight on New Years Eve. Many were flying at the time, and died as they fell to earth. By the time a year had passed (i.e. at the point DC’s titles picked up “One Year Later”), only a handful still had their powers.