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James Mattoon Higgins




Alias: Joe Higgins
The Shield


Eyes: Blue
Hair: Light brown
Race: Human cyborg


Occupation: Soldier
Legal status: U.S. citizen
Marital Status: Single
Identity: Publicly known
Known relatives: William Higgins (father)
Group affiliation: U.S. army


Story: Lieutenant Joe Higgins was station in Afganistan, where he and his platoon were ambushed, and Higgins was mortally wounded. He was flown to a medical facility where medical specialists saved his life by cybernetically enhancing him. Two of the specialists, as it was revealed, were Higgins' father and Robert Dickering [Red Circle: The Shield #1].

After recouperating, Higgins was sent back into the service in Afganistan. He was given the name The Shield, but his identity was publicly known to boost morale among the soldiers [Red Circle: The Shield #1].


Skills & abilities: Enhanced strenght, speed and endurance, some degree of invulnerability, limited flight capability, enhanced sight with access to the spectrum from infrared to ultraviolet, and the ability to monitor radio frequencies.


Continuity: DC Universe, Earth-1
Company: DC Comics
First app.: Green Arrow/Black Canary #20 (2009)
Creator(s): Irv Novick
Harry Shorten
J. Michael Straczynski
Scott McDaniel
Country of origin: USA USA


Related links/characters:
- DC Comics characters
- Robert Dickering/The Hangman