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Citizen Soldier is the constantly-reincarnating spirit of George Washington, although Stormwatch: Team Achilles' Ben Santini is not aware of this: the Soldier's earliest identified incarnation was Major Alexander Abernathy, a member of the Union Cavalry during the American Civil War. Stormwatch had information on every incarnation up until 1947 when he apparently vanished from the public eye. The Citizen Soldiers during this time were later revealed to have been assassinated for various reason by members of the US government, including Junior Senator Sonny Terns.

In 2003, Citizen Soldier resurfaced in the form of Steve Gatesniak, a multi-billionaire computer entrepreneur. For over 20 years Citizen Soldier had built up his wealth while assembling an army of loyal followers and employees who would help him dispose of, what he believed to be, the hopelessly corrupt US government. He began his attack by robbing The Federal Reserve on Wall Street, the same attack which resulted in the death of Blake Coleman.

Following this he launched various attacks upon the Senate, the Supreme Court, the global satellite network, the stock market and more. During this time he also projected his own memories into the heads of American citizens via their dreams, showing them the various demises of past incarnations.

Ultimately Stormwatch was able to foil his plans and were about to apprehend him with plans to place him in a cryogenic holding unit preventing any further reincarnations, when he was killed by a member of Ivana Baiul's Civil Defense Administration known as Giant. Soon after Citizen Soldier manifested in the body of a newborn illegal Chinese immigrant.

  • Citizen Soldier is an analogue of Marvel Comics's Captain America.
  • Citizen Soldier's name comes from the epitaph on George Washington's tombstone: "When we assumed the Soldier, we did not lay aside the Citizen."
  • Citizen Soldier's previous host bodies are references to WildStorm staff: "Abernathy" refers to editor Ben Abernathy, and "Cassaday" is a reference to Planetary artist John Cassaday.


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