Sprocket (Amelia Barnhardt) is a fictional character in the Marvel Comics Universe where she was primarily a pilot for the superhero team the New Warriors. Her first appearance was in Night Thrasher: Four Control #2. She is African American and presumably in her 40's and she is the mother of deceased Redeemers member, Meteorite.
Fictional character biography
is an old friend of New Warriors mentor Andrew Chord
from their days as mercenaries. When Andrew Chord needed extensive rehab after a self-inflicted gunshot wound Sprocket served as a helicopter pilot for Night Thrasher
and the New Warriors
. Her first mission was to fly the team to the war torn country of Trans-Sable. Sprocket would often smoke cigars, tote huge guns and shout profanities.
Sprocket once had a druken one night stand with fellow mercenary Donald Joshua Clendenon during a mission in Rhodesia. Josh left her with the bar tab the next day.
Sprocket became pregnant with Cardinal's daughter Valerie after their one night stand in Rhodesia. Sprocket chose not to tell Clendenon that she was pregnant and chose to raise Valerie alone. Sprocket enrolled Valerie in a military academy when she was six years old and when Valerie was 18 she joined the Air Force, eventually becoming a Lieutenant until she paralyzed her commanding officer who raped her.
Reunion with Cardinal
The two would later meet again when Cardinal and his team Air Force hijacked a Taylor Foundation plane. Cardinal shot Sprocket in the knee before he and his team were defeated by Night Thrasher. Cardinal and Sprocket met again when Air Force was attacked by the Soldiers of Misfortune while on a relief mission in Africa. When Night Thrasher was kicked out of the New Warriors Sprocket quit being the New Warriors pilot shortly afterwards.
Death of Valerie
Valerie would eventually take the codename Meteorite
and join the Redeemers
to get a pardon for her crimes. Before she could does so she and several Redeemers were murdered by Graviton. According to a jailhouse conversation with Donald after Valerie's death, Amelia and Valerie hadn't spoken in three years.