Yes, Valerie was shot in comic 001. She got better (it was just a tranquilizer).
A quick recap:
- Valerie and Derrick Fischer both work for Solaricorp, creating force shields for fusion power generators. The company is now destroyed.
- Atlantian was buying out Solaricorp for the force shield technology, to be used for military purposes instead.
- The Septentrion is . . . ?