Riptide got her powers during an undersea accident that would have killed her if not for the mysterious Sea Witch. Her father, Storybook Smith, had carefully written a story on the origins of her powers many years earlier. Her father left before she was born, but she must have grown up with the story of her famous father and his book, which had been stolen.
When Leanna got her powers, she joined Youngblood. Originally she did
it to make some quick money, but soon became an integral part of the
When Riptide agreed to pose nude in Pussicat Magazine, she was
apparently fired from Youngblood, but after Crypt had destroyed part of
Youngblood and Battlestone became leader, she was asked to join again.
During a Youngblood barbecue at the Marcus Langston/Sentinel
household, Riptide found her father's missing book on Langston's shelves
and took it. When Langston realized who had taken the book, he went to
Riptide's room, while she was out walking, to take it back.
Unfortunately Leanna came back early and surprised him. In the following
fight, Langston killed her in cold blood, and tried to frame Knightsabre
for the murder. Langston's plans were revealed by Toby King, who found
the book, and Langston was put in the Hell of Mirrors in Supreme's Citadel.