Powerhouse (Marvel)(02 - Alex Power)
Real Name: Alexander 'Alex' Power
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Alex Power can negate the force of gravity on himself and on other living beings and objects through anti-gravitons. In order to reduce the pull of gravity on an object or a living being other than himself, Alex must be in physical contact with object or being. The limits of the amount of mass on which Alex can successfully use his power are not yet known. However, he has succeeded in negating the force of gravity on his father's matter/anti-matter converter, an enormous object weighing many tons, enough to carry it many stories above the Earth's surface.
Alex can control the extent to which he reduces the pull of gravity enough so that he can hover above the Earth's surface at the height he desires, and not simply keep on going upward into outer space. Apparently Alex can also increase the pull of gravity on himself through generating gravitons. In his first clash with the Snarks, Alex thus successfully resisted the pull of a Snarl tractor beam that had a force equivalent to six times Earth's gravity. However, as yet Alex has seldom used this power to increase the pull of gravity, and it is unclear whether he can use this power to increase the force of gravity on living beings and objects he touches.
Presumably as Alex grows older the extent of his powers and his mastery of them will increase. In addition, the members of the Power Pack can heal themselves by sharing their life forces with one another.
As the oldest member of Power Pack, Alex is capable of "stealing" his siblings powers for his own use. It was during his Powerpax and Powerhouse phase that he was in control of his power as well as the powers of his siblings, which included energy absorption, density control and flight at speeds that rivaled the speed of sound.
Alex Power was the oldest child of Dr. James Power, a physicist who worked for the United States government on a means of producing large quantities of energies cheaply through combining matter and anti-matter. (The subatomic particles composing anti-matter have opposite charges to those of the equivalent particles of matter itself. When matter contacts anti-matter, both are converted entirely into vast quantities of energies.)
An alien Kymellian named Aelfyre Whitemane (nicknamed "Whitey") learned of Power's discovery and intended to stop it. Whitemane knew that a device such as Power's would, despite Power's good intentions, trigger a chain reaction that would destroy the Earth. Moreover, he knew that Power's device was sought by alien Z'nrx, nicknamed "Snarks," who intended to use it to conquer inhabited worlds.
When Snarks captured Dr. Power and his wife Margaret, intending to force him to reveal the secret of his device, Whitemane saved the Powers's children, Alex, Julie, Jack, and Katie, from being captured, but he himself was fatally wounded in the process. Dying, Whitemane transferred a different one of his superhuman powers into each of the four Power children, and asked them to use their new abilities to save their world.
Alex received the power to control gravity, and called himself Gee after the common scientific abbreviation for gravitational force ("G"). The four children called themselves the Power Pack. Power Pack thwarted the Snarks, rescued their parents, and destroyed Dr. Power's dangerous matter/anti-matter converter, thereby saving the Earth from destruction. The four children have since continued to have adventures as Power Pack, assisted by Whitey's Kymellian Smartship, Friday.
Some time later, Alex was contacted to help save the New Warriors from the Sphinx. For this adventure he was convinced to absorb the powers of his siblings and help the Warriors as Powerpax. After the adventure, he returned his siblings powers and promised not to steal them again. But soon after the Warriors needed his help again, and he broke his promise. This time, however, he realized how dangerous it was for children to be superheroes, and decided not to give his siblings their powers back, to his family's chagrin. Instead, Alex continued with the New Warriors, changing his codename to Powerhouse out of guilt about the fate of Power Pack. He shared many adventures with the Warriors, but after the team allowed the Smartship Friday to be severely damaged to stop Volx, he quit the Warriors and gave his family their powers back. Retaining the gravity-control power, Alex renamed himself Zero-G and has returned to adventuring with his brother and sisters.
As Zero-G, Alex has control over gravity. This control is primarily centered on himself, but can extent to items or people he is in contact with. He usually uses this power to negate gravity's effects, but must rely on his siblings to provide momentum in order to fly. As Destroyer, Alex had Katie's energy absorption power. As Mass Master, Alex had Jack's density power. As Powerhouse, Alex had all of his siblings' powers.
First Appearance: The New Warriors (1990) #64
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Fantastic Four (1961)
#337 The New Warriors (1990)
- 'Into the Time Stream!'
#64 Venom: The Hunted (1996)
- 'Bang and Blame'#65
- 'Slave Machine'#67
- 'The Evil Among Us'#68
- 'Just Yesterday'#69
- 'Some Time To Kill'#70
- 'Time Will Tell'#71
- 'The Fire In Which We Burn'#73
- 'Damn the Torpedoes'#74
- 'Sweet Sorrow'
#2 Web of Scarlet Spider (1995)
- 'The Stalking'#3
- 'Take the A Train'
- 'Rude Awakening!'#4
- 'Red Reign'
New Warriors (Marvel)
Power Pack (Marvel)
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