Aqueduct was a veteran in the Vietnam War, Peter was wounded and sent to paramedics on a ship who used an experimental device to keep him alive until a storm settled and they could operate. A lightning bolt strike destroyed the device but rejuvenated Peter. While convalescing, he learned he could manipulate water and cause it to assume a solid three-dimensional shape of his choosing and make it follow any directions he gave it. He took the name Water Wizard and became a petty thief using his powers to manipulate the water into creating different water beasts to rob banks. Originally working for the Enforcer, Water Wizard was sent against Ghost Rider and attempted to create various water monsters in hopes of defeating him. Ghost Rider used his hellfire which while not burning the Water Wizard's body, did burn his soul. Water Wizard fled and after recovering continued service with his employer The Enforcer. When Ghost Rider found the villains' hideout, Water Wizard immediately attempted to flee but after witnessing the Enforcer's courage, he mustered up enough for himself and battled Ghost Rider. Ghost Rider eventually defeated Water Wizard with a swift punch and sent him to prison.
Later employed by Justin Hammer to battle Iron Man with several other villains, Water Wizard quickly sped off in a self-created motorboat due to his cowardice.
Water Wizard was created by Jim Shooter and Don Heck in 1977 and first appeared in Ghost Rider # 23.
Major Story Arcs
Force of Nature
After a criminal career as Water Wizard, he became the eco-terrorist Aqueduct and joined the Force of Nature.
Masters of Evil
The Crimson Cowl would bring together twenty-five super villains into her Masters of Evil for one orchestrated plan to rule the world. Aqueduct and the Masters of Evil would split up in different groups and acquire important components so they could install numerous weather modulators around the world. The world would bow to their feet after they unleashed cataclysmic storms in various countries. Hawkeye and five Thunderbolts members discovered their base and devised a plan to take down the Masters. Moonstone would join the Masters so she can get inside their defenses while the rest of the T-Bolts took down five foes and wear their costumes as disguises. Moonstone revealed to the Cowl that the T-Bolts were disguised as members of the Masters of Evil. Hawkeye and the T-Bolts removed their disguises and all hell broke loose. Aqueduct hits Atlas in the face with a water blast but gets taken down by Songbird. Moonstone betrays the Masters and takes down the Crimson Cowl. Aqueduct and the rest of the Masters of Evil are defeated and placed into custody.
During the Civil War, Aqueduct would be captured by members of the Thunderbolts. Aqueduct registers under the Superhuman Registration Act and join the Thunderbolts Army. The Thunderbolts had to fight off cities filled with civilians who were suddenly empowered when the Grandmaster opened up the Wellspring of Power. The Thunderbolts were broken up into numerous squads and sent to various locations throughout the world. Aqueduct was part of the Omega squad which also consisted of the Killer Shrike, Ox and Slyde. This group was responsible of maintaining order in Sydney, Australia.
Aqueduct struggled to remain in Australia due to his criminal record. When Norman Osborn took control of the US superhuman forces he reformed the Initiative (a coalition of US super-teams) to be much more lax in regards to criminal activity (drug use and theft were almost entirely ignored). Of course, none of this was known to the public. Aqueduct was informed of this new system and recruited. Trained only briefly, he was placed on the newly reformed and legalized Force of Nature (which was almost the same as its original roster). Aqueduct likely did various criminal activities; it is known for certain he at least did not object to the unethical decisions of his teammates.
When the Heavy Hitters seceded from the Initiative due to Outback (really Boomerang) stealing and blaming it on anti-Osborn teammate Non-Stop, the Force of Nature was one of the Initiative teams sent to take them down. The Avengers Resistance arrived to help the Hitters, and a wild fight began. Aqueduct participated fully in aiding his teammates. The Resistance and Hitters escaped, though Taskmaster shot and nearly killed Night Thrasher II. Prodigy, the Heavy Hitters' captain, decided to stay behind to demonstrate a stand against Osborn's Initiative. Much of the Initiative forces including Aqueduct charged in and brutally beat Prodigy (far more than was necessary to subdue him). Unbeknownst to them, Tigra had hidden a camera and recorded the entire thing. The video was swiftly posted on YouTube. While their image was tarnished, the Force of Nature remained an Initiative team for a while after.
During Siege, the invasion of Asgard b Norman Osborn's troops, the Force of Nature were one of the Initiative teams attacking the magical city. The Asgardians won, thanks much in part to the help of the Avengers Resistance and the New Avengers. Many more of Osborn's Initiative's illegal activities were revealed and combined with the data already shown much of the members recruited by Osborn were wanted for various crimes. If Aqueduct was not killed in battle or arrested, he departed Asgard swiftly as a fugitive.