Doused with an experimental chemical in a gang war, high school student Virgil Ovid Hawkins gains a variety of electromagnetic powers and becomes a costumed crime fighter. He struggles with finding a balance with his career as a superhero and adolescent teen.
Virgil first gained his extraordinary abilities during a huge war between rival gangs in the city of Dakota. During the war he had hoped to get revenge on a bully/adversary within one of the gangs. The authorities arrive and release a combination of tear gas and a "harmless" radioactive marker in order to keep track of and locate gang members alluding apprehension. Unknown to the police was an experimental mutagen called Quantum Juice (Q-Juice) inside the gas/marker combination. This led to various gang members gaining abilities and powers along with Virgil. This event is known as the so-called "Big Bang". Those who were exposed to this event were referred to as "Bang Babies" because the Big Bang was their meta-human "birth".
When the agency behind the experiment tried to capture Virgil, he fought back, discovering that he had gained the ability to generate, manipulate, and control electromagnetism. He takes on the codename "Static" and, arms himself with his scientific wits and powers to become a superhero. Virgil tries to keep his secret from his family, but his friend (and love interest), Frieda Goren, learns his identity when he attempts to protect her from becoming a prize in a small skirmish between gangs.
Young Justice (TV Series):
During this series, Virgil is captured and experimented on by an alien race called the Reach because he carries the meta-gene, a gene that allows someone to develop abilities in order to survive severe attacks to ones body or nervous system. In the episode "Before the Dawn" he, along with others like him, are rescued by the Team (a young covert group sanctioned by the Justice League) and sent to STAR Labs for protection. In the episode "Cornered" he bonds with young meta-humans (who are all homages to the ethnic heroes from the show "Challenge of the Super Friends"). There's Ty Longshadow and his astral form powers, much like the Apache Chief. Eduardo Dorado Jr. who has the ability to teleport like El Dorado. There's Asami "Sam" Koizumi who is a nod at the character of Samurai. Lastly is the leader of the "runaways", Virgil Hawkins who is the Black Vulcan of the group.
In "Runaways" they eventually escape STAR to find a different path, while Virgil hopes to get them back to his family so he can help them in Dakota. With STAR hot on their trail they're soon attacked by members of the Reach and rescued by Blue Beetle (who at the time was being manipulated by the Reach).
In "The Hunt" they return the favor by rescuing the Team from War World. Lex Luthor has commissioned their assistance while aiding their mission by giving them a Father Box to BOOM there way onto War World. After the mission is a success they cut all ties with Luthor after Arsenal angrily informs them of his treacherous ways.
In "Endgame", while Virgil and Black Lightning take down the Magnetic Field Disruptor in Dakota City, Virgil says that playing hero is something he could really get on board with. Black Lightning, impressed with his control over his power as well as his natural talent as a hero, tells him if he ever needs a mentor, he should let him know. After the crisis, Wonder Girl and Robin welcome Virgil, now going by the name "Static", to the Team.
His abilities include:
Electromagnetic phenomena generation
Interacts with wireless communication
He is also an expert scientist, inventor and strategist.
Allies include: Justice League, the Team, Lightning team, and his fellow "runaways".