It was recently revealed that Striker was raised by a fame-obsessed mother and an adulterous politician. After her 15 minutes of fame were up she attempted to get Striker into show business and as a result he was exposed to a pedophile in the form of his agent Rick. His mother refused to believe him, but due to her avaricious ways it is believed that she did not wish to jeopardize potential career by reporting Rick. Striker's powers first manifested themselves as a way to defend himself from his sexual abuser, Rick.
Striker was created by Christos N. Gage and Mike McKone and first appeared in Avengers Academy #1 (2010).
Major Story Arcs
Striker is a young man recruited into the Avengers Academy who tries to hide his insecurities by acting like an alpha male and assert dominance. Striker, Finesse and Hazmat would meet Veil as she speaks with Mettle and Reptil. Striker thought he had the best looking costume but compliments Veil for pulling off a costume basically made out of black bandages. Hank Pym tells Striker and his fellow cadets that they were the elite six chosen from the dozens of superhumans Norman Osborn had captured and held captive for studying. They were told they had the potential to become the heroes of tomorrow. Striker would learn that their first training session as a group would have them spar against Speedball. Striker had his reservations against Baldwin because of what happened in Stamford and thought that Speedball was stupid. Striker displays his electrical powers during the sparring session and tells Speedball that he is ready for field work and craves the spotlight. Finesse learned that the Avengers were keeping a big secret from them after reading the lips of Speedball and Quicksilver during a heated argument. Finesse, Striker and Veil decide to hack into their systems and discovered the whole speech Pym gave them about being the elite group was a lie. They found out that the six of them were the ones that Osborn had tortured the worst and whose psych tests set off alarms. The Avengers knew these young recruits were dangerous and the Avengers Academy was a way to keep an eye on them and to keep them in line. Striker told his teammates that the Avengers were afraid of them and Finesse replied "They should be".
During a walk home from the movies Whirlwind attacks Pym and his Academy pupils, amongst them Stryker. This results in the Academy having to use their powers to defend themselves and their subsequent exposure to the media. At the end of the issue it is revealed that his mother hired Whirlwind in order to accumulate attention for herself through her son. Striker is unaware of the fact that his mother once again put him in danger to exploit him for monetary gain and fame.
Weeks later the Academy saw a video of The Hood beating Tigra. After Striker, Veil and Hazmat went the The Hood's hideout, Striker and Hazmat then beat The Hood while Veil filmed it. The three then went back to the Infinite Avengers Mansion and showed the video to everyone which made Tigra then grew angry about them breaking the law. She then tries to expel them, but the rest of the staff wouldn't allow her to and the three were given a probation.Later when Veil accidentally unleashed Korvac, Carina turns the kids into there adult forms. Shortly after, the future version of Striker was killed by Korvac and reverted back to back the teen form then ran away in terror of Korvac. After, Korvac was defeated by Hazmat, Tigra had a talk was Striker and he was considering that being a hero was not worth his life. Later in the week Veil talked to him about the fight with Korvac and tried to calm him down in which was successful.
Admitting being Gay
When Julie Power joined the team as a teaching assistant, Striker revealed to her that he was gay. In the next issue of the series, he called for a press conference, during which he announced his sexual orientation as a way of gaining headlines.
In the final story arc of Avengers Academy, he was attacked by Jeremy Briggs, which gave Striker scars on his face.
Powers & Abilities
Striker has the ability to generate vast amounts of electricity. Striker can fire electricity bolts from his hands for range attacks and use his powers to disrupt and short out numerous devices. He also can make electro-magnetic force fields. His costume is made out of unstable molecules whom Mr. Fantastic had invented and the suit adjusts to the wearer's abilities and powers.