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John Raymond became The Web because his brother was a criminal, which left John with a lifelong obsession with crime, inspiring him to become a criminologist, mystery writer, and ultimately a vigilante. He met Rose Wayne while teaching a University course on criminology, and married her when he eventually retired. When a criminal pretended to be him, he came out of retirement, initially infuriating his wife, until she rediscovered her taste for adventure and decided to become the superheroine "Pow Girl," joining him in fighting crime. In time the two retired to raise a family.

Young Wyatt Raymond grew up very different from his adventurous parents. An academically gifted but unpopular book-worm, Wyatt grew up trying to avoid confrontations, mapping out the safest routes to travel around school and his neighborhood to avoid bullies. Shy and socially awkward, Wyatt found himself more content staring through a microscope than interacting with his peers. Wyatt didn't know the truth of his parents' double lives, but knew he was somehow special - he possessed a strange sixth sense allowing him to see connections between different people and things, like strands of a web. It is unknown how he gained this "Strand Sense," given that both his parents possessed no superpowers.

When the Brain Emperor attacked a reunion of the original Mighty Crusaders, Wyatt's parents were apparently killed, but he was saved by his father's old teammate The Shield, as were the five other teenagers that had been at the party. From this old hero Alex learned the truth about his parents, and learned that they had hoped he would take up the mantle of The Web if anything ever happened to them. Wyatt received a high-tech "super suit" based on The Shield's, which would amplify the wearer's physical attributes ten-fold, effectively allowing him to replicate the Olympic-level athletic skill of his parents. Becoming the new Web, Wyatt joined the New Crusaders.

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