Commando X (Character)


Created by Dwayne McDuffie and Denys Cowan.

1st appearance: Static #5, May 1993

Nationality: American

Real Name: Howell Rice

Team Affiliations: None

Legal Status: Convicted terrorist with a criminal record

Weight: 190 lbs       Height: 6’2

Eyes: Brown             Hair: Black

Relatives: Unknown

Skills and abilities: Skilled in armed and unarmed combat.

Powers: He has the ability to make objects explosive with a touch. The nature of the object can enhance the explosiveness eg. Gasoline would make a larger and more potent explosive than a chair.


Howell Rice was apparently a gang member who was present at the Big Bang event. He survived and was granted superhuman powers to make things explode. Unlike the other surviving Bang Babies he was a nationalist and Muslim black supremacist who believed in “separation of races”. He also believed in a conspiracy against the black race by the whites who held all the economic power and prestige. He made his public debut by bombing white supremacist headquarters and even a Jewish temple full of innocents. This caused a riot to erupt between the Jews and African-Americans on the scene. Luckily Static arrived on the scene and broke up the riot but Commando-X escaped (Static #5).

Static came face to face with the villain at a peace rally where those present were condemning Commando-X’s actions. Here Static had to save the rally from Commando-X’s volleyballs rigged to explode (Static #6). He eluded capture once more. Static manages to track him down and plays at sharing his ‘radical’ ideas to gain more Intel. Commando-X unwittingly reveals his plan to bomb City Hall (Static #7).

Commando’s last gambit was to bomb the radio station but static tracked him down, defeated him and turned him over to the cops (Static #7).


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