Real Name: Weston Minkovitch
Identity/Class: Human mutant (? - see
Occupation: College student
Group Membership: His college's intramural
Ultimate Frisbee team
Affiliations: Jeremy Briggs, Giant-Man (Hank Pym), Ken Mack
Enemies: Norman Osborn
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
First Appearance: Avengers Academy I#14.1
Powers/Abilities: Weston Minkovitch
uncontrollably transformed into a monster-like form with superhuman
strength (sufficient enough to break through chains). When he
transformed, his skeleton grew in size, causing him intense pain.
Minkovitch later kept his transformations at bay by
taking a daily pill to block the brain receptors that triggered his
Hair: Light brown
History: (Avengers Academy I#14.1 (fb) - BTS) - The
mousy Weston Minkovitch was captured and experimented on by Norman
Osborn during Osborn's tenure as head of the Initiative program.
His cell near that of the metallic Ken Mack, Weston would quote entire
scenes from the movie Monty Python's
Life of Brian in an effort to cheer Mack up. Periodically,
Weston's own powers would surface, painfully transforming him into a
monstrous form, and Weston never knew what might trigger his
transformations. Following Weston's release from captivity, he was
essentially cured of his transformations using an idea to block the
transformative brain receptors devised by the heroic Giant-Man a day
after the two met and another day later, young billionaire and fellow
Osborn captive Jeremy Briggs synthesized Giant-Man's idea into a pill
(Avengers Academy I#14.1) - Hoping to live a normal
life, Weston Minkovitch became a freshman college student, soon joining
his school's intramural Ultimate Frisbee team and maintaining a B grade
average. Despite his best efforts, Weston still suffered from severe
post traumatic stress disorder and when school records indicated that
Weston had become depressed and had begun drinking excessively, Jeremy
Briggs began secretly paying students to befriend Weston, even going as
far as to pay a girl to date Weston. While later showing the Avengers
Academy students what had become of some of the other captives of
Norman Osborn, Jeremy Briggs traveled to Boston, Massachusetts with
Avengers Academy students Mettle (Weston's former friend Ken Mack) and
Hazmat. While there, the trio witnessed Weston playing Ultimate Frisbee
and Briggs praised Weston's progress, explaining how Weston was
essentially cured as long as he took his daily pill and the trio
witnessed Weston speaking with a girl he was dating before departing
Boston. When Briggs later tried to recruit the Avengers Academy
students to his company, Academy student Finesse revealed that she had
hacked into Weston's school records to learn of his severe depression
and traced Briggs' money to reveal Briggs' paying off of students to
befriend Weston. Briggs claimed that he was paying people to befriend
Weston not to impress the Avengers Academy students, but to help Weston.
Comments: Created by Christos Gage, Sean Chen
and Scott Hanna.
It was not clear how Weston Minkovitch acquired his
superhuman powers. It seems somewhat likely that he might've been a
mutant, born with the powers, but it is equally possible he was mutated
at some point and it seems a sure bet that Osborn only intensified
Minkovitch's powers by experimenting on him.
Weston was only seen through a car window (and in
flashback in monster form) and he was always seen squinting, which
prevented his eye color from being shown. He was also never shown next
to a character whose height and weight had been officially given so it
was impossible to approximate his physical stats.
Profile by Proto-Man.
Weston Minkovitch has no known connections to:
images: (without ads)
Avengers Academy I#14.1, p7, pan2 (Weston Minkovitch, main image)
Avengers Academy I#14.1, p8, pan5 (Weston and his date)
Avengers Academy I#14.1, p7, pan1 (Weston's monster form)
Avengers Academy I#14.1 (August, 2011) - Christos Gage (writer), Sean Chen (pencils), Scott Hanna (inks), Bill Rosemann (editor)
First Posted: 02/09/2019
Last updated: 02/09/2019
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