Ricochet (Peter Parker)
When Spider-Man was accused of murder during the Identity Crisis storyline, he donned several different costumes to continue saving lives without anyone knowing it was him. One of the identities he adopted was that of Ricochet. Starting with a leather jacket with an R on it, his wife Mary Jane Watson-Parker created a costume and weapons to match it. This persona was similar to his Spider-Man persona, but even more jocular, and he relied primarily on his agility while posing as a criminal-for-hire. Using this identity, he collaborated for a time with his old foe Delilah while searching for information about new villain the Black Tarantula, battling Roughouse and Bloodscream in her company (although the final fight featured him using all four of his new identities to put them off-guard, decreasing speculation that the new heroes were the same person). When he cleared his name, he abandoned the costume.
Although the hero called Black Marvel later gave Johnny Gallo a duplicate Ricochet costume,[volume & issue needed] Spider-Man remained in possession of the original.[volume & issue needed] It has not been seen since.
Powers and abilities
Ricochet (Johnny Gallo)
Ricochet from Slingers #1. Art by ChrisCross.
|First appearance||Slingers #0 (Dec. 1998)|
|Created by||Joseph Harris
Ricochet first appeared in Slingers #0 (Dec. 1998), and was created by Joseph Harris and Adam Pollina.
Ricochet appeared as a supporting character in Avengers Academy beginning with issue #21 (Jan 2012), making occasional appearances throughout the series.
Fictional character biography
Johnny Gallo was a college student who lived with his widowed father, trying hard to conceal his secret from both his father and his girlfriend, Kathy. The secret that he was a mutant endowed with hyperactive agility and the ability to sense danger before it happened. The Black Marvel presented him with the Ricochet costume, and the chance to be part of his team, the Slingers. Johnny accepted, and became the new Ricochet. As Ricochet he could freely use his powers to help people, without revealing his mutant nature. Much like Spider-Man, Ricochet enjoyed joking during the heat of battle, even though his humor did annoy his teammates (especially team leader Prodigy). However, one of his teammates, the Hornet, became his closest friend, and gave Ricochet special throwing disc weapons to use in battle. His other teammate, Dusk, was attracted to him, but he did not share the feeling. Ricochet fought crime lords, mutated vermin, and even Spider-Man himself, using his leaping abilities and reflexes.[volume & issue needed]
Ricochet learned that the Black Marvel had made a deal with Mephisto, the demon king, to get the costumes and find the youths to become the Slingers, and Mephisto had the Black Marvel as his captive. When offered the chance to save Black Marvel, Ricochet was the first to suggest abandoning their "mentor", but Hornet convinced him to free Black Marvel. Shortly after, the Slingers disbanded.[volume & issue needed]
Later, Ricochet joined another team of teen heroes, Excelsior, now called the Loners, with the goal to dissuade young people from becoming superheroes, noting that all of his efforts had not earned him one ounce of fame and recognition; though it was revealed that he blamed himself for the Hornet's death at the hands of a brainwashed Wolverine. During the aftermath of M-Day, when a majority of mutants lost their powers, Ricochet was one of the few who kept his abilities.[volume & issue needed]
Johnny is being considered as a "potential recruit" for the Initiative program, according to Civil War: Battle Damage Report. He is currently in Los Angeles alongside other "retired" superheroes. He has been seen (along with the other members of the Loners) as one of the newer, part-time students at the Avengers Academy.
Powers and abilities
Ricochet has the mutant power of superhuman agility, enabling him to leap great distances. He has incredible reflexes and coordination, and when combined with his leaping powers, can seemingly bounce off walls (ricocheting, as it were). His mutant powers also give him a "Danger Sense", that functions much like Spider-Man's "Spider-Sense", allowing Ricochet to sense danger before it happens. Thanks to Hornet, Ricochet has special throwing discs which he stores on the sleeves of his jacket. These discs can bounce off walls and targets with incredible force. Later, Hornet gave Ricochet new discs that could explode on impact. Ricochet's super reflexes and coordination enable him to throw his discs with amazing speed and accuracy.
In other media
- In the Wolverine and the X-Men episode "X-Calibre", a female incarnation of Ricochet is a member of Spiral's Reavers. Her powers were offensive in nature, firing cannonball type objects.
- Ricochet is available as a downloadable content costume for Spider-Man (Peter Parker) in the video game Spider-Man: Edge of Time.
An unrelated Ricochet appears in Hawkman Annual #1. He's an acrobatic criminal who can leap across distances. He was genetically created for the Sunderland Corporation by Dr. Moon. Ricochet had fought, and was defeated by, Katar Hol and Shayera Thal in Chicago.
- The Amazing Spider-Man #434-435, The Sensational Spider-Man #27-28, Peter Parker: Spider-Man #91-92, The Spectacular Spider-Man #257-258 (May – June 1998)
- The Amazing Spider-Man #434-435
- The Amazing Spider-Man #436
- Avengers Academy #21
- "GameStop Wreaks Havok on the X-Men, Gives Spider-Man an Identity Crisis". Kotaku.com. July 12, 2011.
- "Spider-Man: Edge of Time Retailer Exclusive Bonus Suits Trailers". Thehdroom.com. September 18, 2011.
- Ricochet (Johnny Gallo) at Marvel.com
- Johnny Gallo at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe