|First appearance||(As Jared Corbo) Alpha Flight: In The Beginning #-1 (As Radius) Alpha Flight volume 2 #1 ( both 1998)|
|Created by||Steven Seagle
|Alter ego||Jared Corbo|
|Team affiliations||Department H
Radius (Jared Corbo) is a fictional character, a superhero in the Marvel Comics universe. He is a former member of the superhero team Alpha Flight. He first appeared in Alpha Flight: In The Beginning #-1, and first appeared as Radius in Alpha Flight vol. 2 #1 (both published in 1998).
Fictional character biography
Jared and his younger half-brother Adrian (later codenamed Flex) were raised in the Hull House orphanage, which was actually a facility operated by the Canadian government's secretive Department H. While Adrian became shy, reserved and bookish, Jared became athletically inclined, aggressive, and arrogant. Both brothers manifested mutant powers after puberty: Adrian gained the ability to transform parts of his body into blades, while Jared manifested a personal force field that could not be shut down. Jared rejects the initial flirtations of his teammate Murmur for personal reasons.[volume & issue needed]
Later, he is sent with to corral the mutant Wolverine, whom the entire team believes has killed the ex-Alpha Flight member Box. This was part of the lies and mind-control that Department H was using on the entire team. Jared's bravado, when the team corrals Wolverine, is met with shock by Adrian, who has a high level of respect for the man. Jared stands up to Wolverine's intimidation tactics but soon fight breaks out anyway. Backup X-Men soon join in. It is Adrian, though, who calms things down by wanting to talk instead of fight. Various discrepancies in the mission lessen the Alphans desire to do battle.[volume & issue needed]
They assist the new Alpha Flight in battling several foes, including the Zodiac organization and the Brass Bishop. The Bishop is found by Alpha Flight after many innocent civilians go missing. He has brainwashed them and is building a Tower of Babel, an enormous structure that is intended to reach heaven. The team also confronts Department H's own power-mad leader, Jeremy Clarke, who dies of radiation poisoning during a Zodiac raid on the Department H headquarters. Their Alpha Flight team fight several members of the original Flight and later team up with them to defeat a new Weapon X, who had been created by a rogue Department H scientist. Both groups of Alphans merged into a unified Alpha Flight following this adventure. The Corbo brothers and several other members of the new team were later reassigned to Alpha Flight's trainee team, Beta Flight.[volume & issue needed]
Radius is later hired by X-Corps, a militaristic strike force founded by former Generation X headmaster and former X-Man Sean Cassidy, a.k.a. Banshee. The X-Corps was ultimately betrayed by its criminal members. Radius is defeated when the villain Avalanche opens a chasm beneath him.[volume & issue needed] Jared survived the fall, though, and has been shown as one of the many depowered mutants in the aftermath of M-Day.
It was later revealed that Unus the Untouchable was Radius' father after Flex starts searching for their fathers through their adoption agency. It has long been rumored that Carmella Unuscione of the Acolytes is the daughter of Unus. It is currently unknown if the two are siblings, some other relation or altogether unrelated.
Powers and abilities
Radius, before being depowered, could generate a permanent force field around him. He does not feel the impact of blows upon it. While the shield is generally porous enough for him to breathe, he can make it almost impervious, even to air.
He could also create extensions of the field to use as a ranged attack, and brace objects against it to "fake" super-strength.
- Ralphie Hutchins has been also called Radius, which was his third form. He is also known as Brute, Seeker, Torque, Earthlord and Entity. He first appeared in She-Hulk vol. 1 #6 and as Radius in She-Hulk vol. 1 #24
- Alpha Flight vol. 2 #-1, 1-20
- Uncanny X-Men #355, 401-404
- Wolverine vol. 2 #142
- New Avengers #18
- Alpha Flight vol. 2 #10
- Radius (Ralphie Hutchins) at the Comic Book DB