Bio: Friend and ally of Virgil Hawkins / Static, Richie created
all of Static’s weapons. From the shock-box to the shock-caps, Richie
went on a creating spree until he hit his peak. When he realized that he
was getting increasingly smarter, he and Virgil deduced that he must be
a “late-blooming” Bang Baby, with his super-powers being increased brain
function. With it he created a ton of high-tech equipment, including a
robotic backpack dubbed “Back Pack”, which attached to his back.
After creating an outfit for himself, he became “Gear” and began helping
Static on his missions. While he seemed to be in the way at first,
Richie quickly got ahold of things and became a real asset to Static in
Static and Gear prevented a second “Big Bang” from happening when Ebon
attempted to explode a canister of the Big Bang gas after a cure for the
Bang Baby syndrome was introduced into Dakota’s air. While they began
losing their powers, they were exposed to the final canister of the gas
and, along with Ebon and Hotstreak (now a combined Bang Baby), remained
the only bang babies left in Dakota.