"Recharged": Static pursues Sunspot, a thief who stole a special plasma protection suit from S.T.A.R. Labs. As S.T.A.R. is Virgil's new after school job after his family's move to New York City, he was quick to the scene.
- S.T.A.R. Labs is so lucky -- and they don't even know it. Not only do they get the handsome, brilliant uber-genius Virgil Hawkins, they also get the not-so-mild mannered, super-cool and fiercely awesome Static!
- — Static
Synopsis for "Recharged"
Static pursues Sunspot, a thief who stole a special plasma protection suit from S.T.A.R. Labs. As S.T.A.R. is Virgil's new after school job after his family's move to New York City, he was quick to the scene.
During the chase, Static realizes his electromagnetic blasts have no effect on the the thief, but he works around it by placing an electromagnetic field around the plasma bubble. Barely holding on, he drags Sunspot to the Queensboro Bridge, and smashes him into a support beam. Not only does Sunspot's suit short out, but so do all electrical devices on the bridge. Whilst Static is deflecting angry New Yorkers and their threats of lawsuits, Sunspot tries to flee, but not from Static -- as soon as Static grabs him, a sniper kills Sunspot.
Static tries to follow the ultraviolet photon trail, but the rising sun obscures the trails. Nearby, a gang on hover-bikes stands by, recording everything.
Meanwhile. Static communicates with Hardware, who advises against going back to the bridge to talk to the police, who have already tried to arrest him once. Instead, Static should go home, as his family will have heard of the robbery at S.T.A.R. by now, and could be worried. Static agrees, and thanks Hardware for setting him up at S.T.A.R., and reuniting the family with a long lost sister.
At a warehouse in the docks, a group gathers. The bikers from the bridge, people from the D.A.'s office, the police and the Slate Gang discuss the person who thwarted their heist of the Sunspot suit: Static. Because of serious financial implications, gang leader Tan decides to take no risks. Footage from the bridge shows the thief talked, but they do not know what he told Static. The corrupt detective has constructed a false history of gambling debts for the pilot, but that can off attention for long. Piranha suggests they take Static out just to be sure. All agree, and they select Virule to do the job.
Back home, Virgil rants at his sister for mailing a wrong photo on his high school application. He now has to walk around with a picture of his younger, bespectacled self on his card, and what's worse, his middle name Ovid too. His mother won't send in a new picture.
Then, Virgil tries his father. He really wants a driver's license, as he's the only sixteen-year old in his year without one. His father points out that they had to sell the car to pay for the move from Dakota, New York has one of the best public transportation systems, and the insurance fees for a teenager would be too high. Grumpy, Virgil leaves for school.
After school, Virgil heads to Wright Tools, his new secret hideout. Securing a private communique with Hardware, he asks why everyone there looks at him like he stole something. Hardware reveals he's created a wall of suspicion by telling them Virgil is a pet project rescued from the juvenile court system, and that Wright Tools was to serve as a device to keep him out of trouble. Hardware tells Static he needs to head to Lower Manhattan in 15 minutes to check out more new features on his suit. Static flies off.
While Static admires the database installed in his power suit, Virule and the biker gang close in on him. They take up positions underneath Static, and Virule lines up the shot. Static takes a direct hit. His saucer is shattered, his communication link with Hardware aborted, and his left arm is cut off below the elbow.
Appearing in "Recharged"
- Hardware (Hologram)
- Jean Hawkins
- Robert Hawkins
- Sharon Hawkins
- Tan Yeung (First appearance)
- Crime Alliance
- Charles White (First appearance)
- Emilio Marko (First appearance)
- Kaitlin Stone (First appearance)
- Piranha (First appearance)
- Pale Man (First appearance)
- Slate Gang (First appearance)
- Crime Alliance
- Sunspot (First appearance; dies)
- Pandora (Cameo)
- Pandora makes a brief cameo appearance to witness the events of this story, as she does all #1 issues published as part of The New 52. She can be seen in the window as Virgil speaks with his father.