With the impending release of Lightweight: Black Death it seemed only fitting to travel back to this classic character profile I wrote up for the character on the old site. Learn a little bit more about Kevin Mathis and his costumed identity ahead of his second book’s release.
Real Name: Kevin Mathis
Occupation: High school Student
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: Mary (mother), David (father), unnamed maternal aunt, unnamed cousins
Group Affiliation: none
Base of Operations: Federation
History: Kevin Mathis isn’t exactly superhero material.
Born and raised in southern Minnesota, he moved after his father’s business brought him down to the massive Midwest city of Federation. He joined his class in the ninth grade and immediately became friends with two people, Andy Case and Millie Bryant. They formed a strange group in the ever bustling world of Reagan High.
Each had their own diverse interests. Andy loved cars and weed. Millie focused on computers. Kevin loved video games and wanted nothing more than to play them. An average student, he certainly could score much higher with just a little bit of applying himself.
Then came the dreams. Every night, he received another vision of floating high above the city. And those dreams set him on a path that could make him the world’s greatest hero.
Or maybe the world’s greatest villain.
Height: 6’ 1”
Weight: 183 lbs.
Hair: Dark Brown
Strength level: Lightweight possesses the normal human strength of a man of his age, height and build that engages in moderate exercise.
Known superhuman abilities: Kevin Mathis possesses the ability to manipulate the personal gravitometric field of any non-living object. He can use this ability to make things lighter or heavier. He can also use it to move objects through the air by manipulating their relationship to both other objects and the planet.
When Kevin exerts his powers, his body begins to expel light. At greater levels, this light actually becomes almost blinding.
With power over an essential force in the universe, Kevin’s abilities seem to have only brushed the most infinitesimal of their potential as he first dons the costume of Lightweight.
Other abilities: Kevin also has basic hand to hand combat training as well as a vast knowledge of video games with special expertise in obscure independent games.