|Publisher DC Comics|
Team affiliations Power Company
|Alter ego Daniel Tsang|
Creators Kurt Busiek, Tom Grummett
|Created by Kurt Busiek (writer)
Tom Grummett (artist)|
Abilities Living battery Limited superhuman strength Enhanced stamina Trained martial artist
First appearance JLA #61¹⁄₂,, (February 2002)
Similar Josiah Power, Skyrocket, Witchfire, Atom, Doctor Light
Striker Z is a fictional superhero published by DC Comics. He first appeared in JLA #61 1⁄2, (February 2002), but his origin is told in Power Company: Striker Z #1, (March 2002). Striker Z was created by Kurt Busiek and Tom Grummett.
Fictional character biography
Daniel "Danny" Tsang is a stuntman for Fragrant Harbor Films in Hong Kong. During the filming of Unclean Policeman IV director Dickson Kurata sneaks a crew into the basement laboratory of the Hong Kong branch of S.T.A.R. Labs. Danny is distracted while performing a dangerous stunt over a vat of experimental fuel cell plasma. The mutagenic compound permeates his cells and alters his body chemistry transforming him into a superstrong human battery. His best friend is former S.T.A.R. Labs scientist Charlie Lau; Charlie creates his uniform and invents his Striker Plates and Flight Jacket.
On his first adventure he helps Superboy defeat the Golden Sorcerer, actually a transformed Dickson Kurata who had also bathed in the fuel cell plasma. The Golden Sorcerer's energy supply is much greater than Striker Z's and so is able to manifest solid energy constructs. Superboy is finally able to defeat the Golden Sorcerer by attaching Striker Z's Omega Cannon to his body and using it to siphon off all his energy.
Danny re-appears in Power Company #1 and remains with the team until the series finale in issue #18.
He later appears unconscious and lying on the floor of a S.T.A.R. Labs facility after it is attacked by Doctor Impossible and his partners. The Guardian later mentions to his fellow Justice League members that Danny's pelvis was broken during the battle.
Powers and abilities
Danny is a human "bio-energy" battery due to his exposure to an unnamed compound. Danny has limited superstrength and enhanced stamina, but these abilities appear to be tied to his available store of energy. He is also a trained stunt man and expert practitioner of an unspecified martial art.
Danny wears a special fiber mesh costume which helps conduct the energy. His visor contains digital audio/video recording hardware, as well as high and low spectrum visual capabilities. Danny carries a variety of devices powered by his bio-energy, including: