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Real Name
Grant Albert Emerson
Current Alias



Atom (Al Pratt) (father, deceased), Mary Pratt (mother, deceased), Al Rothstein (Atom Smasher , god brother), John Emerson (foster father, deceased), Kate Emerson (foster mother, deceased), Neil Emerson (Dr. Polaris, adoptive uncle)


Base Of Operations


6' 0"

175 lbs (80 kg)



Unusual Features
Heavy facial scars


Marital Status

Crime-fighter, student

High School

During the crisis called Zero Hour, Grant's powers became the spark that restarted the universe after it was destroyed by Parallax

Place of Birth
Mariette, Georgia


First appearance

Damage #1



High school student Grant Emerson suddenly discovers he is a superhuman with incredible explosive powers. During the Zero Hour crisis, Grant's powers became the spark that restarted the universe after it was destroyed by Parallax; thanks to Damage's powers, the new universe evolved along natural lines, guided by nature rather than the will of Parallax

After he accidentally blew up half of downtown Atlanta, Sarge Steel was able to cut a deal for him: he would be banned from Georgia and remanded into custody of the then federally-sponsored Titans team, lead by Arsenal. After a while, though, he left to find his origins. He learned that Vandal Savage was involved in an experiment at Symbolix called Project: Telemachus, where he took DNA samples he had collected from various superheroes and injected them into a fitting vessel: Grant. The heroes Grant shares DNA with are: Atom (Al Pratt), Flash (Jay Garrick), Green Lantern (Alan Scott), Wildcat (Ted Grant), Hawkman (Carter Hall), Hawkgirl (Shiera Hall), Hourman (Rex Tyler), Black Canary (Dinah Lance), Dr. Mid-Nite (Charles McNider), Starman (Ted Knight), Miss America (Joan Dale), Johnny Quick (Johnny Chambers), Liberty Belle (Libby Lawrence), Martian Manhunter (J'onn J'onzz - John Jones), Flash (Barry Allen), Aquaman, Black Canary (Dinah Laurel Lance), Green Lantern (Hal Jordan), and Atom (Ray Palmer). Symbolix was allied with Shadowspire through Shadowspire's leader the Baron (Baron Blitzkrieg). The Baron became a recurring foe in Damage's series, starting with #3. Grant eventually learned that he was the son of the original Atom, Al Pratt and his wife Mary. Grant was forced to go underground after leaving the Titans, since he violated his parole by doing so.

When the original five Titans reformed the group, Arsenal nominated Damage for membership. Arsenal managed to erase Grant's criminal records, so he was no longer a fugitive, and Grant joined the team. After some missions, Damage confronted something he had buried for a long time: he had been victim of abuse at the hands of his foster father. After opening up to Roy Harper, Grant took a leave of absence and sought peace and healing on the Navajo reservation where Roy was raised.

He has helped the current Justice Society of America against Imperiex and the villainous team of Obsidian, Eclipso and Mordru, both times as part of a modern All-Star Squadron. He has since been seen with a new team of government-sponsored Freedom Fighters, whose activities are yet unknown. He also has something of a brotherly relationship with Atom Smasher, the godson of his father, the original Atom. It was thought that Grant had a brother, Walter, who was recently killed by Walter's superhero daughter, Manhunter, aka Kate Spencer. However, it turned out that Walter was actually the son of Iron Munro and Phantom Lady - an odd parallel to Damage's paternity search, as at one stage it appeared that Grant might be the couple's child.

Several members of the modern Freedom Fighters team were killed by the Secret Society of Super Villains. Damage was one of the survivors, though his face is severely scarred by Zoom, although this isn't revealed until later.

Damage appears in the relaunched Justice Society of America released in December 2006. He wears a full mask and a costume similar to that of his father and Atom Smasher, featuring a biohazard symbol. He also has a significantly gruffer and more cynical attitude. The villain Rebel insinuates that Damage suffered heavy facial scarring from his encounter with Zoom which is why he wears the mask. Zoom later encounters the Justice Society of America, and the fight leads to Georgia. Damage leaps into the state, although he is banned from entering, and catches up with Zoom, and holds him hostage. Liberty Belle calms Damage down, but Zoom escapes and hurls debris at his face with the intent to kill him, but Liberty Belle speeds in and saves Damage and knocks out Zoom.

Damage remains on the team, essentially in Atom Smasher's place (the Thunderbolt has even called him "Atom Smasher Two" jokingly).


The Kingdom

Damage's face was completely healed by the reborn Gog. He then tries to ask Judomaster out on a date. He then turns away from the rest of the JSA to become a follower of Gog. He noticebly becomes really conceited and decides against wearing his mask. He then goes to the press and tells them of Gog and his good work, denouncing the caution of the JSA until he is taken away by Stargirl. She tries to convince him of the jerk he is being and the danger that Gog may pose, Grant isn't listening and fires a blast at her. Out of nowhere Atom Smasher shows up and knocks him out, when Grant comes to he is found to be in his father's house (Al Pratt). Atom Smasher then tries to show him what kind of man Al Pratt was and how what mattered most was friends and family, not vanity. Grant uncaring of the man he never knew carelessly destroys the tapes, video's, pictures and even the house increasing Atom Smasher's rage to the point he was going to crush him under foot. Grant is saved by Alan Scott and is asked to come back to the JSA by Hourman and Liberty Belle, just as Magog teleports in. Grant choices Gog and leaves with Magog back to Africa, only to be left surprised along with the rest of JSA followers when Gog demands they bow down and worship him.

When the rebellious half of the JSA shows up to tell the other half what Gog is doing to the planet, a battle ensues. For the JSA's defying of Gog and his will, he undoes all the "miracles" he has done for them, thus returning Grant's heavy facial scars, much to Grant's horrified disappointment.

Blackest Night

Main article: Blackest Night
During the Blackest Night event, the JSA were attacked by their fallen members, now reanimated as Black Lanterns. Damage was saved from Black Lantern Al Pratt by the Atom, but was then killed by the resurrected Jean Loring. His death and the subsequent collection of his heart was the final one needed to bring about the rise of Nekron.[1]

Powers and Abilities


Biochemical Fusion Reactor: Damage is a living biochemical fusion reactor, that constantly absorbs, builds up and produces energy he can manipulate and use in numerous ways. This energy is able to enhance his physical abilities:

  • Superhuman Strength: Internal energies give him enhanced strength, regardless of the amount of energy he's channeling into his body. At his lowest levels, he is still capable of lifting around ten tons casually, and with enough finesse that he doesn't crush anything he touches.
  • Superhuman Durability: Channeled energy toughens his skin, making him highly resistant to injury, on a level with the likes of Superman and Captain Marvel. At the low end of the spectrum, Damage has enough resistance to stop twenty tons of force without being hurt. Bullets will not harm him, nor will temperature extremes from -100 degrees Celsius to about 2000 degrees Celsius bother him much. He's immersed himself in volcanic lava before, and suffered no ill effects except for the lack of air.
  • Superhuman Reflexes: at his lowest levels, Grant has the agility and reflexes far above that of an Olympic athlete, or Batman. At these levels, Damage would be able to catch a normal arrow fired from Arsenal at mid-range, and dodge single blasts and bullets. At his higher levels, he will be able to dodge fine-point lasers at close range, and could deflect a stream of bullets from an Uzi fired from ten feet away.
  • Power Blasts: Grant is able to focus his stored energy outward to produce energy blasts, which at his highest output levels can be focused into 100-ton maximum strength energy blasts of concussive force.
  • Fusion Discharge: ability to take the energy that he generates to detonate himself like a bomb. This power is the most dangerous of the abilities he possesses and also the most tied to his emotional state and the most likely to lose control.

    Strength level

Class 25; Damage can lift in 10-25 ton range.


Big Bang Discharge: If he doesn't use the energy in the aforementioned manner he is forced to expend it in a discharge, most notably the time he created the Big Bang during Zero Hour.


  • On the cover of Justice Society of America V. 2 #1, drawn by Alex Ross, Damage is depicted as being much larger than his fellow team members.

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