Monolith, in the Champion City Universe, is the leader of the Brotherhood of Mutants.
He, like so many other leaders of Mutant-kind, saw mutants as the next evolutionary step for mankind. And from his research, and knowledge, he knew it to be true.
This scene does not depict his super strength, but him on his Moonbase with his companion Black Wind monitoring events. Howard Rock was born in Detroit, Michigan. He was the eighth child of Christina Rock. Howard never knew his father, his mother never told him who the man was. His mother had two other children after him, before she died of an overdose.
Howard at the age of three was sent to an orphanage where he and his brothers and sisters lived for many years. It was difficult to foster the entire family of ten children, and coupled them being black few families would take them. Howard remembers every interview he sat through, and wishes he did not.
At the age of five, Howard’s most powerful mutant ability matured, his brain. He became ravenous for books, and information. The social workers at the orphanage gave him book after book in the library to read. They were astonished that he could read at such and early age, and more so that when quizzed on the reading he would give back accurate answers. They knew he was special. Maggie Thomas, one of the social workers, realized that the boy was probably a mutant.
Maggie, after the boy managed to exhaust the schools library in little over a year, brought him armloads of books from the city library. She wanted him to make the most of his gift. She too was a mutant, but could only feel the surface feelings of what people felt. When Howard read, she could feel the glee that filed his mind.
Thorough the efforts of Maggie and her co-workers, they managed to have to boy tested for his IQ. After the testing was done, the boy was off the charts. He could not be tested. The best estimate of his IQ was about 230, but his exact memory altered the results. They continued to test the boy, and determined the boy was super intelligent, and was able to apply the information he learned.
Howard was given more tests over the next two years and by the age of seven; he was graduating High School and being placed in college level courses. The social workers feared he would not learn to socialize with others if he continued without growing up with his peers. Maggie offered to be the boy’s foster parent for the time he was in school, and to keep his brothers and sisters together.
Within the next four years, Howard Rock had earned his Masters Degree in Biochemistry. He remained in school, receiving his degrees in physics, chemistry, mathematics, and genetics. At the age of 16, he finished school and began working for John Hopkins University as a researcher on the Mutant genetic code.
With the new position, he purchased a new home for his family. He also began paying for his elder brothers and sisters schooling. He did not want any of them to attend public schools. He knew private schools provided a better atmosphere for learning.
After a year at John Hopkins, he managed to isolate the genetic code for mutation in humans. From his studies, he felt that the change was caused by environmental needs, and the people who had the gene were the next generation of man. Hence, these people were superior to normal humans. He began to develop the ideas that Homo-Superior should rule the world and protect man as it developed into its next stages.
Howard left John Hopkins in 1984 to begin his own corporation based off his research in aeronautics, and weapon research. He opened Black Tower Enterprises with a few weapon designs and government contracts.
By 1990, he was one of the richest men in the world. His super intellect had earned him a Nobel Prize, and numerous accolades from his peers. On the night, he received the Nobel Prize; an assassin shot him. The bullet had missed his heart by inches, and he was taken to the emergency room. He survived, but from the stress, his second mutant power activated which was his ability to control matter’s density. The bed he laid on collapsed, and he fell though five floors before he finally stopped his fall. To his surprise, he was not hurt from the fall, and he found the wound was healed from the gunshot. He left the hospital on the day this power activated. Within six months of the accident, a super villain calling himself Monolith appeared. Howard Rock had been changed by the attack. The gunshot was the push he had needed to take over the world. Monolith’s powers are his super intelligence, his ability to invent, and his science skills. He can make and build almost anything needed in his conquest to take over the earth. He also has the power to control density. He has the ability to increase his mass to weigh over six tons, and increase his muscle density giving his strength of 90. He can jump great distances with his powerful legs, and can generate a force field that deflects most attacks. He has learned to do strength feats like digging tunnels, hitting the ground with a super blow, and super punches.