Ken Connell lived in Optima Down, Oklahoma, dating sheriff's daughter Madeline Felix despite her father's disapproval. After a night out, the couple fell asleep on a hillside. In the early hours of March 1, 2006, while they sleep, the White Event took place.[citation needed]

Ken woke to find Maddie dead beside him, burnt and almost unrecognizable. The Star Brand symbol had been scorched into the hillside around them. Later, in the sheriff’s office, Madeline’s father assaulted Connell, drawing a gun, intending to kill the man he considers responsible for his daughter's death. As the sheriff fired, the Star Brand manifested on Connell's hand and saved his life - he was able to stop (and reverse) bullets, project energy and easily killed the terrified police officers who shot at him. Razing the station while being seemingly unaware of what he is doing, he escaped and then flew high into the sky.[citation needed] Connell retreated to a secluded mountain, and was approached by three people bearing similar brands at various places on their body.[citation needed] The three were all future or alternate Star Brands, projecting "ahead" to warn Ken that he must save his world from himself. One of them, an elderly man, was revealed to be Ken Connell himself from fifty years in the future; he was using the power of his Star Brand to warn Connell of its power and the potential for misuse - "a hammer can be used to crack a skull or build a home." Ken is told that he is now the planetary self-defense system, and that "there's a reason it needs defending."[citation needed]

Connell was rescued from a ground zero nuclear detonation by Nightmask, who returned him to her apartment in San Francisco. Connell, overwhelmed by recent events and unable to accept Maddie's death and his responsibility for it, became virtually catatonic.[citation needed]


Seemingly those of Kenneth Connell (Earth-148611)#Powers.


Ken possesses little control over his abilities when he's awake, and no control when he's unconscious

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