Dark Side Club (TERROR TITANS #1-6, 2008-2009)
In the buildup to the Final Crisis event, Darkseid enlisted the Terror Titans to capture Static so he could be used as a superhuman gladiator in the Dark Side Club’s metahuman death matches. Forced to enter the tournaments, Static stood out as one of the most powerful fighters, quickly dispatching foes with his ferocious strength. He soon became the club’s ultimate champion. Undefeated, the high-voltage hero proved difficult to control. Static was kept heavily sedated within the lowest levels of the club’s prison.
In an attempt to stage the most sensational match ever, Clock King released Static and set him against Rose Wilson in the ring. The two engaged in an intense battle where Static's lightning-fast punches impacted Rose more than expected, despite her precognitive abilities. After a grueling battle, Static emerged victorious after absorbing all the power from the prison. He momentarily broke free of control only to be sedated once more. Rose freed him, and Static lashed out against his former captors, electrocuting them as they attempted to flee. He then dueled with the electricity-wielding Dreadbolt, ultimately binding him and his fellow Terror Titans in metal.
Joining the Teen Titans (TEEN TITANS vol. 3 #69, 2009)
After escaping the Dark Side Club’s prison with the aid of Miss Martian, Static and several other freed teen metahumans were offered sanctuary with the Teen Titans. During his first visit to the team’s tower, Static struck up friendships and playful rivalries with his fellow visitors. The camaraderie the team offered him, coupled with his belief that his family must think him long dead, convinced Static to accept a position as a Teen Titan.
Shortly after his arrival, the young hero found an opportunity to prove himself a contributing member of the team. When Jericho, a former Titan, set out to kill the Teen Titans by usurping control of Titans Tower, Static saved his teammates by overloading the whole building with his signature electrical charge. Later, a trip down to the ocean went terribly awry when a Super-Villain team called the Fearsome Five kidnapped Wonder Girl. In order to rescue her, Static defeated the villain Rumble by manipulating him into water, thereby increasing the shocking effect that Static’s electrical powers had on him. Static further proved his worth to the Titans by helping his fellow Super Heroes defeat a fearful entity that was wreaking havoc within the soul of former Titan Raven.
Welcome Back to Dakota (TEEN TITANS vol. 3 # 79-87, 2010)
Having learned that a deadly virus ravaged the city of Dakota and infected his sister Sharon, Virgil decided to see his family again. While investigating the source of the virus, he was ambushed by the Super-Villain Holocaust. Imprisoned along with his fellow Teen Titans (Aquagirl, Wonder Girl and Bombshell), Static and the other heroes were rescued by the combined efforts of Cyborg, Kid Flash and Superboy. Static decided he still wanted to be part of the Teen Titans and returned to San Francisco with his Super Hero family.
After expending much of his electromagnetic energy helping Raven, Static returned to Titans Tower only to discover that his powers had completely vanished. Frustrated and frightened by his loss, as well as by his inability to help Miss Martian awaken from the coma she fell into while helping Raven, Virgil attempted to leave the Tower and return to Dakota. With Cyborg’s encouragement, however, Static ultimately decided to travel to Cadmus Labs, partially to support Miss Martian in her recovery, but also in the hope of regaining his powers.
New 52 (STATIC SHOCK #1-8, 2011-2012)
Following the continuity-altering events of Flashpoint, Virgil Hawkins returned with his powers fully restored and resumed his crime-fighting efforts in New York. This time, however, he had to adjust to life in a new school and a new internship at S.T.A.R. labs. He soon uncovered metahuman gang activity, when a technologically sophisticated suit was stolen from S.T.A.R. Static stepped in to help, effectively putting himself in the crosshairs of several vicious crime gangs, all seeking to enhance their standing in the metahuman arms race. Such sinister masterminds as the brutal Piranha and the unpredictable Pale Man all jockeyed to gain the secret behind the Darkstar Defense Force. The battle hit home when the gangs kidnapped Static’s sister Sharon. Virgil’s resolve was doubly tested when he learned his secret identity as Static had been compromised.