The New Avengers
Real Name: Dominic Petros
Occupation: Professional criminal
Identity: Publicly known
Legal Status: Naturalized American citizen with a criminal record, former Greek citizen
Former Aliases: None known
Place of Birth: Unknown location in Crete
Marital Status: Married
Known Relatives: Helen (wife)
Group Affiliation: Brotherhood of Evil Mutants II aka Freedom Force
Base of Operations: A secret location within the Pentagon, Virginia
First Appearance: X-MEN #141
Height. 5 ft. 7 in.
Weight: 195 lbs.
Strength level: Avalanche possesses the normal human strength of a man of his age, height, and build who engages in moderate regular exercise.
Known Superhuman Powers: Avalanche is a mutant with the
superhuman ability to generate powerful waves of vibrations from his hands,
creating highly destructive effects. The vibrations can cause an inorganic
object to shatter or crumble into dust. When directed against large objects like
buildings or upon the earth itself, the vibrations can produce effects similar
to those of an earthquake or avalanches within limited areas. Avalanche need not
touch an object to affect it: he can direct the vibrations against it from some
distance away from it.
Avalanche is himself invulnerable to the effects of generating these intense vibratory waves. However, if the vibrations were to be reflected back upon him, he would be injured.
Limitations: For unknown reasons, Avalanche's power has little or no effect on organic tissue. When he once used his power against the Hulk, the Hulk was uninjured, but the resulting feedback shattered the bones of Avalanche's arms (which have since completely healed). Hence, although Avalanche's vibrations have little or no effect on organic tissue, the reflected vibrations ("feedback") can injure him.
As yet there is no known limit to the amount of area upon which Avalanche can use his powers at one time. However, there is no evidence that he could create, an earthquake capable of destroying an entire city.