Hobie Brown (Prowler) was born in the Bronx, New York. He was a bright but angry teenager who got fired from his window washer job. The Prowler has no superhuman powers. He is naturally inventive especially in the field of pneumatics. Hobie relies on a suite of technical gimmicks he created. He is a skilled hand-to-hand combatant, possessing a green belt in Taekwondo.
Prowler wears modified coveralls interwoven with denim and stretch fabric. His suit is equipped with gas cartridge bracelets and anklets capable of propelling projectiles at high velocity. His arsenal of projectiles include steel darts (“flechettes”), gas pellets, small explosives, magnesium flares, and cleaning fluid.
Prowler has been known to use hypnotic aids and conventional hand-held weapons. He wears steel-tipped gauntlets for scaling walls and shock absorbent foam rubber insulated boots. He also wears a cape which contains a network of pneumatic filaments which expand with air to give it a rigid structure allowing him to glide for short distances.
Intending to use his engineering skills for personal profit he devised a plan to steal items while disguised as a super-villain and then return them as Hobie. This didn’t work out too well for him as he was caught by Spider-man. Spider-man convinced him to turn his life around. Hobie eventually became an ally of Spider-man.
Peter Parker turned Parker Industries into a global franchise with Spider-Man officially acting as his “bodyguard”. He hired Hobie Brown to act as Spider-Man in situations where the public would expect to see Peter and Spider-Man in the same place. Following the fight against Zodiac’s Pisces Sect, Peter tells Hobie to change into his Prowler costume and that they’ll retrieve the Webware together before Zodiac undoes his encryption.
Wanting to know more about New U Technologies, Peter Parker sent Prowler to infiltrate it. He ended up encountering the late Maxwell Dillon’s revived girlfriend Francine Frye who is now the new Electro. Prowler was chased around by Electro and was accidentally killed. Jackal managed to revive him with his memories intact. While learning about Jackal’s mission, Prowler ended up becoming loyal to him and started acting as his spy to find out what Parker Industries is up to.
Even a super hero’s life can get boring. Double check your gear. Patrol the city. Save the innocent. Report back to your super villain boss, the Jackal. Wait, WHAT? You read that right True Believer, Hobie Brown is in the employ of one of Spider-Man’s greatest villains. And it’s all happening in the can’t-miss debut issue PROWLER #1 – launching as part of The Clone Conspiracy event! Sean Ryan and artists Jamal Campbell and Javier Saltares bring you an action packed debut chapter that will redefine the Prowler! But…why is The Prowler working for The Jackal?! And what does the recently resurrected Madame Web have to do with it all? More importantly – what will happen when Spider-Man learns one of his most trusted friends has defected to the enemy? Those answers and more in the can’t-miss debut of PROWLER #1 – coming to comic shops everywhere on October 26th!
STORY BY: Sean Ryan
ART BY: Jamal Campbell
COVER BY: Jamal Campbell, John Tyler Christopher, Mike Deodato, and Travel Foreman
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
COVER PRICE: $3.99(USD)
RELEASE DATE: 2016-10-26