The man now known as Granite – Solomon Smith – escaped the top-secret Project: Nu-Genix base along with three other detainees. Like the other escapees, Solomon was subjected to painful and gruelling experiments intended to unlock latent Unhuman powers. Nameless scientists hid behind their surgical masks as each new procedure was carried out, oblivious to the pain of their subjects. Solomon lost track of the time he had spent in this personal hell.
A freak accident allowed them the chance to break free. A spontaneous Plasma X manifestation in the lab caused a system overload while the latest treatment was being injected to them en-mass. Their powers were finally unlocked, and in a rampage of destruction the detainees escaped captivity, leaving the facility to burn behind them.
Solomon joined up with three other escapees as the detainees scattered. His transformation was the most telling, his skin temporarily transformed into a rock-like substance. Taking the name Granite he and his team-mates have been on the run ever since, searching for other victims of the project and determined to bring to justice the shadowy figures behind the conspiracy. This has brought them into conflict with other supers on numerous occasions as they face persecution and a fight for truth.
Granite’s powers allow him to assume a super-strong and durable rock-like form. As time passes he the happy-go-lucky Granite finds it increasingly hard to revert to his normal form, and he secretly fears he will one day become trapped. Worse still, he hates that the Nu-Genix team leader Headlock just views him as muscle with little else to offer.
“Time to rock!”
Granite – Astonishing Nu-Genix #3