Timmy Waters grew up near the banks of the Anacostia River. He was a rather small and scrawny young man who spent a lot of time wishing he were bigger and stronger. Timmy had a few friends throughout childhood and early adolescence, but he was a lonely boy for the most part.
One hot summer day Timmy decided he wanted to go for a swim. The nearest community pool was over an hour away on foot, so Timmy decided he would take a dip in the Anacostia River just down the street from his house. Timmy had no idea that the Anacostia was incredibly polluted and full chemicals that would change his life forever. As soon as Timmy dove into the water his skin began to burn. He had never experienced a feeling like that before. Timmy tried to cry out for help but he could not make a sound. Suddenly he felt everything in his body tighten as gills began to tear from his neck and his hands and feet turned into webbed slimy limbs. Timmy’s skin began to take a scaly and slimy form as well. He could suddenly slide through the water very quickly.
Timmy left the river after a long cooling swim in hopes that he would turn back to his regular self when he left the water. But Timmy found that people gave him strange looks and shrieked at him as he walked by with his heavy webbed feet smacking along the ground. Timmy’s peers ignored him and he was eventually band from all public places including school. Timmy realized the only place for him to go was the river.
After a few days in the river Timmy found he had some powers beyond any he’d read about in comic books. Timmy could communicate with the life forms in the river and direct them to do what he pleased. Timmy wanted the life forms of the river to help him clean it out, so that nobody else would experience the mutation he had. Timmy absorbed the pollutants in the river into his skin and released them as oxygen. After a while the locals began to catch wind of what was going on in the Anacostia and named the mutated creature that was cleaning up the river. Timmy was forever known as “The Anacostia Avenger.”