As a young boy, Brian Kinney came to Astro City to meet and frequent super-heroes. In order to do so, his first step was to find a job as a waiter at Bruiser's Bar and Grill, a bar catering for super powered being.
Seeing he was a good boy but not fit for the underground population of his bar, the owner K.O. Carson, an ancient vigilante known as the Black Badge recommanded him for Butler's, a highly exclusive and private club for top super-heroes, where Brian found a job as a busboy.
On the third day on the job, the club was attacked by Glue-Gun. Brian, held hostage by the villain, proved himself a great fighter, defeating him with one kick in front of the all assistance.
The Confessor saw great potential in the young man, and decided to train him as his sidekick, Altar Boy. After the Confessor's death Brian took his place as the Confessor.