Barracuda is an original member of Heavy Mettle.
Barracuda was created by Karl Kerschl
and Jay Faerber
in 2000 and first appeared in The New Warriors
Barracuda and the other members of Heavy Mettle would join the Initiative
and is selected to join the Shadow Initiative
. The Hood
orders the Taskmaster
to bring in a bunch of D-list villains, ex-cons and other Initiative members they felt were expendable into the Shadow Initiative. This group was the first wave of Initiative members to assault a prison in the Negative Zone
called 42 that was taken over by Blastaar
and his army. This group acted as cannon fodder to soften up Blastaar's forces before sending in the big boys to clean up. However, Barracuda is killed in action when he is gunned down.