Malcolm Powder is a high school student in Manhattan, New York City, and a fan of Jessica Jones. When he learned that she ran Alias Investigations out of a Manhattan office, he visited her at work, letting himself into the office and answering her phone before being thrown out by Jones.
He continued to visit Jones at work, begging her for a job and boasting an encyclopedic knowledge of superhero activity in New York City. Jones finally relented, agreeing to hire him on a part-time basis if he could find information regarding the whereabouts of the missing Mattie Franklin. Malcolm found a classmate whose brother turned out to be keeping Franklin hostage, allowing Jones to rescue the girl.