Alrighty, here we are... I was tempted to pare it down a bit and remove his time with the Young Avengers entirely... but that would cheapen things too much in my eyes... first link is an image, second the Marvel Universe bit on him.
Name: Elijah Bradley
Weight: 145 lbs.
Hair: Bald (Black)
Unusual Features: None
Elijah Bradley is the grandson of Isaiah Bradley, known best as the black Captain America. Elijah's grandfather, and to some extent his Uncle Josiah (the hero Josiah X), have cast a large shadow over his life, and that of his own father.
As part of an expiriment with striking similarities to the Tuskegee experiments, an effort to re-produce the lost Super Soldier serum using a test run of all African-American soldiers, Isaiah became the sole successful subject. While not as refined as the serum which was given to Private Steve Rogers, Isaiah's already impressive physique was enhanced greatly. While the clandestine experiments were deemed a sucess despite the extreme mortality rate of its subjects, Army Intelligence decided to pull the plug, and to deal with Isaiah in the process. He was given a uniform styled after that of Captain America and sent unwittingly on a suicide mission into heavily occupied Nazi territory. His target was a think tank working on developing a Nazi supersoldier. While he was successful in his mission, Isaiah was arrested upon his return, charged with theft of military property (the uniform) and conducting an unsaction operation. He was tried in quiet and shipped back to the US to serve time in Levenworth prison. Isaiah was eventually pardoned by President Eisenhower, and returned to active duty at the head of a Special Operations squadron, tasked with taking the fight straight into Nazi territory, officially counteracting the fledgeling Nazi supersoldier program. Isaiah served with distinction until he was killed in combat shortly before D-Day. Isaiah was buried a hero, and his legacy serves to this day as an example for young African-Americans, mutant, meta, or human.
While in prison, Isaiah's blood was drawn by military scientists whom wanted to re-create the expiriments in Europe which had granted him his near Super Soldier physique. The thirty-nineth subject born was the great success of the program, but the baby was soon smuggled from the facility by his surrogate mother. Fearing a re-capture by the government the baby's mother left her baby boy in a Boston orphanage with only his name left for him: Josiah. Josiah's own powers manifested in his teens, leaving him feeling responsible for the death of a young girl in the orphanage. In his anger at himself, Josiah entered the Army, determined to see combat in Vietnam. He served three tours deep in the jungle until his unit, comprised of mainly African and Mexican-Americans, was sent on a mission that got all but Josiah and two others killed. Enraged at the inconsiderate and racist officer who had sent them on the mission, Josiah confronted and assaulted the man earning himself a court-martial and a ticket back to the United States and to Levenworth himself. While in prison, blood tests revealed to Josiah that he was in fact the missing Super Soldier baby. His surrogate mother was brought in to confirm the results, and while there she helped him to escape. In order to spare his surrogate mother the possibility of retribution, Josiah left the country, heading to Africa to work as a mercenary. While in Africa he discovered Islam, and became a Muslim minister. Determined to make something of his life Josiah returned to America where he eventually tracked down his real mother. Saddened by the discovery that his father was dead, but bolstered with pride at his legacy, Josiah took the name Josiah X and took up his father's costume to fight injustice in the Americas.
With his grandfather a legend and his uncle an active hero, Elijah was left in the shadows of his family name. His own father was without the superior genetics of his family, but bore them no ill will. Elijah took this in weakness, and on his sixteenth birthday he denounced his father and left home to try and carve out his own legacy. With no powers of his own, though, Elijah was in for some hard knocks. His attempts at vigilantism were met with harsh failures. He took several beatings at the hands of local gangs, and was nearly killed by a several men whom he had confronted during an armed robbery. It was while in the hospital that he was introduced to Mutant Growth Hormone. One of the less scrupulous doctors in the hospital offered it to him as an edge in his efforts to combat crime. While reluctant at first, Elijah's misgivings were won over by his youthful arrogance, as he thought he could master the drug, whatever the side effects might be. The drugs indeed worked, activating some of the latent genetics passed on through his father from Isaiah. This gave Elijah enhanced strength, agility, and a resiliance he had not enjoyed before. With his unlocked powers, Elijah set on cleaning up his own neighborhood, enjoying some successes. While he had removed several problematic gangs from the area, though, neighbors came to fear him. They worried over his notorious temper, and feared he was going to make a bid for power of his own.
When Iron Lad came to the Bradley household, where Elijah had returned after his hospitalization, looking for Josiah X, he was met instead by Elijah. Wanting to escape the neighborhood to greater glory, Elijah lied to Iron Lad, telling him that he possessed powers granted to him by a blood transfusion from his Uncle. Believing the lie, Iron Lad recruited Elijah into the fledgeling Young Avengers. Taking on the name Patriot, Elijah became a founding member of the Young Avengers. Taking on the mantle of leadership offered to him in the group, Patriot continued to hide his drug use, despite the irascibility that came of it. Tensions between him and Kate Bishop, the third Hawkeye were obvious, and though they clashed often, the fires led them to develop a somewhat rocky relationship. During the course of the relationship Kate made a gift to Elijah of a sheild bearing a remarkable similarity to Captain America's original triangular sheild, which presumably is one of the various replicas Captain America himself had made during his career. The relationship was doomed, however, as Kate was the team member to discover Elijah's dependance on MGH for his powers. Disgraced, Elijah quits the team, and goes into rehab at the behest of his father and his uncle.
Shortly after leaving rehad, one of Elijah's former teammates, known as Hulkling is kidnapped by the Super-Skrull. His former teammates, with Kate in the lead, sought him out and convinced him that without his leadership they wouldn't be able to rescue Hulkling. Showing his true mettle, Elijah joined his teammates without the benefits of MGH, a plain, if excellently conditioned, human. During the course of the mission Elijah once again showed his mettle by diving in front of an energy blast meant for an unsuspecting Captain America. Elijah was gravely wounded by the blast, and survived only through a transfusion of blood from his Uncle. It was this transfusion, ironically, which transferred true Super Soldier powers to Elijah. The refined genetics of his Uncle, combined with the remnants of MGH in Elijah's system, resulted in the first true Super Soldier since Captain America himself. Empowered once again, and without the burden of drugs, Elijah once more took on the mantle of Patriot, and took leadership of the Young Avengers.
Patriot's renewed leadership of the Young Avengers was short lived, however. During the Civil War the team was arrested by S.H.E.I.L.D. for failure to register under the Mutant Registration Act. The team was eventually freed by Captain America, with aid from Falcon, and they were secreted away to Captain America's hidden base. While Patriot wanted to join the resistance, the rest of the Young Avengers did not share his zeal. Angered by their lack of resolve, Patriot left the base and struck out as his own one man resistance. Elijah's successes as a freedom fighter were mixed. While he was able to gather a small following to himself, it consisted mainly of dissafected African-American youths looking to rally behind any cause that would allow them to clash with authority. There were several mutants amongst his followers, however the majority of the youths who rallied behind him were in fact MGH users, a fact which Elijah turned a blind eye to despite his own past abuses. This proved the downfall of his resistance, as the increasing violence of those following his flag drew the attention of S.H.E.I.L.D., and brought them under the heal of a supression squad.
While the majority of his followers were sent either of juvenille detention facilities or rehabilitation for their MGH abuse, Elijah was given special consideration for his time as leader of the Young Avengers. Rather than detain him and risk losing him to his own anger, S.H.E.I.L.D. has brought the young Patriot to the Mansion, believing him worth the training.