From: "Who's Jews in the Marvel & DC Universe?", posted on Orthodox Union website (OU.ORG - Your Gateway to the Jewish Internet), (http://www.ou.org/ncsy/projects/kp/5763/kpwint63/thing.htm; viewed 20 December 2005):
From: Ronald Byrd, "Houston" page on "Gay League" website (http://www.gayleague.com/gay/characters/display.php?id=75; viewed 21 December 2005):
Real Name: Joel Aaron Weinberg
Occupation: High school student; briefly adventurer
Base of Operations: Berkeley, California
First Appearance: Relative Heroes #1
Outed in: Relative Heroes #4, #6
The son of Oren and Deborah Weinberg, Joel is an ordinary fifteen-year-old boy with unusual relatives and friends; his eleven-year-old sister Aviva has electrical powers, his adopted brother sixteen-year-old Tyler Gilford can become invisible, Aviva's sixteen-year-old baby-sitter Damara Sinclaire can project mystic pheremones which influence others, [etc.]...
When Oren and Deborah die in an automobile accident, Joel represses his grief by deciding that he and the others should become super-heroes, and he convinces them to join him on a trip to Metropolis to meet Superman; Aviva, Tyler, Damara, and Cameron use the code-names Temper, Blindside, Allure, and Omni, respectively, while Joel calls himself Houston, apparentlyas a reference to the phrase, "Houston, we have a problem." Among their adventures along the way, the group stops at a diner in Bludhaven (home territory of Nightwing), where a mysterious teenage boy named Rive flirts with Houston. Rive apparently follows the Weinbergs to Metropolis and is present when Allure mesmerizes several bystanders into helping the group enter a government base to rescue Omni from the aliens who have come to claim him and Chloe; Rive is inexplicably immune to Allure's power, but he assists as part of the crowd, anyway. During a confrontation with Omni's alien race, Houston's grief about his parents finally breaks through his reserve, and he, Omni, and the other Weinbergs abandon the super-team concept and return to California. Following his parents' funeral, there are rumors of Joel and Rive dating, but nothing else is known of their relationship.
Houston is a reasonably skilled leader and, as owner of a large comic book collection, possesses a great deal of knowledge about super-heroes; according to his own self-analysis, his skills include "computers, basic stealth, automotive, swimming and politics." Rive's immunity to Allure's mystic pheremones presumably indicates that he has super-powers of some sort, but no other information about him is as yet available.
Relative Heroes created by Devin Grayson and Yvel Guichet.