A New York City college student who is drawn into conflict with the immensely powerful and secretive Combine, and whose body holds within it the vast BioCosmic Universe defended by the Biowarriors. Alex’s impatient, cocksure personality stands in stark contrast to that of his father, renowned scientist Marcus Hawking. What the two do share is great natural intellect and curiosity. When The Combine assassinates Marcus with the Z-Kron microbe, Alex contracts it as well—but survives. Now, he’s on the run, desperately fighting The Combine on the outside while his body’s immune system battles the Z-Kron virus within.