Jono Hex was just a kid from living with his injured father in the days of the Wild West when his neighbors killed his father and burned down their home. The stress triggered Jono's latent metamutant powers, which ended up blowing off most of his face. Branded a "malform", Jono fled his hometown and traveled the west before eventually forming a group of metamutant outlaws known as Generation Hex.
Jono Hex has the ability to create psionic blasts. During his travels along the west, he learned to "speak" with others telepathically.