Real Name: Mark Diering
Identity/Class: human/mutate (see comments)
former park ranger
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Gaea (see comments);
Enemies: Steve Rogers, Thunderbolts (Moonstone, Penance, Radioactive Man, Songbird, Swordsman, Venom)
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Washington state
First Appearance: Captain America I#336 (December, 1987)
Powers/Abilities: Brother Nature could communicate with animals, and convince them to do his bidding. He also was able to control the weather, causing gale-force wind, instant thunderstorms, flash-floods, and even lightning bolts to crash to the ground. He also could control the Earth's tectonic plates, causing earthquakes. Brother Nature also talked like he owned at least one Phish album.
History: (Captain America I#336 (fb) ) - A nature enthusiast, the man who went on to become Brother Nature decided to become a park ranger. For 3 years, he was fairly happy with his job, until he found out that a large section of woodlands was sold to private developers. Feeling that he had no other choice, Brother Nature used every ecoterrorist technique in the book to stop the developers, before he was eventually caught and beaten. The workers, thinking they had murdered him, threw him in a ditch and bulldozed it over. While he lay in his makeshift grave, he had a vision of the goddess of the Earth appear before him. She appointed him nature's guardian, and granted him his superhuman powers. For the next six months, Brother Nature worked alongside nature in keeping the developers out.
(Captain America I#336) - In Washington state, after being forced out of his job as Captain America, Steve Rogers met Brother Nature, and tried to convince him to stop endangering the workers' lives. Brother Nature lashed out, using earthquakes, stampeding deer, even a giant bear, to stop Rogers, but he was able to escape them all. Brother Nature finally caught Rogers with an exceptionally large earthquake, but he was caught in it as well. Injured in the fall, Brother Nature ended up telling Rogers his story. Rogers was eventually able to carry Brother Nature out of the crater, but the forest was ruined. Seeing that he had caused the very destruction he attempted to prevent, Brother Nature broke into tears.
(Civil War: Battle Damage Report) - Tony Stark considered Brother Nature as a potential Initiative recruit.
(Thunderbolts: Breaking Points#1) - Brother Nature was attacked by the Thunderbolts. They had no chance against him until Songbird decided to trick him into surrendering. Radioactive Man told Brother Nature that he would soon reach critical mass because his containment suit got damaged during the fight. Afraid that the forest would be destroyed, Brother Nature surrendered and was soon taken away to prison. He didn't want to register like Songbird suggested.Comments: Created by Mark Gruenwald and Tom Morgan
Brother Nature claimed to have been granted powers by the Goddess of the Earth (Gaea), but it was never shown as such. It's possible that he was just hallucinating (for obvious reasons) his meeting with Gaea, and was actually a mutant whose powers manifested very late.
Brother Nature's real name was revealed in the Civil War: Battle Damage Report.
Profile by: Zerostar; updated by Markus Raymond
Brother Nature has no known connection to...
Captain America I#336 (December, 1987) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Tom Morgan (pencils), Dave Hunt (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Civil War: Battle Damage Report (2007)
Thunderbolts: Breaking Point#1 (January, 2006) - Christos N. Gage (writer), Brian Denham (artist), Molly Lazer (editor)
Last updated: 12/25/03
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