KYMBERLY TAYLOR

Real Name: Kymberly Taylor

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Agent of SHIELD

Affiliations: William Conover, Punisher, SHIELD, X-Cutioner

Enemies: Humanity's Last Stand, Mutant Liberation Front, Simon Trask

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Mobile with SHIELD

First Appearance: Punisher III#12 (October, 1996)

Powers/Abilities: Kymberly Taylor was one of the last SHIELD agents to be trained by Nick Fury-- although this training was mainly restricted to videotaped lessons. She had access to and experience using the many weapons provided by SHIELD, including all manner of handguns, rifles, and heavy artillery. She also used a SHIELD motorcycle on one occasion, and a SHIELD jetpack.

History: (Punisher III#12 (fb)) - Taylor was assigned by SHIELD to protect the Reverend William Conover, whose life had been threatened by the Mutant Liberation Front. She also found that FBI agent Carl Denti (secretly the X-Cutioner) had also been assigned to protect him. When the MLF member Deadeye attacked Conover, the Punisher appeared to save him, having also been sent by SHIELD. Taylor was unaware of this, and had a personal dislike for the Punisher because he had seemingly slain Nick Fury. With Deadeye driven off, the three bodyguards conferred with one another, and the Punisher proved his credentials. When Deadeye attacked again, Taylor protected Conover while the Punisher and Denti (as the X-Cutioner) fought and killed him.

(Punisher III#13) - After Blastfurnace destroyed Deadeye's corpse, the bodyguards argued over their next move, and argued with Conover, who wanted to continue his ministry. Conover was to work in a soup kitchen at the Glory Day Ministry, so Taylor covered the rooftop while the Punisher and Denti guarded Conover within the building. Conover was attacked by MLF member Corpus Derelicti, and Taylor joined the others in battling him, blowing off his left arm. Corpus Derelicti called upon Blastfurnace, who destroyed his body, and the bodyguards fled to the building's roof as Blastfurnace set the entire building on fire.

(Punisher III#14) - Taylor and the Punisher protected Conover, and were soon joined by the X-Cutioner in battling Blastfurnace. Taylor provided cover fire for the Punisher, but could not penetrate Blastfurnace's armor. Finally, the X-Cutioner penetrated the armor, and the Punisher destroyed it by blasting the interior with water.

They continued to protect Conover as he traveled by train to Oklahoma. Along the way, MLF member Burnout attacked, and Taylor fled the train with Conover in a SHIELD motorcycle, but Burnout pursued them.

(Punisher III#15) - Burnout slashed Taylor's front tire, and she crashed the motorcycle. Burnout then captured Conover, and brought him to the compound of Humanity's Last Stand, the backers of the MLF.

To recover Conover, the Punisher and Taylor had Denti claim to have found proof that the MLF were not mutants so that he could be captured and lead them to their base. As Taylor and the Punisher waited for the MLF to apprehend Denti, she admitted to the Punisher that she had been wrong about him-- he was "okay." The Punisher replied that maybe she wasn't that wrong. She did concede that he could use a shave. When the MLF appeared, she and the Punisher fought them so as not to give away their true plan, and as they had hoped, Denti was captured alive.

(Punisher III#16) - As the Punisher and Taylor waited to hear from Denti, Taylor began to wonder if they were up to defeating the MLF alone. She and the Punisher shared a kiss. He asked her what it was for. She replied, "For giving me a kick in the pants when I really needed one." They were shortly joined by the X-Cutioner (although Taylor was still unaware he was really Denti, having escaped from Humanity's Last Stand), and the X-Cutioner teleported the three of them into the compound. Taylor was sent to deliver a false evacuation signal to minimize casulties, and then destroyed the compound's communication equipment. Just as Simon Trask destroyed the compound, the X-Cutioner managed to teleport in and rescue Taylor-- but there was no sign of the Punisher.

(Punisher III#17) - Agent Taylor was interviewed by Haskell Salaki, a U.S. marshal assigned to locate the Punisher. He caught up with Taylor at Avengers Mansion just as she was heading out on another assignment, and G.W. Bridge forced her to cooperate. She confirmed to Salaki her belief that the Punisher was dead. When Salaki asked if she wa sure, she replied that if she had done her job right, maybe he wouldn't be, and stormed off. On her way out, she encountered the Black Widow, who was surprised that Taylor could care for the man believed to have slain Nick Fury. Taylor responded that it was none of her business.

Comments: Created by John Ostrander, Tom Lyle and Robert Jones.

by Prime Eternal

CLARIFICATIONS:
Kymberly Taylor is of no known relation to:


Appearances:
Punisher III#12-13 (October-November, 1996) - John Ostrander (writer), Tom Lyle (pencils), Robert Jones (inks), Mark Bernardo (editor)
Punisher III#14 (December, 1996) - John Ostrander (writer), Darick Robertson (pencils), Jeff Albrecht (inks), Mark Bernardo (editor)
Punisher III#15-17 (January-March, 1997) - John Ostrander (writer), Tom Lyle (pencils), Robert Jones (inks), Mark Bernardo (editor)


Last updated: 06/15/12

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