NED NORDSTROM

Real Name: Ned Nordstrom

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Minister

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: U.S. Agent, Vagabond (Priscilla Lyons)

Enemies: Scourge of the Underworld

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Church and home, somewhere along Pacific coast (California?)

First Appearance: U.S. Agent I#1 (June, 1993)

Powers/Abilities: Ned Nordstrom was a faithful minister, and a non-violent man.

 

History: (U.S. Agent I#1) - While driving on the highway by the Pacific coast, Reverend Nordstrom had a flat tire, and stopped to change it. He was sighted by the U.S. Agent, who noticed a resemblance between Nordstrom and his father, and stopped to offer assistance. After the tire was changed, Nordstrom gave the Agent a program from his church, and asked the U.S. Agent to come and visit him some time because he wanted to help whatever seemed to be bothering the Agent.

(U.S. Agent I#2) - Needing a place to keep a Scourge of the Underworld he had captured, the U.S. Agent brought him to Nordstrom's house, and Nordstrom let the Agent seal him in his cellar to try and interrogate him. The U.S. Agent left his ally Priscilla Lyons with Nordstrom while he set out to find Scourge's contact, Domino. Nordstrom was uncertain of the Agent's actions, but made a deal with him; in exchange for holding the Scourge, the two of them would talk for a period of time as long as the Scourge was held at Nordstrom's. The Agent agreed to his terms. Nordstrom brought food to Priscilla while she guarded the cellar, and she explained to him that Scourge was a serial killer, and that she wouldn't open the door for anything.

(U.S. Agent I#3) - The Scourge began threatening legal action against Nordstrom, but Lyons refused to deal with him. Nordstrom prayed for guidance, uncertain of how to act, when the U.S. Agent phoned him saying he needed help and was on his way.

(U.S. Agent I#4) - When the U.S. Agent arrived, he wasn't ready to talk to Nordstrom yet, but agreed to bring the Scourge food. The Agent and Lyons started to set out to bring the Scourge to the authorities, but two more Scourges appeared to confront them. The first Scourge was killed, while the Scourge Caprice was shot, and Bloodstain escaped. The Agent and Lyons brought Caprice into Nordstrom's house and the Agent got information on Domino from her. As the U.S. Agent left to confront Domino, Nordstrom advised him that good deeds would not unburden his soul, and that he would need faith in something greater than himself to obtain salvation. The Agent replied that his faith had let him down, but Nordstrom wondered if it was Walker who had let down his own faith. When the U.S. Agent brought down the Scourges, Lyons and Nordstrom visited him in the hospital as he recovered from injuries, and the Agent confided that he now felt he had a reason to exist, and could make amends for his actions.

Comments: Created by Mark Gruenwald, M.C. Wyman and Keith Williams.

    Considering that Gruenwald was an atheist, his characters like Rev. Nordstrom and Rev. Koehler (DP7#5) are very sympathetic.

by Prime Eternal

CLARIFICATIONS:
Ned Nordstrom should not be confused with:


Images taken from:
U.S. Agent I#4, page 23, panel 3 (not counting ads)
U.S. Agent I#2, page 28, panel 5


U.S. Agent I#1-4 (June-September, 1993) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), M.C. Wyman (artist), Keith Williams (inker), Nel Yomtov (editor)


Last updated: 12/16/06

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