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Northwind


Northwind's current look by Scot Eaton Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (325x632, 53 KB) Licensing This image is a single panel from the interior of a single issue of a comic book and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the comic book or the writer...

Publisher DC Comics
First appearance All-Star Squadron # 25 (September, 1983)
Created by Roy Thomas (writer)
Jerry Ordway (artist)
Characteristics
Alter ego Norda Cantrell
Species Feitheran
Team
affiliations
Infinity, Inc.
Abilities Flight, enhanced vision, above human strength and speed, trained in Feitheran magic.

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Created by Roy Thomas, Jerry Ordway and Mike Machlan, Northwind first appeared in All-Star Squadron #25. He also appeared in the Infinity Inc. comic, although he left the team partway through the run. Roy Thomas (born November 22, 1940, Missouri, United States) is a comic book writer and editor, and Stan Lees first successor as editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics. ... The covers of both the hardcover and the softcover versions of the Power of Shazam! graphic novel by Ordway. ... The All-Star Squadron was an American comic book (1981-1987) created by Roy Thomas and published by DC Comics about the adventures of a large team of superheroes which comprised of most of the feature characters owned by the company that appeared in the Golden Age of Comic Books...

Contents

Fictional character biography

Origins

Due to an overheard conversation in the Explorer's Club, Hawkman (Carter Hall) traveled to the Hidden City of Feithera in Greenland, and saved its native people from human invaders intent on hunting an intelligent species, the hunters were immune to the Feitheran only weapon, a "Globlass Gun", which destroys a person's balance. Hawkman also prevented the Feitheran traitor Trata, and was able to convince the invaders to keep the secret of Feithera. (Flash Comics #71, May 1946) For years, Hawkman visited the Feitherans, and finally with their permission, brought along an anthropologist colleague, Fred Cantrell, who wished to study the Feitherans. Although betrothed to a Feitheran named Ramphastos, a Feitheran woman named Osroro immediately fell in love with Fred Cantrell. When Ramphastos abandoned Feithera, the couple was able to marry, although a union that was viewed with reluctance by most Feitherans. For other meanings of the term, see Hawkman (disambiguation) Hawkman is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe. ... See Anthropology. ...


Prophecy

Norda as an Infinitor.

When Hawkman and Hawkgirl later traveled to Feithera with their own son, Hector, Norda himself was born. It was then that Worla, Norda's grandfather and spiritual leader of the Feithereans knew of the irrevocable destiny that was prophesied for Hector, but dared not tell the Hawks. The curse of Seketh, the ancient Egyptian God of Death, which prophesied the combination of the Silver Scarab and the Eye of Ra, which would bring about the end of the world. Thoth the first Feitheran leader and a group of Egyptian birdpeople traveled to Greenland and founded Feithera in the hope that they could prevet the curse from coming to pass. But the curse of Seketh would be set into motion 1500 years later, when Hath-Set slew Prince Khufu and Lady Chay-Ara, who would after many reincarnations become the modern day Hawkman and Hawkgirl. The Silver Scarab (Hector Hall), the child of Khufu and Chay-Ara, fulfilled the curse prophesy by being born without a soul. Image File history File links Northwind. ... Image File history File links Northwind. ... Infinity Inc. ... Hawkgirl is the name of several fictional superheroines all owned by DC Comics and existing in that companys DC Universe. ... Silver Scarab, real name Hector Sanders Hall, is a superhero who has appeared in DC Comicss Infinity, Inc. ... Egyptian goddess Isis Ancient Egyptian religion encompasses the beliefs and rituals of Ancient Egypt. ... Silver Scarab, real name Hector Sanders Hall, is a superhero who has appeared in DC Comicss Infinity, Inc. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Hath-Set is a DC Comics supervillain. ...


Seeing the danger of the Silver Scarab become imminent with the birth of Hector Hall, Worla immediately proceeded to the chamber of eggs which held the unhatched young of Feithera. As evil had planted its seed in Hector, so had Worla planted (via the age old incantation of power) the goodness of Thoth, the founder of Feithera in Norda's egg. Norda hatched that day. Norda would come to spend a lot of time with the Hall family and they adored him, but Hector grew to hate Feithera.


Leaving Feithera

Norda left Feithera at age 15. Thanks to his stamina and inborn Feitheran migration senses, Norda was able to reach Washington D.C., the city in which his father was born. He planned to visit his grandparents there, but they had moved. Flying over Washington, he did find them, but his grandfather had already died, and his grandmother was close to death. Appearing before her, she thought him to be her son, reincarnated as an angel (thinking her son had died on a polar expedition long ago) and asked to be taken to heaven, and she died. Norda lived on the streets for some time. He was finally able to make contact with the Halls who took him in. mtDNA-based chart of large human migrations. ... Aerial photo (looking NW) of the Washington Monument and the White House in Washington, DC. Washington, D.C., officially the District of Columbia (also known as D.C.; Washington; the Nations Capital; the District; and, historically, the Federal City) is the capital city and administrative district of the United...


Return to Feithera

Norda returned to Feithera for the coming of age ceremony, in which each adult Feitheran receives their life scroll, which dictates that person's role in Feitheran society, and decided their future mate. Norda was destined to marry a Feitheran girl named Isos, and Worla planned to make him his successor as spiritual leader of the Feitheran people, but Norda refused, denying his pre-ordained role in Feitheran society. Understanding Norda's human need for freedom, his father spoke up in his defense, and Norda was free to leave once more. In a last-ditch attempt to make him stay, Worla revealed the dark prophecy to his grandson his grandson, but Norda ripped up his life-scroll and flew away.


Infinity, Inc.

Norda fulfilling his destiny.

Norda returned just as Hector Hall, Lyta Trevor and Al Rothstein decided to adopt heroic identities and apply for membership in the Justice Society of America. Norda joined them, them and they applied as the Silver Scarab, Fury, Nuklon and Northwind. They were turned down for membership, but together with Star-Spangled Kid, Obsidian, Jade, Power Girl and the Huntress they formed their own group Infinity, Inc.. (Infinity, Inc. #1) During one of his adventures with Infinity, Inc., he assisted in moving the Hidden City of Feithera to a location called New Feithera. (Ibid #23) Image File history File links Nordaeyeofra. ... Image File history File links Nordaeyeofra. ... The Justice Society of America, or JSA, is a DC Comics superhero group, the first team of superheroes in comic book history. ... Silver Scarab, real name Hector Sanders Hall, is a superhero who has appeared in DC Comicss Infinity, Inc. ... Fury was the codename of two DC Comics superheroines, who are mother and daughter. ... Atom Smasher (sometimes spelled with a hyphen) is a superhero in the DC Comics Universe. ... Star-Spangled Kid is the name of several fictional superheroes in the DC Comics universe. ... Obsidian is a fictional character who has been both a superhero and supervillain in the DC Comics universe. ... Jade is the codename of Jennie-Lynn Hayden, a fictional character, a superhero from DC Comics. ... Power Girl (real name Kara Zor-L, also known as Karen Starr) is a DC Comics superhero, making her first appearance in All Star Comics #58 (January/February 1976). ... The Huntress is a superheroine from DC Comics. ... Infinity Inc. ...


Silver Scarab saga

Even with all of his friends at Infinity, Inc. when Hector Hall left the group after a falling out with Lyta, as well as hearing that a woman named Doctor Hastor (a re-incarnated Hath-Set) had contacted Hector. Norda believed the prophecy his grandfather had warned him of was coming to pass. Traveling to Hall Mansion, Norda meant to confront Hector, only to find him already under Hath-Set's control. Going to Old Feithera in hopes of uncovering the means to defeat this ancient evil, he once again met his grandfather Worla. Norda was trained by Worla, in the occult traditions of Feitehra, and was taught to harness the power of Thoth inherent in all Feitehrans. (Ibid #37)


Returning to Infinity, Inc., Northwind was a changed man, sporting a new look, demeanor and the ability to fire powerful blasts of mystic energy from his hands. The now possessed Silver Scarab and Hath-Set uncovered the Eye of Ra, a powerful and ancient weapon.


The final confrontation happened at Hall Mansion, which, when burned down, revealed to have a topless pyramid inside. While Northwind confronted Hector Hall the Silver Scarab in a duel, Nuklon saved Fury, who had been kidnapped by Hector. But Doctor Hastor and the Eye of Ra appeared in time, and the Silver Scarab looked upon his destiny and spoke the spell in which the Eye of Ra opened, and the spirit of Seketh looked out through it on the Silver Scarab. The Eye of Ra denied the Silver Scarab control and flew away, but the Scarab clung to it. Invoking the name of Thoth, Northwind was able to close the Eye of Ra, sending it away to sleep under the sands of Egypt and end its rampage, but Hector Hall was already dead. As Hector's destiny had overtaken him, so too had Norda's had grown aloof and distant after his training in Feithera, and now accepted his new role as spiritual leader of the Feitherans. Norda left Infinity, Inc., and flew home to New Feithera after Hector Hall's funeral.


Kahndaq

Through yet undisclosed events, the Feitherans have evolved into an even more bird-like state, including Northwind (modeled after Hawkman's look in Kingdom Come), and New Feithera has been destroyed. The Feitherans have apparently lost the power of speech but not their intelligence. It has yet to be revealed how, but Black Adam was able to convince Northwind and the other Feitherans to join him and take over his anscestral homeland Kahndaq. (JSA #40) The JSA responded to the hostile takeover by attacking Kahndaq and Black Adam's group, which included two other Infinitors Atom Smasher and Brainwave Jr. and a new Nemesis and Eclipso. The conflict resulted in Hawkman ripping off one of Northwind's wings, (Hawkman vol. 5 #25) but thanks also to some form of advanced healing the Feitherans have gained, Northwind has already recovered it. A DC Comics Elseworld story written by Mark Waid and painted by Alex Ross, Kingdom Come is a limited series depicting a world after Superman. ... Black Adam is a fictional comic book character whose morally ambiguous nature has his character fall between the lines of heroism and villainy; as a result, he has associated himself with both superheroes and supervillains in the past. ... The Justice Society of America, or JSA, is a DC Comics superhero group, the first team of superheroes in comic book history. ... Atom Smasher (Albert Rothstein) (sometimes spelled with a hyphen) is a fictional superhero in the DC Comics Universe. ... Brainwave or Brain Wave is a name shared by two characters in the DC Comics Universe, who are father and son. ... // Nemesis I Nemesis is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe. ... Eclipso is a fictional character, a villain in the DC Comics Universe. ...


Recently, the Spectre attacked Khandaq, which resulted in the death of some Feitherans. However, Northwind appeared in the background of Infinite Crisis #7, fighting against the villains who are taking rampage on Metropolis. It is unknown what Northwind's actual activities during the Crisis were, or how he felt about Black Adam's decision to join the Alexander Luthor's "Society", but his opposition of the villains in Metropolis suggests that he has remained loyal to Adam, who had been betrayed by the Society and was fighting against them himself. Although Adam is a main character in the mini-series 52, which fills in the gap between the end of Infinite Crisis and the current "One Year Later" status of all DC comics, Northwind has yet to make an appearance in the series. The Spectre is a fictional cosmic entity and superhero who has appeared in numerous comic books published by DC Comics. ... Infinite Crisis was a seven-issue limited series of comic books published by DC Comics, beginning in October of 2005. ... The Battle of Metropolis is a fictional DC Comics event. ... Alexander Luthor, Jr. ...


Powers and abilities

  • Born with his wings, Northwind has the ability to fly, with Olympic level athletic prowess and agility. In early issues of Infinity, Inc.
  • He appears to have advanced regenerative abilities, as well as superhuman strength and stamina.
  • Norda used to carry a "Globlass Gun", an energy weapon from his native Feithera.
  • Due to his training under Worla, Norda is now a master of Feitheran magic. This gave him the ability to fire flame from his palms.

Trivia

For other meanings of the term, see Hawkman (disambiguation) Hawkman is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The cover to Absolute Kingdom Come by Alex Ross (2006) Kingdom Come was a four-issue comic book limited series published in 1996 by DC Comics. ...

External links

  • DCU Guide: Northwind
  • Tom Morrow's Who's Who: Northwind

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Northwind (comics) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1895 words)
Northwind is a fictional character of the DC Comics.
Northwind was not Infinity, Inc.'s most popular character, with his earlier seemingly useless behaviour in battle, as unlike other members he only had wings and the globlass gun.
With so few Northwind fans (he had appeared in only a limited number of issues, a long time ago and was not very popular during that time), there has yet to be a vocal displeasure at this change.
Infinity Inc. - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (682 words)
Infinity Inc. is a team of comic book superheroes in the DC Comics universe, mostly composed of the children and heirs of the Justice Society of America.
It is also the name of the comic book starring the group, which ran from issue #1 (March 1984) through #53 (June 1988).
The group was organized by the original Star-Spangled Kid in Infinity Inc. #1 when a number of JSA proteges were denied admission to the JSA.
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