Coldcast

Created by Joe Kelly & Doug Mahnke

NAME + ALIASES:
Nathaniel Jones

KNOWN RELATIVES:
unnamed mother, Christopher (brother, deceased)

GROUP AFFILIATIONS:
The Elite, Justice League of America

FIRST APPEARANCE:
Action Comics #775

+ History

Coldcast (Nathan Jones) and his brother Christopher grew up in the rougher streets of Chicago. Nathan lost one of eyes when the boys were still young, when his metahuman powers were triggered for the first time. This happened when he was forced to defend his brother from a gang of thugs.

Nathan found he could control the electromagnetic spectrum and affect matter at the atomic level. The brothers would always be close, but much of Nathan's early history is unrevealed up until the day he met the villainous Manchester Black.

Black recruited Nathan to become Coldcast, a member of his group of extremely powerful metahumans called the Elite. This group took it upon themselves to "free the Earth of scum." They abided no laws and thus quickly came into conflict with Superman during their first mission in Tripoli, Libya. They quickly dispatched Superman then disappeared. (Action #775)

Superman called them to a showdown on Jupiter's moon, Io, where they seemingly killed the Man of Steel. But Superman returned triumphant. He managed to take the entire lot into custody. (Action #795)

Black became a government operative but turned on them and attempted to assassinate President Lex Luthor. Black reassembled the Elite, who also rebelled against him. Afterwards, Black was taken recaptured, but Coldcast remained at large. (Action #795)

Upon Black's apparent death, his sister, Vera Lynn Black, took it upon herself to clear the family name and reassembled the Elite as a force for good. As Sister Superior she convinced Coldcast to return to the fold. In fact, Nathan was eager to atone for his time with the original Elite. His intentions were truly good. Vera then approached the JLA with a proposition to form a sort of "black ops" JLA team: the Justice League Elite. With her deep cover experience, Vera envisioned a team that could use unconventional means to combat unconventional threats.

This Elite became a sort of "not-exactly-sanctioned don't-ask-don't-tell covert operations unit. Their mission was to hunt and eliminate extranormal threats to the Earth before they went public. (JLA Secret Files 2004) In their first mission, they infiltrated The Blood Brothers, an organization of assassins. The Blood Brothers led the Elite to a foreign terrorist dictator, Hi-Shan Bhat. The Elite took down both the Blood Brothers and Bhat's regime, but what happened after this would taint the Elite for good. With Bhat in custody, Manchester Black's disembodied mind began asserting some control over Vera, who blacked out while Bhat was being held. In this time, Menagerie secretly coaxed Coldcast into killing Bhat. Coldcast retained no memory of the act, and no other members were present. (JL Elite #1-3)

Coldcast laid low during all this, and put some effort into his personal relationship with Menagerie. The two had become lovers and were drawn together by their shared affection for Pam, the original Menagerie who was in a coma thanks to Manchester Black.

The Elite's next case was incited by none other than Coldcast's brother, Christopher. Chris unwittingly led the Elite into the underground drug ring called the Aftermath. Christopher hoped to become a member of this increasingly powerful gang, but Nathan was determined to take it down. Aftermath secretly plotted a test for the new recruits and instigated a fight with the JSA. During the brawl, Major Disaster (who had begun drinking heavily) used his powers to send Coldcast out of control. This caused Kasumi to accidentally impale Hawkgirl with her blades.

After this tragedy, the team were finally invited aboard Aftermath's interdimensional ship where they met the organization's leader, Aftermath himself. This mission was also doomed to failure; at this time, Vera was finally overtaken by the disembodied Manchester Black. Aftermath also killed Christopher before his own demise. (#4-7)

Black made mental contact with an ancient female warrior named Eve, who was trapped in the Source Wall. The pair headed for Earth and left the Elite decimated. Under mysterious circumstance, Menagerie went missing, and Kasumi used the Shadow Theif's belt to transport herself and Colcast into the "World of Shadows." When she mustered the strength to teleport them back to Earth, the JLA were waiting to arrest Coldcast for Bhat's murder. In their absence, Al-Sheikh had found DNA evidence linking Coldcast to the deed. Nathan confessed to the murder and was taken to the Slab.

In the Slab, Coldcast was visited by the spirit of the recently departed Manitou Raven. Raven's magic dislodged something in his mind and he vomited up a heap of Menagerie's symbeasts. Free from their control, he began remembering that he had been coerced by Menagerie into killing Bhat. Menagerie herself was nowhere to be found, but Nathan was freed from prison by Kasumi and they rejoined the rest of the Elite to try and free Vera from the influence of her brother. (#10-11)

Thanks mostly to Manitou Raven, the team succeeded. Afterwards, they tracked Coldcast's former lover, Menagerie to Costa Rica, where they took her into custody. Nathan was cleared of the murder charges and is free again to roam. Perhaps he will join Vera and al-Sheikh's new secret endeavor; time will tell... (#12)

Notes

Coldcast's name was originally said to be "Craig" (ref??).

+ Powers

He can control electromagnetism and affect matter at the atomic level. By rendering electrons inert, he can essentially stop time. This can be used to to cripple electronic devices with an electromagnetic pulse. He is also sensitive to the Earth's electromagnetic field.

Appearances + References

» FEATURED APPEARANCES:  

» SERIES:

 Justice League Elite, 12-issue limited series (2004-05)

» SEE ALSO:

 The Elite

 Menagerie