- So point me to the patient-- and let the Nightmare Nurse, Mystic M.D., do that voodoo that she do so well!
- -- Nightmare Nurse src
The earliest appearance of the demonic being known as the Nightmare Nurse saw her working as a housekeeper named Asa for a woman named Alice Winter in the House of Mystery. Alice became ill, and Asa knew that there was no way to cure her. Since Asa was in need of a new 'host', as her current body was old and decrepit, she decided it would be best for her to possess the younger woman's body. Alice's body become Asa's as the Nightmare Nurse, the healer from Hell.
Nightmare Nurse's first interaction with the Justice League Dark occurred after the Phantom Stranger was impaled by Doctor Thirteen using the Spear of Destiny and his soul was removed from his body. When the body was brought to the JLD they realized that they would need assistance in retrieving his soul. With some protest on the part of John Constantine, Zatanna summoned the Nightmare Nurse.
After the events of Trinity War, Nightmare Nurse came to the aid of Constantine by curing him of the effects of Pandora's Box. She had also created a Swamp Thing from a part of the true Swamp Thing. However, her faux-Swamp Thing attracted the attention of the real avatar, who was angered by this affront, but agreed to put aside their differences to work against the true threat: the Crime Syndicate.
Nightmare Nurse assisted John with reassembling the Justice League Dark, as well as in the team's fight against Blight.
Justice League Dark
Despite her main connection, John's departure from the team, Nightmare Nurse joined the Justice League Dark, stating that she was a healer, and that the world needed healing now more than ever. However, tensions soon rose when Alice, who had been dormant for decades, banished Asa from her body. From Alice's point of view, it was Nightmare Nurse who had made her ill, and had remorselessly taken her as a host. With help from Constantine, Asa managed to return to the House of Mystery, but only made things worse when she failed to resist her urges and took over Zatanna's body rather than Alice's. In an attempt to pull the Nightmare Nurse out of Zatanna, John accidentally pulled the entire House of Mystery into the realm known as the Between. This put the team in danger, as the consciousness of the Between threatened to consume everybody within it. Asa explained that she had actually saved Alice, and then sacrificed herself to the Between in order to heal it's hunger, and save the rest of the Justice League Dark.
However, Zatanna had actually taken a fragment of Asa's soul in what appeared to just be a kiss, and used that to resurrect her, and save Alice, who was dying of the same disease that had ailed her decades earlier now that the Nightmare Nurse had left her body. Nightmare Nurse possessed Alice again, but this time with her host's blessing, and the promise not to bury her consciousness this time. Afterwards, Nightmare Nurse was welcomed as an invaluable member of the team.
- 35 Appearances of Asa (Prime Earth)
- 12 Images featuring Asa (Prime Earth)
- 4 Quotations by or about Asa (Prime Earth)
- Character Gallery: Asa (Prime Earth)
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