What kind of sidekick name is "Dusty"? That more like the name you'd give Ragman's sidekick!
The Shield is not a man of imagination. There are so many cool things you could name the Shield's sidekick:
- "Bulwark, the Human Decoy"
- "Screen, the Kid Sieve"
- "Haven the Harbor Boy"
- "Ward, the Boy Aegis"
I bet the Shield didn't even bother to give the kid any superpowers. Maybe "Dusty" was the kid's real name.
Nah; what kind of star-spangled, patriotic hero would drag a non-superpower kid into battle with him and use his real name instead of code name? No one's that stupid or short-sighted.