Brew's Crew: Charlie-27
(Editor’s note: This is another in a series of irregularly-scheduled columns by Managing Editor Byron Brewer, mainly dealing with cosmic comics and their many denizens. Mr. Brewer’s opinions do not necessarily reflect that of CosmicBookNews.com. He welcomes both raves and opposing views.)
By Byron Brewer
Charlie-27 was the Ben Grimm of the original Guardians of the Galaxy, the muscle that was the mainstay of the team. While Charlie’s character was never as serious as Vance Astro or as contemplative as Yondu, the big Jovian was just plain loveable.
Charlie is a soldier and space militia pilot, genetically engineered to live in Jupiter’s gravity, born in GalileoCity, Jupiter. As such, he has 11 times the muscle mass of a normal human. He was also a captain in the United Lands of Earth Space Militia.
In 3007 A.D., the alien Badoon invade the solar system, performing various acts of genocide. Charlie is the only survivor of his world due to being on a long-term space mission. He joins forces with Martinex, Yondu and Vance Astro to form the original Guardians of the Galaxy, a band of freedom fighters.
In 3014 A.D., he teamed with the time-traveling Thing, Captain Americaand Sharon Carter to retake New York Cityfrom Badoon forces. He later time-traveled to the 20th Century and met the Defenders. He returned to 3015 A.D. with Starhawk and the Defenders to defeat a Badoon invasion force.
Charlie-27 later departed post-war Earth on a space mission and met Nikki, who joined the Guardians. He then visited the Asylum planet. Charlie helped defeat the Topographical Man. Charlie then learned how the Silver Surfer repulsed the original Badoon invasion attempt of Earth in the 20th Century, later meeting Aleta and learning the origin of Starhawk.
Charlie battled the Reavers of Arcturus, discovering the space station Drydock, which the Guardians used as a base of operations for a time. Charlie later teamed with the time-traveling Thor to battle Korvac and his minions. With the Guardians, Charlie traveled to the present in pursuit of the villain. He met the Avengers and saved the life of a young Vance Astrovik. Charlie assisted the Avengers in battling Korvac, and attended an Avengers membership meeting, but wound up parting company with the Avengers.
Charlie attempted to prevent the meeting of Vance Astro's 20th and 31st Century selves, and battled the Thing to do so. With the Guardians, he then returned to the 31st Century.
Charlie once had a romantic relationship with fellow Guardian Nikki, but the two broke it off. They still remained friends.
Though from the future, Charlie-27 manages to become involved in the Infinity War. He and his team save AvengersMansionfrom an invasion by the Masters of Evil. Then both teams save each other from waves of evil doubles based on both teams.
Charlie-27, or at least a few versions of same, appeared in various time-travel tales in the modern Guardians of the Galaxy. It is doubted any of these are the Charlie we have known throughout the years.