What The D'ast? Blastaar
(Editor’s note: This is another in a series of irregularly-scheduled columns by Managing Editor Byron Brewer, mainly dealing with Marvel Cosmic and its many denizens. Mr. Brewer’s opinions do not necessarily reflect that of CosmicBookNews.com. He welcomes both raves and opposing views.) By Byron Brewer [[wysiwyg_imageupload:107:]]When you first see this hulking denizen of the Negative Zone, his lion-like mane waving in the bristling breeze caused by bomb-bursts from his fingertips, only one artist’s name comes to mind: Jack Kirby! Another one of the King’s cosmic creations is still causing trouble in the galaxies of the Marvel U., and his name is Blastaar -- sorry, King Blastaar. This former Fantastic Four foe has benefited greatly from the Annihilation War even though he wound up fighting with Nova and the heroic Rebellion. With the fall of Annihilus and his plans to conquer our positive universe, Blastaar became the legitimate monarch of the Negative Zone and all its dependent territories. (He was even acknowledged as such by Richard Rider of Earth, the Nova Prime.) Blastaar possesses great superhuman strength, endurance and durability, and is a highly proficient warrior. But, as I said, his main resource is his ability to generate an unknown type of highly concussive force that he can release at will from his fingertips. He can release sufficient force to penetrate 6-inch-thick titanium-overlaid steel from 25 feet away (but the maximum range of his blasting power is approximately 1,000 feet, limited by his inability to finely focus his energy beams over any great distance). The ruler can propel himself through the air using his energy blasts at speeds of up to 25,000 miles per hour. He can survive in the vacuum of space for months by willing himself into a state of hibernation. The former king of the Negative Zone world of Baluur, Blastaar’s was a tyrannical reign wherein the population suffered greatly until his subjects rose up against him in rebellion. He was soon ousted from power and jettisoned into space. Much later, Blastaar reestablished his throne on Baluur and, with the aid of the Cosmic Control Rod, carved out an interplanetary empire on the other side of the Crunch to rival that of Annihilus – at least at that time. After three intergalactic wars, Blastaar is again a monarch but --- thanks to the unsolicited advice of Nova – he is trying to rule with more “wisdom” so as to be taken seriously in our positive universe as a head of state. I loved the way cosmic scribes Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning wrote the giant monarch, and I have a feeling we have not heard the last of the Annhilus/Blastaar rivalry yet!