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Byron Brewer

What the D'ast? Kismet


  (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 He welcomes both raves and opposing views.) By Byron Brewer This femme fatale has had almost as many monikers as Hank Pym and her story may seem very familiar to Adam Warlock fans. Nevertheless, out of respect for the late great Mark Gruenwald who had such fun with her in his Marvel Two-in-One and Quasar runs, we shall trudge on and call the young lady Kismet. KISMET Originally known as Paragon, Kismet was created artificially by the Enclave in their Citadel of Science (“the Beehive”), their second attempt (the first being Him, later known as Adam Warlock) to create a super-powerful being under their control. “Born” before being fully formed, Paragon appeared as a muscular male figure, battled the Hulk, and then overrode the Enclave's control and sunk their Beehive headquarters before incubating itself in a cocoon much like Warlock often would. When she emerged from the cocoon in her more familiar blond-haired, golden-skinned form, she was clad only in a red swimsuit-like costume. As a female replicant of Warlock, she took the name of Her (a reference to Warlock's original name of Him) and sought Warlock out for mating. But Warlock had “died” some years earlier, traveling a short time into the future to steal his own soul with his Soul Gem in a twisted suicide. Confident she would be able to revive him, she manages to restore and reanimate his body, With Adam’s mind and soul missing, though, Kismet was forced to sadly return him to his grave. She set out to explore the cosmos to find a possible mate. Kismet helped the ecologically ravaged planet U'sr'pr recover, invoking the wrath of the Consortium. She was later aided by Alpha Flight and the Avengers against the Consortium. Eventually discovering that Warlock had been resurrected, body and soul, Kismet proposed mating to Adam. But he cared nothing for her and left her sobbing. After this, she held a “competition” among some of the most powerful men on Earth, attaching reproductive pods to their necks to see how they would react. She selected Quasar, Hercules, Wonder Man, Hyperion, Doc Samson and Forgotten One for this task. She battled Quasar and was attacked by Jack of Hearts, but was saved by Quasar from Moondragon. As Quasar was the only one who did not destroy his pod, she turns her attentions to him for a time, until his girlfriend Kayla Ballantine (in possession of the Star Brand) severely beat her and forced her to return to cocoon form to heal. However, she decided to become Quasar's companion for a time. Around this time, she examines the other heroes of Earth, judging them on mating status. For example, she rejects the men of the X-Men, as their genetic structure makes them too unstable. She also helps Quasar out in Operation: Galactic Storm, battling Starbolt and willingly guarding the Star Gates that, by their very operation, threaten Earth's existence. This does not go well, as she becomes involved in a fight with Binaryand the Super-Skrull. Soon after the war, Kismet became engulfed by the Soul-Eater and was rescued by Quasar. During her adventures with Quasar, Her finally took the name Kismet after the Arabic for “fate.” She also battled the Black Fleet and destroyed the planet Scadam. Later still, she changed her name again, this time to Ayesha. During this time, she was under the control of the supervillain Crucible on Genosha. Kismet like Warlock is an artificial being created through genetic engineering. Kismet has the ability to tap, store and manipulate cosmic energy for a variety of effects, including the projection of concussive force bolts and flight. The cosmic energy enhances her physical attributes to superhuman levels, and enhances her metabolism and her life force, preventing her from aging. She can recover from serious injuries by creating a cosmic energy cocoon from surrounding molecules in which she can rest and regenerate. She can reanimate dead tissue by projecting a portion of her cosmic life force into it. Kismet cannot restore a being's spirit (astral self) to a body that she resurrects if that spirit has left the body. She also has the ability to use cosmic energy to rearrange molecular structures (of about three cubic feet at a time). I would love to see the Cosmic Avenger Quasar soaring through the Marvel U. with Kismet again.