What the D'ast? Stellaris
(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
One thing is for sure about the powerful, cosmic femme fatale called Stellaris: she don’t like dem Celestials!
I have checked out this chick from her appearances (well, most) since Thor #419 onward, and to my mind it has yet to be revealed how Stellaris survived the extermination of her nameless homeworld by the Celestials (thus the hatred) or how she acquired her “living armor.” But ever since that time, this lone survivor has committed herself to the destruction of the Space Gods.
When the Celestials created a “replicoid” of Thor (sound familiar, Tony?), it was to serve as an ambassador for its mammoth masters. On one such occasion, the replicoid journeyed to Earth to summon Thor and Hercules to return to the Black Galaxy. A conversation between Thor and his twin began to grow violent when it was interrupted by Stellaris. The assault attracted the attention of the Avengers, who intercepted her as she was preparing to assail Thor once again. Stellaris proved to be more than a match for the combined might of Captain America, Sersi, Quasar, Thor and She-Hulk (wow!), but the confrontation was halted by the replicoid when it shouted a final command before Stellaris destroyed it.
Stellaris left the scene, but soon targeted Hercules, who had been a recent prisoner of the Celestials. Thanks to the timely arrival of the Avengers, Stellaris would not claim a second life. Thor sensed that her power was similar to Big G’s Power Cosmic, so he chose to stand alone against her. The battle was fierce and both opponents were unwilling to yield, but the tide turned in Thor’s favor when he used Mjolnir to shatter the helmet of Stellaris. Thor was startled when it was revealed to be a woman inside the armor, and he momentarily stopped his attack. Stellaris threatened destruction when she activated her armor’s failsafe systems, so Cap ordered her to be released.
Stellaris next found herself involved with the High Evolutionary on New Wundagore. She modified her armor to something stealthier and stowed away on his ship to find some new weapons she could use in her crusade against the Celestials. After disposing of a few guards, Stellaris freed the imprisoned Nobilus, one of the High Evolutionary’s New Immortals. Thor tried to stop the rampaging godling as Stellaris used her armor to tap into the ship’s computer system. Learning all she needed to, Stellaris grabbed Nobilus and exited the ship. She thought she now had an ally in her quest to eliminate the Celestials, but Nobilus was more concerned with his master’s wishes and obeyed his commands instead. As Nobilus and the other New Immortals contended with Thor, a new Celestial was about to be born and Stellaris would not let this happen. She reconfigured her armor and attacked the Celestial where she thought it was most vulnerable, but the resulting explosion was the final catalyst necessary to allow this Celestial to be born.
To my knowledge, it has yet to be revealed how Stellaris survived her encounter with the Celestials, but she turned up on the planet Godthab Omega after the Annihilation Wave started its path of destruction. She allied herself with Gamora, becoming one of her Graces, and with Nebula attempted to take on Ronan. The damsel duo were defeated by the superior power of his Universal Weapon. (After surviving the combined might of Sersi, Quasar, Thor and She-Hulk? C’mon!) Stellaris was left badly injured and in need of medical treatment, and was still on Godthab Omega when the Wave hit.
I don’t know if the self-styled “Celestial Slayer” survived Annihilus’ mighty universe-shaking assault, but -- if she did and has recovered -- what a fun character she would be to follow as the cosmic wars continue!