(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
Disney World is not the only place princesses are found; they abound in the Marvel U. as well. Here is the story of one on the cosmic side of things: Princess Pearla!
The young Princess Pearla resided in a realm known as Sub-Atomica on the planet of Mirwood with her father, the King (natch!). Pearla and her young friends frequently played and explored the Mines of Nuvidia, often creating their own magical adventures.
After another failed battle with the Fantastic Four, Dr. Doom was sent to this same Sub-Atomica (see how we are relating?) and found refuge on the planet of Mirwood. Due to his advanced technology, he was looked upon as a wizard! Thus, Doom was able to befriend the young Pearla and her father the King.
Doom soon persuaded the people of Mirwood to assist him in building a device that he used against them, by shrinking Pearla and the King down to the size of his fist. Unable to fight back, the King proclaimed that Doom was the ruler of his realm. Doom was eventually defeated by the Fantastic Four and Pearla’s father regained his throne.
After the death of the King, Pearla took the throne and ruled as Queen of Mirwood. She had managed to rule her kingdom peacefully by entering into agreements with her enemies. However, her good deeds meant nothing to the tyrant known as Psycho-Man. He came and conquered all of the inhabitants of Mirwood except for her. This was due to the strange properties of her tiara, which is composed of the minerals from the Mines of Nuvidia.
Helpless against the monstrous Psycho-Man, Pearla hid for months in the garbage of the slave pits. She was eventually rescued by the She-Hulk, who at the time had replaced the Thing as the fourth member of the Fantastic Four. She-Hulk was banded to the mines by Psycho-Man, who was controlling her through fear, via his emotion control box.
With the help of She-Hulk, Queen Pearla regained her throne and Psycho-Man was defeated by the Invisible Woman, who took the emotion control box from him and used it against the monstrous tyrant.
So the Princess Power is all in the tiara, eh? That explains a lot of decisions by “judges” at some beauty pageants I have attended!