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By Byron Brewer
Spirit is a member of one of my favorite teams in Marvel Cosmic history: Gamora’s Graces! I wish this team of femme fatales with an alien slant were still together. (See the ongoing Nova619 webcomic for a fulfillment of that wish.)
Spirit is a member of the Luphomoid race, and is one of the few survivors of her planet's destruction. The planet of Luphom was consumed by the great World Devourer Galactus. Spirit is the sister of Zorr, himself believed by some to be the father of the space pirate Nebula. It has been rumored throughout the galaxy that Nebula was a descendant of the mad Titan Thanos. This rumor has not been solidified by any known facts; Thanos himself has not confirmed this actuation either.
Spirit was inspired by the exploits of Thanos, and saw him as someone worthy of her respect. This admiration was due to his allegiance to Death. Spirit sought her own death, but it could only be at the hands of someone worthy of the feat. Her killer had to be an actual avatar of Death.
For unknown reasons, her own avatar is either identical to or actually is Death Metal, the third generation of the Minion series of cyborgs which were created in an alternate future time-line on Earth 8410, including Death Wreck and Death’s Head. They were all partially constructed from the Promethium, which derived from spawn of the genocidal Charnel of Earth 9939. Death Metal constantly struggled to keep his blood-lust under control.
During his adventures in our universe, Death Metal arrived on the planet Glutam seeking peace and solitude, only to be attacked by the Psycho-Warriors of the Techno-Wizards of Mys-Tech, who sought to claim Death Metal as a weapon of their own. Observing the object of her worship being attacked by the Psycho-Warriors, Spirit joined in the battle.
After she defeated the last of Psycho-Warriors, she knelt before Death Metal in hopes that he would slay her (what else?). Death Metal became annoyed with her behavior and teleported away. The fanatic Spirit quickly leaped through the portal.
She followed him to the planet of Gnap, where he was being attacked by Brassknuckles, a warrior created and employed by an unidentified source. Brassknuckles also sought to end his own existences by goading Death Metal into killing him. Fearful that Brassknuckles might kill her death avatar, Spirit skewered Brassknuckles with her staff but the attack failed to kill him. Death Metal manipulated the Techno-Wizards into using sufficient force to destroy him, but at the last second he reintegrated himself upon learning that they planned to exterminate the innocents of the mining colony of Xcydrin.
Death Metal recruited both Brassknuckles and Spirit to help save the colony, and they stayed together for many adventures after that. Spirit kept hoping that Death Metal would reward her by taking her life, or she would die by the hands of one worthy being in the process.
Spirit became separated from Death Metal and Brassknuckles under unrevealed circumstances. Spirit was then led to the planet of Godthab Omega. While on this planet, Spirit joined Gamora, the deadliest woman in the universe, as one of her Graces. In the company of Gamora and the other Graces, they conquered and ruled Godthab Omega. Their rule ended when the Annihilation Wave hit the planet.
Sadly, to the best of my knowledge, Spirit was slain in this attack. But I think it safe to say that she would have found Annihilus a worthy death avatar indeed.