(Editor’s note: This is another in a series of irregularly-scheduled columns by Managing Editor Byron Brewer, mainly dealing with cosmic comics 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
As we learned during the well-remembered Realm of Kings: Imperial Guard limited series, there are many members of the Imperial Guard of the Shi’ar that battle under the name of “Warstar.” However, there is one regarded above others, and he is the concern of this column.
He is the Warstar we know best, the duo who combat together known as B’nee and C’cil (familiar names to any Bob Clampett fans?)
As I said, Warstar is one of several warriors under that name serving in the Royal Elite of the Shi’ar Imperial Guard. The Warstar best known to us is actually two symbiotically-linked sentient mechanoids, a small one named B'nee who can generate electricity and a large one named C’cil who is gigantic and immensely strong and durable. B'nee rides on C'cil's back.
Warstar joined in the Imperial Guard's trial by combat with the X-Men to decide the fate of the Phoenix. Warstar was then a traitor who served Lord Samedar, Deathbird and the Brood in their conspiracy to overthrow Shi'ar Princess-Majestrix Lilandra, and battled the X-Men. On Deathbird's behalf, Warstar battled Ch’od of the Starjammers. Warstar was later back with the Eye-Gees, which were now serving Deathbird; he was defeated along with the other Imperial Guardsmen by the X-Men and Starjammers.
During Operation Galactic Storm, Warstar fought Captain Americain Arizonain an attempt to abduct Rick Jones. Warstar battled Captain America, Iron Man and Wonder Man during the Kree/Shi’ar War. Warstar was defeated by Gilgamesh and She-Hulk. Alongside the Imperial Guard, Warstar then confronted Quasar.
Warstar and fellow Guardsmen Hussar, Neutron and Webwing were discharged (for complicity in Deathbird's coup, after Lilandra was restored to the throne) and sent to Earth, which had been turned into an intergalactic prison planet in the Maximum Security crossover. The quartet joined with a rogue D’Bari in an attack on several X-Men, but were ultimately defeated.
When the Maximum Security storyline resolved, all alien prisoners were removed from Earth, and Warstar and certain others exiled to Earth have been seen among the Imperial Guard again.
Warstar was ripped in half when the Guard fought for their new emperor Vulcan against the X-Men and Starjammers, but Warstar survived and was carried away by fellow Guardsmen.
During the war between Vulcan's regime and the Inhuman-ruled Kree Empire, Warstar was seen menacing Nova Corps Centurions on the Kree planet Kaiphas, but was stopped by Nova Prime Richard Rider. Both B'nee and C'cil were apparently decapitated by the Nova Prime, with B'nee's head completely missing and C'cil's reduced to a smoking mass.
And still B’nee and C’cil keep coming! After the War of Kings, Warstar featured into one of the first explorations of the Fault, a rip in space/time, and was seen during The Thanos Imperative fighting creatures from the Cancerverse invading the 616 universe.
There may be a lot of Warstars in the Shi’ar Empire, but there is only one – well, actually two – that we adore.