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The Heralds of Galactus
The Heralds of Galactus are responsible for finding suitable planets for the Devourer to consume, eliminating the planet's defenses, and protecting Galactus while he feeds. Possessing a portion of the Power Cosmic, giving him or her powers on par with a Physical God, the Heralds are some of the most powerful characters in the Marvel Universe. The most well known Herald is the Silver Surfer, who made his debut in Fantastic Four #48. Other characters who have served as Herald include Johnny Storm, the Asgardian Destroyer, Dazzler, Aunt May, Deadpool, and Superman in the non-canon crossover Superman/Fantastic Four: The Infinite Destruction.
- All Just A Dream Within a Dream Within a Dream Within a Dream: Aunt May's term as a Herald. Granted, while the cover proclaimed, "Not a hoax! Not a What If?! Not an imaginary story!" it didn't say, "Not a dream!"
- Batman Can Breathe in Space
- Casual Interstellar Travel
- The Dragon
- Earth-Shattering Kaboom: The Heralds possess the power to destroy planets with energy blasts or, Depending on the Writer, pure physical strength.
- Energy Absorption
- Green Lantern Ring: The Power Cosmic
- Flying Brick
- Hand Blast: One of the more common attacks used by the Heralds, especially those without weapons.
- Hyper Awareness: The Cosmic Awareness.
- Monochromatic Eyes: Generally white or yellow.
- Mook–Face Turn: Much to Galactus' chagrin, all of his Heralds who haven't died in service or been stolen like Air Walker and the Destroyer have been figures possessing a morality that led them to leave Galactus' service out of repugnance of the nature of Galactus' feeding. He tried to choose a Herald like Terrax whose evil power hungry amoral outlook would not be disturbed by the work, but was betrayed anyway because the herald was evil and power hungry.
- Nigh Invulnerable: The various Heralds have shown the ability to withstand incredible punishment, including planet-destroying blows from Beta Ray Bill.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: The eyes of the Heralds tend to turn red while using the Power Cosmic.
- Super Reflexes
- Super Senses
- Super Speed
- Super Strength: The Heralds can match strength with heroes like Thor, Hercules, and Beta Ray Bill. In Annihilation: Heralds of Galactus #1, Terrax was powerful enough to slice a planet in half with his axe.
- Super Weight: Level 5
The Fallen One
Making his debut in Thanos #11, the Fallen One is Galactus's first attempt at creating a Herald. Powered by dark energy instead of the Power Cosmic, the experiment proved to be a failure as the Fallen One was both insane and power hungry. Cast out by Galactus, the Fallen One continuously attacked his former master until being locked in the intergalactic maximum security prison known as the Kyln.
- Loss of Identity
- Psycho Prototype
- Retcon: The Silver Surfer was considered the first Herald until the creation of the Fallen One.
Gabriel the Air-Walker
The 3rd Herald of Galactus, the Air-Walker made his first appearance in Fantastic Four #120. Once the Captain of the exploratory starship Way-Opener, Gabriel Lan was abducted by Galactus and willingly transformed into a Herald after the Devourer of Worlds explains his actions. Ever devoted to his master, to the point of being Galactus's only real friend, Gabriel served until being killed in battle with the Ovoids. In response, Galactus transfers Gabriel's soul into an android duplicate. Unsatisfied with his creation, Galactus sends the android Air-Walker to Earth in an attempt to lure the Silver Surfer back into his service.
A graduate of the Nova Corps Academy, Firelord made his first appearance in Thor #225. Serving as first officer on the Xandian starship Way-Opener, Pyreus Kril assumed command of the ship after his close friend and Captain, Gabriel Lan, was taken by Galactus. Tracking Galactus down, Pyreus agreed to become a Herald in exchange for information on Gabriel's whereabouts. Galactus agreed, revealing that Gabriel died in battle just before transforming Pyreus into Firelord. Now a Herald, Firelord blames the Silver Surfer for Gabriel's death.
- Boom Stick: His Cosmic Staff, a near-indestructible staff five feet in length, the ends of which he keeps ablaze with his cosmic flame. He uses this fire-staff as a striking weapon and an astrogational aid. Firelord generally projects his cosmic flame through the stick rather than directly from his body.
- The Chosen Many: A former member of the Nova Corp.
- Doomed Hometown: The forces of Annihilus destroyed his home-world of Xandar during Annihilation event.
- Flaming Hair
- Playing with Fire: Firelord primary use of the Power Cosmic is to manipulate cosmic energy in the form of stellar fire. He can project a stream of fire resembling a solar flare for distances measured in the hundreds of miles.
- The Power of the Sun: His entire organic carbon-based body was transformed to accommodate the nuclear energies that course through him. These energies make him the humanoid equivalent of a miniature sun.
- Revenge: After Annihilation war, he seeks vengeance against the remnants of the forces of Annihilus as they destroyed his home-world of Xandar.
- Trademark Favorite Food: He absolutely loves pizza.
- Villains Out Shopping: In one issue Firelord comes to Earth. The first thing he decides to do is go enjoy a pizza, which is apparently a delicacy of interstellar fame. Things do quickly go south after he responds to the cook's protest that the oven is not yet hot by melting the oven with his Eye Beams.
- Weak As They Need To Be: In the occasion where he is attacked by Spider-Man. When two kids nearly get killed by his uncaring foe, Spidey loses his cool - and proceeds to pound Firelord into the pavement, punctuating every barrage of fists with statements on the order of "Hey, you don't attack kids!" It takes the arrival of Captain America and The Avengers to snap him out, by which time Firelord is flat on his back, eyes crossed, and dazed for quite a while. Just to elaborate, Firelord is a being on a power level roughly equal to Thor or the Silver Surfer and leagues above the power level of Spidey or any of his usual foes.
- Wreathed in Flames
Terrax the TamerOriginally Tyros, the ruler of the city-state Lanlak on the planetoid Birj, Terrax made his first appearance in Fantastic Four #211. Possessing the mutant power to manipulate the earth, Tyros was transformed into a Herald of Galactus after being defeated by the Fantastic Four. Maintaining a grudge against the Four for their role in his transformation, Terrax attacks the heroes after accompanying Galactus to Earth to combat the growing threat of the Sphinx.
- An Axe to Grind: Terrax wielded the "Cosmic Axe" which had several powers of its own. It was capable of emanating waves of destructive force sufficiently powerful to rend a tear in Galactus's own ship. It could also project highly impervious force shields. Since it operated independently of rock and earth, the axe augmented the scope of Terrax's power.
- Back from the Dead
- Black Shirt
- Dishing Out Dirt: He possessed the natural mutant ability of geokinesis, enhanced by Galactus transformation at least a hundredfold. Terrax can move planetary masses up to 100 miles in diameter. He can move asteroids of 10 miles in diameter at speeds of up to thousands of miles per hour. The farther the distance, however, the less mass he is able to affect.
- Evil Overlord: Tyros was originally the dictator of the small city-state Lanlak (originally called Terran) on the world of Birj, a moon of the gas giant Marman in a solar system eighty thousand light years from earth.
- Meaningful Name: Terr- (shortened from Terra, meaning Earth) -Ax (his weapon of choice).
- Unwilling Volunteer
- The Worf Effect
Nova (Frankie Raye)Just a 14 year old girl when she was accidentally exposed to the chemicals that gave her fire-based powers, Frankie Raye had her memories hypnotically repressed by her stepfather, Professor Phineas Horton. In addition, Professor Horton gave his stepdaughter a severe fear of fire to prevent her from subconscious activating her powers. With no memory of her accident, Frankie grew up to be an interpreter for the United Nations. After meeting Johnny Storm in a singles bar, the two start dating until her memories begin to resurface after Johnny uses his own fire-based powers in front of her. Eventually Frankie learns the truth about her past with the help of Reed Richards, which allows her to begin training alongside him and the rest of the Fantastic Four once she overcame her stepfather's hypnotic manipulations.Working with the Fantastic Four, Frankie used the name Human Torch along with her boyfriend. Though their relationship was strained by the revelation of her fire-based powers, Frankie and Johnny grew closer until the unexpected arrival of Terrax. Curious about the newcomer, Frankie does some research and learns about the Silver Surfer and the sacrifice he made to save his homeworld. With Galactus starving, Frankie volunteered to become his Herald if the Devourer spared the Earth. Agreeing, Galactus transforms Frankie into his newest Herald: Nova.
- Flaming Hair: Nova is a literal Fiery Redhead.
- Freak Lab Accident: Nova got her powers after being exposed to the same chemicals as Jim Hammond, the original Human Torch.
- Most Common Superpower
- Name's the Same: Frankie Raye shares the name Nova with Richard Rider, the Human Rocket.
- Nonhumans Lack Attributes: Nova's Herald body is similar to the Silver Surfer's: smooth and shiny.
- Playing with Fire
- Wreathed in Flames
Morg the ExecutionerA heartless, brutal court executioner from the planet Caraner, Morg was selected to be a Herald after showing no fear when Galactus came to consume his planet. Lacking the conscience of his predecessors, Morg willingly led the hungry Galactus to inhabited planets, including the planet Bastion, where Morg augmented his portion of the Power Cosmic with mystical energy from the Well of Life. Angered, the Silver Surfer and several former Heralds confront Morg for his actions but cannot defeat him. Desperate, the Surfer convinces Galactus that Morg is too dangerous, so the Devourer agrees to enter the fray. While the Surfer is away, Morg kills Nova and wounds Firelord, Terrax, and Air-Walker. Angered by the loss of Nova, Galactus strips Morg of the Power Cosmic and takes Firelord and Air-Walker as his temporary Heralds.Secretly resurrected by Galactus, Morg is sent to confront Terrax, who stole the executioner's axe, only to be captured by the living machine known as Tyrant. Unable to free his Herald, Galactus leaves Morg in the hands of Tyrant, who siphons away part of the Power Cosmic. Finally escaping from Tyrant on his own, Morg returns to his master's side and becomes one of Galactus's more loyal Heralds. Some time later, Tyrant returns and attacks Galactus. Faced with the prospect of losing his master, Morg confronted the insane Tyrant with the Ultimate Nullifier aboard Galactus's ship. Melting Tyrant's body before attempting to escape, Morg is caught in the blast as the nullifier detonates and left severely wounded. Believing his master dead, Morg heals only to be defeated and, later, dissected by the forces of Annihilus during Annihilation.
Red ShiftAlmost nothing is known about Red Shift prior to his time as a Herald of Galactus. Wielding two swords that can cut holes in the fabric of space, Red Shift leads Galactus to Earth to feed only to encounter the Silver Surfer. Recognizing Red Shift as a wielder of the Power Cosmic, the Surfer defeats the new Herald by trapping him in a black hole. Later, during the Annihilation event, Red Shift is one of several Heralds targeted by the enormous fleet of starships known as the Annihilation Wave. Successfully stalemating the Wave with his cosmic allies, the United Front, Red Shift sacrifices himself by delaying a planet-scorching energy blast long enough for his allies to escape.
- Dual Wielding
- Heroic Sacrifice
- Identical Stranger: Red Shift is a dead ringer for Beta Ray Bill, though his creator claims it wasn't intentional.
- Walking Shirtless Scene
StardustOriginally an Ethereal named Lambda-Zero, Stardust made her debut in Stormbreaker: The Saga of Beta Ray Bill. Leading Galactus to feed on New Korbin, the home of Beta Ray Bill and the survivors of the Korbinite race, Stardust hunts down the remaining Korbinite fleet while Galactus consumes the planet. Battling Beta Ray Bill, Stardust accidentally releases a demonic creature called Asteroth. Bill and Stardust team up to defeat the creature before going their separate ways. Later, during Annihilation, Stardust is presumed lost after staying behind with Red Shift to delay a planet-scorching energy blast long enough for their allies to escape. An energy being, making her functionally immortal, Stardust reconstitutes herself and attempts to rejoin Galactus. Surprised to find the Silver Surfer back in the Devourer's service, Stardust willingly offers up the surviving Ethereal race to Galactus. Impressed, as no other Herald has ever given up his or her own people, Galactus names Stardust his second Herald.
- Ambiguous Gender: Lacking any gender specific features, Stardust was originally written as a male in her earliest appearances. Later writers would make Stardust female, reflected by her appearance in The Super Hero Squad Show voiced by Cheryl Hines.
- Double Weapon: Stardust wields a polearm with the head of an axe on one end and a curved spear tip on the other.
- Enemy Mine
- Energy Beings: The Ethereal race were energy beings.
- Eye Beams: Stardust can fire energy beams from all six of her eyes.
- Making a Splash: In The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!.
PunisherNo, not that one. A relatively small purple and green humanoid robot that protects Galactus' interests. Not to be underestimated, it was able to take on three of the Fantastic Four, and they were only spared when Galactus recalled the robot. When Galactus created the Silver Surfer, he modified the Punisher's programming so that the robot would seek out the Herald if he ever became rebellious. When the Silver Surfer turned against Galactus, the Punisher was teleported to Earth to defeat him and return him to the Worldship. Although the Punisher could have defeated the Surfer, it was unable to defeat the Surfer AND the Fantastic Four. It was destroyed. A second Punisher was sent to force the Silver Surfer to reclaim his job of Herald. It was recalled before the Fantastic Four could destroy it.
- Lightning Bruiser: Not only much stronger than the Thing, but can deliver punches at amazingly fast speed.
- Megaton Punch
TyrantWhile not an official herald, Tyrant was the first creation of Galactus that was imbued with the Power Cosmic.
Galactus' daughter, who lives on Earth. Refuses to eat whole planets and instead targets dangerous organisms such as alien invaders. This diet keeps her weak and leaves her human-sized.
- Character Blog: Has her own Twitter account.
- Distaff Counterpart: Basically a girl with Galactus' costume and powers.
- Driven to Suicide: When a "Tapeworm Cosmic" increases her appetite to unbearable levels, she tries to kill herself with the Ultimate Nullifier.
- Horror Hunger: Just like her father.
- Truly Single Parent: Both Galactus and Galacta are capable of reproducing asexually. It is revealed that Galacta's hunger isn't being worsened by a parasite. She's just pregnant!
- Vegetarian Vampire / Warm Bloodbags Are Everywhere: Resists her urge to eat humans despite her mind subconsciously telling her how much energy she'd get from everyone she sees.