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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.

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.

  • Ax-Crazy: Saying he lacks rationality is an understatement.
  • Loss of Identity: Loss his identity long ago when he embraced madness.
  • Psycho Prototype: One of the first servants of Galactus, but cast aside when Dark energy ruined him.
  • 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.

  • The Captain: He was the Captain of the Way-Opener before he became a Herald of Galactus along with his former status as a high-ranking member of the Nova Corps.
  • The Chosen Many: He and Firelord are former members of the Nova Corps.
  • Hostile Terraforming: The 2018 miniseries about the Black Order revolves around his bow being used by a galactic tyrant. He used it to transmute planets to be ultra nutritious for Galactus while at the same time pacifying the populace. The tyrant modifies it to transmute a planet for resources to perpetually fuel his empire while brainwashing the citizens into obedience.
  • Robotic Reveal: His soul was placed into a robot after his original self perished.


A graduate of the Nova Corps Academy, Firelord made his first appearance in Thor #225. Serving as the first officer on the Xandarian 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 a celestial navigation 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 the Annihilation event.
  • Flaming Hair: A literal example.
  • Hot-Blooded: Easy to work in contrast to the Silver Surfer.
  • Last of His Kind: In the wake of Annihilation Day, Pyreus is one of the two known living, flesh-and-blood Xandarians alongside Garthan Saal.
  • Once Done, Never Forgotten: In-Universe and out, the fact he got thrashed by Spider-Man gets brought up once every few years.
  • Playing with Fire: Firelord's 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.
  • Power Creep, Power Seep: That one infamous fight where he lost in a one-on-one battle with Spider-Man. To repeat, a cosmic-level entity who can casually conquer and destroy planets versus an enhanced human, and he couldn't even land a single hit on the wall-crawler as he was pummeled to the ground and nearly killed until the Avengers interrupted.
  • 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 the Annihilation war, he seeks vengeance against the remnants of the forces of Annihilus as they destroyed his home-world of Xandar.
    • Before that, he chased Nebula for doing the same thing to Xandar.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: In one Spider-Man issue, two kids nearly get accidentally killed by Firelord. 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.
  • 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.
  • Wreathed in Flames: His general form.

Terrax the Tamer
Originally 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: Has died and revived multiple times.
  • Black Shirt: Wears one, and isn’t as fleshed it out in comparison to the Surfer.
  • De-Power: Several times when his ambition grew too large.
  • 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).
  • Mutants: His form.
  • Unwilling Volunteer: Didn’t want to be a servant of Galactus.
  • The Worf Effect: Often, once a powerful warrior of Galactus, to now a punching bag for the villain of the week or superhero teams.

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 subconsciously 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.

Morg the Executioner
A 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.

  • Ax-Crazy: Probably the most fierce and sadistic of the heralds.
  • An Axe to Grind: His battle ax.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Captured and tortured to Death off-screen by Annihilus.
  • Undying Loyalty: In contrast to nearly every servant of Galactus, he remained the most loyal and devoted of his followers. It’s Denconstructed as his loyalty to his master makes him blind, and performs cruel acts just to make sure people are aware of how great he is.

Red Shift
Almost 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.

Originally 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.

Cosmic Ghost Rider

A Herald of Galactus from an alternate far future, who's also the Spirit of Vengeance and The Punisher as well. See Ghost Rider for more information.




No, 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 Four could destroy it.

While not an official herald, Tyrant was the first creation of Galactus that was imbued with the Power Cosmic.
  • A God Am I: What he thinks after he gained his masters' power.
  • Galactic Conqueror: Could easily be the poster child for it. He often boasts of enslaving entire galaxies and carving an empire from the stars, even though it was never showed him actually ruling planets.
  • Robot Master: Commands an army of Mecha-Mooks to enact his conquests.
  • Psycho Prototype: One of the first prototypes of his master, and definitely insane.
  • Satanic Archetype: He as been described as the Devil to Galactus' God.
  • Technopathy: His main ability, he is extremely adept at technology.
  • The Worf Effect: Easily defeated Silver Surfer, Gladiator, Beta Ray Bill and Terrax together soon after his debut.
  • Time Abyss: He's almost as old as Galactus.



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.
    • Actually, it was more like she was trying to give herself a very risky abortion.
  • 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.


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