Neutron (Marvel Comics)

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Neutron by Clayton Henry
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance X-Men #107 (October 1977)
Created by Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum
In-story information
Species Stygian
Team affiliations Imperial Guard
Notable aliases Quasar
Abilities Super-Strength
Enhanced Durability

Neutron is a fictional character, an extraterrestrial superhero that appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Publication history[edit]

Created by writer Chris Claremont and artist Dave Cockrum, the character first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #107-109 (October 1977 – February 1978). He was not named on-panel initially.

The character next appears in Uncanny X-Men #157 (May 1982), and then appears as Quasar in X-Men: Spotlight on Starjammers #2 (1990). The character subsequently appears as Neutron in Avengers West Coast #81 (April 1992), Quasar #32-33 (March–April 1992), #45-46 (April–May 1993), Starblast #2 (February 1994), Quasar #55 (February 1994), Starjammers #4 (January 1996), Inhumans Vol. 4 #3-4 (August–September 2000), Uncanny X-Men #387 (December 2000), JLA/Avengers #1 (September 2003), Thanos #10 (July 2004), and Uncanny X-Men #477 (October 2006), and #479-480 (December 2006 – January 2007).

Quasar appeared as part of the "Imperial Guard" entry in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition #6.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Neutron is a member of an alien race known as Stygians and a member of the Imperial Guard, a group of super-powered alien warriors who serve the ruler of the Shi'ar Empire.

He was with the Imperial Guard the first time they fought the X-Men.[volume & issue needed] He is a traitor who serves Lord Samedar, Deathbird, and the Brood in their conspiracy to overthrow Shi'ar Princess-Majestrix Lilandra.[volume & issue needed]

Neutron, Warstar, Hussar and Webwing are banished to Earth for their crimes; that planet had been designated an interstellar prison as part of the 2001 "Maximum Security" crossover event.[volume & issue needed] During their stay, Neutron and the Guard battle Jean Grey and other X-Men.[volume & issue needed]

Warstar, Hussar and Neutron return to active duty with the Guard,[volume & issue needed] however Webwing has not yet been seen again. The other 3 were all seen in the War of Kings miniseries.[volume & issue needed]

Vulcan, the murderous brother of the X-Men leader Cyclops attempts to gain power in Shi'ar space. The Guard is sent to stop him. Neutron and his colleague Cosmo are killed by Vulcan simultaneously, two of many Guard fatalities.[1] A being who resembles Neutron is later shown during the War of Kings serving Vulcan.[volume & issue needed]

Powers and abilities[edit]

He possesses superhuman strength and is able to lift seventy tons. He also possesses a high level of durability. He demonstrated the ability to siphon energy from Quasar's constructs through physical contact, weakening them sufficiently that his strength could easily shatter them.[volume & issue needed]

Other versions[edit]

Neutron appears with other members of the Imperial Guard in Last Planet Standing #1 (July 2006).

In other media[edit]

Neutron appears in the video game Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, voiced by James Sie. He fights the heroes alongside Hussar on board a Shi'ar warship.


External links[edit]

  • Neutron at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe