Stardust (Marvel Comics)
Art by Andrea DiVito
|First appearance||Stormbreaker: The Saga of Beta Ray Bill #1 (March 2005)|
|Created by||Michael Avon Oeming and Andrea Di Vito|
|Team affiliations||Heralds of Galactus
Superhuman strength, stamina, reflexes, and durability
Energy absorption and alteration
Exceed the speed of light
Can create black hole and inter-dimensional portals
Stardust (Lambda-Zero) is a fictional character appearing in the comic books published by Marvel Comics and existing in that company's Marvel Universe. Stardust is one of the many Heralds of Galactus. Unlike most of Galactus's Heralds, Stardust seeks to kill all who attempt to escape the planets that Galactus feeds upon, an action that Galactus neither requires nor forbids.
Fictional character biography
The Ethereal Lambda-Zero, who later became known as Stardust, the Herald of Galactus, was first introduced in the comics series Stormbreaker: The Saga of Beta Ray Bill. The first planet Stardust fed to Galactus was New Korbin, after he slaughtered most of the planet's inhabitants.[volume & issue needed]
This led to a series of confrontation with Beta Ray Bill, who was busy attempting to rescue the Korbinites. The two fought each other, and after the first confrontation, Stardust sought out Bill after he obtained the Meta-Orb. Planning on crushing Bill with it, the two fought each other until Stardust opened a portal to a dimension filled with the most evil beings of the universe hoping to trap Bill there. Bill managed to escape, but a being named Asteroth escaped and began devouring galaxies. Stardust and Bill joined forces, with Stardust using his powers to open a black hole behind Asteroth hoping to lock Asteroth in it. However, Asteroth resisted and the hole instead sucked both Stardust and Bill to a near death.[volume & issue needed]
As the two recovered, Stardust had earlier fought Alpha Ray. Galactus had empowered Ray to help Stardust take down his opponent. With the black hole still open, Ray managed to do this, but in return was together with Asteroth sucked into the hole. Stardust has returned off-panel through unknown means, evident by his presence in Annihilation.[volume & issue needed]
Stardust is sent by Galactus to ask the Silver Surfer to meet with Galactus. Stardust meanwhile is under orders to help the other remaining former heralds Red Shift and Firelord as they combat the Annihilation wave fleet. Later the three heralds join with Nova's United Front and defeat and capture one of Annihilus' queens. With the Silver Surfer and Galactus now captured and Firelord half-dead, Stardust and Red Shift are the only two active heralds.[volume & issue needed]
It is later revealed that Stardust is an Ethereal, a race of beings of pure energy, and that being imbued with the Power Cosmic, in effect, made Stardust indestructible, allowing him to reconstitute himself if "destroyed". He was then confronted by the last fifty-three members of their race, who were nearly made extinct by the Annihilation Wave. Accusing Stardust of treason for leaving them, they attacked Stardust, and in the ensuing battle Stardust "kills" the remaining members of their race in self-defense, and then absorbs the remainder of their living energies. However, he then finds Galactus and, distraught that he has been replaced as a Herald by the Silver Surfer, gives up the remains of his race to feed Galactus, against their protests; an act that surprises Galactus, as no herald has ever willingly given up its race to Galactus. Stardust is then named Galactus's second herald, as Galactus's now increased hunger requires more worlds to devour. It is also then revealed that Galactus is the only creature that Stardust will ever love.
When he first revealed his existence, Stardust claimed that he existed as pure cosmic energy, making it hard to say whether Stardust is a male or female. Though a particular reference to Stardust in Fantastic Four makes the character appear to be female, Stardust has been most repeatedly referred to by masculine pronouns by other Heralds, Ethereals, and Galactus himself. Stardust was also referred to as "he" in Stormbreaker, the character's first appearance,[volume & issue needed] but on The Super Hero Squad Show, Stardust was considered female.
Powers and abilities
Stardust is a Herald of Galactus imbued with the Power Cosmic and as such possesses high levels of superhuman strength, durability, reflexes, and stamina to confront and match powerhouses such as Beta Ray Bill as well as the other standard abilities of a Herald, such as creating a black hole or opening inter-dimensional portals. Stardust is an Ethereal, a race of beings of pure energy. Being imbued with the Power Cosmic makes Stardust immortal, allowing him to reconstitute himself if "destroyed", such as during the Annihilation Wave or having its physical structure dispersed.
In other media
- Stardust appears in The Super Hero Squad Show episode "Last Exit Before Doomsday" voiced by Cheryl Hines. She arrives on Earth while looking for Silver Surfer. Stardust ends up captured by Doctor Doom's minions as Doctor Doom forces them to take him to Galactus.
- Stardust appears in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes episode "Avengers Assemble." He appears as one of Galactus's four heralds and is depicted as a creature composed of Sentient Water, rendering him a representative of the element of water. Stardust oversaw the construction of a device in the ocean that would help Galactus consume the Earth. He ended up fighting a team of superheroes consisting of Human Torch, Wasp, Wolverine, Thing, and Hawkeye. He was destroyed by the combined attacks of Human Torch and Wasp.
- Annihilation: Heralds of Galactus #1 (April 2007)
- Annihilation: Silver Surfer miniseries
- Fantastic Four #547 (May 2007)
- Annihilation: Heralds Of Galactus #1 (April 2007)
- Stormbreaker: The Saga of Beta Ray Bill #1–6 (2005)
- Annihilation: Silver Surfer #2
- Stormbreaker: The Saga of Beta Ray Bill #5
- Stormbreaker: The Saga of Beta Ray Bill #3
- Comics Continuum
- Stormbreaker: The Saga of Beta Ray Bill #1 (March 2005)
- Annihilation: Silver Surfer #2–3 (July–August 2006)
- Annihilation #1–3 (October–December 2006)
- Annihilation: Heralds of Galactus #1 (April 2007)
- Stardust at the Marvel Universe wiki
- Stardust's profile on The Appendix to the Marvel Handbook
- Stardust at the Marvel Database
- "What is a herald of Galactus?" on Flickscribe.com