EBON SEEKER

Real Name: Xanth

Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial (Moensien race), extratemporal (billions of years in the future of Reality-81049) mutate

Occupation: Currently unrevealed;
    former planet-destroyer;
    former space explorer/life-seeker

Affiliations: Fantastic Four (Human Torch/Johnny Storm, Invisible Girl (her alias at the time)/Susan Storm (now Sue Storm-Richards), Mr. Fantastic/Reed Richards, Thing/Ben Grimm);
    members of Moensian race;
    mutated by extradimensional energy creatures

Enemies: Formerly the Fantastic Four (former enemies of Ebon Seeker)

Known Relatives: Shareen (Firefrost; lifemate)

Aliases: The Cosmic Shade, the Dark Dreadnought, Neg-Star

Base of Operations: A black hole;
    formerly an unidentified portion of the universe;
    formerly the planet Moensian in a region far distant from the known galaxies

First Appearance: Fantastic Four I#229 (April, 1981)

 

 

 Powers/Abilities: Immensely massive, Ebon Seeker's presence disrupted time and space around him, temporarily causing "reverse video" effects and making it difficult to breathe.

    He absorbed all force, impact, and matter he contacted. At the same time, however, he progressively shrunk as he bled off his own energy/matter as tendrils, which ensnared and siphoned power from beings and objects. When his power ran out, he destroyed the planet around him, regaining his full power in the process. Unaging (and unaffected by fatigue, disease, etc.), he traveled through space's vacuum unaided and communicated telepathically.

    He may have transformed into a living light being similar to Firefrost.

    As Xanth, he had extensive education in science and philosophy.

 

 

Height: 50' (varies); originally 5'4"
Weight: 116 tons (varies); originally 160 lbs.
Eyes: Black iris, white pupil; originally black iris and pupil
Hair: None

 

 

History:
(Fantastic Four I#230 (fb)) - Billions and billions of years in a far distant sector of the universe in the future of Reality-81049, the Moensians reached an evolutionary, cultural, scientific, and philosophical dead-end. Two natives, lovers Xanth and Shareen, were chosen to explore space for other lifeforms with which to interact with and enrich their stagnant race. They searched for "forty solar years" before finally finding evidence of life: a derelict ship floating towards a black hole. Xanth was desperate not to lose the one thing they had finally found, and so he flew their ship into the black hole after the derelict.

    Their ships and their bodies were instantly disintegrated, but their minds lived on as they were pulled into the black hole. Inside the hole, their vaporized life-energies were met by swirling energy-beings of black light, who sought to commune with them. The life-force that had been Shareen listened to their voices, and she was reborn as a creature of living light, knowing a peace beyond peace. The life force that had been Xanth could not listen or comprehend, and was driven made. He took on only the darker aspects of the black hole, which consumed him body, mind, and soul. Xanth fled the dark light, and escaped out of the "opposite end" of the black hole, forsaking his Shareen.

    Xanth emerged into Reality-616's universe, distant from the point in space from which he had entered it, and in the dim past, an unrevealed time period prior to the modern era. Maddened, he moved on with but one thought stirring his dark soul -- to complete his mission at any cost -- to find life. But his new form was like unto a black hole himself and, upon contact with a planet, his energy was pulled outward -- to begin destroying the planet even as the planet destroyed him. Upon the cataclysm of his death, he destroyed his first world...and then was reborn in the released energies of destruction...to continue seeking new life...to repeat the tragic process endlessly (allegedly a million times). In addition, the black hole that created him began expanding somehow, attempting to reclaim its escaped matter, and threatening to bring about a premature end to the universe.

(Fantastic Four I#230 (fb) - BTS) - Shareen, now Firefrost, pursued her lover, known primarily as the Ebon Seeker, endlessly, attempting in vain to restore his sanity and put an end to the destruction.

(Fantastic Four I#229) - In recent years, Reed Richards used a signal-pulser to send and receive a roving signal to help NASA locate a missing communications satellite. The Ebon Seeker detected this signal and followed it to Earth. His approach caused a temporary wave of distortion across the planet. He landed in Manhattan, where his leaking energy/matter damaged and injured the materials and people around him. The Fantastic Four attempted to stop him, but their powers failed to harm him in the least. Mr. Fantastic used the signal-pulser to lead him out into the sea to get him away from the city, but the pulser was ultimately destroyed by Xanth's tendrils. The Ebon Seeker spoke out, accusing them of using the signal-pulser as a trap to draw him to Earth so it could kill him, after which he blasted them into submission. Firefrost then arrived on Earth, protecting the heroes while interacting with Xanth's potential victims for the first time.

(Fantastic Four I#230 - BTS) - Shareen told the Fantastic Four of her and Xanth's origin, explaining the Ebon Seeker was approaching the end of his life cycle, and would soon destroy Earth, and be reborn again.

(Fantastic Four I#230) - Reed instead transported a few blocks of Manhattan into the antimatter Negative Zone, bringing the Ebon Seeker with them. There, the energy siphoning process was reversed, and Xanth was restored to his full size, no longer bleeding off his life. Xanth could not understand why his enemies had helped him, but in that moment of clarity, Shareen was finally able to connect with him. She convinced him that if he returned to the black hole with her, that he could accept the light energy and become a creature of light like her. Xanth took Shareen's hand, and they returned to the black hole, using a conduit in the Negative Zone.
Oh, and don't worry, Reed got the block of Manhattan back to Earth...but that's another story.

 

 

Comments: Created by Doug Moench, Bill Sienkiewicz, and Joe Sinnott.

    The Voyager ship was a hot topic back this story was written. Reed Richards reasoned that it was the ship which Xanth and Shareen had found on the edge of the black hole in the distant future. It was also the topic of the movie Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

    Ebon Seeker received a profile in Fantastic Four: Fifty Fabulous Years.

    Thanks to MarvellousLuke for the image upgrades!

Clarifications:
The Ebon Seeker has no known connection to:


The Energy beings within the black hole.

(Fantastic Four I#230 (fb)) - Billions and billions of years in a far distant sector of the universe in the future of Reality-81049, the Moensians Xanth and Shareen flew into a black hole. Their ships and their bodies were instantly disintegrated, but their minds lived on as they were pulled into the black hole. Inside the hole, their vaporized life-energies were met by swirling energy-beings of black light, who sought to commune with them. The life-force that had been Shareen listened to their voices, and she was reborn as a creature of living light, knowing a peace beyond peace. The life force that had been Xanth could not listen or comprehend, and was driven made. He took on only the darker aspects of the black hole, which consumed him body, mind, and soul. Xanth fled the dark light, and escaped out of the "opposite end" of the black hole, forsaking his Shareen.

 

--Fantastic Four I#230 (May, 1981)

 

 

 


derelict ship

    A battered remnant of random encounters with the flotsam of space, which was floating towards a black hole when Shareen and Xanth discovered it. Xanth was desperate not to lose the one thing they had finally found, and so he flew their ship into the black hole after the derelict, despite Shareen's warnings.

--Fantastic Four I#230 (May, 1981)

Note: Reed Richards hypothesized at length how this ship might be one of the Voyager probes.


Fantastic Four I#229, pg. 10, panel 4 (roar);
        pg. 11, panel 1 (face);
        pg. 21 (eyeblasting Fantastic Four);
    #230, pg. 5, panel 1 (derelict ship);
            panel 6 (Xanth, original Moensian face);
        pg. 6, panel 5 (vaporized life-energies met by energy beings
        pg. 7, panel 1 (energy beings);
        pg. 8, panel 2 (first planet destroyed);
Fantastic Four: Fifty Fabulous Years (main image)


Appearances:
Fantastic Four I#229-230 (April-May, 1981) - Doug Moench (writer), Bill Sienkiewicz (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks), Jim Salicrup (editor)


Last updated: 05/17/14

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