Real Name: Primo

Identity/Class: Extra-terrestrial (Plasmagen), deceased

Occupation: Former commander of a Plasmagen ship, self-proclaimed God of Fire

Affiliations: Thanos' would-be pantheon of Gods

Affiliations: Reptyl, Thanos;
Formerly his crew and soldiers

Enemies: Avengers, Eternals of Titan, Mantis, Quoi, Raptra, Rot

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: God of Fire

Base of Operations: Mobile throughout the universe in his own ship (former), later in Thanos' starship

First Appearance: Avengers: Celestial Quest#4 (February, 2002)

Powers/Abilities: Originally, Primo had the normal powers of his species, the generation of unknown energies from his body that created heat and light. After being given his godlike powers by Thanos, he possessed great superhuman strength and durability, as well as control over external fire sources and the ability to generate even greater intensities of heat and light.  He could also fly, perhaps at subsonic speed, the same speed as the Imperial Guardsman Starbolt  (See Comments).  

As a starship captain, he presumably possessed knowledge about the particulars of space flight, such as navigation and piloting abilities, as well as some measure of managerial ability, such as leadership skills. 

Other distinguishing features: Primo's body is constantly covered in a plume of unknown energy that resembles flames.  

History: (Avengers: Celestial Quest#4) - Primo, the captain of a Plasmagen ship, was alerted about Thanos' approach.  Primo ordered his men to attack Thanos' vessel, but before long, Reptyl, one of Thanos' servants, burst in through one of the walls in Primo's craft, easily knocking out the ship's captain, in turn.  When Primo awoke, he was lying before Thanos and Reptyl, and offered a position as the second god in Thanos' pantheon.  After Primo accepted, the life force was drained from one of his crewmen and used to transform Primo into a god.  Shortly after, Thanos' ship was attacked by The Eternals of Titan.  Primo and Reptyl slaughtered the Eternals.  Then, Primo, Reptyl, and Thanos all savagely beat Eros, Thanos' brother.

(Avengers: Celestial Quest#5) - Thanos sent Primo and Reptyl to capture Quoi, child of the Celestial Madonna Mantis, and Raptra, Quoi's pirate ally, and bring them both back alive.

(Avengers: Celestial Quest#6) - Primo and Reptyl learned of the Rot, though they had no idea what it was, and of information of  Raptra's current position.  Later, Primo and Reptyl encountered and battled Raptra and Quoi.  Although Quoi initially extinguished Primo's flame, rendering him powerless, the villainous would-be gods ended up on top, and captured Raptra and Quoi.

(Avengers: Celestial Quest#7) - Primo was present as Thanos taunted Mantis, Quoi, and Raptra, all of whom he had imprisoned.  Primo realized that he had sold his soul and that Thanos strove to be a monotheistic deity--the one and only God--and that, by extension, he would be nothing in Thanos' new order.  Primo and Reptyl followed orders nonetheless, taking Mantis to a table and strapping her down for Thanos.  When the Avengers burst in to rescue the captive heroes, Primo battled them alongside his allies.  Before the situation could be resolved, the ship they were in was surrounded by the Rot, offspring of Death and Thanos, an anomalous and  cosmically contradictory, concrete Abstraction.

(Avengers: Celestial Quest#8) - The Rot broke into the ship and killed Primo with a single touch.

Comments: Primo was created by Steve Englehart (writwr) and Jorge Santamaria (artist)

As noted in the Powers/Abilities section of the profile, Primo's flight speed was compared to that of the Shiar Imperial Guardsman Starbolt.  The reason why is because, given their comparative similarity in appearance, they may hail from the same race.  If this is the case, then the name of Starbolt's race, which up till this point has been unrevealed, would be that of Primo's, the Plasmagen.  In Quasar#2 there are several images of past Protectors of the Universe wielding the Quantum Bands as appointed by Eon.  One of them resembles Starbolt and Primo in appearance, but remains unnamed; this Protector, if modeled after one of  Starbolt's race could also be a Plasmagenian, in turn.--Kyle   

Profile by STUNNER and Kyle Sims

Primo has no connection to:

Avengers: Celestial Quest#4-8 (February-June, 2002) - by Steve Englehart (writer), Jorge Santamaria (pencils), Scott Hanna (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)

Last updated: 02/23/04

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