REPLICOID

Real Name: None

Identity/Class: Artificial organism, based on Asgardian DNA

Occupation: Messenger for the Celestials

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Celestials, Thor (Thor Odinson)

Enemies: Stellaris

Known Relatives: None (unless other Replicoids can be considered relatives, in which case Sue Storm Replicoid)

Aliases: Sigurd Jarlson

Base of Operations: Mobile with the Celestial Hosts

First Appearance: Thor I#389 (March, 1988)

Powers: The Replicoid possessed an unknown amount of Celestial energy, allowing it to perform feats such as rebuilding Mjolnir after it had been shattered, and teleporting others through space; it could also fly at up to interstellar speeds, survive in the vacuum of space, alter its appearance, and, as a replica of Thor, likely shared his invulnerabilities.

 

Height: 6'6"
Weight: 640 lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Blond

 

History: (Thor I#389) - As the Celestials attempted to pass final judgement upon the planet Pangoria, they were opposed by the Asgardian god Thor, who was determined to defend the lives of the planet's citizens. As Thor fought a hopeless battle against the immense Celestial Exitar the Executioner, Exitar was impressed by Thor's valor, and studied him, creating a duplicate of him -- the Replicoid. The Replicoid chastised Thor for interfering with Celestial judgement, but rebuilt his shattered hammer Mjolnir and restored his costume before forcibly teleporting him back to Earth.

 

(Thor I#417-418) - The Replicoid set out towards Earth, to deliver a message to Thor and Hercules from the Celestials.

 

 

 

(Thor I#419) - Arriving on Earth, the Replicoid assumed the form of Sigurd Jarlson, Thor's former secret identity, and sought him out in his current identity of Eric Masterson. Eric changed into Thor, and the Replicoid gave him the Celestials' instructions -- to return with Hercules to the Black Galaxy. Before he could explain more, they were attacked by Stellaris, the so-called "Slayer of Celestials", determined to destroy the Replicoid.

 

(Thor I#420) - The Replicoid survived Stellaris's initial attack, but afraid that Stellaris would kill Thor, sacrificed itself to Stellaris, who destroyed it with a single blast of energy.

 

Comments: Created by Tom DeFalco, Ron Frenz and Brett Breeding.

   As David Zuckerman kindly reminded us, and as evidenced by the Sue Storm Replicoid (see below), other Replicoids have been created. Per the Celestials' handbook entry "Celestials seldom communicate verbally, instead preferring avatars, sometimes creating Replicoids of mortals they have encountered and employing these Replicoids to speak on their behalf."


Profile by Prime Eternal

 

Clarifications: The Replicoid should not be confused with:


Sue Storm Replicoid

When the Invisible Woman physically entered Exiter's body seeking to make contact with his mind in order to discover why the Celestials were judging whether or not to destroy the Watchers, Exiter created a genetic duplicate of the intruder to facilitate communication between them. The Replicoid congratulated Sue on getting so far, and when she demanded to know the Celestials' reasons it explained that they believed a sect of Watchers intended to end the universe before its time by using a unique member of their species known as the One. The Replicoid then informed Sue that while they had been conversing the judgement had been made in favor of ending the Watchers, and that the process had begun. Providing Sue a running commentary, the Replicoid revealed that Exiter had destroyed the One, and was about to repeat the process on the remaining Watchers. It congratulated Sue on making the right choice, stating the universe would be richer without the Watchers, but Sue disagreed. Since the threat of the One had been dealt with, Sue felt the remaining Watchers, including her friend Uatu, should be spared, and used her powers to smash Exiter's nerve center, causing both the Celestial and the Replicoid to instantly vanish. However, Sue realized she couldn't be sure if she'd killed them, or merely ousted them from this one dimensional plane.

Comments: Though not called a Replicoid in the story in question, given its function, description and that the same writer as the Thor Replicoid was telling the story, it's fair to say this too was a Replicoid.

   Exiter later returned, so Sue's second guess, that she merely temporarily banished him from her plane, seems to be the correct one, which presumably means the Replicoid also survived. And even if it didn't, it's not like Exiter would have trouble making a new one, though considering how Sue blasted his brain last time round it's entirely possible he might not be in the mood to make conversation if they run into one another again.

--Fantastic Four I#400



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Thor I#419, p15, pan 2 (Replicoid main pic)
Thor I#389, p19, pan2 (Replicoid first appearance)
Thor I#419, p13, pan1 (as Sigurd Jarlson)
Thor I#419, p15, pan 3 (Replicoid and Thor)
Thor I#420, p16, pan2-3 (destruction)
Fantastic Four I#400, p27, pan3 (Sue Storm Replicoid)


Appearances:
Thor I#389 (March, 1988) - Tom DeFalco & Ron Frenz (writer), Ron Frenz (pencils), Brett Breeding (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Thor I#417-420 (May-August, 1990) - Ron Frenz & Tom DeFalco (writers), Ron Frenz (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Fantastic Four I#400 (May 1995) - Tom DeFalco (script, plot), Paul Ryan (plot, pencils), Danny Bulanadi (inks), Nel Yomtov (editor)


First Posted: 03/26/2002
Last updated: 01/11/2022

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