Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Extra-terrestrial (race unrevealed), mutate?
Occupation: Warrior, formerly employed in Imperial Guard; former prisoner of Stranger
Group Membership: Former member of Shi'ar Imperial Guard
Affiliations: Close ally of Moondancer and Voyager,
ally of Gladiator, Glom, Manta, Neutron, Nightside, Onslaught, Quasar (along with other heroes of Earth and the New Universe), Smasher, Starbolt;
associate of other prisoners of Stranger
Enemies: Stranger, Starblasters
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Mobile throughout the universe
First Appearance: Quasar#32 (image; March, 1992), Quasar#33 (true form; April, 1992)
Powers: Solar Wind can project waves of force from his chest. It is not certain whether he can generate winds or blasts of heat energy as well. He can fly and survive in space unaided. Her physical and/or offensive abilities are undefined.
History: Solar Wind's origin is unrevealed. He became a member of the Shi'ar Imperial Guard at some point, which would presumably make him one of either a member or slave race of the Shi'ar Empire. He has vaguely bat-like qualities, which are of unknown significance. He and two of his teammates Moondancer and Voyager, were captured by the enigmatic being known as the Stranger I, and imprisoned for experimentation on his Laboratory World. The duration of their imprisonment, and the events which occurred there are unrevealed.
When the Overmind traveled to the Laboratory World, freed many inmates, and sent them to attack the Stranger and any others assisting him, a large number of prisoners escaped. Solar Wind and his allies escaped at that time, returning to active duty in the Imperial Guard. They were active during the Kree-Shi'ar War, also known as Operation: Galactic Storm. He actively opposed the Earth hero Quasar, forcing him into a portal formed by Voyager, which trapped Quasar some distance from the fight.
Later, while investigating attacks of the alien Star Blasters, a number of heroes of Earth battled Gladiator II and commandeered a Shi'ar ship. This attracted the rest of the Guard, who battled the heroes until the Shi'ar were convinced to take the heroes to the Stranger's Lab World, on the trail of the Star Blasters. Solar Wind, Moondancer, and Voyager then quit the Imperial Guard in order to accompany the heroes of Earth, in an effort to gain vengeance on the Stranger. However, they soon learned that the Stranger was on the side of the good in this battle and joined the battle against the Star Blasters.
Following the battle, all three of them were sent away by the Living Tribunal to prevent them from interacting with anyone from the Earth of the New Universe, in order to avoid spreading the Star Brand energy. Their site of relocation was not observed.
Comments: Created by Mark Gruenwald and Greg Capullo.
I'd imagine they were all sent back to the Shi'ar and could have rejoined the Imperial Guard if they wanted, but they haven't been seen since.
Most, if not all of the original batch of the Imperial Guard are directly patterned after (homage or parody) DC's Legion of Super-Heroes, much like the Squadron Supreme is a take off on the Justice League. Solar Wind, who appeared much later, however, doesn't seem to be a derivative of any known character, as pointed out by Derek.
Quasar#33 (April, 1992) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Rurik Tyler (pencils), Fred Fredericks (inks), Kelly Corvese (editor)
Starblast#2 (February, 1994) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils), Ralph Cabrera (inks), Mike Rockwitz (editor)
Quasar#55 (February, 1994) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), John Heebink (pencils), Aaron McClellan (inks), Mike Rockwitz (editor)
Starblast#3 (March, 1994) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Grant Miehm (pencils), Many Hands (inks), Mike Rockwitz (editor)
Quasar#56 (March, 1994) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), John Heebink (pencils), Aaron McClellan (inks), Mike Rockwitz (editor)
Starblast#4 (April, 1994) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Kong, Palant, Buckler (pencils), Don Hudson & Ernie Chan (inks), Mike Rockwitz (editor)
Quasar#57 (April, 1994) - Mark Gruenwald & Peter Sanderson (writers), John Heebink (pencils), Aaron McClellan (inks), Mike Rockwitz (editor)
First Posted: 09/09/2001
Last Updated: 09/26/2004
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