Real Name: Divad
Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial (race unrevealed), mutate?
Imperial Guard member;
Group Membership: Member of Shi'ar Imperial Guard
Astra, Commando, Earthquake, Electron, Fang, Flashfire, G-Type, Gladiator, Glom, Hobgoblin/Shapeshifter,
Nightside, Onslaught, Oracle,
Quasar (Wendel Vaughn; along with other heroes of Earth and the
New Universe), Schism, Scintilla,
Wind, Squorm, Starjammers (Ch'od, Raza), Titan, Vulcan, Warstar, White Noise;
formerly Black Light, Magique, Mentor, Neutron, Plutonia, prisoners of the Stranger's Laboratory World, Smasher (Vril Rokk), Smasher (Salac Tuur), Starbolt
Cosmo, Guardians of the Galaxy (Bug, Drax, Jack Flag, Gamora, Mantis,
Moondragon, Star-Lord (Peter Quill), Adam Warlock), Inhumans (Black Bolt, Crystal, Gorgon, Karnak, Lockjaw, Medusa, Triton), Kree, Ronan the Accuser, Starjammers (Havok,
Marvel Girl (Rachel Grey), Lilandra Neramani, Polaris), Stranger, Starblasters, X-Men (xenoform);
formerly Starjammers (Ch'od, Raza)
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations:
the universe, especially Shi'ar space;
First Appearances: Quasar#32 (image; March, 1992), Quasar#33 (true form; April, 1992)
Powers/Abilities: Voyager is able to open warps in space through which he and/or others can travel. He carries a staff at all times, which may either be the source of, or a focus for, his abilities. The staff also allows him to generate a vortex to pull others into his warps, which are effective even against ectoplasm. However, he can tire from generating such warps. He has also relied on Moondancer's tracking and navigational abilities to allow him to travel to places he cannot see. He can fly and survive in space unaided. His physical and/or offensive abilities are undefined.
Voyager'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 and two of his teammates, Moondancer and Solar Wind, were captured by the enigmatic being known as the Stranger, 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. Voyager 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, forming a portal into which Solar Wind blasted him, leaving Quasar some distance from the fight. Moondancer and Voyager traveled to Earth a short time later to retrieve fellow guardsman, Neutron, who had journeyed there in search of vengeance against Quasar for stranding him in deep space.
Later, while investigating attacks of the alien Star Blasters, a number of heroes of Earth battled the Shi'ar warrior Gladiator 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. Voyager, Solar Wind, and Moondancer 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.
(War of Kings#1) - Vulcan surveyed, with Gladiator, the assembled Imperial Guard,. Mentor reported they were all battle ready and Vulcan announced his intentions to attack the Kree. They soon engaged in a massive battle with the Inhumans and Starjammers, successfully capturing Lilandra before retreating. During the battle, Mentor took down Lilandra with a nerve pinch and Voyager escaped with her through a portal, which sliced of Ch'od's hand. Members of the Guard in this mission: Astra, Black Light, Earthquake, Electron, Fang, Flashfire, Gladiator, Hussar, Impulse, Magique, Manta, Mentor, Neutron, Nightside, Plutonia, Schism, Scintilla, Shapeshifter, Smasher, Squorm, Starbolt, Titan, Voyager, Warstar, and White Noise.
(War of Kings#2) - Voyager and Mentor silently presented the beaten and bound form of Lilandra to Vulcan.
(War of Kings#3) - Mentor and Voyager watched as Vulcan was held back by Araki and Gladiator from killing Lilandra as they feared her death would give her followers a reason to rally around another figurehead.
(Guardians of the Galaxy II#14) - As Warlock battled Vulcan, the Imperial Guard (Fang, Mentor, Oracle, Scintilla) rushed to help, seeking Magique for aid when they realized Warlock wielded magic. They attacked, with Neutron and Hussar joining them, and Magique put Warlock in a glamour snare, but he easily dispelled it and painfully drained her glamours from her. Vulcan was furious with them when Warlock escaped, but Oracle sensed Magique had marked him with a witch-mark, with which they could track him. They followed to Knowhere, using Voyager to transport them, and found a battle breaking out between the Guardians of the Galaxy (Gamora, Jack Flag, Mantis, Martyr, Moondragon, Star-Lord, Warlock) and the Inhumans (Black Bolt, Crystal, Gorgon, Karnak).
(Guardians of the Galaxy II#15) - The Imperial Guard (Fang, Hussar, Magique, Mentor, Oracle, Scintilla, Voyager) landed on Knowhere, where the Inhumans and Guardians of the Galaxy were already battling. As Fang was hit by a mental blast from Cosmo the telepathic dog, Mentor ordered the Guard to kill Black Bolt. After Oracle knocked back Cosmo's telekinetic barrier, Black Bolt knocked them back with a small scream and the Inhumans teleported off-site through Lockjaw. Mentor ordered the Guard, with their Shi'ar operatives, to separate and find Warlock and the others, knowing Voyager's needed time to recuperate before seizing reinforcements. After a pitched battle, during which Magique was killed, Hussar ordered Voyager to aid them in retreat.
(Realm of Kings: Imperial Guard#5 (fb)) - Gladiator had more of the Guard (Arc, Black Light, Commando, Electron, G- Type, Moondancer, Titan, Voyager, White Noise) assembled at his order, to rescue the stranded team (Fang, Flashfire, Hussar, Manta, Mentor, Neutron, Oracle, Plutonia, Warstar), with Ch'od, Raza, Talon (previously thought to be Smasher), and Quasar, from within the Fault. Voyager, with great strain, opened a gateway to within the Fault, then stayed behind while Moondancer used her powers to guide them through the debris and to the ship, which was surrounded by bizarre and deadly xenoform beings patterned after the X-Men.
(Realm of Kings: Imperial Guard#5) - The Guard later returned successful, though with some casualties. While honoring their newly dead (joining the ranks of thousands of others) on the mausoleum world of Elysialla VII, the Guard stood with newly appointed members in the roles of Mentor, Neutron, Plutonia, Smasher, and Starbolt. Fang recited the Guard's oath. "I will not falter, and I will not swerve. From the rising of the suns to the setting of the stars. With Sharra and K'ythri to guide me, I will serve out the term of my duty with courage and conviction for it is the greatest honor any being of any species can know to be allowed to guard the Imperium of the Shi'ar and stand, each of us, as a light in the darkness. So I make my oath of allegiance."
Comments: Created by Mark Gruenwald (writer) and Greg Capullo (art).
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. Voyager, who appeared much later, has no likely derivative. He is similar to the Legion character Gate, but Voyager actually pre-dates Gate, so it's most likely just coincidence (or possibly "reverse homage") as pointed out by Derek.
New main image by MarvellousLuke.
Quasar#46, p16, pan3 (main image)
Quasar#33, p23, pan2 (Voyager head shot)
(Voyager opening portal)
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)
War of Kings#1-2 (May-June, 2009) - Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning (writers), Paul Pelletier (pencils), Rick Magyar (inks), Bill Rosemann (editor)
Guardians of the Galaxy II#14 (July, 2009) - Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning (writers), Brad Walker (pencils), Victor Olazaba (inks), Bill Rosemann (editor)
Guardians of the Galaxy II#15 (August, 2009) - Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning (writers), Brad Walker (pencils), Victor Olazaba & Livesay (inks), Bill Rosemann (editor)
War of Kings#1-3 (May-July, 2009) - Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning (writers), Paul Pelletier (pencils), Rick Magyar (inks), Bill Rosemann (editor)
Realm of Kings: Imperial Guard#5 (May, 2010) - Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning (writers), Kevin Walker (penciler/inker), Bill Rosemann (editor)
First Posted: 09/09/2001
Last updated: 04/11/2010
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