Real Name: Unrevealed. Perhaps inapplicable
Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial god
Occupation: God of death
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Formerly Death
Enemies: Captain Marvel (Genis-Vell), Death, Marlo Jones, Rick Jones, Thanos, Thor, Billions of inhabitants of his native galaxy
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Active throughout his native galaxy as well as the Milky Way
First Appearance: Captain Marvel V#17 (June, 2001 )
Powers/Abilities: As the sole god of death of his galaxy, Walker draws power off of billions of worshippers. As such he has incredible power on a cosmic scale far beyond that of human comprehension. It can be presumed he has unlimited strength, and has been seen to fire devastating power blasts, the ability to manipulate massive amounts of energy for his purposes and the ability to cross dimensions at will. Walker probably has the cosmic power necessary to perform pretty much any feat he wants. He carries a staff, which is actually an extension of himself, and uses it to focus his power. He was also witnessed riding through space on a giant ship made out of bones.
Height: 6' 2"
Eyes: Light green, no visible iris
History: (Captain Marvel V#17 (fb)) - Walker was the god of death in his native galaxy. In his galaxy, everybody in the entire reality worshipped only one death god, instead of the many present throughout the many pantheons of earth. Because he drew power from his worshippers which numbered in the billions if not trillions, Walker was made extraordinarily powerful. Walker sought out Death from and courted her. She received him and was taken by him, and eventually, Walker sought to give Death a gift. Walker killed everyone of the billions of souls in his own galaxy and took them into himself in order to give them to Death. Death was disgusted by Walker’s offering and rejected him. Walker was angered by this and sought to destroy Death. Thanos managed to convince Death to go into hiding in the form of a mortal woman who had recently died: Marlo Jones. Marlo was brought back to life, unaware that Death was hiding from the Walker within her.
(Captain Marvel V#17) - Rick and Marlo Jones were in a clothing store when Rick saw the Walker. Marvel sensed that the Walker was evil and dangerous and told Rick through the link that they shared to run away. Rick ran from the store, and shifted places with Captain Marvel as Thanos arrived at the scene as well. The Walker saw Thanos and commanded him to reveal the location of Death. Thanos refused, encouraging Walker to continuously blast him, all the while yelling for Thanos to reveal where Death was hiding. Marvel joined Thanos in fighting Walker, but to little avail. Eventually, Thor showed up as well, and the three attacked Walker simultaneously, and when the dust cleared Walker was gone.
(Captain Marvel V#18) - Aboard his ship in space, Thanos briefed Marvel, Thor, and Marlo on the situation regarding the Walker and his motives, as well as revealing that Death was hiding within Marlo. Before long, the ship was attacked by the Walker, who was riding on a giant ship made of bones. An image of Walker appeared inside Thanos' ship and continued demanding the location of Death. All those aboard Thanos' ship fled into the dimension called Purgatory, a pan-dimensional realm where Death has no dominion. Walker followed them there, and realized that Death was hidden within Marlo. Realizing that nobody could have their life taken from them in Purgatory, but could choose to give up their lives, Walker decided to try to force Marlo to willingly die and thus release Death. He began by torturing Rick Jones. He froze Rick's arm solid and shattered it. Walker then took a few moments to fight off an attack by a group of Vikings and Thor and Thanos, all of whom he easily brushed aside. He then continued to torture Rick Jones, and began to age him. Eventually, Death could not take it any more, having learned the concepts of anger and vengeance from Marlo. Thanos revealed that Walker mistook Death's compassion for weakness, and Death was apparently never seriously threatened by the Walker. Death reached into the Walker and released the billions of souls that he had absorbed. Walker then fell to the ground, nothing but a skeleton. Death then left Marlo's body and restored Marlo to life.
Comments: Created by Peter David, Jim Starlin, and Al Milgrom
A truly awesome villain and a superbly written story. High recommendations. In fact, I recommend pretty much the whole Captain Marvel series written by Peter David.
A team of Peter David and Jim Starlin...what more could you possibly ask for?!
Thanks to Leaders Lair for the image.
Walker has a profile in the All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Update#1.
Clarifications: The Walker should not be confused with:
Captain Marvel V#17-18 (May-June, 2001) - Peter David (writer), Jim Starlin (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks)
Last updated: 04/20/14
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