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Official Name: Garai

Nature: Extradimensional (Null Space) planet (see comments)

Environment: Life-sustaining biosphere

Gravity: Unrevealed (but presumably possessed a gravitational field that was comfortable for semi-humanoid beings); Darkhawk did not comment on the gravity being significantly different than Earth's

Atmosphere: Unrevealed (if the residents had to breathe, it presumably contained an unspecified combination of gases)

Natural Satellites: None (although it was struck by a number of asteroids that had presumably been in relative proximity)

Artificial Satellites: None known

Natives: Unidentified pale yellow-skin humanoids

Population: Unrevealed (perhaps 6 (or 12 if the two groups shown were different) were shown, but that may be only a small fragment of the population

Capital City: None identified

Government: Unrevealed (the fact that they seemed to have buildings in proximity, there was some sort of ruling/governing body)

Languages: Unrevealed

Monetary Unit: Unrevealed

National Defense: Unrevealed

Major Resources: Unrevealed

Planetary Defense: Unrevealedgarai-planet-ocean

Places of Interest: An unidentified city containing the natives who cheered Darkhawk's saving of the planet

Prominent Residents: None identified

Visitors: Darkhawk (Chris Powell)

First Appearance: Darkhawk I#40 (June, 1994)

History:
(Darkhawk I#40 - BTS) <According to Osch, the consciousness that inhabited the ship in which the Darkhawk android form and/or its host were stored when the other form was active> - One of the Darkhawk amulets became embedded in the floor of what had been a great ocean on the planet Garai. In its death-throes, the amulet expelled that waters into nothingness, and it threatened to do the same to its entire sector of Null Space.

(Darkhawk I#40) - Garai became a planet under turmoil, with numerous asteroids drawn to crash against it.garai-planet-rifts-closing

(Darkhawk I#40) - As Darkhawk -- Christopher Powell within a new Darkhawk android body after his original Darkhawk form had been destroyed; and with a separate Chris Powell form still active on Earth -- revived within a healing center following recovering two of the Darkhawk amulets they needed, Osch advised him of the third amulet, causing devastation and death on Garai. Osch guided Darkhawk to the amulet's location, telling him how the amulet could destroy the entire sector of Null Space if he did not capture and contain the amulet.

    Osch gave Darkhawk a containment vessel for the amulet and advised him that he could use his new android body to combine the uses of several powers, and Darkhawk combined his force shield and darkforce beam to form a giant, vaguely hawk-shaped field to navigate the asteroid fields and arrive on Garai's surface. Locating the amulet, Darkhawk extended pincers to grab it, despite the incredible force it was exuding and place it within the containment vessel. Immediately, the rifts in space closed and the planet stopped quaking. The people cheered Darkhawk, after which he returned to Osch's ship.

Comments: Created by Danny Fingeroth, Tod Smith, and Ian Akin.

    Darkhawk put together a convoluted but interesting and detailed history for its characters, technology, etc. And then the Fraternity of Raptors stories came along and seemed to retcon a lot of it, with the existence of Osch etc. supposed to be hallucinations experienced by Christopher Powell. I really don't know what to make of it all anymore, but I will tell you that wholesale retcon is just plain horse shite. The stories happened, the characters exist in-continuity. At minimum, there is some reality where events exist exactly as they were told in the original Darkhawk series.

    I am reporting all of the information on Garai from the original story, and that's about all I can do now. But, I would like to know more about the world and its people.

    Did Garai exist within Null Space or in Earth's universe?

    The pages picturing and referencing the planet Garai start with a caption of "NULL SPACE," which is noted to be "a dimension in crisis...a crisis which may well be the harbinger of doom for all the planes of reality. The particular locus of this crisis is the planet Garai. And its only hope for salvation is aboard this ship. The ship is called Osch. The salvation is called Darkhawk."

    Later on in the story, Osch notes that the third amulet in the amulet quest was embedded in the floor of what had been a great ocean and that it had expelled that waters into nothingness, as it will do to the entire sector of null space if you do not capture and contain the amulet.

    It certainly seems like it was meant to be in Null Space, but it could have been that it was in Earth's universe but that the amulet was causing warps into Null Space.

Profile by Snood.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Garai  has no known connections to


natives

garai-planet-peoplegarai-planet-people2The natives of Garai were yellow-skinned creatures with scales, pointed ears, orange or black hair, opaque white eyes, four fingers and a thumb, and broad-ridges noses.

     Possibly some of them had a sort of fin-structure on the lateral surface of their cheeks.

     They were seen fleeing as a city-like structure was shattered by meteorites, etc.

     After Darkhawk contained the amulet, closing the rifts in space and stopping the planet quakes, the people cheered him.

--
Darkhawk I#40

Note: I don't know what to call these people. Are they also called Garai, like their world? Are they Gara? Garaians? or some name unrelated to their world?




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Darkhawk I#40, pg. 4-5 (planet in turmoil);
    pg. 6, panel 5 (people fleeing from destruction);
    pg. 7, panel 1 (ocean floor with amulet embedded);
    pg. 11, panel 5 (ocean floor; space rifts closing);
       panel 6 (damaged buildings);
       panel 7 (people cheering)


Appearances:
Darkhawk I#40 (June, 1994) - Danny Fingeroth (writer), Tod Smith (penciler), Ian Akin (inker), Nel Yomtov (editor)


First posted: 09/12/2023
Last updated: 09/12/2023

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