STAR of VENGEANCE
Classification: Extraterrestrial (Kree) starship; Imperial Dreadnought; Imperial registry#417, star-class battle cruiser
Creator: Almost certainly unspecified Kree engineer(s)
First Appearance: Captain Marvel I#46 (September, 1976)
Powers/Abilities/Functions: 5000 meters (3.1
miles) long and weighing just under a million metric tons, the Star of
Vengeance reportedly had power enough to obliterate an entire solar
It's arsenal included blasters and anti-matter nuclear missiles.
It was considered the deadliest warship of the Kree starfleet.
History: (Captain Marvel
I#46 (fb) - BTS) - As a junior lieutenant, Mar-Vell served two years
aboard the Star of Vengeance, during which he dreamed of one day
becoming her captain.
(Captain Marvel I#46) - As Captain Marvel and Rick, alongside their allies Rambu (formerly of Deneb IV's Underground) and Fawn (secretly a manifestation of Rick Jones' subconscious via the energies of his Nega-Band) approached Hala to confront the Supreme Intelligence (SI) for his complex manipulations of them, they were confronted by the immense Star of Vengeance.
Mar-Vell considered that sending
the Star of Vengeance to kill the four of them was like sending an
elephant to squash a mosquito. The Supreme Intelligence responded to
his thoughts, agreeing with his sentiment and clarifying that he did
not send his proudest flagship out to serve as the instrument of their
destruction: It was just one of the stages.
The Supreme Intelligence then sent
a beam that transported Mar-Vell to Hala, where it was confronted by
one of the SI's giant Supremor androids, and Rick aboard the Star of
Vengeance, where he was confronted by another Supremor android; both
androids were animated/controlled by the SI's mind. Rick's battle
shattered a wall that revealed his presence to blue Kree crew members,
who despised him both as a pink (similar to Kree "half-breeds") and a
Terran, and joined the fight against him.
As the Supreme Intelligence had planned, the Supremors' powers were such that Mar-Vell, and Rick swiftly appreciated that each hero would have to draw on the full power of the Nega-Bands to defeat his opponent, meaning either one would be left powerless and easily slain, or both would perish if they fought the Supremors without the full power. Further, the Supreme Intelligence wished the battle to occupy the heroes until the Millennia Bloom flower fully bloomed, and its siren song would reach into the core of their being and consume everything that made them unique, leaving behind only a soul-less, pliant form that the Supreme Intelligence could mold into whatever it wanted him to be.
Having considered Rambu inconsequential and floating in space and having been unable to sense Fawn's existence, the Supreme Intelligence was not prepared for their interference. The two entered the Star of Vengeance unnoticed, and Fawn sensed and tracked down Rick. As Kree soldiers' attack on Rick agonized Fawn, Rambu apparently sacrificed himself battling those soldiers, giving Fawn a respite so that she could use her power to blast the Supremor who had been attacking Rick. Gaining awareness of Fawn's existence, that Supremor terminally struck down Fawn.
Fueled by rage over Fawn's death,
Rick fiercely assaulted the Supremor, and Mar-Vell allowed him to
access the full power of the Nega-Bands to overcome his foe while
Mar-Vell used only his own power to fight defensively against his
Rick then rushed to the
controls and launched all of the Star of Vengeance's anti-matter
nuclear missiles into Hala's sun, causing a massive
solar flare that engulfed Hala, hammering against the world's defensive
shields until the shields glowed as brightly as a new-born-star.
(Captain Marvel I#46 (fb) - BTS) - The Supreme Intelligence diverted all of its power to the bolster Hala's shields, effectively overloading and short-circuiting itself and every person and machine on (or orbiting) Hala. This not only left the Supreme Intelligence offline but also somehow neutralized the threat of the Millennia Bloom.
(Captain Marvel I#46 - BTS) - Traveling to Hala, Rick
channeled his power through the Nega-Bands and revived Mar-Vell, after
which the two headed back to Earth.
Comments: Created by Chris Claremont, Al Milgrom and Terry Austin.
In the real world, solar flares from the Sun take over eight
minutes to reach Earth. This is because they cannot travel faster than the
speed of light. One would expect that even an artificially-triggered sunflare
would also be limited to traveling at that speed and thus it would have taken a
number of minutes for the radiant energy streaming out from Pama to cross the
millions of miles separating the star from Hala. This is inconsistent with the
story which seems to show Hala being struck by the sunflare's energy
immediately after the missiles detonated in the sun.
Yes, I know that we've never been told how far Hala was from Pama, but science says that planets can only have habitable environments if they orbit far enough from their stars to not overheat. if they're too close, then they become Venus-like. So, I've always wondered, if it took minutes for the sunflare to hit Hala, what exactly were Rick, Mar-Vell and the Supremor doing during that time?
worse than the solar flare taking several minutes to hit Hala is the time it
took the missiles launched from the Star of Vengeance to hit the sun. The text
says it took a minute before the missiles hit and detonated in the sun, but I
wouldn’t think that the missiles could travel at the speed of light, but even
if they could, it would have been several minutes before they reached the sun,
and then several minutes for the flare to hit Hala…so may 16 minutes or so…all
the while, the Supremor was yelling “NOOOOO!!” to the threat to took a long time
to arrive, a more extreme but otherwise similar scene to the guy that got run
over by the steamroller in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery!
Or maybe the missiles were tachyon-powered and could travel faster than the speed of light, and they imparted that same energy into the sun, so it really was a minute for the missiles to reach the sun and then a nearly instantaneous solar flare striking Hala.
Profile by Snood.
The Star of Vengeance should be distinguished from:
images: (without ads):
Captain Marvel I#46, pg. 2, panel 2 (approach);
pg. 2-3 (main);
pg. 15, panel 6 (sunflare)
Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.
First posted: 07/09/2023
Last updated: 07/10/2023
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