THE STARBRAND KID
Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Human mutate (Old West era,
circa 1868 A.D.)
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: The Avengers (Echo/Maya Lopez, Iron Man/Tony Stark, Thor/Thor Odinson), Red (Reno Phoenix's horse), Reno Phoenix (Reno Carlotta)
Enemies: The Devil's Posse (Dredge,
others), the Iron Inquisitor (Howard Stark of Earth-4111), Kree, Mephisto,
the Shi'ar, Skrulls
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Mobile throughout the American West
First Appearance: Avengers VII#50 (February, 2022)
Powers/Abilities: The Starbrand Kid manifested the Star Brand, which granted him immense power. The abilities the Kid displayed included the ability to recover from mortal wounds such as being riddled with Hell-forged bullets and increased sight allowing him to see and shoot targets residing in orbit from Earth.
He could also grant a portion of
his Star Brand to other beings and objects. For example, while the
Starbrand Kid rode his horse, the horse manifested a Star Brand of its
own and could run through the air as fast as an interstellar
spacecraft, and the Starbrand Kid's Starband Six-Guns were capable of
firing a practically endless supply of "space rocks" like bullets.
These Star Brand-powered "bullets" were capable of destroying an entire
spaceship in one hit, if needed.
Height: Unrevealed (approximately 6'1")
Weight: Unrevealed (approximately 165 lbs.)
(Avengers VII#59 (fb) - BTS) - By 1868 A.D., outlaw gunslingers Reno Phoenix and the Starbrand Kid made legends of themselves in the Old West, battling all manner of extraterrestrial foes including Kree carpetbaggers and Skrull bushwackers.
(Avengers VIII#50) - As he passed through time
towards his own present
day, the time-traveling Ka-Zar briefly saw Reno Phoenix and
the Starbrand Kid.
(Avengers VII#59) - Reno Phoenix
and the Starbrand Kid came across a Shi'ar Sky Train carrying stolen
slave cargo and began pursuing the fleeing train. When Reno noted that
there were three Shi'ar Warbird ships waiting in orbit for the Sky
Train, the Starbrand Kid commented that he could see the ships. Reno
replied that the Shi'ar must have figured they were out of the
Starbrand Kid's range and the Kid responded that he reckoned they did.
The Kid then pulled out his Star Brand-empowered guns and fired into
the sky, hitting and destroying the three Shi'ar ships in orbit. The
Kid then commented on how the Shi'ar had likely never heard of his
Starbrand Six-Guns either, at which point Reno asked the Starbrand Kid
to cover her as she used her abilities to essentially lasso the head of
the Sky Train, causing it to crash. The two gunslingers then freed the
human captives aboard the train and the Starbrand Kid used his
Six-Guns to destroy the Train's engine. A group of
demonically-transformed humans called the Devil's Posse then emerged
from the Sky Train and the Starbrand Kid attempted to hold them off
while Reno got the freed humans to safety but one of the Devil's Posse
roped the freed humans and attempted to fly off. Reno pursued, leaving
the Starbrand Kid behind with the rest of the Devil's Posse, suggesting
he stay alive until she returned.
The Devil's Posse admitted they
had heard of the Starbrand Kid and his guns that fired "space rocks"
and when they gloated that it was time to see how many bullets the
Kid's guns had, the Starbrand Kid shot them all dead, emerging from the
bloodbath seriously injured and remarking that he had enough bullets as
there were stars in the sky. More Devil's Posse members soon appeared
from the Sky Train and while the Starbrand Kid moved fast firing his
guns, he was eventually shot multiple times by Hell-forged bullets. As
the Devil's Posse moved in for the kill, revealing how each of them had
made a deal in exchange for one last ride to kill the Kid, the
time-traveling modern era Avengers Iron Man and Thor came to the Kid's
rescue. Easily taking down the Devil's Posse, Iron Man then introduced
himself and Thor to the Kid, explaining that both the Kid and Reno
Phoenix were under attack by the demon Mephisto. Before Mephisto and
the Devil's Posse disappeared along with the time-traveling Avengers,
the past incarnation Mephisto warned Reno Phoenix that she was too
uncontrolled without the presence of the Starbrand Kid.
Regrouping with Reno Phoenix, the Starbrand Kid rode to a crossroads, discussing how the time-traveling Avengers seem to be battling their own future incarnation of Mephisto. As the two came to a crossroads, the Kid mentioned they had their own devils to deal with in their own time and their incarnation of Mephisto, in the form of a man hanging from a tree, asked if the two gunslingers wished to make a deal. The Kid replied that they indeed wished to make a deal and the deal was to draw. The two gunslingers then drew their weapons and fired at Mephisto, who fired back with his own Hell-forged gun.
(Avengers VII#64) - From the prehistoric era of
1,000,000 B.C., the time-traveling modern day Phoenix Force host Echo
telepathically reached out to history's greatest heroes and both Reno
Phoenix and the Starbrand Kid heard the call in 1868 A.D. The Starbrand
Kid proclaimed that Echo could count on the guns of both outlaws.
(Avengers VII#59 - BTS) - Not long after working with
the Avengers, the legends of the Starbrand Kid and Reno Phoenix began
(Avengers VII#50 - BTS) - Over succeeding generations, the Starbrand Kid and Reno Phoenix's legend eventually became completely lost to time and their very names became long forgotten.
Comments: Created by Jason Aaron, Aaron Kuder, Carlos Pacheco, Rafael Fonteriz, Ed McGuinness and Javier Garron.
Y'know...for an outlaw, the
Starbrand Kid sure did a lot of heroic things. Perhaps he was
wrongfully accused or misunderstood like most other Marvel Old West
Profile by Proto-Man.
The Starbrand Kid should be distinguished from:
Avengers VII#50 (February, 2022) - "An Earth Unlike Any Other (Just Like All the Rest)" story - Jason Aaron (writer), Aaron Kuder, Carlos Pacheco, Rafael Fonteriz, Ed McGuinness, Javier Garron (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers VII#59 (October, 2022) - Jason Aaron (writer), Javier Garron (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers VII#64 (March, 2023) - Jason Aaron (writer), Javier Garron (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
First posted: 08/27/2023
Last updated: 08/27/2023
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