Real Name: Kometes
Identity/Class: Magical creation (Pre-Cataclysmic Era and modern era)
Occupation: Harbinger of destruction
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Possibly the Celestials
Enemies: Son of Satan (Hellstorm), Spyros, humanity in general
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Unrevealed
First Appearance: Marvel Spotlight I#16 (July, 1974)
Powers/Abilities: Unrevealed. Kometes is summoned by
the collective negative emotions of mankind when they reach a certain point.
"The Earth itself is highly responsive to the psychic emanations of the
creatures who inhabit it. When those emotions grow overly violent, the planet
rebels. The stress is felt throughout the cosmos as a weakening of the bonds of
the primal matrix--the model on which the universes are structured.
Kometes' appearance signals impending catastrophic change (within 24 hours of its appearance), but what role it actually played in this destruction is unknown. It appears to be composed of (presumably magical) flame, can fly, and is immune to hellfire.
History: The origin of Kometes is unknown.
(Marvel Spotlight I#16 (fb) - BTS) <18, 000 BC> - Its coming was foretold by the legendary prophet Zhered-Na.
(Marvel Spotlight I#17) <18, 000 BC> - Kometes appeared in
ancient Atlantis, heralding the imminent Great Cataclysm that would level modern
society. It approached the primal matrix where it was observed by a
time-traveling Son of Satan, accessing the matrix via the aid of Zhered-Na.
Attempting to stop Kometes, the Son of Satan approached the matrix, where his
presence was opposed by the giant Spyros (actually Adam K'ad-Mon). In the course
of their struggle, Spyros hurled his axe, which missed the Son of Satan, instead
cleaving Kometes in twain, and apparently destroying him.
Despite this, events had apparently progressed beyond the point of no return in this time period, and the Great Cataclysm soon occurred as predicted.
(Marvel Spotlight I#16) - In the modern era, 4, 000 perfectly
identical holes suddenly appeared on night (April 22, if not topical) in St.
Louis, Missouri's Forest Park. Filled with an odd reddish powder, investigation
of these holes by the authority led to publicity, which soon drew various
cultists from around the country, correctly assuming it to be a supernatural
phenomenon. The Son of Satan, alongside Dr. Katherine Reynolds and divinity
student Byron Hyatt, investigated as well, drawing the ire of one of the groups,
the Legion of Nihilists, who assaulted Daimon. His darksoul rising during the
conflict, the Son of Satan fired a burst of hellfire at one of the Legion. Dr.
Reynolds batted the Son of Satan's trident, diverting the fiery blast from
striking the cultist, and it instead struck one of the holes. The flames from
the hole rapidly spread from to the rest of the holes in the park, creating a
massive blaze in the shape of an immense serpent. Recognized by the Son of Satan
as the legendary Kometes, the flame took three dimensional shape and flew into
the air, where it waited, unphased by hellfire blasts from the Son of Satan, or
any other attack.
Returning to his occult texts, the Son of Satan confirmed Kometes' identity and decided that they could only learn how to stop it from Zhered-Na herself, so he used his powers to transport himself and his two allies back in time.
(Marvel Spotlight I#17) - Around the world, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and tidal waves seemed to signal the impending destruction of the earth, or at least another cataclysm. However, triggered by the Son of Satan's journey to the past, Spyros' destruction of Kometes in the presence of the Primal Matrix caused the modern era Kometes to plunge to Earth, its fiery hiss becoming an unholy scream as it faded from existence.
Comments: Created by Steve Gerber, Jim Mooney, and Sal Trapani.
That Gerber...he so crazy! Great story, but hard to figure out.
The word "comet" is derived from the Latin word "cometa" which in turn is derived from the Greek word "kometes" which means "long-haired" or "hairy star". A comet is therefore often depicted as a woman with exceptionally long hair.
Profile by Snood.
No known connection to:
not so much
Marvel Spotlight I#16, p27, panel 3
Marvel Spotlight I#17 (September, 1974)
Last updated: 11/12/04
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