Real Name: Asteroth
Identity/Class: Extradimensional demon
Occupation: Destroyer of life
Group Membership: None
Enemies: Alpha Ray, Beta Ray Bill, Galactus, Korbinite people, Stardust
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: Omega Ray
Base of Operations: Currently unknown;
formerly a sector of space not too distant from New Korbin;
formerly an unidentified dimension
First Appearance: Stormbreaker: The Saga of Beta Ray Bill#3 (May 2005)
Powers/Abilities: The being encountered by Beta Ray Bill, Alpha Ray, and Stardust was only a small fragment of Asteroth, an entity of pure evil who thrives on destruction and feeds on order and life. She could feed on whole planets, then whole solar systems, then whole galaxies, and ultimately she would become powerful enough to devour the universe. Even when first formed, the Asteroth fragment could incapacitate Beta Ray Bill and Stardust with a single blast. It swiftly proved capable of destroying a planet, of re-directing the gravity well of a black hole, and of easily withstanding combined assaults of Beta Ray Bill and Stardust.
(Stormbreaker: The Saga of Beta Ray Bill#3) - Asteroth claims to have been born from the chaos of creation and to be the blood and tears of the universe.
(Stormbreaker: The Saga of Beta Ray Bill#4 (fb) - BTS) - Asteroth visited the Earth dimension in the past, but at some point it became trapped in an unidentified dimension (the dark nothingness).
(Stormbreaker: The Saga of Beta Ray Bill#3) - In an effort to destroy Beta Ray Bill, Stardust opened a dimensional warp into a cosmic Hell into which he intended to cast Bill. A massive tendril lashed out of the portal and latched onto Bill, who severed it from its attachment. Realizing that something from the Hell had now escaped the portal, Stardust closed the portal and the blasted the severed dark matter as it began to coalesce into human form. Unharmed, it blasted Stardust and Bill into submission, took a feminine semi-humanoid form, and identified itself as Asteroth.
(Stormbreaker: The Saga of Beta Ray Bill#4) - Asteroth planned
to consume all order in the universe, remaking it to her liking by allowing
chaos to overcome all. Empowered by her feeding, she would then move on to the
next universe, consuming it in turn and then moving on, eventually claiming all
universes, multiverses, and megaverses.
She destroyed a world of primitive beings, feeding on them to increase her strength.
Stardust convinced Bill that Asteroth was the greater danger and must be stopped before she could acclimate to the physical universe and become too powerful. Stardust and Bill slammed into Asteroth, smashing her into the core of a planet, but she then obliterated the entire planet, emerging unharmed. Feeling he had no choice, Stardust opened a black hole behind Asteroth, but she resisted its gravity well and instead redirected it at Stardust and Bill, who were pulled into the event horizon towards certain death.
(Stormbreaker: The Saga of Beta Ray Bill#5) - Stardust and Bill drifted into Asteroth, who attacked them both. Asteroth sensed the energies of the Meta-Orb (which contained the remaining life forces of Bill's race, the Korbinites), and tried to consume it. Bill & Stardust fought her, trying to trap her in the event horizon, at which point she sensed the approach of Alpha Ray, empowered by Galactus to oppose her. Stardust blasted Asteroth, distracting her, and then Alpha Ray slammed into her, knocking her close enough to the black hole that they were both pulled into it. Stardust was apparently pulled into the black hole as well, while Bill had been knocked away from it by Alpha Ray's impact. The Black Hole then closed.
(Stormbreaker: The Saga of Beta Ray Bill#5 (fb)) - However, unbeknownst to Bill, Asteroth transmitted its essence into the Meta-Orb before its body was crushed by the black hole.
(Stormbreaker: The Saga of Beta Ray Bill#5) - Shortly thereafter, Bill brought the Meta-Orb to Asgard. As he approached aboard his ship, Skuttlebutt, the Meta-Orb began radiating strange energies and absorbing power from Skuttlebutt. Bill transported the Meta-Orb directly to Asgard, arriving not long after it had been destroyed in the final battle (Ragnarok). From the Meta-Orb emerged Asteroth, having regained a fraction of his power by consuming the Korbinites' life forces.
(Stormbreaker: The Saga of Beta Ray Bill#6 (fb)) - Asteroth named his new form Omega Ray.
(Stormbreaker: The Saga of Beta Ray Bill#5) - Revealing what he had done, Asteroth was attacked by Bill. He tried to use a fragment of the shattered Twilight Sword to fight back, but Bill's righteous vengeance would not be stayed. Asteroth tried to stop Bill by telling him that by killing him he was killing the Korbinites, but Bill refused to be fooled. He jammed his fist down Asteroth's throat and summoned Stormbreaker's full power, apparently destroying Asteroth.
(Stormbreaker: The Saga of Beta Ray Bill#6 (fb)) - Bill found that there were still surviving Korbinites within the Meta-Orb.
(Journey Into Mystery I#627 (fb)) - Asteroth attended the Devil's Advocacy to talk about the Serpent (Cul)'s actions on Earth.
Comments: Created by Michael Avon Oeming, Dan Berman, and Andrea Divito.
Asteroth's name and extradimensional origins would fit well with being one of the Old Ones, but there's nothing else to support that. Similarly, I'd guess "the dark nothingness" might be the same as the Outer Dark
I could not tell if the worldwide destruction from Stormbreaker: The Saga of Beta Ray Bill#4 was occurring in Earth-616 or if it was a flashback to some race she had destroyed in the past.
'The Star of Asteroth' is the artifact
they get from the Isle of Naboombu with the magic words "Tragoona Mequoites
Trequorom Satis Dee" (sp?) on it in Bedknobs and Broomsticks.
Profile by Snood.
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Stormbreaker: The Saga of Beta Ray Bill#3, last page (feminine form)
#5 cover (Beta Ray Bill-derived form)
Stormbreaker: The Saga of Beta Ray Bill#3-6 (May-August 2005) - by Michael Avon Oeming & Dan Berman (writers), Andrea Divito (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Journey Into Mystery I#627 (November, 2011) - Kieron Gillen (writer), Richard Elson (art), Ralph Macchio (senior editor)
Last updated: 02/14/13
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