Mikaboshi (Thor/Ares foe)

MIKABOSHI 

Real Name: Amatsu-Mikaboshi (translates as "August Star of Heaven")

Identity/Class: Demon (Class Two)

Occupation: God of evil

Group Membership: Leader of the Oni (undead spirits) and Ama-no-Jaku (demons of Yomi); "God Squad"

Affiliations: His fellow demons, Ebon Samurai

Enemies: Alexander Aaron, Achilles, Ajax, Argonauts, Kami (Gods of Japan), Kly'bn, K'ythri, Myrmidons, Nightmare, Odysseus, Olympian gods, Sharra, Sl'gur't, Theseus, Thor, Warriors Three (Fandral, Hogun, Volstagg)

Known Relatives: None known

Aliases: Ama-no-kagaseo ("Brilliant Male"); once impersonated Alexander Aaron

Base of Operations: Yomi (The Japanese Underworld)

First Appearance: Thor: Blood Oath #6 (February 2006)

Powers/Abilities: Mikaboshi is a demonic entity native to the Japanese underworld known as Yomi and possesses demonic attributes with others of his race such as superhuman strength to an unknown degree, resistance to injury and an ability to tap into and manipulate magical energies. His most commonly used power is his metamorphic ability; although he can alter his shape, he is almost always represented as a being of black, shadowy energy with a mask for a face. He can reshape his limbs into razor-sharp blades, and assume the form of a fire-breathing serpent.

History: (Thor: Blood Oath#6 - BTS) - Mikaboshi is the god of evil against the Kami, a race of  extra-dimensional beings who were worshipped as gods by the ancient Japanese. For millennia, he has fought to possess the Grasscutter sword, a sacred weapon to the Kami equal to Mjolnir among the Asgardian gods.

(Big Hero 6#2: Ebon Samurai (fb)) - In Yomi Mikaboshi sensed Kiochi Keishicho's thirst for vengeance and offered him to return to the mortal realm to exact his revenge on his murderer, the Silver Samurai. Kioshi accepted unaware Mikaboshi permanently bonded him to a suit of armor modeled after Silver Samurai's. In addition his katana sword was mystically bonded to the essence of a shinma demon's corrupting influence which subconsciously reminded him of the debt he owed to Mikaboshi and corrupted Ebon Samurai a bit more each time he drew the katana.

(Thor: Blood Oath#6 - BTS) - The Asgardian gods, Thor, Fandral, Hogun and Volstagg, fought their way past Mikaboshi's armies of the undead in order to take Grasscutter and depart Ama, the home of the Japanese Gods with it.

(Ares#1 - BTS) - Following the deaths of the gods of Asgard, Mikaboshi became bolder, and decided to launch an assault upon Olympus.

(Ares#2) - Zeus raised up mighty warriors such as Achilles to combat Mikaboshi. Mikaboshi faced Achilles in battle, and delivered a vicious scar to his face that would not heal. When Achilles left Alexander Aaron, son of Ares, alone with the Myrmidons while he went to recruit Ares from Earth, Mikaboshi attacked the temple of Achilles and spirited Alexander away. Assuming the form of a female, Mikaboshi began to twist Alexander's feelings for his father, using drugs to help convince Alexander to hate his father, and become a god of war himself.

(Ares#3) - Mikaboshi gave Alexander a suit of armor, and continued to drug him.

(Ares#4) - Assuming Alexander's form, Mikaboshi tricked Zeus into lowering his guard, and drove his hands through Zeus' chest. Zeus survived the wound, but Mikaboshi continued Alexander's training, and gave him the Grasscutter sword to wield against Ares.

(Ares#5) - Mikaboshi faced the armies of Olympus as they assaulted his realm, and he delivered a possibly fatal blow to Zeus. Before dying, Zeus used his magic to undo Mikaboshi's spell over Alexander. As the Kami arrived to help the Olympians, Alexander used the Grasscutter to slice Mikaboshi in half. Mikaboshi's realm was then swept over with a flood created by Neptune.

(Incredible Hercules#117 (fb)) - Mikaboshi was released from his prison in Yomi by Izanagi to assist Athena in her proposed mission to confront the Skrullian gods.

(Incredible Hercules#117) - When Mikaboshi was presented as the champion of the gods of the east Hercules was outraged that the being who slew his father would fight by his side. However, he ultimately accepted Mikaboshi's aid, joining with Ajak, Amadeus Cho, Demogorge and Snowbird as the "God Squad" aboard a vessel which could sail through the Dreamtime to the godly realms.

(Incredible Hercules#118) - In order to obtain a map of the Dreamtime the God Squad ventured into the realm of the demon Nightmare, who captured them so that he could examine their nightmares. However, Mikaboshi substituted a shadow copy of himself so that he could obtain the map in secret and bring it back to the team when they made their escape.

(Incredible Hercules#119) - The God Squad ran into the ranks of gods whose people had fallen to the Skrulls and had to fight their way through the beings. Narrowly escaping them, they ran into Kly'bn and Sl'gur't, the Skrullian gods.

(Incredible Hercules#120) - The God Squad fought the two gods; while Hercules ultimately triumphed over Kly'bn, Mikaboshi seemingly fell before Sl'gur't. However, Mikaboshi had actually assumed Sl'gur't form and slain her; Mikaboshi vowed revenge on his enemies.

(Assault on New Olympus Prologue#1) - Mikaboshi invaded the M'kraan Palace and killed Sharra and K'ythri in their throne room.

Comments: Adapted by Micael Oeming, Scott Kolins and Will Quintana

Mikaboshi is one of those mythological deities known by name only who has practically no history or even a strong mythology behind him. What is known is that he is not a god in the physical sense like Amaterasu and Susanowo, but a dark force that existed before the universe, reigning in darkness and control. He is not a Japanese "Satan" figure like Ravanna to the Hindu or a maligned god like Seth to the Egyptians or Coyote to the Native Americans. He is the antithesis to the positive forces of life in Shinto religion. Japanese Onmyoji (mystics) attempted to establish a cult to Mikaboshi in an attempt to direct the power of destruction against one's enemies. Queen Hitoka of Yamato was one of the last known Mikaboshi worshipper until turning to more diplomatic measures with China. Mikaboshi later returned during World War Two in the form of the red sun insignia on the Imperial flag.

In the Marvel Universe, Mikaboshi could be the same entity as Mephisto, or any one of several "Satan" figures who have appeared so far.

So far, the underworld of Yomi has not yet been seen in the Marvel or DC Universes. It has appeared in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #46. How about that?!

Profile by: Will U and Prime Eternal

CLARIFICATIONS: Mikaboshi is not to be confused with:

  •   Any other "mikaboshi" in the Marvel Universe

 


Images:
Ares#4, cover
Ares#4, page 4, panel 7


Appearances:
Thor: Blood Oath#6 (February 2006) - Michael Avon Oeming (writer), Scott Kolins (art), Molly Lazer, Andy Schmidt, & Aubrey Sitterson (assistant editors), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Ares#1-5 (March-July, 2006) - Michael Avon Oeming (writer), Travel Foreman (penciler), Derek Fridolfs (inker), Warren Simons (editor)
Incredible Hercules#117-120 (July-October, 2008) - Greg Pak & Fred Van Lente (writers), Rafa Sandoval (pencils), Roger Bonet & Greg Adams (#120) (inks), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Big Hero 6#2 (December, 2008)
Assault on New Olympus Prologue#1 (January, 2010) - Greg Pak & Fred Van Lente (writers), Rodney Buchemi (artist), Mark Paniccia (editor)


Last updated: 09/10/10

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