THE WHITE ROOM
Classification: Alien dimension
Users/Possessors: Andwella, Blue Marvel, Glakandar, Quasar, other Protectors of the Universe
First Appearance: Quasar#42 (January, 1993)
Powers/Abilities/Functions: The White Room is a pocket dimension within the Eonverse where the souls of all Protectors of the Universe who die are sent. There, they sit around a table dressed in robes, unable to move (they could also only look straight front of them, unable to turn their head to see anything outside their immediate field of view). It is not known how many protectors reside within the White Room. They are able to converse with each other, but none are aware of the White Room's purpose. Eon is able to manifest itself within the White Room using the portion of its soul which exists within Infinity.
History: (Quasar#42) - When Quasar was destroyed by the Ultimate Nullifier, he awoke within the White Room. Wondering where he was, he conversed with other Protectors. Glakandar theorized that the White Room was the equivalent of Valhalla for the Protectors, while Andwella believed that Eon was evil, and that the White Room was a place of eternal punishment. An insectoid protector believed that they dwelled within purgatory to await the day of a final battle. Quasar refused to believe any of these theories, and thought that he was either hallucinating, or was in the Dimension of Manifestations. He learned that Andwella thought someone else had been sitting in his seat before he appeared.
Eon took form within the White Room to visit Quasar, appearing as a lamb, and offered to release Quasar if he drank his blood. Quasar refused. The Angel of Vengeance also visited Quasar, offering to strike down the Magus for him, but Quasar refused to give in to revenge. Suddenly, the Blue Marvel (a recreation of Marvel Boy) appeared and destroyed the Angel of Vengeance, then tried to snuff out Quasar.
(Quasar#43) - Quasar survived the Blue Marvel's attack because he had the power of the Star Brand, and rose from his chair, taking the Angel of Vengeance's sword to battle the Blue Marvel. Some of the other inhabitants were annoyed as the battle passed beyond their line of vision. Quasar finally beat the Blue Marvel and put him in his own seat. He then confronted Eon, who told him that the White Room was a part of him, and that everyone there was a part of his body, animated by residual life energy from the quantum bands. Quasar forgave Eon for testing him earlier, then said farewell to the White Room's inhabitants, and departed.
Comments: Created by Mark Gruenwald, Andy Smith and Ralph Cabrera.
In Guardians of the Galaxy#61, Starhawk is sent to the White Room for simply wearing the quantum bands, even though he wasn't the protector of the universe. Does this mean that Marvel Boy and Maelstrom would go to the White Room after death?
Perhaps the White Room is infinitely large and existing in non-linear time, so that all protectors past and future exist there at the same time? This might explain why Andwella thought someone was in Quasar's seat before he appeared. He'd always been there, from her perspective.
by Prime Eternal
The White Room should not be confused with:
WHITE ROOM of Earth-691
In the reality of Earth-691, Quasar was killed by the Abrogate, and sent to the White Room. Eventually, his son Starhawk donned the quantum bands and was soon after slain and went to the White Room himself. There, he met the Earth-691 version of Quasar, Glakandar and Andwella, and learned the story of his birth from Quasar. Because Starhawk's power came from somewhere other than the quantum bands, he was able to escape the White Room and returned to his own reality, while Eon and Quasar pondered their sons' actions together.
--Guardians of the Galaxy#61
Images taken from:
Quasar#42, page 9, panel 1
GOTG- Guardians of the Galaxy#61, page 2, panel 5
1993) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Andy Smith (artist), Ralph Cabrera (inker),
Mike Rockwitz (editor)
Guardians of the Galaxy#61 (June, 1995) - Michael Gallagher (writer), Kevin West (artist), Steve Montano (inker), Craig Anderson (editor)
Last updated: 12/16/06
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