Real Name: Aknaton
Identity/Class: Alternate reality (Reality-8116) extraterrestrial (Orsirosian) magic and technology user
Occupation: Avenger, guardian of the Infinity
previously unrevealed, presumably a philosopher
Group Membership: Led an unnamed alliance (Vanth Dreadstar, Juliet (last name unrevealed), Whis'par, Za)
Affiliations: Cenzar, Gromlin, Lawt (deceased), Nieth (former lover, deceased), Orsirosian elders, Ra, Joenis Soule; numerous unidentified Orsirosians
creator of the inhabitants of the Forest People of the World of the Woods
Enemies: Captain Guolabou (Zygotean soldier), Zygoteans, Zygotean
A-Team mercenary squad (including Xam/cat-person, Bazkar/Zygotean?, a
cyborg, and a trio of Nultorian iron men, among others);
Vanth Dreadstar (he slew Aknaton, but Aknaton manipulated him to do so);
it is debatable whether everyone in the Milky Way galaxy would consider him an ally or an enemy - he arranged their deaths to spare them from what he perceived as slow torture at the Zygoteans' hands
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: "Lord Creator" (from Whis'par), Master Aknaton, man-god (from Za), Akn (from Vanth);
he is also called Ankaton a few times
Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
died and was buried on planet Caldor in the Empirical galaxy, Reality-8116;
formerly mobile throughout the Milky Way galaxy, Reality-8116;
formerly Lartorez, Milky Way galaxy, Reality-8116;
formerly Orsiros, Milky Way galaxy, Reality-8116
First Appearance: Epic Illustrated#1 (Spring, 1980)
Powers/Abilities: Aknaton was extremly long-lived, over 100,000 years old at the time of his death.
Possessing the collective might of the Orsirosian elders, Aknaton could harness and manipulate energy for a variety of effects, apparently a combination of both mystic and scientific disciplines.
He could project powerful bursts of energy from his hands or eyes as well as form mystic shields.
Presumably via meditation or utilization of spells, he could view any number of possible futures.
Via spells, he could open space warps to transport himself and/or others across space (even between solar systems); open portals to other dimensions; or form mystic pyramids or magical creatures, such as a giant butterfly, to transport himself and others off-planet, sometimes to his ship.
As these feats taxed his energy reserves, which were certainly finitie, he often used his starship, the Light Cutter, to travel interplanetary or greater distances.
He was highly educated in multiple forms of science and magic.
He was presumably directly involved in the creation of the Infinity Horn, which utilized the Orsirosians combined power (or perhaps he and the elders' power was reserved to assure the Horn could be utilized)
Height: Approximately 6'3" (he generally seemed close to head taller than the 5'11" Vanth, but it wasn't always consistent)
Weight: Approximately 220 lbs.
Eyes: Variable (sold glowing blue & green seen)
Hair: Bald (possibly completely alopecic)
(Epic Illustrated#1/7 (fb) - BTS) - Untold millennia ago, Aknaton enjoyed the peaceful times on Orsiros, a world where the natives amassed great magical and technological power but had never gone to war. He had many friends, and Nieth was his lover.
(Epic Illustrated#1/7 (fb)) - Aknaton and the other Orsirosians observed as the Zygoteans enslaved and destroyed world after world. After seeing hundreds of such worlds fall, the Orsirosians realized that eventually the Zygoteans would come for them, so they watched and learned of death and killing, and they prepared.
(Epic Illustrated#1/7 (fb) - BTS) - In a battle lasting nearly 500 years and killing hundreds of thousands, the Orsirosians drove off the Zygoteans.
(Epic Illustrated#1/7 (fb) - BTS) - The Orsirosian elders realized they had only succeeded due to the Zygoteans' centuries of unchallenged supremacy, and that the enemy would return someday, prepared to deal harshly with any resistance they might encounter; and on that day that Orsiros would fall.
(Epic Illustrated#1/7 (fb) - BTS) - Strategies were plotted, but all proved insufficient; they ultimately determined they would fall, but that they not die alone.
(Epic Illustrated#1/7 (fb)) - The Orsirosians combined every iota of their mystical and technological power; they embraced new concepts, old beliefs were twisted, and new and forgotten gods were called upon, forging massive forces into matter as the Infinity Horn. Though nothing could save Orsiros, the Orsirosians knew the Horn would prove the undoing of the Zygoteans and the final hope for the universe.
(Epic Illustrated#1/7 (fb)) - Once used, the Horn would prove uncontrollable in its wrath, so fail-safing was instituted. Aknaton was appointed the Horn's guardian, and the elders transfered their might into him.
(Epic Illustrated#1/7 (fb)) - With this power, Aknaton looked into the future. He saw the Zygoteans' triumph, the destruction of Orsiros, the release of the Horn's vengeance, and his own death.
(Epic Illustrated#1/7 (fb)) - Armed with this knowledge, Aknaton escaped the Zygotean blockade and concealed the Infinity Horn on a barren world the Zygoteans would probably never bother.
(Epic Illustrated#4/2 (fb) - BTS) - The Orsirians felt they needed to build a failsafe into the Infinity Horn to ensure it would not fall into the wrong hands.
(Epic Illustrated#4/2 (fb) - BTS) - Aknaton constructed an artificial immortal being, Joenis Soule, to hide the Infinity Horn on a far-off world and not reveal its location until a certain verse was recited to him by an Orsirian. Soule was instructed to await that Orsirian on the planet Delloran.
(Epic Illustrated#4/2 (fb) - BTS) - Soule put the hidden location on a key.
(Epic Illustrated#4/2 (fb) - BTS) - For 100,000 years, Soule protected Aknaton's key from pirates, demons, thieves, magicians, and Zygoteans; many, if not all, of those who sought the treasure perished. Realizing what the Horn could do, Soule for a long time thought about destroying the key, but Aknaton's programming proved too strong, and eventually the Zygoteans made Soule appreciate the Horn's necessity.
(Epic Illustrated#1/7 (fb)) - Aknaton traveled to Earth, where instilled a certain racial memory into the minds of the emerging homo sapiens.
(Epic Illustrated#1/7 (fb)) - Aknaton traveled to a lush but uninhabited world (later identified as the World of the Woods) in the Crab Nebula and released life of his own creation.
(Epic Illustrated#1/7 (fb)) - Aknaton traveled to Tyjor, a harsh world of the Alpha Centauri system populated by cannibalistic brutes, and he introduced the potential to care.
(Epic Illustrated#1/7 (fb)) - On Byfrexia, an outer planet of Vega, Aknaton left a Sword of Icy Fire, knowing that someday one would come to claim it.
(Epic Illustrated#1/7 (fb)) <100, 000 years ago> - Aknaton returned to Orsiros and Nieth and calmly waited for the end.
(Epic Illustrated#1/7 (fb)) - 100, 000 year later, as the
Zygoteans returned and assaulted Orsiros, Aknaton bade Nieth and the rest of his people farewell and escaped aboard a
Helodisc. Despite his better judgment, Aknaton glanced backwards and witnessed
as the Zygoteans' assault tore Orsiros to pieces.
(Epic Illustrated#1/14) - Aknaton returned to Tyjor. He approached Za, telling him the stars had need of a monster with a soul and a mind, and convincing him to accompany him to Earth as part of plot to destroy the Zygoteans. They departed aboard a giant butterfly.
(Epic Illustrated#1/15) - As the Zygoteans slaughtered
humanity, Aknaton arrived in Convert, Kansas and saved the 15 year old Juliet,
whose parents had just been killed, from Zygotean warriors. Aknaton slew one
soldier but was then shot and wounded by Captain Guolabou. Realizing he had
risked everything by pridefully engaging the enemy directly, Aknaton obliterated
Guolabou. He then recruited Juliet as part of plot to destroy the Zygoteans.
As they departed, Aknaton destroyed Earth to prevent humanity from suffering the slow, degrading death of Zygotean enslavement.
(Epic Illustrated#2/6 (fb) - BTS) - On the World of the Woods, the Council of Sensitives chose Whis'par, from among all the winged ones, as the one most in harmony with their world's natural beauty. Whis'par saw the "gods" come to her world from the stars in her dreams.
(Epic Illustrated#2/6 (fb) - BTS) - Aknaton traveled -- along with Juliet and Za -- to the World of the Woods to gather the final member of his group. He first traveled to the village, where his wounds were tended to, and new garments fashioned for him from the webs of the night spider.
(Epic Illustrated#2/6 - BTS) - Whis'par's father, Gromlin, convinced her she needed to meet with Aknaton to fulfill her destiny.
(Epic Illustrated#2/6) - Cenzar informed Aknaton that the Chosen One was coming, and Aknaton thanked and asked him to see that they were not disturbed as they had much to talk about.
As Za and Juliet sat nearby, Aknaton formally greeted Whis'par, welcoming her to their comradeship. When she admitted to him that there were many places she would rather be right now, Aknaton noted that many of those preferred places no longer existed thanks to the Zygoteans, after which he added that this was why the fates had gathered them this day, to herald the end of a galactic madness and the birth of something never before seen under the stars. Juliet, Za, and Whis'par were each an aspect of the embryo of what is to be: From a strong, ambitious breed, Juliet retained the gift of innocence; Za brought proof that something beautiful and loving could grow from the nightmare of reality; and Whis'par added generations of environmental harmony, and the wisdom that came with it. The child of this union would be blessed with experience as well as a clean spirit and a gentle soul, which would make it both a noble and unstoppable foe to the Zygotean madness, especially when coupled with his magics. When Whis'par -- who via being from a race created by Aknaton and who could thus sense his plan -- questioned the cost of such a creation, Aknaton advised her that to do nothing would be worse. Acknowledging that she really had no choice, Whis'par agreed to join the effort, after which Aknaton told the trio he would take them to a mineral poor planet the Zygoteans had already passed (see comments), on which they would await his return. He was going to Vega to gather a man powerful enough to protect them so they could accomplish their goal.
(Epic Illustrated#3/3 (fb) - BTS) - Aknaton arrived on Vega (which natives called Byfrexia).
(Epic Illustrated#3/3) - On Byfrexia, Aknaton appeared before the native Lawt (son of Nimsu; one of the resistance fighters against the Zygoteans) in the frigid mountains; mistaken for a Zygotean, Aknaton formed a shield to deflect Lawt's blaster fire and then stunned Lawt with an energy bolt. Though his non-lethal force convinced Lawt he was not Zygotean, and Lawt recognized the man Aknaton was seeking as Vanth, Lawt nonetheless refused to take Aknaton to Vanth, fearing he was too powerful to trust; meanwhile, the pair was detected by the Zygoteans, who sent an A-Team mercenary squad after them.
Aknaton then mystically entranced Lawt, forcing him to lead the way and share Vanth's history and abilities, until Lawt was abruptly slain by a blast from Xam of the Zygotean A-Team mercenary squad. Though Aknaton fought back, he was stunned by a blow to the back of the head; dazed and fearing the end of his hard-sought plans, Aknaton observed Vanth's arrival on the ledges above.
(Epic Illustrated#3/10) - As Vanth picked off a few of the mercenaries, Aknaton slew a few others and then ran for the woods as Vanth took out a pair of Nultorian iron men. When a third Nultorian ambushed and knocked down Aknaton, Vanth slew the Nultorian and then summoned his sword, with which he finished off the rest of the A-Team. The presence of the sword confirmed Vanth was the one he wa seeking, and Aknaton introduced himself and revealed he was the sword's creator. Sharing his plans to rid the galaxy of Zygoteans, Aknaton asked Vanth's aid, as neither of them could stop the Zygoteans without the other.
(Epic Illustrated#4/2 (fb) - BTS) - Aknaton used Vanth's ship, the Light Cutter, to transport himself and Vanth to Delloran.
Illustrated#4/2) - On Delloran, a world long devastated by the
Zygoteans, Aknaton told Vanth at his request of the Infinity Horn that
would end the Zygotean threat, though he avoided the issue of how
exactly the Horn would do that. After telling Vanth of Joenis Soule,
Aknaton mystically tracked Soule to where he dwelled and then recited
the verse. Soule was satisfied to have finally met the one for whom he
had been waiting, and was shocked to learn it had been 100,000 years
since they had last met. Soule noted he had realized the nature of
the level of death the Horn would bring about, Soule explained that he
had thought about destroying the key, but that the Zygoteans had taught
him that it was necessary. Soule gave Aknaton the key (his amulet) and refused
Vanth's offer to accompany them; as they headed back to the Light
Cutter, they heard Soule fire a radium laser, ending his tortured
Aknaton told Vanth that the artificial Soule had lacked the spirit to face what he knew was coming; Vanth must be stronger, and Aknaton prayed Vanth proved half as worthy as Soule.
(Epic Illustrated#5/9 (fb) - BTS) - Aknaton brought Vanth to the world where Juliet, Za, and Whis'par awaited them.(Epic Illustrated#7/7 (fb) - BTS) - Aknaton mystically warped Vanth, himself, and the Light Cutter across space to save time and get them back from Delloran. The Zyogteans apparently detected his sorcerous energies and followed them back to that planet.
(Epic Illustrated#5/9) - With "all the children of Orsirosian doom gathered and ready to end the dread Zygotean nightmare," Aknaton explained that only the secrets of Soule's amulet -- including the Infinity Horn's location -- stood between them and vengeance. Nothing that the secrets could not be gained on that plane of existence or in the company of others, Aknaton departed for an uncertain period of time, instructing them to await his certain return.
(Epic Illustrated#5/9 (fb) - BTS) - During Aknaton's absence, Vanth proved his power by flattening an overly inquisitive Za with a single punch. Whis'par explained to Vanth that the Infinity Horn would bring an end to all life in the Milky Way galaxy.
(Epic Illustrated#6/6) - On another plane of reality, having prepared the talisman, Aknaton then dropped it into a flaming cauldron, and chanted the proper verses with just the right shades of credulity. Acceptance was achieved, and as the flames burnt through reality, Aknaton, who had never truly believed in anything but himself, reached out for a deeper trust and was answered by his own desire. Despite the Heavens trembling, Aknaton continued to chant, and finally Ra, the god worshipped by the Orsirosians, appeared.
Ra counseled Aknaton that by coupling Vanth with the powerful sword, Aknaton may have altered the futures he had previously glimpsed, as Vanth had the power to thwart Aknaton's plans. Disregarding this, Aknaton asked merely if he had the right to destroy the galaxy, but Ra told him instead that this was purely a matter of conscience and Aknaton must look to himself for the answer. When Aknaton expressed uncertaintly that he was right, Ra showed him a direct view of all the myriad futures, showing him the horrors that awaited if Aknaton did not follow through with his plan; Ra further asked Aknaton if he believed the stars would grant them the option of pushing them quickly through death's door if they preferred crawling on their bellies to that same portal.
After Ra vanished, Aknaton gained the knowledge that the Infinity Horn awaited him in a subterranean temple on the world Dreamsend, and he retained the conviction that what he was about to do was just. As he departed this realm, Aknaton told Nieth he would be coming to join her that day, although not alone.
Upon Aknaton's return, Vanth confronted him about his plans to blow up the galaxy. To convince his allies of the wisdom of this plan, Aknaton prepared to show them the true face of Zygoteism.
Illustrated#7/6) - Aknaton shared with his agents the history of the
Zygoteans, including the destruction of the Orsirosians, after which he
told them how their job was to fulfull the death wish of the galaxy and
to pray that in doing so, they could create a new and better
As Aknaton finished his story, a group of Zygotean cruisers detected Aknaton and his group and received orders to terminate them.
(Epic Illustrated#7/7) - After Aknaton detected the landing and approach of Zygotean cruisers, the group followed Vanth's instruction to get to the Star Cutter. As they took off, Vanth blamed Aknaton's warping space back from Delloran as the means by which the Zygoteans had tracked them.
As Vanth used the Light Cutter to destroy the Zygotean cruisers, he explained that the cruisers must have been brought there by a powerful Zygotean dreadnought, which would be waiting for them just above the stratosphere. Aknaton advised against confronting the dreadnought as not even the might of the Orsirosian Empire could stand up to their power, but Vanth told him that was because the Orsirosians didn't study their scannings of the ships closely enough. Correctly predicting that the Zygoteans would see them as a lightweight threat, Vanth waited for the dreadnought to dispatch another 3-4 cruisers to handle them, at which point he turned the Light Cutter's shields to maximum, flew the ship through the hangar entrance (which was unshielded as the cruisers exited), and fired the Light Cutter's lasers within the dreadnought, destroying its power pods. The dreadnought was destroyed, and the Light Cutter's shields held sufficiently for them to escape the dreadnought's explosion.
After Vanth explained his strategy and noted how the Orsirosians had failed by trying to match the Zygoteans' fire power, Aknaton admitted that had they hunted up an intellect as dark and scheming as Vanth's and had someone like him in charge of Orsiros' armed forces, they might have destroyed the Zygoteans centuries ago instead of marching the path of destruction they now followed. Vanth countered that someone like him with that much power might have become a greater threat than the Zygoteans; regardless, he noted that "what could have been is long dead, and what is to be cannot be changed."
With that, Aknaton punched in the coordinates and they departed to their last stop, the planet Dreamsend.
(Epic Illustrated#8/6 (fb) - BTS) - As they approached Dreamsend, Vanth used the Light Cutter to take out two Zygotean warships.
(Epic Illustrated#8/6) - When Vanth told Aknaton they would only have ground troops to wade through when we landed, Aknaton was concerned that he never foresaw Zygoteans at Dreamsend in any of his visions of the future; however, he doubted the Zygoteans could have captured the Infinity Horn, as it was concealed in the virtually indestructable Kaloombrian temple and he believed the Zygoteans were unaware of the Horn's existence, assuming the temple just one of Orsirosians' holy shrines across the galaxy; the presence of a limited number of reserve troops further confirmed this in Aknaton's mind.
As they fought their way past the Zygotean ground troops (with Aknaton dispatching at least one via a mystic energy blast), Aknaton noted more Zygotean fighters approaching, and he reasoned they must have been signaled before they had destroyed the two warships. Regardless, he informed the others they had come too far to turn back now, and he instructed them to head for the temple, as it would shield them from the Zygoteans' fire. As they approached and saw no door in the temple, Aknaton mystically opened the portal to steps deep down within the temple, though he had no way to close it as he had never dreamed they would have so many Zygoteans on their tails; he whimsically mused that he would know better next time. As they descended the seemingly endless stairs, Aknaton noted that the "stairs" were actually a multi-dimensional corridor of his own design that would lead them onto a plane of existence to do what must be done; he further explained that the Infinity Horn worked on contradicting laws of science and sorcery which only meshed properly in a place such as this, and that the corridor would transmit the Horn's effects back to their reality.
Aknaton eventually brought them through the other side of Dreamsend's secret corridor: Aknaton's Hall of Death and Mercy, at the mystic heart of the galaxy. As Vanth announced the approach of Zygotean troops, Aknaton opened the mystic portal to his hall, which was also another door he had never planned to close, and revealed to them the Infinity Horn. His agents were underwhelmed by its appearance, but Aknaton told them it did the job it was designed for, and didn't need to look impressive. When Juliet abruptly announced she couldn't go through with destroying the galaxy, and she feared how she was only 15 years but was going to die. Aknaton assured her that she misunderstood her role, and that she would not die; he clarified that she, Za, and Whis'par would be the foundation blocks of tomorrow, their qualities creating a new race of beings who would, hopefully, succeed where "humanity" had failed. Aknaton then bade the trio farewell and departed with Vanth to hold off the Zygoteans long enough for them to trumpet in the future. As he left, Whis'par apologized for anything she might have said against him and asked him to tell Vanth goodbye and that she would miss them. A deeply solemn Aknaton then bade his "children" goodbye.
Outside the Hall, Aknaton then rejoined Vanth, who had taken out a couple of scouts who had looked out from the temple's stairway. Vanth figured the narrow pathway wouldn't allow them to rush more than four abreast, and he figured their combined firepower could hold the Zygoteans off more than long enough. Confirming they wouldn't have to hold their enemies off for long, Aknaton noted his surprise that Vanth had not come in to see the Horn. Vanth noted that he had been needed outside, and that neither he nor Aknaton belonged in there, as the trio was tomorrow's hope, while they were yesterday's mistake. As Vanth summoned his sword, Aknaton told Vanth of Whis'par's farewell, noting he thought Vanth had touched her soul, and Vanth admitted she had touched his, too.
When Aknaton apologized to Vanth, telling him there just wasn't any other way, Vanth said he wasn't so sure Aknaton was right about that, but that it was too late to talk alternatives. As the Zygoteans prepared to charge, Vanth, said, "Oh well, maybe next time..." And an shaken Aknaton agreed weakly, "Yes...next time...of course."
He asked Vanth to please stay close to his side, as after this was all over, he would have one last job for him...
(Epic Illustrated#9) - As the Zygotean mercenaries threatened to overwhelm them, Aknaton explained to Vanth that their attackers had realized what was happening and they were fighting for their lives. The mercenaries continued to drive them back, and eventually one of their blasts got past Vanth's sword and blew off Aknaton's right arm at the elbow. After Aknaton warned that he couldn't help much longer, Vanth -- taking a shot into the leg in the process -- told Aknaton he had to cover him better or they were finished. When Vanth asked why the others hadn't blown the Infinity Horn yet, Aknaton explained that it could not be used until the exact moment that certain forces in the cosmos were in alignment, but that it would be very soon. And, just then, Juliet, Whis'par, and Za blew the Infinity Horn.
As the energies surrounded them, Aknaton pulled Vanth to his side.
(Epic Illustrated#9 (fb) - BTS) - Aknaton indirectly tapped into the power of the Infinite and created a mystical sphere -- mostly from condensed light particles -- to protect himself and Vanth from the forces being unleashed, as well as placing them into a deep state of suspended animation.
(Epic Illustrated#9 - BTS) - The Horn accessed and unleashed the energies from the 15th dimension of mystical existence, the realm of a being of omnipotent force and many names: And the Milky Way was destroyed. The energies released, plus Aknaton's spells, enabled Juliet, Whis'par, and Za to survive as "something wondrous...a new species of being that the stars had never before seen...escaping the weakness of the flesh and becoming beings of pure thought and energy" and departed for parts unrevealed.
(Epic Illustrated#9) - Over a million years (as the nature of Aknaton's spell would not allow the bubble to travel as fast as the speed of light), guided by Aknaton's astral ego, Aknaton's sphere carried he and Vanth to the planet Caldor in the star system Chalfalon in the Empirical galaxy, 500,000 light years from the Milky Way; Aknaton's senses told him that this was where Vanth's destiny awaited.
After the sphere crashed on Caldor, Aknaton explained how they had survived and where and when they were, and what had happened to Juliet, Whis'par, and Za, concluding with "the Milky Way sacrificed itself so that they might live." As Vanth began to become irate and noted that they had killed everyone they had ever known, Aknaton countered that they had spared those people the horror of Zygotean slavery and allowed them to participate in the birth of a new race of gods. When Vanth noted that Aknaton didn't stick around for the birth, Aknaton explained that he had the power to save himself and so he did and then further explained that Vanth had to go on, as his work was not yet finished.
Aknaton detailed how Caldor and its surrounding star systems were chiefly populated with human and semi-human beings and was much like the Milky Way galaxy in many ways; and this space sector had need of a person of Vanth's particular talents and qualities. As Vanth considered that Aknaton wanted him to continue killing, he became enraged to the point of firing a trio of blasts from his pistol through Aknaton's chest, abdomen, and shoulder.
Dropping to his knees, Aknaton admitted that killing was one of the talents he had saved him for, and thanked Vanth. Aknaton continued that the people of this galaxy were at a moral crossroads, a point of technological development where they could change their worlds into scientfic gardens of paradise or breed their own race of Zygoteans. Aknaton advised Vanth that he was needed to lead the people down the right road, but that he would not be alone as others would help him, though those people would need Vanth in order to survive. Aknaton explained this was because Vanth had come from the halls of death with a message of life. He told Vanth that he had to make others hear that message or they would suffer the same damnation he now suffered: "You must either be their savior or their destroyer."
Aknaton told Vanth that the Infinity Horn yet existed, and that Vanth knew where to find it "...it rests among the stars gone black...it awaits your failure...do not fail! Such a fate is a terrible thing to face and an impossible burden to carry afterwards."
After confirming that he had goaded Vanth into killing him, Aknaton admitted that he also feared his own dreams and memories. "The message must go forth...but I'll not be the messenger this time. I'm sorry, Vanth..."
Vanth stood over Aknaton in silence as Aknaton perished and considered his new existence.
(Epic Illustrated#9 (fb) - BTS) - Vanth dug a shallow grave for Aknaton and buried him under a pile of rocks.
(Epic Illustrated#9 - BTS) - Vanth wandered away from Aknaton's grave.
Comments: Created by Jim Starlin.
Dreadstar was a licensed
character/title created by Jim Starlin starting way back with the
Metamorphosis Odyssey in Epic Illustrated#1 in the Spring of 1980. The
Metamorphosis Odyssey started around the modern era and affected Earth,
but then swiftly destroyed the entire Milky Way galaxy and then moved
on like a million years in the future. Dreadstar eventually got his own
series under the Epic imprint, but Starlin later took the whole shebang
over to First Comics. And in 1994, it was published under the imprint
of Bravura, a creator-owned division of Malibu comics. He appeared
sometime later in issues #5-7 of the Breed III series. And, there's
talk of a Dreadstar television show.
Still that earlier Marvel connection allows me to place this reality in the fringes of the Marvel Megaverse.
Peter David took over the writing around issue#31 or so, but Starlin remained the owner. At any rate, from start to finish, it is the best series I've ever read, period! I'd love to see it continued, by Starlin, David, or both!
The "mineral poor planet the Zygoteans had already passed" on which Aknaton left Juliet, Whis'par, and Za, and later Vanth until they were ready to go after the Infinity Horn was not named in the story (though I could have missed it), but the title for the issue in which Vanth met the others on the planet (Epic Illustrated#5, Chapter VIII) was called "Sunrise of Lartorez." (and it's called "Lartoprez" in the index page). I'm not familiar with Lartorez (or Lartoprez) meaning anything else, nor does a Google search come up with anything, so maybe that's the name of that world.
The draw on Egyptian mythology for Aknaton an the Osirosian is obviously strong.
He is mistakenly referred to as Ankaton in Chapter III: Juliet
I'm planning on continuing with the rest of the characters, races,
items, and places from the Metamorphosis Odyssey and then continuing on
into Dreadstar, largely in order of publication of story arcs. I feel
like there is additional information on Aknaton somewhere in there, or
at least on Dreadstar's sword...certainly the Zygoteans...I had always
thought that it would be revealed that Juliet, Whis'par, and Za were
going to turn out to be among the gods of the Instrumentality (it will
be a LONG time before I get to all that), but I guess that would be too
malevolent for them...
With that plan in mind, I'll add stuff from after Metamorphosis Odyssey after I finish it all, and then move on to the Dreadstar Graphic Novel, Epic Illustrated#15, The Price, and then Dreadstar#1 and moving forward.
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Epic Illustrated#1, Chapter I: Aknaton, pg. 1 (black & white, with headdress, in space on disc);
pg. 5, panel 5 (creation of Infinity Horn);
pg. 6, panel 1-4 (creation of "Woodworlders"; instillation of racial memory within humanity; introduction of potential to care in Tyjorians; placement of sword on Byfrexia);
Chapter II: Za!, pg. 8, panel 4 (recruits Za on butterfly creation);
Chapter III: Juliet, pg. 7, panel 4 (energy pyramid);
#3, Chapter V: Vanth, pg.1 (rear view of black costume, cosmic glow);
pg. 2, panel 1 (mystic shield);
panel 2 (mystic handblast);
pg. 4, panel 4 (eyeblast);
panel 7 (face);
#4, Chapter VII: Delloran Revisited, page 1, Aknaton full body and the Light Cutter
#9, Chapter XIII: Doomsday, page 2, panel 3 (arm blasted off by Zygotean mercenaries);
pg. 8, panel 6 (force bubble surviving galactic destruction);
Chapter XIV: Aftermath, page 5 (blasted by Vanth);
pg. 7, panel 3 (grave)
Epic Illustrated#1: Metamorphosis Odyssey chapters I: Aknaton, II: Za!, and III: Juliet (Spring, 1980) - Jim Starlin (writer, artist), Stan Lee (editor)
Epic Illustrated#2: Metamorphosis Odyssey chapter IV: Whis'par (Summer, 1980) - Jim Starlin (writer, artist), Stan Lee (editor/publisher), Archie Goodwin (editorial director), James Shooter (consulting editor)
Epic Illustrated#3: Metamorphosis Odyssey chapter V: Vanth & VI: The Meeting (Fall, 1980) - Jim Starlin (writer, artist), Stan Lee (editor/publisher), Archie Goodwin (editorial director), James Shooter (consulting editor)
Epic Illustrated#4: Metamorphosis Odyssey chapter VII: Delloran Revisited (Winter, 1980) - Jim Starlin (writer, artist), Stan Lee (editor/publisher), Archie Goodwin (editorial director), James Shooter (consulting editor)
Epic Illustrated#5: Metamorphosis Odyssey chapter VIII: Sunrise on Lartorez (April, 1981) - Jim Starlin (writer, artist), Stan Lee (editor/publisher), Archie Goodwin (editorial director), James Shooter (consulting editor)
Epic Illustrated#6: Metamorphosis Odyssey chapter IX: Absolution (June, 1981) - Jim Starlin (writer, artist), Stan Lee (editor/publisher), Archie Goodwin (editorial director), James Shooter (consulting editor)
Epic Illustrated#7: Metamorphosis Odyssey chapters X: Requiem & XI: Nightfire (August, 1981) - Jim Starlin (writer, artist), Stan Lee (editor/publisher), Archie Goodwin (editorial director), James Shooter (consulting editor)
Epic Illustrated#8: Metamorphosis Odyssey chapters XII: Dreamsend (October, 1981) - Jim Starlin (writer, artist), Stan Lee (editor/publisher), Archie Goodwin (editorial director), James Shooter (consulting editor)
Epic Illustrated#9: Metamorphosis Odyssey, Chapter XIII: Doomsday & XIV: Aftermath (December, 1981) - Jim Starlin (writer, artist), Stan Lee (editor/publisher), Archie Goodwin (editorial director), James Shooter (consulting editor)
First Posted: 06/06/2016
Last updated: 06/06/2016
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