Classification: Extraterrestrial marginally powerful item
User/Possessors: Howard the Duck, Talos the Tamer;
individual gems only Black Cat (Felicia Hardy), Human Torch (Johnny Storm), May Parker, Ringmaster (Maynard Tiboldt)
First Appearance: (Abundant Gem) Howard the Duck V#1 (May, 2015); (complete Abundant Glove) Howard the Duck V#4 (August, 2015)
Powers/Abilities/Functions: The Abundant Glove possesses the assembled power of the five Abundant Gems, who individually did very little of their own. The five gems were the Compassion Gem (purple), the Laughter Gem (pink), the Dance Gem (yellow), the Respect Gem (green) and the second Dance Gem (blue). Combined the gems enable its user to telekinetically lift whole buildings, create powerful force fields, fire energy blasts, gain cosmic awareness and summon/create a variety of energy beings referred to as Abundant Warriors, who are powerful enough to destroy a whole city. The Abundant Warriors can be dissolved in an instant by the Abundant Glove's wearer.
(Howard the Duck V#4 (fb) - BTS) - The origin of the Abundant Gems and Glove are a mystery, but their existence is known to some.
(Howard the Duck V#4 (fb) ) - During the Beyonder's first Secret Wars the Human Torch (Johnny Storm) sought to win over the alien healer Zsaji. He found a pink gem (the Laughter Gem) and planned to give it to her, but before he could, she died saving Earth's heroes. Johnny kept the gem until he lost track of it after Pier Four was destroyed during a battle.
(Howard the Duck V#4 (fb) - BTS) - At some point the Bohemian Valhalla was built where the Pier Four was previously located and the Laughter Gem remained right under it in the rubble.
Talos, a Skrull who was unable to shapeshift, somehow learned about the Abundant Gems and sought to assemble them in the Abundant Glove to prove his worth and become invaluable to the Skrull Empire.
At some point he acquired three of the Abundant Gems--Compassion, Dance and the second Dance Gem.
(Howard the Duck V#1 (fb) - BTS) - At some point Talos acquired a necklace with the Respect Gem. It was stolen from his apartment by the Black Cat. He went to the police, but they were of no help.
(Howard the Duck V#1 - BTS) - Four months later Talos, disguised as a man named Jonathan Richards, hired Howard the Duck to find the necklace stolen from him by the Black Cat. Howard took the case for $60 an hour.
Howard and Tara Tam broke into Black Cat's apartment and found the necklace seconds before Black Cat and two of her henchmen returned. Howard and Tara escaped to the roof where the alien Gatherer X20 seemingly vaporized Howard along with the necklace (he actually teleported him away).
(Howard the Duck V#2 - BTS) - Howard escaped with the help of cellmate Rocket Raccoon and the Guardians of the Galaxy (Drax, Gamora, Groot, Star-Lord/Peter Quill). The Guardians went to CosmoCon in search for the Celestial Heart though Howard was more interested to find the necklace, which he did by following a map shaved into Rocket's fur that led him to the neck in CosmoCon's warehouse, which was shaped like a body. He found the necklace and was returned to Earth by the Guardians. Howard went to Tara's tattoo shop to check in on her and ran right into a robbery by a hypnotized Aunt May with the necklace still in his hand.
(Howard the Duck V#3 - BTS) - Aunt May stole the necklace to Howard's dismay. Back at his office "Richards" was already waiting for him and got really angry when Howard told him how had acquired and lost the necklace twice. He gave Howard three days to find the necklace again.
Howard later confronted Aunt May, not under Ringmaster's control anymore, and worked with her and Tara to find Ringmaster and his hypnotized elderly to get back the necklace. "Richards" followed them and knocked out Ringmaster. Howard celebrated the win by handing over the necklace to "Richards", who ripped it from his hand and then slapped Howard. Tara attacked "Richards", ripping off part of his disguise. "Richards" then revealed himself as Talos the Untamed.
(Howard the Duck V#4 (fb) ) - While holding the necklace Talos revealed that he, a Skrull unable to shapeshift, would prove his worth to the Skrull Empire after acquiring the last Abundant Gem. Howard didn't care about Talos' villain speech and punched him in the leg because he owed him $260 for his services.
(Howard the Duck V#4) - Howard disturbed a card game Doctor Strange had with Thog and other mystical entities to learn more about the Abundant Gem. Back on Earth Strange revealed to him that the Abundant Gems were five gems that could do very little on their own but assembled on the Abundant Glove they could make someone marginally powerful. Knowing the gems gravitated to each other Strange sought to find the last of them and sensed a connection to the Fantastic Four's Human Torch (Johnny Storm).
Strange, Howard and Tara met the Human Torch at the Hudson River at the Bohemian Valhalla, a building build at the location of the Fantastic Four's former headquarter Pier Four. Johnny told them how he had found a pink gem on Battleworld and had lost track of it after Pier Four's destruction. Strange was sure the gem was trapped under the building, but before he or the others could do anything Talos appeared with the incomplete Abundant Glove and lifted the building. Howard saw the Laughter Gem on the ground and tried to grab it, but it flew right to the Abundant Glove and popped right into the spot where it was supposed to be. Talos, now with the completed Abundant Glove, summoned many Abundant Warriors and threatened that this was the beginning of the Talos Empire.
(Howard the Duck V#5) - Triumphant Talos ordered the Abundant Warrior to lay waste to the city. Talos was unimpressed when several heroes of New York City, including Captain America (Sam Wilson), the Fantastic Four (Invisible Woman/Susan Richards, Mr. Fantastic/Reed Richards, Thing/Ben Grimm), Monica Rambeau, She-Hulk (Jennifer Walters), Silk (Cindy Moon), Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew), Thor (Jane Foster), came to the aid of their friends to oppose the Abundant Warriors. He flew into the sky and renamed himself Talos the Tamer while blocking Monica Rambeau with an energy field created with the Abundant Glove. Talos was sure he would now be able to enslave all of Earth for the Skrull Empire. More heroes joined the battle including Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan), Squirrel Girl (Doreen Green) and Thor (Jane Foster) while Talos directed the Abundant Warriors with the power of the Abundant Glove to tear the city apart with the power of...togetherness (yeah...and dance and compassion). The fight kept going and more heroes, including Luke Cage, Iron Fist (Danny Rand) and Spider-Man (Peter Parker), joined, but the Abundant Warriors didn't fall. Mr. Fantastic tried to confront Talos directly, but was knocked out with an energy blast from the Abundant Glove. Tara Tam, posing as Emperor Kl'rt, confronted Talos, but Talos felt so powerful that he decided to turn on his emperor and replace him. Overconfident Talos created energy daggers with the Abundant Glove and threatened to kill "Kl'rt" while Howard the Duck snuck up behind him. When Tara revealed herself as an imposter Talos got startled for a second, giving Howard the chance to pull the Abundant Glove off from Talos' hand and put it on himself. Howard dissolved the Abundant Warriors, ending their threat, and for a moment became aware of a few events throughout the universe. After taking off the Abundant Glove again he wanted nothing to do with it and handed it over to Mr. Fantastic, who had already restrained Talos. Reed gave it to Doctor Strange, who looked at it with disdain.
Comments: Created by Chip Zdarsky & Joe Quinones.
The Abundant Glove was a thing and it had some power. I mean energy blasts and stuff are pretty cool, though also pretty common. It wasn't too special. It's not like it could wipe out half the universe or whatever. It was nice though and I am not really sure what happened to it, but Strange had it last so he probably tossed it in a closet at the Sanctum Sanctorum and forgot about it. The Abundant Warriors or at least some of them were pretty cute. Maybe Talos should've gone into the toy business. Talos was pretty hyped about the Abundant Glove and felt really strong about his chances to become something big within the Skrull Empire by using it. More power to him! Confidence is a good thing and he definitely got it back, at least for some time. I hope he is still doing well and not feeling down because the whole Abundant Glove scheme didn't work out for him and he was thwarted by a talking duck. I mean it is a pretty smart duck, so he shouldn't feel bad about it and there was some shapeshifting trickery involved as well and he can't shapeshift himself, which is pretty bad for a Skrull, but that is his problem. There were a lot of heroes needed to deal with his Abundant Warriors though, so it's not a total loss. He can still say he did a number on New York City or at least part of it. If nothing else Strange seemed to be spooked by the whole Abundant Glove business and he is a pretty good indicator if something is dangerous.
Profile by Markus Raymond.
The Abundant Glove and Gems should not be confused with:
They were energy beings created by the power of the completed Abundant Glove and were under the complete control of the Abundant Glove's wielder. Under Talos' control they attacked the city of New York City and proved to be rather destructive. It needed several heroes, including Captain America (Sam Wilson), Luke Cage, Doctor Strange, the Fantastic Four, Iron Fist (Danny Rand), Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan), Monica Rambeau, She-Hulk (Jennifer Walters), Silk (Cindy Moon), Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew), Squirrel Girl and Thor (Jane Foster), to keep them in check. Their threat was ended when Howard the Duck managed to take the Abundant Glove from Talos and immediately dissolved them upon using the Abundant Glove himself. A final Abundant Warrior punched Talos in the face while he was already restrained by Mr. Fantastic.
--Howard the Duck V#4 (Howard the Duck V#4-5
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Howard the Duck V#4, p17 (Talos with Abundant Glove, main)
Howard the Duck V#4, p9, pan1 (Abundant Glove and Gems explained)
Howard the Duck V#5, p17, pan2 (Howard with Abundant Glove)
Howard the Duck V#5, p1, pan2 (Abundant Warrior - baby M.O.D.O.K. with spiked mace...very compassionate)
Howard the Duck V#5, p3, pan1 (Abundant Warrior - gargoyle or something)
Howard the Duck V#5, p3, pan1 (Abundant Warrior - half a dragon...the rest was never shown)
Howard the Duck V#5, p4, pan2 (Abundant Warrior - amphibian thing with a set of teeth)
Howard the Duck V#5, p5, pan4 (Abundant Warriors - a few flying ones...a star thing, different-colored gargoyle thing and two more...one with claws...another one with I don't know...a fool's head in place of his head?)
Howard the Duck V#5, p6, pan1 (Abundant Warrior - walking flower with bite...people need to get to the chopper)
Howard the Duck V#5, p7, pan1 (Abundant Warrior - a bear with some fight...call Trautman for help)
Howard the Duck V#5, p11, pan1 (Abundant Warriors - an eel with education and a party dinosaur in front of that big, nasty flower)
Howard the Duck V#5, p11, pan4 (Abundant Warrior - cat barbarian...needs milk and tuna)
Howard the Duck V#5, p13, pan1 (Abundant Warrior - guy with wings and phone in place of his head...weird)
Howard the Duck V#5, p13, pan1 (Abundant Warrior - flying unicorn...makes me feel the power of positivity)
Howard the Duck V#5, p13, pan1 (Abundant Warrior - pig with scissor and safety vest...don't run with those scissors)
Howard the Duck V#5, p13, pan1 (Abundant Warrior - green guy with horns and wife beater...looks like the lovechild of Triton and Lineage)
Howard the Duck V#5, p18, pan1 (Abundant Warrior - pretty mad cupid)
Howard the Duck V#1 (April, 2015) - Chip Zdarsky (writer), Joe Quinones (artist), Wil Moss (editor)
Howard the Duck V#2-4 (June-August, 2015) - Chip Zdarsky (writer), Joe Quinones (pencils), Joe Rivera (inks), Wil Moss (editor)
Howard the Duck V#5 (October, 2015) - Chip Zdarsky (writer), Joe Quinones (pencils), Joe & Paolo Rivera (inks), Wil Moss (editor)
First Posted: 10/16/2020
Last updated: 10/16/2020
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