Real Name: Jhoatun Lau
Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial god
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Kulan Gath, the Priest of Sickles (Johan Richter)
Enemies: Conan, Doctor Voodoo
(Jericho Drumm), Elektra (Elektra Natchios), Punisher (Frank Castle),
Venom (Eddie Brock), Wolverine (James Howlett)
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: "Great & Terrible God of the Marrow," the Marrow God
Base of Operations: An unidentified dead star
beyond the Van Allen Belt in space (see comments)
First Appearance: Savage Avengers I#1 (July,
Powers/Abilities: Jhoatun Lau was an immensely powerful space god with godlike strength and durability. The more he devoured, the larger in size and physical prowess he became, eventually become so large that he would theoretically split into multiple forms to generate more destruction.
He also had large, bone-like projections sticking out
of his head as well as razor-sharp claws that could damage his
surroundings and enemies.
History: (Savage Avengers I#1 (fb)) - An
unidentified cult placed the blood of their sacrifices into a large
bowl in an attempt to summon Jhoatun Lau, the Marrow God, during a
celestial alignment of planets in hopes that Jhoatun Lau would allow
them to join in his Temple in the Stars after he had supped on
humanity. Unfortunately, once he had been summoned, Jhoatun Lau
slaughtered every single member of the cult, leading future iterations
of the cult to think the sacrifice must have been wanting.
(Savage Avengers I#1 - BTS) - Decades later, when the
Priest of Sickles prepared to sacrifice Signore
Saviano to the bowl of blood intended to summon Jhoatun Lau, he
informed Saviano how his cult was sacrificing mankind's finest so that
it would be possible to summon Jhoatun Lau at the time of celestial
conjunction. Later, after the hero Doctor Voodoo had been captured and
prepared for sacrifice, the Priest of Sickles explained the cult's plan
to summon Jhoatun Lau and revealed how Jhoatun Lau had killed the
entire cult during the last planetary alignment and attempted
summoning. As the Priest commented on how the cult was working with
other sects to ensure Jhoatun Lau's blood bowl was well filled, Doctor
Voodoo accused the Priest of being insane.
(Savage Avengers I#2 - BTS) - After the Priest was
attacked by Wolverine, who had arrived to rescue Doctor Voodoo, the
Priest teleported away to meet with Kulan Gath, who revealed that his
amulet that allowed him to focus the planetary alignment's light to
summon Jhoatun Lau had been stolen.
(Savage Avengers I#3) - When Doctor Voodoo, Wolverine, the Punisher, Elektra and Conan the Barbarian took the fight directly to Kulan Gath, they shed the blood of Gath's agents and Kulan Gath managed to reacquire his amulet and complete the spell to summon forth Jhoatun Lau. Doctor Voodoo warned not to shed anymore blood but Gath's agents continued being slaughtered by the heroes and Gath successfully summoned Jhoatun Lau.
(Savage Avengers I#4) - Introducing himself to
Jhoatun Lau, Kulan Gath proclaimed Earth Jhoatun Lau's for devouring
and wished to accompany Jhoatun Lau as he traveled the cosmos following
his destruction of Earth. Wolverine immediately dove at the
extradimensional being and seemingly disappeared into Jhoatun Lau
as he made contact with the god, prompting Conan and the others to
engage the monster as well. Kulan Gath soon announced that Jhoatun Lau
must feast and he opened a teleportational portal to a large
metropolitan city that Jhoatun Lau quickly entered, followed by a
pursuing Conan. The others heroes soon followed the god, finding
Jhoatun Lau running amok in Shanghai, China. Battling the god, the
heroes were subsequently joined by Venom, who transformed into a large,
dragon-like form to fight Jhoatun Lau one-on-one. Wolverine eventually
carved his way out of Jhoatun Lau's shoulder but the creature appeared
unfazed and proceeded to rip a city bus in half, nearly eating the
inhabitants until they were rescued by Venom. Wolverine and the other
heroes began slashing away at Jhoatun Lau's legs and Doctor Voodoo
attempted to teleport the god away, only to find that Jhoatun Lau had
grown too large to teleport.
(Savage Avengers I#5) - Less than an hour later, a
very large Jhoatun Lau became more and more unstoppable as it devoured
parts of the city as Venom and Conan tried in vain to stop the creature
while their allies prepared a trap. Soon tripping the creature, the
heroes attacked it on the ground and Wolverine stabbed Jhoatun Lau
through its skull with his claws. Needing help stabbing deeper into
Jhoatun Lau, Wolverine was assisted by Conan and Venom and eventually
succeeded in killing Jhoatun Lau, who exploded in a mass of alien
innards. With Jhoatun Lau dead, the heroes teleported back to the City
of Sickles in the Savage Land to confront Kulan Gath anew. Surprised at
how fast the heroes had dispatched the Marrow God, Kulan Gath sent his
agents to continue their work elsewhere on Earth before claiming the
heroes had been corrupted by magic and teleporting away himself.
(Savage Avengers I#7 - BTS) - When Elektra sought out
Doctor Strange to inform him of Kulan Gath's return, she remarked on
how the heroes proved unable to harm Gath and how Gath had wished for
them to fight Jhoatun Lau all along.
Comments: Created by Gerry Duggan and Mike Deodato, Jr.
John Gariepy pointed out that, since the Van Allen
Belt is a large area of radiation trapped between Earth and the Moon,
saying that he hailed from a "dead star beyond the Van Allen Belt"
might simply mean that Jhoatun Lau hails from an unknown dead star
beyond Earth's solar system. Darci386 then suggested that perhaps the
story of Jhoatun Lau meant to say he was beyond the Oort Cloud instead.
The comic itself said was that it was a dead star "beyond the Van Allen
Belt" but early mentions of Jhoatun Lau by the Priest of Sickles did
suggest (but not outright state) that Jhoatun Lau existed outside
Earth's solar system so John Gariepy's notes seem to be accurate with
what little the comic gave readers to go on.
Profile by Proto-Man.
Jhoatun Lau has no known connections to:
images: (without ads)
Savage Avengers I#4, p8, pan5 (Jhoatun Lau, full body with Kulan Gath)
Savage Avengers I#3, p22, splash page (Jhoatun Lau headshot)
Savage Avengers I#1, p29, pan1 (Jhoatun Lau's first summoning)
Savage Avengers I#1 (July, 2019) - Gerry Duggan (writer), Mike Deodato, Jr. (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Savage Avengers I#2 (August, 2019) - Gerry Dugan (writer), Mike Deodato, Jr. (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Savage Avengers I#3 (September, 2019) - Gerry Duggan (writer), Mike Deodato, Jr. (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Savage Avengers I#4 (October, 2019) - Gerry Duggan (writer), Mike Deodato, Jr. (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Savage Avengers I#5 (November, 2019) - Gerry Duggan (writer), Mike Deodato, Jr. (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Savage Avengers I#7 (January, 2020) - Gerry Duggan (writer), Patch Zircher (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
First Posted: 04/29/2020
Last updated: 05/02/2020
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