whispar-word-of-the-woods-8116-lartorez-flightwhispar-word-of-the-woods-8116-lartorez WHIS'PAR
(please note that these stories are from Epic Illustrated, part of a more mature line and may not be appropriate for everyone)

Real Name: Whis'par

Identity/ClassAlternate reality (Reality-8116) extraterrestrial (Forest People of the World of the Woods; aka Woodlanders)

Occupation: Unrevealed
    former co-activator of the Infinity Horn;
    previously unrevealed

Group Membership: Last seen in union with Juliet (last name unrevealed) and Za
    formerly an unnamed alliance (Aknaton, Vanth (later Dreadstar), Juliet, Za)

Affiliations: None identified

Enemies: Zygoteans

Known Relatives: Gromlin (father)

Aliases: Chosen One

Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
    formerly Dreamsend;
    formerly Vanth's Light Cutter ship;
    formerly Lartorez;
    born on the
World of the Woods

First Appearance: Epic Illustrated#2 (Summer, 1980)

Powers/Abilities: Whis'par could fly via her gossamer butterfly-like wings. Her speed, range, height, etc. are all undefined. I would speculate that she could perhaps fly at least as fast as she could run, if not slightly faster. She was not seen to fly carrying anything of significant weight.

    Whis'ar possessed a number of antenna-like projection extending out and upward from her back and neck. These presumably granted her enhanced sensory awareness and empathy.

    All of her people were attuned to spirituality, and Whis'par was the most in harmony with nature; and she possessed the wisdom that came with such harmony.

    She could sense energy to some degree.

    As a member of a race created by Aknaton, she could sense some of his secrets and intentions.

    Though generally peace-loving, she was willing and able to wield an energy pistol to lethal effect, taking out enemies on the ground while flying above.

    What abilities Whis'par possessed in her later energy incarnations remains unrevealed.

    It would seem likely that she was rendered virtually immortal and possessed certain powers, but we don't know anything beyond the conversion into energy. whispar-word-of-the-woods-8116-flight

    Aknaton said that, along with Juliet and Za, her qualities would create a new race of beings.

Height: Unrevealed (approximately 5'9" tall; the only one of known height in the group is Vanth, at 5'11"; Whis'par was never shown clearly standing next to him, but she didn't look too much shorter than he was)
Weight: Unrevealed (perhaps 130 lbs.; unless her bones/tissue were lighter/less dense than human)
Eyes: Brown (there were few shots showing her face clearly, and her eye color was not clearly shown, but they looked darker...)
Hair: White

History:

(Epic Illustrated#2/6 (fb) - BTS) <Approximately 100,000 years ago> - On the World of the Woods, the Council of Sensitives chose Whis'par, from among all the winged ones, as the member of the Forest People most in harmony with their world's natural beauty, and thus the one who would be sent to accompany Aknaton on his mission.

    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.

(Epic Illustrated#2/6 - BTS) - Whis'par's father, Gromlin, convinced her she needed to meet with Aknaton to fulfill her destiny.

whispar-word-of-the-woods-8116-full-flight(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, and explaining that their mission was to stop the marauding Zygoteans. Juliet, Za, and Whis'par were each an aspect of the embryo of what is to be: Whis'par added generations of environmental harmony, and the wisdom that came with it, and 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 transported his trio away.

(Epic Illustrated#2/6 (fb) - BTS) - Aknaton transported his group to Lartorez, a "mineral poor planet the Zygoteans had already passed" (see comments) and then departed to recruit the final member of their group.

(Epic Illustrated#5/9 (fb) - BTS) - Aknaton and Vanth arrived on Lartorez and met with Juliet, Whis'par, and Za

(Epic Illustrated#5/9) - With all of his agents were now gathered, Aknaton departed for another plane to decipher the whereabouts of the Infinity Horn from Soule's amulet; though he knew not how long he would be away, he instructed them to await his return.

    Juliet, Whis'par, and Za evaluated Vanth, who realized they'd want to test his mettle and considered that he would have to go easy on them to avoid killing them. Juliet noted how she had expected many protectors, rather than just one, and Whis'par noted "Yes, just one man with a beard, and him only half the size of Za.

    When Za pulled down Vanth's hood to see if he had hidden features, Vanth had already decided that he didn't want to fight the women, and he was happy that Za had provoked the challenge. Vanth swiftly turned and punched out the giant Za, then apologized, noting that the "little man" had always been sensitive about his height and that if they needed the "just one man" he would be over the ridge, keeping an eye on the horizon. 

    Whis'par went to talk to the frustrated Vanth, who whipped out his pistol upon hearing her approach. She tried to calm him, noting she was on his side; though Vanth questioned whether this was actually the case, Whis'apar thanked him and apologized while noting she had sensed that he was strong enough to have killed Za several times over with a single blow.

    She further shared that she could tell Aknaton had chosen him because he was a killer, and finally explained that Aknaton's plan involved a mercy killing to a dying galaxy, as there was no other way to stop the Zygoteans.

(Epic Illustrated#6/6) - Upon Aknaton's return from communing with his god, Ra, and learning the location of the Infinity Horn, Vanth confronted Aknaton about his plans to blow up the galaxy. Juliet worried that this looked like trouble, but Whis'par assured her that it was nothing Aknaton couldn't handle.

    To convince his allies of the wisdom of this plan, Aknaton prepared to show them the true nature of Zygoteism.

(Epic Illustrated#7/6) - Whis'par listened silently as Aknaton related the history of the Zygoteans, explaining that galactic destruction was the only way to stop them and the kindest thing for the galaxy; meanwhile, Zygotean mercenaries located and targeted them.whispar-8116-pistol

(Epic Illustrated#7/7) - After Aknaton detected the landing and approach of Zygotean cruisers, the group followed Vanth's instruction to get to the Light Cutter. 

    Whis'par watched as Vanth took out the cruisers, and then the much larger Zygotean dreadnought in orbit, hugging and comforting the terrified Juliet, after which Aknaton punched in the coordinates, and they departed to their last stop, the planet Dreamsend.

(Epic Illustrated#8/6) - Arriving on Dreamsend, Whis'par and the others fought their way past the Zygotean ground troops.

    At Za's request, Whis'par explained the history of the Kalloombrians, whose temple hid the entrance to Aknaton's base. As more Zygotean ships approached, Aknaton instructed them to head for the temple, as it would shield them from the Zygoteans' fire.

    Whis'par noted that the temple had no door, but Aknaton mystically opened the floor and then led them down down "stairs" that were actually a multi-dimensional corridor to his Hall of Death and Mercy, at the mystic heart of the galaxy.

    When Whis'par wondered why Aknaton didn't close the floor behind them, Aknaton explained that he had never dreamed that they would have Zygoteans pursuing them and so he never set up a means to close the floor panel.

    As they reached the bottom of the stairs and approached Aknaton's Hall of Death and Mercy, Vanth announced the approach of Zygotean troops. Aknaton opened the mystic portal to his hall and revealed to them the Infinity Horn. infinity_horn-8116-prep-full-stand.jpg

    Aknaton then clarified that Whis'par, Juliet, and Za would not die, but that they would instead be the foundation blocks of tomorrow, their qualities creating a new race of beings who would, hopefully, succeed where "humanity" had failed. Whis'par would contribute the ability to adapt harmoniously to any environment.

    Whis'par bade Aknaton farewell and apologized for anything she might have said against him, as she appreciated that he had no more choice then any of the others. Aknaton told her he understood, after which she told him to tell Vanth goodbye and that she would miss him. Acknowledging this, a solemn Aknaton bade his "children" farewell.

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(Epic Illustrated#8/6 -- BTS) - Aknaton told Vanth what Whis'par had said, noting that he felt Vanth had touched her soul, and Vanth acknowledged that she had touched his soul, as well.

(Epic Illustrated#9) - As Aknaton and Vanth took heavy fire from the Zygoteans, the necessary forces in the cosmos came into alignment. After Whis'par sensed this and instructed the others, "Now! The moment is upon us," the trio stepped into position.

    Juliet noted, "Well, here goes nothing!"; Whis'par corrected her, "No, Juliet, here goes everything!"

    Juliet, Whis'par, and Za then blew the Infinity Horn. 

(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, becoming beings of pure thought and energy," departing for parts unrevealed.

CommentsCreated by Jim Starlin.whispar-word-of-the-woods-8116-full-seated

    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!

    As this is a family-friendly site, since Whis'par was always topless and usually exposed, I considered using an image editing program to blur the area over her breasts. Based on discussion with the team editors, I agreed that would be defacing the art and pointless censorship. I apologize if the idea of bare breasts in a mythological-type alien character is offensive, but I think it is innocent enough. There is certainly plenty of gratuitous violence in comics, and this character was a nature fairy-type character, so having her topless makes some sense anyway.
    I thought perhaps the frontal flight shot was more questionable for inclusion, but it is the best picture of her face, and I can't edit it to make it not at an angle...cropping it to a diagonal headshot looked stupid, so I left it as is/was.
    If you have a problem with this and can think of a reasonable solution, please contact me at jeff.snood999@gmail.com.

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Epic Illustrated#2: Metamorphosis Odyssey chapter IV: Whis'par - title page (from Slave Labor Graphic's Dreadstar Volume One: The Metamorphosis Odyssey) - I don't see it in the original stories - black and white image seated on a rock;
       
pg. 1 (flying oblique);
        pg. 4, panel 3 (flying straight-on; face);
    #5: Metamorphosis Odyssey chapter VIII: Sunrise on Lartorez, pg. 1 (seated atop a rock);
    #7: Metamorphosis Odyssey chapters XI: Nightfire, pg. 1 (lateral, flight, color);
    #8
: Metamorphosis Odyssey chapters XII: Dreamsend, pg. 2, panel 4 (with blaster);
    #9, Chapter XIII: Doomsday, pg. 4, panel 1 (full body behind horn);
          pg. 8, panel 1-3 (Juliet, Whis'par, & Za escaping as new life forms);


Appearances:
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#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: 04/28/2019
Last updated: 04/28/2019

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