Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Counter-Earth (Franklin) ) extraterrestrial (race unknown) mutate
Occupation: Herald of Galactus
Group Membership: Heralds of Galactus (Air Walker, Firelord, Silver Surfer, Terrax)
Enemies: Avengers (Captain America/Steve Rogers, Hawkeye, Iron Man/Tony Stark, Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff, Thor/Odinson, Vision, Wasp/Janet Van Dyne), Doctor Doom (Victor von Doom), Fantastic Four (Human Torch/Johnny Storm, Invisible Woman/Susan Storm, Mr. Fantastic/Reed Richards,Thing/Ben Grimm), Hulk (Bruce Banner), Namor the Sub-Mariner, S.H.I.E.L.D., unidentified alien races
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Mobile throughout the pocket dimension of Counter-Earth (Franklin)
First Appearance: Fantastic Four II#10 (August, 1997)
Powers/Abilities: The standard abilities of Plasma's race are unknown, but she was empowered by the Power Cosmic granted to her by Galactus. She could fly at an undefined speed through outer space and was apparently propelled by her own plasma form. She could shoot the same plasma as deadly blasts from her hands. Her body was seemingly partially fluid and able to shift form at will.
Height: 6'2" (by approximation)
Weight: Undeterminable (due to the unknown composition of her body)
(Fantastic Four II#10) - Plasma led Galactus to an inhabited planet somewhere in Franklin Richards' pocket reality. Plasma witnessed him consume the planet, but he still hungered. Plasma already knew they were going to meet with the other Heralds at their next target, but didn't know where it was. Galactus revealed to her that their final target would be Earth Prime.
(Fantastic Four II#11) - Plasma and Firelord arrived on Earth in Central Park in search of their fellow Herald Terrax, who had just been defeated by the Fantastic Four. Plasma ordered them to return Terrax into their custody or face the consequences.
(Fantastic Four II#12) - Plasma insisted that it was time to depart, but Terrax sought to kill the Fantastic Four for challenging him to combat. Plasma and Firelord joined the battle against the Fantastic Four despite not sharing Terrax's wish to slay the heroes, but the Silver Surfer, another Herald of Galactus, arrived to stop the battle because the Fantastic Four had saved his life not long ago. The Heralds of Galactus departed Earth to join Galactus, who ordered them to prepare Earth for his feast. They all obeyed, including Plasma, who implanted one of Galactus' capacitors on Monster Island. She was attacked by the Avengers (Captain America, Iron Man, Scarlet Witch, Thor and Wasp) and Namor before she could activate it, but a blast from Iron Man threw her to the capacitor and Plasma managed to activate it before Thor slew her with a lightning bolt. The heroes ultimately failed to save Earth, but Doctor Doom traveled 24 hours into the past for another attempt to save Earth.
(Avengers II#12) - Doctor Doom arrived on S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Helicarrier 24 hours earlier and urged the heroes to kill the Heralds of Galactus and destroy the capacitors before they could be implanted on Earth. A capacitor arrived in the hills beyond Los Angeles and Plasma protected it from S.H.I.E.L.D., who ultimately destroyed the capacitor by steering their heavily damaged Helicarrier into it. Plasma was killed as well in the resulting explosion. In the end nothing mattered and Galactus once again devoured Earth. Doom traveled 24 hours into the past to once again try to prevent Earth's demise.
(Iron Man II#12) - The Heralds of Galactus (Air Walker, Firelord, Plasma and Terrax) killed the Fantastic Four in Central Park. Plasma slew Mister Fantastic (Reed Richards). Doom was shocked that the Fantastic Four had been taken down so early, but Doom and S.H.I.E.L.D. had already formed an alliance between Earth's heroes and while Doom, Hank Pym, Bruce Banner and Tony Stark worked on a solution against Galactus himself, the other heroes split up into small teams to stop the Heralds of Galactus. Scarlet Witch, Vision and Wasp stopped Plasma in Antarctica when the Scarlet Witch encased her in ice. In the end Doom's team failed to stop Galactus and he once again traveled 24 hours into the past for another attempt to stop the end of the world.
(Captain America II#12) - Plasma, Firelord and Terrax fought the Fantastic Four in Central Park and were joined by Air Walker, but due to Doctor Doom's warning the Avengers arrived in time to save the Fantastic Four. Plasma was in the process of killing the Human Torch when the Avengers Iron Man and Hawkeye took her down. In the end Earth's heroes succeeded to save Earth with the aid of the Silver Surfer, who had turned on his master Galactus.
Comments: Created by Brandon Choi, Jim Lee, Ron Lim, Richard Bennett, Mike S. Miller & Homage Studios.
I have no clue how time travel works in a pocket dimension like Franklin Richards' Counter-Earth. If the usual Marvel Universe rules apply four divergent realities were created in the process of the "Heroes Reunited" storyline. If those rules don't apply time was just reset each time. The involvement of Doctor Doom and the fact he was later known to use Doomlocks to avert the creation of divergent timelines the latter is possible.
Plasma seemed to be a replacement for Nova (Frankie Raye) because two fiery heralds were probably too much. Despite that she had more similarities with Ethereal Galactus herald Stardust (Lambda-Zero), who first appeared nearly a decade later in Stormbreaker: The Saga of Beta Ray Bill#1 (March, 2005).
This profile was completed 2/28/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary 's celebratory event.
Profile by Markus Raymond.
Plasma should not be confused with:
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Fantastic Four II#10, p2, pan3 (main)
Fantastic Four II#12, p20, pan3 (head shot)
Fantastic Four II#11, p22 (upper body)
Fantastic Four II#10 (August, 1997) - Brandon Choi (writer), Jim Lee (plot), Ron Lim (pencils), Richard Bennett, Mike S. Miller & Homage Studios (inks), Ruben Diaz (editor)
Fantastic Four II#11 (September, 1997) - Brandon Choi (writer), Jim Lee (plot), Brett Booth & Ron Lim (pencils), Tom McWeeney, Norm Rapmund & Homage Studios (inks), Ruben Diaz (editor)
Fantastic Four II#12 (October, 1997) - Brandon Choi (writer), Jim Lee (plot), Brett Booth & Ron Lim (pencils), Mike Miller, Tom McWeeney & Homage Studious (inks), Ruben Diaz (editor)
Avengers II#12 (October, 1997) - Walt Simonson (writer), Michael Ryan & Anthony Winn (pencils), Saleem Crawford, Sal Regla, Armando Durruthy & John Tighe (inks), Rachelle Brissenden (editor)
Iron Man II#12 (October, 1997) - Jim Lee (co-plot), Jeph Loeb (co-plot/writer), Ed Benes, Terry Shoemaker & Mike S. Miller (pencils), JD & Homage Studios (inks), Ruben Diaz (editor)
Captain America II#12 (October, 1997) - Jeph Loeb (writer), Joe Bennett & Ed Benes (pencils), Homage Studios (inks), Mike Heisler & Mike Rockwitz (editors)
First Posted: 09/29/2021
Last updated: 09/27/2021
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