- Astra (comics)
Astra is the name of two unrelated
fictional characters from the Marvel Comics Universe.
Astra (Imperial Guard)
caption=Astra by Dave Cockrum
Uncanny X-Men" #107 (October 1977)
Chris Claremont Dave Cockrum
Astra is a
fictional characterin the Marvel Comicsuniverse. She first appeared in " [Uncanny] X-Men" #107 as a member of the Shi'ar Imperium's Imperial Guard and was created by Chris Claremontand Dave Cockrum.
Astra first appeared in "
X-Men" #107-109 (October 1977-February 1978), and was created by Chris Claremontand Dave Cockrum.
The character subsequently appears in "X-Men: Spotlight on Starjammers" #2 (June 1990), "Thor" #446 (April 1992), "Avengers West Coast" #82 (May 1992), "Inhumans" Vol. 4 #3-4 (August-September 2000), "JLA/Avengers" #1 (September 2003), "Thanos" #12 (September 2004), and "Uncanny X-Men" #477 (October 2006), and #480 (January 2007).
Astra appeared as part of the "Imperial Guard" entry in the "Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition" #6.
Fictional character biography
Little is known of the origin of the alien Guardman known as Astra apart from that she is a founding member of the
Shi'arImperial Guard. Alongside the Guard, she first clashed with the X-Menand Starjammerson behalf of D'Kenand Davan Shakari over the fate of the Shi'ar Empress Lilandra Neramani. After the battle, D'Ken was rendered comatose and Lilandra took over as Majestrix, and the Imperial Guard swore allegiance to her.
After Lilandra's exile, and when Deathbird became Empress, Astra commanded the entire Imperial Guard to fight the combined forces of the Starjammers and Excalibur on earth so that she could claim the power of the Phoenix Force for herself. During the battle, Astra surprised Shadowcat with the ability to hit her in intangible state, since she could match her molecular density. The Guard were forced to retreat when
Deathbirdwas put in danger.
During Operation: Galactic Storm, Astra was amongst a small team of the Imperial Guard that defended Lilandra against the Kree team, Starforce. Astra was also present with the Imperial Guard when they defended Lilandra against an assassination attempt from the Inhumans, who were under the control of Ronan the Accuser at the time.
Astra was present during the battle with Vulcan and was one of the guardsmen who survived the battle with Vulcan.
Powers and abilities
Astra has the ability to alter her density.
:A version of Astra appeared alongside the Imperial Guard in a story arc in "Exiles".
In other media
:Astra appears alongside the Imperial Guard in a few episodes of X-Men the Animated Series.
Several of the members of the Imperial Guard are at least partly based on members of the
DC Comicsteam Legion of Super-Heroes. (Dave Cockrum, co-creator of the Guard, also had a long run as artist on the Legion.) Astra is based on LSH member Phantom Girl.Fact|date=June 2008
Alan Davis, artist
debut="Uncanny X-Men" #366 (cameo)
"X-Men" vol. 2 #86 (1st full appearance)
Brotherhood of Evil Mutants
Astra is a
fictional character, a supervillainessin the Marvel Comicsuniverse. She first appeared in "Uncanny X-Men" #366 and was created by Alan Davis.
Fictional character biography
Astra is a mutant teleporter who was revealed to be Magneto's first true recruit from his original
Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. With her aid, he would acquire technology from alien civilizations, which would automatically give him advantage over the contemporary human military forces. However, she did not share Magneto’s goals - merely wanting riches, not power. The two parted ways as enemies.
She resurfaced years later, reviving Magneto (who had been mindwiped by
Professor X) and creating a clone of him. Astra ordered the clone to kill Magneto, but Magneto was able to take the clone down. After the battle, the clone woke up amnesiac, thinking he was the real Magneto. The clone was given the name "Joseph" by a nun, and became affiliated with the X-Men.
Astra later returned and attempted to use Joseph against Magneto and the X-Men. She had Joseph attack Magneto while he was controlling the Earth's
magnetosphere, which severely disrupted Earth's magnetic field. Joseph died repairing the damage, causing Astra to flee. Before her final exit, Astra alluded to knowing of Nightcrawler since he was a child.
Astra was mentioned by Apocalypse as having been dealt with, but her current status is unknown [The Twelve storyline] . She last appeared in a flashback to her early Brotherhood days [X-Men Forever] , where it was revealed that she saw Nightcrawler while looking for potential recruits for the Brotherhood with Magneto.
Powers and abilities
Astra has the ability to teleport. She uses a shield and also wears gauntlets to fire energy blasts.
* [http://www.marvel.com/universe/Astra Astra Bio on Marvel.com]
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