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Shatterstar (Marvel)(01 - Arides)
Real Name: Arides
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Originally, Arides was charged with photo-mesonic energy, which he could focus through his wristbands in the form of various beams of light. Each color of the spectrum had a different effect; his green beam was a stasis ray, his red beam was a heat ray, and his yellow beam was a powerful concussive ray. Additionally, his Kree nature granted him slightly superhuman strength on Earth. In this form, Arides also wore battle armor and a jet-pack, as well as devices on his wrists that allowed him to better focus his energies. Arides traveled in a small starship armed with energy cannons.

Since becoming a being fully composed of "photo-mesonic" energy, Arides is immune to many physical attacks, but is more vulnerable to energy bolts. In this form, Arides only seems able to project heat, light, and concussive force. He could also fly at the speed of light and survive without eating or breathing. He is somewhat dependent on his headband (and presumably his wristbands as well) to maintain physical coherence. Like the Living Laser, it is assumed that Shatterstar possesses minor telepathic abilities enabling him to perceive reality and communicate with others. In both forms, he carried a device allowing him to trace Terrigenated Inhumans.

Due to his heredity and high intelligence, the infant Arides was forcibly taken by the Overseers to serve in the Personal Service Corps. As part of a new Kree "Super-Soldier" process, they forced his parents to expose him daily to concentrated photomeson streams. The Overseers were pleased with the final result, but his parents were shocked at how cold their adult son had become. Arides overheard Murius pleading with Falzon to teach their son better values in exile, but Arides betrayed them instead. The scientists got as far as the spaceport before Shatterstar slew his fleeing mother and turned his horrified father over for "rehabilitation."

Nine years later, Falzon objected when the Kree Science Council ordered Shatterstar to gather Earth's Inhumans for use in the upcoming War of Three Galaxies; he was ordered to be silent or die. Falzon aided the Inhuman Royal Family (Black Bolt, Medusa, Gorgon, Karnak, and Triton) in capturing Shatterstar, but soon found Shatterstar's ally Maximus in control of Attilan. When Falzon tried to convince his son of the wrongness of his actions, he was shot and seriously injured. Before Shatterstar could leave with the most powerful Inhumans, he was tricked into chasing Triton and firing into the Mirror of Eternity, which disintegrated him. The Royal Family later travelled with Falzon to find a new homeworld, but soon returned after learning of another Kree plot against them. Falzon aided the Inhumans against other Kree plots before leaving for parts unknown.
Years later, Shatterstar reintegrated as an energy being and resumed his mission. Quickly capturing Crystal (now an Avenger) and Devlor (allied with Fantastic Force), he took them to a hidden Kree base and tried in vain to contact Hala. The Avengers and Psi-Lord (teenaged [[Richards, Franklin|Franklin Richards) tracked him down, but Arides easily held them off until Deathcry revealed that the War of Three Galaxies was over and the Kree were now part of the Shi'ar Imperium. When the Vision observed Arides was no longer "alive" but now made of solid light, a confused Arides left for Hala to find the truth.


First Appearance: Inhumans (1975) #3

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Issue Appearances:
Captain Marvel (1968)
Inhumans (1975)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)

Group Affiliation(s):
Kree (Marvel)

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