Red Shift (Marvel)
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Like past heralds, Red Shift was granted the power cosmic that allowed him to survive and travel through space, grant him super strength, and a number of other abilities. He wielded two swords that could cut holes in space to act as portals to other places. Red Shift was able to open these portals offensively to redirect comets and send foes into black holes.
Nothing is known about Red Shift's past before he became the Herald of Galactus. At some point, Galactus became addicted to the consumption of intelligent life. It is unclear whether this occurred before or after Red Shift was empowered as herald, but Red Shift cooperated fully with Galactus's plans. In time, Red Shift attempted to lead Galactus to Earth. He started by attacking the Silver Surfer, who battled Red Shift for a short while before recognizing that he possessed the Power Cosmic as one of Galactus's heralds. He opened a portal to trap the Surfer in a black hole but was himself trapped when the Surfer destroyed one of his swords and confiscated the other.
He has banded together with the other heralds of Galactus, who are hunted by the forces of Annihilus's Annihilation Wave, for an unknown purpose.
Redshift and Stardust are both feared dead after they intercepted and held back a massive blast of energy from Galactus absorption device, long enough for the Alliance to escape the planet they were on.
It is then revealed that Stardust, being of a race composed entirely of energy, was able to reintegrate himself following his disintegration. Stardust surmises that Redshift, not being made of energy, did not survive.
Red Shift bears a resemblance to Beta Ray Bill, but without verification this can be taken as artistic license instead of an indication that he is of the same race. About this the artist Jon J Muth says:"Beta Ray Bill is a great character, but he had nothing to do with my original character sketches for | Red Shift. By the time John Busema drew Red Shift in the Galactus mini series, he had changed a lot."
First Appearance: Galactus the Devourer (1999) #1
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#1 Annihilation: The Nova Corps Files (2006)
- 'Blood And Thunder'#2#3
- 'Desperate Measures'
Annihilation: Saga (2007)
Annihilation: Silver Surfer (2006)
Deadpool Team-Up (2010)
Galactus the Devourer (1999)
#1 Incredible Hulks (2010)
- 'Red Shift'#3
- 'Truth or Consequences'#5
- 'The Death of Galactus'
Incredible Hulks (2012)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
What If? Annihilation (2008)
Heralds of Galactus (Marvel)
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