Galaxy's Mightiest Heroes: Ronan
My wife is clear as Crystal:
Ronan the Barbarian!
(Editor’s note: With the recently released promo image for Thanos Imperative #3 featuring an assemblage of cosmic heroes, Cosmic Book New’s own Captain Cosmic, Managing Editor Byron Brewer, takes a look at each of the Galaxy's Mightiest Heroes!)
By Byron Brewer
Ronan is one of the true blue bloods (pun intended) of the Kree Empire. Once playing second banana to the Supreme Intelligence, he has come into his own since the Annihilation wars, and on into War of Kings and Realm of Kings.
Now he has taken his rightful place alongside other powerhouse cosmic champions in a war against the Cancerverse. His story continues to grow next month in The Thanos Imperative #3.
With his great Kirby armor and gigantic hammer, the first time I saw Ronan I thought of a space-age Thor. His hammer, this “Universal Weapon,” originally tapped into cosmic energy for various effects, such as disintegration, transmutation and matter-rearrangement, and “time-motion displacement fields.” Ronan apparently now uses a less powerful version of this weapon, though how much less powerful has yet to be determined.
Ronan is one of the “Accusers,” high government officials who enforce Kree laws, acting as judge, jury and executioner on any world the Kree have ever stepped foot upon. Ronan worked his way up the ranks to become Supreme Public Accuser, the empire’s third most powerful post, before taking his own place upon the throne prior to Black Bolt, silent monarch of the Inhumans.
In a belief that they could better lead his race and perhaps even end the stagnation of the Kree gene pool, Ronan stepped down from the throne he took at the end of Annihilation in favor of Blackagar Boltagon. As a show of political solidarity, Ronan was united in wedlock to Crystal of the Inhumans -- sister of Queen Medusa, an Avenger, former lover of the Human Torch and ex-wife of Quicksilver.
In the beginning, their union was chiefly ceremonial. But the more time Crystal spent with the Accuser on war-torn worlds of the Kree Empire with proud but frustrated people, the more their union turned into a truly sweet romance. And as the Kree have seen the concern of Crystal for their plight in the presence of a popular military leader, the more confidence they have shown in Crystal, calling her “the People’s Princess.”
As far as Kree go, Ronan is stronger and more durable than the average comparable humanoid specimen. He has training in Kree military tactics and has led many successful military campaigns. He can “evolve” his body to survive hostile environments, too, though he has been extremely reluctant to use this ability in recent years.
I have loved the Kree in general and Ronan in particular since the days of Captain Marvel. But under the pens of Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, the Accuser has taken on an added dimension of character and truly came alive – as a villain, as a hero, as a lover and as a person.
I hope he keeps swinging that Universal Weapon for years to come!
The Thanos Imperative #3 hits stores August 11!