web stats

CSBG Archive

Comic Book Alphabet of Cool – Q

Today, we feature the cosmic character Jeff Ryan keeps asking for!



Introduced as a bit of a joke character (complete with a punderful name) in an issue of Peter David’s Captain Marvel, it is a bit of a surprise to see Phyla-Vell, Quasar, become such a notable character in the Marvel universe, but I guess it makes sense, as she has quite the interesting pedigree.

First off, she is the daughter of the legendary Captain Marvel, Mar-Vell, but she only came about because her brother, Genis-Vell, destroyed and recreated the universe, with stuff slightly different, such as Phyla now existing, so she is sorta like Dawn Summers on the TV series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, in that she did not originally exist when the show began.

After taking up the mantle of Captain Marvel for a time, Phyla eventually took off on a tour of the universe with her friend (and soon to be girlfriend), Moondragon.

While visiting her father’s grave, though, Phyla was caught up in the Annihilation storyline, when Thanos kidnapped Moondragon. Phyla teamed up with some of the other rebels and helped defeat Annihilus. In fact, it was her taking the Quantum Bands from Annihilus that likely weakened him to the point where Nova could destroy him.

The bands had belonged to the previous Quasar, some guy named Wayne Vaughan or something like that.

Now Phyla had them, and they give her all sorts of awesome powers, including energy manipulation (sorta like a Green Lantern ring). So just like she had followed in the history of Captain Marvel, she now followed in the Quasar tradition, and became the new Quasar.

She did this just in time for a NEW cosmic threat to emerge – the evil Phalanx. She once again turned her powers to help the universe.

Soon after, Moondragon became a, well, actual moon…dragon.

They were still together, though, which is awesome – how many other superheroes date DRAGONS?

So yeah, Jeff, you’re totally right – Quasar is a cool character. Thanks for suggesting her!



April 9, 2008 at 11:05 pm

Well Played.


My favorite part was “She helk”.

Nicely done.

And ‘some guy named Wayne Vaughan or something like that’? Genius.

Aw, man, You took out she helk. Now everyone’s gonna think I’m crazy.

Then “T” better stand for The Question.

Brian is gonna get himself a Quasar cake, but not as good as the one sent to Marvel.

I really hoped for The Question. Waht about Q2?

Oh, sorry, Dan!

For the record, folks, I began to write “She helped…” in conjunction with something (Annihilation, maybe?) but made a typo, and wrote She helk instead. Then I came up with a totally different paragraph opener instead of “She helped”, but forgot to delete the “She helk.”

Dan noticed it and found it amusing – but then I edited it out.

So Dan is not crazy. :)

You sir, are a bastard.

And what the hell is Apodaca talking about with this “She -helk” stuff? He’s obviously a raving lunatic, since I seee nothing resembling that. Weirdo.

Dammit, we were writing at the same time. So now my lame joke seems even lamer.

Absolutely brilliant Brian. I was going to complain about the lack of Quantum & Woody before I saw what you’d actually done.
Take that, Jeff Ryan!


Bizarely, this reminds me of a scene in Cerebus “Church and State”. circa #80 but I’ve not got the comics with me at the moment.

Pope Cerebus is “preaching” in front of a huge crowd when a woman at the front keeps pestering him to bless her baby. Finally, Cerebus relents, takes the child, gives his blessing and then promptly throws the baby as far away as possible saying to the crowd “Let this be a lesson to you. You can get what you ask for and still not be happy”.

Of course, this may be the version of Quasar that Jeff loves so much…


Dating a dragon could lead to some interesting websites.

So this is what it feels like to be pwned.

(sinister laugh) At long laugh, my master plan to keep Queen and Country to getting recognition has come to fruition! Take THAT, Rucka!

I absolutely HATE the way she’s being written right now. Without touching on the fact that she’s gay and Moondragon was turned gay as well, the pair of them are just NOT being well written. Whenever they’re in a fight and it ends, they immediately fall into each other’s arms in some romantic embrace. Sorry, that’s just NOT how folks act. That is just men writing their fantasies to male fans, teasing them with almost getting a girl/girl make-our scene. Couples do not switch emotions like that.

Every other hetrosexual couple in comics have need written just like real life. These two should be as well.

Andrew Collins

April 10, 2008 at 9:13 am

Sigh…The Question just can’t seem to catch a break…poor Vic…

Isn’t being dead is enough for a break…? O_o

Hey yeah…what happened to The Question?!? I sure this Quasar chick is swell and everything but is she framed original sketch present worthy? :-p

I am amazed that Phyla actually became a real character. Really.

Oh and T DOES need to be The Question.

Then make it Renee.

I think what made me laugh about “She helk” was that it seemed like you were identifying the character as She-Hulk, but misspelling the name. It had this making-fun-of-bad-blogs, Tim & Eric-y kind of vibe.

Is there a conspiracy to kill off all the superheroes whose names begin with Q and replace them with lesbians? Watch out Quicksilver! (Wait just a second, wasn’t his sister replaced with a gay kid? The conspiracy is everywhere!)

Matt, guess who’s gonna be Marvel’s next EIC…

I’m surprised not to see Frank Quietly considering he drew the We3 panel yah guys use.
But dragon dating aliens are cool too…

Gay aliens dating dragons? I can only imagine the slash fan-fic being produced on this topic lol

Leave a Comment



Review Copies

Comics Should Be Good accepts review copies. Anything sent to us will (for better or for worse) end up reviewed on the blog. See where to send the review copies.

Browse the Archives