(Editor’s note: This is another in a series of irregularly-scheduled columns by Managing Editor Byron Brewer, mainly dealing with cosmic comics and their many denizens. Mr. Brewer’s opinions do not necessarily reflect that of CosmicBookNews.com. He welcomes both raves and opposing views.)
By Byron Brewer
There is not a lot of individuality among the great Kirby classics called the Celestials, but there are a few that shine through as individual beings. One such is the Dreaming Celestial.
During the Second Celestial Host, the Dreaming Celestial committed a crime “against life itself” and was exiled by his brethren. At the time, the Deviants were the dominant force on Earth, and the Dreaming Celestial was ready to call the Horde for harvesting of the planet. However, Arishem had that order cancelled, and had many of the Deviants culled, while not touching the other species. As this was a violation of their protocol, the Dreaming Celestial tried to assume command, and attacked Arishem. The Dreaming Celestial then found himself attacked by the other Celestials, and he was imprisoned underneath the mountains. Why they did this, though, is still not truly clear, and mention must be made of the fact that this account of events was given by the Dreaming Celestial itself and has not yet been rebutted or verified.
The other Celestials ripped his spirit from his body and placed in a device known as “The Vial,” with a fraction of the Dreaming Celestial’s soul used to make a key that could unlock the Vial. The Celestials then sealed the Dreaming Celestial’s body in a vault under the DiabloMountainsin California. For millennia, the Celestial slept. Eventually, the Deviant Priestlord Ghaur remade the key and drank the essence of the Dreaming Celestial, thus giving the Priestlord the height and power of a Celestial. Soon thereafter, the Dreaming Celestial took advantage of this and mentally controlled Ghaur to free the Dreamer from his never-ending sleep. This plan was thwarted by the Avengers and the Eternals, and the Vial was sealed once more. (Thus for no more vial-lence!)
After the events of Heroes Reborn, the Dreaming Celestial found a loophole out of his prison, a gateway into the Heroes Reborn Universe. The Dreaming Celestial learned that one of his star-spawned kin was the guardian of the pocket universe. He concluded that the only way out of that pocket universe was through her, the Celestial known as Ashema. The Dreaming Celestial plotted her demise, and was soon opposed by Dr. Doom, Lancer, Technarx, and several other heroes. The Dreaming Celestial captured Ashema and escaped to Reality-616, where he was thwarted by Doom and the Fantastic Four.
The Deviants eventually re-awoke the Dreaming Celestial, who turned from black to gold when the rising sun’s rays hit him. However, for reasons as yet unrevealed, the Dreaming Celestial decided against destroying the Earth as he had originally intended, at least for the moment. The Dreaming Celestial decided to wait and judge humanity for himself by his unknown standards. In the interim, he informed Makkari that the Horde (“…the locusts of the Universe..”), drawn to the planet by the Celestial’s awakening, is heading for the Earth.
The Dreaming Celestial silently stood in place, towering above San Francisco, with Makkari as his prophet. In this capacity, the Eternal was an object of veneration to the Deviants, who called him the Skadraach (“avatar”). He spoke to Makkari, although to the latter’s apparent detriment, and once even spoke through him; on that occasion, he referred to himself as Tiamut the Communicator.
After creating a diversion by having Magneto attack San Francisco, the High Evolutionary removed a specific item from the Dreaming Celestial’s head through lobotomy. The object is used in an experiment on Magneto which appears to restore his mutant gene. After X-Club returned from their trip to 1906, they found the Dreaming Celestial standing right on top of the spot where they buried the blood samples regarding the origins of mutantkind they were meant to study.
In the final issue of Eternals (Vol.4), the Dreaming Celestial goes to confront the Fulcrum, hinted at as being Marvel’s supreme being, the One Above All, as the Fulcrum assumes the form of “Jack” (an homage to Jack Kirby) as was the case in The One Above All’s only previous appearance (in Fantastic Four #511). The Dreaming Celestial questioned his own purpose and in the process, removes his helmet, revealing a shining, human-like face.
The Fulcrum declared that it had sought a Celestial who would rise above its purpose since before time began, and asked the Dreamer to become his companion; he accepted.
What is the final fate of the Dreaming Celestial, of Tiamut? With the Fulcrum or in San Fran? We await the answers from future Marvel cosmic creators. (Think it may be a long wait!)