Twinkle Twinkle Little Star…
Greetings from the desert fellow CBSI members. Comics for many of us hark back to our childhood. There are many fond memories from our younger years emulating characters within the school yards, backyards, and bedrooms of the smaller bubbles we lived in at that time. There was a simplicity to life, certainly less stress.
Our imaginations were untapped with ideas and thoughts that played out with our friends. As a child, we often looked to the stars in amazement and wonder. What’s out there, perhaps more importantly who’s out there. Did our heroes come from different planets? Why did they come here? All these countless thoughts cluttered our minds during our early years.
Do you remember the structure we had as children? There were consistencies such as the day brought the light, and the night brought the darkness. With this, the dark would bring fear…chasing shadows on our bedroom walls, hearing creaks outside our rooms.
I would clutch my superhero figures tightly and close my eyes waiting for the morning sun, or brighter night light. However, sometimes there is a hero needed to fight in those very shadows. One who shines bright within our worst nightmares.
How does that second verse of that beloved children’s song Twinkle Twinkle Little Star play out…
When the blazing sun is gone
When he nothing shines upon
Then you show your little light
Twinkle, twinkle, all the night
Twinkle, twinkle, little star
How I wonder what you are
There is a very undervalued Marvel character that answers this mantra. In fact, her specs and books hide in the dark, only at some point to explode onto the scene. She fights where many would run from. Who am I speaking of? The one and only
Elsa Bloodstone was created by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning in 2001. She is the daughter of Ulysses (Monster Hunter) and Elise Bloodstone. Very early in her childhood years, Elsa realized there was something different about herself. She would have vivid dreams about monsters and vampires. There was something pulling her in the direction of her father.
As a young girl she moved with her mother away from her dad. Before his death, he was sure to get his Bloodgem in Elsa’s hands. With this she learned it gave her the ability to have super strength, speed, and invulnerability to physical harm. In addition, she received a lamp which encased as genie that was able to transport her anytime out of a troubled situation.
With all of this, it was time to follow in her father's footsteps and become a legendary guard to those things that go bump in the night.
Alright, now giving the quick backstory, let’s take a look at her important comics, including different arches and appearance changes throughout her history within the Marvel landscape.
Bloodstone # 1 2001, 1st appearance. What more can you say about this cover, it’s brilliant! She started as a blond heroine. Yes, there were some who thought she was a Buffy clone. However, this became non existent as her lore grew in both time and stature.
Elsa next appeared in 2006 in the 12 Issue Nextwave: Agents of HATE, a series created by Warren Ellis with the intention of being out of continuity, so that he could have essentially free-reign to write as crazy and hilarious a story as he wanted. Elsa is now a no-nonsense, violent, somewhat arrogant, manic superhero. Elsa's appearance accordingly changes in from the Bloodstone series to a new, older version where she now has orange hair, and wears a big trench-coat.
Here are a few more covers from that run…
Highlights of other books she has been on the cover over the years in chronological order
Monsters Unleashed Vol 3 # 2
1st appearance of Ulysses Bloodstone (Father)
1st appearance of Elisa Bloodstone (Mother)
1st appearance of Cullen Bloodstone (Brother)
1st appearance of Cullen Bloodstone (Brother)
Bonus issues, very cool storyline!
“Elsa is an archaeologist who helps unearth a giant statue of a dragon. After selling the statue, she later travels to Las Vegas to investigate why lizards suddenly swarm the city after it is placed there as the centerpiece for a new casino. While there, she contacts and sees Tony Stark, whose father worked with her father, about the ties between the two events. When Elsa goes to the casino's grand opening with Stark, the statue comes to life as the monster Fin Fang Foom.”
Well that about wraps up Elsa’s books. There is some solid backstory to this character. If you have any interest, I would dig deeper into her families mythology. There is a lot of history with her father and his endeavors that has been written about in Marvel. It’s only a matter of time before she becomes a more breakout character. In fact her 1st appearance is a small print run and not the easiest 9.8 book in the world as well.
Elsa is a champion of the dark world, she lights the way for others to see as she continues to make her mark within the MU. I wish she was around when I was young and afraid of those shadows. It could have made for less sleepless nights waiting for dawn…
In the dark blue sky you keep,
And often through my curtains peep,
For you never shut your eye,
Till the sun is in the sky.
As your bright and tiny spark,
Lights the traveler in the dark.
Though I know not what you are,
Twinkle, twinkle, little star.