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- Sep 15, 2004
Ultimate Quasar Vol.1: High
His name is Wendell Vaughn.
On one of his ‘annual-get-high-nights’, Wendell experiences a vision. In this vision he speaks with an ‘alien’ who says ‘it’ is a member of the Shi’ar, a universal organization dedicated to helping the universe. During this vision, Wendell is given a pair of bracelets, called the ‘Negative Bands’.
The next day, Wendell wakes up with a massive headache. Pondering over whether or not the encounter happened, he prepares to go about his normal life in San Francisco. However, his plans are put on hold as he discovers the Negative Bands are real. Slipping the bracelets on, Wendell experiences a surge of power. As he glows with energy, a voice speaks to him and tells him how to use his powers. ‘It’ calls itself ‘Quasar’.
Wendell uses his new-found powers to become a superhero, calling himself Quasar after the energy flowing through him. However, as there are currently no super-villains in San Francisco for him to fight, he is forced to stop petty criminals and fight thugs.
One day, after chasing a bank robber, Wendell loses control of his powers and vaporizes the escapee. When he gets home, he discovers that he’s losing control and attempts to pull the bracelets off, but to no success.
Nick Fury, using the S.H.I.E.L.D. satellites, manages to track down Wendell and has a meeting with him. Fury wants to examine the Negative Bands and possibly duplicate them. With him is Reed Richards, the leader of the Fantastic Four. Fury and Richards want to take Wendell to the Triskelion and research about him. Wendell refuses, and using his power, he escapes.
As he attempts to escape the city, he uses his energy to blast Captain America out of the way. Iron Man tackles him, but Wendell rams him into a wall. Wendell is struck by lightning, and crashes into the ground. Thor tells him to not be foolish and before Wendell has a change to retaliate, Reed Richards wraps around him, constricting him. Wendell attempts to charge himself, but Reed tells him he risks self-destructing and blowing up the entire city. Wendell powers down and Fury says good boy. He then knocks him out with his gun.
Wendell awakes in the Triskelion without the Negative Bands. In front of him is the alien being from before. It tells Wendell that he failed, and that the earth is now doomed to the ‘Devourer of Worlds’. Wendell asks the alien what he done to him, and the alien simply responds by saying that obviously humanity cannot handle simple Kree technology. It then disappears.
Later on, Wendell is awoken by the voice in his head. He thinks its Quasar, but it’s not. He thinks he is drugged, as he seems to be walking through space, against his will. He is being dragged towards a planet, none that he has ever seen before. The planet talks to Wendell telepathically and tells Wendell its name is Ego and that everything is now alright…