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Air-Walker (Gabriel Lan)

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   universe = [[Marvel Universe]]
   universe = [[Marvel Universe]]
| real_name = Gabriel Lan
| real_name = Gabriel Lan
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| identity = Known
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| identity = Secret
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| aliases = the Archangel, Gabriel  
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| aliases = Nova Centurion, the Archangel Gabriel  
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| occupation = Former Herald of Galactus, Captain of Xandarian starship
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| occupation = Former herald of Galactus, Captain of Xandarian starship
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| place_of_birth = Planet Xandar
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| place_of_birth = Planet Xandar in the Tranta system, Andromeda Galaxy
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| groups =  Formerly [[Heralds of Galactus]], Xandarian Nova Corps
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| groups =  Formerly [[Heralds of Galactus]], Xandarian [[Nova Corps]]
| citizenship = Planet Xandar
| citizenship = Planet Xandar
| education = Unrevealed  
| education = Unrevealed  
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| relatives = None
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| relatives = Unrevealed
| height = 6’2”  
| height = 6’2”  
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| weight = Unrevealed
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| weight = (Humanoid) 240 lbs.; (android) 650 lbs.
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| eyes = Blue
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| eyes = Black
| hair = Black
| hair = Black
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| powers = Air-Walker has been given a portion of the power cosmic, and with it he can manipulate cosmic energies for a variety of purposes. It gives him god-like strength, speed, durability, endurance and agility. Air-Walker can also fire blasts of heat, concussive force, magnetism, anti-gravity, and electricity. The power cosmic also grants him the ability to rearrange molecules, surviving in space indefinitely without food, water, or air as well as navigate hyperspace unaided. Air-Walker also has “Cosmic Awareness” in the sense that he can detect various energy signatures throughout space.
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| powers = Air-Walker had been given a portion of the [[Power Cosmic]], and with it he could absorb and manipulate cosmic energies for a variety of purposes. It gave him god-like strength, speed, durability, endurance and agility. Air-Walker could fire blasts of heat, concussive force, magnetism, anti-gravity, and electricity. Using his power at peak capacity, Air-Walker could function for months before succumbing to fatigue. He was immune to extreme temperature changes, most radiation and can survive in the vacuum of space indefinitely without food, water, or air as well as navigate hyperspace unaided. The Power Cosmic also granted him the ability to analyze and rearrange matter and energy. When entering planetary atmospheres, he would curtail his speed as to not cause devastating side effects.
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| abilities = Gabriel has been trained in combat by the Xandarian Nova Corps, and he is also familiar with advanced alien technology and interstellar navigation.  
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He could manipulate the forces of nature, altering weather patterns, generate such states as rain or fog, produce winds of varying degrees and intensities up to hurricane force, raise or lower humidity and temperature, induce lightning or other electrical atmospheric phenomena, and dispense natural storms. Air-Walker could direct the path of certain atmospheric effects, such as bolts of lightning and could manipulate ocean currents by creating hurricanes and tidal waves. He also had "Cosmic Awareness" in the sense that he could detect various energy signatures throughout space.
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Gabriel's android form could replicate all his original powers at approximately the same levels by channeling the cosmic energy through its fiery cloak, which acted as a receptor, into its cosmic cells. If drained, the cells could be recharged by an outside source. The automatic self-repair circuitry within its chest cavity would function as long as 35% of the total system was intact. Combined with the Power Cosmic, his android body could withstand large amounts of physical damage and possessed a homing beacon in tune with Galactus' worldship, Taa II.  
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| abilities = Gabriel has been trained in combat by the Xandarian Nova Corps, and he is familiar with advanced alien technology and interstellar navigation.  
| weapons = None
| weapons = None
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| paraphernalia = Air-Walker carries the Trumpet of Gabriel which he used to summon his master, Galactus. Air-Walker also had a cape that appeared as flames sprouting from his back. His Cape of Destiny is able to wrap itself around an opponent and smother the life from them. No one except for the Silver Surfer has demonstrated power enough to break free. The cape is also the source of Gabriel’s power and his life.  
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| paraphernalia = During his time as herald, Air-Walker carried the Trumpet of Gabriel which sent a hyperspatial signal used to summon his master, Galactus. Air-Walker also had a cape that appeared as flames sprouting from his back. His Cape of Destiny is able to wrap itself around an opponent and smother the life from them. No one except for the Silver Surfer has demonstrated power enough to break free. The cape is also the source of Gabriel's power and life.  
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| debut = Fantastic Four #120 (1971)  
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| debut = Fantastic Four #120 (1971, as android); Thor #306 (1981, true form)
| origin =  Thor #306 (1981)
| origin =  Thor #306 (1981)
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| significant_issues = Fantastic Four #120-121 (Air-Walker’s first appearance, battled FF and Silver Surfer, was defeated and revealed to be a robot, 1971), Thor #305-306 (battled Thor, robot was destroyed again, Firelord buried remains on an asteroid in Xandar system, 1981), Silver Surfer #72-75 (the Air-Walker robot is resurrected to aid all of Galactus’ former heralds in battle against Morg, Air-Walker becomes herald to Galactus once again, 1992), Silver Surfer: Annihilation #1 (Air-Walker, along with all the ex-heralds, is hunted by the forces of Annihilus, 2006)  
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| significant_issues = Air-Walker’s first appearance, battled FF and Silver Surfer, was defeated and revealed to be a robot (Fantastic Four #120-121, 1971); battled Thor, robot was destroyed again, Firelord buried remains on an asteroid in Xandar system (Thor #305-306, 1981); Air-Walker robot was resurrected to aid all of Galactus’ former heralds in battle against Morg, Air-Walker became herald to Galactus once again (Silver Surfer #72-75, 1992); Air-Walker was hunted by the forces of Annihilus, expired from injuries (Silver Surfer: Annihilation #1, 2006)
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bio_text= When he first arrived on [[Earth]], he was mistaken for the angel Gabriel after he announced his name. He sent the world into chaos after sounding his [[Trumpet of Gabriel]] and proclaiming the imminent destruction of mankind. The [[Fantastic Four]] were the only team to oppose him – first peacefully, but when Gabriel wouldn’t listen to reason, they had to resort to force. Air-Walker turned the city of New York against the heroes when he told the population they may avert their destruction by killing the Fantastic Four. After evading the angry mobs, the clash between Air-Walker and the Four was rejoined. However, the power of Air-Walker proved to be too much for them. His strength was greater than that of the [[Thing (Benjamin Grimm)|Thing]]. The awesome fire power of the [[Human Torch (Johnny Storm)|Human Torch]] didn’t faze him, including a near-nova flame, and even the incredible gadgets of [[Mister Fantastic]] couldn’t slow Air-Walker down. It wasn’t until the former herald of [[Galactus]] saw the plight of these heroes and decided to aid them that the tide of battle was turned. Easily matching Gabriel in both power and determination, the [[Silver Surfer]] was momentarily surprised when Air-Walker revealed that he really came to Earth for him. Using his [[Cape of Destiny]], Gabriel enveloped the Surfer and boasted that no one had the power to escape from his cape’s grip. Unfortunately for Air-Walker, the Silver Surfer not only had the power to escape, but he destroyed the cape as well. Air-Walker declared that his cape was the source of his power and his life as he plummeted to the ground. Upon impact, it was revealed to all that Gabriel was not an angel, but a highly advanced robot and the second known herald of Galactus.
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bio_text= Serving as a captain in the Xandarian [[Nova Corps]] with his friend, [[Firelord (Pyreus Kril)|Pyreus Kril]], Gabriel was abducted and transformed into Air-Walker by the world devouring Galactus, becoming his herald; Kril would later become Galactus' herald, Firelord. Air-Walker took Galactus to countless worlds, and the two became close. Gabriel actually loved Galactus as a father, and Galactus was also very fond of his herald, telling him endless stories of his travels throughout the cosmos. When the [[Ovoids]], an alien race determined to rid the universe of Galactus' threat, attacked, Air-Walker sacrificed himself to defend his master. Attempting to save his herald, Galactus transferred Gabriel's life force into a highly advanced robotic shell, but the android had no memory of his previous life and was lacking something his Xandarian counterpart had. Galactus had Air-Walker travel to Earth to draw out his previous herald, the [[Silver Surfer]], so Galactus could take him as his herald once more.
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Eventually, Gabriel returned after his body was recovered by the [[Machinesmith]], and the robot’s self-repair systems were activated. Upon his resurrection, Air-Walker remembered his past encounter with the Silver Surfer and the Fantastic Four. Gabriel was spotted as he emerged from the Machinesmith’s lair by a young child, Kevin, and took him on a journey hoping the boy could enlighten him about his new environment. They flew to the [[Baxter Building]] so that Gabriel could ask his enemies what transpired since he was offline. The Fantastic Four wanted to rescue the child because they believed him to be a hostage, but Air-Walker used his awesome powers to seal them within their headquarters. Soon, it was told that Galactus left Earth and abandoned Gabriel, and Gabriel expressed his rage at being discarded and at having his mind placed within an android shell without his permission. Air-Walker created a cosmic storm in hopes of catching the attention of the Silver Surfer, so they could renew their conflict. Instead, the mighty [[Thor (Thor Odinson)|Thor]] confronted Air-Walker after he put an end to the tempest. Also thinking the boy to be a prisoner, Thor attacked but was temporarily defeated when Air-Walker used his Cape of Destiny to smother the Thunder god, and wrestled his enchanted hammer, [[Mjolnir]], away from him and rendered Thor unconscious with it. About to deliver the final blow, Air-Walker stopped himself when Kevin shouted to him. Kevin, believing Gabriel to be a noble entity, inspired Air-Walker to rethink his actions. He dropped Thor to the ground, but upon his recovery, Thor hurled Mjolnir through the robot’s chest and deactivated him again.
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The battle was televised, and Air-Walker was recognized by another former herald of Galactus, [[Firelord (Pyreus Kril)|Firelord]]. He went to aid of Air-Walker, but by the time he arrived the battle was over. Firelord turned his anger toward Thor and immediately attacked him. In the end, Firelord calmed himself enough to tell the tale of his friend, Gabriel Lan. Both men served in the [[Nova Corps]]. Gabriel was his captain until he was abducted by the world devouring Galactus and transformed into his herald. Air-Walker took Galactus to countless worlds, and the two became close. Gabriel actually loved Galactus as he would a father, and Galactus was also very fond of his herald - telling him endless stories of his travels throughout the cosmos. Unfortunately, the [[Ovoids]], an alien race determined to rid the universe of the threat of Galactus, attacked, and Air-Walker gave his life to defend his master. In an attempt to save his herald, Galactus transferred the life force of Air-Walker into a robotic shell, but the android was lacking something his human counterpart had. Galactus had Air-Walker travel to Earth to draw out the Silver Surfer in order for Galactus to take him as his herald once more, but the Surfer refused. Firelord and Thor ended their fight, and Firelord took Gabriel’s body and buried it on an asteroid in space.
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Quite sometime later, Galactus found a herald in the murderous [[Morg]], and the Silver Surfer voiced his concerns. Galactus dismissed the Surfer’s opinions and Morg defeated the Surfer in combat. The Silver Surfer, and former herald [[Nova (Frankie Raye)|Nova]], recruited all former [[Heralds of Galactus]], including a newly reactivated Air-Walker, to remove Morg as herald. After an epic battle which left Nova dead and Morg defeated, Air-Walker and Firelord agreed to act as heralds to Galactus, and Firelord hoped to rekindle Gabriel’s humanity once more. Nevertheless, Air-Walker and Firelord were not to be Galactus’ servants forever and were replaced by [[Red Shift]]. However, when the forces of [[Annihilus]] cut a path of destruction across the universe, Air-Walker, like all the former heralds, were hunted like animals. Air-Walker was about to be overrun, but the Silver Surfer came to his aid. The two of them held their opponents at bay, but Air-Walker’s wounds were too great and his robotic form could not repair itself. Gabriel expired and the Surfer made sure his remains could not be tainted by Annihlus by causing an explosion that presumably destroyed his robotic form completely.  
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Mistakenly assumed to be the Archangel Gabriel upon first arriving on Earth, Air-Walker sent the world into chaos after sounding his [[Trumpet of Gabriel]] and proclaiming the imminent destruction of mankind. The [[Fantastic Four]] attempted to peacefully reason with him, but when Gabriel refused to listen, they resorted to force. Turning the city of New York against the heroes by telling the masses the way to avert their destruction was by killing the heroes, Air-Walker only delayed the inevitable confrontation as the Fantastic Four evaded angry mobs. Stronger than the [[Thing (Benjamin Grimm)|Thing]], unfazed by [[Human Torch (Johnny Storm)|Human Torch]]'s fire (including a near-nova flame), and unimpeded by [[Mister Fantastic]]'s gadgets, Air-Walker appeared unstoppable until the Surfer witnessed the Fantastic Four's plight. The Surfer matched Gabriel's power and determination, but was paused when Gabriel told him of Galactus' intentions. The Surfer refused to return as herald, and Gabriel enveloped him in his [[Cape of Destiny]], boasting no one had the power to escape the cape's grip. The Surfer did escape and destroyed the cape doing so. Air-Walker declared the cape was his source of power and life as he plummeted to the ground and was deactivated on impact.
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Gabriel has returned from oblivion many times before, so whether or not Air-Walker will reappear has yet to be revealed.
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Gabriel's body was recovered by the [[Machinesmith]], and his self-repair systems were activated. Once resurrected, he was spotted leaving the Machinesmith’s lair by a young child, Kevin. Remembering his past encounter with the Silver Surfer and the Fantastic Four, he went to the [[Baxter Building]] to ask his enemies what transpired since he was offline. Taking Kevin with him, hoping the boy could enlighten him about his new environment, the Fantastic Four believed Kevin was a hostage and wanted to rescue him, but Air-Walker used his power to seal them within their headquarters. Discovering Galactus left Earth and abandoned him, Gabriel was enraged at being discarded and having his mind placed within an android shell without his consent. He created a cosmic storm, hoping to renew his conflict with the Surfer, but it was [[Thor (Thor Odinson)|Thor]] who confronted Air-Walker after ending the tempest. Also thinking the boy to be a prisoner, Thor attacked but was defeated when Air-Walker smothered him within the Cape of Destiny and wrestled his enchanted hammer, [[Mjolnir]], away from him, rendering Thor unconscious with it. Kevin believed Gabriel was a noble entity and inspired him to rethink his actions. Gabriel dropped Thor to the ground, but when he recovered, Thor hurled Mjolnir through the robot's chest, deactivating him. Firelord saw the televised battle and went to aid his old friend, attacking Thor. Calming himself, Firelord told Thor the tale of Gabriel Lan, and afterward buried Gabriel on an asteroid in Xandar’s solar system.
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Sometime later, Galactus found a herald in the murderous [[Morg]], and the Silver Surfer voiced his concerns. Galactus dismissed his former herald and Morg defeated the Surfer in combat. The Silver Surfer, and former herald [[Nova (Frankie Raye)|Nova]], recruited all former [[Heralds of Galactus]], including a newly reactivated Air-Walker, to oppose Morg. After an epic battle which left Nova dead and Morg defeated, Air-Walker and Firelord agreed to act as heralds to Galactus, and Firelord hoped to rekindle Gabriel’s humanity. Both were eventually replaced by [[Red Shift]]. When the forces of [[Annihilus]] cut a path of destruction across the universe, Air-Walker, like all the former heralds, was hunted. He was about to be overrun, but the Surfer helped him hold their opponents at bay. However, Air-Walker's wounds were too severe, and his robotic form could not repair itself. Gabriel expired and the Surfer ensured his remains could not be tainted by Annihlus by causing an explosion that presumably destroyed his robotic form completely.
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Current revision as of 05:28, 26 May 2012

 

Universe
Marvel Universe

Real Name
Gabriel Lan

Aliases
Nova Centurion, the Archangel Gabriel

Identity
Secret

Citizenship
Planet Xandar

Place of Birth
Planet Xandar in the Tranta system, Andromeda Galaxy

First Appearance
Fantastic Four #120 (1971, as android); Thor #306 (1981, true form)

Origin
Thor #306 (1981)

Serving as a captain in the Xandarian Nova Corps with his friend, Pyreus Kril, Gabriel was abducted and transformed into Air-Walker by the world devouring Galactus, becoming his herald; Kril would later become Galactus' herald, Firelord. Air-Walker took Galactus to countless worlds, and the two became close. Gabriel actually loved Galactus as a father, and Galactus was also very fond of his herald, telling him endless stories of his travels throughout the cosmos. When the Ovoids, an alien race determined to rid the universe of Galactus' threat, attacked, Air-Walker sacrificed himself to defend his master. Attempting to save his herald, Galactus transferred Gabriel's life force into a highly advanced robotic shell, but the android had no memory of his previous life and was lacking something his Xandarian counterpart had. Galactus had Air-Walker travel to Earth to draw out his previous herald, the Silver Surfer, so Galactus could take him as his herald once more.

Mistakenly assumed to be the Archangel Gabriel upon first arriving on Earth, Air-Walker sent the world into chaos after sounding his Trumpet of Gabriel and proclaiming the imminent destruction of mankind. The Fantastic Four attempted to peacefully reason with him, but when Gabriel refused to listen, they resorted to force. Turning the city of New York against the heroes by telling the masses the way to avert their destruction was by killing the heroes, Air-Walker only delayed the inevitable confrontation as the Fantastic Four evaded angry mobs. Stronger than the Thing, unfazed by Human Torch's fire (including a near-nova flame), and unimpeded by Mister Fantastic's gadgets, Air-Walker appeared unstoppable until the Surfer witnessed the Fantastic Four's plight. The Surfer matched Gabriel's power and determination, but was paused when Gabriel told him of Galactus' intentions. The Surfer refused to return as herald, and Gabriel enveloped him in his Cape of Destiny, boasting no one had the power to escape the cape's grip. The Surfer did escape and destroyed the cape doing so. Air-Walker declared the cape was his source of power and life as he plummeted to the ground and was deactivated on impact.

Gabriel's body was recovered by the Machinesmith, and his self-repair systems were activated. Once resurrected, he was spotted leaving the Machinesmith’s lair by a young child, Kevin. Remembering his past encounter with the Silver Surfer and the Fantastic Four, he went to the Baxter Building to ask his enemies what transpired since he was offline. Taking Kevin with him, hoping the boy could enlighten him about his new environment, the Fantastic Four believed Kevin was a hostage and wanted to rescue him, but Air-Walker used his power to seal them within their headquarters. Discovering Galactus left Earth and abandoned him, Gabriel was enraged at being discarded and having his mind placed within an android shell without his consent. He created a cosmic storm, hoping to renew his conflict with the Surfer, but it was Thor who confronted Air-Walker after ending the tempest. Also thinking the boy to be a prisoner, Thor attacked but was defeated when Air-Walker smothered him within the Cape of Destiny and wrestled his enchanted hammer, Mjolnir, away from him, rendering Thor unconscious with it. Kevin believed Gabriel was a noble entity and inspired him to rethink his actions. Gabriel dropped Thor to the ground, but when he recovered, Thor hurled Mjolnir through the robot's chest, deactivating him. Firelord saw the televised battle and went to aid his old friend, attacking Thor. Calming himself, Firelord told Thor the tale of Gabriel Lan, and afterward buried Gabriel on an asteroid in Xandar’s solar system.

Sometime later, Galactus found a herald in the murderous Morg, and the Silver Surfer voiced his concerns. Galactus dismissed his former herald and Morg defeated the Surfer in combat. The Silver Surfer, and former herald Nova, recruited all former Heralds of Galactus, including a newly reactivated Air-Walker, to oppose Morg. After an epic battle which left Nova dead and Morg defeated, Air-Walker and Firelord agreed to act as heralds to Galactus, and Firelord hoped to rekindle Gabriel’s humanity. Both were eventually replaced by Red Shift. When the forces of Annihilus cut a path of destruction across the universe, Air-Walker, like all the former heralds, was hunted. He was about to be overrun, but the Surfer helped him hold their opponents at bay. However, Air-Walker's wounds were too severe, and his robotic form could not repair itself. Gabriel expired and the Surfer ensured his remains could not be tainted by Annihlus by causing an explosion that presumably destroyed his robotic form completely.


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