Super Power: Black Bolt’s Inhuman Voice, Particle And Electron Manipulation Powers Make Him As Powerful As A Herald Of Galactus

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IN POWER LEVEL

BLACK BOLT HAS GALAXY POWER LEVEL

In 'Fantastic Four' (1993) #375, Black Bolt overloads Doctor Doom with his voice using Mister Fantastic's Optimizer.
In ‘Fantastic Four’ (1993) #375, Black Bolt overloads Doctor Doom with his voice using Mister Fantastic’s Optimizer. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

Among Marvel superheroes, Black Bolt is a powerhouse. As Inhuman King, the silent monarch hosts a plethora of super powers: super strength, super speed, superhuman durability, a powerful sonic scream, matter and energy manipulation, particle and electron harnessing and manipulation.

On his brow, Black Bolt has a metallic fork-shaped antenna. In order to channel his particle and electron super powers, Black Bolt focuses them with his antenna. Let’s look at how Black Bolt’s chief super powers extend to the Galaxy Level.

SONIC SCREAM

In 'Fantastic Four' (1993) #375, Black Bolt overloads Doctor Doom with his voice using Mister Fantastic's Optimizer.
In ‘Fantastic Four’ (1993) #375, Black Bolt overloads Doctor Doom with his voice using Mister Fantastic’s Optimizer. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

In ‘Fantastic Four’ (1993) #375, Doctor Doom has stolen Aron the rogue Watcher’s powers. Given that Uatu the Watcher’s power can shake a galaxy, Aron is comparably Galaxy Level. In order to stop Doctor Doom, the Fantastic Four and the Inhumans have teamed up. Ingeniously, Mister Fantastic has invented the Optimizer.

In short, it is a machine that absorbs Doctor Doom’s cosmic energy from his storage battery and fires it back at him. In this instance, Black Bolt speaks his sonic scream into the Optimizer and fires it at Doctor Doom. As a result, Doctor Doom’s storage battery is overloaded till he reaches critical mass. In the end, Doom vanishes in an explosion.

Definitely, Black Bolt demonstrated a Galaxy Level of Energy Projection since he was able to overload Doctor Doom’s storage battery.

PARTICLE AND ELECTRON MANIPULATION

In 'Marvel Two-In-One Annual' (1979) #4, Black Bolt uses his electron manipulation to stop a solar flare.
In ‘Marvel Two-In-One Annual’ (1979) #4, Black Bolt uses his electron manipulation to stop a solar flare. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

In ‘Marvel Two-In-One Annual’ (1979) #4, Black Bolt performs an incredible feat. During a battle against Graviton, Black Bolt has to stop a solar flare from striking the Earth. Incredibly, Black Bolt uses his electron manipulation powers to stop the solar flare.

Considering a solar flare produces 1025 Watts of power, Black Bolt demonstrated a Stellar Level of Energy Projection.

SUPER STRENGTH

In 'War of Kings' (2009) #1, Black Bolt and Gladiator battle.
In ‘War of Kings’ (2009) #1, Black Bolt and Gladiator battle. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

In ‘War of Kings’ (2009) #1, Emperor Vulcan is at the head of the Shi’ar Empire. Meanwhile, Black Bolt rules the Kree. In a declaration of war, Vulcan attacks the Kree. During an all-out war, Black Bolt attacks Gladiator and briefly overpowers him. In the meantime, White Noise has to put an end to the fight.

Considering Gladiator has Stellar Level Super Strength, Black Bolt demonstrated a Stellar Level of Super Strength.

Definitely, Black Bolt is as powerful as a herald of Galactus. Let’s list the Top 4 heralds in terms of energy manipulation.

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1. SILVER SURFER, ‘INCREDIBLE HULK’ (1980) #250

In 'Incredible Hulk' (1980) #250, the Silver Surfer absorbs the Hulk's gamma radiation who reverts to Bruce Banner.
In ‘Incredible Hulk’ (1980) #250, the Silver Surfer absorbs the Hulk’s gamma radiation who reverts to human form. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

In ‘Incredible Hulk’ (1980) #250, Silver Surfer is stranded on Earth and seeks the help of Bruce Banner. In order to break through Galactus’s space barrier, Bruce Banner constructs machinery to bombard the Silver Surfer with gamma rays. Soon, the gamma-powered Silver Surfer goes into space to break the barrier.

After a gamma ray explosion, Bruce Banner transforms into the Hulk. Returning from space for more power, Surfer ends up fighting the Green Behemoth. On Silver Surfer’s surfboard, they end in space. There, Surfer has the idea of absorbing Hulk‘s gamma ray radiation. Afterwards, Hulk reverts to Bruce Banner.

Eventually, Surfer breaks the space barrier. However, the Sentinel of the Spaceways has to return to Earth to save Bruce in free fall, who fell off Surfer’s surfboard. Finally, Surfer has to return Bruce’s gamma power to save him, transforminging him into the Hulk. In the end, the Silver Surfer is again trapped on Earth.

2. STARDUST, ‘STORMBREAKER: THE SAGA OF BETA-RAY BILL’ (2005) #4

In 'Stormbreaker: The Saga of Beta-Ray Bill' (2005) #4, Stardust opens a portal to a black hole.
In ‘Stormbreaker: The Saga of Beta-Ray Bill’ (2005) #4, Stardust opens a portal to a black hole. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

In “The 10 Most Powerful Heralds of Galactus, Ranked”, Chris White at CBR.com ranks Stardust number three. Namely, Stardust was the last surviving member of his race known as the Etherals. In fact, these were beings of pure energy. Named Lambda-Zero, she became Stardust, a ruthless and murderous herald of Galactus.

In ‘Stormbreaker: The Saga of Beta-Ray Bill’ (2005) #4, Stardust and Beta-Ray Bill engage in a cosmic clash over Galactus’ attempt to feed on New Korbin. In order to assist in her struggle, Stardust summons Asteroth. When the demon causes untold damage, both fighters agree to battle field remove it.

Uncannily, one of Stardust’s super powers with the Power Cosmic is to open portals to black holes. In order to BFR Asteroth, Stardust opens a portal to a black hole. Though, the ploy fails and both Stardust and Beta-Ray Bill begin to be sucked in.

In the end, they are saved by Alpha Ray who drives the evil spirit into the black hole.

3. NOVA, ‘SILVER SURFER’ (1987) #9

In 'Silver Surfer' (1987) #9, Nova destroys a sun to create a black hole.
In ‘Silver Surfer’ (1987) #9, Nova destroys a sun to create a black hole. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

In ‘Silver Surfer’ (1987) #9, Nova and Silver Surfer have to save Galactus from the Elders of the Universe. In a grand scheme, they have built a device powered by the Soul Gems to destroy Galactus. Mischievously, they have kidnapped Shalla Bal and Mantis in order to lure the Silver Surfer. In exchange for the women’s freedoms, Surfer hands over the Soul Gem.

However, the Grandmaster sends the women in a ball of energy that will explode if touched. Unfortunately, Norrin manages to save only Shalla Bal. Angrily, the Surfer vows to make them pay and departs to save Galactus. Meanwhile, the Elders of the Universe have activated their machine which is slowly killing the Devourer of Worlds.

Under Surfer’s direction, Nova triggers a star to collapse into a black hole. Miraculously, Galactus can recover by feeding on the energies. Meanwhile, some of the Elders and the Soul Gems are sucked into the black hole.

Definitely, a feat requiring a high end energy manipulation. On a scale, it requires the power output of a galaxy within seconds. Without a doubt, a Galaxy Level of Energy Projection.

4. FIRELORD, ‘AVENGERS’ (1989) #302

In 'Avengers' (1989) #302, Firelord removes the flames off Invisible Woman's construct in re-entry.
In ‘Avengers’ (1989) #302, Firelord removes the flames off Invisible Woman’s construct in re-entry. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

In ‘Avengers’ (1989) #302, Firelord removes the flames off Invisible Woman’s construct in re-entry. Considering Firelord withstood heat from re-entry, this is both an energy projection feat and a durability feat.


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SOURCES

Powers and Abilities in Marvel Database.
Fantastic Four Vol 1 375 in Marvel Database.
Marvel Two-In-One Annual Vol 1 4 in Marvel Database.
War of Kings Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.
Incredible Hulk Vol 1 250 in Marvel Database.
The 10 Most Powerful Heralds of Galactus, Ranked in CBR.com.
Stormbreaker: The Saga of Beta Ray Bill Vol 1 4 in Marvel Database.
Silver Surfer Vol 3 9 in Marvel Database.
Avengers Vol 1 302 in Marvel Database.

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