The Young Gods are twelve human beings
who were born on Earth and who have been chosen by the
pantheons of Earth's gods to represent the finest qualities
and genetic potential of humans.
Long ago the First Host of the enigmatic
came to Earth and performed experiments in genetic engineering
upon the ancestors of the human race. Roughly a thousand
years ago the Third Host of the Celestials visited Earth
and were confronted by a delegation from the pantheons
of Earth's gods, including Odin, monarch of the Norse
gods. The rulers of these pantheons realized that when
the Celestials returned in roughly a thousand years, the
aliens would judge humanity and would destroy the Earth
if they decided humanity to be unworthy of survival. While
the leading male gods of the pantheons made preparations
to battle the Celestials, the leading goddesses decided
to spend the next millennium searching for representatives
of humanity whom they could present to the Celestials
as proof of the human race's worthiness.
Over the next thousand years nine human
beings were selected by the goddesses and were enabled
to achieve much of their latent genetic potential. (Due
to the experiments of the First Host of the Celestials,
all of Earth's human beings have the potential for vast
superhuman powers within their genetic structure.) The
chosen human beings, who were to be known as the Young
Gods, were placed in suspended animation and were watched
over by the goddesses of Earth's pantheons. Each major
pantheon of goddesses took a turn watching over the Young
Gods. The goddesses of Asgard were the last to take their
turn at this task, and were absent from Asgard for many
years while fulfilling this role. In the absence of his
wife, Frigga, Odin himself saw to the selection of the
last three Young Gods. He delegated the task of contacting
these three human beings to the Asgardian god, Heimdall.
Odin manipulated the entity called Ego-Prime, which was
once part of the sentient planet, Ego, into infusing the
three with the energy they needed to mutate into their
Finally, Gaea, eldest of Earth's goddesses,
presented the twelve Young Gods as an offering to the
Fourth Host of the Celestials. She told the Celestials
the Young Gods represented the potential of humanity and
asked the aliens to train them in the uses of their powers.
The Celestials accepted the offering and judged in humanity's
favor. The Celestials then left Earth, taking the Young
Gods with them. Subsequently, the Young Gods have been
trained in the use of their powers on a distant planet
by two aliens, Junipur and Katos.
The twelve Young Gods include the following individuals.
Bright Sword was previously known
as Carter Dyam, and represents the warrior among the Young
Gods. When approached by the Asgardian god, Heimdall,
to become one of the Young Gods, Dyam was a 24year-old
Israeli soldier who had grown disillusioned with warfare
and killing. As Bright Sword he possesses superhuman strength
and virtual invulnerability, and is a master of human
and alien forms of weaponry.
Calculus was originally Jahaharel
Patel, a scientist. Born in 1928, Patel was a Hindu of
the Brahmin caste who was contacted by the gods of the
Hindu pantheon to be one of the Young Gods when he was
twenty years old. As Calculus he can calculate and analyze
the probabilities of future events almost instantaneously.
Hence, although he does not have true precognitive powers,
Calculus can predict future events with amazing accuracy.
Calculus also possesses telepathic powers and is a master
Caduceus, formerly known as Mark
Cadmon, is the physician among the Young Gods. Cadmon
was approached to be one of the Young Gods in 1919, when
he was thirty years old and living in a lower class area
of Chicago. As Caduceus, Cadmon has a superhuman psionic
ability to heal injured living beings, to strengthen them,
and even to mutate them according to his wishes.
Daydreamer, the Young Gods' philosopher,
was once Catherine Moranis, who was a 25 year-old farm
woman living in 19th century Ottawa, Canada when she was
contacted to become one of the Young Gods. Daydreamer
can control the minds of others through verbal or mental
command. She can create visions in the minds of others
or dispel illusions in their minds. Daydreamer also possesses
limited precognitive powers.
Genii alias Jason Kimball is the
Young Gods' artist. When approached by the Asgardian god,
Heimdall, Kimball was a 26-year-old fashion designer from
New York City's Harlem whose career had ended due to Kimball's
compulsive gambling. Heimdall saved Kimball's life from
a loan shark out to kill him over a debt he owed. Kimball
still retains manic-depressive tendencies. As Genii he
can psionically transform the shape of physical objects
or other living beings according to his will through manipulating
his own life energy.
Highnote, originally known as Raoui
Hernandez, is the musician of the Young Gods. He is of
mixed American Indian and Spanish descent, with the Indian
side predominant. When contacted to become one of the
Young Gods, Hernandez was a saloon dancer and musician
living in Colombia in the 19th century. As Highnote he
can create vocal sounds that can manipulate matter in
various ways or that can destroy it. He can also teleport
himself and others through vocal sounds he creates.
Mindsinger, also known as Gregor
Buhkarov, is the group's poet. He was a 28 year-old student
in the Russian city of Kiev in the 18th century when he
was contacted to became a Young God. In addition to the
telepathic powers, Mindsinger can also change his own
shape at will.
Moonstalker, whose original name
is Kiana, is the Young Gods' hunter. When approached to
become one of the Young Gods, Kiana was a 16-year-old
Inuipiat woman living in 11th century Alaska. She now
possesses the ability to move at superhuman speed and
can visually blend in with her surroundings.
Sea Witch, previously known as Bridget
O'Hare, is the sailor among the Young Gods. When contacted
to become a Young God she was a Seventeen year old Irish
girl living in the 12th century. Formerly a normal looking
girl with red hair, she has been radically transformed,
and now has green hair and skin. She can now breathe both
in and out of water, and her body has been adapted to
undersea living in ways similar to the Atlanteans. Sea
Witch can telekinetically manipulate water whether it
is in solid, liquid, or gaseous state.
Splice, also known as Chandra Ku,
is the craftsmaker among the Young Gods. When approached
to become a Young God, she was a 13 year-old girl of the
Zulu people of 18th century Africa. As Splice she can
animate unliving objects and create weapons, tools, and
machines out of raw materials through psionic means.
Varua, formerly known as Mira is
the priestess in the team. She was a Polynesian girl born
in 1405 on Ruk Island, and was approached to become one
of the Young Gods when she was fourteen years old. She
possesses telepathic and teleportational powers. She is
the only one of the Young Gods who can initiate the team's
merger into a Uni-Mind, a living being with a group mind,
similar to those formed by the Eternals.
The Young Gods recently returned to Earth,
but their subsequent whereabouts and activities are as
First Appearance: (Kimball) THOR
#202, (Kimball as Genii, Bright Sword, Harvest) THOR #203,
(the others) THOR #300