So Sayeth the Odinson: The Odinson’s Top 5 Sources of Secrets of the Universe

Greetings from the Odinson,

The Helmet of Nabu is a link to the divine might and magical power of a Lord of light.  Its power can unveil the secrets to super human strength, flight, and an array of magical powers that can put those that don it and master its power on par with the gods themselves.  The Eye of Agamotto can reveal great secrets of the universe, the afterlife, shed light on the secrets of others, and track locations across great distances of time and space as well as transport its wielder and allies there.  In his harrowing war against the sinister Dire Wraiths, ROM, greatest of the Spaceknights of Galador, was able to use his powerful Analyzer to see through illusions and see the evil shape-changing aliens in their true form.  And, anyone ensnared by Wonder Woman’s magical Lasso of Truth is compelled to reveal all secrets to the Amazing Amazon.

Odin, king of the Norse gods, the All-Father of fabled Asgard, father of Thor, and defender of the Nine Worlds, is the wielder of the nigh omnipotent Odinforce.  His ravens, Huginn and Muninn, fly all through space and time and bring back to Odin all the secrets and information the realms have to offer.  Odin’s number one duty to his people and to the universe itself is to prevent Ragnarok, the Twilight of the Gods.  Over the many cycles of the last millennium, he, along with mighty Thor, has done just that (see Thor #154-157, 176-177 and 200, The Eternals Saga, Ragnarok n Roll, Avengers Disassemble and The Gods of Asgard), but Odin paid a price for the secrets to prevent the end of days.  In order to learn the secrets to preventing Ragnarok, Odin sacrificed his right eye into the Well of Mimir, a mystical spring from which all the secrets of the cosmos reside.

It is said that information is power.  Power has long been the goal of men great and small.  If true power were easy to come by then all men would be great and powerful.  That is why the greatest powers of the universe are shrouded in mystery and protected by secrets, mysteries that those seeking ultimate power must first unravel.  The worlds of comic books and pop culture are full of such secrets and roads to power.

The Odinson’s Top 5 Sources of Secrets of the Universe

The Identity Disc – In his fight against crime, sometimes a super hero’s greatest advantage is anonymity.  A secret identity helps keep friends and loved ones safe from a revenge-seeking foe.  In this tale, a mysterious benefactor assembles a group of Marvel villains Dirty Dozen style to go on a suicide mission to retrieve a computer disc that reportedly contains the addresses and identities of every single Marvel Hero in the world.  Just imagine the harm that could be wrought if this information were to ever get out into the open.

The Necronomicon – The infamous Book of the Dead is said to contain many dark and terrifying secrets including the secrets to raising the dead.  This macabre tome is said to be inked in blood and bound in human flesh.  It has long played a pivotal role in many horror tales by H.P. Lovecraft.  The anti-hero Ash has been fighting a never-ending battle against the forces of evil ever since the Necronomicon raised the Army of Darkness.  The Necronomicon makes a cameo in Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday and bridges the gap between Freddy vs. Jason and Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash, a collision of three of the greatest horror franchises of all-time!

Castle Grayskull – This ancient, foreboding citadel located in a remote region on the magical world of Eternia is said to contain all the secrets of the cosmos and the evil Skeletor wants them.  This malevolent warlock will use all the black magic, supernatural artifacts, super weapons, and an army of mutants, witches, and monsters at his disposal to try and batter down the gates of Grayskull and obtain these priceless secrets.  The only thing standing in his way is the benevolent Sorceress and her mighty protector – He-Man the most powerful man in the universe.

The Infinity Gauntlet – If someone could obtain complete and total power over space, time, power, the mind, the soul, and reality they would be able to unlock the secrets of the universe and become nigh omnipotent.  They would be a god.  That is exactly what the Marvel U’s ultimate Big Bad did in Thanos Quest.  The Mad Titan faced, out-smarted and out dueled the Elders of the Universe and obtained the Soul Gems and forged the Infinity Gauntlet, thus becoming the most powerful being in the multiverse.  When Earth’s Mightiest Heroes failed to topple the titan (Infinity Gauntlet #4), Thanos went to war with a pantheon of space gods that included among others Galactus, the Celestials, and Eternity in a cosmic battle that threatened to unmake all reality (Infinity Gauntlet #5).  The Soul Gems contain the ultimate secrets and when brought together, the ultimate power!

The Ark of the Covenant – This ancient artifact is said to contain the smashed remains of the Biblical Ten Commandments.  It is a greatly sought after object that is said to make any army that carries it into battle unbeatable for it is a direct conduit to the power of God.  This was the premise for the classic movie Raiders of the Lost Ark.  However, power like this was never meant to be wielded by mortal men, especially those with evil intent, as the Nazis quickly learned when they opened the Ark and were exposed to its contents.

Be careful what you wish for.  The revelation of universal secrets can sometimes lead to ultimate power, but sometimes it just melts your face off.

This is Odinson bidding thee farewell

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About Odinson

I am a lifelong comics fan and pop culture enthusiast. Comic books, novels, games, television, movies, I love it all. From fantasy to science fiction, drama to comedy, as long as the writing and execution are interesting, I love it, and I want to talk about it.

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