A spawn of Galactus, the mighty Devourer of Worlds, is revealed in Damage Control #5 — and he’s a far cry from his father in almost all respects.
The following contains spoilers for Damage Control #5, on sale now from Marvel.
The ending of Damage Control #5 reveals that the series’ unassuming protagonist Gus is none other than the son of Galactus.
This revelation unfolds in the issue’s final pages as the corporate heads of Damage Control debate over whether or not they should fire Gus for his extreme incompetence. Suddenly, the Silver Surfer appears in the room and explains that “the fate of every living thing in creation depends upon keeping that boy occupied with busy work so that he never learns the truth of his origin.”
Silver Surfer explains that Gus is a splinter of the primordial cosmic matter that once composed Galactus’ helmet. Without anywhere else to go, the splinter followed the cries of other lonely and lost souls in the universe and landed at Oberlin College, Gus’ alma mater. The splinter manifested itself into Gus’ human form without anyone knowing that the clumsy everyman was, in fact, descended from a giant eater of planets. The only telltale sign was Gus’ massive appetite. “Gus is the spawn of the Devourer of Worlds,” the Surfer remarks. “In this case, he is the devourer of tacos and other carbohydrate-laden foodstuffs.”
Gus’ Unusual Origin
While he might be the son of one of the most supreme beings in the Marvel Mutliverse, Gus was also designed by Damage Control writers Adam F. Goldberg & Hans Rodionoff to resemble characters from the American and British editions of The Office – specifically Andy Bernard, played by Ed Helms, and Tim Canterbury, portrayed by Martin Freeman. “I think he’s probably most like Tim from the British version crossed with Andy from the American version,” Rodionoff told CBR. “He means well, but [he’s] kind of a natural trouble magnet… Gus is one of those people that can’t really get out of his own way. His natural curiosity, combined with a slightly gullible nature, ends up getting him into some tough spots as he tries to find his place at Damage Control.”
Damage Control #5 is written by Goldberg & Rodionoff, illustrated by Nathan Stockman, colored by Ruth Redmond and lettered by VC’s Clayton Cowles. The issue features cover art by Patch Zircher & Brian Reber and is on sale now from Marvel.