Marvel's 'Helstrom' Episode 5: Who is Kthara in the comics? A look at the demon who has possessed Victoria
While the show has veered off the comics for most of its premise, comic fans might feel a little appeased to see some familiar characters here and there
Daimon Helstrom has clawed his way back from hell with the latest Hulu offering 'Helstrom', and it is proving to the wild and unpredictable ride that it promised. And so far, we've been watching Daimon and Anna Helstrom – the two siblings, tracking down the most dreadful parts of humanity. While the show has veered off the comics for most of its premise, the comic fans might feel a little appeased to see some familiar characters here and there.
In Episode 5, we meet Kthara. Who is she?
You might remember some fiery lines from her in the comics. "I am Kthara, Lord Daimon, mother of demons, one who stands in Satan's high favor. I am she, who rules the outer dark and this night when blood is shed and words of power spoke, my ravagers will be free to claim this Earth once more and rule!" And then she goes to expound on how she has slain twelve men, and that Daimon would be the last, in order for her to complete the ritual and take over the Earth. After luring him into Los Angeles and manipulating him into fighting his sister Satana, they get into a heated battle (excuse the numerous fire puns). After what seemed like the end of Satana, Kthara abducts Daimon. However, Satana is revived by the Basilisk and rescues him. With the help of the Basilisk within her, Satana kills and Kthara, and her soul is dragged back to hell. Of course, such demons make a comeback and she returns with a flourish and in another grueling set of battles with Daimon, even her astral form is torn apart.
With its latest and probably last television venture, Marvel has chosen to go dark with 'Helstrom. The studios put aside the polished superhero capes for a hit and decided to go in the other direction for a bit, with 'Helstrom'. For those familiar with the comics, you would know that Daimon Hellstrom, is the spawn of Satan. He is delightfully diabolical, though of course, he might have the Marvel-esque shades of goodness in him. The character was brought to life in the 1970s comics when Marvel decided to experiment with the occult and arcane. As per every comic story tradition, the character was re-written and retconned several times, but that still couldn't take away from his essence, and he makes for one of the most intriguing Marvel characters. Helstrom is the most powerful being, in his own realm of hell, and his power is almost infinite. He has a trident that's made of netheranium that gives him power. Moreover, he has the power of 'soulfire', which can burn people's souls. But the truth is, he isn't so evil after all. Yeah, you saw that coming – he's the Defender Of The Earth. He has put Satan's puts to destroy the Earth, to a grinding halt. Dr Strange is known to have consulted Daimon when warring with demonic forces because he has all the knowledge of the realms of hell. Hell, with a dollop of spicy goodness?
'Helstrom' is streaming on Hulu.