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Arishem the Judge is a member of the Celestials. Nigh omnipotent and mysterious cosmic space gods that are responsible for Earths Eternals and Deviants races. Each Celestial standing in at approximately 2000 feet, they wield extraordinary power to match their stature. Visiting the planet Earth every few thousand years in groups collectively known as Hosts to observe, analyze, judge or pass judgment on Earth and its species. Arishem the Judge is a key figure of the Celestials, leading the various Hosts that have visited Earth, there are few Celestials that are above him in authority or power. It is Arishem the Judge that ultimately judges and decides the verdict of planets the Celestials visit.

Many of his fellow Celestials go about their tasks often to pass on their findings to Arishem to pass his judgement, and occasionally Arishem will call upon Exitar The Exterminator to complete his judgement. Arishem the Judge stands at over 2000 feet tall, and is distinguishable from fellow Celestials by his crimson appearance and circular cylindrical head, as well as usually holding higher authority than all the other Celestials with the exception of the One Above All.


The Celestial Arishem the Judge is a Marvel comics book character created by Jack Kirby first appearing in The Eternals #2 released in 1976. The Celestials first appear in The Eternals #2, and as a concept were created by Jack Kirby. They bare some semblance to Erich von Däniken's ideas of giant space gods whose tampering with humanity lead to technological advancement. Speaking about his own creations "The Celestials looked human, didn’t they? They had human form. Underneath those helmets was a human being - a celestial human being, someone godlike in our eyes because of the things he could do that we couldn’t."

Character Evolution

Arishem the Judge is a member of the Celestials, Marvel's enigmatic space gods born from the creativity of Jack Kirby. Kirby has cited author Erich von Däniken and many of his ideas and claims of celestial space gods and aliens that influenced humanity with evidence apparent in ruins of ancient civilizations as inspiration for the Celestials. The Celestials are a staple of Marvel's cosmic landscape but also occasionally appear in such titles as Thor and the X-Men, and who are often mentioned or referenced to in many alien species origin stories or histories. The Celestials most significant plots have naturally occurred in the Eternals series also first created by Jack Kirby. Extremely popular among fans and writers, although they rarely appear, they are written as having engineered various Marvel alien species and even having genetically tampered with early hominid humans to create the sub species the Eternals and the Deviants as well as laying the potential for mutants and the X-Gene to develop in humanity. There has often been speculation about the characters in story origins -with possible origins being explored in an alternative reality- however nothing is as concrete in the mainstream reality concerning the Celestials true origins.

Major Story Arcs

Second Host

Some time in the past Arishem the Judge conspired against fellow Celestial Tiamut The Communicator, who would later one known as the Dreaming Celestial. Falsely branding Tiamut a traitor during the Second Host, leader of the Host Arishem the Judge employed fellow Celestials Eson the Searcher, Hargen the Measurer, Jemiah the Analyzer, and Tefral the Surveyor to strike down Tiamut, their power overwhelming him. Together they cast him down and imprisoned and disabling the Dreaming Celestial under the Diablo mountain range in California. After the incident, it was Tiamut The Communicator who was labeled as the Renegade Celestial.

Fourth Host

Arishem the Judge was also the leader of the Celestials Fourth Host to Earth, marking the fourth visit by Celestials to Earth. Leading the group consisting of Hargan the Measurer, Tefral the Surveyor, Nezarr the Calculator, Gammenon the Gatherer, Jemiah the Analyzer, Eson the Searcher, Oneg the Prober and Ziran the Tester. The group is confronted by Asgardian All Father Odin inhabiting the Destroyer armor empowered additionally with with the additional life forces of all Asgardians barring Thor, wielding the Odinsword. Aiding Odin was an Eternals constructed Uni-Mind. However the Eternals Uni-Mind and the Odin powered Destroyer failed at stopping the Celestials and were throughly defeated. The Elder god Gaea's intervention attempt to pacify the Celestials was successful as she offered them the Young Gods, for which they accepted Arishem the Judge evaluating Earth as worthy, the subsequent Celestial Host departing Earth.

San Francisco

Arishem and Celestials
Arishem and Celestials

In more recent times Arishem the Judge has reappeared on Earth leading a swarm of Celestials, after the mutant Mister Sinister tampered with the Dreaming Celestials body. Sinister had required the raw power of the seemingly dormant Celestial, and using his vast resources appropriated the Dreaming Celestials head, reforming it to reassemble his own, before separating it from the vast golden Celestials body, moving it to a location in San Francisco before using it to generate a city. After Abigail Brand acting under SWORD alerts Cyclops that there is activity with the Celestial, the mutant leader sends his Extinction team to witness Mister Sinister's plans unfold. Approaching the new structure Sinister had constructed they are witness to a setting created to invoke a Victorian era setting. The X-Men defeat Sinister, and return the Dreaming Celestials head, however Agent Brand warns that several more Celestials headed by Arishem the Judge are heading to San Francisco. Namor, Storm, Cyclops, Hope, Emma Frost, Magneto and Colossus head to confront the powerful space gods, who remain silent standing beside their associate Tiamut. Cyclops explains Sinister's actions and asks the Celestials to leave. the giant Celestials are silent, until the Dreaming Celestial points to the sky, resulting in them departed almost as swiftly as they arrived.

Powers and Abilities

Arishem the Judge like many of the Celestials is an extremely powerful god like being, possessing incalculable levels of strength, durability, speed and energy projection. Enormous in stature, up to 2000 feet in height, they possess the ability to manipulate reality, control vast levels of energy and rearrange matter up to an unknown degree They can teleport themselves or vast objects across vast distances. In the rare occurrence that they may be harmed they will regenerate near instantaneously. Capable of withstanding earth shattering blows and greater, easily withstand nuclear bomb level blasts and explosions. Celestials also possess the ability to generate energy blasts that are of an earth shattering level and higher. There is an unknown connection between the Celestials and Hyperspace. It is possible that Hyperspace is the origin of the Celestials vast powers. Arishem the Judge holds a high position of authority among the Celestials, having lead the the Celestial Hosts on Earth. Presumably this may mean he holds more power. Arishem the Judge presides judges and rules over a planet, deciding its fate.

Physical Characteristics

  • Height: 2000' 0"
  • Weight: Varies
  • Hair: None
  • Eyes: None

Alternate Versions


Arishem the Judge appears in this reality. Also known as Earth X, Celestials appear to have much more involvement with the Universe, with their origins in this alternate reality explored in greater depth. Galactus also has an altered role as a counter balance to the Celestials.


Arishem the Judge appears in this reality.


Arishem the Judge appears in this reality, "What if the Avengers had become pawns of Korvac?" but is destroyed by Korvac.


Arishem the Judge appears in this reality, where heroes and humans have been mutated. Superheroes are now known as the Godlike Ones, and when the Celestials lead by Arishem the Judge appear to judge the Earth, Arishem the Judge judges unfavorably, however the mutated humans destroy him, before turning on the remaining Celestials.

X-Factor Forever

Arishem the Judge appears in this alternate reality universe. Written by Louise Simonson with art by Dan Panosian, this mini series X-Factor Forever released in 2010, has the X-Factor team comprised of Cyclops, Jean Grey, Archangel, Iceman and Beast using a sentient Celestial ship/recording device as their base. Unbeknownst to them their use of the Celestial recording device has alerted the Celestials and is still in communication with them. The Celestials head towards Earth. Gammenon the Gatherer would be the first Celestial to touch down on Earth somewhere near New York, followed by Arishem himself. Apocalypse had kidnapped Cyclops child Christopher Summers and X-Factor followed suit before finding out that the child was the key to curbing the Celestials potential wroth against Earth. Delivering the child to Arishem earned his blessing and he and the rest of the Celestials would travel to Genosha destroying it, but not before X-Factor send warnings to evacuate its population.


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