Aster: The Last Celestial Knight was created by writers Ronaldo and Narciso Roxas and artist Oliver Isabedra for C.A.T.S. Studios. Originally intended to be released locally, it was eventually published under American comic book company Entity Comics in 1994.
For untold millennia, peace in the universe was maintained by an ancient order of cosmic beings known as the Celestial Guardians, and their agents, the mighty Celestial Knights. Among the most powerful of the Knights was Aster, tasked with the duty of destroying worlds that the Guardians judge too corrupt to live.
However, Aster was later manipulated by the renegade Guardian Dessa, who sought to wrest control of the Gem of Saghal, the very source of the Guardians and Knights' power.
It took the combined forces of the Guardians and Knights to defeat Dessa, a battle that wiped out virtually all of the Celestial Knights. The Guardians entombed Dessa within layers of space debris, forming a planet that would come to be known as Prison World.
As for Aster, despite his part in Dessa's defeat, he was sentenced to exile in the Empyrean Void, cast adrift into the farthest ends of the universe.
He would emerge from the void thousands of years later. By this time, Prison World had become inhabited by the survivors of the planets that he had once destroyed. Now the last Celestial Knight, Aster seeks to atone for his past indiscretion by defending his new adopted world from the evils that beset it.
Aside from the usual superhuman strength, speed, endurance and flight, Aster commands vast cosmic energies that he can harness in the form of blasts and shields. At his most powerful, he is even capable of obliterating entire planets!
He also has the ability to strip naked at a whim.
A tribe of mountain-dwelling warriors.
The chieftain of the Mountsmen.
Khaled Brahma's daughter, she befriends Aster and accompanies him on his quest.
Shaiana appears to die at the end of the first Aster mini-series, but she is immediately resurrected into her own spin-off series in 1995, which was drawn by a rather unlikely yet talented artist. Who was he? Find out here.
Shaiana's young companion.
A proud Mountsman warrior, he grows suspicious of Aster's presence in their midst.
An enigmatic old man who possesses mysterious powers and keeps a sinister secret.
The rulers of the various kingdoms on Prison World.
REISHA OF SHARNUK
Queen of Aldebaire, the richest kingdom in the galaxy.
Winged monarch of the sky city of Vultura.
Leader of the underwater colony of Clastigor.
THE HARRIERSA team of intergalactic mercenaries who encounter Aster shortly after his release from the void. (Pictured here with Entity Comics heroine Nira-X.)
Although his body is buried deep within Prison World, Dessa's spirit lives on, plotting to regain corporeal form and reclaim the Gem of Saghal.
A former disciple of Dessa who now seeks power for himself.
A savage race of half-men half beasts who serve Dessa.
Tolmek's brutish minion and commander of the Groggs.
KALLAURIAA shape-shifting, fire-breathing sea dragon, Kallauria's eye is sought for its magical properties.
Other notable Filipino artists have also worked on Aster, such as Jay Anacleto...
... and Gerry Alanguilan.