Deathcry

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Deathcry
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Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Avengers #363 (June 1993)
Created by Bob Harras
Steve Epting
In-story information
Alter ego Sharra Neramani
Species Shi'ar
Team affiliations Avengers
Notable aliases Lifecry[1]
Abilities Super-strength, stamina, sturdiness, sharp talons, enhanced senses.

Deathcry (Sharra Neramani) is a fictional Marvel Comics character and a former honorary member of the Avengers.

Publication history[edit]

Deathcry first appeared in Avengers #363 (June 1993) and was created by scenarist Bob Harras and penciller Steve Epting. She appeared as a regular character in Avengers for a while.

Deathcry was one of the feature characters in the 2011 three-issue limited series Chaos War: Dead Avengers created by scenarist Fred Van Lente and penciller Tom Grummet.[2] In an interview with Comic Book Resources, Fred Van Lente explained "Deathcry was a character who I knew nothing about until we started talking in the room about who we could use in the series. She was terrific in Annihilation: Conquest, and that's definitely the incarnation of the character I'm going to be using. To me, her real name should be "The '90s" because she's the classic stereotypical bad girl with cleavage and a shitty attitude. She's a Shi'Ar who may or may not be descended from the X-Men villain Deathbird. So she's a female, berserker, bird person with crazy hair, which means she's awesome."[3]

Deathcry has entries in the All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2006) #3 - Copperhead to Ethan Edwards, The Marvel Encyclopedia and Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008) HC vol. 03 - Captain (Nextwave) to Elements of Doom.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Deathcry is a Shi'ar whose true name was taken by royal decree for reasons yet unrevealed, but it was heavily hinted that she was the daughter of Deathbird. When the Earth hero team Avengers defeated the Kree, the Empress Lilandra Neramani feared for the team's safety should the Kree attempt revenge.

Lilandra then orders Deathcry, by the same decree that took her name, to join the Avengers as their protector.[4] Deathcry served with the Avengers for several months while hiding her youth. She eventually softened and revealed her true age as she formed close friendships with her teammates Vision and Hercules.[volume & issue needed]

Later, after the Avengers survive an attack by the villain Immortus, Deathcry decides her services are no longer required. She bade Hercules to return her to the Shi'ar Empire, where she remained.[5]

Eventually finding herself in the Kree empire, Deathcry is captured and charged with multiple murders. She was kept in a Kree high-security prison. She is selected to join Peter Quill's 'dirty dozen' team to fight the Phalanx.[6] Unfortunately, her Shi'ar nature causes her to be hostile to Captain Universe when the man kills two of her opponents. Believing that taking another person's kill is an insult to that person, she attacks Captain Universe who raises an energy ball in self-defense. Deathcry hits this ball and explodes.[7]

During the Chaos War storyline, Deathcry is among the dead people that return from the dead following Amatsu-Mikaboshi's victory in the death realms.[8] It was revealed that her true name is Sharra Neramani and that she is the niece of Lilandra and apparently the daughter of Deathbird as was previously implied. Lilandra had stripped Sharra of her name and assigned her to protecting the Avengers on Earth when she killed a member of her own platoon in a drunken rage over a mutual lover.[9] It is possible that she, along with Swordsman and Yellowjacket, could have survived too, but is not clear.

Powers and abilities[edit]

Deathcry possesses super-strength, stamina, sturdiness, sharp talons, and enhanced senses.

References[edit]

  1. ^ ComicCritic87's weekly comic reviews
  2. ^ Chaos War: Dead Avengers #1
  3. ^ Van Lente Assembles The "Dead Avengers"
  4. ^ Avengers #364-366
  5. ^ Avengers #399
  6. ^ Keith Giffen (w), Timothy Green II (p), Victor Olazaba (e), Annihilation: Conquest - Starlord #1 (September 2007)
  7. ^ Keith Giffen (w), Timothy Green II (p), Victor Olazaba (e), Annihilation: Conquest - Starlord #1 (October 2007)
  8. ^ Chaos War: Dead Avengers #1
  9. ^ Chaos War: Dead Avengers #2

External links[edit]

  • Deathcry at the Marvel Universe wiki
  • Deathcry at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe
  • Deathcry at the Comic Book DB