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|First appearance||Squadron Supreme #1 (Aug 1985) (flashback), Squadron Supreme: New World Order.|
|Created by||Mark Gruenwald|
|Team affiliations||Squadron Supreme|
|Notable aliases||James Doe, the Skrull, Skymax.|
|Abilities||Superhuman strength greater than a normal Skrull
Excellent hand-to-hand combatant
The Skrullian Skymaster is a fictional comic book superhero appearing in books published by Marvel Comics, usually those featuring the Squadron Supreme, a superhero team of which Skymaster is a member. The character is the Squadron's counterpart of the Martian Manhunter, a member of DC Comics' superhero team, the Justice League of America.
The character subsequently appears in Squadron Supreme: New World Order #1 (September 1998), and Exiles #77–78 (April–May 2006).
The Skrull appeared as part of the "Squadron Supreme" entry in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition #12.
Fictional character biography
In an alternate reality to that in which most Marvel Comics stories take place, the Skrull Empire has been at war with the Kree Empire. In an attempt to end the bloodshed the Skrull Empire created a means to imbue their soldiers with extraordinary powers to vanquish the Kree. Skymax was the first and the only soldier experimented on because the coming of the World Devourer that destroyed the Skrull homeworld. Skymax was in the vicinity of Earth when his starship malfunctioned and was rescued by American astronaut Joe Ledger (see Doctor Spectrum). Grateful for his rescue, Skymax gave Ledger a Power Prism which Ledger used to become the costumed adventurer Doctor Spectrum, while Skymax became the costumed adventurer known as the Skrull. Skymax and Ledger both became founding members of the Squadron Supreme and Skymax remained with the team until member Tom Thumb repaired his ship allowing him to return to space.[volume & issue needed] Skymax realized that the damage to his ship was beyond repair despite Tom Thumb's efforts and he chose to remain on Earth in secret, searching for any possibility of other Skrull survivors. Not finding any Skymax concluded that he was indeed the last of his race and he stayed on Earth.[volume & issue needed]
After the Squadron returned from their adventures in Earth-616, the sorcerer Mysterium sent the surviving members to retrieve others to help in the rebellion against the Global Directorate. Doctor Spectrum was sent after "the Watcher" and discovered Skymax. Renaming himself the Skrullian Skymaster, and revealing his true origin to Doctor Spectrum, Skymax rejoined the Squadron Supreme and settled with them on Utopia Isle.
Powers and abilities
Skymax possesses superhuman abilities similar to the Super-Skrull from Earth-616 and also possesses the Skrull's innate racial ability to shape-shift. In Earth-712's universe the Skrull Empire was destroyed, so it's possible that Skymax' powers were not amplified in the same manner as the powers of the Super-Skrull. He is also an excellent hand-to-hand fighter, an accomplished pilot and has knowledge of advanced Skrull technology. Skymax has also exhibited telepathy.
- Squadron Supreme: New World Order (September 1998)