DEVOS THE DEVASTATOR

Real Name: Devos

Identity/Class: Extra-terrestrial, technology user

Occupation: Vigilante, peace maker

Group Membership: Fearsome Foursome (Huntara, Klaw, Paibok)

Affiliations: Korath the Pursuer, Ronan the Accuser, Symka (former) Huntara, Lyja, Paibok

Enemies: Annihilation Wave, Avengers, Daredevil, Dreadface, the Elan, Fantastic Force, Fantastic Four, Gamora, Glorian, Intergalactic Council, Kree, Lyja, Alicia Masters, Paibok, Sandman, Skrulls (including General Kalamari), Spider-Man, Talos the Tamed

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: His Arsenal Planet
Formerly, Paibok's vessel
Formerly, his starship and alien zoo
Formerly, his unnamed homeworld

First Appearance: Fantastic Four I#359 (December, 1991)

Powers/Abilities: Devos wields numerous firearms and special devices of alien origins in battle, but chiefly relies upon the devices in his armor. His armor grants him superhuman strength (class 90), flight, a "Luminator" which can blind his opponents, twin blades in his left gauntlet, knock out gas, a gas which can smother out flame, infra-red detectors, an electric shield, miniature missiles, electrical blasts, and sensors.

Devos has also commanded various space vessels, held at his Arsenal Planet. The most powerful of these was his Death Cruiser.

Height: (in battlesuit) 7' 2"

Weight: Unrevealed

Eyes: Unrevealed

Hair: Blond

History: (Fantastic Four I#377 (fb)) - As a child, Devos' homeworld was assaulted by raiders, and he was orphaned. He grew up alone in the ruins for years, until he was found by soldiers who recruited him for the army. He quickly became one of the best warriors, and was chosen by Symka for the "Great Experiment", which resulted in him becoming the ultimate weapon of destruction-- but he determined that he would use this power to bring about galactic peace by destroying any race capable of making war.

(Fantastic Four I#359 (fb, BTS)) - Over the years that followed, Devos slew many lifeforms, and his trophy case included the heads of a Titan (Xemnu's race), a Skrull, an Elan, and a Kree Sentry. He also contained the creature known as Dreadface, but was unable to devise a means of destroying it.

(Fantastic Four I#359) - Devos came across a vessel containing the Fantastic Four, and their ally Alicia Masters. Reasoning that any speices capable of space travel would have a capacity for conflict, Devos has his vessel bring them aboard with a tractor beam. He then tested their reactions by turning his ship's defenses and the various creatures in his zoo against them. Having determined that humanity was a violent race, Devos confronted the Fantastic Four himself, and held his own in battle with all four of them, but depleted much of his armor's energy attempting to shock the Thing with electricity. He attempted to recharge his armor, but Mr. Fantastic knocked him back into the energy grid, and the resulting damage caused the ship to begin its self-destruct countdown. Abandoning the Fantastic Four, Devos fled to his escape craft, assuming they would be destroyed by the destruct sequence.

(Fantastic Four I#400) - Devos was among the many enemies of the Fantastic Four who were brought from other points in time to confront members of the Fantastic Four and Fantastic Force. Devos did not recognize some of the players on the field, but engaged them in battle, only to be removed from the conflict by Huntara, who opened up one of her portals in his path.

(Fantastic Four I#366) - Devos' craft was found by a Skrull vessel commanded by Paibok. Although Devos at first intended to slay Paibok and steal his vessel, he was surprised to learn they had a common enemy-- the Fantastic Four. The two men forged an alliance together, and Paibok showed him the unconscious body of Lyja, wife of the Human Torch.

(Fantastic Four I#369, 390 (fb)) - Devos observed as Paibok altered Lyja's genetic structure, granting her superhuman powers.

(Fantastic Four I#370) - With Lyja's enhancements completed, Paibok, Devos and Lyja prepared to combat the Fantastic Four together.

(Fantastic Four I#371) - Devos joined with Lyja and Paibok in assaulting the Human Torch at Empire State University. When the Torch called for help from his teammates, they pressed their attack, and the Torch prepared to release his Nova Flame. Devos' sensors registered the Torch's power build-up, and the three of them escaped before he went nova.

(Fantastic Four I#372) - Devos watched with Paibok and Lyja as the Human Torch was arrested for setting fire to Empire State University.

(Fantastic Four I#374) - Paibok and Devos observed as the Torch became a fugitive from the law, but were surprised when Lyja turned against them, and went to help the Fantastic Four. This confirmed Devos' suspicions-- no Skrull could be trusted.

(Fantastic Four I#377) - Devos and Paibok assaulted the courtroom where the Human Torch was being tried, and found themselves joined by the Fantastic Four's enemy Klaw, and the amnesiac Huntara. The four of them (dubbed "the Fearsome Foursome") joined forces in assaulting the Fantastic Four.

(Fantastic Four I#378) - Devos went toe-to-toe with the Thing, but the Thing received help from his friend the Sandman, and the heroes Spider-Man and Daredevil also joined the fray. Journeying outside, Devos attempted to destroy the heroes with one massive blast, but the Invisible Woman stopped it with her force field. Although the four villains managed to hold their own, with the arrival of the Avengers, they decided to escape using one of Huntara's portals.

(Fantastic Four I#379) - While Paibok showed Klaw around his vessel, Devos spoke with Huntara, to determine if her people were as war-like as she.

(Fantastic Four I#382) - With the aid of one of Huntara's portals, the four villains invaded Four Freedoms Plaza, and Devos helped Paibok set a trap for the Fantastic Four when they returned, knocking them unconscious with gas. They then teleported the Thing, Human Torch, Invisible Woman and Lyja to Paibok's ship, and Devos joined Paibok as he presented their captives to the Skrull Empire (including Kalamari) at their new Throneworld. Having now reestablished contact with the Empire, Paibok realized that Devos had a price on his head and attempted to arrest him, but by then Devos had contacted his Arsenal Planet, and had it assault the Throneworld in an attempt to destroy the Skrull military.

(Fantastic Four I#383) - While his Death Cruiser assaulted the planet, Devos slew the guards Paibok had brought with him, and then faced him in one-on-one combat. When Paibok himself was branded a traitor for bringing Devos to Throneworld, Devos abandoned the fight to personally command the Death Cruiser into battle. However, Paibok snuck aboard the ship, and sabotaged the stardrive, sending the ship into sub-space.

(Maximum Security#1) - Devos was among the alien criminals exiled to earth by the Intergalactic Council during the so-called "Maximum Security" event. While on earth, Devos again battled Daredevil.

(Fantastic Four: Foes#1) - Devos attended a gathering of enemies of the Fantastic Four held by the Puppet Master, who suggested that they combine their forces. Devos left with the others, without even acknowledging the Puppet Master's scheme.

(Annihilation: Ronan#2) - Devos was compelled to visit the planet Godthab Omega. In the town of Abyss, he fought the Skrull Talos. He managed to defeat Talos, and then encountered Ronan, who compared notes with him. Just as they began to theorize as to why so many high-level cosmic activities were going on, Gamora snuck up behind Devos and plunged a dagger through his chest.

(Annihilation: Ronan#3) - When Devos came to, he found that he and Talos were both being held prisoner by Glorian, the one responsible for drawing them to Godthab Omega. Devos conferred with Talos, who believed that Glorian was the one-time pupil of the Shaper of Worlds.

(Annihilation: Ronan#4) - When the planet was overrun by the Annihilation Wave, Glorian was distracted, releasing Devos and Talos. Ronan ordered the two of them to the spaceport to get off-planet with any other survivors.

Comments: Created by Tom DeFalco, Paul Ryan and Danny Bulanadi.

Among the trophies in Devos' starship seen in Fantastic Four I#359 was the head of what appeared to be a bearded human wearing glasses. John Byrne?

 

by Prime Eternal

CLARIFICATIONS:
Devos should not be confused with:


Devos' Death Cruiser was held at his Arsenal Planet until he needed it for an assault on the Skrull Throneworld. Possibly the most powerful vessel Devos possessed, the ship was nearly capable of destroying the planet single-handedly. Paibok sabotaged the stardrive of the Death Cruiser, causing it to enter into sub-space, with no way of returning. Presumbly, Devos abandoned the vessel in order to escape sub-space.

--Fantastic Four I#382, 383














 

 

 


Symka was the beautiful scientist who oversaw the "great experiment" in which Devos was transformed into his planet's ultimate warrior. However, Symka did not forsee that Devos would use his powers not to make war, but peace-- his own version of peace.

--Fantastic Four I#377 (fb)










Images taken from:
Fantastic Four I#377, page 16, panel 1
Fantastic Four I#377, page 15, panel 2
Fantastic Four I#378, page 22, panel 3
Fantastic Four I#382, page 29, panel 2
Fantastic Four I#377, page 15, panel 4


Other appearances:
Fantastic Four I#366 (July, 1992) - Tom DeFalco (writer), Paul Ryan (pencils), Danny Bulanadi (inks), Raph Macchio (editor)
Fantastic Four I#369-372 (October, 1992 - January, 1993) - Tom DeFalco & Paul Ryan (writer), Paul Ryan (pencils), Danny Bulanadi (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Fantastic Four I#374 (March, 1993) - Tom DeFalco & Paul Ryan (writer), Paul Ryan (pencils), Danny Bulanadi (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Fantastic Four I#377-379 (June-August, 1993) - Tom DeFalco & Paul Ryan (writer), Paul Ryan (pencils), Danny Bulanadi (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Fantastic Four I#382-383 (November-December, 1993) - Tom DeFalco & Paul Ryan (writer), Paul Ryan (pencils), Danny Bulanadi (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Fantastic Four I#390 (July, 1994) - Tom DeFalco & Paul Ryan (writer), Paul Ryan (pencils), Danny Bulanadi (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Fantastic Four I#400 (May, 1995)- Tom DeFalco & Paul Ryan (writer), Paul Ryan (pencils), Dan Bulanadi (inks)
Maximum Security#1 (December, 2000) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Jerry Ordway (pencils), Will Blyberg, Paul Ryan, Al Vey & Chris Ivy (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Fantastic Four: Foes#1 (March, 2005) - Robert Kirkman (writer), Cliff Rathburn (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Annihilation: Ronan#2-4 (July-September, 2006) - Simon Furman (writer), Jorge Lucas (artist), Andy Schmidt (editor)

Last updated: 09/25/13

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