Real Name: Devros
Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial/Blue Kree/Brood
Occupation: Would-be military conqueror;
former Grand Admiral in the Kree Empire
Group Membership: The Kree military, specifically the crew of his unnamed ship
Affiliations: The Brood, particularly his own Queen and mate;
his own Brood Nest (the crew of the Pama, the crew of his unnamed vessel, Zen-Pram - all deceased);
formerly The Kree Empire, Yon-Rogg and the crew of his vessel
Enemies: (After meeting the Brood Queen) The crew of the starship Pama, Mar-Vell, Una, Yon-Rogg,
Zen-Pram (all deceased);
The Kree Empire;
all non-Blue Kree
Known Relatives: The Brood Queen (his mate)
Aliases: The Brood King, The Perfect General
Base of Operations: An unnammed planet in the Absalom Sector Formerly the planet Hala
First Appearance: The Untold Legend of Captain Marvel#2 (May, 1997)
Powers/Abilities: Devros was a military genius and high-ranked officer, possesing enough knowledge of Imperial Secrets, that the Supreme Intelligence was willing to kill him rather than have his knowledge fall into enemy hands.
Brood Powers: Superhuman Strength, Speed, Durability and Agility, he also maintained much of his original personality after being infected, likely due to the fact that he gave himself willingly to the Queen as a Consort.
Kree Powers: Enhanced Human Strength and Durability
Weaknesses: Devros was a rampant bigot, believing Blue Kree to be superior to all other species and races, after his Brood assimilation, he came to believe that the Brood were the Blue Kree's only equals. He was also completely insane, and believed that his infection was all part of a grand scheme by the Supreme Intelligence to evolve the Blue Kree to perfection by inter-mixing with the Brood to produce a Master Race.
History: (Untold Legend of Captain Marvel#1 (fb) - BTS) - Devros commanded the Montrox Campaign, a battle against an unrevealed enemy. Zen-Pram served under him during that battle, and was enraged by his bigotry and willingness to sacrifice the lives of Pink Kree soldiers "He made little secret of the disgust he felt for we pink-skins, nor his willingness to throw as many of our lives against a problem as it took to get it solved." This callousness led to Zen-Pram's utter hatred of Devros.
(The Untold Legend of Captain Marvel#2 (fb) ) - Devros' ship was attacked by a Brood-infested Acanti in the Absalom Sector, his ship managed to slay the great beast, but was forced to crashland on the very world on which the Acanti's corpse came to rest, and he and his crew were captured by the Brood. Devros became enamored with the Brood, their ways, and their Queen, "I had found the one, perfect organism that was my equal.", Devros allowed himself to be transformed into her consort. He then proclaimed himself a "Brood King", and set about plotting to invade the Kree Empire with Brood-infested Kree.
(Untold Legend of Captain Marvel#1 - BTS) - The Kree star ship Pama was sent to locate Devros, and either rescue him, or terminate him to prevent his knowledge from falling into enemy hands. The crew of the Pama included Mar-Vell (the future Captain Marvel) Una, Yon-Rogg and Zen-Pram. Zen-Pram expressed dislike for Devros ("He's a fanatic and a racist, like all Blue-Skins!" - see Comments) while Yon-Rogg praised his military abilities. After battling the Srulls, the Pama encountered the Shi'ar Imperial Guard and Princess Deathbird, who claimed to be chasing a Brood raiding party.
(Untold Legend of Captain Marvel#2) - The crew of the Pama discovered the world where Devros had crashed, and were immediately attacked and captured by the Brood, who took them to the crashed Acanti, and their "King", Devros. The Kree were horrified to learn that not only was Devros now Brood, he had given himself to the Brood completely, and enjoyed his new existence, feeling it was an evolved state of perfection. "But we Kree, are in fact, a stagnant, predatory race - no different from the Brood save in terms of outward finery! With the Royal Brood Embryo gestating within me, I have surpassed evolution's boundaries! I am the perfect synthesis of Blue-Kree military facility and Brood physical prowess...the BROOD KING!" Devros then revealed his plan to conquer the Kree Empire using Brood-Infested Kree, and assume the rule over the Empire.
Devros also revealed that his Queen had infected all of the captured Kree with Brood eggs. At this, Mar-Vell fought his way to freedom, killed the Queen, rescued Una, and fled, leaving the others to their fate. Devros cradled his Brood lover's body in his arms, vowing revenge. " My love...I will soldier on... for you."
(Untold Legend of Captain Marvel#3) - Mar-Vell and Una returned to the Pama for the others, and Mar-Vell killed the newly transformed Brood Zen-Pram, then faced off against Devros while Una worked on a cure. Devros ferociously battled Mar-Vell, but the hero broke his neck in hand-to hand combat, ending his plans of conquest. Mar-Vell then asked the surrounding Brood "Who's Next?" And they parted to let him pass, hissing at him as he went. Mar-Vell briefly proclaimed himself the new "Brood King" but Una had found a cure, and freed him from the Brood. Mar-Vell then rescued Yon-Rogg, and they escaped by jettisoning the Pama's sick bay into space as the vessel exploded due to Mar-Vell's sabotage. The three survivors were later rescued by Deathbird and the Shi'ar Imperial Guard.
Comments: Created by Tom Brevoort, Mike Kanterovich, Scott Kolins, John Lowe, James Novak and John Kalisz
Zen-Pram was right in calling Devros a racist - too bad he himself was guilty of the same mistake. Devros did not deny the accusation; on the contrary, he was proud of it.
A Brood King? Well, we know that the Brood do have both genders, but this is the
only mention of a male Brood holding such a position. The Brood are a Matriarchal
Society, with the Empress as head, and Queens of various rank ruling in her name
over their own Brood Nests. Other than Devros, the highest ranking male Brood
shown have been the Firstborn, the Empress' personal guard and special
assassins. Devros may be unique as a male Brood holding such a rank
of authority. Even if a Brood host is male that doesn't mean that the Brood
itself is, Harry Palmer, for instance, was a human male, but the Brood within
him was a female, a Queen, so he was referred to as a Brood Queen.
Both Devros and his Brood symbiote/parasite, however, were male.
It was his mate, the Brood Queen, who was capable of infecting others with eggs, however - we got no evidence that Devros had that capability at all.
Devros was wonderfully drawn, inked, colored and designed, and is truly a
fascinating, if short-lived, character.
--We don't know that he actually had any rank in the Brood Empire, but just chose the name himself due to his power and arrogance--Snood.
A minor note: During The Brood Saga @ Uncanny X-Men#162-166, Shi'ar Majestrix Lilandra was completely unaware of the Brood's bizarre form of parasitic reproduction, even though this took place years after this encounter.
As the Kree survivors were rescued by her sister, Deathbird, and the Imperial Guard, it seems like it would have been known in the Shi'Ar Empire, at the very least the Royal Family should have had some knowledge of the Brood's true nature, even if Deathbird had been plotting against her family at this point the Imperial Guard would have dutifuly informed the Majestor, Deathbird's father (or D'ken, the time is unrevealed).
Devros was right, the Kree are really no better than the Brood, the same is true of Shi'ar, Skrulls, and yes, humans, or any others who conquer and enslave others. In fact, the Brood at least have good reason, the survival of their race depends upon conquering others, making them Brood, it is instinct, not greed or hate, that drive the Brood. I wish we could say the same.
Clarifications: Devros is not connected to
also, he should not be confused with
His mate, the Brood Queen, should be distinguished from other Brood Queens, including
and from other characters with similar concepts, including:
The Kree ship Pama should be distinguised from
For more details on those characters, click on the links and/or look on the sites of our links page.
Devros' Brood Queen lived on an unnamed planet of the Absalom sector. She and Devros took a liking to each other. She and her Brood killed or infected apparently all of the surviving crews of both Devros' ship and the Pama. Devros was the only one who willing accepted that infection. She was killed by Captain Mar-Vell.
--Untold Legend of Captain Marvel#2 (including fb)
Untold Legend of Captain Marvel#2 Page 25 Panel 3
Untold Legend of Captain Marvel#3 (June, 1997) - Tom Brevoort & Mike Kanterovich (writers), Scott Kolins (pencils), John Lowe (inks), Mark Bernardo (editor)
Last updated: 01/27/04
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