Real Name: Kylor
Identity/Class: Extra-terrestrial (Skrull)
Occupation: Competitor for the title of Skrull Emperor
Affiliations: Aptak, Ptakr, Ripan, formerly Nenora
Enemies: Celestials, Karza, Kree empire, Nenora, Shalla Bal, Supreme Intelligence, S'Byll, Yorak (see comments)
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Mobile throughout the Andromeda galaxy
First Appearance: Silver Surfer III#2 (August, 1987)
Powers/Abilities: Kylor formerly had the ability to
change his shape, like all deviant Skrulls. After the explosion of the
bomb, he lost this ability.
He commanded a faction of the shattered Skrull empire, and thus controlled a large number of soldiers and had access to advanced technology, including powerful warships.
History: After the hyper-wave was detonated by the renegade Skrull Zabyk, removing the shape-changing abilities of the Skrulls throughout the universe, combined with the destruction of the Skrull world Tarnax IV (by Galactus), which slew the former empress R'Kll, five Skrulls emerged as the top competitors for the new title of Empress/Emperor. Kylor was one of these five.
(Bts) Per Kylor's orders, any Skrulls overtaken by the Kree needed to commit suicide rather than allow themselves to be captured, lest the secret of the Skrull inability to shift-shape fall into Kree hands.
(Silver Surfer III#2) - Kylor sent Ptakr as an emissary of the Skrull empire to Zenn-La in an attempt to establish a trade agreement. Shalla Bal, empress of Zenn-La, refused.
(Silver Surfer III#4) - Kylor was informed by Ripan that Ptrakr and his party of Skrulls had been overcome by a Kree cruiser and had committed suicide to avoid discovery of their inability to shape-shift as per Kylor's orders. Kylor inquired as to whether or not the Kree learned anything. In the middle of the conversation, Kylor saw that a Celestial had landed on the planet, much to his and Ripan's mutual shock and dismay.
(Silver Surfer III#5) - Kylor confronted the Celestial and tried to talk to it to see what it wanted, but the Celestial did not respond. He then ordered his troops to try to attack it, but still, it stood there not responding. After the Kree learned of the Skrull inability to shape-change, Kylor declared war on the Kree empire, and the second Kree/Skrull war began.
(Silver Surfer III#6) - Kylor, Ripan, and Aptak discussed their plans for the future in the Kree/Skrull war. Later on, after his spy (Nenora) had done her job wonderfully and led the Skrulls to avoid a Kree ambush, Kylor was happy. He was contacted by another competitor for title of emperor who was very upset with him, accusing his actions as those that would lead to the biggest slaughter of Skrulls in Skrull history. Kylor dismissed his rival's accusation.
(Silver Surfer III#8) - Kylor was informed by Nenora that the Silver Surfer had been defeated and incapacitated by the Supreme Intelligence when he tried to take its soul gem, without which it would go insane. Kylor ordered Nenora to steal the gem to rid them of the Supreme Intelligence. Nenora informed him it would be impossible, and then needed to end her transmission.
(Silver Surfer III#13) - Nenora, whom to Kylor's joy had taken over the Kree empire, led Kylor to believe that she was leading the Kree into a Skrull ambush. Kylor also inquired as to where Aptak was (he was unaware Nenora had killed him). Believing that the Kree armada had its shields down and the Skrull fleet could easily destroy them, Kylor's ship participated on the assault on the Kree armada. Kylor spoke with Ripan about how perfect it was that Nenora had gained control of the Kree empire, and requested that Ripan only call Nenora by her codename as he didn't want the secret that she was a Skrull go get out. He then proceeded to lead the Skrull fleet to attack the Kree armada. However, unbeknownst to Kylor, Nenora had actually led him into a trap, and his ship was destroyed by the Kree armada and Kylor was killed in the resulting explosion.
Comments: Created by Steve Englehart, Marshall Rogers, and Joe Rubinstein
Nenora wanted Kylor and Ripan dead so that nobody would know that she was a Skrull except her, leaving her free to expand her power throughout not only the Kree empire, but--after she won the Kree/Skrull war--the Skrull empire as well. Unfortunately for her, she did not win the Kree/Skrull war.
For those of you wondering, the emperor that ended up successfully claiming the title was S'Byll.
The 5 would-be Skrull emperors? Kylor and
S'Byll were the only ones shown with any significance. Yorak, I believe was
seen, and Karza was mentioned, but I don't know who the fifth was. Nenora was
just a subordinate of Kylor until opportunity dropped the Kree rule in her
hands. I don't think she would have been considered a would-be emperor early on.
However, as pointed out by our own Kyle Smith, in Fantastic Four Annual#19, an overweight, Skrullian queen is moving to take over the recently fractured Skrull empire, establishing her authority by slaying some of the Skrull's greatest enemies, the Fantastic Four. This Skrull may have been, or probably was, the fifth, unidentified Skrullian claimant to the throne in the early issues of the last Silver Surfer series (v. 3).
F4 An19 came out in 1985, and the Silver Surfer III series started in 1987. In Marvel time, that might only mean 2-4 months passed between those issues, so it is possible.
HOWEVER...Silver Surfer III Annual#1 describes Kylor as "the first <of the emperors> to fail." So...there may have been an as yet unseen fifth...Maybe it was Skrulls backing Intelligencia?
--Ye olde Snoode.
And...in case you care, that is the ever lovely Aptak behind Kylor, to his right.
Profile by Stunner.
CLARIFICATIONS: Kylor should not be confused with:
Silver Surfer Annual I#1, p54
Silver Surfer III#2 (August, 1987) - Steve Englehart (writer), Marshall Rogers (pencils), Joe Rubinstein (inks), Michael Higgins (editor)
Silver Surfer III#4-6 (October-December, 1987) - Steve Englehart (writer), Marshall Rogers (pencils), Joe Rubinstein (inks), Michael Higgins (editor)
Silver Surfer III#8 (February, 1988) - Steve Englehart (writer), Marshall Rogers (pencils), Joe Rubinstein (inks), Michael Higgins (editor)
Silver Surfer III#13 (July, 1988) - Steve Englehart (writer), Joe Staton (pencils), Dave Cockrum (inks), Michael Higgins (editor)
First Posted: 01/08/2004
Last updated: 01/08/2004
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