Real Name: Frances Louise Barrison

Identity/Class: Altered (?) Human/ Mutant(?)

Occupation: Former rock band groupie, former drug dealer, mass murderer

Group Membership: "Carnage Crew";
formerly Sinister Sixteen (Armadillo, Beetle/Janice Lincoln, Bi-Beast, Boomerang/Fred Myers, Clown, Cyclone/Pierre Fresson, Human Fly, Kangaroo/Brian Hibbs, "Man Mountain", Mirage, Overdrive, Scorcher, Speed Demon, Spot, Squid), Doommaidens (Anaconda, Aradnea, Echidna, Mindblast, Scorpia, Titania, Zheng Bao Yu)

Affiliations: Owl, formerly Carnage, Carrion, Demogoblin and Doppelganger ("Family");
    formerly Gale, Mayhem, Pyromania, and Webber

Enemies: Black Cat, Captain America, Chameleon, Cloak, Dagger, Deathlok, Defenders/Shieldmaidens (Elsa Bloodstone, Clea, Hippolyta, Misty Knight, Danielle Moonstar, Nova/Frankie Raye/Frances Hyatt, Ren, Annabelle Riggs, Valkyrie), Firestar, Iron Fist, Jackal, Spider-Man, Venom (Edward Brock), Wardogs of Thanos

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: Sandra Deel, "First Lady of the Carnage Family"

Base of Operations: New York City, USA;
    briefly Ravencroft Institute

First Appearance: Spider-Man Unlimited I#1 (May 1993)

Powers/Abilities: Shriek can shoot sonic blasts from her hands. She can also influence people around her to bring out the bad in them and make them act violent. She can fly and levitate other people, and has super strength, probably enhanced human, considering she was strong enough to lift a full grown man over her head with on hand, but not strong enough to break out of a strait jacket..

Height: 5' 8" Weight: 115 lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Black

History: As a little girl, the person who would become Shriek was fat and insecure who was abused by her parents. She was deeply disturbed by her childhood, and eventually became a rock band groupie and then a small-time drug dealer. At one point or another she had a run in with Cloak and Dagger, and was driven (further) insane by being in the dimension of darkness in Cloak's cape. According to her, she was shot in the head by some cops and she was later imprisoned at Ravencroft Institute until her first meeting with Carnage.

(Spider-Man Unlimited I#1)- After Carnage was brought to Ravencroft Institute, he began slaughtering everyone in the building. He came upon Shriek who was enjoying the screaming of the dying staff. She convinces Carnage to bring her along with him and they can go together on a killing spree. On their way they encountered the Doppelganger, the duplicate of Spider-Man created by the Magus, and Shriek decided to keep him as a pet. Later, Shriek and Doppelganger met Spider-Man and attacked him. Doppelganger knocked him off a building and carried Shriek away.

(Web of Spider-Man#101)- Doppelganger lets Shriek down on a rooftop and goes back after Spider-Man. Shriek follows, and a battle ensues at Cloak and Dagger's church, pitting Shriek, Carnage, and Doppelganger against Spider-Man, Cloak and Dagger. The battle ended when Shriek killed Dagger with her sonic blasts and the villains fled.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#378)- Carnage yells at Shriek for going after Spider-Man without him. They reconcile quickly and establish the idea that they are a family, with Carnage as the father, Shriek as the mother, and Doppelganger as the son. They celebrate by killing lots of civilians. They then are confronted by Venom, and the three of them defeat him utterly.

(Spider-Man I#35)- Shriek reluctantly agrees to let Demogoblin join their "family." Shriek and company get into another confrontation with the heroes. This battle ends when Shriek brings the roof down on Venom and the Black Cat and the villains flee to kill more people.

(Spectacular Spider-Man II#201)- Shriek settles a dispute between Demogoblin and Carnage about what they should be doing, when she convinces them they are both doing similar things. The villains kill lots more people and cover the streets with corpses.

(Web of Spider-Man I#102)- Shriek and her allies break into a dance club and start slaughtering the dancers. The slaughter goes on until Black Cat, Spider-Man, Cloak, Venom, and Morbius come to oppose them. At the end of the battle, the villains burn the club down and flee yet again to continue their mass murder.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#379)- Shriek and the "Carnage Crew" destroy a museum. An emergency branch of the NYPD bursts in and they are slaughtered as well. Shriek and company also welcome the newest member to their "family", Carrion.

Later on, while the villains are slaughtering dozens of civilians downtown, Deathlok comes to resist. Shriek defeats him with her sonic blasts.

(Spider-Man I#36)- Shriek and the four other members of her "family" had taken refuge in the abandoned orphanage Carnage grew up in. They are again confronted by Spider-Man, Black Cat, Morbius, Venom, Firestar, and Cloak, along with a sonic gun. The battle raged on until Venom and Firestar used sonics and heat to immobilize Carnage. Spider-Man prevents Venom from killing Carnage. Shriek yells at his weakness. Carnage recovers and the battle resumes again.

(Spectacular Spider-Man II#202)- The battle continues to rage with each hero taking a villain. Shriek takes on Cloak. She defeats him by taunting him about how she killed Dagger and then hitting him with a sonic blast until he teleports away. At the end of the battle, all the heroes have been defeated except for Venom. Shriek shoots her sonic beams at Venom and beats him with her fists. Carnage then takes him along planning on torturing him.

(Web of Spider-Man I#103)- Shriek and her "family" kill civilians right and left on their way to the statue of liberty. Once they arrive, Carnage and Shriek torture Venom over an open fire and Shriek's blasts.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#380)- Shriek stands atop a building using her powers to bring out the worst in everyone below. Below her people are rioting and killing each other. Shriek is attacked by five heroes and holds her own for a little while before being knocked unconscious by Captain America's shield. Spider-Man wraps her up in his webs and the heroes go to calm down the rioters. While they are doing that, she is freed by Demogoblin and Doppelganger, and then exerts her full attention on bringing out the worst in everyone around her (before she wasn't even trying). Everyone is now insanely violent and against the heroes.

(Spider-Man I#37)- Shriek continues to bring out the worst in everyone and then leaves with Doppelganger and Demogoblin and leaves the heroes to themselves. Carnage is upset with Shriek for going killing without his permission, he gets really confrontational with her and Doppelganger pulls him off. Carnage kills Doppelganger. The family squabble is interrupted when all of the heroes barge in with a newly resurrected Dagger.

(Spectacular Spider-Man II#203)- Shriek and Dagger fight. Dagger fills Shriek with her light and Shriek almost repents, but then renews her attack on Dagger. After Dagger is pulled to safety by Spider-Man, Carnage and Shriek argue a little more before turning their attention to the heroes to find only Spider-Man is left. They guess the others ran away, and they beat up Spider-Man. Shriek uses her powers to bring out his worst memories and thoughts, until the other heroes return with a machine they zap the Carnage Crew with. The machine, an "alpha magni-illuminator" or a "good bomb" makes Shriek want to repent and seek redemption. She passes out and is taken by the authorities.

(Web of Spider-Man Annual I#10) - Shriek was brought to Ravencroft. There she managed to goad one of the guards into slapping her, dislodging her power dampening unit. She then went on to free a group of other criminals/patients/nutjobs: Gale, Mayhem, Pyromania, and Webber, and convinced them to join her, although Mayhem--a former cop--fought against her initially. The combined efforts of John Jameson--head of security--and Spider-Man brought down all five of them. Jameson nailed Shriek in the back of her neck with a tranquilizer dart while she was focusing her efforts on Spidey.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#390)- Dr. Ashley Kafka is trying to convince Malcolm McBride that he was not responsible for his crimes as Carrion. She showed him Shriek to show him true insanity. Shriek recognizes Malcolm and breaks out of her special cell, injures Dr. Kafka, grabs Malcolm, and escapes from Ravencroft.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#391)- Shriek is trying to get Malcolm to remember that he is her son, which she truly believes to be true. Malcolm tells Shriek that he is not her son. Shriek is enraged and throws him. She goes into a random house and kills the man living there. Shriek gets very frustrated with Malcolm, who keeps insisting that he isn't her son. Spider-Man barges in and hits Shriek a few times. She starts begging him to stop. She hesitates and she knocks him out with her sonic blasts. Shriek then gets an idea, and brings out the worst in Malcolm, and succeeds in turning him back into Carrion.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#392)- Shriek prevents Carrion from killing Spider-Man, saying that she sensed darkness in his soul. She wants to nurture it until he becomes dark like them, and joins them. Shriek and Carrion leave. Later, they get new costumes and Shriek starts to remember some things from her childhood. She freaks out and unleashes tons of energy and trashes the costume store they were in. She eventually stops and something from her display made Carrion realize that Shriek was not his mother. Shriek and Carrion go to Carrion's real mother's house and Shriek orders Carrion to kill his real mother.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#393)- Spider-Man barged in and Carrion attacked him. Spider-Man vents his anger on Carrion and Shriek is excited that he is getting darker. Spider-Man's conscience was appealed to however by Carrion's real mother and Shriek blasts Spider-Man with her sonic blast. Shriek tells Carrion to choose between her and his real mother. He starts using his power against himself. When Shriek sees that Carrions real mother is ready to die just to embrace her son before he dies, something triggers inside her. She absorbs the Carrion virus from Carrion's body and collapses, leaving Malcolm free of the Carrion curse. Spider-Man takes her back to Ravencroft.

(Web of Spider-Man I#117)- While Traveller is walking around Ravencroft, he sees Shriek.

(Spectacular Spider-Man II#223) - Shriek was nurturing the virus in her like one would an unborn baby. Jackal invaded her cell and removed the virus.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#403) - Shriek and her fellow inmates at Ravencroft played the role of the Jury in a trial held by Judas Traveller in a sub-basement beneath the institute. In the end, Traveller stop the trial and returned Shriek and the other inmates to their cells.

(Spectacular Spider-Man II#241) - Shriek appeared on a security monitor along with several other Ravencroft inmates.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#552) - Shriek was present at a Bar With No Name in New York City along with other villains.

(Fearless Defenders#6) - Caroline Le Fay considered Shriek as one of several potential future Doom Maidens.

(Fearless Defenders#10) - Shriek, Scorpia, Titania and Mindblast of the Doommaidens took down Wardogs of Thanos to acquire Terrigenesis cocoons from NYC alongside Caroline Le Fay. They also got into a short fight with the Shieldmaidens (Valkyrie, Hippolyta, Misty Knight) and the NuHuman Ren before escaping with several cocoons.

(Fearless Defenders#12) - The Doommaidens (Anaconda, Aradnea, Echidna, Mindblast, Scorpia, Shriek, Titania, Zheng Bao Yu), Caroline le Fay and Mr. Raven fought the attacking Defenders/Shieldmaidens. During the battle Moonstar knocked out Scorpia, Shriek and Anaconda with an electric arrow she had won in a bet from Hawkeye. Caroline le Fay disappeared, and Shieldmaiden Nova absorbed all her remaining magical energy.

(Superior Foes of Spider-Man#12) - The Owl had Shriek join Boomerang's Sinister Sixteen in a raid on Chameleon's hideout.

(Superior Foes of Spider-Man I#15) - Shriek joined Cyclone, "Man Mountain" and Kangaroo in instigating a bar fight against Boomerang's gang. Shriek beat up Override until he transformed a villanous paraplegic's wheelchair into a steamroller, which nearly crushed her.

Comments: Created by Tom Defalco, Mike W. Barr, Terry Kavanaugh, Ron Lim, Jerry Bingham, and Mark Bagley

The nature of Shriek's powers is unknown, as is their initial manifestation. She may be a mutant, or her powers may have been the result of the drugs, gunshot to the head, and Cloak's cape. Her powers may have already been there but were triggered by Cloak, which is what I believe. Shriek had an obsession with families. She wanted more than anything to have a loving family, and during "Maximum Carnage" she believed that Carnage was her husband and that Demogoblin, Doppelganger, and Carrion were her sons.

Is it possible that Sandra "Shriek" Deel's powers might be the result of being Siryn's half-sister? More specifically; the daughter of a Banshee and Domino from an alternate-future (a la Bishop)?

Shriek has an entry in Marvel Legacy: The 1990s Handbook.

Thanks to Henrique Ferreira for the valuable info from Spider-Fan.

2013-2014 entries by Grendel Prime.

Shriek should not be confused with:

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Amazing Spider-Man I#378, p5, pan1 (Shriek main image)
Amazing Spider-Man I#379, p7, pan4 (Shriek's power)

Spider-Man Unlimited I#1 (May, 1993) - Tom DeFalco (writer), Ron Lim (pencils), Jim Sanders III (inks), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
Web of Spider-Man I#101-103 (June-August, 1993) - Terry Kavanagh (writer), Alex Saviuk (pencils), Don Hudson (inks), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man I#378-380 (June-August, 1993) - David Michelinie (writer), Mark Bagley (pencils), Randy Emberlin (inks), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
Spider-Man I#35-37 (June-August, 1993) - David Michelinie (#35), Terry Kavanagh (#36) & J.M. DeMatteis (#37) (writers), Tom Lyle (pencils), Scott Hanna & Al Milgrom (#37) (inks), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
Spectacular Spider-Man II#201-203 (June-August, 1993) - J.M. DeMatteis (writer), Sal Buscema (artist), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
Web of Spider-Man Annual I#10 (1994) - Terry Kavanagh & Mike Lackey (writers), Jerry Bingham (pencils), Tom Palmer (inks), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man I#390-393 (June-September, 1994) - J.M. DeMatteis (writer), Mark Bagley (pencils), Randy Emberlin (inks), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
Web of Spider-Man I#117 (October, 1994) - Terry Kavanagh (writer), Steve Butler (pencils), Randy Emberlin (inks), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
Spectacular Spider-Man II#223 (April, 1995) - Tom DeFalco (writer), Sal Buscema (pencils), Bill Sienkiewicz (inks), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man I#403 (July, 1995) - J.M. DeMatteis (writer), Mark Bagley (pencils), Larry Mahlstedt & Sam DeLaRosa (inks), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
Spectacular Spider-Man II#241 (December, 1996) - J.M. DeMatteis (writer), Luke Ross (pencils), John Stanisci (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man I#552 (May, 2008) - Bob Gale (writer), Phil Jimenez (pencils), Andy Lanning (inks), Stephen Wacker (editor)
Fearless Defenders#6 (September, 2013) - Cullen Bunn (writer), Will Sliney (artist), Ellie Pyle (editor)
Fearless Defenders#10 (December, 2013) - Cullen Bunn (writer), Will Sliney (artist), Ellie Pyle (editor)
Fearless Defenders#12 (February, 2014) Cullen Bunn (writer), Will Sliney (artist), Ellie Pyle (editor)
Superior Foes of Spider-Man#12 (August, 2014) - Nick Spencer (writer), Steve Lieber (artist), Lauren Sankovitch (editor)
Superior Foes of Spider-Man#15 (November, 2014) - Nick Spencer (writer), Steve Lieber (artist), Lauren Sankovitch (editor)

Last updated: 02/01/15

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