Real Name: Visis
Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Microverse), native of K'ai
Occupation: Would-be world conqueror
Group Membership: Led his own army
Affiliations: Fialan, Krylar; the Pitll Pawob
Enemies: Hulk, Jarella, the Sorcerers Triad; people of K'ai
Known Relatives: Jarella (cousin)
Aliases: Brother Visis
Base of Operations: K'ai, Jarella's World, Microverse
First Appearance: Incredible Hulk II#140 (June, 1971)
Powers: During his period of exile, Visis learned some magical skills, including the ability to tap into the magic of others. He used this power to send another through a dimensional portal established by another group of sorcerers. He also can visualize distant events through his mystic crystal.
He has, at times, commanded an army of warriors, and frequently employs the assassins of Pitll Pawob.
History: Visis was part of the royal family of the city of K'ai, on a world in the Microverse. However, while Jarella ruled as queen, Visis sought to usurp her leadership.
(Incredible Hulk II#140) - With the arrival of the Hulk in
K'ai, Visis saw his hopes of becoming emperor fading, so he contracted
the assassins of Pitll Pawob to kill both the Hulk and Jarella. The Hulk made
short work of the assassins and then forced one of them to reveal who had sent
them. Shortly thereafter, in the Great Hall of Assembly, the Hulk revealed
Visis' traitorous actions, and he was arrested and sent into exile.
Minutes later, the Hulk ended up being pulled back to his own world anyway.
(Incredible Hulk II#148 (fb) - BTS) - While in exile, Visis studied and mastered several magical skills. Soon, having rallied others to his side, he began to engage in open warfare against the city of K'ai.
(Incredible Hulk II#148) - The Sorcerers Triad sent Jarella to Earth in hopes of bringing back the Hulk to help her against Visis' rebellion. Visis observed this and then used his new magical skills to tap into the Triad's spell to send Fialan, the Master Assassin of the Pitll Pawob, after her. Fialan failed and was nearly slain by the Hulk, after which both he and Jarella returned to their world.
(Incredible Hulk II#156 (fb) - BTS) - Visis' agents captured Jarella.
(Incredible Hulk II#156) - Visis tried to coerce Jarella into marrying him, but she told him that she choose death over acceding to his demands. However, when he threatened to slay dozens of his prisoners--men, women, and children of K'ai--she gave in. After she left, Visis had the prisoners he had just released recaptured and put to death anyway.
Their wedding, a few hours later, was interrupted by the Hulk, who had returned to K'ai. Jarella escaped with the Hulk, and soon rallied her forces to oppose Visis' army. Visis, meanwhile, traveled to Pitll Pawob, the Isle of Assassins, and commissioned their lord, Krylar, with a full partnership, and shared rule of K'ai if they were victorious. Visis then confronted Jarella's army and challenged the Hulk to single combat against his greatest warrior in order to spare the deaths of full out warfare. The Hulk--who had Banner's mind as a result of a spell from the Sorcerers Triad--consented to this battle. Krylar then activated his machine, which bathed the Hulk in its energies, and created from his mind a solid form of his greatest fear to oppose him--Banner's greatest fear turned out to be the savage Hulk, which swiftly attacked him. The rational mind of Banner could not stand up to the savagery of the Hulk, despite their potentially equal strength.
Realizing what was happening, Jarella had the Sorcerers reverse their spell, restoring the mind of the savage Hulk, who feared nothing--and so the object of his greatest fear then ceased to exist. Furious, Visis slew Krylar for his failure. However, the maddened Hulk recognized the source of the previous attack and leapt at Visis' castle, just as the Pym Particles which had sent him there began to wear off. A gigantic Hulk smashed into and shattered his castle, presumably killing Visis.
Comments: Created by Harlan Ellison (story), Roy Thomas (adaptation), Herb Trimpe, and Sam Grainger.
As seen in the pages of Captain Marvel V, there was an untold story in which all of the known Microverses merged into a single realm. Also, K'ai is most correctly the name of the city formerly ruled by Jarella, and the planet is unnamed, and is usually referred to as Jarella's world, although sometimes it, too, is called K'ai.
While Visis is referred to as Jarella's cousin, I'd hope that this is a term for the Royal Family and may be used for distant relations. Either that, or the laws of society in K'ai are similar to those of Alabama...
Krylar has no known connection to:
Krylla of Earth-Cerebrus - --Iron Man I#5
KRYLLK the CRUEL - an Asgardian Rock Troll--Marvel Team-Up I#7
KRYLOR - a planet in the Andromeda galaxy, home planet of the Krylorians--Incredible Hulk II#269
The Steward of the Assassins of Pitll Pawob
He joined forces with Visis in the final battle against the armies of K'ai, and it was his machine which materialized their foes' fears, and nearly defeated the Hulk. When the Hulk survived this attack, Visis saw it as a betrayal and slew Krylar in rage.
--Incredible Hulk II#156
The Isle of Assassins
Little is known of Pitll Pawob. It is home to the oldest civilization on the world of K'ai. It predated the current age of magic on that planet, and instead technology reigned there. At some point in the past, a large portion of Pitll Pawob crumbled into the sea, and only a relative few survived. The descendents of these survivors sought to maintain what remained of their lost technology by hiring out their weapons, and hiring themselves out as assassins to any and all who would pay for them.
Krylar was the steward of assassins before being slain by Visis, and Fialan was known as their master assassin before his defeat at the Hulk's hands.
--Incredible Hulk II#140 (156 (fb)-BTS, 140, 148, 156
Incredible Hulk II#140 (June, 1971) - Harlan Ellison & Roy Thomas (writers), Herb Trimpe (pencils), Sam Grainger (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Incredible Hulk II#148 (February, 1972) - Chris Claremont & Archie Goodwin (writers), Herb Trimpe (pencils), John Severin (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Incredible Hulk II#156 (October, 1972) - Archie Goodwin (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils), Sal Trapani (inks), Roy Thomas (editor)
Last updated: 03/13/03
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