GENERAL ZEDRAO

Real Name: Zedrao

Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial (Skrull)

Occupation: Military officer

Group Membership: Skrulls

Affiliations: Avengers, Captain Mar-Vell, Firelord

Enemies: Nebula

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: impersonated Thanos

Base of Operations: Mobile in Skrull territory

First Appearance: Marvel Graphic Novel #1: The Death of Captain Marvel (1982)

Powers/Abilities: Like all Skrulls, Zedrao possesses the ability to shapeshift. He is an experienced tactician, and a veteran of many battles.

History: (Marvel Graphic Novel #1: The Death of Captain Marvel)- As Captain Mar-Vell lay dying of cancer on Titan, General Zedrao came to his deathbed to present him with the Royal Skrull Medal of Valor for being an honorable foe of the Skrull Empire. Zedrao saluted Mar-Vell, then departed.

(Avengers I#259 (fb, BTS))- After the Skrull homeworld was devoured by Galactus, civil disorder broke out as Skrull governors throughout the Skrull Empire began declaring themselves "emperor" or "empress." As the Skrulls fought each other, the mercenary Nebula invaded their space with a mercenary army, allied to the Skrull Governor Gorth. Nebula was undefeated in her assaults until she faced the Skrull Imperial Armada, commanded by General Zedrao. He was able to drive her off, but she subsequently obtained Sanctuary II, the powerful vessel created by her alleged grandfather Thanos. After meeting Captain Marvel of the Avengers, who had been briefly duped into aiding Nebula, Zedrao had her contact her fellow Avengers so that he could request their assistance.

(Avengers I#259)- Zedrao explained the situation to the Avengers, despite protests from his own staff. Although some of the Avengers were reluctant to join in a fight which seemed to have nothing to do with them, Zedrao pointed out that several of Nebula's mercenaries came from the Avengers' galaxy, and that it would only be a matter of time before Nebula came to Earth.

(Avengers I#260 (fb))- The Avengers' ally Firelord refused to ally himself with the Skrulls, and departed.

(Avengers I#260)- Zedrao planned an assault upon Sanctuary II with the aid of the Avengers and determined that they would attempt to obtain Nebula's surrender before attacking her. Zedrao and Captain Marvel contacted Nebula to make the offer, but she destroyed the com-unit they had sent. The armada then launched into battle.

Zedrao and a team of his men accompanied Captain America in storming Sanctuary II, with Zedrao disguised as Thanos to wage psychological warfare against the mercenaries aboard. Zedrao nearly slew a man who was surrendering, but Captain America reminded him that they had promised to spare anyone who surrendered. Ultimately, Nebula was spirited away by the Beyonder, and Sanctuary II fell to the Skrulls and Avengers.

(Avengers Annual #14)- Following the battle, Zedrao informed the Avengers that Firelord had been injured, and was now in his ship's infirmary. Starfox, having learned of Nebula's claim to being Thanos' granddaughter, was anxious to begin tracing her whereabouts, and Zedrao offered them the use the Skrull Empire's sensor grid at the Imperial Power Asteroid to locate her.

(Avengers I#261)- The Avengers returned from their mission to inform Zedrao that due to the Hyper-Wave Bomb activated by Myrn had robbed all Skrulls of their ability to shapeshift. Zedrao spread this news to his staff. At the same time, Starfox had Sanctuary II destroyed, to the annoyance of Zedrao's men, who had wanted it for the Imperial Armada. Noting that if the Avengers stayed aboard his ship for much longer it would cause a mutiny, Zedrao had the Avengers and Firelord depart with the words: "My race has waged war across the stars for millions of years-- we have made few allies. Our races have been hated enemies, yet you fought alongside us against Nebula as though we were your own kind! I do not fully understand such selflessness, but I feel strangely honored by it. May your courage endure!"

Comments: Created by Jim Starlin.

Zedrao is one of the few truly trustworthy Skrulls; the Skrulls could use more men like him!

by Prime Eternal

CLARIFICATIONS:
General Zedrao should not be confused with:


Images taken from:
Avengers Annual #14, page 4, panel 1
Avengers I#260, page 17, panel 1-2


Avengers I#259 (Spetember, 1985)
Avengers I#260 (October, 1985)
Avengers Annual #14 (1985)
Avengers I#261 (November, 1985)

Last updated: 06/07/04

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