Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial (Skrull)
Occupation: Spy, would-be assassin
Group Membership: Skrull Empire
Enemies: Araki, Avengers, Kree, Lilandra, Shi'ar, Starforce
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Currently unrevealed
First Appearance: Quasar#33 (April, 1992)
Powers/Abilities: As a Skrull, the imposter could alter his form to appear as any object or being with 10-25% of his volume range.
(Avengers West Coast#82 (fb) - BTS) - A Skrull was sent to impersonate the Shi'ar Lord Chamberlain/Ambassador Araki with the goal of inflaming relations between the Shi'ar, the Kree, and humanity.
(Quasar#33) - During the Kree-Shi'ar war (Operation: Galactic Storm), a group of Avengers (Captain Marvel (Monica Rambeau), Living Lightning, Scarlet Witch, Thor (Eric Masterson), Wonder Man) were sent to Chandilar (the throneworld of the Shi'ar) as a peace enoy. Captain Marvel spoke with "Araki," who informed her that he would pass on her message to Lilandra to see if she wanted to discuss the matter further. Unwilling to be blown off, Masterson called down a lightning burst and demanded Lilandra see them immediately or the Avengers would bring the planet down around their ears, and Araki agreed to pass his threat on.
(Thor I#446) - "Araki" stood by Lilandra as the Avengers were
called to speak before her. When Captain Marvel mentioned the powerful solar
flares the Shi'ar stargate was causing, and Araki interrupted, belittling the
concerns to their backwater planet in such a major war. "Araki" further revealed
how the Avengers had gotten in a fight with the Shi'ar Imperial Guard and had
threatened their Nega-Portal. "Araki" attempted to convince Lilandra that the
Avengers could not be trusted, but she grew tired of the arguments that had
ensued, and she cleared the chamber. She soon spoke to "Araki" in private,
voicing her concerns about taking the lives of humans and Kree and wondering if
she should re-consider peaceful alternatives. With her back turned, "Araki" drew
a dagger as he told her that such words could be considered treasonous if voiced
by anyone else. Before he could do anything, however, Imperial Guardsman
Earthquake appeared, telling Lilandra that he(?) was to safeguard her for the
duration of the Avengers' visit.
Soon after, the Kree Starforce arrived, intending to slay Lilandra, but the Avengers joined forces with the Imperial Guard to stop them.
(Avengers West Coast#82) - The Araki imposter stood beside
Majestrix Lilandra when she made her decision for the fate of the captured Kree
Starforce. When the Avengers tried to convince Lilandra to initiate peaceful
negotiations with the Kree, "Araki" reminded her that the Kree had sent agents
to kill her, and she ordered the Starforce's deaths. Captain Marvel appealed to
Lilandra to relocate their stargate to somewhere where it wouldn't threaten
Earth's sun, and despite the imposter's assertions that they need not worry
about some backwater world, Lilandra took it under advisement. When the Shi'ar
attempted to send the Avengers back to their quarters, a fight broke out. Amidst
the chaos, Lilandra considered sending one of the Starforce back to the Kree
with a message, and "Araki" furiously argued that they must fight on until they
annihilated the last Kree. Lilandra nonetheless decided to follow out her plan
of speaking to a prisoner. When Araki cursed their problems as the fault of the
"vulgar terrans," Living Lightning struck him down with an electric blast, which
forced him to revert to his true, Skrull form.
With the deception revealed, Lilandra was convinced to free one of the Kree and pursue negotiations.
Comments: Created by Mark Gruenwald, Rurik Tyler, and Fred Fredricks.
Araki's absence was questioned when the imposter was revealed, but no further explanation was given. Actually, at that point, as far as we knew, the real Araki was long-dead...
Profile by Snood.
The Araki imposter should be distinguished from:
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Thor I#446, p3 (full body)
Quasar#33, p13, panel 3 (face)
Avengers West Coast#82, p14, panel 4-6 (exposed as a Skrull)
Quasar#33 (April, 1992) - by Mark Gruenwald (writer), Rurik Tyler (penciler), Fred Fredricks (inker), Kelly Corvese (editor)
Thor I#446 (April, 1992) - by Tom DeFalco (writer), Patrick Olliffe (penciler), Al Milgrom (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Avengers West Coast#82 (May, 1992) - by Roy & Dann Thomas (writers), David Ross (penciler), Tim Dzon (inker), Nel Yomtov (editor)
Last updated: 12/01/06
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