SHI'AR GRAND COUNCIL
Membership: Lilandra, Tuoks'enhaamin, others unidentified
Purpose: Advising Lilandra in ruling the Shi'ar Empire
Affiliations: Araki, Gladiator, Shi'ar Empire
Enemies: Brood, Deathbird, Lord Samedar, Dark Phoenix
Base of Operations: Imperial Center (presumably on Chandilar)
First Appearance: behind the scenes: X-Men I#135 (July, 1980), fully seen: X-Men I#136 (August, 1980)
(X-Men I#135 - BTS) - After witnessing Dark Phoenix's destruction of a Shi'ar Imperial Battle Cruiser, Lilandra instructed Araki to summon her ministers for an emergency meeting.
(X-Men I#136) - Alongside Araki and Gladiator, Lilandra met with her Grand Council on Imperial Center, ruling seat of the Shi'ar Empire. She called the meeting to order and informed them of the threat of Phoenix. She had Tuoks'enhaamin brief the rest of the Council on Phoenix's consumption of D'bari (and murder of its inhabitants) as well as her destruction of the Shi'ar Empire's newest, most powerful battle cruiser. Despite Phoenix's previous aid in foiling D'ken's plot, Lilandra announced to her ministers that for the Empire, the very universe even, to survive, Phoenix must be destroyed.
(Uncanny X-Men#154 (fb)) - A meeting of the Shi'ar Grand Council was raided by a terrorist commando force. Most of the ministers were slaughtered in the attack, and some were executed even after they'd surrendered. Majestrix Lilandra was kidnapped. The Starjammers were framed for the abduction and the trail left by the terrorists led straight to Earth. A fast battle force, led by Chancellor Araki and Lord Samedar, Admiral of the Fleet, set out to rescue Lilanda and soon arrived in local Earth space. The fleet prepared to go to any lengths to liberate Lilandra or to avenge her, including reducing Earth to a cinder.
In reality, the assault and abduction were part of a plot by an alliance of Deathbird, Samedar, and the Brood to destroy Earth and cause Lilandra's death, enabling Deathbird to gain the title of Majestrix Shi'ar.
Comments: Created by Chris Claremont (writer), John Byrne (pencils), Terry Austin (inks).
Someone commented that one of the characters looked like he could be N'rill'ir or another member of his race, but he doesn't look like it from the front. He could, however, be from the same race as N'rill'ir.
Serving as Lilandra's "cabinet," it would seem likely that new members were selected to replace those slain by the terrorists, but this is unconfirmed.
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The Shi'ar Grand Council should not be confused with
Lilandra had him brief the rest of the Council on Phoenix's consumption of D'bari (and murder of its inhabitants) as well as her destruction of the Shi'ar Empire's newest, most powerful battle cruiser. It is unclear whether he was an actual councilman/minister, or whether he was just an aid to Lilandra or to the council itself.
Comments: He looks like he might be one of the Z'nox, but the eyes aren't quite right. In the main image of this profile you can see it appears his body is elastic.
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X-Men I#136, p2, pan1 (main image)
X-Men I#136, p3, pan1 (Grand Council, alternate view)
X-Men I#154, p22, pan3 (Council ambushed) X-Men I#136, p2, pan3 (Tuoks'enhaamin)
X-Men I#135 (July, 1980) - Chris Claremont (writer), John Byrne (pencils), Terry Austin (inks), Jim Salicrup (editor)
X-Men I#136 (August, 1980) - Chris Claremont (writer), John Byrne (pencils), Terry Austin (inks), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Uncanny X-Men#154 (February, 1982) - by Chris Claremont (plotter, scripter), Dave Cockrum (pencils), Bob Wiacek & Josef Rubinstein (inker), Louise Jones (editor)
Last updated: 09/29/17
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