Real Name: Yuri Brevlov
Identity/Class: Human technology user
Occupation: Intelligence agent, colonel;
former head of KGB
Group Membership: Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU);
formerly ZSTA (Zavedovanie Sistema Tainstvennyjj Anomalija/Management System for Unearthly Anomalies), KGB (Russian Intelligence)
Affiliations: Alexi, Nick Fury, Soviet Super-Soldiers (Crimson Dynamo/Dimitri Bukharin, Darkstar/Laynia Petrovna, Ursa Major, Vanguard/Nikolai Krylenko)
Enemies: Beast-Man, Hulk (Bruce Banner), Mandarin, Professor Phobos
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Worldwide
First Appearance: Incredible Hulk II#106 (August, 1968)
Powers/Abilities: Exceptionally trained to accomplish the most dangerous missions directly on the field and highly skilled and experienced in dealing with high-profile, world-wide, unconventional operations. His knowledge varied from high-technology weapons and vehicles to cold strategy, leadership and managing of critical situations. He had access to a vast amounts of resources, men, mutants, armies, weapons and devices, including a flying battleship almost identical to the SHIELD Helicarrier.
(Incredible Hulk II#108 (fb) - BTS) - Brevlov was a soldier during WWII as part of the Soviet army. During the war he fought German forces and met and became friends of Nick Fury.
(Incredible Hulk II#106 (fb) - BTS) - Brevlov became Colonel in the KGB, acquiring the command of many soldiers and special weaponries, becoming the USSR's counterpart of Nick Fury as leader of the ZSTA.
When the Beast-Man appeared on US territory, the Kremlin knew that he was a weapon of an oriental nation. Believing that his rampage could also harm the USSR, the Kremlin ordered Brevlov to capture the monster or to destroy him.
(Incredible Hulk II#106) - Using a flying battleship identical to a SHIELD Helicarrier, Brevlov and his crew managed to avoid the radars and sensors in US air space and reached the Missing Link (Beast-Man), finding him fighting the Hulk. Brevlov was prepared to cope with the power of the two monsters and had them sedated through a stunning mist, while the "Helicarrier" captured them with the USSR version of a Vortex Ray.
Escaping from US air space, the Helicarrier arrived above the USSR when the two monsters awoke. Wrecking havoc Hulk breached the external hull, followed by Brevlov who tried to calm him. While Brevlov walked on the external shell using magnetic boots, Alexi and other soldiers attacked the Hulk using a flying saucer. Their actions made the Hulk go madder, but at that moment he Missing Link had reached his critical mass and exploded, destroying the Helicarrier with the explosion!
Alexi saved Brevlov from the fall, but his Vortex Ray had to envelope the Hulk as well. Before landing the Hulk jumped free and Brevlov shot some blasts at him, missing him voluntarily, secretly wanting him to escape, but Alexi reminded him what was his duty. Brevlov aimed the Uni-Disintegrator at the Hulk while the latter embraced a kid. Brevlov had to choose between a mutiny or the death of his targets.
(Incredible Hulk II#107) - When Brevlov saw that his saucer and his men were in great peril he gave the order to prepare the U-Weapon but in that instant they were hit by a SHIELD saucer. Nick Fury had them saved through a Vortex Ray. Brevlov and his men landed softly but right next to the Hulk. Still enraged Hulk destroyed the saucer, scattering the soldiers like puppets. Hulk hurled himself against Brevlov, but the shattering blow missed, Brevlov had been picked up by a Vortex Ray and taken aboard the SHIELD flying saucer where he greeted Nick Fury.
The battle was watched by the Mandarin who teleported the Hulk to his base.
(Incredible Hulk II#108) - While Fury transported Brevlov to an USSR base, the Mandarin dispatched caught the Hulk and put a mind control device on him. When the Mandarin sent the green behemoth to China to spread destruction as a prologue to a Third World War, Nick Fury and Brevlov received a warning from the Chinese government, who believed the USSR was attacking them. The two super-spies decided to work together again and jumped on a stratospheric MZ-3 missile. In a few minutes the missile reached almost outer space above Chinese air space. A communication from Tony Stark gave them the hint they needed to find their target: The Mandarin.
Changing route Fury and Brevlov reached Mandarin's fortress in a few minutes. Once inside the base, Brevlov confronted the evil genius one-on-one. His kick forced the Mandarin to drop the control mechanism of the Hulk, who recovered his senses and started his way for the destruction of the "masked man" (the Mandarin). Meanwhile the Mandarin proved his superiority as martial artist, pushing Brevlov toward a deadly fall. Fury saved his friend and also blew up the platform where the Mandarin stood on, but when the evil one used his stunning gas ring, Brevlov succumbed. The Mandarin aimed a laser cannon at Brevlov. The soviet officer seemed lost but the Hulk entered with all his fury, shattering the laser cannon. Seeing only enemies around him the Hulk repeatedly hit the ground shaking the ground beneath him. Brevlov recovered, Fury and he were taken to safety by the Vortex Ray on the MZ-3. The Hulk completely destroyed the fortress, satisfying Fury and Brevlov's sabotaging plans. Their mission was accomplished.
(Incredible Hulk II#258 (fb) - BTS/Iron Man I#109 (fb) - BTS) - Among other duties, Brevlov monitored the activities of soviet super-beings like the Soviet Super-Soldiers and Ursa Major.
(Defenders I#55, 61/65 (fb) - BTS) - Brevlov and the KGB watched carefully the Forbidden Zone and the events occurring there involving the Defenders, Sergei, and his transformation into Presence. KGB led the USSR and the world's population to believe that Presence was dead, but Brevlov knew that Presence and Red Guardian were still alive even if they were secluded in the Forbidden Zone.
(Incredible Hulk II#258 (fb) - BTS) - Months later a power surge warned that something was going awry in Khystym, the Forbidden Zone.
(Incredible Hulk II#259 (fb) - BTS) - Unbeknowst to the Soviet government Professor Phobos was behind the radioactive growth.
(Incredible Hulk II#258) - For one month the expansion of the radioactive zone continued. In Moscow, Brevlov, knowing that conventional forces would be helpless and uneffective against Presence, gathered the Soviet Supers-Soldiers. Crimson Dynamo, Darkstar and Vanguard were joined by Ursa Major and Brevlov ordered them to stop the menace to Mother Russia.
(Secret Warriors#1) - Brevlov was listed as a member of the Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) in SHIELD's agent files.
Comments: Created by Archie Goodwin and Roy Thomas (writers), Marie Severin and Herb Trimpe (pencils and layouts), George Tuska (inks).
The threat in #258 was ended in Incredible Hulk II#259 when the Soviet Super-Soldies aided by the Hulk uncovered and defeated the actual threat: Professor Phobos. Presence and Red Guardian absorbed the excess radiation and departed for space to safely release the radiation.
Why didn't Brevlov appear again? Just a little connection with Leviathan and the Great Wheel, come on!
The reference to WWII could be topical, or Brevlov had also access to a Russian version of the Infinity Formula, who can tell?
Same goes for Mother Russia! Due to the sliding timescale the USSR is topical as well at this point.
To slow down Yuri Brevlov's aging (as well as the Black Widow & Ivan Petrovitch Bezukhov) the Russians most likely got their hands on Nazi Scientists that either worked with Baron Heinrich Zemo to create his Compound X or worked to create Baron Strucker's age-retarding serum, like the captured scientists from the advanced German rocket program in the real world helped get the Russians into space first. Unless the Russians stole a copy of the Infinity Formula, I just don't see how the could have gotten their hands on it.
The name of Brevlov's organization was established in the Handbook Hardcover#13.
Profile by Spidermay.
Yuri Brevlov has no known connections to any other character with a similar name.
Alexi was a normal human with the training of a KGB agent. He was probably an officer.
Alexi was very loyal to Kremlin's orders. Even though the main objective of their mission was the Beast-Man, he was extremely determined to destroy the Hulk, probably for fear of him.
Alexi was one of the agents who saved Brevlov from the fall after their Helicarrier's destruction, but afterward he took a bad beating when the Hulk smashed their flying saucer.
--Incredible Hulk II#106 (Incredible Hulk II#106, 107
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Incredible Hulk II#106, p10, pan1 (Brevlov, full image)
Incredible Hulk II#106, p10, pan2 (Brevlov, head shot)
Incredible Hulk II#106, p8, pan2 (Helicarrier)
Incredible Hulk II#108, p14, pan1 (Brevlov and Fury)
Incredible Hulk II#258, p10, pan5 (Brevlov in uniform)
Incredible Hulk II#106, p10, pan5 (Alexi)
Incredible Hulk II#106 (August, 1968) - Archie Goodwin & Roy Thomas (writers), Marie Severin and Herb Trimpe (pencils and layouts), George Tuska (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Incredible Hulk II#107 (September, 1969) - Gary Friedrich (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils), Syd Shores (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Incredible Hulk II#108 (October, 1969) - Stan Lee (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils), John Severin (inks)
Incredible Hulk II#258 (April, 1981) - Steven Grant & Bill Mantlo (writer), Sal Buscema (pencils and inks), Bob Sharen (colors)
Secret Warriors#1/2 (April, 2009) - Brian Michael Bendis & Jonathan Hickman (writers), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Last updated: 10/23/13
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