Membership: Fiz, Goroth, Helmsman, Nuro, R'tee, Spunje, Z'cann
Purpose: Taking care of Skrull-"tainted" bovines
formerly to rescue other mutant Skrulls from extermination
Affiliations: Avengers (Ant-Man/Hank Pym, Captain America/Steve Rogers), Black Panther (T'Challa), Forge, K'thron, Silver Surfer (Norrin Radd), X-Men (Cyclops/Scott Summers, Emma Frost, Professor X/Charles Xavier, Stepford Cuckoos (Celeste Cuckoo, Mindee Cuckoo, Phoebe Cuckoo), Tempus/Eva Bell)
Enemies: Chitauri, Doctor Doom (Victor von Doom), Intergalactic Council (Ambassador Kreddik, Ruul), Skrulls
Base of Operations: Sagittarian Ranch, North
Dakota, United States of America;
formerly Cadre K's colony, Andromeda Galaxy
First Appearance: (As K-Class Deviant Skrullians) X-Men II#95 (December, 1999); (as Cadre K) Maximum Security: Dangerous Planet#1 (October, 2000)
(Maximum Security: Dangerous Planet#1 (fb) ) - Out of all the rescued K-Class mutants, Charles Xavier selected Fiz, Z'Cann, Nuro, R'tee and Spunje to form Cadre K, a strike force under his command that would raid Skrull creche-worlds and rescue mutant Skrull infants from being exterminated. They struck on six different worlds, including Carpiax IV. After defeating any and all opposition, Cadre K would take the infants to safety to a hidden colony somewhere in Skrull space.
(Maximum Security: Dangerous Planet#1 - BTS) - Cadre K's actions infuriated the Skrullian authorities who sent their ambassador Kreddik to the Intergalactic Council on the planet Selandiar. There, in front of all the civilized, space faring races in the known galaxy, Kerrak pleaded that the council would vote to brand humanity a menace. Shi'ar Majestrix Lilandra Neramani grudgingly agreed to the ambassador's proposal to use the M'ndavian method to determine mankind's guilt. Over the next several weeks, the council got reports about Ego the Living Planet's growing insanity. The world-sized lifeform was trying to awaken his "brothers and sisters", destroying entire civilizations in the process. Even as the M'ndavian trial against humankind continued, the council received word that the seemingly unstoppable Ego was headed for Selandiar.
(Maximum Security: Dangerous Planet#1) - When Ego reached Selandiar, none of the planetary defenses proved capable of holding him back. However, Cadre K arrived and, led by Xavier, landed on Ego in an attempt to try and stop the crazed creature. The team bravely fought against Ego's antibodies, while Xavier attempted to reach Ego's mind, only to realize it was shrouded in madness and blind rage. Xavier ordered Cadre K to retreat, but they were overwhelmed by Ego's antibodies. Only the timely arrival of the Silver Surfer allowed them to break free. Xavier then decided to shut down Ego's mind to end the threat. To do so, he psi-linked with Z'cann while gathering the psychic strength of everyone on Selandiar. He then focussed it through the young Skrullian telepath who successfully fired the psychic energy barrage into his mind. Before their attack could succeed, Cadre K and the Silver Surfer were caught in the crossfire of the Ruul's attack on Ego (the Ruul, aka the Kree, were actually behind Ego's madness as part of their bigger scheme). Cadre K and Xavier were stunned and forced to flee Ego when they spotted imperial forces coming. They were forced to leave Z'cann behind. The girl was taken to Selandiar to plead before the council on humanity's behalf, praising Charles Xavier as best as she could. However, her testimony did not persuade anyone. In the end, the M'ndavian crystals all went black, which meant Lilandra and the council had to move against Earth.
(Maximum Security: Dangerous Planet#1) - The Intergalactic Council had the Sol system quarantined behind an energy barrier and Earth turned into an interstellar penal colony. All the galaxy's prisoners, undesirables and riff raff were exiled on the planet, including Z'cann.
(Uncanny X-Men I#387) - Xavier projected himself telepathically across space to reach the Starjammer where Lilandra was waiting for him. He scolded Lilandra for turning Earth into a prison and hunting his Skrull students as criminals. When Corsair stopped the argument, Lilandra asked Charles to search for her sister Deathbird in return Charles would be told why Earth had beccome a penal colony. As soon as his mind was back in his body on the Cadre K ship, he ordered Goroth to maintain the vessel's cloaking field while they began their search for Deathbird.
(Bishop: The Last X-Man#15) - After learning that Deathbird possessed a key that could breach the barrier, Xavier led Cadre K on a chase to find the regenade Shi'ar. They eventually tracked her down to a Shi'ar space station where she'd already killed the entire crew with her bare hands. Before Cadre K could start a search for Deathbird, the timetossed X-Man Bishop appeared, inadvertently wrecking most of the station during his arrival (Deathbird served as Bishop's unwitting chronal anchor, causing him to manifest in our time wherever she was). Xavier and Cadre K rescued Bishop from Deathbird, who fled to a different part of the station. As soon as he came to, Bishop was introduced to the professor's newest students and then joined Charles in trapping Deathbird and retrieving the key. Bishop was given the key and agreed to let himself get imprisoned and sent to Earth so he could put it to good use.
(Maximum Security#2) - Cadre K and Xavier made their way to Selandiar to plead with Lilandra on Earth's behalf. They were stopped, stunned and imprisoned before they could even reach the council chambers.
(Maximum Security#3 (fb) - BTS) - Xavier and Cadre K were freed on Selandiar by Black Panther who had managed to find his way to the Intergalactic Council's world.
(X-Men II#107) - Upon reaching Earth, Z'cann tried to reach the X-Men with the information she had learned on Selandiar about Earth's current galactic status quo. The Skrull girl made it all the way up to the Salem Center train station when she was attacked by the Blood Brothers. She was rescued by Rogue who recognized Z'cann from their previous mission against Apocalypse (En Sabah Nur). Because the Blood Brothers had injured her, Z'cann couldn't tell what she knew. This forced Rogue to use her powers to absorb her memories. Rogue returned Z'cann to the X-Mansion for proper medical care while she summoned the X-Men to share the Skrullian's intelligence with them. The newest alien prisoners arrived on Earth via a portal on Ellis Island. The X-Men theorized that the gateway worked both ways, offering a way off Earth.
(X-Men Unlimited I#29) - While the unconscious and in critical condition Z'cann caused for quite a stir in the X-Men's medical bay when her shapeshifting powers briefly flared up, Xavier and the rest of Cadre K waited right outside the Sol system for the barrier to go down.
(Maximum Security#3) - Cadre K and Xavier assisted Earth's heroes and a number of interstellar villains in helping free Earth from Ronan the Accuser, the Ruul forces and Ego the Living Planet. After a team of Avengers, stuck in space before the quarantine, exposed the Ruul's duplicity to Lilandra and the Intergalactic Council, the embargo of Earth was ended. Z'cann was reunited with Cadre K, but lost Xavier who decided to remain on Earth because he felt the Skrulls knew all they needed to continue their fight. The K-Class Skrulls thanked their mentor for sharing his dream and assured him he'd always be with them in spirit.
(Secret Invasion: Skrulls!#1) - Chancellor Kal'Du researched all Skrulls at request of Queen Veranke for the Warbook files. The entry revealed all Cadre K members had retained their mutant abilities in the wake of M-Day. Kal'du suggested that with the genetic data that was collected from Charles Xavier years ago by scientist Dro'ge they could find a way to manipulate Cadre K into their service. This was the chancellor's only recommended use for the K-Class Skrulls.
(A + X#13 (fb)) - Cadre K had fought the Chitauri during unrevealed circumstances.
(A + X#18 (fb) - BTS) - Weary of not being accepted anywhere in the galaxy, the five members of Cadre K eventually returned to Earth. Going by stories told to them by Xavier, they believed America was a welcoming place to exiled with nowhere to turn. Learning of a strand of Skrull mutated cattle (caused by Mr. Fantastic once hypnotizing three Skrulls to believe they were cows), the Cadre decided to care for them. They settled down in North Dakota where they founded the Sagitarrian Ranch. They began to quietly acquire all Skrull-"tainted" bovines they could find. In order to supplement their income, the Skrulls began to raise bisons which they sold to a chain of hamburger restaurants.
(A + X#13 - BTS) - Cadre K's existence on Earth following the so-called Secret Invasion was discovered by Skrull investigator K'Thron. He summoned Cyclops and Captain America to search and capture Cadre K, convinced they were up to no good.
(A + X#14 - 18) - The Avengers and X-Men entered an uneasy alliance to track down Cadre K at their Sagittarian ranch. After a brief fight, Z'cann showed Emma Frost and the Cuckoos they had no ill will in mind. Cadre K then had to team up with the heroes to fight off Doctor Doom who attempted to capture the mutant Skrulls to unlock the secrets of their DNA. While Z'cann telepathically eluded Doom who had come to North Dakota in person, the other Cadre members travelled to Latveria to destroy Doom's lab which contained all the data on Skrull physiology. In the aftermath, the heroes and K'Thron bid the Cadre goodbye, with Captain America wishing them well.
Comments: Created by Alan Davis (writer), Tom Raney (pencils), Scott Hanna (inks).
This profile only describes the event concerning the mutant Skrull team the Cadre K, for specific information on the K-Class Deviant Skrullians as a race you can read their in depth profile here.
Profile by MarvellousLuke & Norvo.
Cadre K should not be confused with:
Helmsman was an unseen member of the Cadre, who most likely was part of the ship's personnel. He beamed the six active field members on to Bishop's ship, if this was technology from the ship or the Skrull's mutant powers has been unrevealed.
--Bishop: The Last X-Man#15
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A+X#13, p2, pan3 (main image)
Maximum Security: Dangerous Planet#1, p3, pan1 (liberating infants)
Maximum Security#3, p39, pans 1-4 (saying good-bye to Xavier)
A+X#18, p21, pan4 (on Earth raising Skrull cattle)
Maximum Security: Dangerous Planet#1 (October, 2000) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Jerry Ordway (pencils), Will Blyberg, Paul Ryan (inkers), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Bishop: The Last X-Man#15 (December, 2000) - Joseph Harris (writer), Georges Jeanty (pencils), Nathan Massengill (inks), Jon Babcock (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#387 (December, 2000) - Chris Claremont (writer), Salvador Larocca (pencils), Tim Townsend (inks), Mark Powers, Pete Franco (editors)
X-Men II#107 (December, 2000) - Chris Claremont (writer), Leinil Francis Yu (pencils), Mark Morales, Scott Elmer (inkers), Mark Powers (editor)
X-Men Unlimited I#29 (December, 2000) - Joe Pruett (writer), Brett Booth (pencils), Sal Regla, Sandu Florea (pencillers), Joe Rosas (inks), Jason Liebig, Lysa Hawkins (editors)
Maximum Security#3 (January, 2001) - Kurt Busiek & Jerry Ordway (writers), Jerry Ordway (pencils), Will Blyberg, Mark McKenna, Paul Ryan (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Secret Invasion: Skrulls!
A+X#13 (December, 2013) - Gerry Duggan (writer), David Yardin (pencils, inks), Jordan D. White, Nick Lowe (editors)
A+X#14 (January, 2014) - Gerry Duggan (writer), David Yardin (pencils, inks), Jordan D. White (editor)
A+X#15 (February, 2014) - Gerry Duggan (writer), David Yardin (pencils), Cam Smith (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
A+X#16 (March, 2014) - Gerry Duggan (writer), Cam Smith, Norman Lee, Terry Pallot, David Yardin (inkers), Jordan D. White, Nick Lowe (editors)
A+X#17 (April, 2014) - Gerry Duggan (writer), David Yardin (pencils), Cam Smith, Terry Pallot (inkers), Jordan D. White, Nick Lowe (editors)
A+X#18 (May, 2014) - Gerry Duggan (writer), David Yardin, Matteo Lolli (pencillers), Cam Smith (inks), Jordan D. White, Nick Lowe (editors)
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