Real Name: Jat Vor-Thrul
Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial (Kree) apparent pseudo-cybernetic organism advanced technology user
Occupation: Mercenary, salvage/junker, spaceship navigator/pilot
Group Membership: Crew of the Tath En'ruh/Boneyard Dog (Glitter, Horse, Sovel Redhand)
Affiliations: Glitter, Horse, Rogue (Anna Marie) and to-a-lesser degree Rachel Summers-Grey (aka Marvel Girl), and to an even-lesser-degree (allies of convenience) Frenzy (Joanna Cargill), Magneto/Max Eisenhardt, Starjammers (Havok/Alex Summers, Korvus, Polaris/Lorna Dane), X-Men (Gambit/Remy LeBeau)
formerly Sovel Redhand (see comments), Charles Xavier;
Jat invoked/exclaimed "Sharra
and Kythrii" in his first appearance...he's Kree, and those are Shi'ar
gods...maybe he just picked up the expression from Sovel or Glitter?
Enemies: Danger, Friendless, Gambit/Remy LeBeau), Charles Xavier (aka Professor X), Shi'ar soldiers aboard the Gul Damar space station;
formerly Rogue (Anna Marie)
Known Relatives: Unidentified father; the Diamond Glacier Vor-Thruls (see comments)
Aliases: None identified
Base of Operations: Last seen on the Gul Damar space station outside Earth orbit (and formerly on the station in the Shi'ar galaxy;
formerly mobile throughout space in an unidentified starship;
formerly mobile throughout space in the Tath En'ruh/Boneyard Dog;
formerly the Kree homeworld, perhaps Diamond Glacier33 (see comments), Pama system, Greater Magellanic Cloud galaxy
First Appearance: X-Men:
Legacy#220 (March, 2009)
Powers/Abilities: As a presumed Kree hybrid
("pink" Kree), Jat likely has a body that is somewhat more dense,
durable, and strong than a comparably built human. He may or may not
have duplicates of several internal organs.
Jat possesses Dermware (technology within his skin) that allows him to
communicate with, control, and repair technology. He can swiftly take
control of ships and other large amounts of equipment/technology,
although his range is somewhat limited, perhaps 10-20'. He can even
override control of a ship from someone at the controls.
He could superficially scan
(perhaps via linking to nearby sensor equipment) hundreds of starships
for function and integrity. He could link to the scanner array in the
Boneyard Dog ship, at least, to specifically locate a specific being.
He could transmit a "sessite metavirus" (see comments) into a robot or computer, which would presumably incapacitate the target in some fashion.
Jat can allegedly black out major cities easily or even unintentionally.
Jat, like his
teammates/co-workers, apparently could activate some type of psi-shield
to protect him from telepathic intrusion.
Jat is a skilled warp starship pilot and navigator, and he has some experience using a hand-blaster
Jat's interest in technology
borders on being romantic/sexual, as he sometimes speaks as if he's
involved in foreplay, etc.
Jat described himself as obsessive-compulsive, and he takes great pride in his work/skills.
Like his teammates/co-workers,
Jat's goals were self-preservation first and profit second, and he was
generally reluctant to risk his life for others unless there was some
profit in it.
Height: Unrevealed (approximately 6')
Weight: Unrevealed (approximately 205 lbs.)
Eyes: Apparently red, with pink sclera
Hair: Bald or shaved; possibly dark/black eyebrows or shadow in that region
The circumstances under which Jat gained his Dermware are unrevealed.
(X-Men: Legacy#220 (fb) - BTS) - At some point, Jat Vor-Thrul joined the crew of salvage/junkers including Glitter, Horse, and Sovel Redhand aboard the Tath En'ruh/Boneyard Dog starship.
(X-Men: Legacy#222 (fb) - BTS) - Per Sovel Redhand, his motto (presumably extending to the crew) "No job too small, brute force always
(X-Men: Legacy#222 (fb) - BTS) - Jat may or may not have been present on Derumek for unspecified reason, when Sovel Redhand "got stuck in a sentient" brothel.
(X-Men: Legacy#220) - Jat discovered advanced Shi'ar technology on Earth (tech he "would kiss with my mouth open"),
noting it to be "level seven, peaking into eight. Enough to bankroll
this whole sally." Sovel instructed Jat to set a course for Earth so
they could recover it. They did not realize the target -- Danger, the sentient form of the Danger Room, which had been constructed with Shi'ar technology -- was a sentient, mobile entity.
As the Boneyard Dog warped into
Earth. Jat noted that their target was on the move.
The ship soon appeared in the sky in Maynard's Plains in the Australian Outback, firing on Danger (and, indirectly the X-Man Rogue, in her proximity). Danger shot the ship, which plummeted directly toward her.
(X-Men: Legacy#222 (fb)) - Danger shot down the Boneyard Dog. Jat landed the ship safely, and Sovel and the others engaged
Danger with flow-inhibitors, attempting to shut her down without
damaging her. Instead, the inhibitors shut down her higher cognitive
functions and reduced her back to her core programming. Danger
automatically engaged a program that immersed them in an holographic
(X-Men: Legacy#221) - Redhand, Glitter,
Horse, and Jat were imprisoned in manacles against a wall in a room
with Danger's hologram scenario when they were detected by the newly
arrived Gambit and Charles Xavier, who broke into their cell. Jat
remained silent (and possibly inert) as Sovel unwittingly mocked their
(X-Men: Legacy#222 (fb) - BTS) - Gambit and Xavier freed Jat and the rest of his crew.
(X-Men: Legacy#222) - Within
Danger's hologram scenario, Jat and the rest of the crew fought
alongside Xavier and Gambit against Sentinels; when a Sentinel
confronted Jat and noted him to be anomalous, Jat distracted it by
relating his family history and then encouraging it to scan him, during
which time his Dermware transmitted a "sessite metavirus" into the
Sentinel; before the virus could take effect, however, Horse hurled a
steel girder through the Sentinels' head, rendering it inert.
After Xavier read Sovel Redhand's mind and identified him and his crew, Sovel -- uncomfortable with telepaths -- instructed his crew to activate
their psi-shields, after which he explained how they had attempted to claim Danger only to
be immersed in her holographic scenarios.
After Xavier asked if they could find the machine they
had met, Glitter acknowledged that Jat could, as his Dermware was
linked to the main scanner array back on the Boneyard Dog. As Jat led
them there, Sovel told Jat they were
going in circles, but Jat explained that the landscape was cycling, so
they kept seeing the same places. Jat further noted that this hologram
suite was a mite obsessive, which was not a good thing in an artificial
Redhand subsequently noted
that the internal logic of the simulations was breaking down and that
if they were lucky, the simulations would fade out altogether;
alternatively, they might do some extreme spatial contortions first, in which case they would be pureed in the process.
When Jat noted as they reached they eye of the
storm, Xavier requested Redhand's people clear a way for him to get
inside, Horse then tore a path to the ship, allowing Xavier to
approach the giant Danger, who was wrapped in a fetal position.
(X-Men: Legacy#223) -
At Jat's request, Xavier explained that the alien crew's assault had fried the subroutines
that gave Danger free will and had crippled her reasoning.
When Xavier discussed his intent to telepathically
interface Danger's CPU and initiate self-repair algorithms, Jat noted
that none of the available consoles responded. Xavier explained that
those were all part of the simulation and didn't connect to
anything in reality.
Succeeding, Xavier ended Danger's simulations.
However, when Xavier began speaking the commands to
restore Danger's free will, Redhand shot him in the back with his
energy blaster (so they could still capture and sell Danger), and Jat
and Glitter locked their weapons on Gambit, with Jat noting that he
favored a body shot as it was harder to miss. Feigning peaceful
communication, Gambit touched their weapons, charged them with kinetic
energy and blew them up, stunning Jat and Glitter.
As Horse battered Gambit, Glitter helped Jat to
his feet, and Rogue arrived, entered and took control of the Boneyard
Dog, and advised Horse to stop.
(X-Men: Legacy#224) -
After Rogue blasted Horse, Jat raised his hands and feigned a desire
for peaceful negotiation, "Hey, Hey, Hey, sweet lady. Let's talk!. Let's strum the besrek of peace...at least
until I'm within Dermware range," at which point he locked the helm and
opened the bay doors, allowing Glitter to enter and assault Rogue.
However, while Glitter overpowered Rogue, Xavier recovered sufficiently to finish speaking the commands to
restore Danger's free will. After Danger incapacitated Horse, Redhand called for a blind jump, locking on
him, which teleported Redhand, Glitter, Horse, and Jat away.
(X-Men Legacy#256 (fb) / X-Men Legacy#257 (fb) - BTS) - ) - On the Shi'ar space station Gul Damar, the
Grad Nan Holt telepath and former slave known as Friendless took
control of the Grad Nan Holt, former slaves of the Shi'ar, leading
them to rise up and war against their former Shi'ar masters.
(X-Men Legacy#255 (fb) - BTS) -
Answering a distress call on Gul Damar,
Rachel Summers/Grey and the rest of the Starjammers walked into a civil war.
(X-Men Legacy#255 (fb) - BTS / X-Men Legacy#256 (fb) - BTS) - Friendless assaulted Rachel with a powerful
mind-punch that knocked out for a week (or, at least an extended period
of time); Friendless believed he had slain her. Friendless then placed the other Starjammers under his control.
(X-Men Legacy#254 (fb) -
BTS) - After the Shi'ar were defeated in a war with the Kree, Redhand
led his crew to the damaged Gul Damar. With the
station's defenses down and former slave race the Grad Nan Holt
rebelling against the Shi'ar, the crew thought to salvage a large amount
However, as Gul Damar's gravitic flux generator had
been damaged, local gravity was distorted, and the crew lost control,
presumably crashing the ship.
Finding the unconscious form of Rachel/Marvel
Girl and noting that she measured a "9-Tau-9 on the Kiatna psi-scale,"
Redhand and his crew picked her up.
(X-Men Legacy#253 - BTS) - Rogue -- having absorbed
a teleporter's power from Legion/David Haller -- locked on to Rachel's location and transported herself, Frenzy, Gambit, and Magneto a couple thousand light years to reach Rachel Grey.
Rogue was split from her allies, who arrived on a different part of the Gul Damar space station.
(X-Men Legacy#253) - When Rogue appeared aboard in front of them, Jat and
Glitter held her at gunpoint.
(X-Men Legacy#254) -
Rogue explained she wasn't looking for them
but had come for Rachel, warning them that Rachel had better just be
sleeping. After Jat reminded the others of their previous encounter on
Earth, Redhand decided she might have use as a decoy or living shield.
Detecting "suspect energy readings" two
levels down and one click over, Jat advised they move on. Jat also told
Rogue that she was lucky it was his crew that found her, as they were
"all kinds of cute and cuddly" compared to most of the locals.
Jat checked their passageways for safety before the
group moved forward. When Rogue asked him where they were, he told her
it was the Gul Damar station and noted how the Shi'ar were considered
easy targets by many after their defeat by the Kree. When Glitter told
him not to talk to the prisoner, Jat asked if she was a prisoner as he
hadn't received that data burst. Glitter told him that Sovel would tell
Rogue whatever she needed to know and that if she asked too many
questions, she would zip Rogue's mouth with a flash-seal. Jat amusedly
noted that it sounded more like she was a full member of the crew.
When Horse encountered a Grad Nan Holt
ion grenade while clearing a blockage, Jat told Rogue some of the
history of the base, the Grad
Nan Holt, and how his crew had come there; a furious Glitter
interrupted, smacking Rogue across the back of her head with a hand
weapon and then asking Jat if he thought Rogue could help them; when he
replied "No," Glitter asked if he was trying to get some inter-species
romance going. As he tried to explain, "I just--" Glitter cut him off,
telling him to tell Rogue nothing.
Soon after, Jat and the rest of the crew observed alongside Rogue as the planet Xanthimi was pulled into the
After Jat informed Redhand that the lift tube they
had found was dead, Rogue approached Jat again. He informed Rogue that he was not
supposed to talk to her, but she continued, asking him about the planet falling into
the sun. Jat explained it to be a result of the
damage to Gul Damar's gravitic flux generator
causing the sun's gravity field to spike, and he confirmed that it
could happen to them. He further noted that he knew nothing about the
Starjammers and had that he and his allies had just picked up Rachel due to her psi-powers.
Rogue -- seeking to ensure they rescued her friends
and teammates rather than just escaping -- subsequently approached and
punched down Redhand, invoking the rite of Arin'nn Haelar (the Shi'ar
battle to the death), and challenging him for rule of his crew.
(X-Men Legacy#255) -
Learning he could name a
champion, Redhand chose the monstrously strong Horse; however, Rogue
also chose a champion, and a secretly revived Rachel (in Rogue's form)
subdued Horse with a touch to the head.
Jat and the others acknowledged their new leader.
(X-Men Legacy#256) -
After Rachel sealed a hull breach caused by warring Shi'ar and Grad Nan
Holt (in a fight involving the X-Men and Starjammers), Glitter made a plan to stop the Shi'ar guns
while Rogue went to rendezvous with the X-Men.
(X-Men Legacy#256 - BTS) -
After Friendless assaulted Rachel anew, she
learned how he had manipulated his own people into war with the Shi'ar,
and she cast him out through a rent in the wall into space; all those
under his influence regained their own wills.
(X-Men Legacy#256) - Jat the rest of his crew confronted a group of Shi'ar soldiers who,
not wishing to participate in a firefight in an external freight bay,
ordered all gunners to stand down, allowing Magneto and Polaris to
repair the rent in the spacewall.
Jat and his crewmates, alongside Rachel and Rogue,
joined up with the X-Men and Starjammers. Rogue, who had absorbed the
memories and knowledge of a dying Shi'ar scientist (at the expense of
losing her teleportational power), revealed the great difficulty it
would take to reach and repair the generators (which were 10,000 miles
away) in the hour before Gul Damar hit the sun's corona.
Jat agreed with Redhand's advice that they liberate a ship and get clear, noting that there was no point crying over non-viable habitats.
However, Rogue's borrowed knowledge from the Shi'ar scientist instead
led her to use the station's flux array to swiftly travel to the
generator (her body protected from the damage by absorbing half of the
strength and durability of Joanna Cargill, who accompanied her on the
Feigning a desire to protect his captain, Redhand gave Rogue a
"stun baton" (actually
one end of a short-range teleport shunt) allegedly in case there was anyone waiting for her by the generators.
(X-Men Legacy#257) - As the
space station approached the sun and Polaris asked why they weren't
already burning up, Jat noted that "the birdies" (Shi'ar) built the
shield generators first and that they were as big as a city.
Jat further noted that they were in Gul Damar's
freight facility and that the dockyard had to be nearby, with probably
a hundred ships close by. Having used his
dermware to download a station map, Jat began leading the others to a
vessel with which to escape. When Redhand questioned his fraternizing
with mammals (see comments), Jat noted that they were warm-blooded with four-chambered
hearts, with lots to admire. When Jat noted his desire to
survive, Redhand expressed disappointment, noting that he set his
sights a little higher.
as they found the ships in the dockyard already destroyed by those under
Friendless' control to prevent anyone from escaping death, Jat noted that they were not the first to find it.
With aid from Magneto, Havok and Glitter, Jat
located a Sylvari freighter with holes and a Shi'ar scout ship missing
its wing assembly. When Glitter told him they didn't have enough time,
Jat told her to watch her mouth, as he was Kree, obsessive-compulsive,
and had so much dermware that he couldn't scratch his armpit without
blacking out major cities; he told Glitter to watch him work.
Jat communicated with the technology, almost
flirting with it, and, after succeeding in restoring the one craft, he
told Glitter, "Get me a wing, and I'll give you a ship!" Glitter
directed Havok to blast the wing off another craft, but then a
leader had a Null Cascade antimatter factory activated and used it
Redhand used the teleport shunt device reach the station's
(X-Men Legacy#258) - Rogue's Shi'ar science knowledge
presumably helped her realize the nature of the teleport shunt, and she transported the rest of the X-Men and Starjammers to the
generator with them.
Confronted by his irate crew, Redhand started trying
to explain, but Jat neutralized his force field, and Glitter swiftly
punched him out.
(X-Men Legacy#258 - BTS) - Rogue and Rachel
overwhelmed Friendless and used his intelligence combined with the
previously absorbed knowledge of the Shi'ar scientist to fire the Null
Cascade into the nearby sun, converting it into a white hole and using
it to transport Gul Damar to Earth's orbit.
(X-Men Legacy#258) - Jat noted the escalating
power levels and, disapproving of the plan for fear of a black hole
killing them all, reached to stop her, but Gambit advised him that if
he wanted to save his life, he should start by taking his hands off of
Following the successful execution of the plan, Rogue placed Glitter in charge
but promised that she would get them a ship and a captain before
departing. Jat, Glitter, Horse, and Redhand were left aboard Gul Damar.
Comments: Created by Mike Cary, Scot Eaton,
and Andrew Hennessy.
X-Men Legacy#254 described the
location of Gul Damar as "Vector, Spinward 30/715, Distance 3.2 Standard Units" - I
don't know what that means or what the units are in reference to.
I don't recall a resolution to
returning Gul Damar to Shi'ar space, but it seemed like they were
saying it was so big that it's gravity might have been a problem with
it being in Earth orbit?
I don't know...I'm a surgeon, not an astronomer, engineer, etc.
I suspect Redhand had a pattern of
betraying his partners for money, but that Jat and the other might be willing to
eventually get past that and again work with him for their collective
goal of profit.
In X-Men Legacy#222, Jat
introduced himself as Jat Vor-Thrul of the Kree homeworld and being of
the Diamond Glacier Vor-Thruls. The Kree homeworld presumably refers to
Hala; I don't know whether "Diamond Glacier" is a location, or some
sort of familial name not related to a location.
Hala was subsequently destroyed by J'son in Guardians of the Galaxy#23 (2015)
--Thanks to Chris McCarver for providing these specifics!
I don't know what "sessite" means,
but I'd speculate that it may be associated with the word "sessile,"
which means unmoving or broad-based (as in a polyp that is not
pedunculated or on a stalk); perhaps the virus would immobile the
I also don't know what a "besrek"
is, but from the context, as Jat spoke of strumming it, I would presume
it is some sort of string instrument, like a guitar.
When Redhand questioned Jat's
fraternizing with mammals in XML#257, it seemed off to me, because Jat
is a mammal...but maybe Jat had typically fraternized only with
technology in the past? Or maybe Redhand meant "humans"?
Profile by Snood.
Jat Vor-Thrul should be distinguished from:
- JATEN ( ) - lackey of Hood (Robbins), disciple of Dormammu, killed by Punisher (Castle)--Punisher VII#4
- JATH'CHE of Earth-295 (Jonath) - assassins cadre devoted to the protection of
the Shi'ar throne, banished to the farming planet Ch'reesharaa for failing to
save the emperor from murder at the hands of his eldest children (presumably
D'Ken and Deathbird)--Gambit and the X-Ternals#2
- VORE - natural predator that hunts the space between
dimensions, one captured Gamora & Nova during their trip through a stargate, but
they escaped--Nova IV#10
- ‘VORES (Bull, Goat, Pig, Wolf) -
gang, wore costumes of animals, defeated by Rick Jones--Marvel Comics Presents#52/3
- other "Jat" or "Vor" or "Thrul" characters
images: (without ads)
X-Men Legacy#223, pg. 2, panel 1 (full, standing, arms crossed);
pg. 18, panel 1 (full, standing, arms down);
#224, pg. 4, panel 2 (face and forearms, dermware lit up);
#253, last page, last panel (mostly full lateral with new uniform; hand-blaster);
#254, pg. 17, panel 4 (face, oblique, Dermware inactive);
#255, pg. 2, panel 3 (mostly full, slight oblique frontal);
#257, pg. 10, panel 3-4 (communicating with ship);
#258, pg. 7, panel 3 (deactivating force field)
Legacy#220-224 (March-July, 2009) - Mike Cary (writer), Scot Eaton (penciler),
Andrew Hennessy (inker), Daniel Ketchum (assistant editor), Nick Lowe
X-Men Legacy#253 (October, 2011) - Mike Cary (writer), Khoi Pham
(penciler), Tom Palmer & Craig Yeung (inkers), Sebastian Girner
(assistant editor), Daniel Ketchum (editor)
X-Men Legacy#254 (October, 2011) - Mike Cary (writer), Steve Kurth
(penciler), Jay Leisten (inker), Sebastian Girner
(assistant editor), Daniel Ketchum (editor)
X-Men Legacy#255 (November, 2011) - Mike Cary (writer), Steve Kurth
(penciler), Craig Yeung & Jay Leisten (inker), Sebastian Girner
(assistant editor), Daniel Ketchum (editor)
X-Men Legacy#256 (November, 2011) - Mike Cary (writer), Steve Kurth
(penciler), Craig Yeung with Jeff Huet and Ed Tadeo (inkers), Sebastian Girner
(assistant editor), Daniel Ketchum (editor)
X-Men Legacy#257 (December, 2011) - Mike Cary (writer), Khoi Pham
(penciler), Tom Palmer (inker), Sebastian Girner
(assistant editor), Daniel Ketchum (editor)
X-Men Legacy#258 (January, 2012) - Mike Cary (writer), Steve Kurth
(penciler), Ed Tadeo (inker), Sebastian Girner
(assistant editor), Daniel Ketchum (editor)
First posted: 07/26/2020
Last updated: 09/25/2020
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