OBEDIENCE DISKS / NEURO-LANCES
Classification: Extraterrestrial (Sakaar) technological item
Creator: Sakaarian Imperial engineers, based on Kree technology
User/Possessors: Hiroim the Shamed,
Hulk/Bruce Banner, Elloe Kaifi, Ronan Kaifi, Korg, Margus, Miek, No-Name of the Brood,
Silver Surfer/Silver Savage (Norrin Radd), Lavin
Skee; other unidentified Kronans
virtually all slaves/gladiators under the Red King, at least
First Appearance: Incredible Hulk III#93 (May, 2006)
Powers/Abilities/Functions: The "obedience disks" (also known as "obedience
slugs" or "control disks") are attached to a protruding spike that is
plugged directly into the victim's central nervous system.
Via a staff known as a Neuro-Lance, one may send an extremely powerful
electrical current through the disk-wearer's nervous system, compelling
the victim to obey commands.
Under some circumstances, a
terminal charge can be projected from the Neuro-Lance into the
Obedience Disc, incinerating at least an adult male, unpowered wearer.
The Neuro-Lance's range is
unspecified, but is at least effective over several yards; further it
can affect multiple victims (at least five) at once.
Even beings as powerful as the Hulk and the Silver Surfer were not able to resist the Obedience Disks.
Those who resist the Neuro-Lance's control
for an extended period may be killed or severely brain-damaged.
Obedience Disks were implanted via some sort of hand-held device that resembled a gun/blaster of some sort.
The Obedience Disks were used primarily to prevent slaves and gladiators from rebelling. The technology has also proven effective against beings without traditional nervous systems, such as robots or beings composed of rock-like material, due to its ability to interfere with and override their sensory and motor functions.
(Planet Hulk: Gladiator Guidebook#1: The Imperials: Technology: Miscellaneous Technology: Obedience Disks) <Circa 551 Post (see comments)> - The Great Portal brought a Kree Starstealth-class Assault Vessel -- which had been departing a Kree space station web located in the Milky Way galaxy's Duggil star system. In addition to several hundred Kree Uni-Blaster weapons, the Empire found a small arsenal of Kree Neuro-Lances, staff-like weapons that could shock a victim's central nervous system to the point of death.
The Empire's engineers not only
replicated the Kree technology, but vastly improved upon it. While the
original design of the Neuro-Lance (or "Obedience Staff," as it is also
called) required the user to be in close proximity to his or her
intended victim, the Empire's engineers created disk-like receptors
that allowed the Neuro-Lance's user to debilitate victims from a safe
The Obedience Disks were used primarily to prevent slaves and gladiators from rebelling.
Hulk III#93 (fb) - BTS / Planet Hulk: Gladiator Guidebook#1: The Great Games: Skee
(fb) - BTS) <Approximately two years before the main story> - A number of Kronans, including Korg and Margus, became
prisoners on the planet Sakaar, where they were sent to the Maw to become gladiators.
Margus and the other Kronans resisted their implants, and lost their minds, while Korg complied.
(Incredible Hulk III#93) - An Obedience Disk was implanted into the Hulk and the other would-be gladiators upon or before their arrival at the Maw.
(Incredible Hulk III#93 / Planet Hulk: Gladiator Guidebook#1: The Imperials: Ronan Kaifi - BTS) - Primus Vand cut off Ronan Kaifi's rant using a weapon that sent a terminal feedback charge through Ronan's Obedience Disk, vaporizing Kaifi.
(Incredible Hulk III#93) - Primus Vand activated the Hulk's Obedience Disk (see comments), forcing him to kneel.
That evening, in their prison pen, Miek unsuccessfully tried to pull off his Obedience Disk, receiving a painful energy jolt as a result.
(Incredible Hulk III#94) - The Hulk and his
gladiatorial group wore Obedience Disks to no consequence during
their confrontations with the Death's Head Warguards on the
Dreamskipper or in the Great Arena.
(Incredible Hulk III#95 (fb)) - After the Silver Surfer traveled through the Great Portal. Weakened, he was implanted with a slave disc by a number of Death's Head Warguards. He was thereafter forced to serve as a gladiator, the Silver Savage.
(Incredible Hulk III#94) - The Obedience Disk-wearing "Silver Savage" was prepared to face the Hulk and his allies (who had just declared themselves Warbound) in the Great Arena.
(Incredible Hulk III#95) - Via the Obedience Disk, the Silver Surfer's keeper forced him to reveal his origins to Caiera.
Later, in the Great Arena, the Surfer was forced to attack the Hulk; until a coordinated attack allowed the Hulk to shatter the
Surfer's obedience Disk and beat the Surfer into submission.
When the Red King instructed
Caiera to have Primus Vand use the Obedience Disks to force the
Warbound to slay Elloe Kaifi as a traitor, the Warbound resisted but
were dropped to their knees; Caiera warned them they would fry their
brains. However, the recovering Surfer then destroyed the Warbound's
Obedience Disks and then Disks of the rest of the slaves in the Arena.
The Warbound then broke out of the Arena and departed.
Comments: Created by Greg Pak (writer), Carlo Pagulayan (penciler), Jeffrey Huet.
Arch-E told the Hulk he had been
implanted by an "Obedience Slug" in Incredible Hulk III#93, but the art
clearly shows an Obedience Disk, which is what they were called from
#94 onward. Slug would make me thing it was some sort of organic
creature that would force compliance, kind of like whatever Khan had
put in Chekov's ear in Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan...but slug also
refers to an elongated, typically rounded piece of metal.
Or maybe there was some sort of breakdown in communication between writing and art in this issue. Maybe they had considered using organic slugs as the control vehicle, but a technological Disk was drawn instead...or maybe they used to use organic controls before switching to technological ones, and Arch-E just used an archaic term?
Profile by Snood.
The Obedience Disks of Sakaar should be distinguished from:
images: (without ads):
Incredible Hulk III#93, pg. 3, panel 6 (Neuro-Lance close-up);
pg. 4, panel 1 (Vand demonstrating Neuro-Lance to Hulk);
#95, pg. pg. 3, panel 2 (Death's Head Warguards bonding Obedience Disk to Silver Surfer);
pg. 13, panel 1 (close-up of Obedience Disk on Hulk's chest);
pg. 17, panel 1 (Vand threatening Warbound with Neuro-Lance);
panel 2 (Warbound dropped to knees by Obedience Disks)
Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.
First posted: 07/27/2019
Last updated: 07/27/2019
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