Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Sominus) demon (Class III)
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: The Dark Lords (Eeyod, Hemuth, Koth, Zepharr), the (Death) Guild (Delfine Jones/Hemuth reincarnation, Colleen Mulgrew, Taro, Tong, others unidentified; formerly David Trepper/Koth reincarnation)
Enemies: Ath'Agaar and his reincarnations (an Amerindian warrior, a Samurai, a Hun, a Visigoth, and a whole host of other warrior-types, earthly and otherwise), Cosima, Linette Cumpston, Jhagur, Raka (Rachel), Ren, Amanda Tower, and thousands of others (half of the young men and young women in the five citadels still under their rule) sacrificed by the Dark Lords for power from Kaok
Known Relatives: Zhered-Na may be the literal or figurative daughter or granddaughter of Kaok
Aliases: Lord of Sominus
Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
last seen in the Void Indigo astral plane;
at least formerly Sominus
First Appearance: (Referenced/behind-the-scenes; Eye of Kaok seen) Marvel Graphic Novel#11: Void Indigo (1984)
Powers/Abilities: Kaok is a demon-lord of great power. Able to grant great power to others and sometimes doing so via human sacrifice, Kaok's abilities are undefined.
Kaok spoke to the Dark Lords through and was the power source behind the Eye of Kaok, the destruction of which obliterated all traces of the Nine Citadels.
Eyes: Red (no visible pupil)
(Marvel Graphic Novel#11: Void Indigo (fb) - BTS) - Kaok was the lord of the demonic realm Sominus.
(Marvel Graphic Novel#11: Void Indigo (fb) - BTS) - The seed of Kaok spawned Zhered-Na in the world's black womb (see comments).
(Marvel Graphic Novel#11: Void Indigo (fb) - BTS) <Some time prior to 10,000 BC> - Nine gleaming citadels arose from desert stone and sand. Each was a kingdom unto itself, at war with all the others
(Marvel Graphic Novel#11: Void Indigo (fb) - BTS) - The Dark Lords (Eeyod, Hemuth, Koth, Zepharr), alleged survivors of Atlantis, who worshipped the demon lord Kaok, conquered all nine mighty armies with their mystic powers. From the ebon towers of their stronghold, Kur, they ruled for 1000 years.
(Void Indigo#2 (fb)) - Kaok spoke to the Dark Lords through the Living Orb.
After the Living Orb's destruction, what energy remained of Kaok's link to the material plane smoldered in the jeweled spike, waiting for the day the Dark Lords would rule again, when the soul of Ath'Agaar would be slain, and when Kaok would rise from the beyond-world to proclaim the Earth his kingdom.
(Marvel Graphic Novel#11: Void Indigo (fb) - BTS) - Barbaric tribes from the "glaciated Northlands" led by the chieftain Ath'Agaar pillaged and conquered some of the enslaved cities.
(Marvel Graphic Novel#11: Void Indigo (fb) - BTS) - Considering that they had weakened with age and that Kur might fall next, the Dark Lords began sacrificing their followers to Kaok: They decreed that half of the young men and young women in the five citadels still under their rule were to make a pilgrimmage to Kur. With each sacrifice, the wizards regained some small measure of their lost vigor, but they ultimately found it to be not enough, even after sacrificing thousands.
The Dark Lords subsequently ambushed and tortured Ath'Agaar and his mate, Ren. They ultimately slew Ren, but Ath'Agaar revived despite a jeweled spike having been driven into his brain, after which he shattered the Dark Lords' mystic Living Orb, aka the Eye of Kaok, which unleashed a mystic vortex that destroyed the Dark Lords, Ath'Agaar, Kur, and then the nine citadels.
The jeweled spike artifact that had destroyed the Living Orb was carried away almost 1000 miles, "nearly to the sea," and ending up in what is now New Mexico.
(Void Indigo#2 (fb) - BTS) - The (Death) Guild -- led by Taro -- sought to gather the reincarnations of the Dark Lords and summon Kaok to the mortal realm.
(Void Indigo#3 (unpublished, from Gerber's script) "SISTERS and ASSASSINS") - David Trepper -- gold medalist pentathlete and the reincarnation of the Dark Lord Koth -- was a member of the (Death) Guild/Cult associated with Taro, but he split the cult just before his myasthenia gravis gravis entered the terminal phase.
(Marvel Graphic Novel#11: Void Indigo - BTS) - In recent years, Jhagur -- an extraterrestrial reincarnation of Ath'Agaar who had been led to Earth by the Dark Lord Koth in hopes of ending his existence -- had taken the human identity of Mick/Mike Jagger and was working as a foreman in Santa Monica, but he went berserk when his worker Pete Mulgrew unearthed the jeweled spike; attacking Pete, "Mick" had to be beaten into submission.
(Void Indigo#1 - BTS) - The daughter of Pete Mulgrew, Colleen mystically sensed the jeweled spike, which gave her knowledge of Kaok and Zhered-Na and affected her behavior. Colleen eventually tapped into the spike's power, explosively destroying her family's house and taking on a winged form that then assaulted Jhagur. Noting itself to be of the "Beyond-World" and to be the living will and power of Kaok, the transformed Colleen leapt into Jhagur's sword, vowing to destroy him first with ecstasy and then with flame.
(Void Indigo#2 - BTS) - As Jhagur fought back against possessed Colleen, the jeweled spike pierced the nearby drug addict Peace Barwick's neck and claimed his right eye, transforming it into a new Living Orb/Eye of Kaok, and using it to blast Jhagur before vanishing with Colleen.
Taro met with the rest of the Death Guild, telling them that Kaok was free on Earth once more and had already selected his winged messenger and that soon the souls of the Dark Lords would reawaken, and the Great War would begin, the battle for dominion over Earth. He advised them that this was the last day of the their lives as ordinary men and women and that that night they would undergo the ritual of mortification, and the work of the Death Guild would begin in earnest.
(Void Indigo#3 - scripts) - At Taro's home, the cult members underwent the ritual that officially initiated them as disciples of Kaok. At the culmination of the ritual, the giant Eye of Kaok appeared and enveloped them. Inside the eye, they found the transformed Colleen seated on a throne of fire, and she gave them Kaok's instructions: Certain persons must die in order to awaken the souls of the Dark Lords. Amongst those people were Amanda Tower and Linette Cumpston, both of whom had established relationships with Jhagur.
4 (unpublished, from Gerber's script "JOININGS AND AWAKENINGS" - BTS) - The cultists embarked on the program of
assassinations that was supposed to reawaken the souls of the
Dark Lords. Each death set into motion a chain of events
that led to one of the three remaining Dark Lords -- minus Koth -- regaining knowledge
of his former existence.
Back in North Hollywood, one of these assassins perhaps mortally wounded Linette, who collapsed over her friend Delfine Jones, and some of her blood spilled into the fat woman's mouth, causing Delphine to realize that she was the current reincarnation of the glutton Dark Lord HEMUTH.
Linette's connection to Amanda saved her, and the two merged into one
being after Taro's assassin squad slew Amanda's body while Amanda was
astrally projecting to Linette.
The psychic Raka and Amanda's daughter Cosima traveled into the Beyond-World and found Colleen Mulgrew, who didn't want to be saved and instead turned them over to Kaok's minions as captives.
The Eye of Kaok again rose in the sky over Los Angeles.
(Void Indigo #5-6 - scripts: "DOMINION AND REBELLION") - Over the next several days, as the Eye floated ominously over the city, the cultists arranged the reunion of the Dark Lords.
Kaok demanded, through Colleen, that a fourth be chosen as Koth had departed. The other three choose Tong, passing over Taro for someone less ambitious. The Dark Lords and their acolytes departed on a pilgrimage to the New Mexico desert, the site of their ancient fortress, to perform the ritual that would trigger Kaok's ascendance to Earth -- and to annihilate the soul of Ath'Agaar.
As Amanda controlled Linette's body, Raka and Cosima visited Linette in
her nightmares, noting that they were imprisoned in the Beyond-World
and that Linette could help if she, too, became a dream. Linette
subsequently separated a form from her physical body.
In the Beyond World, Linette's presence has a profoundly disturbing effect on Colleen. Colleen had met her when Mick (Jhagur) and Colleen's father had worked the same construction site a while back. This is what Raka wanted and hoped for: The seeds were planted for another rebellion, this one "inside" the very Eye of Kaok.
The final clash took place on the desert, with Jhagur first taking down the cultists and then finally confronting the Dark Lords. His sword and his eye-blasts were pitted against their magic, while the Eye of Kaok loomed overhead.
When the Dark Lords carried Jhagur up into the Eye, into the Beyond-World, all seemed lost. But they had reckoned without Linette's effect on Colleen, without Raka's powers, without little Cosima's ferocity, and without Jhagur's knowledge -- however incomplete -- of the power of his "Ninth Sight." Peering past the horizon of the mortal world, Jhagur saw and called upon all the past incarnations of his soul to aid him in his battle: Ath'Agaar, an Amerindian warrior, a Samurai, a Hun, a Visigoth, and a whole host of other warrior-types, earthly and otherwise, whose lives he had lived. Jhagur was now living -- or reliving -- all these lives at once.
Together they battled their way past the Dark Lords and down into the den of the demigod himself.
At last, we see Kaok in all his monstrous glory. Kaok, of course, can't be defeated with a sword. Or a thousand swords. Jhagur tackles him bodily, directing his eye-blasts at the creature. And they tumble out of the creature's den, through several dimensional planes, to the Void Indigo itself.
Here Kaok is very vulnerable, not only to Jhagur's attacks but also to the psychic assault of all the hundreds of thousands of souls whose lives he had cut short those 11,000 years ago. That is how Kaok met his end: torn limb from ectoplasmic limb by a million psychic fingers from beyond, delivered to those fingers by Jhagur.
Upon Kaok's death, the Eye exploded again, spewing its substance over the desert, depositing Raka, Cosima, the surviving cult members, etc., on the sand. Jhagur's other incarnations had vanished, as had Linette.
Comments: Created by Steve Gerber (and Val Mayerik, see below)
The script for Void Indigo#5-6 has Gerber describing Kaok thusly: I intend to describe him in such a way as to
make him the most repulsive creature ever to appear on the page of
a comic book. It'll be up to you, Val, to carry off the visual. But the story was never published, and thus the artwork was never done.
Thiry-eight years later, I commissioned Val to draw Kaok as per the script guidance, and this nasty-looking demon is what he drew. As Val if co-creator of the Void Indigo series, if anyone can design the character, Val can! Until it's published in a Marvel comic, handbook, etc., it's not official, but it's good enough for the Appendix!
The Eye of Kaok is next on the list for a profile from the Void Indigo series...
Profile by Snood.
Kaok should be distinguished from:
Marvel Graphic Novel#11: Void Indigo (1984) - Steve Gerber (writer), Val Mayerik (artist), Laurie Sutton (assistant editor), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Void Indigo#1 (November, 1984) - Steve Gerber (writer), Val Mayerik (artist), Laurie Sutton (assistant editor), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Void Indigo#2 (March, 1985) - Steve Gerber (writer), Val Mayerik (artist), Laurie Sutton (assistant editor), Archie Goodwin (editor)
unpublished scripts for #3-6 (November 8, 1984) - Steve Gerber
First posted: 06/20/2022
Last updated: 08/22/2022
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