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The full extent of Za'ken's abilities is unknown. He is apparently a skilled fighter, good enough to take down two of Lilandra's Elite Guardsmen fairly quickly. He has been shown to have a power to heal a badly injured person, but it is unknown if the source of said power is mystical, inborn (i.e. he's a Shi'ar mutant of some sort), technology based, or from some other source. It is also unknown if he has any other powers besides the healing one. He also carries two swords on his back, and a rifle, as well as other less-obvious weapons on his person, like knives and such.
Little is known of Za'ken's history save that he was raised on the Imperial Homeworld Chandilar, and was exiled from the Shi'ar for several years 'with the highest bounty in all the Imperium' on his head after his parents were murdered to satisfy an unnamed demagogue's political agenda.
Za'ken arrived in the Sol System, either to find Shi'ar exile and Avengers ally Deathcry, or following the trail of Lilandra's Elite Guard on their mission to keep Deathcry from returning to the Imperium (possibly both reasons are true). He found Deathcry and her Avenger ally Hercules in the Blue Area of Earth's moon, but not before two of Lilandra's Elite Guardsmen had shot down Deathcry's ship, stole a sacred holo-scroll from Deathcry, and beat the Shi'ar teenager nearly to death, the later of which he witnessed from too far away to reach them in time.
Za'ken ambushed the two guardsmen on the way back to their ship, killed them, and retrieved the sacred holo-scroll.
Za'ken shot at Hercules, mistakenly believing him a threat to Deathcry's life. He then revealed himself when Hercules challenged him to show himself, and convinced a wary Hercules that he was not the one who had attacked them (Herc had been knocked unconscious in the crash, and had only awakened a few minutes before Za'ken returned) and further convinced Hercules that he had the power to heal a dying Deathcry. Hercules allowed the attempt, with the caveat that if Deathcry died, Za'ken would soon follow. Speaking an ancient Shi'ar mantra, Za'ken performed a long-abandoned ritual to heal Deathcry's wounds and bring her back to the land of the living. After returning the scroll to her, Za'ken then took Deathcry and Hercules to shelter in an abandoned citadel, where he revealed some of his backstory, and offered an excited Deathcry the chance to return home to the Imperium, and a chance to lift both of their sentences of exile. Za'ken, Deathcry, and Hercules then left the Moon to journey to Chandilar.
First Appearance: The Avengers (1963) #398
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The Avengers (1963)
- 'Paranormal Activity'#399
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