Paibok the Power-Skrull (Marvel)
Real Name: Paibok
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Paibok has powers derived from the X-Men Colossus, Iceman, and Storm. He possesses superhuman strength sufficient to lift 25 tons, the power of flight, and the abilities to transform his skin into a durable steel-like substance and to project blasts of lightning and ice from his hands. Like the Super-Skrull, Paibok also possesses the Skrulls' innate racial ability to shape-shift and the unique power of hypnosis. He is also an excellent hand-to-hand combatant and was extensively trained in warfare by the Skrull Empire. Paibok also has knowledge of and access to technology centuries ahead of conventional Earth science.
When the Skrull empire sought a way to defeat the Fantastic Four, who had frequently opposed them, Paibok suggested a subtle plan, replacing the Fantastic Four's associate Alicia Masters with Lyja, a Skrull spy (Paibok and Lyja had once been lovers, but their relationship had not ended well). While Lyja impersonated Alicia, the real Alicia was held prisoner by Paibok.
Eventually the Fantastic Four realised what had happened and came in search of Alicia, confronting Paibok on War World. Paibok, now calling himself the "Power-Skrull" after being augmented in a manner similar to the Super-Skrull, was prepared for the encounter and almost defeated the heroes. He was defeated by the Thing after Lyja seemingly sacrificed her life to protect the Human Torch. Paibok was left for dead, buried under fallen rubble.
Paibok survived the battle and recovered Lyja's body. Seeking revenge on the Fantastic Four, he encountered Devos the Devastator, another alien who had clashed with them, and the two formed an alliance. Devos was able to revive and enhance Lyja, granting her the power of flight and the ability to project lethal energy blasts. Together, the three travelled to earth to battle the Fantastic Four again.
Arriving on earth, they isolated and attacked the Human Torch, forcing him to use his Nova Flame against them - a move which then led to his arrest for damage to the surroundings. A second attack confused and aggravated the situation, leaving the Human Torch a fugitive from the police. However, Lyja again abandoned Paibok and sided with the Fantastic Four.
Undeterred, Paibok and Devos recruited new allies - Klaw and Huntara - and the quartet continued their attacks on the Fantastic Four, becoming known as the Fearsome Foursome. Eventually they were able to capture their foes (including Lyja) and returned to the Skrull Throneworld to present the captives to the Empress.
Paibok's triumph was short-lived, though - once on Throneworld he discovered that Devos was a wanted criminal, a renegade with a price on his head and an entire world under his command. Devos promptly summoned his troops, took personal command of his flagship (the Death Cruiser) and attempted to destroy Throneworld. The Empress blamed Paibok for this and repaid him by ordering his death.
Seeking to redeem himself, Paibok made his way onboard the Death Cruiser and confronted Devos. The ship's stardrive was damaged during their confrontation and the cruiser fell into subspace - Devos and Paibok were both believed lost along with the ship.
Paibok somehow escaped from subspace and struck a deal with Centaurian scientists to enhance his powers. Their treatment succeeded - but also affected his appearance, leaving him in a cadaverous, zombie-like form. Still viewed as a traitor, he fled to earth and assembled a band of Skrull renegades.
Disguised as Paul Balk, the owner of a travelling freakshow, Paibok located and tried to capture an immature Watcher, a plan that led to clashes with the Thing and a band of Kree. The attempt failed and he was captured by the Kree, who left earth shortly afterwards with Paibok as their prisoner.
It is not known how Paibok was transferred out of Kree custody, but he was next seen as one of the few convicts to survive when the prison transport vessel Dredge 01 crashed on its way to Kyln. Paibok's appearanced had, without explanation, been reverted to that of a typical Skrull. The prison ship crashed on earth, near the town of Coot's Bluff in Alaska, and Paibok immediately took command of the other survivors (Lunatik and the Blood Brothers) in an attempt to salvage the wrecked ship's technology and escape the planet. Paibok's plan also involved taking control of Coot's Bluff and using the terrified population as slave labor - something which brought his renegades into conflict with the only other survivor of the crash, Drax the Destroyer.
Initially, Paibok and his allies defeated Drax, leaving him for dead. However, Drax somehow recovered - and then hunted down his attackers, killing Lunatik and one of the Blood Brothers. Paibok's escape plan was abandoned and, faced with death at the hands of a vengeful Drax, he activated a distress beacon that he'd secretly salvaged from the wreck - summoning another ship and surrendering himself to the authorities who'd previously imprisoned him.
Paibok later reappeared fighting for Annihilus and his allies, as part of the Annihilation Wave. Following the death of Annihilus, the parasites injected into Paibok to force his obedience ceased functioning. He briefly joined forces with Terrax the Tamer and the Delinquent to kill Randau the Space Parasite, then returned with the Delinquent to what remained of the Skrull Empire.
First Appearance: Fantastic Four (1961) #358
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All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2006)
Annihilation Prologue (2006)
Annihilation: The Nova Corps Files (2006)
Annihilation: Heralds Of Galactus (2007)
Annihilation: Saga (2007)
Drax the Destroyer (2005)
#1 Fantastic Four (1961)
- 'Illegal Aliens'#3
- 'From the Ashes'#4
- 'Hard Penance'
#358 New Avengers (2015)
- 'Whatever Happened to Alicia?'#366
- 'The Enemy Within!'#369
- 'With Malice Toward All!'#370
- 'Forever Evil'#371
- 'This Flame, This Fury'#372
- 'No More the Hero!'#374
- 'Secret Defenders'#377
- 'If This Be War--!'#378
- 'Chaos in the Courtroom!'#379
- 'Only Death Be My Salvation!'#382
- 'A World Against Them!'#390
- 'Past Deceptions and Future Lies!'
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
Secret Invasion: Fantastic Four (2008)
#3 Skrulls! (2008)
- 'Escape From Fantasy Island'
#1 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
- 'Skrull Warbook Files'
The Thing: Freakshow (2002)
- 'Rock Bottom'#2
- 'Old Friends'#3
- 'Strange Things'#4
- 'It's Clobberin' Time!'
Video Game Appearances:
Marvel Ultimate Alliance (2006)
Fearsome Foursome (Marvel)
New Revengers (Marvel)
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