Real Name: R'Kin
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Ríkin, as most Skrulls, possessed the power to shape shift. Unfortunately for Ríkin, his small stature was a hindrance and only permitted him with substandard shape shifting abilities and inferior strength.
Ríkin was the son of General Níala, a commanding officer in the Skrull army. He was the last of six hatchlings, and was the runt of the litter which led him to have inferior abilities to the average Skrull. Because of this setback, Ríkin was denied entry into the Skrull Intelligence Corps, but was placed in the Engineering, Sanitation and Maintenance Division with a lifetime contract of service in exchange for steady employment and a home. Once the Annihilation Wave decimated much of the Skrull Empire, Ríkin was eventually taken into the regional militia under the command of Baroness S'Bak. He had been declared unfit for combat, but Ríkin continued to pursue his career as a warrior and even applied several times to warbird training school. All of his applications were denied.
Ríkinís time to prove himself as a warrior came when he rescued his idol, Klírt the Super Skrull, during a firefight with Baroness Síbakís forces. The Super Skrull was outnumbered by Skrull warbirds, but was still putting up a fight. RíKin, piloting one of the ships, swooped in and plucked the Super Skrull from the field of battle and became a fugitive as well. He explained to his idol that his father, General Níala, served and died under his command. Ríkin accompanied his new leader to the home of his most hated enemies, the Fantastic Four, and took a trip to the Negative Zone with the help of Mister Fantastic in hopes to find some way to destroy the forces of Annihilus. Soon, Ríkinís idolization of Super Skrull came to an end during a mission to "interrogate" some of Annihulusí troops. Ríkin was supposed to guard the room Super Skrull was questioning the prisoners in, but Ríkin wanted to help. He disobeyed orders and entered without permission. Inside, he watched as the Super Skrull ruthlessly tortured and killed his enemies. Super Skrull said it was a necessity, but Ríkin regarded it, and him, as evil.
In the Negative Zone, Super Skrull squeezed a name from one of the Annihilation Wave troops of the individual responsible for creating their ultimate weapon called the Harvester of Sorrows. Hawal was the scientific genius that would soon be responsible for destroying the Skrull world of Zaragzína and take the life of the Klírtís son. In his pursuit of Hawal, Super Skrull managed to raise an army comprised of other prisoners that Hawal tortured for his enjoyment. Ríkin joined the ranks of that militia with others like Praxagora and Preak. Hawal, with some extreme convincing, created a way to defeat the Harvester of Sorrows just as Ríkin was building a dimensional portal to liberate the Super Skrullís army from the Negative Zone. Once the portal was completed and Klírtís forces were ready to strike, Ríkin convinced Super Skrull to allow the lowly mechanic to prove himself worthy of the Skrull name and deliver the killing blow to Annihilusí ultimate weapon of destruction. However, Ríkin only proved how treacherous the Skrull race can be when he betrayed the Super Skrull and did not show up to save Zaragzína from being obliterated.
Super Skrull, Praxagora and Preak were captured and taken onboard the Harvester of Sorrows. Ríkin triumphed in his apparent victory feeling the death of Super Skrullís son equaled the pain he felt over the death of his father. Unfortunately for Ríkin, one of the Super Skrullís powers is hypnotism, and he mesmerized Ríkin into attacking his new allies and set Klírt and the others free. Momentarily frozen with fear over what he had involuntarily done, Ríkin fled for his life with the Super Skrull hot on his trail. While attempting to hot wire a starship to escape the Harvester of Sorrows, Super Skrull surprised him, but Ríkin refused to give up without a fight. He transformed himself into something more fearsome and charged Klírt. The Super Skrull didnít break a sweat in capturing Ríkin, but Ríkin did his best to convince the Super Skrull that he would fly them to safety in exchange for his freedom. Klírt lulled Ríkin into a false sense of security when he released him, but almost immediately after, he ripped Ríkinís limbs from his body and cauterized the wounds with his flame. The only thing Ríkin hoped for is the Super Skrull succeeding in his mission to destroy the Harvester of Sorrows so that he may die in the explosion. His wish was soon granted, and R'kin's suffering came to an end.
First Appearance: Annihilation: Super-Skrull (2006) #1
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Annihilation: The Nova Corps Files (2006)
Annihilation: Saga (2007)
Annihilation: Super-Skrull (2006)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
- 'Skrull Warbook Files'
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