Skaar is a male comic character that features in Marvel Comics.
Skaar was the child of the Hulk and Caiera the Oldstrong with the pair conceiving their son during the Hulk's time on the planet Sakaar. (Skaar: Son of Hulk v1 #1) He also had a twin brother who became known as Hiro-Kala with the two being in their mothers womb until the cataclysm that affected their homeworld. The twins were born but separated from one another during the blast due to the unique aspect of their biology. (Incredible Hulks v1 #612) Following Caiera's death, the Hulk departed Sakaar as he sought revenge against those that had banished him from his homeworld of Earth. In that time, Skaar had emerged from a cocoon where he was the age equivalent of a human being in their pre-teen years. After a year, he began to resemble a teenager and in time he became an intelligent adult. It was during these years that he began to demonstrate his skill as a fierce and capable warrior where he became enemies of Axeman Bone. He later gained the power of the Oldstrong stone-like power that allowed him to draw on power from Sakaar itself and was seen by his world's people as a saviour. (Skaar: Son of Hulk v1 #1) Skaar also began to show the power to communicate with his deceased mother's spirit but she became troubled by him becoming a killer instead of a bringer of peace for her people. (Skaar: Son of Hulk v1 #3)
After gaining the power, he indulged its use against his enemies where he threatened to kill his foes on the other side of the planet with the Old Power. It was then that he was attacked by the Silver Surfer who sought to stop him. Their battle saw the Surfer use the Power Cosmic to strip Skaar of the Old Power and bury it within Sakaar. Weakened, he had no choice but to return to his master Galactus thus notifying him of the planet Sakaar which he would consume and sate his hunger for thousands of years. Before he could depart, Skaar had a Death Head Guard implant an obedience disk on him thus leaving him enslaved to the Son of Hulk. (Skaar: Son of Hulk v1 #7) He then led his army to the Filian lands as he pushed Axeman Bone's forces back to their territory. Skaar came to abandon the slaves that cheered his name and instead sided with the Imperian force in order to gain their military might to siege the Filian capital. (Skaar: Son of Hulk v1 #8) Axeman Bone decided to unleash the ancient Sakaaran dragons against his foe in an effort to defeat him. (Skaar: Son of Hulk v1 #9) Their battle was only stopped by the seeming intervention of the Hulk who declared that Princess Omaka would become the new ruler of the planet. It was then discovered that the Hulk was actually a construct of rock created by the spirit of Caiera who wanted an end to hostilities. Her son, however, refused to end his fight to slay all killers and attempted to use the Silver Surfer against his mother. She wanted to humble her son by showing the magnitude of his actions and after claiming the control staff holding sway over the Surfer she commanded him to take Skaar to his master Galactus. Galactus intended to consume Sakaar. However, Skaar refused to be humbled and was prepared to destroy thousands of worlds rather than allow his homeworld be destroyed. After seeing the depths her son would go, Caiera decided to use the last of her power to banish Skaar thus allowing Sakaar to be consumed and destroyed. (Skaar: Son of Hulk v1 #10) He then fell to Earth which he determined was his fathers homeworld and intended to slay the Hulk. This saw him come into conflict with the Fantastic Four with She-Hulk attempted to protect Skaar only for military forces to drop a bomb on him. All signs of his life were seemingly gone after the explosion but Skaar had actually reverted to his human guise and operated in hiding for a chance to slay his father. (Planet Skaar Prologue v1 #1) He came to encounter the Warbound where he rejected their friendship and challenged his father the Hulk only to be beaten at first. It was during this time encounter that he learnt that the Hulk was not the Green Scar who sired him but a more primitive personality. Around this time, the battle between the pair threatened to cause a nearby nuclear facility to be damaged with the Hulk along with the Warbound attempting to stop the resultant destruction. Skaar then decided to lend his hand by manipulating the Old Power to seal the reactor. He then stabbed the Hulk and said to be left alone until his true 'father' emerged for him to kill. (Skaar: Son of Hulk v1 #12)
He was later approached by Bruce Banner who was the alternate persona of the Hulk. At first, Skaar attacked the human but Banner revealed that he would help the Sakaaran with killing his father. However, in exchange, he wanted his help first but promised to train him to be able to slay the Hulk. (Incredible Hulk v1 #601) This saw Banner provoke the Juggernaut as a test of Skaar's fighting skills. (Incredible Hulk v1 #602)
It was then that Skaar intended to carry out his mission of slaying his father the Green Scar. The two did battle with the Son of Hulk using the Old Power in addition to his abilities but he was unable to kill his father. He even attempted to make him more angry by revealing that he had fed Sakaar to Galactus. During the battle, the Hulk helped protect some innocent bystanders from the damage caused by their battle. Skaar was then defeated where he came to the conclusion that the Hulk was not the monster like he thought and decided to abandon his plan at killing him. He then reverted to his human guise with Hulk similarly changing back to normal with the young Skaar hugging Banner as he finally let go of the anger and resentment he had towards the Green Scar. (Incredible Hulk v1 #611)
Within the Savage Land, Skaar was content to remain alone and spurned the friendship of Ka-Zar and his family. During this time, Skaar encountered an alien spaceship where he accidentally freed an imprisoned Nuwali known as the Designer. The entity took Shana the She-Devil as a host and sought to remake the Savage Land back according to his original design. It was only the efforts of Ka-Zar and Skaar along with the Devil Dinosaur were they able to defeat the Designer thus freeing Shana. (Skaar: King of the Savage Land v1 #5) In the Savage Land, he was approached by Norman Osborn who offered him a place on his Dark Avengers though Skaar did not accept initially as he said he needed to think about it. He then reported the encounter to Captain America who requested that Skaar join Osborn's team in order to serve as a double agent. When Steve Rogers was captured, Skaar broke his cover and betrayed the Dark Avengers to free Captain America. (New Avengers v2 #23)
Whilst in the Savage Land, he was approached by the Hulk who had a new personality called Doc Green. This version sought to purge the world of all gamma-weapons and was on a mission to depower all the Hulks. This led to a fight with Skaar but ultimately Doc Green injected him with a serum that removed the gamma component in his DNA thus turning him human. He provided Skaar with money and left him in Paris in the belief that he would make a new life for himself. (Hulk v3 #7) In the aftermath, he made his way to Southern France where he took up the name of Santos by the Pyrenees Mountains and lived as a hunter. During the events of Civil War II, he came to learn of the death of his father and was deeply saddened by the news. Skaar was approached by the Warbound who provide him with solace as they all shared in the grief over the death of the Hulk. He later attended the reading of Bruce Banner's will where a holographic recording showed that he had created blueprints that would allow Skaar along with the Warbound to board the Sakaaran stoneship in case they wanted to leave Earth. (Civil War II: The Fallen v1 #1)
Personality and attributes
In appearance, Skaar who retained the features of both his parents where his ordinary form resembled that of one of the Shadow People but his anger allowed him to grew into a Hulk-like being. (Skaar: Son of Hulk v1 #1) When possessing the Old Power, he witnessed all the atrocities on Sakaar and sought to punish all responsible where he took the moniker of Killer of Killers. (Skaar: Son of Hulk v1 #7) For a time, he operated under the identity of Santos when in his human form and operated as a hunter. (Civil War II: The Fallen v1 #1)
Without his parents, he was raised by monsters and taught to live life brutally where he challenged anything that moved and killed those that fought him. (Skaar: Son of Hulk v1 #3) This was to the point that his mother came to consider him to be a monster but he ignored her pleas in his mind. (Skaar: Son of Hulk v1 #8) In an effort to stop Galactus, he was not above poisoning him with the Old Power thus making its effects addictive to the point where his hunger was greatly magnified to the point of insanity. Such an act would have doomed thousands of worlds with Skaar not caring of the fate of the universe so long as Sakaar was saved. This horrified his mother who ultimately decided to banish her son to Earth and allow Sakaar to be destroyed rather than let him continue with his plans. (Skaar: Son of Hulk v1 #10)
To avoid detection, he often switched to his more human form allowing him to move in secret. (Planet Skaar Prologue v1 #1) He was not above switching to his child-form to cause an enemy to hesitate in hurting him and then using that as an opportunity to launch a counterattack. (Incredible Hulk v1 #602)
Powers and abilities
Skaar was a product of the biology of the Hulk and Caiera's Shadow People that allowed him to be born shortly after conception and grow to adulthood by a year. He was also an inheritor of his mothers Oldstrong power allowing him to turn his skin into a stone-like state that was nearly impervious to harm. (Skaar: Son of Hulk v1 #1)
The Hulk form served as a magnet to other gamma mutations that were related to him by blood with them being drawn to his presence. (Planet Skaar Prologue v1 #1)
As one of the Shadow People, he could wield the ancient force known as the Old Power which connected him to the stone and the earth. With it, he could manipulate rocks and cause tectonic disturbances on a world. (Skaar: Son of Hulk v1 #7) He could manipulate rocks in order to encase entire structures in stone through the use of this ability. (Skaar: Son of Hulk v1 #12)
Typically, Skaar wielded a sword and when questioned why he would use a blade when he had the Old Power he replied that he found it more fun to use. (Skaar: Son of Hulk v1 #12)
- Skaar was created Greg Pak and John Romita, Jr. where he made his first appearance in What If: Planet Hulk v1 #1 (December 2007).
In other media
- In Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., Skaar was a featured member of the cast in the animated television series where he was voiced by actor Benjamin Diskin. Skaar was depicted as a warrior but with low intelligence and speaking slowly in simple English. His back story was shown in the first season finale where he was shown as an orphan on Sakaar with no memory of his biological parents. He was taken in by a kind family until Sakaar came under attack from the Leader. Skaar attempted to save his world but was defeated by the Leader who brainwashed him into being his personal enforcer. In "Doorway to Destruction", he was sent to accompany Annihilus's invasion forces from the Negative Zone that attacked Earth leading to his encounter with the Hulk. He later became an ally to Hulk and joined the team known as S.M.A.S.H.
- In Ultimate Spider-Man, Skaar appeared as a guest character in the animated television series episode "Contest of Champions, Part 2" where he was voiced by actor Benjamin Diskin.
- In Marvel: War of Heroes, Skaar appeared as multiple playable cards in the video game.
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