(Editor’s note: This is another in a series of irregularly-scheduled columns by Managing Editor Byron Brewer, mainly dealing with cosmic comics and their many denizens. Mr. Brewer’s opinions do not necessarily reflect that of CosmicBookNews.com. He welcomes both raves and opposing views.)
By Byron Brewer
Kierrok the Damned is a name which should be well known to those fans of the “All-New, All-Different” X-Men from the Claremont/Cockrum days of the book -- but probably is not. This is one demon that never got his just due,
Kierrok was the creation of the Elder God, Chthon, and was master of N’Garai demons. Kierrok and his N'Garai once ruled mankind and wish to rule it once more.
Kierrok was released onto the Earth one more by the X-Man Cyclops. While he was mourning the death of John Proudstar, Cyclops eye-beamed an ancient cairn on the grounds of Xavier’s School, which triggered Kierrok's release. A battle ensued, which resulted in damaging the X-Mansion.
The newly-reformed X-Men appeared to be losing the battle, Kierrok even able to defeat Professor X after a mind-probe overwhelmed his psyche. However, Storm was able to find the cairn and destroyed it, which sealed Kierrok in his dimension, seemingly forever.
Although Kierrok never personally reentered the dimension of Earth-616, to my knowledge, not so the N’Garai demons he ruled. One of the first incursions after Kierrok’s departure involved a demon confronting the newly-arrived Kitty Pryde, who was alone in the mansion at the time. She eventually destroyed it with the jet engines of the X-Men's plane.
Further incursions have been met with resistance from, notably, Wolverine, Marrow, Cecilia Reyes, Maggot and Nightcrawler.
In one incident, a subset of demons had taken to kidnapping various members of Earth's dimensions, such as people from the nearby town of Salem Center and Russian oil refinery workers. They were submitting them to various forms of dissection, suspect by Salem police as murders. Maggott was suspected of causing the murders, but he was cleared when Reyes, a doctor, saw that Wolverine, who was able to heal from his injuries, had been classically autopsied.
The fight was taken to the N'Garai dimension, where the X-Men rescued many innocent people and seemingly stopped the wave of current infections. Several of the demons had escaped to the forest around the X-Mansion. A squad involving Cecila, Marrow and the Beast faced them down and defeated them. The X-Men and the rescued civilians returned in another location on Earth. One of the men showed signs a powerful N'Garai demon had in fact made the return trip inside of him.
Wolverine has entered the N'Garai dimension on at least two different occasions. It is difficult for him, as the creatures are hostile to Earth and the fact time passes slower there makes it easy for him to lose himself in long stretches of slaying. In both occasions, it took the presence of other X-Men to help bring him back from the brink.
In the graphic novel Apocalypse vs. Dracula, it is said that Apocalypse once "cut a whole tribe of N'Garai demons to pieces" with his bare hands.
Nothing I would love more than a dimension-spanning cosmic opus between some of our star-faring champions and the N’Garai – featuring Kierrok’s return. That would be a great arc for, say, the expanded Avengers book or any new Guardians of the Galaxy book, no?