Brew's Crew: Yandroth
(Editor’s note: This is another in a series of irregularly-scheduled columns by Managing Editor Byron Brewer, mainly dealing with cosmic comics and its many denizens. Mr. Brewer’s opinions do not necessarily reflect that of CosmicBookNews.com. He welcomes both raves and opposing views.)
By Byron Brewer
Here is a being – Yandroth – who has been familiar since the return of Dr. Strange in the first adventures of the Defenders. He wasn’t a nice cat!
Yandroth was the humanoid "Scientist Supreme" of the other-dimensional planet Yann, and a would-be-conqueror who, with his robot Voltorg, has fought Dr. Strange. Strange defeated Yandroth, sending him to seemingly fall forever through an alternate dimension, the Dimension of Dreams.
There, though, he gained great magical knowledge and learned that he could gain great power by destroying a world. He returned to Earth and constructed an “Omegatron,” although he suffered injuries received when he was hit by a truck in New York City. His physical body dies, thus activating the Omegatron. As the Omegatron, he battles Dr. Strange, the Sub-Mariner, and the Hulk, who come together as – tada! -- the Defenders for the first time. Yandroth is placed under a time displacement spell by Strange.
The Omegatron is eventually released from the time displacement spell, and battled Namor, the Hulk, Valkyrie and Namorita, and was destroyed. Yandroth's spirit next possesses a young female chemist in order to telepathically attack the heroes; however, he is defeated by the Defenders again. (Not going well, sir.)
Although Yandroth is dead, his spirit is still capable of taking possession of a living human's mind. Taking the form of a vagrant, he is discovered by the cattish Patsy Walker. Seemingly an innocent, she rescues him, allowing him to regain his strength and capture her.
Becoming a nihilist, he crafts a plan to end -- the world! He summons monsters from all over, involving many superhero teams. Most of the New York-based heroes are tied up confronting destructive, mindless monstrosities. Alpha Flight is attacked by Warlord Kaa and his Shadow Warriors. He causes a group of Living Erasers to appear in the Tokyo Headquarters of Big Hero Six. Lizard Men from Tok attack the island nation of Genosha. Gorgilla subdues the Avengers by dropping a building on them.
It turns out he is utilizing the captured form of Gaea, the spirit of the Earth, to summon the monsters.
Meanwhile Patsy, who had escaped and learned this, tells the Defenders. Yandroth gains enough power to summon the Ravagers of Creation. Four elemental creatures confront the Defenders, who are unable to stop them individually. They attack the Stone creature, disabling the spell needed to destroy the world. This frees Gaea and kills Yandroth.
In his dying breath, as the Hulk and Namor fight, he realizes the Defenders hate each other. He uses his powers to curse them, so they must come and work together in times of a severe crisis. This involves uncontrollable teleportation, affecting all four of the heroes.
Yandroth was later revived when the four Defenders became The Order for a short time and their curse rendered him all-powerful!
Yandroth was featured in the limited series The Last Defenders, disguised as a businessman. Assisted by the floating head of the entity known as the Recorder, he attempts to manipulate his way into gaining god-level powers. Nughthawk, Colossus, Blazing Skull, She-Hulk and Krange battle the group the Sons of the Serpent, which culminates in a confrontation with Yandroth. Yandroth manipulates time and forces Nighthawk to battle a twisted version of his old team the Squadron Sinister before being rescued by a future incarnation of the Defenders, who with Yandroth disappear once the threat is over.
Magic and science: they are the same to some, different to others. I am sure we will see this Scientist Supreme again -- perhaps battling Hank Pym?