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The Cormorant was a powerful alien who served a mysterious being called the Helmsman.[1] Most of his past is unknown, but what is known is that he was forced to fight for the Prosilicans ages ago.[2] In the modern age, he scoured the Earth on behalf of the Helmsman in search of a mysterious artifact. His quest saw him attack some of the most secure locations around the planet, raiding stealth-shielded lockboxes. One of the lockboxes was in possession of Doctor Doom, for which the Cormorant attacked the Latverian Embassy in New York City. When he got to Doom's lockbox, Doom detonated. The fact that the item inside was destructible made the Helmsman deduce it wasn't the item they were looking for, and he had the Cormorant continue his search.

The alien's next target was the Baxter Building, which he destroyed in the search for the lockbox secured under the building by Mister Fantastic. The Cormorant swatted away the combined efforts of the Fantastic Four, Doctor Doom, Victorious, and Fantastix, even managing to withstand the last of Powerhouse's godly power. The Cormorant managed to unearth Richards' lockbox, Container Zero, and cracked it open despite Mister Fantastic's pleas not to, unleashing the Zero Force. However, since that wasn't what he was looking for, the Cormorant flew away.[1]

During the Brotherhood of the Badoon's invasion of Earth, the Helmsman ordered the Cormorant to retrieve the missing pieces of the Alpha/Omega Armor except for the helmet, which the Helmsman already possessed. After the Cormorant retrieved the pieces of armor, he was sent to retrieve the only weapon that could match the armor, the Tactigon, which was in the possession of Doctor Doom so he could fight Cormorant. However, Doom wasn't there to defeat Cormorant but to use Cormorant's telepathic connection to Helmsman to determine Helmsman's location. Doom then used magic to teleport Helmsman to his location and killed him. Doom gave the armor's helmet to Cormorant and stated that he freed him from Helmsman's servitude so he could help him stop the Reckoning.[3]

Using the Nexus of All Realities in Man-Thing's Swamp to travel to the Watchers' planet of Planet T-37x, Cormorant and Doom confronted the Reckoning's leaders as they approached the Apex of All Reality. Cormorant's fight was short-lived as Wrath used a code word to cause the collar around his neck to rob Cormorant's ability to fight.[4] Following the defeat of the Reckoning and the restoration of the M'kraan Crystal at the hands of an empowered Uatu, Cormorant joined the Jahf and Modt as the Crystal's guardians and make sure that Emnu, Rapture, and Ruin--three of those responsible for the war--remain trapped in it.[5]



Virtual Omnipotence: The Cormorant is an extraordinarily powerful creature. All of Powerhouse's remaining god-like power merely knocked him back with no visible or lasting damage. According to Reed, the Cormorant's strength breaks all known laws of physics: He was able to move the Container Zero which should be impossible because the container was a fixed point of space and therefore was supposed to be immovable. Even the Zero Force, which can destroy the universe, failed to interest him.[1]

Flight: The Cormorant can fly.[1]

Longevity: The Cormorant is immortal or at least very long-lived as he has lived for billions of years and has not aged in the slightest.[3]


The Cormorant's weakness is a code word known only by the Reckoning. After it is spoken, the collar around the Cormorant's neck prevents him from fighting or even moving.[4]




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