- 1 Overview
- 2 History
- 3 Facts
- 4 Alternate realities
- 5 Powers and Abilities
- 6 Miscellaneous
- 7 Trivia
- 8 See Also
- 9 Links and References
The Zn'rx, or Snarks, are an alien race obsessed with stealing super-powers. They look most like bipedal reptilians with a digitigrade leg structure. They are intelligent and have interstellar travel technology. However, they are also a warlike race by tradition (including their wars of succession, or Snarkwar), though some Zn'rx try to break this habit, most notably one of their last emperors, Bhadsha.
The Zn'rx are divided into many clans. Each individual clan is led by a queen, who are all married to The Emperor, who rules over all clans. Upon the death of the Emperor, the clans fight wars against each other; the son of the Queen of the winning clan becomes the next Emperor.
The Zn'rx hailed from a distant section of the Milky Way, on the planet known as "Snarkworld", which they shared with the primitive but sentient Burrowers, who lived in Caverns and knew the Zn'rx as the "(mean) Dragons".
Emperor Bhadsha's reign
Emperor Bhadhsa, at least partially encouraged by the Kymellian ambassador, his childhood friend Lord Yrik, initiated reform to the successions rules, intended to eventually move from Snark War to single combat between the High Snarks to determine the Snarks' ruler. This was deeply unpopular to some of his people.
Zn'rx commander Kl'rath was one of the most ruthless captains in the Snark Army and attained a high position using that reputation (though attracted powerful enemies). After the Skrull homeworld was destroyed, Kl'rath attacked and wiped out a whole transport full of Deviant Skrulls (mostly children). His enemies had him branded as a war criminal, and sent to the inescapable prison of L'ar Gath Five. Years later, he was killed by Skrull warrior Lyja the Lazerfist.
Maraud discovered a matter/antimatter device in development on Earth. As part of Maraud's schemes to secure her son, Jakal's place on the throne, Maraud attempted to steal the matter/antimatter device. She kidnapped inventor James Power, and his wife Margaret. However, the children of James and Margaret received powers from a dying Aelfyre Whitemane and used them to rescue their parents and keep the matter/antimatter device out of Maraud's hands. The kids accidentally destroyed the device in the process but Maraud has continued to harass the kids of Power Pack since, attempting at multiple times to use them during the most recent Snark war of succession, each time without success however. Such attacks included an attempt thwarted with the help of Obnoxio the Clown and Deadpool in his black costume (the Klyntar/symbiote Venom), despite the deployment of the Super-Snark. Defeated into retreat, pursued, they were slaughtered by Deadpool before they could report back to their ruler.With the help of the Burrowers, Jakal and Maraud were eventually defeated; and thanks to Yrik and the Power Pack, Bhadsha's consciousness took over Jakal's body, using it to serve as Emperor. Yrik remained on Snark World, as well as his son Kori, residing among the Ankar Clan, the sole clan Bhadsha fully trusted in his attempts to reform Snark World, and whose High Snark, Prince Sobak was Bhadsha's choice for his successor (as Bhadsha had no heir of his own) and Kofi's closest friend.
During that period, the Snark Empire seemingly stabilized, and the Snarks seemed to lay low, apart from a group that attacked Rick Jones during an extraterrestrial bidding war to acquire the rights to his memoirs, but were driven off by Jones and his allies.
Emperor Jakal's reign
Two years later, as Bhadsha was about to name Sobak his successor, and thanks to Maraud's plots and scientists, Jakal's consciousness gradually resurfaced in his body and eventually repelled Bhadsha's. At that point, he decided to attack his enemies to put back lesser clans in place, and revealed his identity to Ambassador Yrik before imprisoning him. The Kymellian ambassador silenced, Jakal and Maraud moved to subdue the last clans not united to theirs, the Ankar Clan and the Destrak Clan, as well as taking care of Power Pack. Clan Destrak was swiftly destroyed, the High Snark Rungar was killed, but Mother Destrak manage to escape with some guardsmen. At this point Kofi and Sobak escaped Snark World aboard Data, and set course to Earth to enlist the help of Power Pack, soon realizing that Jakal were already on their way.
On Earth, Jakal's agents were defeated into retreat by Power Pack. Meanwhile, Jakal gathered the Queen Mothers, presenting them as his true self and proclaiming his plans to reaffirm snark dominance across the galaxy, with Ankar as sole protester. The Snarks returned to the Power's house as Kofi and Sobak arrived, followed by the Snarks. After a skirmish, the Snarks were defeated. Power Pack, Sobak, and Kofi returned to Snark World, just at the time the Zn'rx destroyers annihilated the Ankar Bio-Domes. As they fled into the Burrowers' Caverns, they encountered the Burrowers, who helped them enter the palace.
Meanwhile, Queen Destrak freed Yrik, assembled her army, and solicited his support (and consequently Kymellia's) to back her up and enable her to evade the tradition and become the first Empress of Snark World, and the Queen Mothers sent Repra, the Rites Master, to protest the assaults on the Ankar and Destrak. Jakal dismissed but Maraud's intervention caused Jakal to snap out and kill her, witnessed by Repra, but also by Sobak, Destrak and Power Pack, and immediately loosing the support of the Queen Mothers.
As both Mother Destrak and Prince Sobak claimed the throne, Yrik pointed out that neither could bring peace and stability: Sobak could bring peace but lacked a clan to bring stability, while Destrak had the warriors that could ensure it. Julie suggested that instead of a single emperor, the Zn'rx could use a Triumvirate formed of Sobak and Destrak.
Jakal was defeated and taken in custody by Yrik, who supported the Triumvirate idea as a provisional ruling body that would dictate Snark affairs until the matter of ascension could be worked out, proposing Repra as the third member, and going with Repra to present to the Queen Mothers that option, that he believed would be acceptable to them, though Jack was skeptical if it would last, stating Power Pack would fought another Snark War in a year.
The reign of Jakal (described as "hotheaded") was considered in overhaul as disastrous.
At the time of the Dark Reign of Norman Osborn as head of the United States of America's national security, peace was achieved under the rule of the ruling triumvirate, thought the Snarks' reputation had been tainted by their wasteful bickering. In his report on individuals and organizations of interest to Osborn, the robot Quasimodo considered the Snarks' attempts to obtain weapons and powers from humans was the sign of a deep inferiority, that they should be ignored, and relations with them should be handled by S.W.O.R.D., as the Snarks lacked the resources to invade Earth anyway.
After the death of Uatu, the Watcher, a Zn'rx scout confirmed the rumors of Earth's forces being in turmoil and its Watcher dead, and considered the planet ready for conquest, but he was snipped by the Winter Soldier (James Barnes), now officiating as the The Man on the Wall, protecting Earth from extraterrestrial and extradimensional threats.
Another group resided a few miles north of Rockland, Maine, cut off from their Queen Mother, seemingly attacking humans (those Zn'rx wore human clothes in a grotesque manner) and attempting to reconnect with her to ask the deployment of a strike force to wipe out the planet. Their were detected by the Thunderbolts led by Barnes to help on his duty. The Thunderbolts were ambushed by the Snarks, but easily defeated them, and tipped S.H.I.E.L.D. to recover the restrained aliens.
The circumstances of the transition from peace under the ruling triumvirate to the Snarkwar initiated by Prince Hyinar, including the full scope of the attempts (from one clan or more) at the conquest of Earth, are unrevealed so far.
Back at Snarkwar
Hyinar, Third Prince of the Zn'rx's royal blood, and his agents (Dyngo and his brother Koyoti) scouted space, under the indications of Mother's scientists, to find worlds where they could harvest powers from metahumans. As such, they infiltrated Centauri-IV (then the new home of the Universal Inhumans), disintegrated Blackbane and kidnapped Gorgon, and initiated Snarkwar, intending to become the emperor of Snarkworld. They soon stroke again, abducting the members of the Light Brigade and of the Astarion's crew (including many members of the Inhuman Royal Family). The trio then captured the Inhuman queens, but were destroyed by Flint. It was hoped that this would be understood by other Snark royalty as a warning that Inhumans of every species were off-limits to Snarkwar.
Emperor Stote's reign
Stote was seemingly greatly distrusted by Nymbis Sternhoof, a Kymellian ambassador, who saw him as a plotter.
Following the merger of the Kree Imperium and of the Skrull Empire, diplomatic negotiations were held at the Proscenium, with representatives of the Kree/Skrull Alliance, of the Utopian Kree faction, the Kymellians, the Rigellians, the Shi'ar, Earth, the Galactic Rim Collective, the Badoon (in fact the weapons dealer and Elder of the Universe known as the Profiteer), Spartax, the Chitauri, and the Zn'rx, represented by Emperor Stote himself, to discuss the aftermaths, the status of the Pan-Worlds Treaties and other steps to ensure stability and peace in the new world order. In order to precipitate a Snarkwar (a profitable weapons market), the Profiteer assassinated the Emperor. The conference was also targeted by the Chitauri, whose representative, the diplomat-drone Peacebringer, had been created as a walking bio-explosive bomb.
Around that time (the information was passed to the conference's members as the two hostiles had been unveiled), planets among the Zn'rx Colonies (along with many other worlds) were stripped of life by the advance of the elder god Knull.
A major concept of the Zn'rx society is the Snarkwar, a war of succession caused by a telepathic itch affecting the successors as soon as the emperor died, urging them to claim the alpha position at any cost (and with no regards to collateral victims), using any weapon found, bought or stolen, to the extent of literally claiming other beings' powers (supernatural, sorcery, Inhuman] as their own. A faction initiating the Snarkwar was seemingly completely destroyed if not victorious. Kl'rt, the Super-Skrull, considered that in comparison with the Snarks, the Kree/Skrull seemed restrained (though those were now able to weaponize suns into astro-nuclear weapons).
In spite of their war-like nature and ruined reputation, the Snarks were involved in diplomatic relations with others cultures:
- Though the Snarks were known to the Kymellians as "the oldest enemy", Kymellia had an ambassador stationed on Snarkworld, who was somewhat respected by the Snarks' leaders.
- They participated in multilateral discussions with the Kymellians, the Kree Imperium and the Skrull Empire (later merged into the Kree/Skrull Alliance, with the splinter faction of the Utopian Kree), the Rigellians, the Shi'ar, Earth, the Galactic Rim Collective, the Badoon Sisterhood, Spartax, the Chitauri, and were presumably tied to the Pan-Worlds Treaties.
The Zn'rx issued bounties.
Known criminals included Kl'rath, detained at the prison of L'ar Gath Five as a war criminal for having wiped out a transport of Skrull refugees (mostly children) after their Tarnax IV had been destroyed.
The race survived in one way or another up through the 31st Century. A mutant of the Zn'rx, Scanner was gifted with greater than normal powers of awareness. He was part of the mercenary group Force (who opposed at times the Guardians of the Galaxy).
In Earth-5631, the Zn'rx were one of several alien species who at some point in history discovered the secret of the anti-matter formula, and tried to use it to make a weapon: The Annihilator. However, their attempt to harness this power resulted in their planet being destroyed. Along with the other races that lost their planets this way, including the Kymellians, they forged the remains of their world into Patchworld.
The Zn'rx seen so far are all children and subjects of Queen Maraud. It is unknown if there are any other queens or clans like in the Earth-616 continuity. All Zn'rx are indoctrinated from a young age to have an undying loyalty for their queen and to hate all other races. One of the primary weaknesses of the species is their total lack of imagination; they cannot come up with ideas of their own and thus steal or copy all their technology from other species. Even their ship looks like it was put together from different parts of various other ships. This same lack of imagination also rendered them unable to learn from the mistake that cost them their planet. As such, they kept seeking ways to recreate the Annihilator. For this purpose, they abducted Dr. James Power and his wife, but they were stopped when Dr. Powers' four kids received superpowers from the Kymellian Aelfyre Whitemane and intervened. In the process, Power Pack also managed to turn Maraud into a pacifist by erasing her memory and then using the same indoctrination method used to teach young Zn'rx to make her believe all Zn'rx are peaceful. This apparently stopped the threat of the Zn'rx, however some time later it was revealed at least some Zn'rx were still at large.
The so-called Space Snarks, apparently a different species, were kept by the Watchers as companion animals. The young Watcher Lavnic found that they were quite interesting and hoped that his babysitter Uatu had one.
In Earth-22455, the Zn'rx abandoned their attempts to capture Power Pack or attack Earth at some point after their first defeat at the hands of the young heroes. That changed when years later, Julie accidentally contacted them, renewing their interest in Earth. To fight off the threat, Julie reunited her siblings, who had all gone their separate ways, to once more become Power Pack.
Powers and Abilities
Average Strength level
Snarks can lift 400 lbs on average, and High Snark can lift about 700 lbs.
Type of Government: Empire. Succession determined by civil war between the many princes, descendants of the previous emperor.
Cultural Traits: War-like. They conquer and take what they want.
- Bhadsha - Emperor (deceased)
- Ankar Clan
- Hadj - Chancellor (deceased)
- Maraud Clan
- Repra - Rites Master/ruling Triumvirate
- Destrak Clan
- Unnamed clan
- Stote - Emperor (deceased)
- In "Home for the Holidays" (Merry X-Men Holiday Special #1; December 5, 2018), an alien rambles about "culture war", "cultural zn'rxism", and "war on Glorpsday", as parodies of conservative theories of "Cultural Marxism" and "War on Christmas".
- 0 representatives of Zn'rx
- Appearances of Zn'rx
- Minor Appearances of Zn'rx
- Media Zn'rx was Mentioned in
- Race Gallery: Zn'rx
- Images of Zn'rx
Links and References
- Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z #10; Snarks' profile
- Dark Reign Files #1; Snarks' profile
- Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Vol 2 #12; Snarks' profile
- Royals #6; Royal Mail
- Fantastic Four Annual #20
- Avengers Spotlight #25; Best Seller!
- Power Pack Vol 2 #4
- Power Pack #23
- Royals #6
- Future Foundation #3-4
- Deadpool: Back in Black #2
- Power Pack Vol 2 #1
- Power Pack Vol 2 #2
- Power Pack Vol 2 #3
- Original Sin #8
- Thunderbolts Vol 3 #9
- Royals #6-8
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 6 #7-8
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 6 #8
- Guardians of the Galaxy #8 and Guardians of the Galaxy #13's letters' pages
- Royals #7
- Royals #8
- Future Foundation #1
- Guardians of the Galaxy #5
- Power Pack: Day One #2
- Power Pack: Day One #3
- Power Pack: Day One #4
- Power Pack Vol 3 #1
- What The--?! #1; Bower Brats Meet Clunk and Dagnabbit
- What The--?! #16; The Watcher in "Someone to watch over me"
- Marvel Universe: Millennial Visions #1; Power Pack: Starting Over
- Power Pack #4