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Queen Veranke

Real Name
Current Alias
Queen Veranke

Jessica Drew, Spider-Woman




Base Of Operations
Satriani; Formerly unnamed Skrull world, Tyeranx Seven Province





Unusual Features
Pointed ears, corrugated chin, green skin


Marital Status

Ruler of the Skrull empire, subversive; Former exile


First appearance
Appearance of Death

New Avengers #1
(January, 2005)
Secret Invasion #8
(January, 2009)



Sent to die alone on the planet

A Skrull princess, Veranke was a member of the Dard'van, a deeply religious sect of Skrull society whose existence centered around an approaching scenario that would see the end of the Skrull empire. After the Illuminati's failed attempt to intimidate the Skrull empire into leaving Earth alone, Veranke and her sect attempted to warn then-ruler Dorrek VII of the impending disaster of an eater of worlds and a "wave". She challenged his claim to the throne that if he remains ignorant, then he's not worthy of it. Refusing to let his authority be challenged, Dorrek called her insane and a religious zealot. However, he could not execute Veranke without making her a martyr, so he had her exiled on a deserted planet.

She was brought out of exile in the aftermath of the Skrull homeworld's destruction by Galactus. She became the current Skrull Empress, and orchestrated the Secret Invasion, having become a religious crusade, which was opposed by Kl'rt, the original Super-Skrull and Prince Xavin. She herself posed as Jessica Drew, having captured her at a HYDRA base where they were attempting to restore her powers, which was filled with Skrull sleeper agents. Once the operation was a success, Veranke took part in a ritual that would imbue her with Drew's powers and memories. She took Jessica's place in S.H.I.E.L.D., when her lover Pagon instigated the mass breakout at the Raft prison. By twist of fate, Veranke became part of the New Avengers. But in her absence, the Annihilation Wave discriminate the Skrull empire.

Wanda Maximoff used her powers to create and alternate reality in which mutants ruled the world and all the desires of the Avengers came true. However, only Jessica's desires came true, not Veranke, who found herself holding a position in SHIELD in this new world. Shocked, she sought out Criti Noll, who was also aware of the change. Eventually, before Veranke could kill Wanda, Wanda used her powers to take away the powers of 90 percent of the mutant populations, and reality was restored back to normal.

Once the invasion began, Veranke's plans bore fruit, having uploaded a virus that disabled the main Helicarrier, all StarkTech, expunged the Extremis virus from Tony Stark's body, destroyed SWORD headquarters and laid mistrust among the superhero community of America. She also ordered the assassination of Dorrek VIII, keeping his royal heritage secret from his would-be assassins. Also, she sent empowered Skrulls to take out Richard Rider, the last remaining Nova Centurion, before he could return to defend his home planet, only for Kl'rt to save him.

In the Savage Land, Veranke made one last chance to crush Stark's spirit, by insinuating that he's a Skrull sleeper agent. She kisses him and tells him that he has earned her love. Black Widow attempted to kill her, only to be distracted by Skrull agents disguised as Beast and Phoenix, which Veranke slips away.

However, Reed Richards managed to develop a device that could expose a Skrull's true form. Thor had also gathered all heroes in Central Park to fight against the invaders, joined by the Hood's gang and the Thunderbolts. When it seemed that Veranke was killed, Criti activated a secret in the new growth formula he gave to Janet Van Dyne, causing her to swell in size, emitting purple energy, turning her into a bio-bomb, to destroy Earth if the Skrulls failed. Thor had no choice but to kill his comrade to save Earth. Veranke was shot dead by Thunderbolts Director Norman Osborn.

Because of her death, the Skrulls were in disarray. Many were imprisoned or dead, others forced to flee. But worse for Earth, because Osborn took the main kill, it enabled him to ascend to top of American national security, the perfect opportunity to subvert superheroes and allow villains to gain power.

Veranke was later in Erebus, where people attempted to win a chance at resurrection.

Powers and Abilities



Shapeshifting: Like all members of her race, could shapeshift and perfectly replicate a creature's entire appearance down to it's retinal patterns.

Superhuman Strength: Enables her to lift about 7 tons.

Superhuman Speed

Superhuman Stamina

Superhuman Durability

Superhuman Agility

Superhuman Reflexes

Superhuman Flexibility

Superhuman Hearing

Immunity to Toxins, Poisons, Drugs, and Radiation


Bioelectric Blasts: Her body possesses an inordinate amount of bio-electricity that she has learned to channel and discharge through her hands, in controlled bursts. These energy projections vary in power; they mostly affect the nervous system in humans. Veranke can regulate them from simply a stun to potent enough to kill an average-sized man in the same way that a lightning bolt could kill him.

Pheromone Secretion: Her metabolism generates certain types of pheromones that elicit attraction and/or repulsion on others, depending on unknown factors which might include gender and mood.

Self-Propelled Flight: It is unclear as to the range and extent of this power.

Energy Manipulation: Veranke is capable of manipulating certain energy forms. This was demonstrated when the Mighty Avengers were held captive by Doctor Doom and may have inadvertently blown her cover.


She is capable of about everything the real Jessica Drew was excelling in armed and unarmed combat, espionage, and athletics.

Strength level

Her true strength is unknown.


Veranke cannot speak the foreign languages Jessica Drew could. In Japan she could not understand any of the Hand ninjas whenever they spoke.


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