Real Name: Raek
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Raek was a humanoid alien and stood about 5’7” tall with black hair and thick eyebrows, blue eyes and pinkish skin. He had wings hidden underneath his clothing that were strong enough to carry him aloft, but also had jet boots that enhanced his flying speed and agility. He seemed to have normal human abilities, but his augmented air speed was close to natural winged flight. He was armed with a hand blaster, which seemed to fire concussive blasts, and was reasonably proficient in its use. He was greedy and viciously pursued his criminal goals of stealing wealth, including the Jewels of Ikerno. He spoke his own Zyndarian language as well as English.
Lila Cheney was a member of Raek’s gang of intergalactic thieves but left to pursue nobler ambitions.
On an alien planet, an unspecified race sent the extremely valuable Jewels of Ikerno to their sun as a sacrifice to their alien gods. Raek found out about this and sought out Lila Cheney, presumably for her interstellar teleportation abilities, to help in stealing this prize. Finding her on Earth, Raek tricked his way into the party for Cheney’s new album, along with his four fellow thieves.
At Lila Cheney’s new album launch, Raek sought Cheney’s aid in stealing the Jewels of Ikerno, but was firmly rejected by her. Raek and his four other gang members then glared at Cannonball as he danced with Cheney. Wolfsbane was suspicious of the five and asked Cipher to listen in to their conversation. Cipher could only make out most of what they said and determined that they must be aliens; the two mutants then left.
Raek grew bitter toward Cannonball and sought to take him away from Cheney so that she would agree to his criminal plan. This involved tripping him up before handing him an overdose of barbiturates. Ill from the high dosage, Cannonball left the dance hall closely followed by Raek’s gang. The mutant hero collapsed but was carried aloft by Raek and Gyrk, who flew up assisted by jets in their boots. However, Cannonball recovered enough to break free and blasted away. Raek and his gang gave chase in the night sky, firing at him with their guns. Cannonball was severely impaired by the drugs and smashed through a chimney, Raek admiring his destructive capabilities but was still intent on killing him. Cannonball crashed onto a garbage barge and fought Raek hand-to-hand. The other New Mutants, who were also attending the party and saw Cannonball’s blast trail, were teleported over to the barge by Magik and quickly leapt to their teammate’s defense. Raek was soon overcome with help from Mirage. Cheney then teleported in and asked Mirage to show what Raek desired most – the Jewels of Ikerno. Raek raged at Cannonball, saying that stronger drugs should’ve been used to disable him. Although Magik suggested killing them, Cheney propose sending the gang to Limbo. Magik then promptly dispatched Raek and his gang there.
First Appearance: The New Mutants (1983) #55
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