Exactly What Happened to the Skrull Cows?

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Reader Alfonso M. wrote in to ask the following question:

Its about the Kree-Skrull war, I thing it was avengers #97 and #98 or something like that. When the avengers meet the Skrulls they told them that they were hypnotized by Reed Richards back on FF #2 to turning into cows. But those same Skrulls were supposed to be cattle that some human ate such as the 3D-Man, and become superhumans.

How is this possible?

In "Fantastic Four" #2 (by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and George Klein), Reed Richards got rid of some Skrulls that had been part of an attempt to invade Earth (he couldn't let them go back to their leaders or else they would have told them of a crazy bluff Richards had used to keep the Skrulls from invading Earth).

Years later, during the "Kree Skrull War" storyline, in "Avengers" #93 (by Roy Thomas, Neal Adams and Tom Palmer), the Vision shows up gravely wounded to a confused Cap, Iron Man and Thor (who were confused because three people who look like them had just disbanded the Avengers in the previous issue). After Ant-Man fixes the Vision, the VIsion recalls what had happened to him...

We then see the three former cow Skrulls in action attacking Rick Jones while pretending to be the Fantastic Four. They explain their situation and how come they're not cows anymore...

So, as Alfonso noted, how did these Skrulls end up as cows again? As an aside, the "milk" of the Skrulls played a role in "Fantastic Four Annual" #17, but that issue was working under the impression that the Skrulls had been killed during the Kree-Skrull War.

Anyhow, the mystery was explained in "Skrull Kill Krew" #2 (by Grant Morrison, Mark Millar, Steve Yeowell and Chris Ivy), which also explained how the Skrull Kill Krew (a group of shape-shifting Skrull hunters) began...

So there you go, Alfonso! Thanks for the question! If anyone else has a question, feel free to write in to brianc@cbr.com or, I guess tweet me at Brian_Cronin, as well.

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