Sky-Island was formerly a floating island eight miles above the Atlantic ocean, and is home to the inhuman race of Bird People. The Bird People possess superior technology and utilize powerful anti-gravity drives to float the island high above the Earth's surface. They also use their technology to shroud the island in a thick fog bank, making it visually undetectable.
With a growing hatred for the humans who were filling their skies with smog, the Bird People planned to invade human civilization. Red Raven foiled their plot by using gas to place the entire avian population (including himself) in suspended animation, and sank their military complex (detached from the Sky-Island) to the bottom of the ocean, setting a timer to return them to the surface and reawaken them after several years.
When the island eventually resurfaced near the end of the suspended-animation cycle the X-Men superhero Angel stumbled upon the island. Angel believed it would be more humane to revive the Bird People, but Red Raven disagreed. He again sank the island, continuing the suspended animation process, and set Angel adrift on a raft.
Sometime later, following an undersea earthquake, the Red Raven construct's suspended-animation capsule broke loose. It floated to the surface, where Red Raven was found by his old wartime ally, Sub-Mariner. The imperfect suspended-animation technology that he had used, however, had begun to drive Red Raven insane, a condition that worsened when he wrongly believed that the Bird People all were dead. In a mad rage, he accidentally caused an explosion that destroyed the island.
Years later, Red Raven was revived and became co-leader of the new Sky-Island with his daughter. Together they organized the surviving Bird People to rebuild the island.
Non-Inhumans dwelling among the Bird People includes:
- Red Raven - Human raised by the Bird People
Errors and retcons
Some elements about the Aerie contradict themselves:
- In Sub-Mariner #26 (1970), Marvel Super-Heroes Vol 2 #8 (1991; where Dania first appeared) and in Dania's entry in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z Update #4, it is stated that the whole Sky-Island was sank (and thereafter destroyed in Marvel Super-Heroes Vol 2 #8).
- In Marvel Super-Heroes Vol 2 #8, the Aerie and the Sky-Island are separate locations.
- Earlier account in X-Man #44 (1968) mentioned that it was only the military complex that was sank, after being separated from the Sky-Island. That account is confirmed by Red Raven's entry in Marvel Mystery Handbook 70th Anniversary Special #1.
- Sky-Island may have been inspired by the children's novel "Sky Island: Being the Further Adventures of Trot and Cap'n Bill after Their Visit to the Sea Fairies", which took place on a floating island surrounded by a Great Fog Bank.
- Appearances of Aerie (Sky-Island)
- Minor Appearances of Aerie (Sky-Island)
- Media Aerie (Sky-Island) was Mentioned in
- Location Gallery: Aerie (Sky-Island)
- Images related to Aerie (Sky-Island)
- Marvel Staff members who were born in Aerie (Sky-Island)
Links and References
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Marvel Atlas #2; Aerie's entry
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Defenders Vol 2 #6
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Handbook 70th Anniversary Special #1; Red Raven's entry
- ↑ Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #5; Inhumans' entry
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Thor Annual #12
- ↑ Marvel Super-Heroes Vol 2 #8
- ↑ All-New Captain America Special #1
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 X-Men #44
- ↑ Sub-Mariner #26