The powerful warlock known as Doctor Dredd is a member of the Dire Wraith race; an offshoot of the alien shape-shifters known as the Skrulls. Dredd can mentally alter his shape and generally takes the form of a human, however, when he is under attack he morphs into a large fanged serpent. In an effort to defeat the Galadorian Spaceknight
, Rom, Dredd confronted Brandy Clark about her feelings for Rom just before mystically bonding her to the empty Starshine armor. Dredd's actions were witnessed by Brandy's boyfriend Steven Jackson, who was quickly captured and traumatized as he watched his girlfriend being merged with the armor. The Torpedo smashed into the laboratory, quickly engaged Dredd in battle, but Brandy gained consciousness and rescued Dredd.