Squorm is a member of the Imperial Guard, a multi-ethnic group of super-powered alien beings who act as enforcers of the laws of the Shi'ar Empire. Squorm was part of the Guard's first strike on the team of superhuman mutant adventurers known as the X-Men
after the Shi'ar Empress Lilandra
, under the mental control of Charles Xavier's
mutant twin sister Cassandra Nova
, had ordered the destruction of all mutants on Earth. Squorm and his teammates captured two of the X-Men, the optic-blasting Cyclops
and the helmeted healer Xorn
, and took them to the orbiting Shi'ar superdestroyer to await execution. Squorm was subsequently defeated by the X-Man known as the Beast
, who slashed open Squorm's space-suit. Squorm survived the encounter.