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Brother Voodoo

Brother Voodoo

Brother Voodoo
Art by Art Adams.

PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceStrange Tales #169
(Sept. 1973)
Created byLen Wein
John Romita Sr.
Stan Lee
Roy Thomas
Alter egoJericho Drumm
Team affiliationsAvengers Unity Division[1]
Heroes for Hire
S.H.I.E.L.D. Paranormal Containment Unit
New Avengers[2]
Savage Avengers
Notable aliasesDoctor Voodoo, Sorcerer Supreme, Houngan Supreme, Lord of the Loa, He-Who-Has-Died-Twice, Voodoo Lord; Master of All Reptiles, the Voudoun, and the Spirit World
  • Extensive mystical knowledge
  • Superhuman strength
  • Spirit possession
  • Fire manipulation
  • Immunity to fire
  • Ability to generate mystic smoke to conceal his location, usually accompanied by the sound of drums that could also disorient opponents
  • Ability to command living things through hypnosis, with lesser control over people and greatest control over animals (even plants will obey him to their limited ability)
  • Able to summon the spirit of his brother, Daniel, boosting his own physical strength
  • Able to speak to the Loa (spirits), asking favors
  • Medallion enhances his ability to tap into the Loa
  • Sorcerer Supreme and bearer of the Eye of Agamotto, the Cloak of Levitation and the Books of Knowledge

Brother Voodoo (Jericho Drumm) is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He first appeared in Strange Tales #169 (Sept. 1973).[3] The character was created by publisher Stan Lee, Roy Thomas, Len Wein, and artist John Romita Sr. Since replacing Doctor Strange as Sorcerer Supreme in The New Avengers #53 (July 2009), the character is referred to as Doctor Voodoo.[4]

Concept and creation[edit]

Marvel Comics publisher Stan Lee proposed a heroic practitioner of voodoo and black magic, and when editor-in-chief Roy Thomas suggested the name "Doctor Voodoo", Lee rebounded with the suggestion "Brother Voodoo".[5] The task of fleshing out the character was then assigned to writer Len Wein and Marvel's art director, John Romita Sr. Wein recounted, "We talked about the sense of the character. I designed the 'V' in the circle on the forehead in John's office."[5] Romita did most of the costume design, while Wein's concept for Brother Voodoo's character and powers drew partial inspiration from the Phantom.[5]

Publication history[edit]

Brother Voodoo starred in his own feature in the Marvel comic-book series Strange Tales #169-173 (Sept. 1973 - April 1974), and in a backup feature in the black-and-white horror-comicsmagazineTales of the Zombie #6 (July 1974, in a story continuing from Strange Tales #173) and #10 (March 1975).[6] He has gone to guest-star very sporadically in other Marvel series, into the 21st century.[7]

Brother Voodoo's run in Strange Tales was written by co-creator Len Wein and drawn by Gene Colan. Though they worked on the series under the Marvel method, Wein left little for Colan to do in the way of plotting and pacing, writing plots which laid out the story page-by-page and often even panel-by-panel.[5] According to comics journalist Michael Aushenker, Colan "took what would surely have been, in lesser hands, a very corny idea and infused it with an artistry which not only gave it flair and style but a kind of realism and straight-faced credibility that these otherwise ridiculously costumed individuals would actually appear to belong to our world."[5] Though the letters pages for these issues feature many angry letters from religious readers, Wein has said this should not be taken as an indication that Brother Voodoo was controversial, since Marvel staff often stacked letters pages with the most extreme responses they could find as a form of publicity.[5]

Brother Voodoo's name was changed to "Doctor Voodoo" when he replaced Doctor Strange as Sorcerer Supreme during the Dark Reign storyline. The character received his own eponymousongoing series written by Rick Remender, Doctor Voodoo: Avenger of the Supernatural,[4][8] which was canceled after five issues.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Returning to his native Haiti (born in Port-au-Prince) after 12 years (originally nearly 20[9]) of education and practice as an accredited psychologist in the United States, Jericho Drumm discovers that his twin brother, Daniel Drumm, the local houngan, is dying, a victim of a voodoo sorcerer who claims to be possessed by the spirit of the serpent-god Damballah, based on the LoaDamballa. Just before he dies, Daniel makes his brother vow to visit Daniel's mentor, Papa Jambo. Jericho does, and becomes Jambo's student. After studying under the aged houngan for several weeks, Jericho gains a greater mastery of voodoo practices than his own brother, becoming a houngan in his own right. Papa Jambo then performs a rite that summons Daniel's spirit from the dead and joins it with Jericho's own. Having fashioned a worthy successor, Papa Jambo dies.

Taking the name "Brother Voodoo", Jericho challenges the priest (who goes by the same name as his god, Damballah) and his cult. With the help of his brother Daniel Drumm's spirit possessing one of the cult members, Jericho removes Damballah's artifact of power (wangal), causing Damballah's snakes to turn on him and evidently destroying Damballah's cult. Brother Voodoo becomes Haiti's houngan supreme and champion, and establishes a sprawling mansion as a base of operations. He places the wangal in a safe, its combination known only to Brother Voodoo and his manservant Bambu.[10][11]

Brother Voodoo encounters the scientist Baron Samedi and artificial zombies created by the terrorist-scientist group A.I.M.;[12] the original Black Talon, Mama Limbo, and the Dark Lord Cult;[13] and the houngan Dramabu.[14] Having established himself, Brother Voodoo goes on to help other superheroes, including Spider-Man[15] and Moon Knight,[16] as well as the Jack Russell werewolf,[17] the Thing and Black Panther.[18]

Doctor Voodoo as the Sorcerer Supreme in The New Avengers#53 (July 2009). Art by Billy Tan and Matt Banning.

Brother Voodoo eventually succumbs to the lure of power that Damballah's wangal represented.[volume & issue needed] Upon Jericho's wearing it, the god Damballah takes over Daniel's soul, burns down the mansion and apparently slays Bambu.[volume & issue needed] He travels to New York City to attempt to take over the mind and body of Earth's Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange, who eventually frees Brother Voodoo of Damballah's influence and re-confines the evil god to the wangal.[19] He later becomes involved with the supernatural 'Howling Commandos" operation of the espionage agency S.H.I.E.L.D.[20][21] and registers with the government in accordance with the Superhuman Registration Act.[22]

While Black Panther was fighting Erik Killmonger, Brother Voodoo revealed himself to be a Skrull when he attempted to kill Cannibal, whom he deemed to be a threat. However, the two killed each other in the struggle, and the discovery of 'Brother Voodoo's' true form revealed the Skrull invasion to Black Panther, allowing him time to prepare.[23] Like other heroes replaced by the Skrulls, Brother Voodoo was revealed to be alive at the end of Secret Invasion.[24]

Sorcerer Supreme and apparent death[edit]

The Eye of Agamotto leaves Doctor Strange after showing him and the New Avengers nearly thirty candidates who would possibly replace Strange. Because he comes into possession of the Eye, Drumm becomes the new Sorcerer Supreme.[25]

Aided by the New Avengers, he eventually battles the entity Agamotto itself to prevent Agamotto from retrieving the eye and gaining the power to rule Earth's dimension, and appears to sacrifice himself in an explosion he engineers to destroy both Agamotto and the Eye.[26]


During the AXIS storyline, Doctor Doom makes a Faustian deal to resurrect Brother Voodoo, reasoning that he and Daniel are the only ones who can stop the inverted Scarlet Witch from destroying Latveria.[27] The spirit of Daniel Drumm subsequently possesses Wanda so that she can be used to undo the spell that inverted the heroes and villains.[28] He is offered a full-time role in Steve Rogers's Uncanny Avengers.[28]

He also helps Dr. Strange defeat the Empirikull, a science cult focused on destroying magic in every dimension.[29]

When Daniel Drumm sides with The Hand to help them retrieve and resurrect the recently-deceased Bruce Banner as a new agent, Brother Voodoo requests the aid of the rest of the Uncanny Avengers in stopping the Hulk when the Hand send him on a rampage.[volume & issue needed] As he makes contact with the remaining essence of Banner in the Hulk, the Beast of the Hand offers to resurrect Daniel if Banner is left with them, but Brother Voodoo states that he will choose his brother in the form of his fellow Avenger rather than Daniel, grimly stating that Daniel has made his choice, simply allowing Banner to die free from the Hand's influence.[volume & issue needed]

Black Panther instructs Brother Voodoo to take Ka-Zar, Zabu, Black Knight, and Scarlet Witch with him to investigate strange occurrences in the Savage Land. They arrive to find a slain Tyrannosaurus as Scarlet Witch senses they are surrounded. The group is attacked by the Cotati and they fight them until the Cotati Ventri unleash Man-Thing who they have under their control. As Ventri states that the Savage Land and the world will be theirs, Ka-Zar is shocked to find that the Cotati have gained control of Shanna.[30] With Brother Voodoo and Scarlet Witch immobilized and Black Knight imprisoned, Shanna tries to get Ka-Zar to join them as Matthew states to Black Knight that they have to do something. Doctor Voodoo used a trick to do a mental trick. Scarlet Witch does the same as she tries to free Shanna from the Cotati's control. As Ventri notices something happen with Scarlet Witch, Brother Voodoo takes control of Man-Thing to free Matthew and Black Knight. Scarlet Witch brings Ka-Zar into Shanna's mind where he learns that some creatures in the Savage Land are dying and trees are falling.[31] When Ka-Zar had been stabbed by a Cotati using Black Knight's Ebony Blade, Brother Voodoo exited Man-Thing's mind and worked with Scarlet Witch to extract Ka-Zar's soul from the Ebony Blade as Shanna the She-Devil uses the same waters that resurrected her on Ka-Zar.[32]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Brother Voodoo possesses numerous mystical and quasi-physical powers derived from the Loa, the spirit-gods of voodoo. He can easily enter into a trance-like state in which he does not feel the heat from fire and his skin becomes impervious to burning. He can also control flame and lower life forms. Brother Voodoo can mystically create smoke accompanied by the sound of drums. The smoke conceals his presence while he is able to see through it. He has the ability to command certain living things by a mystic sort of hypnotism, most effective over animals and plants. He can summon the Loa to request transport for himself and others instantaneously if they deem it necessary to his mission.

Brother Voodoo can also summon the spirit of his brother Daniel Drumm from within his body, doubling his own strength. He can send the spirit to possess another person's body and then has total control over their actions.

Brother Voodoo also has more mundane escapist talents, once entering Strange's building, not through magic, but through the chimney. He has extensive knowledge of voudoun (voodoo) thanks to training by Papa Jambo, as well as conventional medicine and psychology with a Ph.D. in psychology.

He wears a mystic medallion that serves as a focus of his powers and as a focus for his contact with his personal loas. He has, at times, employed conventional firearms.

Brother Voodoo's appointment as the new Sorcerer Supreme has bestowed upon him not only the power of the Eye of Agamotto, but also the Cloak of Levitation and the Books of Knowledge, which were formerly in the possession of Doctor Strange.

Other versions[edit]

Avengers of the Undead[edit]

An alternate version of Brother Voodoo appears as the leader of the Avengers of the Undead, the team of Avengers from Earth-666. He first appears when the mainstream version of Captain Britain entrusts the team with the Orb of Necromancy, a powerful artifact that he wishes to keep hidden.[volume & issue needed] When Captain Britain and Hawkeye attempt to reclaim the Orb, the Avengers of the Undead double-cross the heroes and attempt to kill them.[33]

Beavis and Butt-Head[edit]

Brother Voodoo was referenced in the Beavis and Butt-Head comic book (also published by Marvel Comics) in issue #15, summer 1995. The comic depicts Brother Voodoo arriving to the sound of beating drums, calling out, "Dumballah, I am coming for you!", prompting Butt-Head to ask, "Who the HELL is this WUSS?". Beavis identifies him incorrectly as "Brother DooDoo" despite Dumballah actually referring to the Brother by his proper name on the same page. Brother Voodoo wrestles with a snake, dispatches it, and finally threatens Dumballah with the promise, "...You're next!".[34]

Fred Hembeck[edit]

Cartoonist Fred Hembeck regularly featured the Brother Voodoo character in his monthly cartoons for Marvel's promotional magazine Marvel Age, beginning with issue #14 (May 1984). He generally showed him as a lame character trying to get his own series. Hembeck also introduced "Sister Voodoo" as his long-lost sister and "Voodoo Chile", her child. When Brother Voodoo finally got his own solo story in Marvel Super-Heroes vol. 2 #1, (May 1990) Hembeck drew it in a serious art style very different from his cartooning.

In his cartoon in the final issue of Marvel Age, #140 (September 1994) Hembeck claimed he had started mocking Brother Voodoo because he had the character confused with an "even lamer" character, DC Comics' Brother Power the Geek.

Marvel Zombies: Dead Days[edit]

In Ultimate Fantastic Four #23 (Nov. 2005), Brother Voodoo is one of dozens of superhero zombies. In the one-shot, flashback comic book Marvel Zombies: Dead Days (July 2007), Brother Voodoo is one of the last few surviving heroes to become infected with the zombie virus.


The four-issue, weekly miniseriesSupernaturals (Oct. 1998), written by Brian Pulido, featured an alternate-universe Brother Voodoo leading a team composed of Ghost Rider, Werewolf by Night, the Gargoyle, the Black Cat and Satana, to fight a mystically powered version of the villain Jack O'Lantern in a world where only magical heroes and villains existed.

What If? Featuring X-Men: Age of Apocalypse[edit]

Brother Voodoo was one of the main characters in an alternate Age of Apocalypse, first seen in the February 2007 What If? Featuring X-Men: Age of Apocalypse one-shot. In this issue, Voodoo replaces Doctor Strange as the Sorcerer Supreme in the story and wears Strange's wardrobe. He battles Dormammu and helps the heroes take down Apocalypse, though Jericho himself is killed by Dormammu when the Eye of Agamotto is taken away from him.

Collected editions[edit]

TitleMaterial collectedYearISBN
Essential Marvel Horror Vol. 2Brother Voodoo stories from Strange Tales #169-173, Tales of the Zombie #6 and #10, and Marvel Team-Up #24; plus Living Mummy stories from Supernatural Thrillers #5 and #7-15; Gabriel the Devil Hunter stories from Haunt of Horror #2-5 and Monsters Unleashed #11; Golem stories from Strange Tales #174 and #176-177, and Marvel Two-In-One #11; Modred the Mystic stories from Marvel Chillers #1-2 and Marvel Two-in-One #33; and Scarecrow stories from Dead of Night #11, Marvel Spotlight #26, and Marvel Two-In-One #182008 978-0785130673
Doctor Voodoo: Avenger of the Supernatural Vol. 1Doctor Voodoo: Avenger of the Supernatural #1-5 2010 978-0785144090

In other media[edit]


In 2003, the Sci Fi Channel announced it was developing a live-action TV movie and backdoor pilot called Brother Voodoo, based on the character. Hans Rodionoff was announced to write the screenplay, set in New Orleans, of this Reveille Productions and Marvel Studios co-production executive produced by Reveille head Ben Silverman and Marvel Studios' Avi Arad and Rick Ungar.[35] However, nothing came of development afterwards and the project was abandoned.

Video games[edit]


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  2. ^The New Avengers vol. 2, #1-6
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  13. ^Strange Tales #172-173; Tales of the Zombie #6
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Brother Voodoo, or Jericho Drumm, is a fictional character and a supernatural superhero that appears in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He first appeared in Strange Tales #169. He was created by Stan Lee, Len Wein and Jorn Romita, Sr. Take a look below for 24 more fun and interesting facts about Brother Voodoo.

1. Since replacing Doctor Strange as Sorcerer Supreme in The New Avengers #53, the character is referred to as Doctor Voodoo.

2. Marvel Comics publisher Stan Lee proposed a heroic practitioner of voodoo and black magic, and when editor in chief Roy Thomas suggested the name Doctor Voodoo, Lee rebounded wit the suggestion Brother Voodoo.

3. Romita did most of the costume design, while Wein’s concept for Brother Voodoo’s character and powers drew partial inspiration from the Phantom.

4. Brother Voodoo starred in his own feature in the Marvel comic book series Strange Tales #169 to #173, and is a backup feature in the black and white horror comics magazine Tales of the Zombie #6 and #10.

5. Jericho’s brother Daniel Drumm had become the local Houngan, but was dying from the spell of a rival bokor who claimed he served the evil serpent god Damballah. Before he died, Daniel made his brother vow to visit Papa Jambo, who had instructed Daniel in the arts of a Houngan.

6. Jericho spent a few weeks studying voodoo and became a better Houngan than his brother. To further increase his power, Papa Jambo performed a rite that summoned Daniel Drumm’s spirit back from the dead and joined it with Jericho’s own.

7. Brother Voodoo teamed up with Spider-Man to battle Moondog the Malicious, a member of the Loa. Working together, they banished him before he could kill Gail Paris.

8. In Brazil, Brother Voodoo helped Frank Drake battle Dracula. He also helped Drake get over his self doubt and inspired him to continue his quest to destroy Dracula.

9. Jericho helped the Werewolf by Night deal with Doctor Glitternight. He used a spell that allowed his brother Daniel’s spirit to control the actions of the werewolf.

10. As a result of the disappearance of several member of the black community, Voodoo teamed up with the Thing of the Fantastic Four. The mystery lead them to Uganda where they had to fight Voodoo priest, W’Sulli.

11. Moon Knight came to Haiti and teamed up with Brother Voodoo to take down Grand Bois who was raising a Zombie army. Drumm was later attacked by Doctor Friday and turned into a Zombie but Moon Knight was able to free his mind.

12. After Marie Laveau used the Vampiric Verses, Brother Voodoo was forced to summon a zombie army to assist Doctor Strange, Clea, Rintrah and Morbius.

13. Jericho was desperate to get Loralee Tate back and tried to use magic to make her fall in love with him. Realizing that this was a lie, the two ended their relationship.

14. Brother Voodoo helped Daredevil when Calypso turned him into a living zombie and he had to fight to get out from under her control.

15. Deacon Frost ended up capturing Blade, Hannibal King and Brother Voodoo to establish his rep among the undead in a power grab. However, the heroes freed themselves and Blade fought Deacon to a stalemate.

16. Brother Voodoo was called in to help revive Iron Fist, who had spent his life force saving Luke Cage.

17. He helped Black Panther and Moon Knight after Killmonger was resurrected and T’Challa found himself attacked by Nightmare.

18. Brother Voodoo became involved with the supernatural Howling Commandos operation of the espionage agency S.H.I.E.L.D., and registered with the government in accordance with the Superhuman Registration Act.

19. He sent a reluctant Deadpool into T-Ray’s soul to convince him to come back to life.

20. Brother Voodoo possesses numerous mystical and quasi-physical powers derived from the Loa, the spirit-gods of voodoo.

21. He can easily enter into a trance-like state in which he doesn’t feel the heat from fire and his skin becomes impervious to burning. He can also control flame and lower life forms.

22. Brother Voodoo can mystically create smoke accompanied by the sound of drums. The smoke conceals his presence while he is able to see through it.

23. He has the ability to command certain living things by a mystic sort of hypnotism, which is most effective over animals and plants.

24. He can summon the Loa to request transport for himself and other instantaneously if they deem it necessary to his mission.

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With the recent talk about Brother Voodoo, I was doing a lot of research and noticed how truly awful his costume has always been. So, I thought it would be best to address this as only the “Meanwhile…Comics!” crew can…with a little thing we like to call “Costume Critique.”

Initially, I wanted this to be in the ridiculously funny vein of some of the entries on Seanbaby’s Hostess Page, with “guest commentary” from the likes of Biz Markie, Iron Chef Chen Kenichi and Rainbow Brite…but that would’ve required way too much time and skill to pull off. Instead, what you get is a hastily pasted Google search image and some lame attempts at humor from the two of us. Without further ado, we somewhat proudly present our Costume Critique of Brother Voodoo:

Ah, that costume. This is why I really wanted to not use his costume in the Nightstalkers comic. I kept trying to imagine it being drawn in a way that doesn’t make it look ridiculous, and I’m not sure such an artistic style actually exists.

Is it his faux Rogue haircut, with the lovely white stripe down the middle that makes it hard to take him seriously? Perhaps it’s the fact that he doesn’t wear a shirt, but instead just has that….V thing on this chest. A V thing which has a lovely diamond motif on it, making him look like a reject from the Royal Flush Gang. Seriously, what is the point of that? If you’re going to go shirtless (and God knows he has the abs for it) then just don’t wear a shirt. And if you’re so determined to show the world your impressive physique, why would you wear a cape? It’s not going to make you any warmer nor offer any protection. I mean, the shirtless look is never a good idea, but when you’re just a normal guy with no protection from either physical harm or temperature extremes, this looks seems wildly impractical. The fact that he’s barefoot boggles my mind even more. Of course, he is wearing that metallic dohickey on his arm, which surely provides him with….um, well, it no doubt is necessary for….actually, I imagine it’s important because….ok, I have no idea what that is or why he wears it. I’d say, if he has to have it as part of his costume, at least wear it on your fist so you can clonk bad guys in the head with it.

I enjoy his red and green coloring. Perhaps Brother Christmas would have been a better moniker for him to sport? Then his secret identity could have been Jericho-ho-ho Drumm! It would have been perfect! I guess he doesn’t really seem festive, despite being decked out in the colors of the holiday season, and perhaps that’s, again, because he’s missing the shirt. However, I think I may have found his shirt. It was no doubt red, but was shredded in his origin, and it had sentimental value to him, so he tied the remnants of it around his shins. At least, I hope that’s what happened, as I can’t come up with any other explanation for the strips of fabric that he has sticking out of the ends of his capri pants.

Perhaps you can explain his costume Jason?

I’ll give Brother Voodoo one thing: at least he doesn’t dress as poorly as his nemesis Black Talon, the evil chicken man.

And I’ll even let him get away with a few “character-based” costume decisions. The bone necklace, the gold arm cuff and the face paint all make some sense for a voodoo dude. Hell, even the red sash around his waist can be explained away as some sort of ritualistic cloth. But why the hell is he wearing a high-collared cape without a shirt? Who does that? Yes, I’m looking at you, Martian Manhunter. My favorite part of the picture above is the back view, where he’s holding up his cape so you can check out his badonk-a-donk. Baby got back!

Having been caught up in the hip-hop scene of the early to mid 1990s, I understand the color scheme. Black, yellow, green and red are the colors of Africa. They’re also really, really awkward to use in a clothing ensemble. Especially when you feel it’s best to add red feathered trim to the cuffs of your green spandex pants. I’m fairly certain the only reason he wears the odd V-shaped vest thingy is so it can point to his junk. Beware evil-doers!

And where the hell are his shoes? This badass dude spends his time traipsing through swamps and visiting ghostly dimensions and he doesn’t think it would be wise to protect his little toesies from possible infection? I’d be donning some hip waders and a beekeeper’s hat if I was in his line of work. You never know what kind of freaky stuff you’re gonna run into and wearing the right amount of clothing could be key to your ultimate survival. Not to mention that it’s just looks kind of dirty.

I’ve seen a few recent interpretations of Brother Voodoo from some of Marvel’s artists. While most don’t stray far from this established design, Leinil Yu did produce one look that I thought was rather strong. Here, Jericho seems to be dressed in a long, dark blue coat or robe. His hair is cropped much closer. And he has a huge bone, stick and trinket-laden necklace draped around his neck. Looks pretty creepy, if you ask me. Of course, that could also be because his eyes are rolled back in his head and his mouth is hanging agape.

Would it be too clichéd to show him in some skullface makeup, a tattered funeral suit and maybe a top hat? You know, like that Bond villain from Live and Let Die? The “7-Up…the Un-cola” guy? No?

I don’t think I’d want Brother Voodoo to look like this all the time…seems more like a situational thing to me…but something a bit more contemporary might make folks take him more seriously. At the very least, the simple addition of a shirt and shoes would allow him to enter the mall and shop for something better!

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Marvel Just Brought a Famous Sorcerer Back From The Dead

A great, mystical evil is coming for humanity, and Doctor Strange must resurrect a former Sorcerer Supreme to stand any chance defeating it.

Doctor Strange has faced many terrifying mystical threats in his day, but now he faces one so dreadful that he must resurrect a former Sorcerer Supreme to help! In Savage Avengers #12 -by writer Gerry Duggan (Deadpool), artist Adam Gorham (The New Mutants: Dead Souls) and color artist Java Tartaglia (Black Panther, Father’s Day) - Strange barters for the resurrection of none other than Jericho Drumm, AKA Doctor Voodoo, a powerful magic user who once held the title of Sorcerer Supreme.

The Savage Avengers, consisting of Strange, Elektra and Conan, have been battling Kulan Gath, an evil sorcerer from Conan’s time period. Teaming up at one point with Doctor Doom, the team learns cannibalism is the source of Gath’s powers. Strange vows to defeat Gath for good and begins hatching a plan to do just that; the plan starts to come together in this issue, and resurrecting Doctor Voodoo is the first step.

Related: Doctor Strange vs Doctor Pym: Who Would Win in a Fight?

Arriving at the Swamps of Ogun, an area between life and death, Strange and Elektra meet up with Kalfu, a spirit from Haitian Vodou lore. Jericho Drumm is at Kalfu's side. Strange makes it clear he has arrived to bargain for Drumm’s soul, but in order to do so he must make a sacrifice, and it turns out that sacrifice is Jericho’s brother Daniel, who is still alive. Kalfu, expecting a corpse and not a living person, refuses the deal until Elektra runs one of her sais through Daniel’s back, killing him. Now that Daniel is dead, the deal can go through, but Kalfu is still not pleased. Strange assures him if he is victorious, then Kalfu can have Kulan Goth to himself. If he loses, Kalfu can have his soul; Kalfu, although still suspicious, agrees and Doctor Voodoo returns to the land of the living.

Meanwhile, back in the real world, Conan fends off attacks from people taken over by Gath. After swiftly repelling the evil sorcerer’s attacks, Strange and Elektra appear to him, and readers begin to see just what Strange is up to: he is creating a “war party” to take on Gath, and includes heavy hitters such as Wolverine, Magik, Damian Helstrom, Black Widow and the newly resurrected Doctor Voodoo!

In his capacity as Sorcerer Supreme, Strange has dealt with truly horrifying threats, and Gath ranks up there with the worst. Strange knows this, and the formidable team he is putting together reflects this. It is already enough to have the likes of Wolverine and Black Widow, but adding another powerful sorcerer like Voodoo demonstrates just how serious Strange is about defeating Gath. And taking into account that Voodoo is a rival of sorts for Strange, it shows that resolve to beat Gath even more. Fans will have to wait for Savage Avengers #13 to find out if Strange's plan works.

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Brother Voodoo Cosplay Experimentation #1

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Decided to tweak and dabble in a future Marvel character cosplay I really want to do. Can't do original version - OBVIOUSLY - so I had to experiment with the color of the symbol. Black seemed like the default color, so I went with red to see how it works.

I suck at makeup at times, and this is just a rough test, so I'm not looking for perfection on the first go.

...bright side is, if I ever wanted to do a skull face like he does at times in the comics, I know I can do that because I've done it before.

BUT WE SHALL SEE's really the clothing I'll have to worry about...hmmm...alternate version from another reality of the multi-verse...hmmm...

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