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Origin

How it began

Jericho Drumm was born in Haiti, where he was surrounded by a native culture that embraced voodoo and magic. Jericho left behind his younger brother Daniel and went to New York City, where he studied psychology. After 12 years away from his homeland, Jericho returned to Haiti to find that his brother had become a the Houngan Supreme and was in conflict with an rival sorcerer who claimed to be empowered by a spirit god called Damballah. Daniel was badly injured from his last battle with his rival sorcerer and was about to die. Daniel died, but not before he made Jericho take an oath, Daniel made Jericho promise that he would take the ways of their ancestors and avenge him. Jericho agreed and went to be train by the soccer Papa Jambo. Some time after Jericho found out that Papa Jambo was the last living lord of Loa, Papa Jambo intended that Jericho would be his successor.

Papa Jambo summoned the spirit of Daniel and bound it to Jericho's soul. Now empowered by his brother's presence, Jericho donned the garments that would mark him as Brother Voodoo and the Houngan Supreme. Jericho then set out to avenge his brother's death. Brother Voodoo found Damballah and they battled, Damballah was exposed as a false god called Zobop. Brother Voodoo beat Zobop using the power's of Loa ( the power of Loa enables Brother Voodoo to control fire and plant live, mesmerize people and raise the dead).

Creation

Brother Voodoo was created as a character try-out by Marvel writer Len Wein and first drawn by veteran comics artist Gene Colan for a 1973 issue of Strange Tales. After five appearances in that title, the character appeared in several versions by quite a few different artist and writer teams.

Sadly, Wein and Colan's original version remains the best, as well as the least exploitative, iteration of a unique character in the annals of comicdom: a black Caribbean Superhero immigrant to America whose powers made use of traditions from outside the US that had otherwise long been a source of shameful caricature. Wein and Colan's Brother Voodoo was more tasteful, less exploitative, and still as dramatic and exciting as a comic book character needs to be, due in no small part to the gifted Colan's dynamic and expressive artwork, rich with shadows and exotic flourish.

Unfortunately, Brother Voodoo was never granted the transcendent treatment of gifted creators like Don McGregor and Billy Graham's Black Panther run, the excellent Panther's Rage, and has instead devolved into a rehashing of more of the same cliche'd treatment of voodoo exotica that has long been a staple of cheap genre fiction, as well as being tumbled head first into Marvel's ever-more convoluted narrative framework.

Major Story Arcs

Continuing Adventures

In the years that followed Brother Voodoo found himself battling against some powerful supernatural enemies such as Dracula, the Black Talon and Marie La Veau but none of them could beat Brother Voodoo. Brother Voodoo has also worked along side other supernatural being such as Doctor Strange, Ghost rider [Dan Ketch] and Blade.

The New Sorcerer Supreme

Doctor Voodoo!

Dr. Strange knew he lost the mantle of Sorcerer Supreme for some time and that the Eye of Agamotto would appear to the person that would replace him. He travels with the New Avengers to New Orleans where he believes The Hood is trying to kill the new Sorcerer Supreme before he or she can take their rightful place and claim the Eye.

The Hood fights Daimon Hellstrom to the point where the infernal side of him becomes dominant. Dr. Strange then appears, assuming that Daimon Hellstrom was going to be the new Sorcerer Supreme. He tells him to run so that Dormammu could not possess the Eye. Daimon then tells Strange he does not have the Eye.

Brother Voodoo then emerges from the ruins created by Damion and the Hood-Dormmamu's fight. He is seen to possess the Eye of Agamotto, and it seems that he is now the new Sorcerer Supreme.

Voodoo joins the Avengers, Strange and Hellstorm battle The Hood who has fully turned into Dormammu. Together they are able to defeat him and the three magic users banish Dormammu and depower The Hood. After the fight Clint Barton re-names Brother Voodoo Doctor Voodoo on live TV. Also he and Photon (Monica Rambeau) have started an on-again-off-again dating relationship.

Avenger of the Supernatural

Taking his new calling to heart Doctor Voodoo is now being tutored by Doctor Strange. He travels to the Dark Dimension to seal Dormammu for his recent assault. Using his staff of Legba who speak in the mystic language of the null and magic crows he seals him in his land.

He returns home where his brother and Strange scold him for not resting in a week, but shows the Doctor mystical items he has collected in his work. Strange reminds him of the dangers of dark magic and Voodoo reminds him he is not Sorcerer Supreme anymore and Strange leaves.

Doctor Voodoo goes to his work at a free clinic to see an old man who has been waiting on him for hours. He is shocked to see the man is possessed by a loa spirit named Marinette-Bwa-Chech. Doctor Doom arrives to interrupt the two and fights Voodoo. Doom still wishes to have the Eye and feels now is his best chance since Voodoo is so untrained in its use. The two battle even raging through different dimensions but Doom wins.

He takes the Eye but it opens to show him something that disgusts him and he leaves it with Voodoo who wonders what he saw. There fight leaves Voodoo trapped in a dimension filled with strange frog monsters and where his magic is of no use. After escaping the strange dimension he finds that the demons of that plane have followed him to ours. To face this powerful threat Doctor Voodoo calls on Son of Satan for support. The duo discover that this whole ordeal is being lead by the long term Sorcerer Supreme enemy Nightmare.

Heroic Age

As an aftermath of the recent events in the Marvel Universe the boundaries of our dimension weakened. Dr. Strange and Hellstorm were possessed and searching for the Eye of Agamotto. Strange and Hellstorm battled Brother Voodoo for the eye but Voodoo was able to teleport it to Luke Cage in the Avengers Mansion. The outcome of the battle was not shown but Strange and Hellstorm imply he is dead. This is revealed to be false and after Strange and Hellstorm are freed they battle against a demonic invasion which at first seems to be the work of the Ancient One trying to reclaim the Eye, but they soon discover it is Agamotto himself claiming the Vishanti are dead and he needs the Eye to maintain power. To do battle with his forces the Avengers pull their powers in Wolverine but this isn't enough and Voodoo uses the magic in the Eye to destroy both Agamotto and himself in the process. His brother blaming the Avengers vows revenge.

Characteristics

Height: 6'0

Weight: 220 lbs

Eyes: Brown

Hair: Brown and White

Powers

Divine Powers: Doctor Voodoo possess a variety of divine powers, through the combination of Voodoo and Magic. Doctor 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. Doctor 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. Doctor 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.

Healing: Doctor Voodoo can heal himself and others, through the use of magic and voodoo.The extent of his healing powers are unknown.

Levitation: Doctor Voodoo uses The Cape of Levitation to simulate flight.

Magic: Doctor Voodoo is a very powerful magician. He has incredible magic prowess outside of his voodoo. He can combine his magic with his voodoo, increasing his overall powers and abilities. Being the new Sorcerer Supreme, he is one of the most powerful beings in the universe.

Necromancy: Doctor Voodoo magical abilities revolve around manipulating the dead, death, the life-force and/or souls for good, evil or simply neither. This power grants him immortality.

Stamina: Doctor Voodoo can go for long duration's of times without tiring.

Superhuman Strength: Doctor Voodoo possess great strength. His strength can be increased.enhanced by his voodoo and magic, thus resulting in the limits of his strength being unknown.

Teleportation: Doctor Voodoo can instantaneously move form one place to another.

Voodoo: Doctor Voodoo is a master of voodoo magic. As a Houngan, he uses it as a form of order or white magic. Doctor Voodoo is very powerful and possesses numerous mystical and quasi-physical powers derived from the loa, the spirit-gods of voodoo. Doctor 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 can summon the loa to request transport for himself and others instantaneously if they deem it necessary to his mission. Doctor Voodoo can also summon the spirit of his brother Daniel Drumm from within his body, doubling his own strength. He can also send the spirit to possess another person's body and then has total control over their actions. He can absorb the souls of others, adding them to his own powers.

Abilities

Combat: Jericho has knowledge in many different forms of armed and unarmed combat.

Escape Artist: Jericho has more mundane escapist talents, once entering Strange's building, not through magic, but through the chimney.

Intellect: Jericho is very intelligent. As a Psychologist he has extensive knowledge in the way of human behavior and his chosen field. He also has a extensive medical background in multiple types of medicine. He also has very extensive knowledge in voodoo any magic over all. He has extensive knowledge of dark magic (voodoo) thanks to training by Papa Jambo, as well as conventional medicine and psychology with an M.D. in psychology.

Tracking: Jericho is a very skilled tracker. Through his use of his voodoo and magic, he can track anyone.

Weapons Master: Jericho is very proficient in the use of different kids of weapons.

Weapons and Equipment

As the Houngan Supreme, is also a Guardian of the Eternal Crossroads. He wields the Staff of Legba, a gift bestowed only onto the Houngan Supreme. It serves as a conduit for Jericho's mystical energies and also grants Jericho access to infinite dimensions which Jericho refers to as "Everdimensions."

Doctor Voodoo utilizes a medallion to assist him in harnessing the "Loa." He also employs a host of voodoo paraphernalia such as "voodoo-dolls." Doctor Voodoo currently possesses the Eye of Agamotto (which can project mystical light for a variety of effects, fly, give its user certain mystical perceptions into another's soul, open dimensional portals, and cast a hypnotic gaze) and the Cloak of Levitation (allowing him to fly at 25 miles an hour for indeterminate lengths), as well as Strange's former costume, such as his enchanted sash capable of extending in length, the Orb of Agamotto, and books of knowledge (such as the Book of the Vishanti) that will help him train for his future quests. Drumm also has the right to claim the Wand of Watoomb, according to Doctor Strange, but it is currently lost in another reality.

Alternate Realities

MARVEL ZOMBIES

In Ultimate Fantastic Four #23 (Nov. 2005), in the alternate reality Ultimate Marvel universe, 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.

WHAT IF? AGE OF APOCALYPSE

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, Brother Voodoo replaces Dr. Strange as the Sorcerer Supreme in the story and wears Strange's wardrobe. He battles Dormammu and helps the heroes take down Apocalypse, though himself vanishes when the Eye of Agamotto is taken away from him.

MARVEL AGE MAGAZINE

Brother Voodoo was a frequent guest in Fred Hembeck's monthly Marvel Age feature, which also introduced his 'long lost sister', Sister Voodoo.

Other Media

Brother Voodoo make's a small cameo appearance in Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 in Dr Strange's ending along with other mystic's such as Wiccan and the Scarlet Witch.

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