Savage Avengers: Who is Brother Voodoo?
Marvel just announced one of the most amazing books that (hopefully) will ever be: Savage Avengers. I recognized just about all of the team members—Venom, Conan, Punisher, Wolverine, Elektra—but one of them, Brother Voodoo, was a mystery. So who is Brother Voodoo? Let’s search the web together!
Jericho Drumm, the man otherwise known as Brother Voodoo, made his first appearance in 1973’s Strange Tales #169. He was created by Stan Lee, then Marvel editor-in-chief Roy Thomas, Len Wein, and John Romita, Sr., who did most of the initial costume design. Wein’s formation of the character and his abilities is evidently inspired—at least in part—by pulp hero The Phantom (I can hear my Comics Now co-founder Jay rejoicing).
Voodoo was notably promoted from Brother to Doctor for a time (when he replaced Stephen Strange as Sorcerer Supreme during Dark Reign), and even had his own series from Rick Remender—though it only made it five issues before cancellation.
But what’s so special about Brother Voodoo?
As his name implies, Brother Voodoo’s origin and abilities are steeped in—you guessed it—voodoo. After returning to his home nation of Haiti and making a vow to his dying brother, Daniel, Jericho Drumm became a student of Papa Jambo, gained mastery of the voodoo arts, and became a houngan (which is evidently a pretty big deal). Before it was all said and done, there was a rather interesting family reunion, and yada yada yada, Brother Voodoo’s brother was joined with Brother Voodoo, and Brother Voodoo and his brother now do voodoo.
Over the years, Drumm has aided numerous super heroes (including Moon Knight, which seems like an especially natural fit), been replaced by a Skrull, and even—as mentioned above—ascended to the role of Sorcerer Supreme. He draws his power from the spirit-gods of voodoo (the Loa), and can double his own strength when he summons his dead brother’s spirit. Oh, and he can also dispatch said brotherly spirit to possess the bodies of other people. But he’s a good guy, trust me…
Aaannyway, that’s a simple primer on Brother Voodoo. There’s lots more to read out there on the web, and in the pages of Marvel Comics past; and starting in May, we’ll have a chance to encounter Brother Voodoo alongside some of Marvel’s most insanely awesome, insanely savage warriors, in Savage Avengers #1. I, for one, am looking forward to it.