The Macabre Avengers
The rules don't apply in Diesel City and for that we're diving inception deep into a hypothetically fictitious new superhero team. We're going a dream within a dream here, talking about fictional (but published) characters, and we're placing them on a completely fictitious squad.
This particular idea came to me from reading Justice League Dark. So my brother and I exchanged a few hours of texting and came up with the most supernatural team of all, the Macabre Avengers! (Yes I'm well aware of Marvel Spotlight 28: Legion of Monsters…not nearly as cool as this squad!)
We went for a basic team format with five members … Let's start with the leader of this horror squad:
Moon Knight (Marc Spector): first appearing in Werewolf by Night #32, he's the perfect leader of a macabre team such as this. He's an incredibly tough combatant that just so happens to be schizophrenic. Whether he's Steve Grant, Jake Lockley, or the aforementioned Spector, a guy completely insane leading a team of supernatural wackos just seems fun. If you don't have his first appearance, you won't, unless you don't mind shelling out a couple hundred bucks (for an off-grade copy). This cover is easily one of the best of the 70s.
Ghost Rider (Johnny Blaze): Since there are three Ghost Riders that anyone actually cares about (Blaze, Danny Ketch, and Robbie Reyes) I'm sticking with the original. His first appearance is Marvel Spotlight #5. Also a steep book, so it'll be tough grabbing this one for cheap. Ghost Rider adds an excellent supernatural element and has battled some of the baddest villains in the universe.
Doctor Voodoo (Jericho Drumm): First appearing in Strange Tales #169, I'm going to use Voodoo when he became Sorcerer Supreme. He's one of the coolest characters in the New Marvel Universe and adds some serious depth to the group. He also is the most level headed of the bunch. This is a first appearance you can still get at a fair price and I think you should jump on! Especially with the Easter egg of his brother getting killed in the Doctor Strange movie. BUY THIS BOOK!
That brings us to Magik (Illyana Rasputin): first appearing as a baby in Giant Size X-men #1, but her first appearance as Magik is New Mutants #14. I think Magik has the most potential of anyone in this group. If Marvel continues to echo DC and sex up their female characters, Magik is a go to choice. Some of covers she has appeared on are just fantastic and I think Magik books could sky rocket in the near future. She adds the Inferno element to this group and also a more level head…well, when she's not possessed.
Finally we have Blade (Eric Brooks): first appearing in Tomb of Dracula #10, Blade will prove to be the rebel that every group needs. Rarely complying or following any rules whatsoever. He's the wild card out of this bunch, and I'm assuming he'll choose to leave the team after only a few issues. Also another book that will be tough to acquire.
Some main villains: The Hood, Mephisto, Morbius, Blackheart, Fin Fang Foom…and many many more!
Let me know your thoughts, and who your group would be! Sorry for the brief article this time around, but I had some ghouls to hunt down! Hopefully coming up with your own Macabre Avengers will satiate your Diesel City Fix.
As always, ignore the bright lights…until you can't anymore.