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Heroes Con '09: Doctor Voodoo

Writer Rick Remender talks about casting a spell over the Marvel Universe with its newest Sorcerer Supreme

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By Jim Beard This October a longtime denizen of the Marvel Universe steps from the shadows to don the cloak of a much larger role. Jericho Drumm, once Brother Voodoo, stands transformed in DOCTOR VOODOO: AVENGER OF THE SUPERNATURAL, an ongoing series set to chronicle the adventures of Earth's new Sorcerer Supreme—if he survives. Series writer Rick Remender's eager to detail this dangerous yet exhilarating new path for this tenured character. "The supernatural world of the Marvel Universe is unbalanced and out of control," the writer explains. "Monsters, vampires, zombies and servants of Nightmare and Dormammu spread unabated. Powerful relics with vast arcane powers are scattered across the globe. New sorcerers emerge unrestrained and unknown. All Marvel Universe relics and magic users must be accounted for, categorized, and kept a close eye on; it is the duty of the Sorcerer

Supreme to accomplish these tasks. Doctor Voodoo is highly motivated, moving towards one goal and one purpose: to clean up the supernatural—but the supernatural doesn't want to be cleaned up." The series springs from the pages of NEW AVENGERS, wherein the mantle of Earth's mystic champion and protector shifted from Stephen Strange to Jericho Drumm. Not an easy graduation and definitely not one accepted lightly. "The Eye of Agamotto has passed the mantle of Sorcerer Supreme onto the one man who has the unique gifts to stave off the shadows," Remender says. "A man who recognizes how to combat the coming darkness, as it was his birthplace. "Jericho Drumm aka Doctor Voodoo is stuck between two lives: that of a voodoo healer and psychologist serving the impoverished communities of New Orleans and that of the new Sorcerer Supreme, defender of the unknown. Jericho lives with the ever-present disembodied spirit of his brother Daniel in his inner sanctum in New Orleans, a city in need of protector." Remender notes that though Voodoo carried his own mantle in his own corner of the supernatural for many years, he likens Drumm's new gig to "being handed the keys to the car as the bridge is collapsing all around it. "He's the new guy on the job, where he's so eager to prove his worth he's killing himself," he notes. "His life, and this series, will be non-stop, no moment for a snack or a nap. A fast-paced, high adventure, super hero series peppered with classic Marvel style horror, infused with a healthy dollop of unpredictable psychedelic [Steve] Ditko-esque magic."

Comparisons to Doctor Strange, the former Sorcerer Supreme, will be inevitable. But Remender cautions that their differences in style and experience make DOCTOR VOODOO: AVENGER OF THE SUPERNATURAL distinct from anything that's come before. "Jericho will aggressively attempt to bring order to the supernatural world; Stephen might not approve of Jericho's methods," he warns. "Jericho is a man of passions; be it his love interests or his work, he becomes almost obsessed with things. In general he's more aggressive, and perhaps even rash, a trait that will hold pros and cons in the future, but one that ultimately makes him a very different Sorcerer Supreme than Stephen was. "Jericho's powers are drawn from Bondyè, domain of the Voodoo Gods. It is from this land, long sealed from the mortal world, the gods connect with our world using Earthly Loas, the spirit creatures that Jericho, as the Houngan Supreme, calls on for his powers. So add to that the Eye of Agamotto, Book of Vishanti, The Cloak of Levitation, Orb of Agamotto, and his own personal wand of Sobo and you have one supremely powerful badass. Never before has the same man served as Houngan Supreme and Sorcerer Supreme. Jericho is now high A-list on the power scale." Readers may also expect appearances by the Marvel Monsters, the "disenfranchised minority group," as Remender calls them, who find one of their own "hoisted to the most powerful rank in the universe."
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Dfense75
Dfense75

Im looking forward to this series. I have always enjoyed magic themed books and this one looks to have some potential.

BlackSamurai
BlackSamurai

Well, a few other posters, and the article, has mentioned that he was a psychiatrist and it also fits because of the witch doctor term applying, but he really didn't need any name change. Brother Voodoo was a cool enough moniker to go by (but again, concerns about being pc might have affected that decision too).

Nova1
Nova1

[quote@Miles_Warren (even though I'm not happy with the title of Doctor Voodoo).[/quote] Yeah, I was wondering why it is called that...Strange is a doctor, but I am not sure of Voodoo. Could it be that he is considered a witch doctor (I have no idea about this character, never read anything he has been in)?

silentprocess
silentprocess

I am stoked for this book and applaud Marvel for finally giving the mystic arts/marvel monsters a book. I've been waiting for something like this to be printed.. I'll be buying the Premiere Hardcovers of this series! Thanks Marvel for the excellent decision!

Zalitz
Zalitz

I was kind of looking forward to Son of Satan as Sorcerer Supreme. Brother Voodoo was my first guess, and when they hinted at it being SOS I though "How cool! They didn't go with something obvious!" But then Marvel said "JK, its Brother Voodoo!

BlackSamurai
BlackSamurai

I see Voodoo's new book being a hard sell and Strange's chances to convert to an ongoing to be iffy. I'd almost think it would've been as good an idea to let Strange AND Voodoo share a book for a while so both's new status quo could play off each other. If not for the amount of crossovers that are already making people weary, it might have also helped to have a magical maxi series Annihilation style revolve around magic users in the MU; Magical Conquest: Dr. Strange, Br Voodoo, Scarlet Witch and maybe Magik (Magical Conquest not expected to be the actual umbrella title of course). Out of Annihilation came the sweetness that is Nova and GotG, and maybe that could work for Brother Voodoo and Strange; after all, they are outright applying it to Darkhawk as we speak.Smaller crossovers are actually a better received thing because of the fact that not as much stalling and dalliance need occur as when someone attempts a line wide initiative like Dark Reign, and Annihilation, Annihilation Conquest and now War of Kings have done and are doing great things. They were very less publicized so not to take away from Civil War, Infiltration, etc. with the exception that WoK seems to be getting more advertising dollars (I could be wrong). With that in mind, I could see that approach working better to establish Drumm (and invigorate Strange) before tossing him into an ongoing like this. What would have definitely helped though, would've been inclusion in the Avengers' missions for a while (most certainly with his help needed most against the Hood and Dormammu if Strange had been disabled or distracted by keeping other magic users safe), a few appearances (but not forced) in other key titles may have been of great value to make him something that more buyers want to know about first. As is, I like BV, but little about his previous adventures had made me have that NEED for more. Why an ongoing announced so soon in light of trends and market expectancy for VERY good newer books with things like Immortal Iron Fist and Captain Britain & MI13 being chopped? It's almost like they're setting him up not to last long even though Remender can be expected to make it gripping.There's a lot the magic aspect of the Marvel universe can benefit from for relevant (let's face it, relevance is the biggest factor when good titles end up chopped, decision makers will see them as low impact for being taken out of the continuity stream and so will buyers in any long run), far-reaching story material. We've got the magical removal of mutation (if they'd just allow that to be addressed more directly), dealing with the real Scarlet Witch (and by extension the fake one, Loki), Ghost Rider's corner of the MU could get some overlap (and that could even benefit GR's title's also-noticeably-lower-relevance existence), Magik's return could have more developments, Doom is always good to get in some licks, and since Dorm's been one of the biggest threats to want to keep out of the dimension, Hood would get some play (and it would therefore pull in some Cabal stories since 3 of their 6 already get directly involved) without making it a line-wide thing.

ninjadude853
ninjadude853

well, like whos the champ just said, he is a psychologist, so he was technically a doctor already

Spideybuff
Spideybuff

Umm...how stupid are these writers? They call Dr. Strange's series "Strange" and are calling Brother Voodoo's series "Doctor Voodoo". Sooo, for some reason in the Marvel Editorial room, they have somehow assumed that becoming Master of the Mystic Arts somehow transfers a Docotorate to the recipient?Dr. Stephen Strange was a surgeon...hence the title of Doctor. It had nothing to do with the Master of the Mystic Arts title. Was his master called Dr. Ancient One? Come on people...it's just ignorant to be doing these types of things. What next? Doom's master will be known as the Dr. Marquis of Death?I am looking forward to seeing BROTHER Voodoo though...hope they handle it well.

whos_the_champ
whos_the_champ

You know, I was complaining about this to my girlfriend, the "Dr." Complaint, and how it didn't make sense to me that he would be called Dr. Voodoo, as Stephen Strange WAS a doctor, whereas Jericho Drum was a---.... Well crud, he is a psychologist, technically making him a Doctor also... lol...So, my ONLY complaint was crushed! Go forth, Marvel, make me proud!!!

ninjadude853
ninjadude853

im excited for voodoo, everything i've seen of doctor strange (not a lot since im new to comics in general) has painted him in a bad light for me, he just seems like a guy designed to be a dues es machina, and hes always been kind of a one-dimensional character, hopefully losing his job will make him more dynamic, i might buy the strange tpb when it comes outand as for voodoo, i honestly don't really know anything about him, but im interested in the new series, so i will read that when it comes out

Iron_Sait
Iron_Sait

um why is he called doctor voodoo now? i thought doctor strange was so called because he was an actual doctor before gettin all mystical, not because the sorcerer supreme. brother voodoo sounds cooler than doctor voodoo anyway...

gamerwithnolife
gamerwithnolife

[quote@Archangel when exactly was the big reveal?? cuz i didnt get to it yet. thought we were still "getting there" =[/quote] It was on the last page of New Avengers 53, Brother Voodoo appears with Doctor Strange's cloak. I was a bit dissapointed at first because I never really understood Brother Voodoo, but I've started to warm to the idea of him being Sorcerer Supreme. he'll never be Strange, just like the new Black Panther will never be T'challa.[quote:e46f5d302c="Mon Morn Lunatic"]I would much rather see an ongoing for Stephen Strange, Master of the Mystic Arts![/quote] I totally agree, I mean just because he isn't Sorcerer Supreme doesn't mean he is powerless. I'll definitely get October's "Strange" limited series, but that should be an ongoing. :dead:

diamondtelepath
diamondtelepath

when exactly was the big reveal?? cuz i didnt get to it yet. thought we were still "getting there" =

Miles_Warren
Miles_Warren

Just because you don't care for a series doesn't mean that Marvel should cancel it. There are some people who buy some of those titles religiously and think its the best title Marvel have on the shelves. Rick Remender is a great writer and I trust that he'll do a brillaint job on this title (even though I'm not happy with the title of Doctor Voodoo). I've read interviews about this series and the concept sounds really intruiging. I'm hoping this will become a regular on my pull-list. :)

Mon_Morn_Lunatic
Mon_Morn_Lunatic

Although this sounds very interesting, and I'll be picking up the first 6 or 12 issues, I would much rather see an ongoing for Stephen Strange, Master of the Mystic Arts! :hawkeye:

RAAZ
RAAZ

I think the character is interesting, but not enough to buy this.

JCPENNY58
JCPENNY58

The Doctor is in. Looks like its gonna be a heck of a ride and I cant wait to see where it goes. Been waiting for years for a Brother Voodoo series and really happy this is happening.

Nova1
Nova1

Wow, I never thought that the selection of a new Sorcerer Supreme would actually lead to a new ongoing series.

notapotatoe
notapotatoe

Nice surprise that Jericho Drumm had been choose to be the New Sorcerer Supreme..That's a brave move to focus the attention onto an unfamilliar character, and Rick Remender seems to have setted him very well into Dark Reign...To me, the character didn't have to be a Sorcerer Supreme to be interetsing...I very much love the concept of the character ( the relation with the dead brother ), he would have deserve maybe a mini to re-watch after his origins for the readers, or just to have the fun to set him in action, but I understand it would have ruin the surprise.

Miles_Warren
Miles_Warren

You can expect at leat one reader buying this one. Yay for Brother Voodoo.....Dotor Voodoo. I mean Doctor Voodoo.