Writer Rick Remender
Artists Jefte Palo & Alessandro Vitti
Colorist Jean-Francois Beaulieu
Letterer Dave Lanphear
Cover Dated March 2010
If you are like me, you may not know much about Doctor Voodoo. Here is what the caption states :
He has many names. Lord of the Loa. He-Who-Has-Died-Twice. Houngan Supreme. Now the Eye of Agamotto has chosen Jericho Drumm to protect the Earth from the forces of darkness, and given him his greatest title : Sorcerer Supreme. He is … Doctor Voodoo, Avenger of the Supernatural.
I own this issue and issue five is on my wishlist. I was going to scan the Magik appearances in the issue, but she’s on nearly every other page and I want to keep scans to when I bought a comic just for one page or two pages. I’m also not sure what the rule is about just pasting pages upon pages from a comic, so I try to limit myself to two to three, max. As a typical rule. Though I see Bendis over at his Tumblr, posting half of comics before – but he’s Bendis, so I imagine its okay when he does it.
Inside front cover is an ad for Ultimate X, I own the first issue, that was pretty good.
In the previous issues, Nightmare is slowly taking over Earth. The last place on Earth that is safe is Latveria. Doctor Doom and Doctor Voodoo are trying to correct that.
I still wish that Bendis in the New Avengers arc that determined who would be Doctor Strange’s replacement (as he was hurt and needed to recover) had chosen Magik but Bendis does love him some 70s heroes so it makes sense he would go with Brother Voodoo. Shame that only four years later, Voodoo is missing again from monthly titles. This was in New Avengers 51 through 54, Search for the Sorcerer Supreme. I don’t own issue 52 but the other three, Magik does show up in. We will get around to reviewing those eventually.
So Nightmare has taken over most of the magic based heroes, including Magik. They are searching for Doctor Voodoo, actually they are searching for the Orb of Agamotto and the Book of Vishanti, but Voodoo knows where they are. If they knew it was with Doom, they would probably just let it go.
We get a nice flashback to Voodoo’s origins, his family didn’t like how he was more modern than they were with their beliefs. We learn that his brother is a spirit and is trying to help Voodoo save the day, as well.
The Hounfour – Nightmare’s base. Magik is telling Nightmare about what they have learn, they know they have to go to Doom. Heroes are living their worst nightmares. Punisher is being haunted by his family. Hulk’s father is berating him. Cyclops is being tormented by both Jean and Emma.
Doctor Voodoo’s plan is to get Nightmare to come to Loa, where the gods of Voodoo live (from what I can tell). Once Nightmare gets there, he will be a physical opponent and can be defeated.
Nightmare and his army of heroes get to Latveria and Doctors Doom and Voodoo (though Voodoo is not a doctor, as far as I can tell) are ready for them!
For this issue and the previous three, they have been publishing the origin of Doctor Voodoo, I checked comicbookdb but it doesn’t state what section of a comic this is. I can confirm it isn’t his first appearance, Strange Tales 169 as the creative team is all wrong.