LEGION OF VENGEANCE

Membership: Bacillus, Mind's Eye, Strontium-90, Vesper

Purpose: Vengeance

Affiliations: D'Kay (creator)

Enemies: Ghost Rider (Dan Ketch), Iron Fist (Daniel Rand), humans

Base of Operations: Cypress Hills Cemetery

First Appearance: Marvel Comics Presents#113/3 (1992)

 

 

History: (Marvel Comics Presents#116/3 (fb) ) - Each member of the Legion of Vengeance lived an average live until they got their powers through happenings initiated and observed by D'Kay who then controlled them through their sins and brought them together as the self-proclaimed super-hero team Legion of Vengeance.

(Marvel Comics Presents#113/3) - Mind's Eye threw a man onto the railway because he saw him as a racist. Ghost Rider saved the men from the approaching train and Mind's Eye disappeared into the shadows of an alley. Vesper came into a church in her human form and turned into her fiery form when she felt the hypocrisy of the praying people. She attacked the people in the church with her fire. Iron Fist, who was among them as Daniel Rand, saved a child from the collapsing church and brought her to the outside while Vesper continued her vengeance in the church.

(Marvel Comics Presents#114/3) - At Cypress Hills Cemetery, Mind's Eye saw two teenagers making out and called Bacillus for their punishment. Bacillus infected the boy with his decease spreading touch. Ghost Rider and Iron Fist arrived and stopped Bacillus from touching the girl, but Iron Fist was taken down by Bacillus with his touch and he and Mind's Eye got away. Meanwhile Vesper attacked a ceremony and then met Strontium-90, who didn't interfere yet, on a building.

(Marvel Comics Presents#115/3) - Strontium-90 attacked all citizens he met with his radiation blasts, and Vesper followed him. Vesper destroyed several buildings and statues of holiness as they were built by hypocrites. Strontium-90 and Vesper were able to flee from Ghost Rider and Iron Fist who were attacked by the angry mob. The heroes followed the burning steps of Vesper and found their enemies in a tomb at Cypress Hills Cemetery. They explained to the heroes that they were the Legion of Vengeance and that they were the world's deadliest heroes. Iron Fist and Ghost Rider were attacked by them.

(Marvel Comics Presents#116/3) - Iron Fist used the power of Bacillus to heal himself because it came to his mind that most cures were also made from germs and bacilli. Ghost Rider managed to use his penance stare on the Legion of Vengeance and they were tortured with the pain they inflicted on others. Ghost Rider also learned their origins and knew that somehow a demon was involved in all their lives. The demon D'Kay now showed himself to Ghost Rider and Iron Fist.

(Marvel Comics Presents#117/3) - The Legion of Vengeance was paralyzed by a spell D'Kay cast on them. They watched their creator cause their enemies to vanish. When the heroes returned victorious from the Pit, the spell of D'Kay wore off and the Legion of Vengeance once again attacked Ghost Rider and Iron Fist.

(Marvel Comics Presents#118/3) - Ghost Rider grabbed the arms of Bacillus with his chain and made him touch Strontium-90, who was defeated by the deceases of Bacillus. Iron Fist was nearly taken out by Mind's Eye and Vesper, but he managed to push them both into the arms of Bacillus, and they were defeated as well. At last, Ghost Rider pulled the arms of Bacillus into his own face, and the villain was taken down by his own power. Ghost Rider made it clear to the Legion of Vengeance that they had become mere pawns of the demon D'Kay and that they could use their powers for something worthwhile instead. They were turned back into humans by D'Kay, who was afraid that they would really become heroes. When Ghost Rider and Iron Fist were gone the former Legion of Vengeance discovered that there powers weren't really gone when Vesper was able to start a fire in her palm.

Comments: Created by Joey Cavalieri & Shawn McManus

The only member of the Legion who got a name was Mind's Eye (only a last name, but the others got nothing).

Oh yeah! These characters are one of the many characters hanging around at the Cypress Hills Cemetery. This place is really dangerous. I don't understand people hanging around there when each second a new monster, demon or something else rises from a grave or the ground beneath it. The two teenagers in Marvel Comics Presents#114/3 felt the danger of being there.
My advice for everyone (the average folks of the MU):
Don't go there!

What happened to the Legion of Vengeance after this storyline? They still had their powers and D'Kay was laughing and promised their return. Now in 2004 we are still waiting. Probably D'Kay got his head bitten off by a more powerful being in the Pit (where in hell is the Pit anyway?) and now his former agents are just stumbling through their average existences. They should get a chance to get their revenge on Iron Fist and Ghost Rider.

Profile by Markus Raymond

Clarifications:

The Legion of Vengeance has no known connection to

D'Kay has no known connections to

Mind's Eye has no known connections to

Bacillus has no known connections to

Strontium-90 has no known connections to

Vesper has no known connections to


 

D'Kay

(Ghost Rider III Annual#1/3 (fb) - BTS) Ė At some point around a thousand years ago, Rigor Mortis was charged by DíKay with the duty of caring for the Conqueror Worm and looking after its eggs.

(Marvel Comics Presents#116/3 - 118/3) - He was a demon from the Pit who tried to destroy humanity by turning some greedy, stupid and impatient humans into super-powered beings. He controlled them through their sins and took over their subconscious minds. He tricked them into believing that they were heroes and the only right and righteous people around. He appeared when Ghost Rider and Iron Fist defeated the Legion of Vengeance for the first time. He cast a spell on his heroes and revealed to the real heroes that the Legion of Vengeance were his creation. He brought Ghost Rider and Iron Fist to the Pit to destroy them and pave the way for his team to destroy humanity. Ghost Rider and Iron Fist were able to resisted the tortures of the Pit, and when D'Kay realized that he couldn't defeat them on his own he decided to bring them back to Earth were they had to fight the Legion of Vengeance again. D'Kay feared his own creation would go rogue after some words of Ghost Rider and seemingly took their powers away from them. Ghost Rider and Iron Fist left and D'Kay laughed when the former Legion of Vengeance realized that they still had their powers. D'Kay then promised that they would return.

--Marvel Comics Presents#116/3 (117/3, 118/3

 

 


 

Mind's Eye

Mr. Meacham was an optician before he became Mind's Eye. He was grinding experimental lenses and when he put them on he saw the people around him different. Observed by D'Kay, he saw a police officer as a Nazi and a beautiful woman as a vicious drug addict. He thought to see through the hypocrisy of the people and put on a costume. As Mind's Eye he became the first harbinger of doom and represented the betrayal of the mind. With an increased strength level he soon joined the other members of the Legion of Vengeance.

Mind's Eye threw a man on a railway because he saw him as a racist. Ghost Rider rescued the man and Mind's Eye left the scene through a shadowy alley.

Mind's Eye observed two teenagers at the Cypress Hills Cemetery making out with each other and saw them practicing deceit and treachery. He called Bacillus to punish them. He ran away with Bacillus after Ghost Rider was distracted by the infection of his pal Iron Fist.

Later he met with the other members of the Legion in a tomb where they were found by Ghost Rider and Iron Fist. Mind's Eye was able to duck an attack from Ghost Rider with his chain and saw that Iron Fist wasn't able to help Ghost Rider anymore.

Ghost Rider pushed Mind's Eye to the ground and was able to use the penance stare on him. Ghost Rider now knew the origin of his powers and Mind's Eye was defeated and when his creator D'Kay appeared he was paralyzed by a spell of him.

Later when the heroes returned the spell wore off and Mind's Eye was able to attack the heroes again. He hid in the shadows and grabbed Iron Fist from behind. When Vesper tried to hit Iron Fist with a blast only the ground around Mind's Eye was hit by it and the smoke blinded him for a second. Iron Fist kicked him to the ground and threw him into Vesper. Mind's Eye stumbled into the arms of Bacillus and the disease defeated him. After he listened to the words of Ghost Rider he was seemingly stripped of his powers by D'Kay. Mind's Eye learned that he still had his powers when he watched Vesper create a flame in her palm.

Mind's Eye believes self able to see hidden truths, though he actually sees distorted/corrupted versions of the truth. He is a telepath, can become invisible in shadows, has enhanced strength, and wears green costume with spikes and single large eye in chest

--Marvel Comics Presents#113/3 (115/3-118/3


 

Bacillus

The man who would become Bacillus was a scientist and the partner of Strontium-90. They experimented with radiation on germs to find a way to cure mankind by finding out if the germs were intelligent. Observed by D'Kay, their experiment went wrong and after the radioactive ray hit a probe of bacilli they sprang onto him and he got his powers as Bacillus. From this moment on his touch brought diseases to all his victims. He was the second harbinger of doom and represented the betrayal of the body. With an increased strength level he soon joined the other members of the Legion of Vengeance together with his partner Strontium-90.

Bacillus was called by Mind's Eye as punishment to the two youths who were making out at the Cypress Hills Cemetery. He touched the boy whose skin was immediately covered with pustules. Ghost Rider grabbed Bacillus with his chain and threw him away. When Bacillus tried to touch the girl Iron Fist stood in his way and he touched him instead. Iron Fist, too, was immediately covered with pustules. Bacillus ran away with Mind's Eye after this attack.

He later met the other members of the Legion in a tomb where they were found by Ghost Rider and Iron Fist. Bacillus tried to touch Iron Fist again, but Iron Fist was able to get a hold of him and used the hand of Bacillus to heal himself. Bacillus couldn't resist the penance stare of Ghost Rider who learned the origin of his powers by it. Bacillus was down after it and when his creator D'Kay appeared, he was paralyzed by a spell of him.

Later when the heroes returned the spell wore off, and Bacillus was able to attack the heroes again. Ghost Rider got the arms of Bacillus with his chain and used them to infect all members of the Legion with the deadly diseases of Bacillus. Even Bacillus was touched by his own hands and was defeated by it. After that Ghost Rider told him and the others the truth about their existence and Bacillus was seemingly stripped of his powers by D'Kay. Bacillus learned that he still had his powers when he watched Vesper create a flame in her palm.

Bacillus can infect others with virulent diseases, as well as cure infections. He appeared to have enhanced strength

--Marvel Comics Presents#114/3 (115/3-118/3


 

Strontium-90

The man who would become Strontium-90 was a scientist and the partner of Bacillus. They experimented with radiation on germs to find a way to cure mankind by finding out if the germs were intelligent. Observed by D'Kay their experiment went wrong and after the radiation ray hit the bacilli it also hit Strontium-90. Empowered by the ray he was now able to shoot radioactive blasts by himself and poison everyone with it. He was the third harbinger of doom, the defiler of elements, despoiler of the environment and represented the betrayal of the Earth. He and his partner Bacillus soon met the other members of the Legion of Vengeance. With an increased strength level he soon joined the other members of the Legion of Vengeance together with his partner Strontium-90.

He watched Vesper's attack on the crowd and declared that the people would fear him twice as much as her while standing on a roof.

Strontium-90 hit people with his radioactive blasts and they were poisoned by it. Strontium-90 left the area with Vesper when Ghost Rider arrived and went to the tomb at Cypress Hill Cemetery where they met the other members of the Legion. The heroes followed them and Strontium-90 wanted to finish Iron Fist with his partner Bacillus.

Strontium-90 threatened Iron Fist when he held Bacillus in front of himself. He became a victim of Ghost Rider's penance stare when he attacked him. Ghost Rider now knew the origin of Strontium-90, who was defeated by the effect of the stare. He was paralyzed by a spell of his creator D'Kay when he appeared.

The spell wore off when the heroes returned, and Strontium-90 attacked them with the rest of the Legion. He was the first victim to the touch of Bacillus when Ghost Rider yanked his arms against Strontium-90. After Strontium-90 listened to the words of Ghost Rider he was seemingly stripped of his powers, but he later learned that he still had them when he watched Vesper create a flame in her palm.

Strontium-90 can generate and project radiation.

--Marvel Comics Presents#114/3 (115/3-118/3


 

Vesper

The woman who would become Vesper was a very religious person. She was part of a choir in her church and was always fascinated with the candles. Observed by D'Kay she saw a vision of herself in the smoke of a candle. She held her arm into the fire and after her whole body caught fire she became one with it. She was now Vesper the fourth harbinger of doom, the living embodiment of spirituality, the goddess of the candlelight representing the betrayal of god. She soon joined the other members of the Legion.

Vesper entered as a normal woman a church and soon started to scream about the hypocrites posing as saints. She turned into her fiery form and blasted flames at everything and everyone around her. Many people fled from the burning church and Iron Fist saved a little girl from falling debris. Vesper continued her terror in the crumbling church.

Later Vesper attacked a ceremony and then met Strontium-90 on a roof.

Vesper followed Strontium-90 and destroyed icons of piety and holiness standing in her way. Vesper fled with Strontium-90 when Ghost Rider arrived to the tomb at Cypress Hills Cemetery where they met the other members of the Legion. Ghost Rider and Iron Fist were able to follow the burning footsteps of Vesper and found the tomb and the Legion in it. Vesper laughed when Iron Fist hit her with a weak punch. After that she went after Ghost Rider.

Vesper created smoke to stop Ghost Rider from saving Iron Fist. When she attacked Ghost Rider she too became a victim of his penance stare, and he found out her origin. Defeated Vesper was on her knees after that and was then paralyzed by a spell of her creator D'Kay.

When the heroes returned from the Pit the spell wore off, and Vesper was able to attack Ghost Rider and Iron Fist again. She tried to hit Iron Fist with her fire when Mind's Eye held him, but she only hit the ground and blinded Mind's Eye with it. Mind's Eye was thrown against her and she stumbled into the arms of Bacillus. She was defeated by an infection and after she listened to the words of Ghost Rider she was seemingly stripped of her powers by her creator D'Kay. After the heroes left she found out that she still had her powers when she was able to create a flame in her palm.

Vesper can fly, generate smoke, and her body covered with red flames which she can project at others

--Marvel Comics Presents#113/3 (114/3-118/3


images:
Marvel Comics Presents#117, barcode side, p8, pan3 (Legion of Vengeance)
Marvel Comics Presents#116, barcode side, p8, pan4 (D'Kay)
Marvel Comics Presents#116, barcode side, p1, pan1 (Bacillus)
Marvel Comics Presents#118, barcode side, p8, pan4 (Bacillus real face)
Marvel Comics Presents#113, barcode side, p2, pan2 (Mind's Eye)
Marvel Comics Presents#118, barcode side, p8, pan4 (Mind's Eye real face)
Marvel Comics Presents#115, barcode side, p1, pan1 (Strontium-90)
Marvel Comics Presents#118, barcode side, p8, pan4 (Strontium-90 real face)
Marvel Comics Presents#115, barcode side, p6, pan1 (Vesper)
Marvel Comics Presents#118, barcode side, p8, pan4 (Vesper real face)


Appearances:
Marvel Comics Presents#113-118 (1992) - Joey Cavalieri (writer), Shawn McManus (artist), Terry Kavanagh (editor)
Ghost Rider Annual#1 (1993) - Joey Cavalieri (writer), Kirk Van Wormer (pencils), Brad Vancata (inks)


Last updated: 02/06/14.

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