Real Name: Benedicto de vica Severtes
Identity/Class: Human magic-user (centuries past (see comments) through modern era)
former bishop in Catholic Church
Group Membership: Formerly the Catholic Church
Affiliations: Formerly Beatriz, Dargil, numerous soulless pawns
Enemies: Alpha Flight (Flex/Adrian Corbo, Guardian/James Hudson synthoid, Manbot/Bernie Lachenay, Puck/Eugene Judd, Radius/Jared Corbo, Vindicator/Heather Hudson), Beatriz, Dargil, Mephisto, Modred the Mystic; crew of the Navigator; people of White Cross, Newfoundland
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Currently unrevealed
(presumably Mephisto's realm of Hell);
formerly White Cross, Newfoundland;
formerly Basilica Alicante, Spain (centuries past, see comments)
First Appearance: (Referenced) Alpha Flight I#12 (July,
(partially seen - arm & voice) Alpha Flight II#14 (September, 1998);
(fully seen) Alpha Flight II#15 (October, 1998)
Powers/Abilities: The Brass Bishop possesses extensive, though undefined, magical powers. Under uncertain means he decapitated and enslaved the demon Dargil, who consumes the souls of mortals on contact, and these souls serve as a mystic power battery for the Brass Bishop. In addition, the bodies and minds of those whose soul Dargil has consumed are under the Brass Bishop's control. The Bishop's armor provides him with superhuman durability and also renders his soul invisible/undetectable. His staff can generate mystic force fields or project destructive blasts.
The circumstances under which he creates and/or summons the Tower of Babel are unrevealed, though the Tower does enable him to access the Gate of Heaven.
Severtes has an unspecified degree of mystic knowledge.
(Alpha Flight II#16 (fb)) - "Centuries ago," in the Basilica Alicante, Spain, Bishop Benedicto de Vica Servertes fell in love with a woman named Beatriz. Knowing his God forbade him to have her, the bishop instead turned to darker power, calling on Mephisto and offering to pay any price to have Beatriz by her side. Mephisto agreed in exchange for taking the bishop's soul upon his death, but then put Beatriz by his side as a a nun studying under him, farther away than ever. Swearing not to lose his soul for naught, the bishop read in the pages of apocryphal texts that a suit of brass could conceal the soul of its wearer; as the suit would only work if every seam were sealed with the blood of an innocent woman, the maddened bishop took the blood of the only innocent woman he knew: Beatriz.
As the bishop's soul vanished, Mephisto sent an agent, the demon Dargil, to find it, and the now Brass Bishop decapitated Dargil, keeping his head. The Brass Bishop confronted Mephisto in Hell, demanding his soul be freed in exchange for returning Dargil to him. Mephisto refused, agreeing only to trade the Bishop's invisible soul for Beatriz's which now resided in Heaven. The Brass Bishop vowed he would never trade his soul for Beatriz's, but over time he became desperate to save his own soul and plotted to storm the gates of Heaven.
(Alpha Flight II#16 (fb) - BTS) - Years ago (see comments), "in a secret land," the Brass Bishop built a new "Tower of Babel" to Heaven.
(Alpha Flight II#16 (fb)) - The Brass Bishop and his minions fought Modred the Mystic and Puck who fought to hold closed the doors of eternity. Modred instructed Puck to locate the Solomon Seal and prevent the Bishop from getting his hands on it.
(Alpha Flight II#16 (fb) - BTS) - The Brass Bishop intended to use the Solomon Seal to unlock the gates of Heaven.
Alpha Flight II#16 (fb) - BTS) - Modred and Puck defeated the Brass Bishop, foiling his plans, and Modred hid the Solomon Seal within the Tower of Babel, which he then presumably banished from the mortal plane.
(Alpha Flight I#12 - BTS) - Puck referenced a past encounter with the Brass Bishop.
(Alpha Flight II#14) - In the Labrador Sea, south of Greenland's Cape Farewell, the Brass Bishop's ship approached the Navigator, the ship of a group assigned to destroy large icebergs, telling them he would take their ship to complete his journey. The time had come for collection...
Alpha Flight II#16 (fb) - BTS) - The Brass Bishop's demon-pawn Dargil consumed the souls of those humans he encountered, and the Bishop drew power from these souls via Dargil, gradually killing the souls as he did so.
(Alpha Flight II#15 (fb) - BTS) - The Brass Bishop took the Navigator to White Cross, Newfoundland. Soon after, all contact from White Cross to the outside world ceased. A Special Forces Army Corps was sent in, but minutes later all contact with them was lost.
(Alpha Flight II#15 - BTS) - When Canadian agents researched the Navigator's missing crew, they found their ship missing and found one zombie-like crewman who detonated the ship's clearly dynamite, killing all those present.
(Alpha Flight II#16 (fb) - BTS) - The Brass Bishop re-formed the Tower of Babel in White Cross.
(Alpha Flight II#15) - Department H's Mr. Gentry sent Alpha
Flight to investigate the situation, with a visual tech having used a satellite
to track the Navigator to White Cross, Newfoundland. He further noted that
visual enhancement showed no visible crew as it sailed.
Alpha Flight (Flex, Guardian, Manbot, Puck, Radius, Vindicator) soon after arrived in White Cross, where they encountered a number of zombie-like people (including the wife of the Prime Minister) but no living beings. They found one little girl who initially seemed to be alive, but proved to be another zombie-deal when she led their ship on a collision course with the Bishop's Tower of Babel. At the last second Puck sensed the tower, and Guardian swerved enough to strike only a glancing blow and then crash on the ground below. Puck's memory of his past encounter with the Bishop began to return, and the Brass Bishop then appeared before them and introduced himself.
(Alpha Flight II#16) - Greeting Puck, the Brass Bishop then
instructed Dargil to consume the souls of the newly arrived unbelievers. Radius
leapt forward, believing his force field would protect him, but Dargil began to
feast on his soul nonetheless; Puck knocked Radius to safety. The Bishop then
directed the soulless inhabitants of White Cross, all under his control, to
attack the Alphans while he began to scale his new Tower of Babel. Puck led the
Alphans into the tower, and he tried to relocate the Solomon Seal before the
Bishop could, but the Bishop then had Dargil feast on Puck's soul, placing Puck
under his control. Radius then tackled the Bishop, while Flex saved Vindicator
from becoming Dargil's next victim. The Bishop then blasted Radius away and sent
Puck to lead him to the Solomon Seal. With the tower proving to be some sort of
multi-planar maze, the Bishop escaped the rest of Alpha, but Manbot tracked Puck
via his identitag.
Meanwhile, Puck's soul found its way to a portal out of Dargil. Puck led the Bishop to the Seal, after which Alpha arrived and confronted him anew. Telling them they were too late, the Bishop used the Seal to cause the gates of Heaven to appear. Puck's soul, however, gathered the collective willpower of the other souls trapped within Dargil, and while Alpha struggled to keep the Bishop from the gate, Puck's soul returned to his body, and he grabbed the Solomon Seal and used it to unlock the Bishop's helmet. With the Bishop's mystic armor breached, Mephisto was able to sense him at last, and Mephisto arrived and collected his soul.
Also as the armor was breached, Dargil disgorged those surviving souls contained within him, and they returned to their hosts.
After Mephisto took away the Bishop, the Tower of Babel vanished.
Comments: Originally referenced by John Byrne;
Fleshed out by Steven Seagle, Duncan Rouleau, and Rob Hunter.
In Alpha Flight II#16, the Brass Bishop
referenced his and Puck's previous encounter as "decades ago and continents
Continents removed certainly is possible, but "decades ago" is a little harder. Puck was certainly active for like 100 years, and Modred first became a sorcerer back in the 6th century; however, Modred was inert for many centuries, only reviving during the modern era, 1975 real time. From 1975 to 1998 real time just can't be "decades," since there haven't been decades from FF#1 to the most recent comics. It couldn't be more than 6 years between the stories, and possibly only 4 years.
Anyone able to pin down the Brass Bishop's original period of activity?
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Alpha Flight II#15, last page - upper body close-up
#16, p3, panel 1 & 2 (unarmored form, with and without Beatriz; panel 2 = unmasked face)
p5, full body atop tower of slaves
p6, panel 1 (main image)
p17, panel 6 (masked face)
Alpha Flight II#14 (November, 1998) - Steven Seagle (writer), Duncan Rouleau (penciler), Troy Hubbs (inker), Jaye Gardner (editor)
Alpha Flight II#15 (November, 1998) - Steven Seagle (writer), Duncan Rouleau (penciler), Rob Hunter (inker), Jaye Gardner (editor)
Alpha Flight II#16 (November, 1998) - Steven Seagle (writer), Duncan Rouleau (penciler), Rob Hunter, Aaron Sowd, & Cabin Boy (inkers), Jaye Gardner (editor)
First posted: 06/05/2008
Last updated: 04/09/2019
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