Membership: All-Knowing/Dara Ko Eke, Creeping Death/Hooud, Metallic Titan/Prax Ord, Midnight Blade/Kal Blackbane, Stonethrower/Els Udonta, Sun/Voorr

Purpose: To defend the Universal City and find glory in combat

Affiliations: Eldrac, Fantastic Four (Human Torch/John Storm, Invisible Woman/Susan Richards, Mr. Fantastic/Reed Richards, Thing/Ben Grimm), Human Torch (John Storm), Inhumans (Black Bolt/Blackagar Boltagon, Crystal/Crystalia Amaquelin, Flint/Jason, Gorgon/Gorgon Petragon, Maximus/Maximus Boltagon, Medusa/Medusalith Amaquelin, Swain/Jovana), Marvel Boy (Noh-Varr), Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Universal Inhumans (Avoe, Aladi Ko Eke, Oola Udonta, Onomi Whitemane)

Enemies: Annihilation Wave, Annihilus, Kree, Snarks (Hyinar, others), Supreme Intelligence

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Novahala on Centauri-IV;
   formerly the Universal City

First Appearance: (Mentioned) Fantastic Four I#577 (May, 2010); (seen) Fantastic Four I#578 (June, 2010)

(Fantastic Four I#577 (fb) - BTS) - The Light Brigade historically served the four races of the Universal Inhumans (Direst Wraiths, the Incentaurians, the White Room, and the Badoon Fifth Caste) as warriors were appointed from various races to serve as a force to protect the united races in the Universal City. Each version of the Light Brigade was expected to prove itself in the Offering, an impossible challenge to prove their worthiness. Many Light Brigades were appointed over the years, but none ever lasted longer than one year.

(Fantastic Four I#578) - The four queens of the Universal Inhumans, Onomi Whitemane, Aladi Ko Eke, Avoe, and Oola Udonta, assembled the new members of the latest Light Brigade for the new Offering. Needing to be tested, the Light Brigade asked Eldrac to send them to a battle that they could not win. He sent them to the Negative Zone to fight Annihilus' Annihlation Wave.

(Fantastic Four I#600/2 (fb) - BTS) - The members of the Light Brigade included Stonethrower (Els Udonta, an Incentaurian, who could fire light arrows), All-Knowing (Dara Ko Eke, of the Badoon Fifth Caste, a telepath), Midnight Blade (Kal Blackbane, of the White Room, a powerful swordsman), the Sun (Voorr, of the Direst Wraiths, who manipulated energy), and the Creeping Death (Hooud, of the Direst Wraiths, a size-changer). They were captured in the Negative Zone and subjected to torture, death, and resurrection multiple times. Annihilus made them regularly fight in the arena until they died, then he would resurrect them.

(Fantastic Four I#600/2 (fb) ) - The members of the Light Brigade saw the Human Torch imprisoned, killed, and resurrected in the Negative Zone as well, and they introduced themselves to him during a quiet moment. Midnight Blade was placed in the arena, where he died magnificently once again.

(Fantastic Four I#600/2 (fb) - BTS) - Months passed as the arena battles, deaths, and resurrections continued. The Human Torch began making plans to overthrow Annihilus and escape.

(Fantastic Four I#600/2 (fb) ) - When a gate was opened to Earth and Annihilus assembled his Annihilation Wave to attack, the Human Torch and the Light Brigade freed themselves and the Human Torch went nova, killing many of the Annihiliation Wave as the Light Brigade protected themselves behind Sun's force field. The Light Brigade attacked Annihilus directly, and Blackbane sacrificed his life (soon resurrected again) as the Human Torch seized control of the Cosmic Control Rod, thus taking over Annihilus' forces. With Annihilus chained, the Human Torch ordered the gate to Earth opened.

(Fantastic Four I#601) - The Light Brigade aided the Human Torch and his allies in the Fantastic Four in repelling a Kree invasion. After discussing strategy with Captain America and Iron Man, Midnight Blade saw the Human Torch summon the Annihilation Wave to assist in combat, and each of the Light Brigade piloted their own ships in an attack on the Supreme Intelligence.

(Fantastic Four I#604) - The Light Brigade stood ready for battle.

(FF I#17) - The Human Torch had the Light Brigade over for a party with alcohol and poker. Peter Parker, his roommate, was extremely annoyed.

(FF I#18) - The Light Brigade (Midnight Blade and Stonethrower) attended a meeting with the Future Foundation, Kree, and Inhumans in an attempt to garner peace among the groups.

(FF I#20) - The Light Brigade and the Human Torch returned Annihilus to the Negative Zone without his Cosmic Control Rod, and the Hooud briefly lost control, ranting about killing as the gate closed. Later, the Light Brigade returned home in triumph, the first group to ever have done so, and the team was shown in to Black Bolt, their new king.

(FF I#21) - The Light Brigade saw the Fantastic Four visit Attilan.

(Royals#6 (fb) - BTS) - Unable to find welcome on their home planets, the four queens of the Universal Inhumans relocated their peoples to the city of Novahala, on the continent of Akuunos on Centauri-IV.

(Royals#7 (fb) - BTS) - The Light Brigade established the Circle of Testing Fire, both a temple and a training arena, where they could strengthen their bonds as teammates.

(Royals#6) - The four queens saw the arrival of a delegation of Earth's Inhumans (Medusa, Gorgon, Crystal, Flint, Swain, Maximus) and Marvel Boy, as the Light Brigade watched and welcomed them. Recognizing an ache in Gorgon's soul, Midnight Blade invited the fellow warrior out for a drink so they could share battle stories. Gorgon collapsed in pain from his spinal injuries and Midnight Blade was calling for help when Prince Hyinar of the Snarks attacked him, leaving the warrior vaporized.

(Royals#7) - The Light Brigade and the Inhumans interacted in the Circle. The Snarks experimented on the remains of Midnight Blade, determining he had no powers, so they tossed his ashes in the trash. The Snarks, having stolen super powers from other Universal Inhumans and Gorgon, attacked the Inhumans and the Light Brigade, knocking them out and placing them in restraints. The Inhuman queens, who still felt disdain toward Medusa for imprisoning Black Bolt, took Medusa, the captive Maximus, and Marvel Boy to the Obelisk and told of their research.

(Royals#8 (fb) - BTS) - The Snarks, including Koyoti, stole the powers from the Light Brigade and kept them in stasis.

(Royals#8) - The Light Brigade remained in stasis until Gorgon escaped and set them free. They attacked the Snarks, working with the Inhumans and the Universal Inhumans, and Metallic Titan was killed in the conflict. Flint touched the Obelisk, boosting his powers, and then he crushed the Snarks with a large rock.

Comments: Created by Jonathan Hickman and Dale Eaglesham.

Profile by Chadman.

The Light Brigade has no known connections to:

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Fantastic Four I#600, p72, pan3 (Light Brigade)
Fantastic Four I#578, p21, pan2 (2nd)

Fantastic Four I#577-578 (May-June, 2010) - Jonathan Hickman (writer), Dale Eaglesham (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Fantastic Four I#600/2 (January, 2012) - Jonathan Hickman (writer), Carmine Di Giandomenico (artist), John Denning (editor)
Fantastic Four I#601 (February, 2012) - Jonathan Hickman (writer), Steve Epting (penciler), Rick Magyar (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Fantastic Four I#604 (May, 2012) - Jonathan Hickman (writer), Steve Epting (penciler), Rick Magyar (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
FF I#17-18 (June-July, 2012) - Jonathan Hickman (writer), Nick Dragotta (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
FF I#20 -21 (September-October, 2012) - Jonathan Hickman (writer), Nick Dragotta (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Royals#6-7 (October-November, 2017) - Al Ewing (writer), Kevin Libranda (artist), Wil Moss (editor)
Royals#8 (November, 2017) - Al Ewing (writer), Kevin Libranda, Javier Rodriguez (pencilers), Alvaro Lopez (inker), Wil Moss (editor)

First Posted: 01/06/2020
Last updated: 01/06/2020

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