Midnight Sounds

The  Midnight Sons  is a fictional team of supernatural superheroes appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics . Including Hellstorm , Jennifer Kale , Morbius , Werewolf by Night , and Ghost Riders Danny Ketch and Johnny Blaze , the team first appeared in  Ghost Rider  (Vol 3) # 28 (August 1992). From December 1993-August 1994, Marvel Branded All Stories Involving the Group with a Separate Family Imprint and Cover Treatment.

Publication history

The Midnight Sons appeared in several 1990s multi-issue crossovers of Marvel’s supernatural titles. The first, “Rise of the Midnight Sons,” launched several books in the Midnight Sons line,  [1]  including  Morbius  (Sept. 1992),  Darkhold: Pages from the Book of Sins  (Oct. 1992), and  Nightstalkers  (Nov. 1992).

The group appeared in the nine-issue anthology comic book  Midnight Sons Unlimited  , which ran from April 1993 to May 1995.

Their final crossover was the seventeen-part “Siege of Darkness” which ran from December 1993 to January 1994. It was featured in two consecutive issues of each  Marvel Comics Presents  (# 143-146), and two issues of  Doctor Strange  , a title that was newly included in the line. It was advertised with an eight-page insert in several comics in October, November, and December 1993. According to the text of the advertisement, written by Jeffrey Lee Simmons,

For the first time in the history of Marvel, one of our family groups is getting its own distinct family imprint and cover treatment. The Midnight Sons are more likely to have the same effect. Inside, the Midnight Sons titles will have stronger continuity, making for a more exciting, tightly knit sub-section of the Marvel Universe.  [2]

The advertisement also claimed the Midnight Sons was the “first distinct family group.”  [2]

“Siege of Darkness,” however, marked the cancellation of  Darkhold: Pages from the Book of Sins  , and the Midnight Sons brand did not last much longer.  Nightstalkers  only lasted three more issues. A  Blade  and  Blaze  series failed to catch interest. The Midnight logo Sounds Was Eventually dropped from the remaining titles, cover-dated September 1994 ALTHOUGH  Morbius  ,  Blade  ,  Blaze  ,  Doctor Strange  ,  Ghost Rider  (Vol. 3),  Marvel Comics Presents  and the final three issues of  Midnight Sons Unlimited  continued on under the normal Marvel logo.

The Marvel Edge imprint debuted in 1995, incorporating some of the same ongoing titles as Midnight Sons, including  Strange Doctor : Sorcerer Supreme  and  Ghost Rider  .

A different incarnation of the team was featured in  Marvel Zombies 3  and  Marvel Zombies 4  ,  [3]  debuting in 2008 and 2009 respectively.

In February 2017, Moon Knight artist Greg Smallwood published a new version of the Midnight Sons featuring Moon Knight, Blade , Ghost Rider , Doctor Strange , and Hannibal King .  [4]

Fictional team biography

Rise of the Midnight Sounds

The team was formed by Ghost Riders, Daniel Ketch and Johnny Blaze after Ghost Rider received a vision in which he learned that Lilith, Mother of All Demons (  not  Dracula’s daughter, another Marvel of the same name) was resurrected and posed a great Threat. She planned to use her demon children, the Lilin, to take over Earth. Lilith had many children, she had four children who were very loyal to her. Their names were Pilgrim, Nakota, Meatmarket, and the most powerful of the four, Blackout, Ghost Rider ‘s old enemy (Blackout was not an actual child of Lilith, but rather a grandchild. Though she would have a lot more of her children to help her, the rest had forsaken Lilith. After having been imprisoned, many of the Lilin have been scattered or killed. Those who were scattered forgot the ways of Lilith and moved on their lives, except Lilith’s most faithful servants.

The team of the Nightstalkers ( Eric Brooks / Blade , Frank Drake and Hannibal King ), Morbius, the Living Vampire , the Spirits of Vengeance ( Danny Ketch / Ghost Rider , Johnny Blaze / Ghost Rider , and later Michael Badilino / Vengeance ), and the Darkhold Redeemers (Sam Buchanan, Victoria Montesi , Louise Hastings, and later Modred the Mystic and Jinx). While secretly assembling the team and the sub-teams within, from behind the scenes, Doctor Strange did not officially join the team until the Siege of Darkness storyline.

Midnight Massacre

The second major meeting between the Midnight Sons occurred when Blade, with a page from the Darkhold, became the demonic creature Switchblade. He killed most of the Midnight Sons, He was finally stopped when Louise Hastings used a counter spell from the Darkhold.

Siege of Darkness

The “Siege of Darkness” is one of the two major villains, Lilith and Zarathos . In the first story arc, covers were black with vague outlines, and the Midnight Sons fought the Lilin who were invading the earth in a mysterious smoke emanating from Cypress Hills Cemetery. Lilin included in this arc include Bad Timing, Martine Bancroft, Blackout, Dark Legion, Meatmarket, Nakota, Outcast, Pilgrim, Nile Sister, Stonecold, and Bloodthirst, who was possessing Morbius. In the second story bow, covers featured in dripping blood design, and the Midnight Sons fought The Fallen, a group loyal to Zarathos. The Fallen include Atrocity, Embyrre, Metarchus, Patriarch, and Salome.

The Lilin

At the beginning of the story, Ghost Rider and Blaze tell The Nightmares, The Darkhold Redeemers, and Morbius they killed Lilith and Zarathos. The Nightstalkers, who are skeptical, search and find information on Lilin now emanating from Cypress Hills Cemetery.  [5]  As the other Midnight Sons join the fight, they discover that, instead of killing Lilith and Zarathos, Ghost Rider and Blaze have opened a portal to Shadowside where the Lilin had been exiled. They split into two groups, one by Ghost Rider and one led by Morbius. Caretaker , Doctor Strange and Vengeance also join the fight. Caretaker claims Zarathos is more powerful and they must protect the Medallion of Power. Doctor Strange teleports Ghost Rider ‘s group to his Sanctum Sanctorum.  [6]  They find out from some Lilin that Morbius’ team has a traitor.  [7]  The following Morbius team, which includes Louise Hastings, “hide out in one of Morbius’ old labs. Louise Hastings finds out Morbius has been infected by Lilin blood, and Morbius secretly kills her. Morbius has been taken over by the Lilin Bloodthirst.  [8]  Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum. Unaware that Morbius has been possessed, Doctor Strange allows Lilin to follow. Doctor Strange convinces Morbius to fight the control of Bloodthirst.  [9]  Doctor Strange then casts a spell that causes the Sanctum Sanctorum to explode.  [10] The Spirits of Vengeance then confront Lilith and Zarathos in Cypress Hills Cemetery and use the Medallion of Power to send Lilith and the Lilin back to Shadowside. The Medallion of Power disappears.  [11]

The Fallen

After Lilith is exiled, it appears as a group called The Fallen, loyal to Zarathos, has returned from exile. The Fallen are an offshoot of the Blood, the group to which Caretaker belongs. The Fallen left The Blood to follow the wizard Zarathos. The Fallen quickly beat the captivating Midnight Sons and take Caretaker.  [12]  The Midnight Sons group at The Nightclub, and Caretaker sends a message that the Fallen plan to recruit or kill surviving members of The Blood.  [13]  The Midnight Sons then find James Raydar, Patriarch and Truthsayer with varying degrees of success; Patriarch joins Zarathos, Truthsayer is killed by Modred, and James Raydar joins the Midnight Sons along with Embyrre, Raydar’s daughter and one of The Fallen who turns against Zarathos when she sees Morbius’ nobility. [13]  [14]  [15]  Meanwhile, Victoria Montesi finds out that she has been impregnated with Chthon.  [16]  Doctor Strange helps her just as he is being attacked by Salome, one of The Fallen, who claims she is the rightful Sorceress Supreme. Doctor Strange disappears into another dimension and places Victoria Montesi in a mystical stasis. In his place appears Strange , a mystical construct Doctor Strange based loosely on himself. Strange joins the rest of the Midnight Sons in the fight against The Fallen.  [10]  Ghost Rider’s Zarathos confronts one on one, and Ghost Rider is clearly destroyed and his power absorbed into Zarathos.  [17] The Midnight Sons then fight Patriarch, Metarchus, and Atrocity to a standstill, and the Fallen retreat. Caretaker Reveals That There is one more member of The Blood They Have not contacted, Foundry. The Midnight Sounds track down Foundry who gives them a sword called Justiciar. She claims it must be in her own blood and sacrifices herself. Blade then uses Justiciar to kill Patriarch, Metarchus and Atrocity with the help of the other Midnight Sons. They believe the destruction of the Fallen will weaken Zarathos. They attack Zarathos directly. Embyrre and James Raydar also attacked and killed. Ghost Rider, whose spirit has been absorbed by Zarathos, and nowadays he has been flirting with Zarathos with Justiciar. Zarathos, with the sword through his chest, turns to stone. Johnny Blaze, Vengeance, Morbius, Blade, Hannibal King, Strange, and Caretaker then go through a ceremony in which they are branded with the symbol of the flaming dagger. Caretaker says they have become the successors to the originalFrank Drake , a member of the Nightstalkers and a human descendant of Dracula and the Ghost Rider. Drake was disallowed from taking care of his relative normalcy compared to other members who were supernaturally afflicted and destined to be outsiders. He was allowed, however, to be an associate member.  [18]

Marvel Zombies

See also: Marvel Zombies (series)

A new Midnight Sons is sanctioned by ARMOR , a government agency that monitors and fonts alternate realities from Earth-616 . The team is chosen by Morbius, who enlists Daimon “Hellstorm” Hellstrom (aka “The Son of Satan”), Jennifer Kale , Man-Thing , and Werewolf by Night to contain the zombie virus. The team makes a brief appearance at the end of  Marvel Zombies 3  and fully appears in  Marvel Zombies 4  .

Crossovers

  • Rise of the Midnight Sounds
    • Ghost Rider  vol. 3 # 28 (Part 1)
    • Spirits of Vengeance  # 1 (Part 2)
    • Morbius: The Living Vampire  # 1 (Part 3)
    • Darkhold  # 1 (Part 4)
    • Nightstalkers  # 1 (Part 5)
    • Ghost Rider  vol. 3 # 31 (Part 6)
  • Midnight Massacre
    • Nightstalkers  # 10 (Part 1)
    • Ghost Rider  vol. 3 # 40 (Part 2)
    • Darkhold  # 11 (Part 3)
    • Morbius: The Living Vampire  # 12 (Part 4)
    • Spirits of Vengeance  # 13 (Part 5)
  • Road To Vengeance: Missing Link
    • Ghost Rider  vol. 3 # 41 (Part 1)
    • Spirits of Vengeance  # 14 (Part 2)
    • Ghost Rider  vol. 3 # 42 (Part 3)
    • Spirits of Vengeance  # 15 (Part 4)
    • Ghost Rider  vol. 3 # 43 (Part 5)
    • Spirits of Vengeance  # 16 (Part 6)
  • Siege of Darkness
    • Nightstalkers  # 14 (Part 1)
    • Ghost Rider  vol. 3 # 44 (Part 2)
    • Marvel Comics Presents  # 143 (Part 3)
    • Darkhold  # 15 (Part 4)
    • Morbius: The Living Vampire  # 16 (Part 5)
    • Marvel Comics Presents  # 144 (Part 6)
    • Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme  # 60 (Part 7)
    • Spirits of Vengeance  # 17 (Part 8)
    • Nightstalkers  # 15 (Part 9)
    • Ghost Rider  vol. 3 # 45 (Part 10)
    • Marvel Comics Presents  # 145 (Part 11)
    • Darkhold  # 16 (Part 12) – Final issue of the series
    • Morbius: The Living Vampire  # 17 (Part 13)
    • Marvel Comics Presents  # 146 (Part 14)
    • Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme  # 61 (Part 15)
    • Spirits of Vengeance  # 18 (Part 16)
    • Midnight Sons Unlimited  # 4 (Part 17)

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Collected editions

  • Rise of the Midnight Sounds  (  Ghost Rider  Vol.3 # 28, 31  Spirits of Vengeance  # 1,  Morbius: The Living Vampire  # 1,  Darkhold  # 1,  Nightstalkers  # 1)

References

  1. Jump up^  Midnight Sounds lineat the Comic Book DB
  2. ^ Jump up to: b   X-Factor  # 97 (Dec. 1993) (vol. 1).
  3. Jump up^   Ekstrom, Steve (March 31, 2009). “Back for Four: Fred Van Lent on Marvel Zombies 4” . Newsarama . Retrieved 2009-03-31 .
  4. Jump up^  “Marvel’s MOON KNIGHT Artist’s Makes His MIDNIGHT SONS Pitch”.  Newsarama  . Retrieved 2017-02-14 .
  5. Jump up^   Nightstalkers (vol.1) # 14 (Dec. 1993)
  6. Jump up^   Ghost Rider (vol.2) # 44 (Dec. 1993)
  7. Jump up^   Marvel Comics Presents (Vol.1) # 143 (Early December 1993)
  8. Jump up^   Darkhold (vol.1) # 15 (Dec. 1993)
  9. Jump up^   Morbius: The Living Vampire (vol.1) # 16 (Dec. 1993)
  10. ^ Jump up to: b   Doctor Strange  (vol 3.) # 60 (Dec. 1993)
  11. Jump up^   Spirits of Vengeance (vol.1) # 17 (Dec. 1993)
  12. Jump up^   Nightstalkers (vol 1) # 15 (Jan 1994)
  13. ^ Jump up to: b   Ghost Rider  (vol 2.) # 45 (Jan. 1994)
  14. Jump up^   Darkhold (vol.1) # 16 (Jan. 1994)
  15. Jump up^   Morbius: The Living Vampire (vol.1) # 17 (Jan. 1994)
  16. Jump up^   Marvel Comics Presents (vol.1) # 145 (Early January 1994)
  17. Jump up^   Spirits of Vengeance (vol.1) # 18 (Jan. 1994)
  18. Jump up^   Midnight Sons Unlimited (Vol.1) # 4 (Jan. 1994)

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