Brother Blood

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Brother Blood
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Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance

(1980s)
New Teen Titans vol. 1, #21 (1982)

(2000s)
Outsiders vol. 3, #6 (January 2004)
Created by Marv Wolfman
George Pérez
In-story information
Alter ego (2000s & 1980s)
Sebastian Blood
Team affiliations (Both)
Church of Blood
(2000s)
Secret Society of Super Villains
Abilities (1980s)
Hypnosis
Sorcery
Longevity
Immunity to Raven's soul-self
(2000s)
Vampirism

Brother Blood is the name of two fictional comic book characters in the DC Comics universe. The first Brother Blood debuted in New Teen Titans vol. 1 #21 (1982), and was created by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez.[1]

Fictional character biography[edit]

First Blood[edit]

The first Brother Blood encountered by the Titans was the eighth to bear the title. Seven hundred years earlier, a priest in the fictional nation of Zandia named Brother Sebastian killed another priest to gain possession of what he believed to be Christ's prayer shawl. The shawl gave him invulnerability and reduced his aging, but the priest he killed cursed him to be slain by his son before his hundredth birthday. Upon doing so, his son became the second Brother Blood. He, in turn was killed by his son, and this continued for seven centuries.[1]

The eighth Brother Blood was, seemingly, the first who wished to extend the Church of Blood beyond Zandia. He wanted the Church to be a world power. The Church of Blood began operating in America, and the Titans were called to investigate when an ex-girlfriend of Cyborg attempted to escape this cult. Because of the Church of Blood's influence, the Titans found moving against him difficult, especially when public opinion was turned against them by Bethany Snow, a reporter who was a member of the Church.[volume & issue needed]

Brother Blood brainwashed Nightwing and attempted to take control of Raven's power. She defeated him, and his mind was seemingly destroyed.[2] Brother Blood's wife, Mother Mayhem, later birthed a girl, suggesting the curse was over.[volume & issue needed]

Second Blood[edit]

The new Brother Blood.
Art by Tony Daniel.

Some time later, in Outsiders (vol. 3), Brother Blood returned to villainy.[3] However, shortly after recreating his cult, he was killed by a young boy, Sebastian, claiming to be the new Brother Blood.[4] This version reappeared in Teen Titans vol. 3.

This teenaged Brother Blood seemingly based all his decisions on advice from Mother Mayhem, but this was actually a female cultist chosen at random and killed if the advice was not what he wanted to hear. He also exhibited vampiric abilities.[volume & issue needed]

He revealed that the Cult of Blood was based on the worship of Trigon the Terrible. It was for this reason that the new Bride of Blood was to be Raven. The Titans were able to save Raven, but the Church of Blood continued.[volume & issue needed] Brother Blood later appeared in Teen Titans #30 a member of Alexander Luthor, Jr.'s Secret Society of Super Villains, where he claimed an undead Lilith Clay to be his mother. He also summoned the first Hawk and Dove, Phantasm, Kole, and Aquagirl from the dead to be his own Teen Titans. Brother Blood was stopped by Kid Eternity and sent to the eighth level of Hell, but not before he summoned the past Brother Bloods, all of which took out their anger and hatred on Sebastian.

In the aftermath of the "Reign In Hell" miniseries, Blood, now an adult, escaped from his incarceration, and was opposed by Kid Eternity. The fight between the two brought them to Titans Tower, where Blood fought the Titans. After draining Red Devil's powers, Blood realised that he had tainted himself with Neron's influence, and fled the battle. He was later seen approaching an unknown woman, looking to make her his new Mother.[5]

Some time later, the Secret Six were hired to infiltrate one of Blood's cults and rescue a wealthy teenager who had been forced into the group against his will. After the team's cover was blown, they proceeded to kill a number of the church's members and ultimately destroy their compound.[6]

The New 52[edit]

The Cult of Blood (once again as Trigon's pawns) makes their post-Flashpoint debut in issue one of the Phantom Stranger, as a part of the Third Wave of The New 52 (a reboot of the DC Comics universe).[7] Brother Blood himself appears in Ravagers.[8] Blood kidnaps the team intending to use Beast Boy's powers in a ritual to travel in The Red's dimension. However the other members manage to interrupt the ritual as Terra buries him alive.[9] He survives and returns in Animal Man, where it is revealed his obsession with The Red came from being their first option for champion before Buddy Baker was chosen.[10]

Powers and abilities[edit]

The first Blood is a formidable opponent who is backed by a massive number of fanatical followers. He is an expert manipulator who feeds off of the faith of his members. He ages at a much slower rate than normal humans. Brother Blood is immune to Raven's soul-self due to his shawl's powers. He is also nigh invulnerable and has supernatural physical strength.

The second Blood's powers work in a manner similar to those of a vampire: he gains strength from blood, and can take on the abilities of anyone whose blood he has sampled. Like the first Blood, he is backed by a massive number of fanatical followers.

Other versions[edit]

Flashpoint[edit]

In the alternate timeline of the Flashpoint event, Brother Blood is mentioned by his former student, Jason Todd, that he is a developing drug lord.[11]

In other media[edit]

Television[edit]

Brother Blood as he appears in the Teen Titans animated series.
  • Brother Blood appears as the main antagonist of Season 3 of Teen Titans, voiced by John DiMaggio,. In the show, Brother Blood is the charismatic - and sadistic - Headmaster of the H.I.V.E. Academy. His powers are very different from his comic book incarnation, he is a powerful psychic who mind controls his students to keep them under his thrall. Blood is shown using his psychic powers for a variety of other purposes as well, such as producing deadly force bolts, teleportation, energy shields, telekinesis, or altering perception. He also claims to have a photographic memory. In his first appearance, he displayed the ability to make Cyborg believe he transformed Cyborg's metal hand into flesh, though this only fooled the organic side of his brain; Cyborg's mechanical sensors saw through the trick. In addition, Blood displays formidable fighting skills. Because Cyborg was immune to his mind control, Blood developed something of a rivalry with him, even though he easily defeated Cyborg in most of their fights since he knew all of his weakspots. Brother Blood's first appearance in the episode "Deception" in which a disguised Cyborg is spying on the H.I.V.E. Blood is aware of his true identity and offers to make him human if he serves him. In the end Cyborg shows that he is immune to Blood's mind control because half of his brain is mechanical, and destroys the entire H.I.V.E. Academy thanks to a power upgrade provided by Blood. However, the H.I.V.E had downloaded Cyborg's blueprints when the latter hacked into the H.I.V.E computers, allowing Brother Blood to know Cyborg's weaknesses; in the episode "Wavelength", Brother Blood has utilized Cyborg's sonic cannon schematics to build a massive underwater sonic resonator strong enough to wipe out Jump City (the Titans' home base in the TV continuity). Although the plot is foiled and Cyborg's blueprints are taken back, Brother Blood later reveals that he possesses a photographic memory, thus, he remembers every detail of the blueprints. Brother Blood's final appearance, except for the two part episode Titans Together in which he appears in the background, is in the two-part episode "Titans East"; he takes control over the minds of Aqualad, Bumblebee, Más y Menos, and Speedy and has them re-build the Titans East tower into his new headquarters. Blood also converts himself into a cyborg to enhance his mental abilities and plans to turn the Titans East into cyborgs as well so he can control them completely. Brother Blood confronts Cyborg in a final fight. Even though Blood smashes both of his arms and legs, he is ultimately defeated by Cyborg when the hero reveals that it is actually his human spirit that enables him to defy Blood's control. He also manages to tap into Blood's mental powers, repairing the damage the villain had inflicted on him in their fight. Producer/writer David Slack stated saying: "In the end, we tried to make him the anti-Slade. Where Slade hides in the shadows, Brother Blood loves the spotlight. Slade always has some ulterior motive, Brother Blood will tell you what he's planning right away. So there's some contrast there. We weren't even sure we'd get to use that name. I think what was important that we kept was that he was the leader of a cult. We kept that role and drew inspiration from cult leaders we read about. They are very charming seeming people. From that, we gave him this sort of 'power of temptation' - this ability to control people's perceptions. And the power of persuasion. We didn't get too deep into the character from the comics, because so much of it was so outside of what we'd be able to do. He's definitely one where we've strayed more." [12]
  • Brother Blood also makes an appearance in the Teen Titans Go! episode "Waffles" voiced again by John DiMaggio. In this episode, he plans to gain access to the Titans Tower's weapon arsenal. In order to succeed, he kidnaps the Titans (excluding Beast Boy and Cyborg)and forces to give them their voice passwords to get access. However, his plan failed when he gets annoyed by the Titans constantly saying 'waffles". In "Little Buddies," Brother Blood uses Pain Bot in order to attack the Teen Titans. The Teen Titans managed to destroy the remote control to Pain Bot and defeat Brother Blood.
  • Kevin Alejandro portrays Sebastian Blood in season 2 of Arrow. By day, Sebastian Blood is a charismatic mayoral candidate, formerly alderman, for the derelict section of Starling City, and personal friends with Oliver Queen. By night he is the front leader of a "Blood cult" under the name "Brother Blood" and right hand man to Slade Wilson. Sebastian is a very motivated political speaker who isn't afraid to take life-threatening risks for the people of Starling, almost getting killed too, but as Brother Blood he wears a skull mask with a voice filter to disguise himself and operates mainly in secret. Blood is first referenced in the first episode of season 2 "City of Heroes" where there are signs written in red "Blood for Mayor". Blood makes his first appearance in "Identity" where he is seen protesting to Oliver Queen's lack of involvement in the repair of the Glades. Later Blood visits Oliver's office to discuss the situation of the Glades and Oliver throws a fundraiser which he doesn't turn up to and Sebastian publicly humiliates him. In "Crucible" Sebastian attends a party of Oliver's with Laurel Lance and Blood helps Oliver to set up a "guns for money" fundraiser for people affected by both the earthquake, and gun violence in The Glades, to reduce the increased gang activity thanks to Xavier Reed aka "The Mayor" and Oliver, at his office, arranges a gathering for people with guns to turn them in for cash but the exchange is interrupted by Reed who almost kills Sebastian but Oliver saves him. Later when Reed is defeated by the Arrow (actually Oliver), Sebastian thanks Oliver for saving him but secretly has Reed transferred to his facility underground and, wearing his "Brother Blood" mask injects Reed with a serum called Mirakuru but dies before anything can happen. In "State v. Queen" Sebastian arranges for Count Vertigo to hold the city to ransom with the Vertigo drug and lure the Arrow in to kill him. He also injects Cyrus Gold with the Mirakuru. The vigilante however kills the Count but Brother Blood is pleased to see that Cyrus's injection was successful. In "The Scientist" Sebastian is revealed to have also injected Max Stanton with the serum which killed him and has lured the attention of Roy Harper but manages to have the serum ready for mass production thanks to Cyrus stealing the equipment he needs. In "Three Ghosts" Blood manages to have Roy abducted when he is getting too close and injects him but the Arrow arrives and confronts him directly but Cyrus distracts him long enough for Blood to flee. Later it is revealed that Sebastian is working for Slade Wilson, the true leader of the cult and benefactor of the Mirakuru. In "Blast Radius" Sebastian reveals that he knew Cyrus Gold since childhood as they were at the same orphanage which makes Laurel suspicious of him. It is also revealed that his mother killed his father who was abusive and almost killed them both but she ran away. He also has an aunt named Maya Resik who is in a mental home. However when Laurel visits Maya at the hospital she reveals that it was actually Sebastian who killed his own father and that Maya is actually his own mother. Meanwhile Sebastian's campaign has begun and he and Oliver are now personal friends though Oliver becomes obsessed with finding "The man in the skull mask". Sebastian also seems to have taken a liking to Laurel. Later Sebastian holds a community talk despite the bomb threats of Mark Scheffer aka Shrapnel, even getting visited by the Arrow who tries to convince him to call it off and is almost killed by one of Scheffer's bombs but Arrow saves him. Later Arrow meets with Sebastian who proposes an alliance as together they can save the city and the Arrow accepts. In "Blind Spot" Sebastian visits his mother and kills her for talking to Laurel. After this Laurel is convinced that Sebastian is a criminal and hands the evidence about his connections to Max Stanton and Cyrus Gold to the Arrow. Later Sebastian is visited by Slade who has the file on Sebastian's father's murder, which the Arrow tried to obtain, and threateningly orders him to fix the mess before Laurel discovers the truth. Sebastian does so as he has his lackey, a police officer, take the fall by wearing his costume who is killed by Laurel. However Slade is still annoyed at the cost and in his "Deathstroke" persona kills Blood's bodyguards and threatens to kill him next. In "Heir to the Demon" Oliver calls Sebastian to tell him that he needs to end his support for his campaign as he is now supporting his mother Moira who is now running against him. At the same time Sebastian visits Moira to warn her to get out before she starts bu Moira refuses. Afterwards he meets with Slade and is informed Slade will be handling Moira Queen personally. In "Deathstroke" Slade has Blood abduct Thea and takes her to a warehouse. Before he partakes in the annual debate between him and Moira, Laurel makes peace with him about her earlier accusations about Sebastian (which she now doesn't realize were actually true) which is deliberately interrupted by Slade's broadcast message of Thea's abduction. However the abduction which was actually all a deception to high jack a prisoner and to force Oliver to hand Queen Consolidated to Isabel Rochev. Though Slade and Isabel's plans succeed Sebastian becomes frustrated as the voting pole far favors in Moira's favor and blames Slade for the set back, though he angrily tells him that he is holding up his end. In "City of Blood", Sebastian becomes the mayor of Starling City in the wake of Moira Queen's murder by Slade. However, Laurel hacks his computer and finds out that he wrote her obituary the day before she was killed, causing them to realize he was working with Slade all along. Laurel goes to Oliver with this information and Team Arrow sets out to stop Blood before he unleashes Slade's Mirukuru army on the city. Oliver reveals his true identity to Sebastian and he reveals his plan to rebuild the ravaged city in his own image. Brother Blood appears before the army in his mask and sets the plan into motion. In "Streets of Fire", when one of Slade's soldiers massacres his entire staff, Sebastian realizes he has no intention of calling off the attack and leaving a city for him to rule. Thus he gives Oliver the cure for the Mirakuru and is later killed by Isabel for his betrayal.

Video games[edit]

  • Brother Blood appears in DC Universe Online. Brother Blood and his cult attempt to bring Trigon to Earth by raising the demons of the Seven Deadly Sins. Brother Blood is defeated by the players and the Sentinels of Magic. He is served by Clerics, Minions of Envy, Minions of Gluttony, Minions of Greed, Minions of Lust, Minions of Sloth, Minions of Wrath, Paladins, Priests, an Exarch of Gluttony, and an Exarch of Wrath.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Greenberger, Robert (2008), "Brother Blood", in Dougall, Alastair, The DC Comics Encyclopedia, London: Dorling Kindersley, p. 62, ISBN 0-7566-4119-5 
  2. ^ Teen Titans vol. 2 #31
  3. ^ Outsiders (vol. 3) #4 (November 2003)
  4. ^ Outsiders (vol. 3) #6 (January 2004)
  5. ^ Teen Titans (vol. 3) #67
  6. ^ Secret Six (vol. 3) #19
  7. ^ Phantom Stranger #1
  8. ^ Ravagers Vol 1 #3 (September 2012)
  9. ^ Ravagers Vol 1 #4 (October 2012)
  10. ^ Animal Man Vol 2 #23 (October 2013)
  11. ^ Flashpoint: The World of Flashpoint #2 (July 2011)
  12. ^ Teen Titans: Characters

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