The Bogatyri from Avengers West Coast #87,
artist Dave Ross
|First appearance||Avengers West Coast #87 (October 1992)|
|Created by||Roy Thomas (writer)
Dann Thomas (writer)
Dave Ross (artist)
The Bogatyri are a fictional team of Russian superheroes published by Marvel Comics. They first appeared in Avengers West Coast #87 (October 1992), and were created by Roy Thomas, Dann Thomas and Dave Ross. "Bogatyri" is derived from the plural form of Bogatyr, an Old Slavic word that means "Valiant Champion".
Fictional team history
The Bogatyri first appear as a team of hardline pre-Glasnost communists who mount a surprise attack on a D. E. W. Listening Station (Distant Early Warning) located in Bathurst Inlet, Northwest Territories Canada. The facility is operated and protected by a joint United States and Canadian military force, all of whom are slaughtered by the Bogatyri and their support crew. The stated goal of their leader, Doctor Volkh, is to secure the incomplete Quick-Freeze Crystal, a warehoused experimental weapon, the product of a military weapons development program which lost its funding. The Quick-Freeze Crystal can generate intense cold and ice, enough to blanket the entire Northern United States and begin a new 'Cold War'. U.S. Agent, a member of Avengers West Coast, soon arrives at Bathurst Inlet. The Agent is acting under orders from the Commission on Superhuman Activities to re-secure the facility, after a brief struggle Mikula uses his telekinesis to throw U.S. Agent into the inlet. At the same time Wolverine is confronted and captured by Zvezda Dennista (Morning Star) and Svyatogor when he unwittingly crosses into their patrol perimeter. The Scarlet Witch and Wonder Man arrive in time to rescue U.S. Agent from a watery death.
After a series of encounters U. S. Agent, Wonder Man and Wolverine, assisted by United States and Canadian forces are able to distract the Bogatyri long enough for Scarlet Witch to destroy the Quick-Freeze Crystal, an event which also destroys the facility. The four Bogatyri make their escape during the confusion but their support staff including Comrade Miasnikov is captured by United States and Canadian soldiers.
In time the Bogatyri reconcile with the new government, become the protectors of the Russian Federation. Zvezda Dennista was unable to get past her anti-Western sympathies, and so she resigned from the team and became a mercenary. She later shows up on Demonica the island stronghold of Doctor Demonicus where she serves alongside Demonicus' other enforcers Ulysses Klaw and the Pacific Overlords. When she discovers that Demonicus is under the thrall of a Rakshasa, she and Klaw join forces with the Avengers to defeat Demonicus and the Pacific Overlords. Her current whereabouts and sympathies are unknown.
- Doctor Volkh: Doctor Vladimir Orekhov is a Mutate who was one of the first Russians to become a cosmonaut. As a result of his time spent as a cosmonaut, he gained the ability to stretch his body in a manner similar to Mister Fantastic of the Fantastic Four. Vladimir named himself "Volkh" after a shapeshifter in an old East Slavic bylina called The Volkh Vseslavevich (The retinue sleeps, but Volkh does not sleep he disguises himself as a grey wolf). According to the origin story he told Wolverine, his abilities can be directly attributed to cosmic ray exposure. Volkh's independent development of technology similar to that used in the Quick-Freeze Crystal enabled him to easily modify the device.
- Mikula: a Mutant with powers of telepathy and telekinesis.
- Svyatogor: a cyborg with special cybernetic prostheses that covered his damaged face, and replaced his lost limbs and organs.
- Zvezda Dennista: a Mutate with the ability to fly and generate focused maser beams.