So in my youthful days of creating comic books for myself, I created a pair of characters that have stayed with me. Now, these characters have been cannibalized many times over, and have actually appeared in other comics of mine, but they originated with this idea that I’m going to talk about in a minute.
The characters were Gabriel Judge, aka “The Davidian”, and Spencer Cradle, aka “Communion”.
The Davidian was your typical Captain America-type supersoldier, enhanced strength, speed, endurance, etc.
Communion was a crazy man who developed a language that let him talk to bullets. He called himself the God of Bullets. I had so many great scenes in mind with this character, him just firing the shit out of a bunch of guns, and then commanding the bullets to go where he wanted them.
The story idea was called THE TEAM. Pretty impressive title, no? The basic idea behind The Team was kind of a Suicide Squad kind of thing. During the original Gulf War, the Iraqis had created a supersoldier called Mossadis, who was the first superhuman to be used in a military conflict. The American government had no such supersoldiers, but they did have a prison full of convicted superhuman criminals. So they bargained: join this team they were putting together and have their sentences reduced.
The Team (Project Janus, Janus being the two-faced Roman god – see what I did there? Two faces, good and bad…yeah, the 16 year-old-me was a clever kid) was a secret operation, twelve criminals were recruited into the project and deployed to the Middle East, where they were tasked to assassinate the supersoldier Mossadis.
But a trailing Australian film crew accidentally caught The Team on film murdering Mossadis, and the footage was broadcast around the world, celebrating America’s new “super heroes”.
The US government, realizing what a massive PR coup this could be, brought the twelve criminals back home, re-branded them and gave them new names and new costumes and presented them as patriotic American superheroes.
However, these guys and girls were criminal scumbags, and even though they were presented to the public as heroes, they were anything but, and the government was constantly covering up their nefarious deeds.
Eventually, a couple of the Team members, field leader The Davidian (who was incarcerated for the murder of his whole military unit, unjustly) and Communion (who, as mentioned, was nuts, and had to be imprisoned for his own good) made the switch to actually become real heroes. They subsequently retired from active duty with The Team, and tried to quietly live their own lives.
Until one day, the new roster of The Team publicly announces it is severing it’s ties with the US government and will be going out on its own. Both The Davidian and Communion know what this means – The Team is going rogue. It’s up to the two of them to recruit a new group of superhumans to go after the Team and bring them down.
I had so, so, so many plans for this comic. I think I plotted out a hundred plus issues. So many things happened over the course of the series, a literal demon joined the team and Satan left Hell to come and collect him, all kinds of crazy shit.
I eventually used the name The Davidian in my comic series Knowledge (actually, I crossed things up and made the main character in Knowledge named Spencer Cradle, the Davidian.)
I’d love to update and revisit this concept, as I think it could still have legs. And lots of violence and swearing too.
Gotta have violence and swearing with my superheroes.
Since tomorrow is a holiday, consider this my Friday update, and I’ll see you all back here on Monday for more tales of comic book goodness.
Until then, do yourself a favor and listen to “North Americana” by Leif Vollebekk. You can thank me later.