Elsa takes over her father's monster hunting legacy!

Every day this month, a new supernatural character or story from the Marvel Universe gets a spooky spotlight leading up to Halloween!

In 2001, Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, and Michael Lopez introduced the world to a young woman—mysteriously linked to monsters—who found herself embroiled in a war between creatures and humans. And they called that young woman Elsa Bloodstone!

The character, who has since starred in NEXTWAVE: AGENTS OF H.A.T.E. and MONSTERS UNLEASHED, first appeared in BLOODSTONE #1. The story began as Elsa and her recently widowed mother moved into her dad’s former home. Unbeknownst to Elsa, her father, Ulysses, lead a life of adventure as a globetrotting monster hunter. Living in his residence, she learned details about him, his life, and the supernatural gem that she shares a name with.

Bloodstone (2001) #1

Bloodstone (2001) #1

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She met a couple of new friends along this path of discovery, including Adam, A.K.A. Frankenstein’s Monster, and Charles Barnabus, the pureblood vampire lawyer. After coming into possession of a mystical Bloodgem, Elsa teleported across locations, encountered Dracula, and went on a mission to help a mummy create a zombie army.

These adventures proved to just be warm-ups for the real adventure, however, when the vampire Nosferatu sought to concoct a super blood by sourcing the goods from pureblood vampires like Dracula and Barnabus. Luckily for them, Elsa took to the whole monster-hunting gig pretty quickly and, with some help from her friends, took Nosferatu on head-to-head. Utilizing the Bloodgem, she cured Nosferatu of vampirism, which left the centuries-old being a quivering pile of dust.

Bloodstone (2001) #2

Bloodstone (2001) #2

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Since her initial limited series, Elsa has continued to leave her mark on the supernatural landscape of the Marvel Universe. She even joined the 50 State Initiative in the wake of Civil War.  Later, she appeared in the pages of AVENGERS UNDERCOVER.

Fright Fact

For a concise history of Ulysses, Elsa, and the Bloodgem they’ve both worn, check out MARVEL ASSISTANT-SIZED SPECTACULAR #2. Set 10,000 years in the past, a “rock possessed by a planet-conquering god” crashed into Earth before being discovered by a young Ulysses. He hunted monsters imbued with fragments of the initial gem, forging his own name that he then passed on to his daughter.

Tomorrow, remember the bloodcurdling tale of Sam Wilson as Cap-Wolf!

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Morbius leads Elsa Bloodstone, Werewolf by Night, and more to save Monster Metropolis from a horrific virus!

Every day this month a new supernatural character or story from the Marvel Universe gets the spooky spotlight leading up to Halloween!

If one monster delights readers, how would a whole bunch of them living in their own Monster Metropolis tickle that scary bone? The four-issue LEGION OF MONSTERS limited series from 2011 and 2012 focuses on just that as the ghoulish group does their best to police the populace.

Written by Dennis Hopeless with art by Juan Doe, the series combines the existing squad—Morbius, Werewolf by Night, Manphibian and N’Kantu, the Living Mummy—with noted monster hunter Elsa Bloodstone as they try to figure out who’s making creatures go crazy with a brain-eating virus.

Thrust together, Elsa and the Legion begin a worldwide search for not only the person or thing behind the virus, but also a potential cure for it. While Morbius does the science thing at the lab, Bloodstone and Jack Russell visit some demons and Manphibian and N’Kantu ask Daimon Hellstrom for help. Neither attempt works as planned, but the truth soon comes to light: Morbius worked on this problem before—with Dracula! The Living Vampire’s revelations continue from there as he uncovers his role in the current outbreak.

Legion of Monsters (2011) #1

Legion of Monsters (2011) #1

  • Published: October 12, 2011
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: October 30, 2012
  • Writer: Kieron Gillen
  • Cover Artist: Juan Doe
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With just about every citizen of Monster Metropolis trying to break down the lab door, Morbius and Bloodstone must find a way to cure the members of the Legion before they can save their city. Luckily for them, the imprisoned Dimensional Man turns into a very useful tool in the process whether he likes it or not.

Smaller elements like the budding romantic relationship between Elsa and Jack or the way Manphibian and Mummy play out their new buddy cop roles make this series special. With those extra elements worked in, LEGION OF MONSTERS goes from a fun homage to the monster characters of the 1970’s to a great standalone adventure with these classic characters.

FRIGHT FACT: Monster slayer Elsa Bloodstone first appeared in the 2000 limited series  BLOODSTONE written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning with art by Michael Lopez. The daughter of immortal monster hunter Ulysses Bloodstone, Elsa teamed with Dracula, Adam the Frankenstein Monster, and a vampire lawyer to take out Nosferatu. From there she starred in NEXTWAVE: AGENTS OF H.A.T.E. and FEARLESS DEFENDERS.

Come back tomorrow for another Halloween Spooklight on THE MYSTIC HANDS OF DOCTOR STRANGE.

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