Black Superhero Theme Music #9: Elijah Bradley (Patriot)
A founding member and leader of the Young Avengers, Elijah Bradley is the nephew of Josiah-X and grandson of Isaiah Bradley. After receiving a blood transfusion from his grandfather, Elijah now possesses the abilities of a Super Soldier.
Afro, or better known as “Afro Samurai” is the main protagonist of the Afro Samurai series.
Afro is an incredibly talented swordsman who’s father was decapitated in front of his own eyes as a child. That traumatic experience caused an innocent little boy to have a mind flustered with revenge and, with that, Afro grew into a cold-blooded killer, spilling the bloods of countless souls in his wake.
As the number two, Afro has killed many in defense and revenge for the ultimate goal of avenging his father.
Bishop (Lucas Bishop) is a fictional comic book superhero, appearing in books published by Marvel Comics, in particular the X-Men family of books. Bishop was a member of Xavier’s Security Enforcers (initially called the Xavier School Enforcers), a mutant police force from a dystopian future of the Marvel Universe. He traveled to the 20th century and joined the X-Men, a team he knew only as legends. A brash antihero, he had difficulty adjusting to the norms of the time period. After a decade and a half of acting as a member of the team, Bishop was instead portrayed as one of the X-Men’s main antagonists. Bishop made frequent appearances in the X-Men animated series of the 1990s. Bishop will be portrayed by actor Omar Sy in the upcoming film X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Olivier Coipel is a French comic book artist, known for his work on books such as House of M, Legion of Super-Heroes andThor. Coipel came to prominence and significant controversy as the artist of the American DC Comics book Legion of Super-Heroes during the tenure of writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, beginning with the Legion Lost story arc. Despite complaints about his art style by long-time Legion of Super-Heroes fans - who felt his style was “too rough and unrefined”, leading to more than one prominent critic to refer to him as “Ol’ Scratchy” - Coipel continued to draw the series when it was relaunched under the new title The Legion.
Coipel signed an exclusive contract with Marvel Comics in January 2005. He was named in August 2005 as one of Marvel’s “Young Guns,” a group of artists that that included Jim Cheung, David Finch, Trevor Hairsine, Adi Granov, and Steve McNiven, which according to Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada, exhibited the qualities that make “a future superstar penciller.”
One of Coipel’s first major works at Marvel was House of M, an eight issue New Avengers/X-Men crossover limited series with writer Brian Michael Bendis. Coipel was then announced as artist on a new Thor ongoing series that launched in July 2007 with writer J. Michael Straczynski. Coipel left the title in 2009 when it was announced Straczynski would be leaving. Coipel re-teamed with Bendis for the four-issue 2009 Marvel Comics event series Siege. In 2010, he provided art for a Magneto-focused backup story leading into the Young Avengers miniseries Avengers: the Children’s Crusade, before returning to Thor in 2011, illustrating the first arc on Matt Fraction's The Mighty Thor.