The Secret Defenders #1 (Mar. 1993):
“A Gathering of Heroes”
by Roy Thomas, Andre Coates, Don Hudson

The Secret Defenders #1

Title: “A Gathering of Heroes”

Medium: comic

Cover date: Mar. 1993

Publisher: Marvel
Written by: Roy Thomas
Art by: Andre Coates, Don Hudson

17 characters in this story:

(Click links for info about character
and his/her religious practice, affiliation, etc.)
Pub. #
Doctor Strange Doctor Strange (Dr. Stephen Strange) hero clergy/religious leader
CBR Scale: D occult
Illuminati; Midnight Sons...  Marvel 1,687
Wolverine Wolverine (James Howlett / Logan) hero
CBR Scale: S raised Protestant; sometimes atheist; has practiced Buddhism; skeptical seeker
Alpha Flight; Brotherhood of Mutant Supremacy...  Marvel 10,615
Darkhawk Darkhawk (Chris Powell) hero
  League of Losers; Loners...  Marvel 180
Nomad Nomad (Jack Monroe) hero
  Secret Defenders
[sidekick of 1950s Captain America]
Marvel 131
Arachne Spider-Woman (Julia Carpenter) hero
  Force Works; Freedom Force...  Marvel 218
Second Chance Institute villain group
  viral swarm
[promised to restore youth; really gathered people for swarm]
Marvel 3
viral swarm villain group
CBR Scale: I alien
[alien life form; took over homeless people; fed on humans] Marvel 3
Decimator villain
CBR Scale: I alien
viral swarm
[had superhuman strength]
Marvel 3
Tokamak villain
CBR Scale: I alien
viral swarm
[could produce, release energy]
Marvel 3
The Hulk The Hulk (Bruce Banner)
hero scientist
CBR Scale: I Catholic (lapsed)
Hulkbusters; Pantheon...  Marvel 4,551
The Sub-Mariner The Sub-Mariner (Namor)
CBR Scale: S Atlantean Greco-Roman
classical religion
Atlantean; Dark X-Men...  Marvel 1,864
Silver Surfer Silver Surfer (Norrin Radd)
CBR Scale: S Zenn-La religion
Heralds of Galactus; Secret Defenders...  Marvel 826
Valkyrie Valkyrie (Brunnhilde)
CBR Scale: D Norse/Teutonic paganism
The Defenders
[former Chooser of the Slain]
Marvel 325
Rachel Carpenter Rachel Carpenter
supporting character
  [student] Marvel 37
CBR Scale: I alien
black; viral swarm
[instilled visions of people's worst nightmares]
Marvel 4
(behind the scenes)
CBR Scale: I alien
viral swarm
[can absorb, return force of attacks]
Marvel 2
(behind the scenes)
CBR Scale: I alien
viral swarm (leader); viral swarm
[drained life force from others]
Marvel 2