Religion: followers of Miasma
Name: homeless zombie horde
First Appearance: Magog #2 (Dec. 2009): "Miasma"
Super? (Has Super Powers/Special Abilities/Technology): Yes
Number of Appearances: 1
Worked for: Miasma
In Magog #2 (Dec. 2009), Magog was investigating a newly emerging evil global organization. His investigation brought him to New York City, where he faced a horde of dozens of apparently homeless people. These homeless people seemed entirely impervious to pain and fought Magog like zombies. They followed a mysterious hooded figure known as "Miasma."
Magog was certain that some sort of mind control was at work. He had recently discovered mind control technology being used by the emerging global organization. The "wonder tech" could even re-animate the dead.
After battling dozens of Miasma's zombie-like followers, Magog grabbed Miasma himself and demanded answers. Magog asked, "Stat talking or start hurting. Your call. What did you do to them?"
Miasma answered, "I recruited them to the cause. The choice was theirs to make. They . . . chose, yes they did."
Magog asked, "Chose?"
Miasma elaborated, "Chose to follow Miasma. No such choice for you . . . No?"
Then Miasma released a gas which caused Magog to choke and let his captive go. Miasma escaped, leaving Magog with plenty of questions.
With this story, it was not yet clear exactly who Miasma was and what kind of hold he had over his "followers." He claimed that they chose to follow him of their own free will. Yet by the time Magog encountered them, they were clearly mind-controlled. Did they actually willingly follow Miasma and subject themselves to some kind of treatment? Was Miasma some kind of religious leader for these followers? Miasma spoke of "the cause" in way that certainly reflects religious fervor. Possibly these homeless people genuinely believed in Miasma and his "cause." Or possibly Miasma was simply lying to Magog. Or perhaps Miasma was deluding himself about the nature of his followers' "belief" in him and his cause.
The answers to these questions remained unanswered by the end of Magog #2, the story in which Magog and his horde of homeless zombie-like followers were all introduced. Answers would doubless come in the following issues of this new ongoing comic book series.