Strikeforce Morituri was an intriguing 1986-1989 Marvel series, taking place in its own universe. It was a military sci-fi saga, centred on superhuman soldiers fighting to repel alien invaders who very nearly crushed Earth.

The main twist was that the treatment giving powers to volunteers was invariably fatal, leaving little life expectancy to the super-soldiers. Hence the name, derived from the famous Latin phrase morituri te salutant  (“those about to die salute you”).



  • Real Name: Yoko Watanabe.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Strikeforce Morituri.
  • Base Of Operations: Morituri Mountain.
  • Eyes: Red Hair: Green

Powers and Abilities

In addition to the normal Morituri physical enhancements, Burn had powerful pyrokinetic abilities.


Yoko Watanabe is from Japan. Like Lifter, nothing is known about her background before joining the team or her reasons for volunteering. She joined the Strikeforce just after the VXX199 ship appeared in orbit, just in time for Shear’s psychotic episode. She only saw action once against the Horde before being swept up in the plot to overthrow the government.

She quickly developed an attachment to Scanner, and the two were married shortly after the war ended. They had two children.


Burn is a very short, very beautiful Japanese woman with lush black hair running down to the small of her back. She wore an orange body suit with red boots and a red tabard. The tabard and boots had yellow, flame-like trim.



Burn was a friendly, outgoing woman whose peaceful nature made her a bit slow to take advantage of her full power. Years later it was revealed that her powers are actually far greater than listed here, but she was subconsciously holding them back.

She quickly fell in love with Scanner and pursued him, realizing he was too shy to make the first move.


Lifter: “Wait, don’t do this alone !”
Burn: “Follow then ! But I’m going to find my husband whether you’re with me or not !”

DC Universe History

As written, the Morituri were in their own stand-alone universe. However, the idea of the Morituri process works in any universe. Perhaps a new, more determined alien invasion attacks and earth’s normal superheroes are outmatched. STAR Labs or Lexcorp could develop this process to help turn the tide.

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Dex: 08 Str: 09 Bod: 10 Motivation: Responsibility of Power
Int: 04 Wil: 05 Min: 05 Occupation: Soldier
Inf: 03 Aur: 03 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: n/a
Init: 015 HP: 060

Cold Immunity: 08, Flame Immunity: 08, Flame Project: 16, Pyrotechnics: 16

Weaponry: 05

Credentials (Padeia Institute, Low), Expansive Headquarters, Limelight, Popularity.

Strikeforce Morituri (High).

Public Identity.

FLIGHT SHOES [BODY 06, RN #0, Flight: 07].

By Andrew Ross.

Source of Character: Strikeforce Morituri (Marvel).

Helper(s): Roy Cowan.