Brigade was an early, uninteresting Image Comics book of the early 1990s. It had some generic, cheap “heroes” with a style screaming “early 1990s”.

Since a 1990s tabletop super-hero RPG campaign of mine needed corporate superhuman operatives, I adapted some Brigade characters to the Marvel Universe. These could be useful to others.

The actual, published, Image/Awesome characters have separate writeups. For instance, here is a link to the original Image/Awesome version of Coldsnap.



  • Real Name: Alejandro Barro.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: Bernardo Barros (father), Marco Barros (brother).
  • Group Affiliation: Brigade.
  • Base Of Operations: Brigade HQ in Malibu, CA.
  • Height: 2m Weight: 445kg.
  • Eyes: White Hair: N/A

Powers and Abilities

Like all the Barros family members, Coldsnap can breathe underwater and move with ease at any depth.

He’s also :


Bernardo Barros, a respected Chilean biologist, had friends in the government. He had them finance an expedition in the Pacific. However, when they came above the Atlantean city of Neuport, they were attacked by Atlanteans serving Attuma. These were attempting to get hold of the specialized equipment in the boat.

The survivors were kept to operate the equipment, and the Atlantean gave them water-breathing abilities. Bernardo’s sons, Marco and Alejandro, who had come along with him, were latent mutants. The water-breathing alteration process triggered their respective mutations.

Both thinking their father dead in the boarding, they came back to Chile to enjoy the inheritance. However, the government had other plans for them. They made the brothers into special police officers. However, the sheer inhumanity of working as Pinochet ’s lackeys wore them down. They were denounced by another, far more ambitious officer.

The Barros brothers were imprisoned for life for refusing to serve the dictator. However, several years later, they were noticed by Roxxon operatives. The multinational used its considerable influence on the Chilean government to have them freed. The Barros brothers joined Roxxon’s Clandestine Operations section.

They are mainstays of the main superhuman strike force left to Roxxon, a team code-named Brigade.


See illustration.


Alejandro Barros spent a large part of his life in prisons, and is a rather coarse individual.

Ever since he’s been turned into an ice monster, he’s been mentally traumatized and has antisocial tendencies. He is jealous of normal human beings (especially his brother) and rejects anything that looks like pity toward him.

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Dex: 03 Str: 11 Bod: 09 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 03 Wil: 03 Min: 03 Occupation : Operative for Roxxon oil
Inf: 03 Aur: 03 Spi: 03 Resources {or Wealth} : 06
Init: 011 HP: 030

Density Increase: 02, Ice control: 10, Icing: 10, Water freedom*: 03

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Icing is Always On.
  • Density Increase is Always On and already factored in.


Language (Spanish).

Roxxon (Low).

MIA toward antisocial behaviour, Strange Appearance.

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Alternate version of the character seen in Brigade (Image).