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: Jason Edwards.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Strikeforce Morituri.
  • Base Of Operations: Morituri Mountain.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Brown

Powers and Abilities

In addition to the normal Morituri physical enhancements, Revenge has the ability to convert matter into energy, making it explode. For some reason, the last generation of Morituri seemed much more powerful that the previous ones, as Revenge’s explosions were capable of taking out the Morituri themselves.


Jason Edwards was a soldier who was captured by the Horde on his first combat mission. He was taken to one of the Horde ships where he worked as a slave for almost two years before he was able to escape with the aid of the Strikeforce.

A wounded Toxyn was thrown into his holding area. He helped her escape and rejoin the rest of the team. His knowledge of Horde equipment allowed the team to escape back to Earth, destroying the Horde ship in the process. He and Toxyn felt an immediate attraction, but no sooner had they expressed their feelings than the Morituri Effect caught up with her and she died.


Revenge was accused of desertion and offered a choice. Since his metabolism matched he could undergo the Process or be shot as a deserter. He joined the Strikeforce under protest, the only non-volunteer on the team.

Despite his initial distress at being forced to join the team, Revenge quickly became a very effective fighter. Of even more import, however, an alien virus he picked up while a prisoner on the Horde ship turned out to be a cure for the Morituri Effect. Revenge and his teammates became the first, and ultimately the last, generation of Morituri with normal lifespans.

After the war, he and Lifter were a couple for a while, but eventually drifted apart. He did some mercenary work for a while, until circumstances forced him to reunite with his surviving teammates in the face of a new alien menace. Being back in battle together rekindled the feelings he and Lifter had for each other and they became a couple once again.


A tall, extremely well-built man with short red hair, Revenge wore a red bodysuit with gold wrist and calf bracers as well as a gold belt. He wore the Hordian symbol for “revenge” on his chest.


Revenge is an angry man with a short temper. He was extremely upset about being forced to become a Morituri, and even after he learned that he wasn’t going to explode, his temper remained.

A consummate brawler, he tended to see force as the optimal solution to every problem.


“I don’t know who you are, pal, but you’re gonna wish we never met !”

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: 11 Bod: 11 Motivation: Responsibility of Power
Int: 04 Wil: 05 Min: 07 Occupation: Soldier
Inf: 03 Aur: 03 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: n/a
Init: 015 HP: 60

Detonate: 16

Military Science: 05, Weaponry: 07

Credentials (Padeia Institute, Low), Headquarters (Expansive), Language (Hordian), Limelight, Popularity, Scholar (Horde).

Strikeforce Morituri (High).

Public Identity.

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

New rules

Physical Power
Type: Dice
Base Cost: 75
Factor Cost 8

The hero has the ability to convert any matter into energy, causing it to explode. This can be anything from a beer can to a spaceship to a living creature.

The hero must be in physical contact with the object or person before he can use this Power. Against an unwilling target, this means the hero must first grapple or be grappled by the target. Otherwise it is an Automatic Action to pick up an item. The hero then makes an Action Check where AV/EV equals APs of Power and OV/RV is the object’s BODY.

The hero can continue making Action Checks, accumulating RAPs, as long as he wishes. Once RAPs exceed the target’s BODY, the hero can cause the object to detonate as the Bomb Power (except explosion radius is normally only 1 AP) with APs equal to the object’s BODY plus RAPs.

The hero can control how many RAPs to add to the explosion and can delay the explosion up to RAPs of time if he wishes.

By Andrew Ross.

Source of Character: Strikeforce Morituri (Marvel).

Helper(s): Roy Cowan.