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Darkhold Pages from the Book of Sins Vol 1 14

Victoria grew up in Italy unaware of her true nature. After learning more about her father, she took up the task of dealing with the Darkhold. Assassins were sent by Lilith (Mother of Demons) to kill her. Victoria's lover Nash was fatally wounded protecting her. Nash was healed with a Darkhold spell, but she then died when the spell had to be undone.

Victoria formed the Darkhold Redeemers with Jinx, Louise Hastings, and bodyguard Sam Buchanan. They were further assisted by Modred the Mystic during his periods of clarity. However, they were unhappy with his self-centered goals and moments of untrustworthiness.

This battle against evil led her to join the Midnight Sons, which she used to oppose the Darkholders for several decades, her supernatural heritage slowing her aging.[1] However, as Lilith and her Lilin attacked, Victoria suddenly realized she was pregnant. Doctor Strange deduced that this was Chthon's plan all along. The Elder God would use her as a means to be reborn into Earth's dimension and make a mockery of her family's mission. He secretly placed her into stasis.

Chthon's forces came for Victoria and brought her out of stasis. She began to deliver the baby. However, by attempting to take the form of Victoria's baby Chthon left himself vulnerable. Doctor Strange was able to stop the powerful Elder God, showing him that there was purity within Victoria, a being made from his dark essence. The Midwife also assisted Strange as her duty to preserve life was greater than serving Chthon.

Now able to live a normal life, Victoria was believed to have returned to Italy. However, she recieved word that the Darkhold had resurfaced and been acquired by the symbiote-powered serial killer Carnage, who had been altered and empowered by it. Getting in touch with Claire Dixon, the FBI agent formerly in charge of the operation to capture Carnage, Victoria offered to sponsor her team's efforts.[2] When Claire was captured by Carnage and bonded to a Darkhold-corrupted symbiote, Victoria assumed direct leadership of the team, though the other members expressed doubts over her mysterious past.[3]


Like previous Montesis, Victoria is naturally resistant to the corrupting influence of the Darkhold. She is able to cast spells from it without any known penalty. Victoria can also sense when spell from the Darkhold is being used.

A number of beings did not seem to notice Victoria when she was nearby even when they would attack those accompanying her. It is unclear if she is undetectable to them or if they allow her to pass fearing retaliation from Chthon.

  • Marvel Comics Presents Vol 1, No. 146 Late January 1994; Siege of Darkness (part 14); Featuring: Doctor Strange, Nightmare, Salomé
  • Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme Vol 1, No. 72 December 1994
  • Doctor Strange Sorcerer Supreme Vol 1, No. 90 June 1996; Featuring: Chthon

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