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I love Fight Man

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ducklord said on June 17th, 2010 at 12:13 pm

Extrano, dammit. Potential sorcerer supreme of the DCU, and flamingly gay. Tell me you can’t turn THAT concept into a great book.

Prez. ‘Cause the president of the USA in the DCU SHOULD have wacky adventures and a Chief of Staff who doesn’t wear a shirt.

Jamm. No, that’s not right. I hate Jamm.

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Sofa King said on June 17th, 2010 at 12:46 pm

@ Lithera

One of my favorite rarely-used but once Green Lanterns is Adam. http://greenlantern.wikia.com/wiki/Adam_%28Space_Sector_1055%29

I also love the Shocker and I’d recommend an excellent fanfic I found called “Legit” about him. It’s rated R, but it’s pretty good.

For DC gimme Ultra Boy. I think he’d work in modern times, maybe hook up with the new Terra or Power Girl.

I also like Gypsy.
But the bad guy I’d really love to see get revamped and made a serious threat is Typhoon. He designed submersible craft-he must be smart! And he’s damn powerful, enough to take on Firestorm. Make him a big-name threat, unimpressed by, say, the Joker or Luthor (what can they do to him?). Or give him a face turn in the JSA.

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Might not be obscure enough, but…

Beta Ray Bill. He’s alien cyborg horseface Thor!

And he’s a good character aside from that. Noble as all get out without being a stuffed shirt, went through hell in more ways then one and doesn’t talk about it to avoid burdening others, and he has a cool talking spaceship.

On the opposite end of the moral spectrum, Death’s Head. If he hadn’t been 90s’d up (and cripes, why would you 90s up an amoral freaky looking robot “Freelance peacekeeping agent” who solves his problems with gigantic firearms? He’s 90s enough already!) I honestly think he coulda stolen some of the thunder that Deadpool got.

And John? What do you think of the stuff Dan Slott did with the Constrictor? Interesting little arc.

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Joel – I love Bette. I love her so very much. I think she’s a lot of fun and was thrilled when Rucka had her in his Detective run with Kate.

@Sofa King – I like Adam! He was a very interesting idea. I also like Anya Savenlovich – http://greenlantern.wikia.com/wiki/Anya_Savenlovich

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Batroc, always Batroc. You gotta love a guy whose power is ‘leaping’ tangling with super soldiers and physical gods. Pyro too, who I felt was underused and I’m hoping will make a come back after the Necrosha zombie ambiguity. On the hero side I’ve gotta say Everret K Ross from Black Panther, Gyrich’s good guy counter-part, really miss that guy.

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Gnosis, you shall not slam Roy G(oddamn) Bivolo!!! He will once again terrorize the DCU!

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That Guy said on June 17th, 2010 at 10:19 pm

On the Vertigo front Chas from Hellblazer, Hob Gadling from Sandman, and Mary from Transmetroolitan.

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Hey, wait, with Lanterns-of-Various-Colors being so important, now, wouldn’t that make Roy G. Bivolo some kind of earthbound god?

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You’d think so, Burke…but alas, he’s dead now 🙁

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Allegretto said on June 18th, 2010 at 6:57 am

Mattie Franklin AKA Spider-Woman (RIP) 🙁
Dove
Cheshire
Argent
Secret 🙁
Agent Liberty
Detective Nate Patton
Josie McDonald
Looker
Tempo
Vertigo

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…wait, wait, wait. There was a massive, whole-company crossover with the dead coming back to life, where color-based powers were the most important thing, and the dead guy who does color didn’t come back? What the hell, DC?

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Mary Warner said on June 18th, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Mattie Franklin is dead? I thought she was just captured and tortured by the Kravenovs. I guess I need to look through those recent issues again.

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Obscurity, thy name is Vext. That would be Keith Giffen’s titular hero of a six-issue mini from 1999 (DC).

From Wikipedia:

“Vext is a god from the Jejune Realm (also known as the Borough of Mawkish Indifference) in the Pan-Dimensional Pantheons. He is the “patron deity of mishap and misfortune,” and true to that appellation, his world was phased out of existence because he and the other deities there were no longer actively worshiped by mankind. From childhood, he has been beset by misfortune, and even visited the Garden of Eden and accidentally caused the Fall of Man and the sinking of the RMS Titanic.”

Funny stuff.

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Burke: Oh, no. He came back. He just didn’t do anything. Well… anything but get his ass kicked by the Rogues.

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How can no one have mentioned Marvel’s White Rabbit? (Well, the DeMatteis version, anyway.)

I’ve never read anything with him in it, but I’ve always been inexplicably fond of Speed Demon, the occasional Spider-Man foe. I think it’s entirely down to the name and snappy costume.

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Burke: As SomeGuy says, he did come back, but wasn’t resurrected at the end of Blackest Night and is thus still dead.

Actually he didn’t do too badly for himself during BN…for what little we saw of him. He didn’t do much.

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Raider did look pretty boss as a Black Lantern though. And while I’m not a fan of the character, I would ahve taken Roy coming back over Captain fricking Boomerang any day.

And Speed Demon is a great character. Nicezia did some fun stuff with him during the post-Disassembled T-Bolts run. I loved how he was doing heroic stuff as Speed Demon (well, kinda) but at the same time comitting robberies using his old Whizzer getup (and actually helping to fund the T-Bolts at the time.)

And speaking of T-Bolts from that brief era, the Blizzard (the second one) is another great hapless loser-type villain.

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Allegretto said on June 19th, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Oooh i forgot to add Armor from the X-men.

I think she’s awesome.

And Laira and Kreon, the Green Lanterns. Of course both dead now so that Johns can bring back his “Ossum DC universe from 30 years ago when i was 12 and it was ossum!”

Boo to you Johns. Boo to you.

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Two of my favorite comics when I was younger were Avengers West Coast and Alpha Flight. This was partly due to the fact that I could find back-issues in quarter-bins very easily, but it was also because of the random and obscure characters that cropped up.

One of my all-time favorites? USAgent. Just a complete dick to anyone and everyone, but still so committed to being a big damn hero. I love it whenever he shows up.

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Evil Abraham Lincoln said on June 21st, 2010 at 7:08 pm

All of my favorite C-list characters are dead. 🙁

That beind said, why the hell hasn’t anyone aged up the Power Pack already? And I’m not talking about the leotarded “I thought that it’s be funny to keep her in her original costume because I’d be able to see her belly button(*)”-rendition of Julie Power, I want the whole group!

(*)That’s not a joke. Thanks, Wizard, for saving me a lot of money on comic books! If I hadn’t read that interview, I might have bought the damned thing.

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squishydish said on June 25th, 2010 at 4:20 am

@Sofa King, I didn’t intend to sit here tonight reading a novel online. You said fanfic, I thought short story. Despite that, I want to thank you for bringing “The Shocker: Legit” to my attention. I found it to be a very satisfying read.

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Chemical King from the Legion of Superheroes. He’s obscure to near non-existence, and in his few appearances, was acutely aware that he was a D-lister. You always felt bad for the guy.

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John 2.0 said on July 12th, 2010 at 11:51 am

I always like The Living Laser, since he’s just trying to figure out how his personality got stuck in a semi-cohere assemblege of photons. And, he get cast as a villian, but he’s really no more amoral than Tony Stark when you get down to it.

Also: Wild Thing, not the 5th generation Wolverine knock-off, the virtual reality character who part of the weird Marvel UK line that included Death’s Head.

I’m not sure who I’d include on the DC side. I like Harvey Bullock as a supporting character for Batman, but I don’t think that counts as obscure. The guys in the Posse seemed pretty interesting.

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