#1 Posted by VictorMancha21 (3 posts) - - Show Bio

What does it take for a new character to gain a foothold of popularity in today's comic book world. Every superpower imaginable has been undoubtedly done, so the only thing I see that can remain as an attraction is the character's background and personality, and at this point we've seen character's with every personality type, and from walk of life (and death) has been done. What would it take for a new character to find a place in your heart?

#2 Posted by VictorMancha21 (3 posts) - - Show Bio

Keep in mind that any new guy who comes along will instantly be compared to a bigger name that came before him. If we create a new mercenary character they'll instantly be compared to the likes of Sabretooth, or Cobalt Man. If we try to create a genius character they'll get compared to Tony Stark, or Reed Richards. Fans love their old-time character's so much that the odds are instantly stacked against a newcomer.

#3 Posted by Rabbitearsblog (5768 posts) - - Show Bio

I would say give that new character their own on going series so that way, fans would be able to see that new character being different from the other characters who have been around.  Some fans love seeing different characters and as long as that new character has something different to offer, then fans will enjoy that character.

#4 Posted by theTimeStreamer (2841 posts) - - Show Bio

be a good character. or be the female version of a popular male one.

#5 Posted by The Stegman (22750 posts) - - Show Bio

Be really really unique, or really really com formative....

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#6 Posted by catfightfan (549 posts) - - Show Bio

Perhaps a new character needs to defeat a very powerful foe or a very popular foe in battle?

#7 Posted by Joygirl (18049 posts) - - Show Bio

They have to be awesome, a la Batwoman.

#8 Posted by Fuchsia_Nightingale (10180 posts) - - Show Bio

Be part of a huge uni, x-men or batman

#9 Posted by The_Tree (7063 posts) - - Show Bio

Needs to be backed by an A-list creative team.

#10 Posted by Eternal19 (2076 posts) - - Show Bio

@The_Tree said:

Needs to be backed by an A-list creative team.

this. Talon is looking to be an interesting charecter and is being written by Scott Snyder. And from what I hear a lot of fans of Scott Snyder's writing are jumping on the Talon bandwagon

#11 Posted by Blood1991 (8098 posts) - - Show Bio

Some new characters have alot of potential "like Warbird", but it takes years to gain a fanbase and they are competing with characters with over twenty plus years of history. It isn't easy, but a good character can do it.

#12 Posted by BlackArmor (6134 posts) - - Show Bio

They need a slow and steady well thought out build up where they appear as an interesting supporting character (whether as a helping character or villain) to a famous enough pre existing character.

#13 Posted by 7am_Waking_Up_In_The_Morning (3578 posts) - - Show Bio

Go back in time. 1962.... Make them.... Make them legends for 2013....

#14 Posted by VictorMancha21 (3 posts) - - Show Bio

@BlackArmor: I agree with what you're saying the most.

#15 Edited by TheSwordsman (1954 posts) - - Show Bio

It is a simple formula really: Interesting character, cool costume, great writing, excellent art, aggressive promotional campaign.

#16 Posted by MadeinBangladesh (5869 posts) - - Show Bio

@Joygirl said:

They have to be awesome, a la Batwoman.

#17 Posted by MadeinBangladesh (5869 posts) - - Show Bio

@TheSwordsman said:

It is a simple formula really: Interesting character, cool costume, great writing, excellent art, aggressive promotional campaign.

EVERYTHING HE SAID.

#18 Posted by Mega_spidey01 (3078 posts) - - Show Bio

@TheSwordsman said:

It is a simple formula really: Interesting character, cool costume, great writing, excellent art, aggressive promotional campaign.

#19 Posted by Jorgevy (5114 posts) - - Show Bio

Be a good Character

have good origin stories and initial arcs/appearances

keep writing it well

BAM! it's a sucess

#20 Posted by Redletter (1537 posts) - - Show Bio

1/ A Great idea

2/ Great writing style

3/ Great Artwork style

4/ Artistic credibility Vs Popularity

5/ Great Editing of both Art & writing

6/ big Publicity

7/ Money

8/ Timing it all right

9/ controversy helps

#21 Posted by blackadamFTW (7867 posts) - - Show Bio

Do whatever DC did with Talon. That seemed to work.

#22 Posted by eippihrellik (271 posts) - - Show Bio

@Jorgevy said:

Be a good Character

have good origin stories and initial arcs/appearances

keep writing it well

BAM! it's a sucess

and get a good push by the company the characters story is published under

#23 Posted by Swagger462 (374 posts) - - Show Bio

Original ideas I think. Even if they are ridiculous like, say, Axe Cop. A brand new idea gets the fans going. Or if you're going to use something that needs to be put to rest *cough* super powers *cough* you need to put a new spin on it. Like Kick-Ass or the Boys.

The other thing that I think is essential is depth. Taking The Walking Dead for instance. While it's dialogue is written horribly it is continuing because it's interesting. Not because it's about Zombies. But because it focuses on the collapse of the "stable" human being.