Whatever Happened to the 'Heroes Benched because of DCnU'?

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Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to come up with decent or good creative teams for the following titles I made up. The idea comes from something I submitted to the Fanfic forum. What follows is the backstory:

(Just so this blog post isn't long, here's my first part: http://www.comicvine.com/forums/fan-fic/8/whatever-happened-to-the-heroes-to-be-benched-because-of-dcnu/628097/)

When the DC relaunch was announced, I was one of the few who thought that this would be DC's version of Marvel's "Heroes Reborn". And we all know that while the bigger name characters were out of the picture for a while on that pocket Earth, characters like Spider-Man, Daredevil, Heroes for Hire, the Black Widow, the X-Men, and others stuck around unchanged on the main Earth, continuing to fight the good fight. I just got to thinking, why not do that to the DC characters being "benched" for the time being? So, in a simple summary style, this is what happens to those said characters:


This takes place after the events of Justice League of America (volume 2) #60, Power Girl #27, Superman #714 and Batman #713, but before the events of The Flash #12: Donna Troy, while depositing the latest accounts of superhuman activitiy into Harbinger's Universe Orb, inadvertently triggers a message left by Lyla Michaels herself, implanted months before her death at the hands of a Doomsday clone in the "Supergirl" storyline in Superman/Batman. Donna brings together her teammates from their short-lived Justice League lineup (consisting of herself, Jessie Quick, Jade, Congorilla, and Mikaal Tomas), along with Power Girl and a few others, and shows them the holographic message:

Harbinger relates how she recieved a vision of Professor Zoom going back through time and recreating history, resulting in the world of Flashpoint. She reveals that while Barry Allen and Booster Gold will eventually undo this, the result will be a world without Donna or many others, including the JSA. Harbinger further reveals that Donna and those same others are important to the balance of superpowers on Earth, and cannot afford to be erased from the timeline. Harbinger then unveils that she and time traveler Rip Hunter had been preparing a device (similar in shape to the tuning forks used in the first Crisis) to ensure their safety. It is programmed to activate when the timeline is altered into the world of Flashpoint, and acts as both a "time capsule" and suspended animation chamber. It is designed to hold them outside time while the events of Flashpoint occur, and once Allen and Booster restore the proper timeline, the capsule will then cause a dimensional vibration that will split New Earth (the mainstream DCU pre-Flashpoint) into two: one Earth, where Donna and the others would reside, will remain fully connected to the Multiverse (which Lyla predicted would return), while the recreated New Earth (where the DCnU will start) will be loosely connected (think of it as one earth connected by a solid line while the DCnU earth is connected by a dotted line). Realizing the scope of these events, Donna and Power Girl gather the JSA and other heroes and groups, plus their loved ones, at the site of the tuning fork, whose interior is large enough to hold all of them; all enter the structure. The last to enter is Rip Hunter himself, and with Donna's help, activates the device the exact moment Professor Zoom changes history. All are brought outside time and space, and witness the events of the Flashpoint story unfold. When it resolves, the fork splits the universes into two, with one becoming the DCnU, and the other remaining as if Zoom had never gone back. All parties step outside, and realize that for most of the heroes not present in this world, a lot of 'big shoes' need to be filled. Power Girl then reassures everyone that they will, because they can, and they know they can do it. For a while though, Donna decides to take a sabbatical from crimefighting (as she stated in JLA #60), while Jesse Quick does the same so her baby can be born. (What follows is a year similar to 52.)


*Most of the history of the post-Crisis DCU up to June 2011 remains intact, with people being told that Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and others have departed for parts unknown, but knowing they will, at some point, come back.

*The JSA remain the first team of superheroes on this Earth, still acting as mentors to up-and-coming heroes while still fighting for what's right. Jay Garrick's political career takes off, going from mayor of Monument Point to Senator. Wilcat and his son open a gym for both ordinary people and metahumans. Alan Scott begins a slow recovery from his injuries, with help from Dr. Mid-Nite (Pieter Cross) and Ri; with help from a few friends, he brings Gotham Broadcasting to the digital age; Jade and Obsidian take time to help run the family business. Rick Tyler and Jesse Quick's child is born, a boy they name Nick 'Chap' Tyler (from the phrase "nick of time" and from the late Beth Chapel); Wally and Linda West are made his godparents; he would later grow up to become the super-strong speedster "Nick O'Time".

*Power Girl, Donna Troy, and Michael Lane as Azrael act as the new 'trinity' of this Earth. New hero networks are established, with Gotham's protectors made up of Azrael, Stephanie Brown, Renee Montoya, and Onyx; and Metropolis's made up of Steel, the Guardian, Gangbuster, Black Lightning, and the reformed Livewire.

*The Justice League reforms with a new approach, taking the new name of the Justice League Unlimited and having a global presence (a la the TV show). Bases are the Watchtower, the Hall of Justice, and the retro-fitted cave in Happy Harbor, Rhode Island (each location bearing statues of the former League members currently in the DCnU, with the founding seven in the cave). Squads are divided into the following groupings:

-Team A is Power Girl (doubling in the JSA as well), Donna Troy, Azrael, Jade, Jesse Quick, Congorilla, Mikaal Tomas, and Connor Hawke as Green Arrow.

-Team B is Steel (John Henry Irons), Artemis (the Amazon), Batgirl (Stephanie Brown), Plastic Man, Gypsy, Red Tornado, Wally West as the Flash, and Doctor Light (Kimiyo Hoshi).

-Team C is the Guardian, the Question (Renee Montoya), Grace Choi, Sebastian Faust, Jemm, Metamorpho, Onyx, and Maya.

-Team D is Gangbuster, the Creeper, Faith, Firehawk, Bulleteer, Adam Strange, Halo, and Freight Train.

-Team E is Captain Comet, Manhunter (Kate Spencer), Richard Dragon, Blue Devil, Red Torpedo, Nemesis (Tom Tresser), an upgraded and now AI-fitted GI Robot, Acrata, and Icon.

Other teams to be determined, but a few fan-favorites, among others, are on different League teams.

*The Teen Titans, led by Beast Boy, reform with a roster of Miss Martian, Speedy (Mia Dearden), Blackbat, Bombshell, Kid Eternity, Zan and Jayna, Red Inferno, Hot Spot, Iris West (Wally's kid) as Impulse, and Solstice. Other teen hero groups are connected via a network established across the globe.

* The Doom Patrol reforms with a goal of trying to stay a little "sane". Members include Mento (having refined the helmet to eliminate any "ill effects"), Elasti-Woman, Negative Man, Bumblebee, Northwind, and Goldstar (Michelle Carter).

* A new Birds of Prey forms with Wendy Kuttler acting as Proxy, and field agents made up of Flamebird, Misfit, Judomaster, Skyrocket, and Lady Blackhawk as field leader.

* For all the Secret Six fans, Scandal does go through with the wedding. Deadshot does have a hard time finding a place to sit--

Usher: Are you with the bride?

Deadshot: Which one?

Power Girl, Donna Troy, the Phantom Stranger, the Spectre, Rip Hunter, and Lady Quark then meet together and divide the Universe Orb into six pieces, each person safeguarding one so that its contents never fall into the wrong hands. Each also takes a turn monitoring the DCnU earth from the tuning fork base, compiling its history into a silver Universe Orb.

The Titles

Outside the fiction, the comics undergo a procedure to trim away the fat, and by fat, I mean writing for the trade, big events, and constant character death, allowing a little more creative freedom. Done-in-ones and two-to-three part stories are brought back, and at least two anthologies are created to showcase the obscure and semi-prominent characters.

And now, the titles for this continuation of the DCU:

Team Books--

Justice League Unlimited #1

Book with a rotating cast, switching from different squads of the League. Prominently featured teams are A, B, and C.

Justice Society of America, vol. 4, #1

Also a rotating cast, with a lineup of Power Girl, Wildcat, Green Lantern, Obsidian, Atom Smasher, Stargirl, Dr. Mid-Nite, Ri, Amazing Man (Markus Clay), Manhunter, and Jakeem Thunder. Jay Garrick and others are reserves.

Teen Titans Unlimited #1

Rotating cast, with occasional guest-stars (like Relative Heroes), and a few spotlight stories.

Birds of Prey Unlimited #1

Team led by Lady Blackhawk and Skyrocket of the Power Company.

Speed Force #1

A team of Wally West, Jesse Quick, Max Mercury, and Impulse forms to safeguard both the twin cities of Keystone and Central, and the world.

Checkmate (vol. 3) #1

The organization reforms with leadership made up of King Faraday, Sasha Bordeaux, Sarge Steel, and Nemesis. Operatives include the GI Robot, Nightshade, Peter Cannon (Thunderbolt), and the Creature Commandos.

Return of the Shadowpact #1-4, Shadowpact #1

Sees the reformation of the team, now made up of the Phantom Stranger, Zauriel, Ragman, Black Alice, Detective Chimp, Nightshade, and Warlock's Daughter, now going by the name "Ms. Spell". Acting as the JLU's supernatural specialists.

Doom Patrol, vol. 6, #1

Taking a cue from the original stories by Arnold Drake and the 70's stories of Paul Kupperberg, with a bit of X-Factor Investigations thrown in. The team also becomes an auxillary unit for the Justice League.

World Warriors #1

Richard Dragon forms a team made up of Onyx, Judomaster, Blackbat, Bronze Tiger, Freight Train, and Nemesis as a covert mission team a la Street Fighter in the US animated series.

Relative Heroes #1

Superheroics is a dish best served family-style.

Freedom Fighters (vol. 2) #1

Stormy Knight's connections to both the original Phantom Lady and Kate Spencer are revealed.

The Metal Men #1

Doc Magnus, having finally regained his senses, volunteers the group as an auxillary team for the Justice League, and with help from Red Tornado and Dr. Mid-Nite, creates human guises for the Metal Men similar to the Pretender Shells from Transformers. Each member takes a human name as well--Gary Olsen (Gold), Tina Platt (Platinum), Irving Randall (Iron), Lenny Edmond (Lead), Tim Yithers (Tin), and Connie Perez (Copper).

Secret Six: The Wedding #1 (one-shot)

Scandal's big day, granted before the entire team gets shipped off to prison.

Solo Books--

Power Girl (vol. 3) #1

Power Girl begins filling the void left by Superman, as a tribute to both him and her cousin the Earth-Two Superman.

Troia: Wonder Woman 2.0 #1 (title inspired by Iron Man 2.0)

Donna begins filling the void left by Wonder Woman, with help from Artemis.

Azrael: Knight of Vengeance #1

Michael Lane begins filling in the void left by Batman, while being kept in check by Batgirl, the Question, Blackbat, and Ragman.

Green Arrow and Speedy #1

Connor Hawke and Mia Dearden fill the void left by Oliver Queen.

The Flash: Fastest Alive #1

Wally West returns to action and takes on his daughter Iris (the new Impulse) as his sidekick. Supporting characters include Jay Garrick, Jesse Quick, Hourman, Max Mercury, and Patty Spivot.

Steel (vol. 2) #1

Steel begins filling in for Superman in Metropolis.

Batgirls #1

Stephanie Brown and Cassandra Cain together again!

The Spectre (vol. 5) #1

Stars Crispus Allen in the lead.

Jade #1

Jade fills in the void left by the Green Lanterns of Earth, honoring Hal, John, Guy, and Kyle.

The Question #1

Renee Montoya becomes the go-to detective for Gotham, honoring both the MIA Batman family and Vic Sage.

Gangbuster #1

Jose Delgado--schoolteacher by day, vigilante by night, taking down gang activity in Suicide Slum.

Black Lightning #1

Takes his daughter Jennifer on as his partner; she renames herself "Ladybolt".

Ragman #1

Rory Regan defends his community from both violence and predjudice in all forms.

Red Tornado #1

Fighting crime with the help of his new family.

Firehawk #1

Fighting for what's right both on the streets and in Congress, Lorraine Reilly is the high-flying heatwave Firehawk.

Acrata #1

A title to act as an answer to Marvel's current Spider-Girl series.

Anthology Books--

DC Showcase #1

Four stories, each spotlighting a different B/C-list character or a new character. New and old talent for writing and art on this one.

DC Team-Up #1

When DC made Brave and the Bold a team up book, Marvel's answer was Marvel Two-In-One. When they did DC Comics Presents, Marvel did Marvel Comics Presents. For the longest time, DC had no answer to Marvel Team-Up--now they do. Two heroes for the price of one!

Tales from the Wild Frontier #1

DC's Wild West legends return, and newer ones begin!

Strange Adventures #1

Spotlighting the cosmic portions of the DC Universe, featuring Captain Comet, Adam Strange, the Omega Men and others.

Other Books--

History of the DC Universe (vol. 2) #1 and 2

A detailed, fully accounted-for, fully understandable history of the post Infinite-Crisis DC Universe.

History of the New DC Universe #1 and 2

A look at the history of the post-Flashpoint DC Universe timeline.

Who's Who in the DC Universe #1-36

The newly-updated (after 18 years!) guide to the heroes, villains, and supporting characters of the DC Universe.

Who's Who in the New DC Universe #1-25

Your guide to the most-and-least-changed characters of the relaunched DC Universe.

Special Intercompany Crossover Books (inspired by Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes)--

Justice League/GI Joe #1-6 (miniseries where they team up against the Cobra Organization and the Kobra cult)

Doom Patrol vs Godzilla #1-4

Shadowpact/Ghostbusters #1-4

Freedom Fighters/Street Fighter #1-4 (just imagine, Uncle Sam vs M. Bison)

*To close, I want to hear your ideas for who should be the writer and artist for each of these. So please, submit and comment away, but do give your reasons for those particular choices. You don't have to pick every title here.

#1 Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt (15012 posts) - - Show Bio

wow......i would read the shi% out of any story you write 
umm ok  
JLU would feature a rotating creative roster 
Team A-James Robinson and George Perez
Team B-Grant Morrison and  Jim Lee
Team C- Judd Winick and Ed Benes
Team D- Keith Giffen and Arron Lopresti
Team E-Gail Simone and Joe Bennet

#2 Edited by Darkmount1 (1434 posts) - - Show Bio
Any other ideas for some of the other titles? And why those creative teams specifically? (BTW, you sure about Jim Lee? A lot of people are tired of his art (I'm not one of them, I'm neutral on the subject.) Would a close subsitute like Travis Charest work?)
The same question goes for any future comments: why did you choose this particular creative team? 
Just to show a few of my ideas: 
Justice League/GI Joe--written by Larry Hama, drawn by Don Figueroa 
Doom Patrol vs Godzilla--written by Masami Kurumada (creator of Knights of the Zodiac), drawn by Tom Grummet 
Ragman and the Ghostbusters--written by Harold Ramis, drawn by Amanda Conner 
Freedom Fighters/Street Fighter--written by Jimmy Palmiotti, drawn by Sana Takeda
#3 Posted by daredevil21134 (14468 posts) - - Show Bio

Azrael Michael in it,i'm down with that

#4 Posted by Darkmount1 (1434 posts) - - Show Bio
Do you have any ideas for creative teams?
#5 Posted by daredevil21134 (14468 posts) - - Show Bio
@Darkmount1 said:
@daredevil21134: Do you have any ideas for creative teams?
David Hine or Ron Marz for Azrael
#6 Posted by Darkmount1 (1434 posts) - - Show Bio
Any ideas for some of the other titles? (Remember, 1 or two writers and 1 artist.)
#7 Posted by _Cain_ (23755 posts) - - Show Bio


#8 Posted by Darkmount1 (1434 posts) - - Show Bio
Did you just fist bump me? What are your creative team ideas?

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