By ASKwhy Comments
I'm not going to say I know a lot about the following characters but ever since I picked up Green Lantern a few years back and began my return to DC comics, I've noticed DC has pretty much cornered the market on characters passing on the mantle to the next generation. Not that it's something new to them - the Teen Titans have been running around for ages - but in the past decade, it's been happening more and more. After reading up on the Charlton characters now owned by DC and actually picking up and reading The L.A.W. mini-series, I've become more interested in these characters. Sure, back in the day, I remember reading something or other with Captain Atom, Blue Beetle, or Nightshade in it, but the Question, Judomaster, Peacemaker, Peter Cannon, I had no clue. And, nowadays, it seems a little too late to catch up on these particular characters. So, let's see who have now taking up the names or powers of Charlton characters.
For starters, there's the most known to regular DC readers - new Blue Beetle, Jaime Reyes. I know little of the Ted Kord version and less of Jaime Reyes, but I do know I like the new look and power set. Blue Beetle Ted Kord (along with best bud Booster Gold) were kinda corny and goofy to me back in the '80s and '90s. I still need to catch up on Jaime but from what I've seen he's not nearly as bad.
Second, there's Renee Montoya, the new Question. A character originally created for the Batman:TAS series, Renee was a Gotham PD detective who took over the mantle formerly held by Vic Sage. I like this character a lot. She has potential, gusto, and shades of gray. Again, don't know much of her, but I can't wait to find out more.
Next, there's Judomaster and Thomas Jagger - the former, Sonia Sato, taking the namesake of the original Judomaster, Rip Jagger, and the latter being Rip's son. I like the fact that there are two characters tied to the original. Thomas is a pretty cool character. I need to read up on Sonia. Though, having read L.A.W.S., it's hard to picture when/where Rip would have fathered a child. And since Sonia already has the name of Judomaster, it's easier to see Thomas as a second generation of Peter Cannon...until DC can come up with something to do with that particular Charlton character.
There's a few other characters who have made appearances here and there. Bombshell, who's powers were derived in a similar fashion to Captain Atom, hung with the Titans for awhile. Vulcan, who was handed his mantle quite literally from the Son of Vulcan, had a short run until he wound up comatose. Peacemaker received more of a makeover than a replacement. The only Charlton character not to have the second generation treatment is Nightshade, but I imagine Meridian would be a good choice because she's practically the only other teleporter DC has...and I actually miss the character from the all too short run of Primal Force. So, where am I going with this? I don't know, but it'd pretty cool to see more of these guys.