By CEO_OF_FRESH 12 Comments
Underused Verb: Use (something) below the optimum level:
Secret Six was one of the New 52 cancellations that hurt the most. It was one of my favorite ongoing series. Made partly because I love Scandal Savage so much. She's feisty, strong and determined. There are so many more stories that can be told with this character as an individual or back with the Secret Six. Hopefully she'll be appearing in a revival of that series in the coming year.
Cheshire is a great villain plain and simple. though armed with no superpowers, Cheshire brings rooms of attackers their knees. And on at least on occasion, acting on the will of herself, nuked a country. She's a master of martial arts, poisons, and trickery. Why can't we see more of her. She's gathering something of a fanbase on the Young Justice T.V. show, so this might be the perfect chance to reintroduce her to the new comic fans turned on by the show.
These are classic characters from one of DC's best team. They've always shown a parallel to Marvel's X-Men, In that there abilities are looked at as both a blessing and a curse. And in a world where thousands of superheroes and villains show how great it is to have powers that's a refreshing outlook indeed. Though unlike, the X-Men the Doom Patrol have never been met with mass appeal. But if 52 taught me anything is that you don't need the heavy hitting A-list to write great stories, but the Doom Patrol had already shown me that in the past.
The Doom Patrol's Sister comic. I've always loved Will Magnus. And I originally couldn't saywhy. Don't get wrong he's a great character, but I really didn't know why he'd become one my favorite characters. The aforementioned 52 helped me understand. There something about his ability to try and do good and not use use gifts. Even though he knows he's capable of making remarkable, yet terrible things. The Metal Men are just as classic as the Doom Patrol and their comedic style is and like Doom Patrol is also refreshing.
Klaws of the Panther was one of my favorite trades that I read. It's the only comic that I've done a review for on this site. As terrible as my review is, if you read you can probably picture me squeeing with delight. I just loved Shuri so much. T'Challa is great I mean he's the classic great Black Panther, but honestly Shuri is the more interesting character. Whereas T'Challa is a level headed, thoughtful, diplomatic, restrained, and adaptable to most situations. Shuri can be brash, selfish, envious, and even blood thirsty. Over the years it's seemed like T'Challa had become this perfect hero and while his stories are usually good. Shuri's flaws would open up an entire new world for the Black Panther mythos. She recently appeared in Avengers Vs. X-Men, but she still has fewer than 100 appearances. Let's see more of her.
Maria Hill is my favorite S.H.I.E.L,D operative of all time. I always loved her intelligence and dominating personality. She's like a female Fury(no pun intended) and she's awesome. She's not with SHEILD any more but she's still great with The Avengers. Now acknowledging that she's currently being featured in the The Avengers Book, The Avenger T.V. Show & The Avengers Movie. She's not really being underused in an appearances sense, but I don't think she's being used to her optimum potential. She's a great character and if she got some spotlight on her she could really shine. Instead being a supporting character, a recurring character, or a cameo. She could very well be boasted up to a main character.
This is both selfish and a long shot. Ted Kord is my favorite Blue Beetle and one of my favorite characters. I thought he might reappear in the New 52 but with Jaime Reyes it seems that Ted won't be making any appearances. Don't get me wrong i love Jaime too. But I really wanted to seed Ted back in action again, and since he was killed off "for real" in the main continuity I'm still hoping this timeline can breath life back into the character.
In closing these are the characters I like to see more in the limelight of their respective universes. I am by no meaning saying this is some injustice or anything I just feel they would be better if they were used more.