By MikeStark 17 Comments
With the recent news of title cancellations, I was thinking of some titles that I feel DC should capitalize on. To which I'm sure they are already aware of. But as is a blog here are some of MY THOUGHTS & MY OPINIONS for some new titles. I apologize for writing in caps but in my last blog, I wrote the exact same thing & it seemed like that particular message barely got through.
Martian Manhunter: If Vibe & Kitana can get their own why not the Martian Manhunter? JLA could potentially delve into his issues of being mar's sole survivor. Most assuredly It won't, being a team book which won't focus too much on J'onn's character. I know I enjoyed his Brightest Day story with the evil female killer Martian D'Kay D'razz. Especially with Savage Hawkman being cancelled & will be the Simon Baz's home in the upcoming future. Which obviously means even less chance of seeing our favorite Martian's struggles. Catwoman, Vibe, Katana & Green Arrow have their books so I (probably like many) should think the focus should be on those who don't have their own book.
The Atom: Ray Palmer/Ryan Choi. Have we yet to even see them in the new 52? I've heard Ryan's name thrown out in blurbs here & there but I don't think I've seen them fully appear yet however, I could be wrong. I'm not the biggest fan of the character but I'm sure their are tons of people who are.
Captain Marvel: With Shazam in the pages of Justice League, I'm quite sure this is no doubt confirmed.
Booster Gold & Blue Beetle (Ted Kord): With the cancellation of the JLI. There's nothing for poor Booster Gold to do! & since Jaime Reyes already has his own book & this is the new 52. Maybe they can reunite the long times pals. I'd personally love to call the book Blue & Gold. To which I believe has been the name of a book before. But I could be wrong.
Plastic Man & Elongated Man: 2 of our favorite body stretching shaping characters who like Gold & Beetle have yet to see the new 52 light. And much like Kord, Elongated Man, can be revived to star off in a new book. Now, much like Booster & Beetle, I feel where they are more of a buddy book. Plastic Man & Ralph would be different, An odd couple if you will bunch of personalities with Sue Dibny to be the center. Getting into similar situations together or separate. But more serious & not as buddy buddy like Michael & Ted would.
Gen13: With the sudden cancellation of Ravagers & Team 7. There's really nothing for Caitlin & Alex Fairchild to do after those runs are over. This team, even though I've never been a fan, i'm sure is quite popular & some fans would love to see a new book. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gen%C2%B9%C2%B3/107709855925805?fref=ts&rf=106557979381218 At least 430 people certainly would agree.
Wildcats: Hasn't it been a rumor that Jim Lee left Justice League to start up this project again? Regardless, just like Gen13. The cancellation of Team 7 frees up another place for more heroes like Grifter. Poor Cole Cash, so many of his books get cancelled.
Adam Strange: I personally don't see why the outer space adventures of Adam Strange can't get a new book. Just like Sword Of Sorcery it's another exciting, enchanting realm that DC can delve into. I'm sure there are people fans out there that don't want to just get their space adventures from Green Lantern. Combine that with Adam Strange fans, cameos maybe another similar Rann-Thanagar story arc. Add in other science fiction elements & you've got a great new vast part of the DCU that can & should be explored.
Crime Syndicate: Who doesn't a good book about villains? Sure villains get featured in every practically book, but why not a book of their own? Hell, it's been done before. But what better group to focus on then the Justice League's opposites? I think it could be great. The Justice League is always looking to save the day. This could delve into an alternate Earth where you'd be seeing the mirror image Justice League Operations. Instead of saving the day why not read about The Syndicate doing what they do best & not saving the day? We've all seen them in other media before & what better way to shed a light such characters as Ultraman, Power Ring, Superwoman, Owl Man & Johnny Quick, & see what makes them tick? There's already one alternate Earth book, why not another with an evil twist? One that we don't have to wait every year to see pop in a Justice League story.
Lobo: Ah Lobo, everyone's favorite ultra-violent motorcycle riding inter-galactic bad ass bounty hunter. Who wouldn't want to see the main man get his own title?
Gotham City Sirens: Gotham's favorite bad girls. This was a title back in 2009 that run quite successfully for 2 years before the new 52. I think they should bring it back. However since Catwoman is busy with the JLA & her own book & Harley's busy with the Suicide Squad. A couple cameos from them would be nice but since DCU & Gotham's personalities are so vast why not have 2 other new members join the book & grab the spotlight for themselves? The 3 sirens that can ban together as they are forced to protect themselves in Gotham City should be Poison Ivy, since she's no longer on BOP as the leader, everyone's favorite White Rabbit, (Who didn't love Finch's drawings of her or Finch's art in general) as the wise, cracking one of the group & I don't know... possibly Lady Shiva? Am I the only one who thinks it would be nice to see those 3's personalities clash/fight along side each other? Who knows who else could cameo... Possibly Cassandra Cain.
Arkham Asylum Book: Yes, Gotham is one popular place to be. Sure we get most of it in Batman comics & sometimes popping up in other places, But I don't know, I'm not really feeling too confident about this one. As opposed to what they could do in their & how long it could really go on for. But who knows, I for one would love to see more of Joker (Certainly now after DOTF finishes) Scarecrow, Killer Croc, Mr. Freeze, Riddler, Zsasz, Bane & others when there not causing Batman & Gotham all sorts of trouble.
Justice League Beyond: This & Batman Beyond were popular titles before the new 52 so why shouldn't it see the light of day again? I read a couple of the comics & it enjoyed it, it certainly wasn't terrible. For me anyway. I'd like to see Terry McGinnis back as Batman leading the team with familiar characters like Warhawk, Barda, Aquagirl, Micron, Static (Old), Kai-Ro & possibly even Superman & Wonder Woman. Why not as much Superman & Wonder Woman? Well, due to my last blog, I don't wish to sound like a hypocrite, Superman & Wonder Woman are in enough books & cameos already. Sure future versions of themselves would be nice to see maybe only as cameos but you gotta cross the line somewhere.
New Genesis: Ah, the New Gods. They seem to be slightly absent in the New 52 as well, except for Orion In Wonder Woman & Darkseid. Ok so he was in Justice League. But where has he been since? I for one like Adam Strange, think this is another untouched corner of the DCU that should have some light shed onto it. This would be a perfect time after Orion's run in Wonder Woman to introduce them. To which i'm sure DC's probably already planning. But who wouldn't want to see characters like Big Barda, Mister Miracle, Highfather, Lightray etc. battle Darkseid, Granny Goodness, The Furies & the rest of Apokolips?
Villains United/Legion Of Doom: Much like Crime Syndicate or Arkham Asylum. I think there should be another Villains United book/Legion Of Doom story focusing on the likes of Luthor, Joker, Cheetah, Brainiac, Black Manta, Bizzaro, Giganta, Deathstroke. Would be cool. Sure you see Luthor In Superman, Joker In Batman, Manta In Aquaman etc. but I think this would be a great idea. Especially with Deathstroke fitting in with all these great villains who've yet to see in the new 52 light, Especially with Deathstroke's own book & Team 7 just recently being cancelled.
The Outsiders: Remember them? Just like Gotham City Sirens who had a successful two year run before the new 52. I would like to see the Outsiders break through into the new 52 with characters like Geo Force leading the team alongside other former Outsiders who are currently sitting on the benches. Characters like Metamorpho & Halo. Black Lightning would be great but as you all know he's currently in the DCU presents book alongside Blue Devil. So my votes for other members to fill the roster would be Firestorm, Captain Atom, Who now need a place to call home with both their books on the chopping block. Raven, Harbinger, Steel, The Trickster & Tara. Who's also facing the axe with Ravagers also currently ending soon & could find a new place with the brother in the Outsiders.
Red Star, Pantha & Wildebeest Team: Do you remember these characters? Well, I do. & I would really like to see these 3 back to form a dysfunctional & unique family unit like they did in the past. After Leonid (Red Star) was frozen back long ago by Superboy Prime, he witnessed the murder of Pantha and Baby Wildebeest. After their deaths & effects of Infinite Crisis, he left the Titans & returned to Russia. Where he was never heard from again. Now, would be a good time to see hmi back in the new 52 with the revived Pantha & Baby Wildebeest.
A New Female Group: As for Birds Of Prey, the new 52 doesn't really offer much in terms of female groups. As much as I'd like to see Gotham City Sirens return, another strong female based hero operated group could have the roster consisting of old forgotten favorites such as Chesire, Grace Choi, Argent, Lightning, Fire & Ice. With JLI cancelled, Beatriz & Tora have been also sitting on the bench for a while like their other JLI teammates. I think this book could be awesome to see their characters grow as they fight alongside each other.
Second JSA Book?: As were all aware by now with Earth 2 focuses on the JSA for a new generation so there wouldn't really be a need for a 2nd JSA book... or would there? Even though they don't really call themselves the Justice Society, I'm sure they will soon enough. As much as it would be nice to see the likes of Wildcat, Doctor Midnite, Red Tornado, Magog, Spectre, Starman, Mister Terrific, Doctor Fate, Hourman, Citizen Steel & Cyclone in one book as a team together. Even though The Spectre is currently featured in Phantom Stranger & Doctor Fate is confirmed to be making an appearance in Earth 2 with blurbs of Wildcat, Michael Hoult/Red Tornado in the book as well. I think a second JSA book would be a good idea because the JSA universe just like the JLA itself is just as big & vast. It obviously may not happen & I'm fine with that, It's just another one of many suggestions. Hopefully, just as long as DC focuses on those characters soon enough.
Doom Patrol: With the recent cancellation of Ravagers, Beast Boy can literally jump from book to book & hopefully from red back to green again. Alongside his former team mates Robotman, Negative Man, Elasti-Girl, The Chief, Bumblebee & Mento. For some reason, I've always liked that guy. I thought he completed the team as the field leader even though Niles Caulder was the actual leader like how Cyclops & Professor X led the X-Men & just like the X-Men, I would like to see the conveniently named Brotherhood of Evil. I'd like to see Brain, Mallah, Madame Rogue, Garguax & others wake up from their comas & step out of the shadows & become apart of the new 52. It's been along time since the 80's comic even the 2000 Teen Titans cartoon.
Young Justice: At least that's what I think would be a good name for another team book. So we have all sorts of teams running rampart across the DCU nowadays. From the Justice League, Teen Titans, Red Hood & The Outlaws etc. but what about our favorite heroes that didn't get the new 52 spotlight & have had previously died or were supposedly left out in the cold. Yes, I'm saving the best for last. Who wouldn't love to see the return of Wally West with other fan favorites like Jade, Jesse Quick, Donna Troy, Garth & Obsidian. I know I would. However, as currently Barry using the Flash name, I think Wally should go with a new moniker, my vote would be for something people probably won't agree with but I'd like him to use the name Impulse seeing is how Kid Flash is already taken. Another name certainly would also be just as good. I'm also quite sure some of these characters are coming back in some way shape or form, maybe not how I'd like to see them but who knows. Especially with Tula coming back in the pages of Aquaman #16. I for one would love to see Garth back, I never really liked how he died in Blackest Night, went away & never came back. Dan DiDio did tease Wally... Did he not? That's a good sign, right?
Well that's it. Those are my thoughts & suggestions for new New 52 titles. Hopefully, Some of those suggestions get made as I wouldn't mind seeing anyone of them in some shape or form. Some Hawk & Dove would be great to see in some capacity would also be nice to see as well :D