I believe Steel can hold a book in today's market (does that make me naïve? I don't care.). If, by some miracle, we do see another series based on Steel, here are some things I would like to see:
- First, and foremost, take him out of Metropolis. I absolutely despise the character as a 'backup' for Superman. That would be like the same thing as Batwing, a comic in which Batman appears in every other issue.
- Secondly (and YES, THIS DOES SORT OF CONTRADICT MY FIRST REQUEST), I would like to see many variations of of the Steel Armor, including the 'S' shield one. Why? Because wearing that S is a privilege that only a few earn, and I'm glad that Steel is one of those few.
- I must see Natasha Irons. I loved 'Tasha back then. I would like her to be a backup for him in the hero field, as well as out of costume. I want them to definitively characterize Natasha, probably by delving into both hers, and uncle John's pasts, and give her powers unrelated to Steel's, so as to make the book more engaging (no Vaporlock either, and no electric powers).
My only reasons for griping about a Steel comic (and yes, this age-old subject will annoy some people) are because not only is Batwing the sole Black character with his own title (that I am surprised to read that some people want cancelled already, I assume in favor of a Tim Drake book), but also because Batwing is stuck in the shadow of the Bat. It seems as if DC's editorial staff feel like if Batman ain't in it, it won't sell. OR, maybe they feel that Batman needs to be in as many books as possible (hence, of all things, a TALON book in the third wave). I mean, I'm surprised at this point Batman, with all his Batman-ness, hasn't found a way yet to just find pandora, and just kick her in the face, and watch over all the events of all the 52 books simultaneously, and just appear from time to time.
Holy cow! That was me rambling again.
Anyway, science is one of my favorite things, and I love to see that incorporated into comics. It is sad what happened to Static, who was keen on science, and Mr. Terrific, who is the third smartest DC character (behind 1. Luthor, and 2. Palmer....my guess lol). I would also not mind an Atom book with some science. Steel is an engineer, so I don't know what a comic like his would look like, but I am still hopeful that he will get an ongoing someday, and not just some mini they have so they can throw him away for like 3 years.