Mmmm...Change Wonder Mans name?
I don't think its the name thing. It sort of works not being that strong. If that makes sense? Sort of cheesy name for a character that tends to be cheesy. Sort of like when Johnny Cage tells people they have been Caged! I feel the real reason is that Simon isn't popular enough for Marvel to see pushing the character having any big pay off or benefits, (as opposed to Wolverine or Deadpool, who will be told and suggested for places, cameos, roles in stories and mini series, one shots) nor are their many writers who have a real urgency to write the character (as a first priority, i think PAD might, if he wasn't wrapped up in X-Factor) and so he falls out of the audiences view and thoughts.
I feel he needs a name change to something not like another character, something that he can really make his own. Also, I'd like to see Marvel up his abilities a little to be closer to the high tier powerhouses but make him a little more of a ruthless character in his attacks. kind of find a balance between him as a villain and him as a hero.
Wonder Man is a lame character, it's not his name that makes him this but the fact that he's just simply lame. And it's not just in the comics either, in MUA2 if you just see the parts where he pops up, he's lame there too as well as a whinny-butt in Avengers: EMH. What really annoys me is how in Bendis' current Avengers run, he keeps trying to make it out as if Wonder Man was "one of the greatest Avengers" having people like Hawkeye calling Simon "one of the best" and even Thor commenting on him. And yet, while they do, all I see is a super-powered cry baby who decides he knows better than Steve Rogers and that the Avengers are the problem of all of the worlds troubles lately, and thinks the best way to show this opinion is to attack the team like a madman while ironically the team is trying to save the whole of reality from Kang.
Simon has been acting like a baby for years. It was an interesting idea at first, an invulnerable guy with issues. But he became a one dimensional character much too long ago to be recovered I think. Unless they can do something like they did with Hercules lately but even more so.
Yeah, I heard about the bad way Simon has acted, been drawn and the bad costumes and choices he has made.
My favorite time for Wonder Man was when he first returned from the dead. He was drawn well, with a good personality and the classic green costume which I really liked. He was as powerful as his name implied. The name 'Wonder Man' is fine.
However, back in the day and still today, some people will suggest that I mean Wonder WOMAN. They never heard of Wonder MAN, especially not from Marvel. They say that is a DC name. And, also hard for little boys to play Simon as a character because they get teased as wanting to play as Wonder WOMAN.
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