With all the new titles and crossovers that Marvel has been and will be putting out, there are definitely some characters falling through the cracks of the ever-changing Marvel Universe. Some are long time heroes and some were major stars a few years ago yet they have seldom seen recently, if at all.
(Of course, I don't read EVERY Marvel comic anymore so I would welcome corrections.)
So, HEY MARVEL!! What about...
I make no denials that I enjoyed all these characters at various times and wouldn't mind them returning to prominence.
Do any of you have favorites that Marvel has been ignoring? All comments are welcome!
Until Marvel announces The All-New, Superior It the Living Colossus!
I may be in the minority, but I think the mixing of the Union Jack and Destroyer back stories complicated both to the extent that it destroyed them both. I would very much like a reboot that separated the two characters completely. Maybe they could be cousins or something, but that would be the maximum complication I could take.
Sabra showed up "recently" somewhere, but I don't remember where. I think it had to do with SWORD but wouldn't swear to it. I can't recall the other character, because when I try to remember his last appearance, I keep thinking of Sinbad in Fables/Fairest.
That whole "king" thing that CK was talking about is exactly spot on. The Panther had no real purpose or necessity in the MU when taken out of the role established by Lee/Kirby, and all his Daredevil and solo adventures in New York were utter rubbish and could have been done by anybody in tights (including, to an extent, his Avengers appearances). But what Priest did was make him unique, make him important and make him impossible to ignore. And I really liked that. Sorry that Hudlin un-did that, but that means we can un-do Hudlin, right?
Wendell Elvis Vaughn is one of my top 5 favorite Marvel characters of all time. I was furious when he was killed (well, most recently. He died a few times in his own series). I hope he's back. If so, I think he has the potential to be a great character, if handled correctly
I think that Quasar is more dynamic than Star-Lord and should be in the forefront of the MU. The last that I can recall was that they were characterizing him as the "Junior Avenger" which is a shame.
Yeah. Marvel could position him as Green Lantern, but with that steady midwestern vibe I love so much.
I liked the first several issues of Mark Waid and Andy Kubert's run on Ka-Zar, but that's about it. This was the first I had read of him. When did this come out, 1996? '97? I liked the way they had him in New York City, out of his element. I even bought the first two trades of the run at my LCS last year during a big sale.
I forgot about NIGHTHAWK who really was an integral part of the MU for a decade. From C-list villain to B-list hero, Kyle Richmond was always more interesting than his pedestrian alter ego. He had so much tragedy in his life that he was the hero you didn't want to be!
Unfortunately with two Angels and a winged Captain (Falcon) America, there doesn't seem to be a need for another flying hero.
Afraid I can't answer any of Phillip's inquiries right now, because the only Marvel title I'm currently reading (heavy personal emphasis on the R word) is The Silver Surfer. I'm thoroughly enjoying Dan Slott's "Doctor Who" approach to the series, but you think Dawn would of at least had the foresight to pack a toothbrush with her.
However, there are two Marvel characters I would like to add to his list, if I may. Alphabetically:
01. HOWARD THE DUCK. No one (in my humble opinion) seems capable or willing to handle the friendly fowl since Steve Gerber's run(s) and Bill Mantlo's early tales. This was a fun character and I feel he could be again if done properly.
02. TIGRA. The character seemed to be going places in the late 1970s/early 80s when I first discovered the Marvel Universe, but it's rare when she gets more than a supporting character or cameo appearance today. I've always felt that there was a lot of untapped potential and unexplored territory that has gone wasted in untold adventures.
Apparently Tigra has developed a reputation for being:
1) overly "friendly"
2) easily beatable
3) somewhat unstable and
4) an unworthy Avenger
And Disney doesn't like Howard and Marvel's not thrilled with him either. (Probably because they know that they don't have the real Duck anymore!)
As far as I'm concerned, Howard died with Steve Gerber. R.I.P. Mr. the Duck.
I think Tigra never really recovered from what Bendis did to her, despite some heavy lifting done by other writers. Howard I'm not certain of, there is a place I'm sure for a world weary cynical duck who still has a moral center (writing that now I'm almost thinking of Lenny Brisco from Law and Order), but I can't see anybody at marvel who's good enough to write that sort of story.
I don't think it's impossible for another creator to handle a character after the original creator has left the series (or died). If that was the case, we wouldn't be reading stories today featuring Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Robin, the Flash, Green Lantern, Green Arrow, the New Gods, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, the Silver Surfer, Captain America, The Black Panther, the Rocketeer, the Phantom, Dick Tracy, etc., etc., and so forth.
Someone can do Howard the Duck and do it right; we just haven't found him or her yet.