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Take a look at that top photo. Spider-Man is joining the Justice League?

Also, I'd be more excited about the Terrifics if they weren't changing Plastic Man's classic outfit -- part of his appeal, given the sight gags -- to force his round peg into a square hole. (Nothing about what appeals to me about Plastic Man says, "member of a superhero team.") It's a shame.

Finally, can anyone ID who's in The Unexpected? I'm guessing Glowing Hands Guy is Faust, but I'm not sure. Can't ID the rest.

Captain,

I was curious as well, so I poked around on the internet and found an article at CBR.com from October 8 by Jason Cohen, “Steve Orlando Reveals Details of New DC Series, The Unexpected.” The next paragraph is from that article.

Several members of the team are connected to DC Comics superheroes, with new characters taking on familiar names. Neon the Unknown is a blind artist, and Firebrand was a first responder during Metal, who now must get into a fight every 24 hours. Viking Judge, a continuation of Viking Prince, is a being who is connected to her ax and lives through her descendants. Orlando described her as “Brienne of Tarth [from Game of Thrones] inside the head of someone from Girls.” His new character Ascendant is the ruler of the world from a species of orc. He will introduce a new race to the DC Universe that has been called “the Jane Goodall of humans.”

So it would seem that Glowing Hands Guy is Neon the Unknown since his eyes are covered (“blind”). The woman in green with the ax is Viking Judge (I’ll let someone else address the helmet with horns thing), the blue guy is Ascendant, and the other woman must be Firebrand. That’s my guess. I don’t think I’ll be picking it up, but the Challengers does look like a possibility. Hope that helps.

Thanks, Dave!

Neon the Unknown is a name from the past -- a Quality Comics character that had a brief run in the Golden Age and an even briefer run in one of Roy Thomas' World War II books. I don't remember much about him. He's a former Foreign Legionnaire who got his powers from a magic oasis, and I'm not sure what those powers were. He could fly, and had rays-from-his-hands power of some sort, and maybe more. Not really sure why they named him for a noble gas, and I'm pretty sure he wasn't blind.



Captain Comics said:

Take a look at that top photo. Spider-Man is joining the Justice League?


I guess he is Sideways. "With that much power comes great liability" Har, har.

Out of the bunch, the ones I'm most excited for are The Terrifics and The New Challengers. I'll probably like The Immortal Men too -- James Tynion has been hitting all the right notes with me lately. I might give one or two of the other books a try -- I don't have a lot of interest in Damage, so The Silencer might wind up being the first book I pick up.

Just noticed this morning that Tom Strong is going to be integrated into the DCU in The Terrifics. As if Alan Moore didn't already have enough things to get mad about.  Have to admit, I love me some Tom Strong though.

I guess I was mistaken in thinking that Moore owned the character.

Detective 445 said:

Just noticed this morning that Tom Strong is going to be integrated into the DCU in The Terrifics. As if Alan Moore didn't already have enough things to get mad about.  Have to admit, I love me some Tom Strong though.

I think DC is through trying to make peace with Alan Moore at this point. I think they realized that before they even did Before Watchmen, and that's what gave them the "might as well" to go ahead and do it. At this point, I can't blame them for doing everything with everything he gave them.

Sadly for him, though, I think America's Best Comics was sold to DC against his will--but still, totally legal.

He has said he doesn't care anymore, and I've read before that he refuses to take money for Watchmen, the Watchmen movie, Before Watchmen, etc. If he truly doesn't care anymore, he won't care about this either. Sure, he may have said it with all the sincerity of a boyfriend or girlfriend in the middle of a fight, but he said it, and DC is totally within their rights to take his word for it.

Detective 445 said:

Just noticed this morning that Tom Strong is going to be integrated into the DCU in The Terrifics. As if Alan Moore didn't already have enough things to get mad about.  Have to admit, I love me some Tom Strong though.

I recall reading an interview with Moore years ago where he stated that The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was a creator-owned series, but that all of the other ABC books were owned by Wildstorm and ultimately sold to DC when Jim Lee sold the studio.

I'm actually surprised it's taken them this long to start incorporating the ABC characters into the DCU.  The rest of Wildstorm's characters were brought into the DC fold in 2006 when it was established that the "Wildstorm Universe" was actually Earth 50 in the DC Multiverse.

Richard Willis said:

I guess I was mistaken in thinking that Moore owned the character.

Detective 445 said:

Just noticed this morning that Tom Strong is going to be integrated into the DCU in The Terrifics. As if Alan Moore didn't already have enough things to get mad about.  Have to admit, I love me some Tom Strong though.

DC has a habit of acquiring properties. Just counting superheroes it's absorbed characters from All-American, Quality, Fawcett, Charlton, Wildstorm and Tower, and licensed characters from Street & Smith, Archie, and Will Eisner. Characters from Vertigo and Watchmen have also been incorporated into the DCU.

What's interesting to me is that, unlike the Charlton, Fawcett, All-American, etc., they had incorporated Wildstorm for a time, but have since separated them into their own universe again. It's strange that they are putting Promethea and Tom Strong into the main DCU now. But hey, whatever. Anything that gives good stories, I'll be there to read them.

Luke Blanchard said:

DC has a habit of acquiring properties. Just counting superheroes it's absorbed characters from All-American, Quality, Fawcett, Charlton, Wildstorm and Tower, and licensed characters from Street & Smith, Archie, and Will Eisner. Characters from Vertigo and Watchmen have also been incorporated into the DCU.



Wandering Sensei: Moderator Man said:

...they had incorporated Wildstorm for a time, but have since separated them into their own universe again.


Yes. And even stranger...the Wildstorm Universe now includes alternate versions of DCU characters. The current Michael Cray series is about an operative who is tasked with killing alternate versions of the Justice League.

I think DC has kept their distance from Alan Moore's characters for quite some time because they knew Moore was unhappy with the way DC treated him.  And on some level they were trying to do right by him.  But they've clearly come to the decision that they own those propeties and they're going to do whatever they want with them.  And really it's no different than what has happened with the creations of Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, or anyone else. I'm actually surprised it took this long with Moore's creations.  I guess maybe fear of fan backlash may have been a factor. But clearly not anymore.

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