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5 DCU Characters We Need in Full-Time Action
July 23, 2014 By Stephen Damm
Hello World of Superheroes, I’m baaaaaack. It is I, the Earl of Editorial, the Sultan of Smarm – yes that’s right DAMM is back on the pages of WOS. It is my pleasure to be here and write for you again.
As you may remember I like lists (as long as they are not to do lists) and so today I thought I would use my return as an excuse to make another. This time it’s a list of characters that DC isn’t using anymore that I would like to see returned to active duty ASAP.
So without further delay, let’s get this monkey smoking….
In the few years since the New 52 has been running the universe has actually become very interesting. While I still despise the way Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman (mostly) are characterised, I have found a lot in the new universe that I enjoy. But what bothers me most is the omission of some of the characters I adored most in the DCU. Sure, we get the odd off-handed mentions, small cameos, allusions or homages to the characters, but nothing more. Here are the 5 I need to see…and soon.
Detective Chimp – With an intellect above 98 percent of all humans in the DCU and the detective skills rivaling Dibny or even Batman, Bobo the chimp has the ability to talk to all animals and understand all written and spoken language. In previous times, Bobo has been teamed with many but never starred in his own book. As a result, I think a Brave and the Bold style book (Like the Neal Adams run, not the cartoon) where the smoking, drinking ape joins forces with other more well-known stars of the New 52 is in order. Give the book to Brian Poeshn (Deadpool) and the pencils to Edwin Huang (SkullKickers) and you have an instant hit.
Donna Troy – How can you have a Teen Titans book without Donna Troy? Well you throe (sigh) Wonder Girl (sigh again) Cassie in her place. But Donna had depth and independence far beyond the current Wonder Girl and a much more interesting history. The need for her in both Dik’s life and in Tim’s makes her a glaring omission that strikes me every time I read those two characters. “What would Donna think of that?” I have said out loud. Beloved and iconic, the real Wonder Girl is a natural inclusion and it baffles me as to where the hell she is. Maybe she is on Earth 47 tucked away for the Crisis anniversary. Give her a solo book and let Anne Nocenti and Ethan Van Sciver do that book…watch the sales rise.
The Runaways – One of the greatest things from both Justice league Unlimited and from Young justice was their homages to Super friends’ members Apache Chief, Samurai, El Dorado and Black Lightning. While Static Shock (who represented the BL character in YJ) and Black Lightning currently exist in the New 52, Tye Longshadow, Ed Dorado, Asami “Sam” Koizumi and Nathaniel “Neut” Tryon do not. Give us a Runaways title with Static as leader and Blue Beetle as their liaison with the Justice League. Let Judd Winick and Phil Hester have the book.
Ambush Bug – Yes, I know he is in every issue at the end as a news reporter (and those bits are usually pretty funny) but I want to see his day-to-day life at the TV studio, cutting local TV ads and more. Ambush Bug could be the Archie of the DCNU and this fun book could read like a reality show or a sit-com depending on the writer. What does Calendar Man take in his coffee? Where does Ambush go grocery shopping and do all the clerks hide and make the isles EXTRA wide for his klutzy nature? You can see where I am going here? Give it to Ron Marz and Brett Booth and I would be first in line every Wednesday! (Like I am not already).
Manchester Black – Tattooed across his entire chest is a Union Jack. The mysterious and uber-powerful Manchester Black gave Superman a run for his money and even transcended to Superman vs the Elite direct to DVD animated film. His return would instantly re-center the wandering and shoddy Superman currently in the New 52 (save Batman/Superman which amazes despite this) and opens the way for a new British wave of heroes. Bring in the characters many believed his team was based on or the characters from the Joe Kelley run to accompany him. An alpha level threat for Supes should not be wasted frivolously so debut a 12 part maxi, taking time to erect a story of menace and moral compass. Let Paul Cornell and Chris Bachalo revive him and we have a winner.
Until next time, tell the monkey to crush his butt…