The DC Universe is set to enter a new publishing era in March, as the Infinite Frontier is on the horizon. In recent years, the universe has become a dark place, and this new era promises to be a new direction for characters and stories to feature both old and new characters.
The release of New52 and the subsequent Renaissance Era saw the reinvention of old characters and the introduction of new ones with mixed success, however many characters from the previous incarnation of the universe were left on the shelf. This new direction for the company is a perfect opportunity to reintroduce or continue to give some forgotten characters and concepts a new life and fresh stories, returning them to the status they deserve.
10 Manhunter and his supporting cast deserve a chance in the limelight
Kate Spencer is the latest heroine to adopt the mantle of Manhunter, an inherited character whose history dates back to Jack Kirby’s original creation in the 1950s. While Kate would appear on Green Arrow during the Renaissance Era and re-dress during Bendis’ Leviathan story arc, his pre-Flashpoint series was one of the hidden gems in DC’s recent catalog of titles. What distinguished the previous incarnation from the current one was the supporting cast.
In the last part of the series, Kate learned that she was the granddaughter of Phantom Lady and Iron Munro, former members of the All-Star Squadron. Other great cast members included Dylan, a former hit man, and Ramsey, Kate’s son, who began showing signs of super strength before the show’s cancellation.
9 Exploring the Chronos family tree would be fascinating
Walker Gabriel, a student studying at MIT, stumbled upon research from the original Chronos and The Atom’s archenemy, David Clinton. Walker used Clinton’s research to create a time warp suit that allowed him to move through frozen moments in time, allowing him to earn money as a thief and corporate saboteur. However, unlike Clinton, Walker occasionally used the suit to perform heroic acts if circumstances benefited him, such as saving his mother’s life.
In the 12-issue Chrono short directed by John Francis Moore and Paul Guinan it was revealed that Walker was the son of one of the creators of Chronopolis, a city that existed beyond time. Walker had encounters with other time-traveling characters such as Linear Men and Per Degaton before being banished to Limbo.
8 Cameron Chase deserves another shot at a solo series
Cameron Chase, relegated to a supporting character even before New52, once had his own series, which ran for just 10 issues, and is another character who deserves another shot at a solo series. After its introduction in Batman # 550Chase creators Dan Curtis Johnson and JH Williams III introduced this unique character to the DCU.
Before she was recruited and joined the Department of Foreign Operations, Chase was a private detective living in New York. As part of the DEO, she was responsible for monitoring and neutralizing, if necessary, those metahumans that the agency perceived as a threat, a task that had her interacting with many of the different characters in the universe. His various assignments also gave a different perspective on the events that shaped the pre-Flashpoint DCU.
7 Young Heroes in Love was a fun exploration of the everyday lives of heroes
Young heroes in love, the comic book series that ran in 19 issues between 1997 and 1998 combined superheroes with romance and relationship issues. The series created by Dan Raspler and Dev Madan was not your typical superhero series as the characters were not really a team, but a random assemblage of young superhumans brought together by Hard Drive and Monster Girl.
The series, similar to a reality show without cameras, was groundbreaking as it was the first DC Comics series to feature two LGBT male characters Frostbite and Off-Ramp, whose burgeoning relationship was one of many subplots. The characters occasionally interacted with the other characters in the DCU, like whole line events, but mostly they focused on the ins and outs of the team.
6 Hitman’s code of honor makes his work very interesting
Tommy Monaghan is a Gotham City hitman who was bitten by a parasite during the Bloodlines event, unlocking his metahuman abilities of telepathy and X-ray vision. Created by Garth Ennis and John McCrea, Tommy first appeared in The Demon (Volume 3) Annual # 2 before becoming his own solo series that ran 62 issues between 1996 and 2001.
Monaghan specializes in accepting contracts with metahumans and supernatural threats rejected by the average hitman because they are too dangerous or too expensive. Despite his powers and propensity to kill, Monaghan relies on his skills and military training to eliminate his targets. Additionally, despite the high death count he tends to leave in his wake, he has a deep code of honor that doesn’t go unnoticed by the other DCU heroes.
5 Fans deserve the chance to explore the corners of the universe with REBELS
The Revolutionary Elite Brigade to Eradicate the Supremacy of LEGION (REBELS) is a revolutionary paramilitary group led by the Vril Dox, also known as Brainiac 2. Once a group of law enforcement officers, the REBELSmission was to help Dox reestablish his authority over LEGION (License Interstellar Extra-Government Operatives Network), the interstellar peacekeeping organization he created.
Paired with an eclectic crew made up of former LEGION members who often clash with the Omega Men, the series could explore the outer limits of the DC universe.
4 Doomsday Clock events could breathe new life into the Global Guardians
The Global Guardians concept first appeared in the Super Friends comic series, based on the Saturday morning cartoon and later in the regular DCU on DC Comics Presents # 46. Following the Crisis on Infinite Earths, the group, set up as a United Nations-funded peacekeeping team, was based in Paris.
Since the Doomsday Clock events are now canon, the stage is set for a new take on this international team. As part of the Doomsday Clock subplot, a global metahuman arms race was taking place in the DCU as classic and contemporary characters were featured, but were never seen or played out on the page, and the Age of the Infinite Frontier it would be the perfect time to explore these characters. .
3 Watching Hourman take on power and responsibility was intriguing
The 853rd century Hourman, Matthew Tyler, was an android from the minds of Grant Morrison and Howard Porter and based on the original DNA of Golden Age Hourman Rex Tyler, enhanced by Miraclo. The android Hourman first appeared in JLA # 12 and was commissioned by the New God Metron as his successor, entrusting him with the Worlogog, an artifact that allows the user to control and manipulate time at will.
Following his time in the League, Hourman had a solo series where he, along with Snapper Carr, was faced with the power and responsibility of owning the Worlogog and his quest for humanity. Matthew Tyler would sacrifice himself to save Rex Tyler, who was caught in the stream fighting Extant, though Rip Hunter said he would eventually return.
two Linear men would be the best candidates for monitoring the flow of time
With everything built up to Infinite Frontier, who better than The Linear Men, who first appeared in 1991, to set the new rules of the Multiverse, time, and monitor the time stream. After discovering the realm outside of space and time, called Vanishing Point, and establishing an outpost there, Matthew Ryder formed the Linear Men.
No time travel series would be complete without Rip Hunter, or Waverider, the Booster Gold version of the Convergence event. Reintroducing the Linear Men into the continuity would be a bold move and homage to the post-crisis DCU.
1 Aztek is worthy of a follow-up solo title
The Aztek character, the brainchild of Grant Morrison and Mark Millar, is the champion of the god Quetzalcoatl and is based in Vanity City and first appeared in Aztek: The Ultimate Man # 1 in 1996. Aztek would later join the Justice League and sacrifice himself to allow Superman the opportunity to destroy Mageddon / Tezcatlipoca. A new woman, Aztek, would appear later during the Renaissance Era, created by Steve Orlando and Ivan Reis in 2017.
Since then, the new Aztek has helped heroes like Wonder Woman, proving that she is worthy of the Aztek mantle and another solo title.
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